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With Cleanzine going out to 163 countries, I'm well aware that you may be working in far higher temperatures than we've experienced across the UK in recent weeks and now across continental Europe too. Much as I love the sun, those of us who aren't used to such heat, can find it difficult to work to our usual standards.
I'm doing a sit-down job and the only travel involves deciding which part of the garden I fancy that day and moving my office to it. Sitting under trees enjoying hardly any breeze, I've wondered how on earth those who have to travel or do physical work, are managing to cope.
I read somewhere that very high temperatures - while not exactly frying the brain - damage its function to the extent that we find it hard to focus and simple functions create a real drain on our energy. I get that, having struggled myself to complete the last few weeks' e-zines to the standard I'd like. It's taken so long and I've felt exhausted at the end.
How do delivery drivers, salespeople, service engineers and multi-site cleaning teams or managers cope on the roads, for even with air conditioning, they keep having to emerge from a cold cab or car into baking sunshine, then back into a stiflingly hot vehicle when it's time to move on. They're luckier though than those who have to keep opening and closing windows.
Commuters haven't had it easy, either, with melting road surfaces and train tracks. And once in the workplace there's smelly, noisy air conditioning to cope with or excessive heat and sweaty colleagues, who may be grumpy because they're hot too. This weather makes us lethargic or even sleepy and bad-tempered, yet we still have our deadlines and I can imagine how easy it is for those with a tight schedule to cut corners and jeopardise their safety and that of others. We need to learn to think and behave differently at times like these, don't we?
I've really been feeling for the cleaners, who I know are under pressure to complete what can be quite strenuous work and the penalties for not achieving sufficiently high standards can be enormous, with the potential loss of contracts and with this the means to earn a living. Having to travel to work on broken roads and railway tracks, doesn't exactly help.
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This Week's News
Transport Focus has just released its 2018 report into the best and worst of England's 111 motorway services, following its survey of 9,600 motorists on their experiences. One purpose of the survey was to identify which aspects of the visitor experience most influence overall satisfaction and of course washroom facilities and their cleanliness have had a big impact, bearing in mind that most respondents - by a long way - cited the need to visit the toilet as the main reason for driving into motorway services in the first place.
At the time of writing, the strikes were due to take place at the Ministry of Justice and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th of August, as well as at several Health Care America locations at the end of August.
The 2018 America's Best Restroom contest finalists have been announced and if you're interested in helping find the winner, you have until 18th September to cast your vote. The lucky loo will take home the grand prize of $2,500 in Cintas products and services for cleaning or facilities management and a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights.
Two new videos highlighting the security challenges facing businesses, and the importance of systems and procedures to protect facilities being cleaned, have been launched by secure commercial cleaning expert, Julius Rutherfoord & Co.
Security is an issue that every business, large and small, must take seriously to protect places, people and reputation. Figures indicate organisations are making significant investment in security, including protection against cyber-crime, with UK firms spending £1.8bn a year, according to recent research.
Stadium Support Services, the specialist facilities management and cleaning company, has used SmartTask to monitor and coordinate its cleaning operation at the recent Farnborough International Airshow.
The company needed an advanced workforce management solution that would provide real-time visibility and control over its 100-strong team tasked with delivering 80,000 hours of cleaning services across the vast 770-acre site.
ISSA and the American Association for Cleaning Professionals jointly announced on Tuesday that the two organisations have entered into a partnership that will endeavour to better serve the owners and employees of small to midsize contract cleaning and restoration companies. The organisations will collaborate on content development, education, informational resources, membership sales and support, and co-produced events in the course of the partnership.
Exprolink, which manufactures and markets a full range of motorised outdoor sweepers and vacuum equipment, is one of five companies benefiting from at total $3.2 million investment by the Canadian government as part of its economic development plan for the Quebec regions.
The Government acknowledges that to remain competitive and support their growth, businesses need to regularly upgrade and modernise their production equipment and facilities.
UK powered access company, Star Platforms, provided a Skyjack 6826RT diesel scissor lift on a next day dispatch to support a maintenance job carried out by one of its customers at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey.
Having previously worked on projects at Brooklands Museum, the Star Platforms customer was approached again to help with an exterior drywash of the retired Concorde G-BBDG. The contractor needed to ensure its team had the right tool to do the job and turned to Star Platforms for help in accessing the iconic aircraft to carry out maintenance work.
The Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ) is organising its second trade show in Budapest. The event, which will be held on 5th and 6th October 2018, is attracting international attention, which indicates that Hungary's capital could become the Central and Eastern European hub of the cleaning technologies profession in the near future.
Cleaning technology exhibitions have been held in several European countries, and some event series became very popular with outstanding numbers of exhibitors and visitors (such as the trade shows in Amsterdam and Berlin and Italy.
It's only a few weeks until the ISSA's European Golf day, which takes place on 22nd August at the Toft Hotel and Golf Course, in Bourne, Lincolnshire, so if you delay booking for much longer, you might just find that you're too late.
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