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Created to shine a spotlight on custodians who often receive little recognition for their hard work and dedication, the contest will award $5,000 to the winning custodian and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to the winning custodian's school. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to an additional top nine finalists.
ISS has divested its activities in Argentina and Uruguay. The divestment reflects ISS's strategy of focusing on its core business in markets with significant future demand for Integrated Facility Services and markets of importance for global key account customers.
The buyers of the activities are the shareholders behind Grupo Serza, a leading facility services provider with more than 20 years of strong presence in the Argentine market.
With the transfer of shares, all employees and customers will be transferred to the new owners on existing terms. Completion of the transaction took place on 30 January 2019.
An exciting addition to this year's edition of the region's leading professional cleaning and hygiene event, the forum will bring together top experts and professionals from the healthcare sector to explore the key challenges facing healthcare cleaning.
All this could soon be about to change...
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I applaud South Staffordshire Council for the way it connects with its residents and in particular for the way it brings the human side of council services to life. Cleaners have long been known as 'the invisible workforce' and for decades the consensus has been that if we can show the public that those tasked with cleaning up after them are human beings too, with feelings and aspirations... people who get tired and achy and who are no doubt frustrated that their efforts are so often unappreciated, then the general public might just take more care to clean up after themselves, not drop litter and ensure toilets are flushed after use, for fear of upsetting the cleaners whom they know, like and trust.
This has been proven where cleaners go about their work while the occupants of the facilities they're cleaning are also working. The two are able to build a relationship which means that often, cleaners are able to spend more time cleaning and less time clearing up what can amount to vandalism. I'm not talking graffiti here, but the willful disregard of where rubbish is left, or where people leave a horrible mess in the washroom, with taps running, liquid soap congealing over the basin and toilet tissue strewn over the wet floor.
This cleaner/occupier relationship can't flourish in some situations though, where the nature of the work means we don't get to meet the cleaners. Take refuse collectors, who do a lot of their work before sun up... Plus, since in most areas the bins are on wheels and the lorries have to keep moving to avoid causing traffic jams, the crews have to work at such a fast pace that we rarely get to make eye contact with them; let alone start a conversation.
South Staffordshire Council's 'How much do you #LoveYourBinMan?' campaign, asks residents to let them know if their particular collector has gone out of their way to provide a brilliant service. I don't know whether there's an award involved, but the council will share the best stories in its magazine, which will help bring the human factor to the service and may just make the public aware that the less mess they make, the easier these service providers' working days will be.
I for one would love to see more of that connection and recognition, wouldn't you? Anything that might make the cleaners lives' better, works for me - and there's not a lot to lose in trying, is there?
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This Week's News
According to a recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthcare-Associated Infections are currently the country's fourth leading cause of death and could move up to second place by 2050. Help, however is at hand...
OptiSolve and the Kelley Lab at the University of Toronto are to combine novel nanomaterials with a genomics-based approach to allow for precise identification of pathogens that cause HAIs.
The finalists have been selected and now it's up to you to choose a winner! Voting for SC Johnson Professional's third-annual Happy Hands dispenser design contest is now open. The student-drawn designs are on display at www.debhappyhands.com and open for voting through February 28th.
The Happy Hands contest promotes the importance of handwashing at schools by encouraging K-12 students to use their creative skills and imagination to design a custom soap/sanitiser dispenser.
Shown here with the SO4, complete with standard accessories and steam mopping tools and pads, the STS eliminates the need for operatives to have to carry the machines and accessories separately. The trolley has a myriad of storage options and a handy cable tidy; large, lockable castors facilitate perfect manoeuvreability and make transportation and storage simple and a lot safer.
UK train companies are forever warning us to 'Mind the Gap'. But are they doing enough to close another gap that presents a different challenge altogether: the rail sector's performance gap against targets to minimise waste? Despite committed obligations to reduce waste - and to meet the 90% recycling target set by the DfT - many train operators are some way from their destination, argues Dan Brown, Corporate Sector Director, SWRnewstar...
Cloud-based attendance and location management portal EveryOneCloud has recorded over two million clockings in just 18 months since its launch. Developed by workforce management specialists HFX, EveryOneCloud provides cleaning contractors of all sizes with the convenience to track employee attendance, presence and location in real-time, with a low cost monthly fee.
The system supports over one hundred devices including biometric hand readers, face recognition, finger print as well as traditional card/proximity based devices, mobile apps and telephony, allowing the system to be tailored to every workplace environment and working practice.
Norfolk has launched the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign which aims to fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county and cut the annual £1m clear up cost. The campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier - either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.
"I hate to see fly-tipping and I know the vast majority of people do too," muses Cllr John Fisher, Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership. "Fly-tipping is illegal, unsightly and pollutes the environment.
Sir Nicholas Soames MP paid a visit to Burgess Hill-based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products, Bio-Productions, on Friday. Accompanied by the company's managing director, Angela Gill, he was given a tour of the company's offices and laboratory on the Victoria Business Park, where he had the chance to see the factory's production line first-hand.
Throughout the visit, Angela and operations manager, Chris Freeman, showcased the diverse products that make up the Bio-Productions catalogue, which has significantly expanded since business began in 1984.
The amount of waste thrown away by households across Malvern Hills District has fallen by more than 1,680 tonnes since the introduction of Alternate Weekly Collections, which was launched last April and saw collections switched to waste being picked up one week and recycling the next on a rotating basis.
Between April and November last year households threw away 8,172 tonnes of waste compared to 9,853 in 2017. The reduction is equivalent to the weight of 9,606 Lions or 14,246 Giant Pandas.
Adare Manor, located on the banks of the River Maigue in County Limerick, Ireland, is the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl and now a luxury five-star hotel. The property, set on 840 acres and incorporating a championship golf course and the only La Mer Spa in the British Isles, was awarded 'Hotel of the Year 2018' at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards.
Mitie has won a five-year contract with specialist distribution and logistics company Connect Group following a competitive tender process. Through an integrated facilities management contract, Mitie will manage a host of services including engineering, cleaning, security, reception and landscaping across 78 distribution centres and its headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire.
The role will require a highly motivated and sales-driven professional, who will be able to demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm, in order to manage and grow an existing business portfolio of accounts through Wales, The Midlands and parts of Lancashire.
Established in 1954 SYR is a pioneer of innovative cleaning solutions and is still at the forefront of cleaning technology and, along with supplying more than 500 distributors in the United Kingdom, holds international contracts with high-profile B2B and B2C customers. A key requirement of this role is that the successful Applicant will be able to demonstrate an ability to manage business flow through Distributor Networks in the designated areas and will be able to ensure the smooth transition and reporting of business gained from the company's national accounts initiatives via third party distribution channels.
The successful Applicant will be responsible and accountable for the business growth within this competitive sector and will report directly to the Group National Account Manager.
There is a substantial current level of business in the Area and the Company has set challenging targets for growth within the next three years to complement its' significant turnover in other market sectors.
As you would expect, this position will attract a very competitive salary and commission/bonus opportunity for the right candidate and provide potential for the individual to grow and develop with this long established, but still highly ambitious company. Computer literacy, excellent communication skills and ability to work in a focussed and self-motivated way are also required. A clean, full driving licence, and the availability to be able to work flexible hours due to the nature of this market environment are essential.
Package includes; . Competitive Salary. . Bonus scheme. . Company Car. . Smart phone, Computer, IPad and Laptop.
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Recent UK News
The Cleaning & Support Services Association has revealed the companies that have made it onto the shortlist for both its Training Award and the Environmental and Sustainability Award, in the Association's second UK Contract Cleaning Awards program. Those with a chance of winning are:
* Enhance Office Cleaning
Environmental and Sustainability:
Mitie has become what it believes is the first major facilities management company to announce that it will launch an electric fleet. The organisation has pledged to run at least 20% of its company small van and car fleet using electric vehicles within the next two years.
* Syed Ahmed (pictured), CEO, Savortex will discuss the Internet of Things and how it can benefit the cleaning industry. Syed will show how IoT can help identify the hidden risks in buildings that humans can't - in terms of energy, waste and resources.
Events & Exhibitions
Clean India Technology Week 2019
The Cleaning Show
Clean Buildings Expo
ISSA Cleantex Africa
ISSA Expo Limpieza 2019
ISSA North America