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You'll see a news item below which outlines events in much greater detail, but it should go without saying that it brought a huge smile to my face to see the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corby, sing the praises of our cleaners to his fellow MPs as well as anyone else who, like me, had one eye on the BBC's Parliament channel! For once, our Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was in full agreement.
I try to avoid tweeting unless I have something hugely important to say but the statements made, certainly warranted a tweet on this occasion. When I later received a press release from the British Cleaning Council - clearly as delighted as I was that our nation's cleaners were being lauded in Parliament, I posted it on Facebook and am pleased to see that it has been shared several times by some of our industry colleagues in what used to be referred to as the 'Eastern Block', and that these shares have also been shared and commented on by many others. The comment from InfoClean su: “Boris is smart. Be like Boris” made me chuckle!
So the word is spreading: if it weren't for the cleaners, the world would be in a much worse situation than the one it's currently in! Well done not only to those in the frontline, but also those of you who are having to think on your feet and deploy cleaning staff from a contract that has suddenly lapsed because the building’s been shut down, to another which desperately needs all hands on deck. Logistically, it would be difficult under normal circumstances, but to have to do it when many of the staff (and possibly you, yourself) are either unwell or self-isolating, must be a nightmare. And it's not just the staff but all the equipment and disposables that need to be on site at the right time too. Well done everybody – wherever you are in the world – for all you’re doing to keep us all safe.
In the UK there’s been a call for those who’ve previously worked for Network Rail, to get in touch with management if they’re in a position to be able to return to work to cover staff shortages. I certainly hope Transport for London does the same and that those crammed into the early morning tubes can enjoy a safer journey in future. These people are of course considered essential workers; many of them will be cleaners.
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Boris Johnson, and Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute in Parliament yesterday to the 'extraordinary' role of cleaners during the Coronavirus crisis. The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Labour Party were taking part in Prime Minister's Questions when Mr Corbyn praised the 'unsung heroes' of the public sector who 'keep us safe' during the outbreak.
He went on to add: "I'd like to pay special mention to one group that are hugely ignored, forgotten and decried as unskilled workers - cleaners. All around the country and in this building, (they) are doing their best to keep our places hygienic and safe."
“Following discussion, the Government has confirmed that those involved in the production and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products are classified as key workers. It is our understanding that Government is avoiding precise definitions to avoid a key sector being missed.
For those who need to prove that you or your employees are a key worker in an essential service we have produced a pdf. Give a copy of this pdf, accompanied by a photocopy of your membership certificate, to each employee so they can prove your status to whom it may concern.
As the UK enters a three-week period of significant restrictions over the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, safety and compliance expert Bureau Veritas has released a new Emergency Preparedness Pack to help businesses respond rapidly to the growing risks of this global pandemic.
The 15-page document has been created to help businesses identify and address the risk factors that coronavirus presents to their employees, business operations and service users.
This total, calculated for the first time by including cleaning workers employed by businesses and organisations in non-core cleaning industries such as cabin crew who clean planes at turnaround and shopworkers who clean the store, gives a true picture of the scale and importance of the sector.
The Food Standards Agency has today published advice for food businesses in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. The new guidance has been developed with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and covers a range of areas including good hygiene practice, cleaning and waste disposal as well as the management of employee sickness and social distancing for specific food business settings.
The Guidance says that it is very unlikely that people can catch Covid-19 from food, since Covid-19 is a respiratory illness and not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging. It quotes the World Health Organisation’s advice that the risk of catching the virus which causes Covid-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also very low, but also that while food packaging is not known to present a specific risk, efforts should be made to ensure it is cleaned and handled in line with usual food safety practices.
Good hand hygiene is vital for curbing the risk of infection and the transmission of viruses at any time, but because the demand for hand soap has increased substantially thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the need for product containers has also grown.
With lockdown and people having to self-isolate and work from home potentially slowing up the supply of containers, one manufacturer is asking customers to order refills rather than complete new bottles of product.
The Water Jetting Association has suspended all water jetting training to counter the health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus. Its Ruling Council has based its decision on Government social distancing guidelines and planned legislation, designed to protect people against the virus.
In a little silver lining to the enormous challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association put a smile on the faces of staff and parents at the two children's hospitals in Sussex when they donated boxes and boxes of delicious chocolates.
"We had bought the chocolates for our Gala Ball, which has been postponed in light of the Coronavirus," explains David Garcia, vice president of the CHSA. "Instead of letting them go to waste, our secretary, Linda Belcher, came up with the idea of giving them to Rocking Horse, the charity raising funds for the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital.
Councils may well end up calling in the army to clear rubbish and empty bins, thanks to staffing crises in waste departments. Derby City Council despite cancelling its brown bin collections in the city last week, says it is struggling to maintain its blue recycling bin collections.
Councillor Jonathan Smale, city council cabinet member for waste services and Street Pride, told Derbyshire Live: "Officers are working extremely hard to ensure we continue to collect general waste. We're talking to colleagues in the private sector, and are plugging into our Local Resilience Forum which has representation from the army - no options are off the table.
SIA JSC, the manager of Sheremetyevo International Airport, is taking what it says are unprecedented measures to prevent the importation and spread of Covid-19 infection in the territory of the Russian Federation.
The Airport is closely adhering to all the directives and recommendations of the Russian Government's emergency response headquarters in charge of preventing the importation and spread of the novel coronavirus in the territory of the Russian Federation, which is under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister T. Golkova.
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It features some interesting statistics and if you've never seen a stack of mother reels from which toilet tissue is made, it's certainly worth a watch at:
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"Wash hands frequently"… "Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues"… "Throw away used tissues (then wash hands)” and "If you don't have a tissue, use your sleeve")…
Apparently, these measures to help prevent someone from catching and spreading the Coronavirus cannot really apply when using public transport in the UK. Just take my daily commute into London for example...
I board the train, sometimes having to use a touchscreen ticket machine first, press buttons to open train doors and sometimes have to hold onto something on the train when there are no seats. Either way, I usually pass the time by reading the news; meaning touching my phone again and again.
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