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I really enjoyed reading Toni D'Andrea's missive in your last newsletter. He's a deep thinker and is certainly someone of whom our industry can be very proud.
A decade ago at the World Federation of Building Service Contractors, Curitiba, 2012, Toni presented a paper underscoring the need for hygiene to be measured as part of GDP (see a short summary below).
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I mentioned in last week’s Leader that I was heading up to London for the 55th Annual Cleaning & Support Services Luncheon – for the third year a sell-out event – and as I strolled across to the Savoy via Waterloo Bridge I paused a couple of times to gaze out over the River Thames to some of London’s iconic buildings - most of which are cleaned by CSSA members. I reflected on the fact that however impressive they are from the outside, unless they’re properly cleaned for their users, they could be considered a waste of space, so I felt proud to be joining some of those whose teams ensure that these impressive looking buildings are kept fit for purpose.
During his Chairman’s Speech, Principle Cleaning Services’ Doug Cooke, who, during his 50 years in the industry has enjoyed two stints as chair of the CSSA, recalled how the Association had almost died a death a few years back, as a result of a failed merger with the Building Futures Group. He recalled how in 2016 five CSSA members nervously agreed to back the relaunch of the Association (you can read about it at: https://www.thecleanzine.com/pages/10947/cssa_relaunch).
On rereading the article myself just now, it’s quite clear that the guiding principles put in place back then by those who spearheaded the relaunch, have exceeded all expectations. “We are now fast approaching 200 members,” said Doug last week. “We are now a sustainable business with stable finances and we have an organisational and operational model which continues to grow and evolve.”
I'd like to congratulate everyone involved. They’ve shown that it is possible to reincarnate something that is virtually defunct, with the right people on board, careful planning & heaps of commitment. A project 'from the heart', I believe.
I was sad to learn that Doug is relinquishing his role as CSSA chair but having heard him sing the praises of new encumbent Paul Ashton, CEO of Birkin Group, (currently vice-chair) I can see the Association is going to continue to promote the professional face of cleaning in the best possible way. I believe industry Associations – wherever they may be in the world - play an important part in promoting professionalism and providing value for money for the customer. Long may they continue!
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Juan Yuste works as a facilities manager in a large shopping centre in Madrid and as such is responsible for managing all the infrastructures and services of this macro-complex, with the aim of optimising all its resources. In other words, he is responsible for managing the various areas of this large space designed for shopping and leisure in order to adapt them to the needs of the commercial hub's workers and customers, by solving technical problems, optimising resources and making improvements.
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council and the International Association of Exhibitions & Events are expanding their partnership to include GBAC's Infection Disease Awareness course in IAEE's Certified in Exhibition Management Learning Program for exhibition and events professionals.
IAEE will offer the Infection Disease Awareness Course from GBAC Academy, designed to increase participants' knowledge of infectious disease basics, including how they spread and how people become sick. The course will supplement the Security, Risk, and Crisis Management module within the CEM Learning Program curriculum.
ResearchAndMarkets.com's new Global Hand Hygiene Market report, predicts that the market will grow by $3.05 bn during 2022-2026, accelerating at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 7.73%, fuelled by demand for eco-friendly hand hygiene products and the growth of private label brands.
Increasing research & development investments by vendors will lead to sizable demand in the market. Other contributory factors include the increasing use of skin-safe products, growing cases of pandemic diseases and a growing number of hygiene-related campaigns.
Initial Washroom Hygiene has this week unveiled two innovations - the Signature Lite White Eco Mini and the Initial In Cubicle Period Dignity Dispenser - to help provide a dignified washroom experience for those who menstruate.
The launch of these two new innovations is in direct response to consumer demand, with new research revealing that the majority (78%) of UK women believe that public washroom facilities need to be more accommodating of menstrual hygiene.
After 20 years servicing the capital and nearly 10 years in Manchester, Cleanology is forging ahead with new hubs across the Midlands, Scotland and the South-West. Now working in 14 cities across the UK, national clients include a well-known electric vehicle manufacturer and a number of leading national chains.
Sustainability is at the centre of public discussion. In 2022, world leaders gathered at COP26, deciding that greenhouse gas emissions need to see a reduction of 45% by 2030 and net-zero will be achieved by 2050.
To achieve these goals, businesses everywhere must continue to minimise and reverse the negative effects of global warming. This can be achieved through actively reducing, reusing, and recycling wasted goods, including waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE).
To recognise and honour exceptional Environmental Services technicians, Cintas Corporation is accepting nominations for its 2022 C.A.P.E. Awards (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience) through 8th August 2022.
The C.A.P.E. Awards celebrate EVS staff in acute or long-term care facilities who are at the frontline of patient care, providing clean and safe facilities for healthcare workers, patients, residents and visitors across the country.
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