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I’ve never been one for Valentine’s Day; my view is that if someone loves you, they should be inclined to demonstrate their affection every day. Having them push the boat out just because it’s 14th February, feels akin to the insistence that seats on the Board should be fairly equally distributed between men and women along with the different ethnic groups and gender representations. If you’re a member of the board, surely you should be there on merit and for no other reason. Imagine being anything other than a straight white man and being offered a seat on the Board! I won’t say you’d be forever wondering if you’re there as the ‘token representative’ but the thought’s likely to cross your mind and make you feel you need to prove yourself, isn’t it?
Another thing that frustrates me about Valentine’s Day is that in conventional couples, one partner feels pressured into buying red roses and taking their other half out to dinner. That’s regardless of whether their partner likes red roses over all other flowers… we’ve been conditioned to think that it has to be red roses. The prices rocket and dinner is eaten (or used to be, prior to Covid) in a restaurant crowded with other couples, which is anything but romantic. What do you do though?
John and I had a chuckle this week over a press release sent in from divert.co.uk, (a UK-wide, on-demand rubbish collection service) pushing the ‘ultimate Valentine’s gift’ – the chance to become a refuse collector and ride in a refuse truck. “The bonus is that we will also teach your partner the importance of taking the bins out!” it promised... “Experience the ultimate driving thrill with this bin truck driving blast. Is your partner bored with their normal car? Or perhaps they simply want to live out that childhood fantasy of being a refuse collector? Then this experience is the perfect chance to go for a ride - along with one of our drivers, and experience the life of a refuse collector in one of our famous purple trucks. After the tough decision of what to pack in your lunch box, you can buckle up and enjoy the thrilling miles. Sit back and help co-pilot the lorry and take on the challenging straights and turns - and if you're lucky, your driver may let you use the hydraulics and tip the rubbish out!"
Now that’s a Valentine’s gift with a difference, don't you think?
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The Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute was set up as a catalyst for change and has now launched its fellowship programme which intends to create a new generation of scientific leaders dedicated to the field of hygiene.
Covid-19 has brought hygiene - and more specifically the role it can play in our health - into sharp focus and further reinforced the fact that prevention is better than cure. However, despite hygiene being the preventive component of the global fight against infectious diseases, it has languished as a minority scientific and political interest for decades.
At a time when the healthcare sector is under immense pressure, the British Institute of Cleaning Science, known for its clear approach to raising standards within the cleaning industry, has adapted and launched Healthcare Cleaning Skills.
Trained operatives will be able to apply their knowledge and skills across all environments within the sector.
While many facilities are focusing on the proper precautions for preventing the spread of Covid-19 and maintaining a healthy and safe work environment, Goodway Technologies is sharing a reminder to be proactive in reducing the risk of a harmful bacteria that continues to impact facilities - Legionella.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, health departments in the US alone reported 10,000 cases of Legionnaires' disease in 2018. In 2021, the US has already seen outbreaks in a hospital, senior living centre and an apartment complex.
The Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2022 is now open for sponsors, with exclusive packages to suit all budgets, and the opportunity to show your commitment and support to industry colleagues who have achieved amazing results in very challenging times.
Global hygiene and pest control products manufacturer Pelsis Group has launched the Hurricane ES, an electrostatic fogger that disperses disinfectant across potentially contaminated surfaces to provide widespread coverage.
Unfortunately, as the pandemic has worn on, Americans seem to be backsliding on their handwashing habits. According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey conducted in January, 57% of Americans are washing their hands six or more times a day. That’s quite a drop off from the 78% of Americans who were washing that frequently when the survey was conducted in April of 2020.
The past year has seen a raft of stories pertaining to the supply of essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and while the majority of this focus has been on the impact to the healthcare sector, there are many other industries that rely on PPE to protect staff. This is according to leading glove and face mask manufacturer, ASAP Innovations, which outlines how critical it is that those working in the hygiene sector remain protected from fake PPE, supply shortages and regulatory changes.
Numbers of rat infestations in empty and closed buildings in the UK has reached "biblical levels" as pest controllers warn landlords and building owners to check premises for infestations well before lockdown restrictions ease.
"The big worry is that when shops, restaurants and offices are unlocked in preparation for openings over the next few months, business owners are going to discover fairly advanced infestations of rats and mice," explains Jenny Rathbone from Pest.co.uk
GermErase, a new brand at the frontline of protecting against Covid-19, infections and superbugs, has launched its first product range, guaranteeing the highest levels of protection against pathogens for up to a month.
GermErase is thought to be the first and only multi-surface protector proven to kill SARS-CoV-2 in under 30 seconds, and a broad range of other pathogens, with up to 99.9999% efficacy, making it faster and more effective than any other product currently available on the market. It is also said to be the first British product to be tested against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, as opposed to proxy viruses which is how most products have been tested.
Elite commercial and residential cleaning services provider, Imperial Cleaning, has announced that it will enter into a strategic partnership with PRO-Techs USA, a provider of antimicrobial surface protection.
PRO-Techs is an EPA-registered nanotechnology that creates a barrier shield with a 99.9% effectiveness in preventing the growth of bacteria and microorganisms, providing long-lasting antimicrobial protection on porous and non-porous surfaces, with a durability of up to 90-days.
From a local cleaning company to a national business, ICE Cleaning has acquired an array of high-profile clientele, including the NHS, Warner Bros and Nando’s. During the beginning of the pandemic, ICE Cleaning featured in both The Telegraph and The Times for working tirelessly to help British businesses manage the risk of Coronavirus in the workplace, through the creation of the ICE Shield which offers surface protection for up to 28 days post-clean.
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