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Producing e-zines (pronounced e-zeens, as in emailed magazines!) across two industries as I do, I receive several hundred emails and press releases each week and as many aren’t relevant, I’ve become expert in rapidly whittling out those needing to be discarded.
One I quickly retrieved from the bin today though deserves a mention in this leader – not because of any relevance to cleaning per se, but because of the need for cleaning its subject might create… The release, sent by the US–based Canine Company, advises readers on how not to fall foul of colleagues when participating in next Friday’s global ‘Take your dog to work’ event.
I kid you not.
I work from home and occasionally do battle with my cat over my workspace. He might wedge himself into my chair behind me – dislodging me, or he’ll nudge my mouse hand – creating unusual words - or nudge and move the screen. Sometimes he’ll wriggle between me and the keyboard so I can’t work until I’ve given him some attention.
He’ll occasionally make muddy footprints on my desk and while I don’t believe he has fleas, if he has, they’re in my home anyway and although he’s collected two ticks, they remained firmly mouthparts-embedded until I prised them out. What I’m saying is that it’s my choice to have him here together with any nasties he might bring in and my responsibility to clean up my workspace after me. And if he bothers anyone, it’s not my colleagues or the cleaners.
The advice given by the Canine Company is sound in as much as it tells people to be courteous of co-workers' needs (i.e. “a colleague with severe allergies or an overwhelming fear of dogs won't be comfortable around the best-behaved canine,” and "behaviours you find cute may not be well received by co-workers.") Quite. It also suggests placing a plastic mat under food/drink bowls to prevent carpet stains as well as bringing plastic bags for cleaning up after your pet – “just in case there's an accident”.
My advice would be, not to get involved in the first place. Little accidents aside, I once moved into a brand new 20-odd storey building to find the expensive carpets being ripped out and replaced because the first lot had fleas.
You’ve been warned…
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This Week's News
Following the selection of a shortlist by a panel of experts, the 15 entries for the final round of the current CMS Purus Awards have now been chosen, from the 60 products that were submitted this year by more than 40 CMS 2015 Berlin exhibitors.
The shortlisted products in the five categories of Machinery, Equipment, Washroom Hygiene, Management Systems & Software and Brand Communication, are said to be examples of outstanding design quality and they are:
Mitie, the facilities management company, has found that half of the UK's service sector employees are being hampered by inadequate workplace management and design.
Afidamp Servizi has announced that Clean Middle East Pulire - the leading event for the professional cleaning sector in the United Arab Emirates, is going to be held annually.
Feedback continues to be incredibly positive; customers have already called for an extension to the range in the form of a heavier duty refuse sack in black and clear - a call the manufacturer has already answered.
Organisations are experiencing both escalating skills shortages and increased competition for talent, with three in four organisations (78%) reporting recruitment difficulties in the last year, according to the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development /Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey.
The survey, launched yesterday at the CIPD’s annual HR Software Show & Recruitment exhibition, shows that many organisations are having to look externally to meet the changing skills needed in-house. However, the CIPD is warning that equal attention needs to be given to the development of internal staff, to build a skilled and sustainable workforce in the long-term.
The company already provides trade waste collection for Weatherbys and because of the existing close working relationship, was invited to quote for the building cleaning.
Morclean’s Peter Morley had told us some time ago that the members of his R & D team were working hard to finalise a new product that would cause some excitement so we were pleased when Peter announced: “It’s new, it's blue, and of course it's innovative! It's called BlueBox and it’s now available.”
I first came across Chris Straker, of Straker Eco Carpet & Rug Care, via the local paper some years ago, when he won a Green Guardian Award for his carpet & upholstery cleaning business. I could so easily have forgotten about him but the fact that he kept on winning awards, year after year, meant that he was uppermost in my mind when some associates of mine needed a real professional to get to grips with a seriously grubby carpet.
Chris was keen to oblige and as the job was local to me I went along to observe.
A delighted Jon Horton told us that it was Nicola Williams (pictured) who did all the organisation and put the stand configuration together.
Cleaning and building maintenance expert CAM Specialist Support has launched CAM Abseiling, a new company focused on delivering a comprehensive range of safe, efficient industrial rope access solutions for building owners and managing agents.
CAM Abseiling sits within the CAM group and is dedicated to carrying out complex building support services that involve working at height or working in difficult access scenarios, including window cleaning, general maintenance and repairs, construction cladding, and survey and inspection work. CAM Abseiling also covers interior atria and stairwells where safe access may be an issue.
Hygie Canada, which manufactures products that limit the spread of bacteria - thereby reducing the risk of infections in hospital settings - won two prizes: Entreprise de l'année (Company of the Year) and Innovation et technologies (innovation & technologies) in the 31st edition of Prix Excellence, a recognition programme created by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de la Rive-Sud.
The Dominique-Rollin Gala celebrates businesses that have distinguished themselves over the past year. A total of 12 prizes were awarded.
Vehicle movements and loading and unloading vehicles can be some of the most dangerous activities carried out on a worksite.
A course taking place in London on 7th July 2015, organised by the government-body HSL, is designed to help you understand the legal requirements of both road traffic law and workplace safety law, how and why things go wrong, and how you can take practicable steps to reduce risk in your business.
We’d hazard a guess that large numbers of the population spend some of their working hours pondering whether the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, as the saying goes… Well according to a Muncie Star Press report, one cleaner decided to find out for himself this week and ran off before he’d finished the lobby he was cleaning.
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Recent UK News
The Shareholders of Northwood Paper Sales and associated companies have announced that they have acquired the issued share capital of Disposables UK. The parties have had a long and successful relationship both during the time when the company was led by its founder, the late Trevor Storer, and subsequently with the present management.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association has signed up as a Silver Sponsor of the Golden Service Awards.
"We're delighted to be a Silver Sponsor at the Golden Service Awards," says Stephen Harrison, chairman of the CHSA and managing director of Harrison Wipes.
Whether it was supporting it directly, or riding the wave of positivity and enthusiasm that the Olympics brought with it, there was a definite trough left in its wake for a lot of people.
Not so for CE Facilities Services, as Tomas Gronager, chief executive officer, explains:
Barbara Hornby of Delivered Health Solutions is pictured here receiving her trophy from sales manager Danny Jackson.
Staples Disposables, one of the leading independent UK paper convertors, has entered a partnership that will see the ‘Away From Home’ divisions - which consist of hygiene paper, catering disposables and professional cleaning chemicals - taken over on 19th June and split into ‘Staples Away from home’ and ‘Staples Chemicals.’
Women cleaners, catering staff and care workers could be set for a boost in job satisfaction and pay thanks to a new competitive fund from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).
Two thirds of those earning low pay in the UK are women. One reason is that women are concentrated in low paying occupations and sectors. Females also make up 77.5% of part time employees, and there are big differences in pay for full time and part time workers.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show