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I haven’t seen a copy of the New Statesman for some time so was surprised to receive a link to the esteemed publication from Gillian Kemp, leader of the Truckers Toilets UK Campaign, with a note saying it featured an article on public toilets (thank you Gillian).
‘The politics of sanitation: why we urgently need more public toilets’ makes interesting reading. “We need to talk about this unseen sanitation crisis,” argues the author, Beatrix Campbell, quoting public toilet doyenne Prof Clara Greed who reckons Britain lost 40% of its public toilets in the decade before the 2010 coalition and adding that Age UK reports that since then, English cities have lost another 20%.
Not very good for tourism, is it?
Clara describes this loss as an assault on citizens’ rights, saying they are vital to accessible, equal and sustainable cities.
“Ironically,” adds Beatrix, “the decline of public toilets has shadowed the rise of global cities and the rise of flourishing night-time economies,” eloquently pointing out that this leads to an abundance of drunk people urinating in the streets all over the ‘civilised’ world.
She reports that Peter Hampson, director of the British Resorts & Destinations Association, has told a Parliamentary committee that public toilets cost local authorities £100m per year, but earn back a meagre £4.5m in entry fees. Apparently it costs as much as to collect a 20p, cart it, count it and account for it as it does to collect it. I wonder whether anyone on the committee asked Peter about what the various councils’ felt about their moral duty to provide this essential service?
Clara, with whom I used to sit on the Council of the British Toilet Association when it launched at the beginning of this millenium, has always felt that public toilets should be seen as a benefit rather than a burden. She has a point but perhaps in more ways than she realises…
With the current government keen to get people off of benefits and back into work, just think of the number of cleaning jobs that would be created, if our closed public toilets were to be brought back into use. And just imagine the boost the supplier side of our industry would receive, as a result of the accompanying increase in demand for disposables and dispensers!
OK it might not quite balance the books, but surely it’s the right thing for local authorities to do, isn’t it?
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This Week's News
The Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is calling for $20 million for prevention and response activities that will include infection control programmes and behavioural changes such as the incorporation of enhanced hygiene routines.
Detergent manufacturers have shown that by following industry guidelines on the correct handling of enzymes in factories, they can deliver a safe working environment and help ensure good occupational hygiene, according to newly published research.
The study, which appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene, examined procedures put in place at approximately 100 manufacturing facilities around the world, where enzymes are used to help formulate detergent products.
For the last three years, Mitie has engaged with senior property and facilities management directors through a series of research projects, conducting extensive interviews to really build a detailed understanding of the factors that are influencing the shape and operation of commercial property estates.
In 2015 the group extended the research to knowledge (office-based) workers to get a better understanding of how different groups of employees are reacting to the new kinds of working patterns that are now prevalent across various business sectors.
LCC Support Services, the independent national service provider, has taken another major step forward in its campaign to preserve the environment. Following extensive trials, LCC is installing Lotus Pro aqueous ozone (AO) systems into the cleaning rooms of many of its larger client sites, thus enabling its staff to provide more hygienic and effective cleaning.
Lotus Pro takes mains water and introduces an extra oxygen atom to an oxygen molecule and water molecules. This creates a highly efficient natural cleaning agent that breaks down dirt, grease and other contaminants without any toxic solutions.
On 12th September the National Carpet Cleaners Association will be holding its fifth Carpet Cleaners Carnival at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Open to everyone and free to attend, the Carpet Cleaners Carnival (CCC) is a popular event which brings together participants from the UK's flooring and soft furnishings cleaning industry, providing an excellent networking opportunity and the chance to learn something new.
So, whether you are a business owner, technician, new to the industry, or an 'old hand', this is the event for you.
Regulatory risk assessments concluded that the outdoor use of First and Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (FGARs and SGARs) present a higher level of risk to animals such as predatory birds and mammals, than would normally be considered acceptable.
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International, planning for its Spring 2016 Cleaning Science & Research Symposium 'Cleaning Science, Health, Environment, and The Clean Standard:
Vavea has specified the Gast Group's diaphragm pump for its low maintenance Aeropulse atomiser - an autonomous industrial cleansing and deodorising system designed for the diffusion of disinfectants and fragrances.
It has been developed to offer a combination of reliability, cost efficiency and low maintenance functionality and, for this reason, the company has partnered with the Gast Group for the supply of the pump that will generate a constant flow of air and thus achieve the best possible atomisation of liquids.
Nilfisk Group has completed the acquisition of Kerrick, a large New Zealand/Australian supplier of professional cleaning equipment. Nilfisk says that the acquisition is part of its growth strategy with the aim of playing an active part in the consolidation of the cleaning equipment industry.
With Kerrick, Nilfisk's footprint in the Pacific region will increase and strengthen the company's position within the professional cleaning business, in particular high-pressure washers.
The Health & Safety Executive occasionally produces video and narrative case studies, where businesses tell their stories of how they manage health & safety effectively and proportionately and how online HSE guidance helps them to do so.
The latest suite of case studies includes a video based on the experiences - and expertise - of a cleaning contractor.
So much rubbish is being washed ashore along the coast of one of the world's most popular tourist destinations - Goa - that manual cleaning is no longer practical. As a result, one of the areas - the Calangute-Candolim beach stretch, is to undergo mechanised beach cleaning in the future.
Talking to a Times of India reporter at Calangute beach on Sunday, tourism minister Dilip Parulekar, along with Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and tourism director Ameya Abhyankar, said that they wanted to introduce mechanised beach cleaning from the beginning of the last season but had not done so due to opposition from some quarters.
Wessel-Werk, which manufactures vacuum cleaner accessories for the commercial, industrial and consumer markets, is introducing its new collection of nozzles for energy saving vacuum cleaners according to EU Energy Regulation 2017, at the upcoming Berlin trade fair IFA 2015.
The RD 278 and RD 297 universal floor nozzles, and the CN 250 crevice nozzle, are said to set new standards in performance, ergonomics and noise reduction. These products already meet the requirements of the EU energy regulation 2017 for energy-saving vacuum cleaners.
Chicopee has been donating cloths and wipes to FoodCycle, a charity running community projects to reduce food poverty and social isolation across the UK, since 2011 and now also provides the charity's community cafe 'Pie in the Sky', in Bromley-by-Bow, London, with its cleaning products. Pie in the Sky runs a training programme for volunteers to help them develop the skills and confidence they need to get a job in the catering industry.
"We have been supporting FoodCycle since the launch of the J-Cloth 3000 a number of years ago, and we are proud to now also be providing our cleaning cloths for Pie in the Sky," explains John Whalley, business development manager at Chicopee.
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