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The robust market for ingredients in cleaning applications is often overshadowed by that of personal care; however, the recently published 'Ingredients for Household, Industrial, and Institutional Cleaning Applications' report by international market research and management consulting firm Kline, finds that this market carries equally sustainable growth potential, with some country markets increasing at double-digit rates during the forecast period from 2014-2019.
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.
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Am I the only one who’s looked at the pictures of the country’s worst-rated supermarkets that are all over this week’s newspapers, and not been surprised that a number have been found to be unhygienic? The forecourts of two establishments are strewn with rubbish that can’t have just appeared the day the pictures were taken and both are stained by liquids, which could perhaps be urine. I wouldn’t have set foot in one of those shops even if I’d been desperate for chocolate!
It’s not just the visibly dirty shops that will harbour germs and infestations but those that look clean too – as I discovered when I saw a mouse scurry under the counter at my local shining Sainsbury’s some years back! Of course we should all be regularly washing our hands but I wonder how many of us wipe down tins/jars/bottles or packets before we put them away, as my mother taught me to do. If not, perhaps now is the time to start.
Although it’s hard to believe - thanks to the incessant rain, thunder and grey, wintery-looking skies, today’s the day John and I bid you a brief farewell so we can take our annual Summer breaks. As I have several festivals booked in over the coming few weeks, I’m hoping that the weather dries up, since camping in sodden fields doesn’t have the appeal that outdoor living in the sunshine has, since even my favoured compost loos can take on the appearance of the trashed public washrooms that are all too common in the UK, when they're used by people who are drenched through.
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While a new systematic overview in this week's 'Annals of Internal Medicine' points to several promising cleaning tactics for these 'high-touch surfaces', there's a lack of evidence as to which is the most effective at reducing healthcare-associated infections.
As students in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone begin their summer holidays, measures put in place to protect them from the Ebola virus are being credited with having helped keep classrooms free from any infections.
Across the three countries, there have been no reported cases of a student or teacher being infected at a school since strict hygiene protocols were introduced when classes resumed at the beginning of the year after a months'-long delay caused by the virus.
The term 'circular economy' has existed for around five years. It emerged from a thought that is occurring to more and more people, namely, that the population is increasing while our energy and raw materials are becoming ever scarcer. At present, we mainly process expensive raw materials into products that we later discard. This leads to capital destruction on a large scale. In a circular economy, residual products form the raw materials for new production processes, just as in nature.
The product can be applied like any other liquid sanitiser to a surface, and not only will it kill microorganisms on contact, it will continue to provide protection for up to 14 days.
This is an impressive accolade for the privately owned all-British company which is a leader in the ecological cleaning products market for the commercial sector in the UK - as only 300 companies are selected for this initiative (including Aston Martin, Virgin and Burberry), to represent the best of British brands globally. As a result, Delphis Eco will be featured in billboard campaigns and showcased across all British Embassies worldwide.
The latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers is to make its UK debut at the country's top event for recycling and waste management professionals. Visitors to the Hako stand at RWM (September 15th -17th at Birmingham's NEC) will be able to get a close up look at the first Citymaster 1600 Citycleaner to arrive in the country and discover why it's already creating something of a stir in the municipal arena.
Tantech Holdings, the manufacturer of bamboo-based charcoal products, has announced that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Zhejiang EGE Battery Manufacturing to jointly develop, market, and sell carbon based aluminum batteries.
The batteries, using Tantech's Electric Double-Layer Capacitor carbon material for the cathode, is expected to offer a safe, easy-charging, long-lasting and eco-friendly alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today.
The Norfolk based group has won two major new contracts in Norwich and Cambridge, as well as three others through its joint venture companies in Enfield Medway and Devon.
Following a rigorous tender process, TCFM has successfully secured the exclusive contract to provide all area cleaning at Allianz Park, located in North London. Along with suppling match day services to clean the 10,000 seat capacity stadium, the award includes day-to-day cleaning of its impressive conferencing, hospitality and general stadium areas along with the retail store. The contract has just gone live.
Fewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health, according to a recently released report from a leading expert in leadership development, with only 46% of firms regarding staff health as an employer's responsibility. This is despite the fact that 82.8% of companies believe that business performance and staff wellbeing are connected.
The research, conducted by Morgan Redwood, is based on responses from the Heads of Human Resource departments or Board Director level from over 250 businesses. These have been drawn from across the UK and from a mix of sectors and a range of company sizes, with two thirds employing over 250 people, and none less than 50.
With chemical products under more scrutiny than most, it's reassuring to know you can purchase cleaning solutions from manufacturers with a high profile of environmental awareness. The label to look out for is British Standard EN ISO 14001:2004 - and after an extensive audit of the company's Environmental Management System, Prochem Europe has been granted certification to this standard.
The audit found that Prochem demonstrated reduced usage of gas, electricity and water (excluding product manufacture) as well as waste control to landfill between 2013 and 2014.
A company has been fined following the death of a worker who became trapped in unguarded machinery at a Devon paper mill. John Stoddart, 42, who lived in Cullompton, was attempting to smooth out felt on a conveyor at the Higher Kings Mill in the town when he was pulled into the machinery causing fatal injuries in September 2011.
The incident was investigated by the Health & Safety Executive, which prosecuted Mr Stoddart's employer, DS Smith Paper, at Exeter Crown Court.
It's not quite what we'd term a 'busman's holiday' in the UK (a holiday in which holidaymakers do much the same as they do at work) but it came close to it, when staff from Doman, the Italian steam technology specialist, took advantage of a month-long shutdown throughout August to visit Matrix Cleaning Systems, the British steam technology specialist, recently.
Doman partners Matrix in industrial machine production.
Disposables UK, which is part of the Northwood group, is celebrating significant growth in Europe fuelled by its Bay West brand, as the company places ever increasing emphasis on the export market with recent expansion into Germany, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.
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