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The Care Quality Commission’s ‘State of Care’ report on the findings of the latest round of inspections of our nation’s hospitals has just been published. Although it doesn’t have an individual section concerning cleaning itself, infection control – and in particular, hospital-acquired infections, are covered in the chapter on safety.
I find this ‘lumping together’ of cleaning with safety rather worrying, because if the cleaning isn’t being done properly and infection control procedures aren’t adhered to, all the other hospital processes – no matter how good – are going to be affected too, aren’t they? Or is that just me being anal about cleaning?
The report acknowledges that safety in the hospital environment requires, “comprehensive processes involving multiple specialisms”. That phrase could be used to describe the cleaning process alone, couldn’t it, but clearly this isn’t something that everyone understands!
I’ve visited several different areas of a two hospitals on many occasions recently and am happy to report that generally they were clean despite patient and visitor carelessness clearly causing problems for the cleaners. I dismissed a comment that the patients’ dayroom in one hospital smelt strongly of urine and assumed it must be a strong disinfectant, but upon visiting it the following afternoon, not only did I agree that it was indeed urine, but I noticed that the floor itself was sticky underfoot and the mopping smears across the entire floor were clear to see. Yes – the cleaner was following proper mopping patterns, but was smearing the urine across the floor whilst doing so! Needless to say, I am investigating…
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The cleaning industry has reacted angrily to claims by Ofsted Chief, Michael Wilshaw, that cleaning should not be offered as part of an apprenticeship.
It comes in the wake of a recent Ofsted report that criticised the quality of apprenticeships, claiming low level skills such as cleaning are potentially devaluing the apprenticeship brand.
Sickness season is upon us. Cold and flu viruses lurk in every corner of the office, as our colleagues cough and splutter through the day. Sometimes getting ill can't be avoided, but there are precautions you can take to avoid succumbing to the yearly sniffles.
Keeping work and common areas as clean as possible, for example, is a great step towards reducing the risk of transmitting illnesses. Some viruses can live for weeks on hard surfaces, such as door handles and kitchen worktops, but also, more worryingly, on many of the everyday items you'd find on an office desk.
A new report by Allied Market Research titled, 'World Green Solvents - Market Opportunities and Forecast, 2014-2020', predicts that the green solvents market volume will reach 3,321.4 kilo tons by 2020, registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 4.3% during the period 2015-2020.
Interestingly, the industrial and domestic cleaner application segment is projected to register highest CAGR of 7.3%, in terms of volume, during the forecast period.
We now often get charged a fairly hefty price to even get into the loo in a public place, so is it wrong to expect cleaner, fresher cubicles? While some people will accept poor standards despite having parted with 50p to do something our bodies are naturally programmed to do, others are naturally demanding accessible, clean and well-stocked toilets.
"We'd always ensure our luxury toilets are kept in pristine condition so we certainly know what we should be expecting to see when we spend a penny in a public toilet!" argues James Brockbank, of luxury mobile toilet hire organisation Event Washrooms, which has recently surveyed 2,000 members of the British public and asked: "What is your number one pet peeve when using public toilets?"
Ingenium, an environmental services company focused on providing innovative, sustainable, hazardous waste management solutions for a wide range of industries, has this week launched Bio-INergy; a sustainable solution for medical red bag (bio-contaminated) waste.
To date, BPI has received 20 tonnes of empty recycling sacks from the Council and turned them into 60,000 refuse sacks for the Council's use.
I thought you'd like to know that two ISO (international) standards are in preparation for facilities management services. These are:
ISO 18480-1 Facility Management - Part 1: Terms and definitions
Mohali - the commercial hub in Punjab, India, is unlikely to get the mechanised cleaning service it was expecting, as Congress, the Azad group and local councillors are reluctant to release funding of Rs 43 lakh (approximately £43,000) to the company that has been awarded the sanitation contract.
They claim the city's roads are not of a high enough standard.
Canadian headquartered Delta-Q Technologies has this week announced the introduction of two new IC Series battery charging solutions for use in electric floorcare machines, which are said to offer superior reliability and charge quality.
The new IC900 and IC1200 industrial battery chargers join the company's IC650 charger to form a common charging platform for use across manufacturers' product lines.
For super-shiny floors, it's hard to beat the latest Ultra High Speed polishers using diamond pad technology, but it's important to select the right model for the job in hand. SEBO's commercial sales manager, Derek Smith, unveils the key to achieving polishing perfection...
"There's no question that today's UHS (Ultra High Speed) floor polishers, in combination with diamond pads, produce high-shine surfaces with minimal effort. Quite literally wiping the floor of 'old school' mop and bucket cleaning, UHS Floor Polishers are revolutionising the floorcare industry, cutting labour costs and producing excellent results.
Staff at one of the UK's leading suppliers of cleaning equipment have been trekking through the night to raise nearly £1,900 for charity. A team of 10 people from Hako, based in Crick, Northamptonshire were amongst thousands of people who took part in Cancer Research UK's recent Shine Night Walk through the streets of London.
Together they raised a total of £1,891 for the Teenage Cancer Trust after drawing on the support of family, friends and colleagues.
There are proposals to move to three-weekly (that's once every three weeks) bin collections and to cut back on grass cutting to 50% of the recommended average. There will also be heavy job losses in street cleaning operations and cuts within the Council's cemetery operations.
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