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Today is World Toilet day – one that raises awareness of the importance of washroom facilities, cleaning and personal hygiene around the globe. While many of us complain about the abysmal state of some of our away-from-home toilets, others don’t have anything to complain about, in as much as they don’t have any facilities at all. World Toilet Organisation figures show that 2.5 billion people worldwide don’t have access to sanitation at all.
While not wanting to make light of the fact that in some parts of the globe, open-air defecation is the norm, I can’t help but draw a parallel to the fact that in a supposedly developed place like the UK, this practice may well become more commonplace as our councils fight to rapidly close down our public toilets. In my local village, what had once been well-used public toilets are being converted into tiny flats and however hard I try, I can’t think of a public washroom locally that remains open, which isn’t in a shopping mall that’s locked at night-time. Yes I know we badly need more homes, but we need access to washroom facilities when we’re out and about too, don’t we? It’s not that many years ago that they were all over the place; now they’re a rarity.
Gillian Kemp of Public Toilets UK reports that Camborne’s Community Toilet Scheme is working so well that other towns are considering following suit. If you’re not familiar with the concept, five venues are currently taking part: two pubs, a café, a coffee shop and Trevithick Market. Each is paid a small sum to allow non-purchasing customers to use their washrooms and I think it’s a great idea – but it’s only useful if they’re open when you need them, isn’t it? In the meantime, the town’s council-run Rosewarne toilets are under threat of closure!
Other councils and public venues take pride in their public washrooms, knowing that decent facilities will draw people into the area. Many of these will be celebrated on 4th December at the annual Loo of the Year Awards and if you’ve not yet got your ticket to this fun event, contact [email protected] as they’re selling fast.
And as it’s World Toilet Day, if you’re using a public toilet, please respect other users and the cleaners too by leaving it as you’d like to find it. It should go without saying but…
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"Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is no longer used in any British hospital for surface cleaning and disinfection, yet contrary to popular myth, bleach has never been 'banned' by the National Health Service. What is it then that has driven bleach from being the go-to disinfectant to something that would now be seen as highly unusual in a British hospital setting?
Heralded as one of the most important developments in ultrasonic cleaning in decades, a new piece of technology that uses only cold water and ultrasonic bubbles has the potential to revolutionise cleaning in the healthcare industry and beyond.
The technology, known as StarStream, works by enhancing the cleaning power of a stream of water.
By killing these infectious bacteria on painted surfaces, Paint Shield offers customers an important new weapon in the fight to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections.
A webinar to explore what the future holds for the facilities management industry in 2016 and beyond, jointly hosted by FM software provider Service Works Group (SWG) and Facilities Show, will take place at 11:00 next Wednesday, 25th November 2015.
During the webinar, a panel of leading lights from the FM profession will contribute to the debate on a range of key issues that are set to have a major impact on the future of the industry, including:
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification announced yesterday that it has published a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015).
ANSI/IICRC S500 provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It does not provide comprehensive water damage restoration procedures; rather, it outlines the foundation for basic principles of proper restoration practices.
The PW-H28 is one of the latest additions to IPC's range of hot water, high pressure cleaners that has been conceived in close collaboration with IPC clients, who are demanding a simple, compact machine that is easy to use and economical, while being efficient and offering the performance users would expect from a professional machine.
This compact HP washer has an innovative layout, offering easy access to all internal components to reduce operator downtime and keep maintenance costs to a minimum.
The Steam Mop Kit consists of a flexible steam-only hose, extension tubes to facilitate high level cleaning of walls and ceilings, a 20cm hand mop for the cleaning of any vertical or horizontal surface and a 40cm floor mop - all neatly contained in a handy bag.
OCS Group has acquired Guernsey-based Meadowcroft, a third generation family-owned building services provider, in a deal it says will boost its offer of Total Facilities Management to Channel Islands businesses and property owners.
OCS says that the expanded business will be able to offer clients in Guernsey and Jersey a comprehensive set of property services, including washroom services, cleaning, compliance, electrical engineering and mechanical services.
Hydro Tek has a strong position in the high pressure market, and the acquisition significantly increases Nilfisk's market reach in this business throughout North America.
To date, the company has sold more than 40 million Washlets worldwide since their 1980 launch in Japan.
The British Safety Council has welcomed the Sentencing Council's newly published Definitive Guideline on health & safety and corporate manslaughter offences, which will come into effect on 1st February 2016 and will apply to England and Wales. The BSC says the document presents a strong argument for focusing on prevention and good governance. Neal Stone, the organisation's deputy chief executive, writes:
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Recent UK News
Taking place near Marble Arch, London, on 2nd December, the Government-run 'Manual Handling for Assessors' course will equip you with the knowledge to recognise, assess and reduce manual handling risks in your organisation.
The suggested fines in the new document could hit heights of £20m for corporate manslaughter offences and £10m for the most serious health & safety offences.
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.
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
Recognising success and rewarding excellence in recycling and waste management, the Awards showcase best practice and innovative approaches to improving the way resources are managed. Entries are welcomed from commercial organisations across all vertical industry sectors, local authorities, individuals and the community sector.
The following 23 winners are now officially the Best in the UK Cleaning Industry:
Events & Exhibitions
Expo Clean & Expo Laundry
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show