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When I joined the industry in 1992, one of its biggest and most active organisations was the Cleaning & Support Services Association – and as successful as it already was, over the years it grew in size and stature, soon becoming THE association to join if you were to convince prospective clients that yours was a professional company and not one of the many ‘cowboy’ organisations that damage the industry’s reputation.
I was sad to see it announced in May 2013 that it was to become part of the Building Futures Group along with the British Institute of Facilities Management, Asset Skills and the Facilities Management Association but realised that with so many different associations representing our industry, this might help us present a united front and thus be taken more seriously by those that doubt the importance of cleaning.
In September that year, the BIFM announced its withdrawal, leaving the others to go ahead and launch the BFG in the Spring of 2014. In December, the CSSA also announced its withdrawal.
My personal view is that the cleaning part of the group – rather than growing in stature because it had become part of a larger body, became ‘swallowed up’ in the mix. Whereas prior to the merger I would receive press statements heralding the industry’s successes and fighting its corner when it was slated for being useless, things suddenly went very quiet.
Cleaning is often referred to as the ‘Cinderella industry’ and while I wouldn’t refer to the other groups involved in the merger as the ‘ugly sisters’ of pantomime fame, you can probably see where I’m going with this, can’t you?
Anyway, over the past year, there have been ever louder and more insistent rumblings about the BFG’s alleged failure to embrace the CSSA membership, which has resulted in many CSSA members becoming disillusioned and simply drifting away.
Today, a meeting is taking place in the City of London to gauge support for a relaunch of the CSSA with a view to re-establishing the importance of the contract cleaning industry as a large employer of people, a significant taxpayer and contributor to this nation's wealth and health.
As it’s ‘press day’ John and I can’t attend, but we will be there in spirit and are hoping that we’ll soon be able to announce that Cinderella has returned to the ball…
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This Week's News
Low-performance, semi-commoditised hydrophobic materials have been used on building surfaces for years. However, the most innovative self-cleaning building products - windows, tiles and wall panels - have tended to use hydrophilic technology.
A new report reveals that new superhydrophobic technologies will catch up with hydrophilic products and by 2021 the construction industry will account for more than $724 million in hydrophobic coatings and surfaces - and thus have an impact on those whose job it is to clean them.
According to estimates from the European Commission, if all of the applicable legislation concerning waste management were to be implemented, more than 400,000 jobs would be created in the European Union, of which 52,000 would be in Spain.
The 5th Recycling & Recovery International Trade Fair, SRR, which will be held from 15th to 17th June 2016, at Feria de Madrid, Spain, is designed to encourage everyone to take waste management seriously.
According to a University of California-Berkeley Labour Centre report detailing the stunning rise of poverty jobs at US airports, 37% of cleaning and baggage workers live in or near the poverty level.
Armitage Shanks has launched a new range of energy- and cost-efficient waterless urinals, which are easy to install and maintain.
The European Tissue Symposium has launched a new website, which offers a one-stop-shop for information and sound science. It will prove invaluable for anyone looking for details on the most hygienic way to dry hands following a visit to the washroom.
Winners of this respected international award are selected by a jury of internal and external experts affiliated with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit organisation with headquarters in San Francisco.
If you have ever denied the importance of a washroom smelling clean as well as looking clean, or the impact a particular smell might have on the productivity of your workforce or the way your customers will perceive your business, a new initiative by S C Johnson should convince you otherwise...
The company is inviting visitors to explore their emotions at The Museum of Feelings, an interactive experience built to showcase the beautiful connection between scent and emotion.
Run by its members for its members the CHSA represents all the major manufacturers and distributors supplying cleaning and hygiene products into the UK and Ireland. The new website clearly communicates the CHSA's three primary activities:
Thames Cleaning & Support Services tells us it has managed to implement the London Living Wage without increasing its costs - a move that has helped it win the cleaning & support services contract at Blackstone's newly acquired premises at 160 Queen Victoria Street in London.
The contract will commence 1st January 2016.
Its old laundry was cramped and its machines were getting old, so the club decided to invest in a new state-of-the-art laundry. Girbau worked closely with the club on the design of the new laundry, conducting a site-survey of the converted brick-built former tractor-shed and recommending an installation design with a mix of machines to meet its needs.
The ground has been broken for one of Australia's most innovative biogas projects. In the next 14 months, German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower and its project partner Aquatec Maxcon will establish a biogas plant in a Melbourne suburb.
The 1 MW plant for the anaerobic digestion of organic waste will be one of the first of its kind 'Down Under'.
Working at height expert, CAM Specialist Support, has been presented with the London Borough of Lewisham's Employer of the Year award for its commitment to its staff, including paying the London Living Wage.
The award was presented to Matt Johnson, managing director, by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, when he visited CAM, along with council colleagues, as part of Living Wage Week.
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Recent UK News
"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?
The technology, known as StarStream, works by enhancing the cleaning power of a stream of water.
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.
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.
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.
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