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Further to last week’s leader, I’m delighted to report that Cinderella IS indeed going to be returning to the ball!
In case you missed last week’s issue, I wrote that a meeting was being held in London that day with the purpose of bringing back into proper existence the Cleaning & Support Services Association, which for a while last year, was merged with other associations to form the Building Futures Group. The CSSA withdrew partly because it was felt that the BFG’s cleaning side (cleaning being the ‘Cinderella’ of any business that isn’t directly about cleaning) was being neglected – a sentiment I echoed in my leader, as I expressed my dismay at how quiet things seemed to have gone, with no official body seemingly interested in fighting the industry’s corner when it was attacked in the mainstream press.
Ex-CSSA chairman Doug Cooke, CEO of Principle Cleaning Services, told me that around 40 people attended the meeting – a good turnout when one considers the inevitable diary clashes and how busy life gets in the lead-up to Christmas! He said that the presentation was very well received by the attendees – which included contractors large and small, as well as suppliers – and that the consensus was: “We cannot afford NOT to have a CSSA!”
Doug – who is once again taking on the Chair of the Association, said: “There’s a real gap in the market for contract cleaners at all levels to be represented, and I’m confident that firms will see the benefits of becoming members.
“The new CSSA will focus solely on the contract cleaning sector. Members will have unique opportunities to network, and be one step ahead when important innovations and developments come along.”
Doug also explained that membership costs have been restructured to make them more attractive and that there will more support for smaller businesses as well as more support for the contractors in general, than in the old days.
John Findlater – another ex-CSSA chairman who’s also been very much involved in resurrecting the CSSA, added: “Membership is the customer’s warranty that a contractor is ethical, professional and provides good value for money.”
I can understand John’s sentiment completely, for hiring a company that’s a member of a reputable association inspires confidence, doesn’t it?
The Association is launching on 1st January with the official launch on 1st February.
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A recent webinar, jointly hosted by FM software provider Service Works Group and the Facilities Show and featuring a panel of leading lights from the facilities management profession, opened with the results of an online registration poll which revealed that technology will be the biggest challenge faced by those in the profession in the future.
Of the 500 respondents to the question 'what do you believe will be the most important challenge facing facilities management professionals in 2016?' the majority (27%) considered this to be the use of technology.
EU labelling requirements for vacuum cleaners have already been much debated - but, in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, it is worth nothing that vacuum cleaner manufacturers self-test and self-validate so it is all too easy for results to be fudged and skewed to present products in an advantageous light.
Added to this, the tests themselves are unrepresentative of real world cleaning scenarios so magnify the confusion in the market place. Quite simply, the whole process is somewhat unbelievable and pointless.
It is common for people to try and blame the cleaners when fixtures and fittings change over time, so it pays to know what it is you are cleaning, before starting the job, so you can address any potential issues. Here, Derek Bolton, ex-president and technical director and now honorary member of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, shares his expertise on the use of Latex in carpets and rugs, and the problems it can cause for those tasked with cleaning it...
"Latex is an adhesive material that is applied during the manufacturing process of carpets and rugs. It has several purposes, such as anchoring the pile tufts into the backing materials in woven carpets and fixing the secondary backing to the primary backing in tufted carpets.
The map displays the exact location of over 780 toilets across the UK and then expand the information to show opening and closing times, as well as vital information on the overall provision within each toilet for their specialised needs.
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International has made a second call for papers for the conference it is organising with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification and the Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection. The deadline for submission is 15th December 2015.
'Cleaning Science, Health, Environment, and The Clean Standard: Field Testing, New Research, Innovative Methods, Findings, and Challenges' is the theme of the conference, which is taking place on April 10th and 11th, 2016 at the Georgia Institute of Technology Hotel and Global Conference Centere in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
New Zealand's largest dedicated cleaning industry and hygiene trade show is calling for papers. Submissions must be made by Friday 12th February 2016 and selection will be made by the Programme Committee, whose decision will be final.
Papers will be selected on the basis of quality of abstract, originality, topicality, relevance and providing solutions to issues. Topics will likely include contract cleaning, business management, healthcare, facilities maintenance, hygiene, carpet cleaning and restoration.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has taken delivery of four Citymaster 1600 machines from Gullivers Truck Hire that will help keep the area's streets, car parks and pedestrian areas looking spick and span.
To meet the needs of the Quebec market in waste collection, transport and processing, French-based company Derichebourg Environment has announced that it is setting up its North American headquarters in Montreal. The company expects to create a total of 500 jobs over five years in Quebec.
The new subsidiary of what is said to be the European leader in household waste collection will bring together physical and human resources for household waste collection in two Montreal boroughs: Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie and Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace.
Scotland's Dundee Council, has announced that it is to cut 45 jobs in its street cleaning and open spaces maintenance operation in a bid to save £1.395 million of the £28m it has to shave from its budget over the next two years.
The council hopes that all the proposed job losses can be achieved through voluntary early retirement and voluntary redundancy over the next three years and that making its street cleaning operation more efficient will allow savings to be made without sacrificing cleaning quality. Currently, some city streets can be swept three times a day but the council now wants to switch focus to how clean streets are rather than how often they are swept.
Caretakers at Glasgow's primary schools are threatening to stop cleaning up spillages and picking up litter unless they are paid up to £1,000 extra every year. The workers, employed by Cordia - Scotland's biggest provider of facilities management services in local government - are also demanding back payments of the annual sum, which could cost the organisation more than £2million.
The caretakers say they are entitled to a 'Working Context and Demands Payment' for carrying out everyday jobs including weeding, litter picking, snow clearing, salt spreading, leaf raking, heavy lifting and mopping up spills - including vomit and other spilled bodily fluids.
An East Sussex cleaning company has been recognised for its high quality customer service in this year's Eastbourne Business Awards. The Local Cleaners TLC, which was established in the town three years ago, scooped 'Highly Commended' in the Quality Customer Service category.
The organisation employs eight members of staff who specialise in predominantly domestic cleaning in and around Eastbourne.
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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:
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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.
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Loo of the Year Awards
Future of Surfactants Summit
Budapest Cleaning Show