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A letter in the Yorkshire Post last week highlighted a potential cause of cross-contamination in healthcare facilities. It was written by someone who had observed a simple action by a healthcare worker who thought she was complying with procedures but through lack of awareness may well have created problems that could have had a devastating effect on her facility’s healthcare-acquired infection figures. I have no doubt that what the writer observed is something that’s repeated in facilities all over the world.
Professor J. A. Double, of West Yorkshire, wrote in response to a recent article in the Yorkshire Post by MP Andrea Jenkyns: 'A simple lesson in hygiene that will save lives.'
The professor said he felt that many hospital staff simply do not understand cross-infection, going on to say that "sadly, this has been totally compromised by the use of disposable gloves that in most instances have replaced hand washing."
He went on to describe a recent visit to hospital, during which he observed a nurse wash her hands before donning sterile gloves. She then prepared a sterile area before putting the patient’s notes on the prepared area.
"She then realised something was missing and without any thought of removing her gloves, rummaged through several drawers and cupboards to find what she was looking for and then placed it on the 'sterile' area," he said. "She then attended to the patient and removed a cannula in what she believed to be a 'sterile' procedure. The notes would not have been sterile; nor would anything she had touched while rummaging about.
"While it is right that staff should wear gloves where there is a clear risk to them, somehow the message has to be got across that disposable gloves are a real source of cross infection if worn to handle the notes of patients and touch any unsterile surfaces prior to carrying out what they believe to be a clean procedure."
The professor has a point. I, too, observe people who are cleaning and I observe healthcare professionals who are supposed to be complying with cross-contamination prevention procedures. I have often wondered whether following procedures has become so mechanical that people have forgotten to actually think about what they’re doing. And of course that’s when procedures can create the very problems they’re designed to prevent…
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This recognition comes as a result of the environmental success of the company's V-Air Solid multi-phasing air freshener with sub-micron technology, which has won an International Green Apple Environment Award.
A meeting took place last week between leaders of the cleaning industry and Immigration officials, as part of Operation Magnify, the Home Office's latest campaign in the fight to stamp out illegal working.
Operation Magnify is targeting the construction and care home sectors as well as cleaning contractors, as these are thought to be some of the most likely industries that illegal workers are to be found - along with the restaurant sector.
'We Clean', a Birmingham-based cleaning company, was delighted be awarded the prestigious Overall Tork Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards annual presentation event last Friday.
This is the first time in the Awards' 28-years-history that a cleaning company has achieved this top award and was in recognition of the company being awarded Platinum Awards for every one of its entries.
The premier Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit was hosted in Paris recently and the consensus was that the cleaning products industry needs to take greater steps to address its environmental and health impacts...
For although there have been improvements in product formulations, there remain concerns about contentious chemicals.
JD Wetherspoon's showcase Velvet Coaster on Blackpool seafront opened this year as the country's biggest public house. It was also the first in the country to include a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet, for people who need the help of a carer.
The venue has now added another accolade to its tally, winning the 2015 Loo of the Year Trophy for the best Changing Places facility across the UK and Ireland.
The Awards winners will be announced on the first day ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam, on Tuesday 10th May, 2016. Exhibitors wishing to submit products for the Award should complete the online application by 24th January - which is only a few weeks from now.
Hosted by renewable energy company, Masdar, in partnership with Tadweer (The Center of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi), and co-located with the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, EcoWaste is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and aims to support the region's urgent waste disposal challenges and needs in the quest for sustainable development and environmental protection.
Lonking Holding was established in 1993 and has become one of the biggest machine manufacturers in China. The company consists of 19 wholly-owned subsidiaries and four production bases that produce parts, lift trucks and earth-moving machinery.
Just a brief update... We already have 12 cleaning organisations and suppliers pledged to join the revitalised Cleaning & Support Services Association, with many more interested.
Last week, as CSSA chairman, I attended a meeting of Home Office officials and senior immigration officers to discuss the proposed clampdown on illegal workers as the Immigration agency focuses on the cleaning, construction and care services sectors.
Founded in 1969 by the organisation's current chairman Terry Carrigan, at the age of 27, on the timeless core values of 'honesty, attention to detail and attention to clients, Regular Cleaning recently chose to pursue certification to the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) due to the programme's alignment with the company's promise to deliver the best services possible to its clients through well managed operations.
When the old road sweeper owned by Havelberg's municipal depot broke down right at the beginning of the BUGA 2015, a German National Garden Show hosted - for the first time simultaneously - by five different cities and communities from two neighbouring federal states, rapid help was called for.
Offering the same durable sweeper attachment for forked vehicles as the larger, established version, this new configuration, which has 16 rows of long life stiff bristles, is ideal for areas where a 200cm (79in.) attachment cannot operate.
Refuse collections and street cleaning are amongst the services set to suffer as Lancashire County Council tries to reduce its spend by £4.7m.
Deputy leader Cllr Tony Greaves, who oversees the council's finances, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The government is again slashing our grants and councils like ours in the north of England, are among the worst hit. We're looking at different ways to cut our spending and raise our income, but we're now very close to being forced to stop doing some quite important things."
The hospital is in the process of reducing its staff by what the union claims is the equivalent to 30 cleaners in the latest cuts to a hospital that, like others across Ontario, is dealing with a five-year funding freeze.
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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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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.
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