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This will be our last issue of Cleanzine prior to our Christmas break as we're about to enter our season of excess...
Sorry if I sound jaded but I know I'm not the only one to be frustrated at how early what is supposed to be the season of goodwill is foisted upon us, with some stores playing Christmas music from late October and the shelves stocked with festive goodies and advertising geared towards making us spend more than we can afford on things our loved ones don't need and probably won't appreciate!
Facebook is adorned with images of Christmas trees almost hidden by far too many presents for the recipients to get the most out of, posted in some cases by families that I know ought to be spending the money elsewhere (or working fewer hours so they can at least see their children grow up). The excess is becoming frightening and I'm glad I'm no longer involved, since for at least 20 years now our family has been exchanging token presents and home-made gifts in an attempt to get back to the real spirit of Christmas. Our bank accounts - and stress levels - are far better for it.
With so many UK families now having to use food banks and ever greater numbers of homeless people crammed into hostels and bed & breakfast accommodation - and of course the millions of homeless and displaced people worldwide, the idea of over indulgence at Christmas now feels obscene.
As you may well imagine, I was delighted to learn that teams from Julius Rutherfoord will be providing free cleaning and other services to the 'Crisis at Christmas' centres around the country. These centres will be helping some 4,000 people - sadly just a small percentage of Britain's homeless - have a better Christmas than they might otherwise have done and I congratulate those involved for remembering the true spirit of Christmas.
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The company is taking inspiration from a recent initiative in Germany, led by the Federal Association of Prostate Self-Help (BPS) in association with the German Hotel & Restaurant Association (Dehoga). According to a study, more than five million men in Germany (12% of the male population) suffer from urinary incontinence, especially after prostate surgery. However, less than two million of those dealing with the condition seek medical treatment.
Genesis Biosciences, based in Cardiff, has had a string of triumphs this year after successfully launching its new Evogen microbial product range, Evogen Professional, and winning two important awards for its innovation and scientific breakthroughs.
"Forget alligators - fatbergs are the modern day menace in our sewer systems - but unlike the infamous reptiles, they are no urban myth. Earlier this year a 10 tonne mass of fat and wet wipes had to be extracted from a 1940s sewer pipe that had collapsed under its weight in Chelsea, London. These masses of grease and fat are causing local authorities a massive headache.
In 2015 the Facilities Show celebrated a hugely successful event that saw a 14% increase in numbers, resulting in more than 11,000 visitors through the doors.
Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification has announced the publication of a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mould Remediation and IICRC R520 Reference Guide for Professional Mould Remediation (4th edition, 2015).
When workers operate in areas where there is little or no light, they must be visible to each other and their environment. In the absence of light, high visibility clothing may not be seen, or available light may not be sufficient to reflect or charge the luminescent parts of the clothing.
The boss of a leading recruitment agency for the food and drink/hospitality/cleaning industry has warned the sector that it needs to prepare for the impact of the new, compulsory National Living Wage.
Derek Ferrol, from Glasgow-based EasyRecruitUK, issued the note of caution just five months ahead of the NLW's introduction in April 2016. It will be paid to workers aged 25 and above and will initially be set at £7.20 an hour but is expected to exceed £9 an hour by 2020. It is expected to boost the wages of six million people but The Office for Budget Responsibility has predicted that 60,000 people will lose their jobs as a result of the changes.
In a study on the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCH) significantly reduced HAIs using an innovative UV-C room and surface disinfection service from Clean Sweep Group (CSGI).
The study, published in the December 2015 issue of the American Journal of Infection Prevention, showed CSGI's contracted service reduced the facility-wide HAI incidence rate by over 34%, including a 46% reduction in the rate hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile.
A Southport incinerator firm has received a business award for its success in export and growth. Inciner8 fought off strong competition to win a Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce award in recognition of its international expansion and work tackling Ebola in Africa.
Over the last year Inciner8 has been working with the United Nations to provide safe medical-grade incineration facilities to prevent the spread of the contagious and deadly Ebola virus, which can be passed on even once a victim has died.
Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), global specialist in the bioanalytical testing of food, pharmaceuticals and the environment, has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Biotech-Germande SAS, one of the leading players in the environmental clinical testing and hospital hygiene market, as well as in medical device evaluation in France.
Located in Marseille, BG employs 40 staff and has established a strong reputation over the last 15 years in the testing of water, air, surfaces and endoscopes in hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as evaluation of medical devices for manufacturers.
Bunzl is closing 2015 with three further acquisitions - this time in Chile, Spain and France; taking the number of businesses the distribution and outsourcing business has acquired this year to 21. Bunzl tells us it has a total committed acquisition spend of £320 million this year - a record level of spend for Bunzl in any one year.
The company's strong cash flow and balance sheet and the continuing promising pipeline of further acquisition opportunities should enable the Group to consolidate further, the markets in which it competes and continue to increase shareholder value.
There's been no resting on his laurels for this year's British Institute of Cleaning Science Rising Star award winner, Jose Damian, who works at soft support services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK.
London specialist in quality cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord, is supporting the charity Crisis at Christmas by providing free cleaning for several of its London centres helping the homeless over Christmas.
Voluntary support is also being provided for Crisis at Christmas by Julius Rutherfoord's recycling partner, First Mile. The London commercial recycling firm is providing free collections of recycling and waste from London shelters.
Betco Corporation says its latest innovation is sure to replace the mop and bucket system - and while we can't work out which innovation the company's speaking about, we did come across a post: 'Seven things to do with your old mop and bucket'.
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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:
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show