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The results are in and according to cleaning managers across the US, 44% agree that the recession is over, up 5% from last year's results. However, despite this optimism, more are reporting pressure to reduce labour and other operating costs. (Ed: now where have I heard that before?)
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I’ve never been one for ‘celebrity culture’ and find the whole thing rather shallow. I have to admit to taking some interest in this year’s Oscars though, simply because I heard mention of the goodie bags that some nominees will be lucky enough to take home from the event.
Toilet tissue ‘worth’ $400 dollars and a reusable drinking water bottle that’s of similar size and shape to a netbook, so it slots neatly inside the owner’s handback or briefcase; one that’s ridiculous & the other worth exploring…
How on earth can toilet tissue – however wonderful it may be, carry such a high price tag and get away with it? There are starving people in the world. How can one warrant spending that much on toilet tissue & still sleep at night?
Reusable drinks bottles caused arguments at home for years. I’ve been trying to save the planet for longer than I can remember and never could bring myself to buy plastic drinks bottles for my daughters’ lunchboxes each day. Just imagine the space 14 years’ worth of two plastic bottles a day, five days a week would have taken up in landfill? I collected a set of two of each of the appropriate bottles to fill with apple or orange or blackcurrant juice and although my girls grumbled, none of their friends realised, so it was OK. As well as helping save the environment, it saved me a small fortune, refilling them each day – and I’m pleased to say that my girls are now following suit.
The reusable bottles being given to Oscar nominees are rather more upmarket than the ones I’m talking about and the fact that they come in two sizes, A5 and A6, like the paper they replicate in shape, to slide into a bag between netbook and other paraphernalia, makes them even more handy.
Their designers are hoping to help change today's throw-away society. “To break people's habits around single-use bottles we had to offer something truly convenient, beautiful and sustainable in design,” they said. They feel that the influence celebrity culture has on the rest of us, might just make them catch on, much like fake tan, hair extensions, cosmetic surgery and carrying dogs around in handbags did.
I do hope they’re right…
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This Week's News
BSI, the business standards company, has published the draft international standard of ISO 45001 Occupational health & safety management systems - Requirements.
An occupational health & safety management system standard written with the ultimate aim of replacing OHSAS 18001, it is available until April 15th for comment.
UK-based Genesys International has selected Water Planet, a global supplier of high-performance, membrane-based water treatment solutions, as the US distributor for its line of reverse osmosis membrane anti-scalant and cleaning chemicals.
One Drop, the international non-profit organisation created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, which promotes the combined power of safe water for consumption and production while inspiring behavioural change towards water and proper hygiene practices through social arts, has announced the creation of an expert level advisory committee on international water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.
Based at Chiswick Park, London, the head office for Discovery Networks UK also covers operations in the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and Flanders.
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners will this year celebrate the 30th anniversary of being granted full livery status by the City of London's Court of Aldermen.
While it proudly supports and preserves the ancient customs and traditions of The City, the WCEC is much more than a relic of another age. As befits a soon to be 30-year-old, it is very much a modern Livery Company, focused on helping to meet the changing needs and challenges of today's cleaning industry.
"Headquartered as we are in the south east of England, we welcome the opportunity to be able to showcase our current offer to customers from the north and Scotland at a regional event with the heritage of the national Cleaning Show," explains the company's sales manager, Phil Jones.
Knowing that [email protected] goes to everyone who knows everything about cleaning, I wondered if you could ask your readership for a solution to the following cleaning problem.
I have a property that has not had a window open for 15 years and the owner smoked 50 cigarettes a day. Everything is thick with yellow stain and it smells awful - emulsion painted ceilings and walls, gloss paintwork/doors, metal surfaces (boiler and radiators), windows, tiles etc. are all nicotine-coloured.
FutureClean Assured Systems, often employed as an 'expert witness' in legal proceedings and also a consultant to the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence, shared some of its expertise more widely recently with those taking part in the seminar programme during Clean India Pulire.
The company's Rafael Cobos, AMIMarEST, gave a presentation to a room full of Indian marine industry experts and executives involved in shipping, cruise ship operation, oil exploration and onshore services, based on the company's work with the MoD and other extensive marine work.
"According to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016, the water crisis-the result of shortages, flooding, or droughts-is the number one crisis impacting the planet over the next 10 years.
The United Arab Emirates says it has been a frontrunner in the adoption of eco-friendly practices over the years, constantly setting an example for the rest of the GCC and the Middle East when it comes to taking serious steps towards going green.
Companies of every size and type have begun implementing environmental sustainability initiatives across the region. Several organisations have also introduced recycling programmes and made efforts to reduce their carbon footprint to mitigate the adverse effects of their business processes.
Mitie's pest control business has secured a new contract with Network Rail. The seven-year contract for environmental on-track support services will see the contractor deliver a combined service incorporating trackside pest control, fly tipping clearance and sanitation support.
Infection prevention, disinfection and decontamination specialist Sanondaf, is warning businesses that workplace acquired infection is the silent threat which could be having a detrimental effect on your workforce, and your bottom line.
Over the last few months many organisations will have experienced an increase in absence levels as the traditional Winter bugs spread like wildfire across workplaces.
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The family-run-firm, which was set up in 1972 by the late Martin Wyers, now employs more than 1,200 people across the north of England and provides cleaning and facilities management for nationally recognised names such as Aldi, JD Sports, and Manchester's very own The Lowry.
In partnership with the British Association for Chemical Specialities, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is hosting a conference designed to explain fully, the regulations and their impact on your business.
And while many things about association membership haven't changed, such as the opportunities for networking and friendship it provides, the ability for the industry to speak with one voice and address industry issues collectively rather than as individual companies (i.e. from a position of strength) there are a great many new things planned.
As from last Monday, Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts in England and Wales have been bound by tough new guidelines when sentencing those who have been convicted of breaking health & safety law. For the first time, courts in England and Wales are required to follow comprehensive sentencing guidelines.
Neal Stone, policy & standards director at the British Safety Council, says of the changes: "We broadly welcome the new guidelines and in particular that in future, three factors will be key in determining fines for health & safety offences: the degree of harm caused, the culpability of the offender, and the turnover of the offending organisation.
The ex-BBC Newsnight anchor, speaking in his capacity as patron of the litter campaigning organisation Clean Up Britain (CLUB) said that the UK is at a tipping point in attitudes to litter and that businesses need to collaborate to take action and tackle the problem.
A panel of eight judges, including purchasing director of Reliance Industries & executive housekeeper of the Intercontinental Hotels Group, chose V-Air Solid as the most innovative product for its simplicity, use of new technology and its strong environmental credentials, amongst other factors.
A few years ago, I wrote an analysis of the facilities management sector as a whole and at that stage my feelings were that the market was still clearly separated into two distinct areas: in-house (corporate management) and outsourced (third party). In my view, the FM market is much more blurred in certain respects and, as such, success requires an ever increasingly diverse range of skills, education and attributes.
Lindhaus argues that the periodic cleaning of mattresses is absolutely necessary to prevent the formation of bacteria that can cause allergies and dermatitis.
Mike Mustill, hotel services operations manager, Condor Ferries, called in Kevin Day at Prochem Europe distributor CJS Portsmouth to find a more robust, powerful and faster clean than they were currently achieving.
The Health & Safety Laboratory's new Machinery Directive course is being held on 24th February 2016 in Buxton, Derbyshire. It will give delegates a thorough understanding of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2009 legislation, (as revised) as well as the key current European and International safety standards that support the Regulations.
Delegates will also be shown how to build a technical file and have the opportunity to practice assessing conformity to the essential health & safety requirements. The purpose and content of a declaration of conformity and incorporation will be explained, along with when to use which.
"Murphy's Law states that if anything is to go wrong, then it will happen at the most inconvenient time. It also states that when this happens it will usually be mega expensive and the inconvenience will last for days, if not weeks.
For us carpet cleaners, one of the things that we dread most is a machine breakdown, and this was brought home to me last month when my portable extraction machine had its annual service at the manufacturer's works.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Future of Surfactants Summit
Budapest Cleaning Show