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Last Friday in Brussels, the European Commission and the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency, launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. Focusing on sustainable work and workplace safety and health in the context of the ageing workforce, the campaign provides a timely reminder that the younger workers of today are the older workers of tomorrow.
The Group delivers services in the UK, North America, Germany, Spain and Morocco, with more than 800 million journeys annually made on its buses, trains, light rail services and coaches. It strives for operational excellence in everything it does across the organisation, from its safety and CSR policy to choice of vehicle and livery.
Over the coming weeks, many cleaning companies will go out on site and temporarily remove the green tarnish... knowing that the algae will return in a couple of months.
The company says that the range will inspire customers to Imagine more from their washrooms with a choice of 24 dispensers featuring a modern, striking geometric look inspired by interior design trends and the Cannon Hygiene logo.
Celebrating its fifth year of UK production, SkyVac has designed this model for all situations. It has three motors controlled by a power management lever to operate on 6,500 - 8,000 litres suction per minute and to ensure economical use of electricity.
Fresh and clean smelling air is often critical for a company's performance and reputation, as well as for its occupants' health and wellbeing.
The document can be ordered at ISO store (www.iso.org). ISO/TS 15066 contains requirements for the safe implementation of robots in collaborative operations and with robotics being used more and more in cleaning, the publication is timely.
It also "disseminated the idiosyncrasies of a sector that creates employment and wealth and which is committed to the environment, enhanced well-being, quality of life and public health."
This is according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).
Avmor, Canada's leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions for the Jan/San and foodservice markets, believes that the professional cleaning industry should honour this day by focusing on ways to protect human health... and at the top of its list is indoor air quality.
Through this acquisition, Papyrus Supplies says it is further strengthening its Nordic position in the field of cleaning and facilities management supplies.
A simple, battery-free, door-mounted air freshener solution for washroom cubicles, the Airplus Ellipse offers maximum ease of service with easy loading and activation of the refill: the cartridge has been designed to activate inside the dispenser using the action created by closing the cover - thus avoiding any possible fragrance spillage.
From 18th to 20th September 2017, the Federation will be holding its congress alongside the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services in the German capital. The headline topic of the international conference is 'Cleaning in the digital world - processes, people, technology.'
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Nothing quite underlines the fact that having decent, accessible washrooms in town centres is good for tourism and business, as the news recently of a coach firm saying it will give Newbury town centre, Berkshire, a miss when it comes to stopovers, as a result of the council closing two of its public toilets!
Up to 1,000 coach passengers a week will now no longer be stopping at the town for lunch and other refreshments or to do some shopping, as the coach company says it will be finding somewhere else to stop over in future. And that’s just one company. Just imagine the figures if other coach operators follow suit – as well as other people who’d normally spend the day (and their money) in Newbury but who will now decide to ‘go’ elsewhere…
I know it costs money to keep public toilets open, clean and stocked, but the knock-on effect on local businesses that suffer as a result of closures, impacts on their ability to pay their rents and rates and thus reduces a council’s income. Local businesses without enough income, eventually have to close down themselves, don’t they? Boarded up shops don’t do anything for a town’s image and once the rot sets in, it can be downhill all the way from then on in…
Some of the forum comments that have gone up, following the news, show that people are, generally, frustrated by the closures – and obviously this isn’t all just about Newbury but about public facilities the UK over. Some overseas posters are saying that the UK’s the worst in Europe when it comes to decent public toilet provision. Many posters are saying they’ll use other town centres instead, while some are admitting that they’re finding it harder to go out anywhere for the day, as the lack of public facilities – particularly as they get older – is keeping them in their homes.
It’s being suggested that visitors to Newbury use the library’s facilities but I understand that these are not near the coach stop-off points and will likely involve queuing. Not exactly a ‘public convenience’ then…
I do hope that before the two blocks that have been shut down are sold to developers and turned into housing, the council considers installing turnstiles and charging people, say 10p or even 20p to use them. The money will soon add up…
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UK consumers are united in not tolerating poor food hygiene ratings and simply won't visit places that have had food safety issues, no matter what type of restaurant they are. Some 61% won't eat at a restaurant, takeaway, coffee shop or pub that has a low Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Hygiene Rating while three quarters (75%) said they wouldn't risk dining at a restaurant that had been implicated in a food hygiene incident, even if recommended by someone that they trust.
With ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam just around the corner, Brightwell Dispensers - the global independent designer and manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dispensing systems for the hygiene industry - is back with some exciting new product ranges...
2016 celebrates the release of new product ranges including the Quantura range of dishwash dosing systems, a new drain dosing system and the recently launched EcoMulti chemical dilution system. The company has chosen ISSA/ Interclean Amsterdam to preview the new ranges which will be on display at stand 01.239.
In results announced this week, Tennant Company has reported net earnings of $4.4 million, on net sales of $179.9 million for the first quarter ended 31st March, 2016. In the 2015 first quarter, Tennant reported net earnings of $5.0 million, on record net sales for a first quarter of $185.7 million.
"The sluggish business environment that we encountered in the 2015 fourth quarter carried over into the 2016 first quarter, making for a difficult comparison against record sales in the prior year period," says Chris Killingstad, Tennant Company's president and chief executive officer.
The Chemours Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell the Disinfectants, Oxone and Chlorine Dioxide business lines (Clean and Disinfect business) of its Chemical Solutions segment to speciality chemicals group Lanxess for $230 million in cash. The company anticipates closing the transaction within the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Imperago has published a paper outlining the importance of taking staff fatigue into account when devising staff working patterns. Major companies convicted of corporate manslaughter that have a turnover of £50m or more could now face fines of up to £20m according to guidelines by the Sentencing Council that were announced recently.
While there are many lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue, so too can work related factors such as time of working and resting periods, length and number of consecutive work duties and intensity of work demands.
In annual awards created by British Cleaning Council members, the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and Denis Rawlins, (which provides sponsorship), June Manley has been named Cleaning Operative of the Year 2016. June, who works at Carr Mill Primary School, St Helens, Merseyside, wins £250 of high street vouchers and a specially engraved glass trophy.
Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally - head of unit Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy, directorate general for the Environment, Directorate Green Economy of the European Commission, will lead the session titled 'Redefining Innovation - Opportunities of the EU Circular Economy Package' on 12th May at the 26th edition of ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam.
As a leading advocate of sustainability in Europe, Dr. Schally will provide attendees with an overview of the Circular Economy Package and, in particular, its potential to impact the cleaning sector by improving global competitiveness, fostering sustainable economic growth and generating new jobs.
The Alta 20, built in 2000 was the original model Rosemor brought from Tennant, also known as the Rotomac 300. As you can see the control panel and many other features were modernised in developing the next model, the Rotomac 330, some five years later.
On World Day for Health & Safety at Work, the British Safety Council has re-affirmed its role in the industry as a champion of health & safety at work and
Celebrated annually on 28 April and led by the International Labour Organisation, the World Day for Safety an&d Health at Work raises public awareness of the importance of health & safety at work, as well as the prevention of occupational accidents. In 2014/2015, accidents at work claimed 142 lives and caused 78,000 injuries in Britain.
The union says that in late 2014, when cleaning contractor Pickwick won the contract for the Murray Bridge Marketplace shopping centre, it hired new workers and compelled them to provide an Australian Business Number. It says that in 2015, cleaners were paid a flat rate of AU$19 (£9.90) an hour for any day of the year and that they did not receive paid annual leave, sick leave or superannuation, so were effectively casual employees even though they were regularly rostered.
The call came because the onsite cleaning contractor was not delivering the desired standards for the store manager and the high level of appearance that was expected.
The Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty, who has consistently championed local businesses and, as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Biomass Group, is an enthusiastic supporter of biomass, appropriately chose April 22nd, Earth Day 2016, for his visit. The first Earth Day, more than 25 years ago, is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.
Dolphin Dispensers, a leading UK-based manufacturer and global commercial washrooms solutions provider, will be launching its extended Excel Dispenser range at this year's ISSA/Interclean event taking place in Amsterdam 10 - 13th May 2016.
A master in the art of creating seamless washrooms, Dolphin Dispensers says its current Excel range can be found within landmark commercial office developments and public buildings including education facilities, airports and stations around the world.
Springfield Clinic has announced that it is the first Ambulatory Surgery Center in Illinois, US, to use the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot and is among the leading outpatient surgery centres in the country to incorporate the technology.
The Xenex robot, affectionately named Louie by the Springfield Clinic Infection Control Committee, uses Full Spectrum pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to quickly and safely destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including C. diff, influenza, Ebola and MRSA.
The housing association involved its tenants and leaseholders in every stage of the process before awarding its communal cleaning contract to Pinnacle PSG and its grounds maintenance work to Lotus Landscapes, with a sub-contract to social enterprise, Let's Talk Grounds Maintenance (LTGM).
GMB Scotland members across Glasgow City Council are being balloted for industrial action over changes to working time arrangements that could cost workers up to £500 a year. A strike ballot of over 1,500 members employed across key services such as cleansing, refuse, land and environment and social care will run from Friday 29th April to Thursday 19th May.
The dispute has been prompted by GCC's decision to convert six public holidays into annual leave, removing the ability of staff to work hours on overtime rates of pay which have been crucial in helping thousands of workers avoid the low pay trap.
2016 sees steady brand penetration for the Coventry-based company spanning a wide range of client markets.
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