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With on-site liner exchange services, sanitary waste bin liners are often complemented with an antimicrobial consumable which acts as a disinfectant to protect users until the bin liner is replaced again.
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation has alerted Western and Central African governments to be vigilant, and to continue their raised surveillance and prevention efforts after H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks were recently confirmed in chicken farms in Cameroon.
The American Cleaning Institute has urged the US Environmental Protection Agency to exempt or minimise the use of animal fats under its Renewal Fuel Standard programme, as it threatens a key raw material used in the cleaning products industry.
Well over a third (38%) of UK small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that if they don't adapt their business models they will go out of business in five years. However, only a mere 2% have done something about it.
As it is so small and light in weight, it is easy to transport and to manoeuvre, making it ideal for female personnel.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces the publication of a newly released French translation of the ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015).
This is a French translation of the English version of an American National Standard. The only version approved by ANSI is the English language version.
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A recent headline - 'Rhyl restaurant to reopen after closing following hygiene inspection' - got me thinking...
If you discover that a restaurant or takeaway you use has been closed by the local authority because of hygiene concerns, would you ever use it again
OK, if it’s been reopened it has clearly now ‘passed muster’, having been thoroughly reinspected by officials, but is that enough to convince you that everything’s going to be ok in the future?
Yes, it may now be the cleanest and most hygienic restaurant in town, but how long will that last? After all, if a premises has been allowed to get into such as state that its food is deemed to be potentially unsafe to eat, doesn’t that say something about the management and/or people who work there? Either they’re ‘houseproud’ or they’re not! Do people change and would any change be permanent? Or would errant restaurateurs who are once again back in business, think that the inspectors won’t return for a while so it’s ok to let things lapse?
I visited a large restaurant recently whose pub chain management had been hauled before the magistrates a decade ago for serious hygiene offences. I had written about it at the time in Cleanzine, but it was so long ago that I felt all would now be well.
Despite being very busy, the restaurant appeared to be clean enough (although I didn’t look at the kitchens) but it was when I stood at the bar to order drinks, that I realised my feet were sticking to the floor. From my time years ago working part-time in pubs and as a waitress, I knew that this was because of spilt alcohol – but of course it may have been fairly fresh and thus not of too much concern.
Before ordering food though, I went to the one place that I knew would help me decide whether we were going to eat in the establishment or finish our drinks and go – the washroom.
It looked a little grubby so I looked in a cubicle. The door appeared filthy so I licked my finger and with it was able to create a visible trail through the grime.
Do hygiene offenders change? Well this establishment may have improved its kitchens and restaurant area but if it can’t look after its washrooms I’m not going to try its food!
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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is seeking volunteers to serve on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR-IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance & Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are now being accepted.
The BSR-IICRC S400 will focus on the commercial built environment and define tasks, frequencies, production expectations, goals, results, principles, methods and processes to clean, maintain and restore the built environment (i.e. materials, building assemblies, structures, furniture, fixtures, and equipment located inside a building envelope).
The recently reformed Cleaning & Support Services Association made further progress at its Summer board meeting, held recently at the offices of Principle Cleaning Services - whose Doug Cook is CSSA chairman and one of the main drivers behind the re-establishment of this important industry association.
It was only the board's second meeting since relaunching in February and members heard about a number of important and encouraging developments. Doug confirmed that the CSSA was now the official UK board member of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC).
Having contracted MRSA in a hospital in Dublin in 2004, following major surgery, the owner of Creative Biocidal Solutions recognised - over his four and a half month stay - the need for micro cleaning of his hospital room on a daily basis, as well as the need to limit access to essential medical personnel only.
When he was eventually discharged, having witnessed the level of cleaning required to keep him safe and aid his recovery, he pledged to ensure the eradication of MRSA in hospitals. As his background was in the medical manufacturing and the chemical industry, over the years he had made many contacts around the world who were specialists in their particular fields.
Hospital technology available to manage functions such as room cleaning, heating and cooling maintenance and patient transportation, typically operates on different systems that do not interface with one another. To streamline facility service management, Aramark has integrated multiple systems into a new web-based platform called FacilityFit it was announced today.
Open and free to the public, the online resource is dedicated to exploring the world of microbial control and to offering an online knowledge-sharing platform for the latest advancements in sustainable, advanced technologies.
The July 2016 edition of the Environmental Services Insider, which discusses key trends and issues affecting the environmental and industrial services industry, says that the growing complexity of regulations, an aging infrastructure and increased outsourcing are driving demand for industrial services and special waste management.
City of London livery companies may have their roots in the past, but they have a big part to play in modern London life, offering outstanding opportunities to network with industry colleagues and take part in social and community activities. The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is no exception and it recently held an event for prospective new members at the Bucks Club, London.
Often cleaning workers and their employers think work gloves are about the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cleaning professionals work with chemicals, so knowing how to select the right chemical-resistant glove for the task at hand is crucially important.
Because of this, Impact Products, which manufactures work gloves and other safety products for the professional cleaning industry, offers the following 'Ten Things to Know When Selecting Chemical Resistant Gloves':
The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan developed by industry - including local authorities, waste treatment operators, private sector waste collectors and industry bodies - will increase the amount of food waste collected and recycled by promoting greater collaboration across the food waste recycling supply chain.
Greyland were proud to sponsor Dowson Primary School staff members recently who ran the Heaton Park 'Race for Life' in memory of former pupil Kirsty Saunders who tragically died earlier this year of Leukemia just two weeks after her 16th birthday.
A hospice based in Sydenham, Kent, has been sentenced after a patient died of Legionnaires' disease and a worker suffered life changing effects as a result of contracting the disease.
Southwark Crown Court heard how a man was admitted to St Christopher's Hospice (SCH) in July 2012. He was taken to a nearby Hospital three days later, where he died after just over a month. He was subsequently found to have died of Legionnaires' disease which he contracted during his time at the Hospice.
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