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Global food safety auditing, training and consulting organisation NSF International, has completed the acquisition of Euro Consultants Group, the Wavre, Belgium-based food safety and quality service company.
RAI Amsterdam, ISSA and local partner UBM, have announced that the ISSA/Interclean Istanbul exhibition, originally scheduled for 7th - 9th September 2016, has been moved to 18th - 20th October, 2017. After careful deliberation the organisation has made the decision to postpone the event, citing rising concerns from exhibitors and visitors regarding travel in and out of the country as the chief motive.
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I’d thought there may be trouble ahead some time ago, when in carrying out research, I realised that several councils were considering ways of cutting back on the costs of running their civic amenity tips. A subsequent questionnaire from my local county council – Surrey, made me realise that this was probably a national initiative.
I was pleased we were being asked (as were local residents in other parts of the country) for our input on cost-cutting options and I wrote about it in Cleanzine. What I didn’t expect was to be flummoxed at the ridiculous solution that (apparently) my neighbours came up with…
Cutting the tip’s opening hours so it’s closed every evening at 16:00 and allowing each household to freely unload just one bag of waste on each visit!
I kid you not!
What’s going to happen to the potentially recyclable waste produced by households whose adults are at their workplaces until 17:00 (the ‘norm’ in this country)? Will these people now spend great chunks of their Saturdays, queuing with others who work throughout the week, to unload just one bag of waste, only to perhaps have to queue again on Sunday, so they can unload a second bag?
We’re talking here about an amenity tip at which a man died a few years back following an altercation caused by queue jumping – and this was when the tip was open until 20:00 during Summer (apart from Sundays) so I’m not exaggerating about the queues!
No – what these previously recycling-conscientious householders are going to start doing, is slipping things into their waste bins that they would normally have recycled, because their local council has simply made it too difficult to ‘do the right thing’.
I know this to be the case because I’ve done it myself – and I’m not a reluctant recycler but a recycling ‘nut’ who’s been recycling, through choice, for decades.
So – extra things in the general waste and thus more to landfill – plus, no doubt, more fly-tipping… leading to higher costs for waste removal, waste sorting and landfill taxes and thus probably no savings at all. Not to mention the extra pollution caused by all those cars queuing for the tip more frequently, with things that can’t be slipped into the general waste bin…
Waste – and what to do with it – is a global problem. What works (or doesn’t work) in your neck of the woods please?
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The American Cleaning Institute released the following statement in response to a final rule issued by the US Food and Drug Administration concerning consumer antibacterial soaps and washes:
"Consumer antibacterial soaps and washes continue to be safe and effective products for millions of people every single day. Antibacterial soaps are critical to public health because of the importance hand hygiene plays in the prevention of infection. Washing the hands with an antiseptic soap can help reduce the risk of infection beyond that provided by washing with non-antibacterial soap and water."
Jukka Jäämaa, CEO of ISS Finland, together with four company employees, took part in the Pomo piilossa (Undercover Boss) series that aired on Finnish television yesterday (7th September). For ISS colleagues Mandi, Tanja, Kai, and Sushan, this experience increased their motivation and indicated that the business managers respect their employees. Interacting with customers offered the most valuable lessons for the CEO.
Domestics in Hong Kong marched in protest on Sunday after what the Hong Kong Free Press reports as 'several' maids falling to their deaths from tower block windows as they tried to clean them. The protestors are calling on the government to ban employers from asking maids to clean the outside of windows.
"For us it's hard to say 'no', when employers ask us to clean windows, but it's scary," said Dolores Balladares, a spokeswoman for the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body. "It's about time for the government to protect the workers."
The inadequate assessment of cleaning procedures within hospital environments is a huge source of ongoing-costs with lost opportunities to save money as well as improve infection control. The patient environment is known to be closely associated with infection risks and superbugs are now resistant to almost all antibiotics.
Everyone accepts that a high standard of hygiene is an essential primary preventative measure in the fight against infection. The patient environment and high count touch surfaces are recognised as reservoirs of contamination. However, cleaning is often considered a low skilled task and a burdensome on-cost that is often treated as a soft target for cost cutting, which can be subsequently prove to be a false economy.
This year's Notting Hill Carnival - 11 times bigger than the Glastonbury festival - once again attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the streets of North Kensington. When Carnival stops a massive clean-up operation swings into play to have the streets clean by the next morning. This year over 320 tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared from the streets during the bank holiday weekend.
The Council's contractors, Suez, had over 200 people working into the early hours of Monday and Tuesday, in an operation involving more than 30 refuse trucks and mechanical sweepers. The team even used a large motorway vehicle to wash down the roads. The clean-up finished at 03:00 on Tuesday 1st September.
Bunzl has completed two further acquisitions in Canada and has entered into an agreement to acquire a business in Hungary.
Plus II Sanitation Supplies, which is based in Montreal, is principally engaged in the supply of a broad range of cleaning & hygiene related products to distributors serving the janitorial, foodservice and industrial sectors across Canada. Revenue in 2015 was C$32 million.
Norman Regional Health System in the US has four new team members who will help keep patients safe by disinfecting hospital surfaces - and they'll do it all without hands! It's the first health system in Norman to utilise Xenex germ-zapping robots, which have been credited by other healthcare facilities across the US for helping reduce infection rates.
TC Facilities Management is now an added ingredient at over a quarter of KFC restaurants across the British Isles. The contract being delivered by a team from TC Specialist Services, part of TC Facilities Management, started on 8th August. It will provide window cleaning services to over 200 KFC restaurants, along with jet washing services to sites with Drive-Thrus.
The team from TC Specialist Services will ensure that the standards of appearance to the external of each restaurant and Drive-Thru will help to create a welcoming, fresh and engaging environment for customers of all ages.
The iVo Duo contains two complete kits of the most popular iVo tools launched - the iVo PowerBrush and the iVo XL Contractors Kit.
Featuring a V-shaped filament pattern with differentiated filament thicknesses, a swivel system for ergonomic cleaning under tables and equipment, and a clip fit handle for hygienic cleaning of the brush and handle, the new Crevice Brush is designed for high-efficacy detail cleaning of hard-to-clean floor areas, with excellent ergonomics and hygienic cleaning subsequent to use. Benefits include:
CAM Specialist Support's expertise in high level cleaning has secured it a contract to clean the Here East building in The Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, London. Previously part of the London Olympics site, the building was used as the media centre during the 2012 games. Current tenants include BT Sports studios, Loughborough University and a number of new start up and retail clients.
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