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Oh dear. I can imagine the sorts of conversations going on this morning… We’ve become used to seeing this type of thing jokingly scrawled on tradespeople’s vans over the years, but a hospital waiting room floor?
In case you missed the news, a woman who’d taken her son to hospital was so horrified with the filthy waiting room floor that she used baby wipes to show her disgust, at the same time drawing attention to just how dirty the floor had been allowed to become. And now the world knows all about it!
I’ve sometimes looked at the incredibly shiny floors in hospitals and wondered just how clean they really are under the shine, since while they can appear to be grubby, you can never quite be sure whether it’s grime or the colour of the flooring itself.
One way to find out is to have your son vomit and then attempt to clean it up with baby wipes – as this woman did. It was only as she was cleaning that she noticed the clean trail the wipes were leaving across the filthy floor.
Someone at the scene at the time, who works at the hospital, is reported as saying that the floor is cleaned every day. That it may be, but just how is it being cleaned and what is being used to do the job? I’d hazard a guess that it’s not being done by a qualified cleaner!
And where’s the person who’s supposed to check these things? What about those who use the area each day? Hadn’t they noticed how dirty everything was?
We’re all responsible by law for the safety of our workplaces and what surprises me is that no-one working at the hospital (and particularly, someone responsible for the facility) will have noticed that there was an issue with this particular floor and either done something about it or pointed it out to the powers that be?
Apparently, someone at Tameside General Hospital, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, is now reviewing cleaning schedule…
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The University of Nottingham is developing an artificially-intelligent sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely, which could save £100m a year for the UK industry alone. This revolutionary AI-driven monitoring system could lead to greater production capacity and therefore cheaper food prices for consumers.
Food and drink production is the largest manufacturing sector in Britain and the highest industrial user of water at approximately 430 million litres a day. As current technologies cannot accurately determine exactly how dirty food and drink processing equipment is inside, cleaning can last up to five hours a day - to minimise food safety risks.
The funding will enable WSSCC, the only part of the United Nations devoted solely to the sanitation and hygiene needs of the most vulnerable people around the world, to empower five million additional people to access improved sanitation by 2020.
The contractor responsible for cleaning Nottingham's hospitals should be sacked for its "abysmal" management, Healthwatch Nottinghamshire has told the BBC. Healthwatch raised concerns over an alleged rat sighting, dirty plates and overflowing bins at the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital. It said Carillion, which provides the cleaning services, has shown a "poor record of cleanliness".
Martin Gawith, who chairs Healthwatch Nottinghamshire, said: "Carillion has shown that management has been abysmal with a poor record of cleanliness. They should hand the contract back."
Although some family-run businesses started by one generation continue to thrive when transferred to the next generation, this is rarely the case. In 1987, John Ward conducted one of the most in-depth studies on how well family businesses do once parents pass them on to the next generation. His study revealed:
* About a third of family businesses survive when transferred to the second generation.
Bleach has played an important role in public health for more than a century. This week, at the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Exchange 2016 annual conference, Clorox Healthcare announced its break-through innovation in healthcare disinfection with the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Fuzion Cleaner Disinfectant.
Clorox says that Fuzion is the next generation of bleach and the first product of its kind to combine trusted bleach efficacy against tough-to-kill pathogens with the aesthetics required for broad use throughout healthcare facilities.
Despite being the most heavily used, expensive and potentially dangerous piece of flooring in many buildings, escalators and travelators tend to be cleaned less often and less effectively than the floors around them.
Tidy Britain Group's new initiative, supported by The Wrigley Company, has seen a massive 30% reduction in the amount of rubbish on our streets. #BinItForGood encourages people to do the right thing and put their rubbish in the bin while at the same time making money for local charities. The more rubbish that goes in the bin and the less litter that is thrown on the ground, the more money is given to good causes.
A pilot carried out successfully in five locations across England saw an average reduction of 30% but, in Prudhoe town centre in Northumberland, the reduction in litter was 52%.
While training for care home personnel is increasingly broad-based, its focus is on establishing and maintaining best practice in patient care terms. National care home provider Quantum Care has been tackling the training of its cleaning personnel in a new initiative with solutions and technology specialist, Prochem Europe.
As part of the Health & Social Care Act 2008, Care Quality Commission registration requires care home providers to comply with essential standards of quality and safety that includes risk of exposure to infections.
Grosvenor Services hosted an event in Dublin recently where European facilities management companies exchanged ideas and shared best practice. Grosvenor Services is part of European Customer Synergy, a network of FM partners that supports pan-European FM contracts - all of whom belong to the top five suppliers in their national markets, representing major FM and support service companies.
New facilities management firm Aerial FM is off to a flying start by using commercial drone technology to provide fast and effective services and solutions in the FM sector. But why is the ability to pilot an unmanned aircraft important to a facilities manager or property manager?
Drones help Grant Currie, (pictured) managing director of Aerial FM, and his colleagues to quickly and efficiently carry out building assessments and surveys or obtain stunning images that can be used in marketing a property for sale or lease.
Under the terms of the contract, which runs for five years and is now operational, ISS delivers maintenance, food services, reception, security, pest control, grounds and cleaning services. Initially, the agreement between ISS and John Crane covers two important locations in Morton Grove and Crystal Lake, Illinois, but the agreement has the potential to expand to additional sites.
Mitie has announced the launch of a new gutter cleaning service. The new technology, courtesy of Space Vac, uses an extendable wi-fi gutter camera and vacuum unit that extends to 15m in length, helping pest control technicians spy on bird pests and then remove any nest debris they leave behind that blocks roof gutters. The extendable pole can reach into box gutters by three feet, aided by an assortment of nozzles to easily access awkward spaces.
"There appears to have been some heated discussion in North East Lincolnshire Council on not ensuring that tourists to Cleethorpes pay for parking and toilets [Grimsby Telegraph 1/9]. Apparently because of vandalism the toilet barriers have not been in operation, making the toilets temporarily free for use - and the parking machines have also been malfunctioning, leading to lost revenue.
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The 15th September 2016 marks the date of the BICSc Annual Awards, celebrating excellence in training and assessment within the cleaning industry. As a special addition to this year's annual awards, The British Institute of Cleaning Science will be hosting an exclusive cleaning industry educational programme and exhibition.
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