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Over 60 universities, research institutes and companies from 29 European countries are to jointly study the impact that antimicrobial (nano-)coatings can have on the spread of infections in healthcare environments.
"The advantage of a backpack is easy to see when trialed, giving a massive 66% saving on time compared to tub or upright vacuums, according to independent ISSA tests," claims the company. "This is a massive saving.
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First, apologies – if you’re as unfamiliar with England’s geography as I appear to be – for misleading you last week into thinking Thurrock is in Essex. I know it’s in Kent (and thank you to those who took part in the subsequent Facebook discussion). I’m wondering whether my error was a subconscious effort to counteract the bad press Essex receives, having heard of a campaign to prevent the use of the derogatory term, ‘Essex Girls’!
Tomorrow is Loo of the Year Awards day, which sadly, I’m unable to attend this year. Good wishes to everyone involved – from the organisers to exhibitors and attendees and in particular the toilet attendants and cleaners themselves, who have an unenviable job. I’d also like to thank the forward-thinking councils that prioritise the provision of clean, hygienic and well-stocked public toilets, over other less-important drains on the ever-diminishing budget. I hope you all have a wonderful day and well done to the winners!
Although it won’t have been sent to coincide with the Awards, I received a press release today from Waterless Co in the US, revealing that two researchers from Brigham Young University’s Splash Lab, which ‘seeks to unravel the physical mechanisms of fluid behaviours’, have conducted research into ‘splashback’ onto clothing, shoes, walls and floors, when men use urinals.
To help determine ways to minimise splashback, the pair used high-speed photography and image processing, in a quest to discover the eﬀects of urine stream breakup; how different angles affects splashback, and the eﬀects of velocity of the stream.
They ascertained that urine starts to break into droplets in the urethra long before it’s released into the urinal, which means the splatter process begins as soon as urine is ‘out of the gate’, so to speak.
They also discovered that urinating at a 90-degree angle directly onto the urinal wall, causes maximum splashback (interestingly, they found that most men urinate at this angle!). They also found that the closer you are, the smoother the flow and the less the urine breaks into droplets.
Apparently, urinating parallel to the urinal surface – toward’s the base – helps reduce splashback considerably, as does standing close to the urinal – which, says Waterless’s Klaus Reichardt, is just the opposite of what many men believe!
With New Year’s resolutions soon to be made, a simple adjustment in urinal use habit would be a great thing to add to the list, don’t you think?
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This Week's News
To support its rapid growth and expansion plans, London based commercial cleaning business Cleanology has appointed new talent to create an all-new sales & marketing team which has already delivered a significant haul of new contract wins to the value of £400K.
Reinforcing its position as the world's biggest and most popular event for the professional cleaning industry, the next ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam exhibition in 2018 will occupy 12 halls of the RAI Amsterdam for the first time.
This increase to the show's floor area further emphasises the need for both exhibitors and attendees to plan their visits well in advance for maximum opportunity to meet and network at the event.
According to a new research report published by TMR, the opportunity in the market for facilities management in France, which stood at US$48.02bn in 2015, is likely to expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9.80% during the period from 2016 to 2024 and reach a whopping sum of US$110.4bn by the end of the period for forecast.
"Everyday hand washing is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of infection. The winter months traditionally see an increase in viral illnesses - from the common cold and influenza, to norovirus, more commonly known as the winter vomiting bug, these highly contagious viruses are unpleasant to say the least and in worse case scenarios can be quite debilitating.
Hand hygiene is one of the most preventative ways to reduce the spread of germs, therefore it is paramount that hand hygiene best practice is encouraged, not only during cold and flu season but all year round.
Cannon Hygiene Canada announced yesterday that it will begin operating under its new name 'Citron Hygiene', effective immediately. Citron Hygiene replaces the former 'Cannon Services'. The new company - which also announced its acquisition of food service hygiene provider, Sani Service - will continue to provide world-class washroom hygiene, chemical solutions, pest control and life safety products for a growing number of commercial facilities.
TTUK had been invited to lead on two agenda items: 'Minimum Standards' and 'Provision of facilities for visiting drivers', but the discussions focused more on lorry parking (especially in the Kent area), security and safety; food provision; laybys and slip roads - and, of course, costs. Gill did make her voice heard and tells us that the Chair, Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Transport, appeared shocked that the Minimum Standards - which he said were reasonable - are not adhered to.
Facilicom UK has been certified to British Standard (BS) OHSAS 18001:2007 by SGS; a market leading UKAS accredited certification body. The award demonstrates the contractor's commitment to continually improving its health & safety performance, since the Standard is a framework for occupational health & safety management systems.
After 15 years of successful trading - and as part of its expansion plans, Window Clean UK will be rebranding in 2017. And having invested into new areas of support services for its clients, it says that from next year, it will be able to provide a much larger range of specialist services.
The new services will incorporate the latest technologies and training and the company tells us that it has secured experienced professionals, with excellent pedigree and background, that will enable the contractor to offer a more comprehensive range of support services.
In Business school we were taught that the purpose of a business was to make money. This seems like a very fundamental concept but in reality I think that this is overlooked by many businesses. When the thought of making money is discussed I think that it needs to be put into context to understand the real challenge that many restoration professionals struggle with. The first concept is opportunity cost and the second is risk.
Bradford-based laundry chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, is certainly raising the bar with its third industry award of the month. Part of the Christeyns group, based in Ghent, Belgium, it has been recognised for its continued work in the community, winning the Environment category at the 'Raising the Bar' awards, run by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
Mitie's Clean Environments business has successfully been re-awarded its contract with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust to provide domestic cleaning services, waste collection, pest control and external window cleaning.
The three-year partnership, with an opportunity to extend for two further years, builds on the excellent service and partnership delivered by Mitie since 2009.
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Recent UK News
Vax has announced the closure of its commercial floorcare division, Vax Commercial, by the end of 2016. This means that all existing trading relationships will cease on 31st December 2016. The current sales team will remain in place to support this transitional period until 5th December 2016 and at this point no further orders will be accepted or processed.
Vax will, of course, continue to support its customers by honouring all aftersales service and warranty liabilities.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has announced that it has signed up as a Champion of the inaugural Cleaning & Support Services Association Awards.
The CSSA Awards have been developed to recognise everything that shines within the UK cleaning sector - great products, great systems, great contractors and great individuals.
New research by Middlesex University London and the University of Liverpool and funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust has shown the clear business case for the Living Wage, with small business that pay the Living Wage experiencing fewer employee disputes, an increase in productivity and staff motivation and a reputational and corporate brand advantage over competitors.
Key findings from the report include:
Now, due to the success of the newly launched London and Manchester events, Greyland is re-taking its rightful place as a 'must-see' exhibitor once again.
Thought to be the first time local authorities have looked beyond their immediate neighbours to share services, those involved are Hart District Council, Mendip DC, South Oxfordshire DC, Vale of White Horse DC and Havant Borough Council. East Hampshire DC is also involved through services already shared with Havant.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show