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With the holiday season officially upon us, millions of us will be preparing our homes to host friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. In addition to preparing meals, hanging decor and buying gifts, families will be putting away clutter and cleaning their homes before hosting guests and out-of-town visitors.
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.
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Welcome to our first issue of Cleanzine for 2017 and may we wish you a Happy New Year. And whether you were amongst crowds gathered in cities all over the world to join the countdown to midnight and watch the fireworks, or whether you celebrated quietly with family and friends, we hope it was wonderful. And let's not forget those who'll remember the celebrations for a different reason - those who have to clean up after the rest of us!
And just as the organisers compete ever harder to stage the most impressive firework displays, so are the cleaning crews starting to shout about the great work they're doing and the speed at which they're completing it. www.abcnews.go.com has an interesting clip showing New York's sanitation workers clearing up after around 1 million Times Square revellers and it reels off some fascinating statistics... 180 cleaners using leaf blowers and other equipment together with some 50 street sweepers and garbage trucks, cleared up 52 tonnes of rubbish - which included 3000 lbs of confetti that had been deliberately let loose. Incredibly, everything was cleared by 06:00, but it was obvious from the video that everyone worked hard and fast and that the operation was well planned.
Across the other side of the world, in Dubai, 27 tonnes of rubbish was collected following celebrations at landmarks including Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah beach and the Marina. Abdul Majeed Sifai, director of waste management, told The National AE that more than 800 cleaners were involved in cleaning up after some two million revellers. It took until 08:00 and resulted in more than 10,150 bags of waste. There were cleanup operations at other popular locations, too, involving 28 cleaners and three supervisors, four sand sweepers (now that paints a picture!) and 106 additional waste containers that had been set out before the celebrations. At the Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk, bags of rubbish were stacked for collection before fitness enthusiasts set out for their early morning jog.
More than 1,000 staff from the municipality and private companies had pitched in when the festivities ended. "I've filled 50 to 60 bags of garbage since 04:00 so everything is clear when people wake up, it's our job to get everything back to normal," said civic worker Mohammed Arif.
Where would the world be without the cleaners, eh? Even if we could be persuaded to take our rubbish home with us...
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This Week's News
The second Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit, hosted in Paris a few weeks ago, highlighted some of the sustainability shortcomings in the detergent and cleaning product industries. Summit participants called for greater attention to green formulations, packaging and consumer behaviour.
As the new year begins, this is a perfect time for cleaning contractors to take a serious look at their companies and evaluate how they are doing, says Ron Segura, president of US-based Segura & Associates, whose firm helps cleaning contractors grow and become more successful. And while he is basing his comments on the US industry, they have relevance for contractors all over the world.
Ron suggests that cleaning contractors ask themselves the following questions:
We all know that minds were focused on many other things during the festive season - and of course there's this horrible flu-like virus that's circulating so aggressively and knocking us down like skittles, so the Cleaning & Support Services Association has quite sensibly extended the closing date for entries into its inaugural awards. If you're planning to enter, you now have until 31st January 2017 to do so.
German family-run business Haniel, founded in 1756, and UK giant Rentokil Initial have signed a joint venture agreement with the aim of creating an innovative, leading European company for workwear, cleanroom and hygiene services, under the CWS-boco banner.
After acquiring the continental European business from Rentokil Initial in the areas of hygiene, workwear and cleanroom services, Haniel will hold around 82% of the shares, while Rentokil Initial will hold around 18%.
The most exciting innovation is the trigger, which is pushed into the handle with the ball of the hand. When the trigger is operated, the recoil of the water jet automatically presses the trigger into the hand, which contributes to effortless use. The reduced force action prevents hand and finger strain and in turn muscle cramps. Accidental operation is prevented by a yellow safety lever in the handle. This can be released again after briefly operating the trigger.
DebMed's recent acquisition of Steris hand hygiene and surface disinfectants (AIC) is allowing the company to introduce its full array of hand hygiene and skin care innovation to the US hospitals, partnering with them to help staff achieve the highest standards of hand hygiene behaviour.
"Anyone responsible for managing a premises will know how important the cleaning schedule, process and choice of products is. Cleaning products contain chemicals that allow them to do an effective job, but they can be potentially harmful to members of the public and the staff that use them.
If TemplaCMS is a driver of operational efficiency and financial savings in your organisation, it's Templa Mobile that gives your field managers finger-tip command of their site responsibilities and unlocks the benefits of improved client satisfaction.
Designed for quick and efficient maintenance operations in medium and small areas, it is easy to handle and facilitates fatigue-free work in tight spaces.
Cromwell Polythene is relaunching its Sansafe hygienic bin liners with a new formula, using recycled, rather than virgin material, as well as a more powerful scent additive.
Are Ontario's hospitals clean enough to keep deadly bacteria from infecting already ill and immune-compromised hospital patients?
Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions - but the key is in knowing the best methods. Slips and trips can happen for a number of reasons, but all too frequently people jump to conclusions about why they happen rather than looking for the true cause, or assume that it is 'just one of those things' and do nothing.
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Recent UK News
Generally, at 18.1%, the gap in average pay between men and women, for all employees across many industries, is the lowest since records began. The cleaning industry fares a great deal better than that...
Hampshire-based Industrial Cleaning Equipment, has, this month, acquired 100% of the shares of Cleaning Equipment Supplies (CES), which is based in Cwmbran, South Wales.
"This is a very exciting and strategic acquisition for the ICE business," says Mark Bresnihan, CEO of ICE. "We have been in discussion with CES for some time, to learn about how this opportunity could benefit both organisations and their customers. "We feel really positive about the CES business, its people and what it can bring to the ICE group.
The information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, which gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country, shows an increase in a number of areas of local authority enforcement activity, and levels of hygiene compliance in food business, in spite of reported staffing reductions.
Four-in-10 (38%) small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have suffered cashflow problems over the past two years, according to new research by Amicus Commercial Finance, the specialist lender of flexible working capital to SMEs. The figure rises to two-thirds (65%) among medium-sized firms with between 50 and 250 staff.
Incentive FM has been awarded a 12-month rolling contract to provide a range of services at Taylor Wimpey Central London's new marketing suite in Piccadilly.
Under the terms of the contract, Incentive FM will be providing reception, hospitality, cleaning and postroom services to the company. A team of full time and part time staff will be operating five days a week to deliver high levels of cleanliness and quality hospitality care to prospective and existing clients of Taylor Wimpey.
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