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According to public health officials, there are three primary ways that food in restaurants and food processing facilities can become contaminated and unsafe to consume. These are:
1. Biological: unhealthy microorganisms in the food
SCA has announced that it is to discontinue its hygiene business in India. Four years after entering the Indian market, the company's conclusion is that profitability cannot be achieved within a reasonable timeframe.
By Michael Ojo, country director, WaterAid Nigeria
In so many ways, Nigeria is a study in contrasts. An ambitious middle-income country and Africa's largest economy, it also struggles to provide some of the most basic of services to its residents. An estimated one-third of Nigerians do not have access to clean water, and two-thirds do not have safe private toilets. And one in three healthcare facilities does not have access to water, according to a WHO landscape survey.
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A reader emailed a link to an article in today’s Daily Mirror: “NHS trust tears up deal with cleaning contractor after nurses were forced to clean their own wards”. Reading the story, I learned that Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has apparently ended the £200million, five-year contract to run its estates & facilities services two years early, after complaints about overflowing bins, rats in food preparation areas and nurses forced to clean their wards.
Around 1,500 staff had transferred to Carillion following the contract award in April 2014. The Trust told reporters that it plans to move Carillion staff back, adding that the two organisations have “mutually agreed to a managed exit” from the contract.
The story had a link (oh the wonders of the Internet!) to an October article, which said Healthwatch had demanded Carillion be stripped of the contract because of its “abysmal” management and “poor record of cleanliness”.
A further link to an August 2015 article, revealed that since the contract had been in operation, Trust cases of Norovirus and c.diff had doubled.
Several hospital users were quoted voicing disappointment – not only with standards, but with the performance of cleaners, who they watched going about their work as if they didn’t take pride in it.
The reader comment didn’t surprise: “Get rid of contract companies and employ an actual department in the hospital so they know what’s going on and will save money in the long haul. £200million is far too much for one hospital to spend on a cleaning contractor; I would love to know where the money actually goes! It’s like no one wants to take responsibility for anything, so contract it out and think 'out of sight, out of mind’!”
I have no idea why Carrillion was apparently performing so badly on this contract…
Had the contract value been negiotiated so tightly that it couldn’t possibly provide the service it wanted to, for the money (after all, it covered far more than cleaning)? Was it a case of poor supervision of the cleaners themselves, or lack of training or equipment? What was staff turnover like? Were the problems communicated properly as soon as they surfaced, or left to fester? What about the relationship between the contract manager and the client?
What do we, as an industry, do to combat this type of comment, which I see so often these days? I’d love to know…
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This Week's News
Groundbreaking research from the University of Surrey and Augmented Optics, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, has developed potentially transformational technology which could revolutionise the capabilities of appliances that have previously relied on battery power to work.
Gojo has launched Smartlink Service Alerts, an Internet of Things solution that through the use of predictive analytics, helps to ensure hand soap and hand sanitiser are always available for critical hand hygiene events in a healthcare facility.
Smartlink Service Alerts is designed to provide a healthcare facility's staff with real-time monitoring of refill status, battery life, communication and dispenser status for Gojo dispensers. This new technology, which is easily integrated with the Smartlink Hand Hygiene Monitoring system, improves operational efficiencies by saving labour time and costs and provides enhanced inventory management, which results in reduced product waste.
Large quantities of paper were still burning under controlled conditions and under the watchful eye of 25 fire services crew last Thursday night, at the scene of the fire which started late the previous night at the old Alliance Paper and Tissue premises in Fordhouses, Wolverhampton.
At its height, more than 100 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze in the building, which although was no longer in physical use, still contained stocks of toilet tissue and chemicals.
BCC Chairman, Simon Hollingbery, is urging visitors to the Cleaning Show in March to attend at least one seminar, as he says there is a wealth of information available that will be relevant to anyone running a UK cleaning business.
Registration is closing tomorrow for ACI's 2nd Future of Surfactants Summit Europe, which is taking place 8th & 9th February 2017 in Antwerp, Belgium, with an exclusive pre-conference site visit to the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. The organizer tells us that there are only a few spaces remaining.
The event will give you the chance to meet senior representatives from key companies in the industry, currently confirmed from the following:
At the international cleaning trade fair CMS 2017 Berlin, the CMS Purus Awards, which have been presented since 2005, will become the Innovation Awards, signalling a new direction. The CMS Purus Innovation Awards (PIA), will honour 'intelligent products and solutions', recognising products, tools and systems that feature excellent usability and an outstanding overall design.
Exhibitors at the show, which is being held from 19th through - 22nd September 2017, will be invited to submit entries in six categories which reflect the range of products at CMS Berlin and Messe Berlin GmbH will present the awards for innovative solutions on 19th September at an evening event.
A food waste digestion system that has successfully reduced food waste at a smart Singaporean hotel, may have won those involved an Award. The project has been selected as one of three finalists in the 'Most Green Collaboration' category, by the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, for its 2017 SICC Awards celebrating collaborative innovation.
The collaboration involves BioHiTech Global, which develops waste management technologies; its local distributor, waste digester specialist Enerprof, and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge, which involved having a bucket of icy water thrown over you? Well now it's the turn of the Mannequin Challenge, where at a given time, those taking part have to pretend they're mannequins; sticking to the pose they're in when the challenge begins - as shown in this video produced by Floorbrite.
The company's Nina Wyers tells us that all those who took part are very pleased with themselves. Having watched the video, we though they did a great job too and whoever was in charge of filming has very cleverly shown off many of the products offered by the company, so as well as being fun, the challenge was a good marketing exercise!
We're on the countdown to the Great British Spring Clean, which is taking place from March 3rd - 5th, 2017, and the campaign is being supported by TV naturalist and writer Steve Backshall, the BAFTA Award-winning 'Deadly 60' presenter.
Every year Keep Britain Tidy's campaign partner, the RSPCA, receives more than 5,000 calls about animals caught up in or injured by litter and we all need to take action to prevent the damage that's being done to our wildlife as well as our environment.
Building multi-service support provider, Regent Samsic, has retained accreditation to workplace health * safety scheme, SafeContractor, for the 11th
"Health and safety are paramount disciplines in our day-to-day operations," says says Regent Samsic joint managing director Jonathan King. "Safecontractor accreditation reassures existing and prospect clients of our commitment to both, and as long-standing supporters of the scheme we are very pleased to be re-accredited to it."
Recognition came for two of ISS UK's talented waste management service development managers at the 2017 edie Sustainability Leaders Awards last week. Kristina Jackson (pictured) was crowned the 2017 Sustainability/CSR Manager of the year, whilst Helene Carpentier was one of the three nominees shortlisted in the category.
Kristina's award highlighted her exceptional work implementing projects that support the 'Zero Waste to Landfill' target for a major retail bank client across the contractor's 2,156 sites. Her efforts over the year contributed to one of the most impactful environmentally focused projects in the banking sector.
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There are just five days to go before the curtain comes down on your chance to enter the CSSA UK Contract Cleaning Awards 2017.
Forget customer testimonials as a point of reference, (let's face it no-one ever offers a poor testimonial). If you need to provide a point of difference then "awards" is a fantastic way to do it.
Offering a comprehensive range of products for the janitorial distributor, Greyland has gained a first class reputation for exceptional value for money, clearly and descriptively labelled, and supplied to the distributor in the fastest turnaround times from order to delivery in the industry.
The 10 most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the UK National Minimum Wage were revealed yesterday by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The announcement is part of a £1.7 million UK Government awareness campaign designed to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum, ahead of the National Minimum and National Living Wages rising on 1st April.
The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an enquiry into the future of environmental law and policy following the UK's vote to leave the EU, which will focus on the future of the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
It will consider the possible impacts on environmental protection, public safety and the UK chemicals industry and submissions must be received by 18:00 on 20th January.
"Biohazard and trauma cleaning are governed by stringent regulations and health & safety guidelines. This isn't a matter of unnecessary bureaucracy; as dramatic as it sounds, it can save lives.
According to a new report commissioned by Amicus Commercial Finance, well over half (61%) of invoices issued by UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) remain unpaid within the debtor day period. Of these, almost three-quarters (70%) of firms say they rely on getting paid during their debtor day period to avoid facing a shortage of working capital.
The research shows that one in six (16%) SME invoices remains unpaid after 90 days and of these, almost half (7%) have yet to be settled after six months.
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