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The talks are said to have been revealed by two sources, but have yet to be confirmed by either company, according to the publication.
Eight students in Mumbai have developed a novel vacuum cleaning system for train coaches, in a project said to have impressed cleaning officials even attracted the attention of railway minister Suresh Prabhu. The students - five of whom are US citizens and all aged 12-14 - visited Vadodara and Mumbai stations to study the rubbish disposal in train coaches before devising the cleaning system.
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:
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
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Selden Research acquires Premiere Products
“We recognise this as a tremendous opportunity to develop what is one of the longest established and most respected brands in our sector. The Premiere Products portfolio is a perfect fit into the Selden offering; distribution channels are similar; manufacturing requirements are similar, methods and ethos are similar also.
“Production will move this week to our modern super-efficient Selden factory in Buxton. Investment into the production facilities continues this year. We have already added additional manufacturing capacity, added a new anti-bacterial focused lab with brand new analytical equipment, and plan to start extending the main warehouse and new administration centre this Summer.
“Selden Research is exhibiting at the Cleaning Show at ExCel, London, March 14th – 16th. Premiere Products will feature on our stand together with Jeyes Professional – and the new Selden brand image will be unveiled.”
Yesterday's Office for National Statistics announcement that UK employment reached 74.6% in the last quarter of 2016 - the highest rate since such records began in 1971, while unemployment remained at its record low since 2005 on 4.8%, compared with 5.1% for the same period the previous year - has caused quite a stir.
Of particular interest to this industry was the announcement that the number of EU nationals employed in the UK had risen by 190,000 in the final quarter compared with the same period the previous year, but, comparing the final quarter of 2016 with the preceding quarter, there were 19,000 fewer EU nationals employed - the first three-month fall in since Q3 2014.
While David Freeman, ONS senior statistician, warns that the fall in the number of workers born in other EU countries should be treated with caution as the figures have not been seasonally adjusted, the latest Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD and Adecco says that labour and skills shortages are starting to bite in UK sectors that employ a high number of EU nationals - such as cleaning. It suggests that, despite a near record number of vacancies (748,000 according to ONS data), UK employers are struggling to fill roles with the right candidates and that low-skilled sectors which typically employ a large number of non-UK nationals from the EU are facing particular recruitment challenges.
The CIPD says employers need to review their approach to workforce development and training and improve the attractiveness of their jobs through better line management and job design, developing closer links with local educational institutions and improving pay and employment conditions where possible. Interestingly, the Outlook also asked employers that employ EU nationals how they would respond to potential migration restrictions. A quarter (26%) said they would 'pay the difference' and absorb the extra cost of recruiting EU nationals, whilst others said they would seek to retain older workers (19%), invest more in training and up-skilling (17%) and recruit more apprentices (17%).
Having spoken to many cleaning contractors who rely on non-UK EU nationals to keep their contracts flowing smoothly, and knowing how many of these employers are committed to paying the Living Wage, I wonder whether these latest figures and findings are really going to impact on this industry or whether it's going to be very much, 'business as usual'.
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This Week's News
From drones to medical and cleaning equipment, robots are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday life. But although some 1.7 million robots already exist worldwide, their use is still not properly regulated. Members of the European Parliament are currently debating and are about to vote on a report calling for rules to regulate the use of robots, including creating a separate legal status for robots.
In a bid to find out more about the thinking behind the debate, EU researchers talked to the report's author, Mady Delvaux, a Luxembourg member of the S&D group, on why she feels their use should be regulated.
A team of scientists has discovered that even the deepest parts of the world's oceans are not safe from toxic pollution. Marine ecologists from Newcastle University have observed very high levels of banned toxic industrial chemicals called persistent organic compounds (POPs) at the bottom of the 10km deep Mariana trench.
The ban on these chemicals, originally introduced in the 1970s, simply does not go far enough. Many industrial plants still clean their machinery and equipment using harmful hydrocarbon-based solvent chemicals that were developed decades ago. Most maintenance engineers are unaware that safer water-based alternatives are now available.
Sodexo, a world leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations, has released its 2017 Global Workplace Trends report, detailing the most critical factors affecting the world's workers and employers. The report is an insightful tool for employers navigating the changing workplace to push toward success.
The trends portray a workplace that blends work life with outside life, catering to employee needs through improvements in wellness, space design and learning programmes.
In this market research report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global industrial cleaning market for 2017-2021. The market is further categorised into five segments based on the chemicals used, including surfactants, enzymes, builders, fragrances and processing aids.
The Directors of Selden Research are delighted to announce the acquisition of the brand, assets and goodwill of Premiere Products from James Briggs (Hygiene), saying:
“Production will move this week to our modern super-efficient Selden factory in Buxton. Investment into the production facilities continues this year. We have already added additional manufacturing capacity, added a new anti-bacterial focused lab with brand new analytical equipment, and
This article, by property maintenance provides Novus Property Solutions, outlines some of the reasons that apprenticeship schemes are becoming a firm favourite among young people.
A survey that compares the working habits of different age groups among 3,000 office workers across Europe has thrown up some unexpected findings. Among them it suggests that with age not only comes wisdom, but also greater resilience to extra demands and higher levels of productivity than their younger co-workers.
Working with surveying company MLCS3, Mitie has introduced the drone flights to help spot problems with buildings faster - in place of unsightly and expensive scaffolding - which should lead to improved services for H&F tenants and leaseholders, and expected cost savings in the long term.
As a multi-award-winning global hygiene manufacturer servicing more than 100 countries from its head office in Basingstoke, UK, Vectair Systems has always strived to provide the language skills so that staff can communicate with customers in their mother tongue wherever possible.
As the company has grown and expanded into new territories, Vectair has seen a growing need for these language skills, and has therefore invested in expanding its team of multi-lingual sales support staff to further service its customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Thanks to Sika, a vehicle workshop involved in the repair and maintenance of some of the world's most expensive cars has been supplied with a durable, high-gloss floor to protect the high-powered, high-specification machines it services.
GV Health announced yesterday, two major new collaborations with logistics operator Bunzl Catering Services and outsourced food, catering and soft FM services supplier Compass Medirest. Under the deal, Bunzl will supply hospitals with an extensive range of GV Health products including clinical and non-clinical waste bags, spillage kits and environmental hygiene solutions including wipes and disinfectants.
GV Health said it has become the first manufacturer and supplier to be awarded 'Nominated Supplier' status by Compass-Medirest.
Health & Safety Laboratories is to run a one-day course on Slips and Trips / Falls Prevention in London's Marble Arch, on 9th March 2017 and it appears to be a worthwhile course to attend, since previous attendees have reported a reduction in incidents of up to 50%.
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.
ISS is commencing a new contact with online supermarket Ocado. ISS will provide an integrated service solution to Ocado at its new Head Office address in Hatfield, which includes catering & hospitality, building maintenance services, cleaning, waste, energy & environmental management and health & safety management.
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