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The new I-Con glove system not only protects workers' hands against the most common chemicals and substances found in contract cleaning but also helps prevent contact contamination from bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and vaccines that may be encountered.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is seeking nominations for the Cy Gantt Award and Keith Williams Award. The Cy Gantt Award recognises special contributions to the industries served by the IICRC, while the Keith Williams Award recognises a significant technical contribution to the science of inspection, cleaning & restoration. The deadline for nominations is 15th August.
OspreyDeepclean's increasing international orders for multiple units are ready and waiting to be shipped from the production line straight to the company's distributors.
This study aimed to help stop the 'Winter vomiting bug' norovirus from spreading, by understanding and improving food handler behaviours.
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Having received a press release referring to Legionella Awareness Day and deciding to look a little more deeply into the issues, I came across a report in the journal Eurosurveillance. Compiled from annual data submitted by 29 EU/EEA countries to the European Legionnaires’ Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet) – covering 2011 to 2015 – it revealed some interesting facts and trends.
The report’s conclusion is that the burden of Legionnaires Disease appears to be growing in Europe, displaying an epidemiology similar to that observed in the US, with a comparable notification rate and similar settings of infection. Four countries, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, accounted for 70.3% of all reported cases, although their combined populations represent only 49.9% of the study population. The 20 lowest-reporting countries make up only 10.2% of all cases, while their combined populations represent 28.8% of the study population.
The main purpose of ELDSNet, is detection of travel-related Legionnaires Disease clusters involving residents of Europe that could not otherwise be detected by any national surveillance scheme. Of the total 30,532 cases reported between 2011 and 2015, 11.5% (3098) were deemed foreign travel-related, 71% (21,618) were community/sporadic, 4.9% (1322) nosocomial, and 8.4% (2259) domestic travel-related.
By comparison, 46.3% of confirmed cases in England and Wales residents were deemed to have been foreign travel-related (177 of 387 cases). In the EU/EEA, although the case fatality rate fell between 2011 (10.4%) and 2015 (8.1%), the age-adjusted notification rate increased steadily to 1.3 cases per 100,000 population – the highest rate ever recorded.
The report recommends that: “In countries with persistently low notification rates, ad hoc studies should identify reasons for under-ascertainment and all countries should endeavour to develop and maintain appropriate control measures in man-made water systems to prevent LD cases”.
The press release I referred to earlier proved that I don’t know as much about how we can contract this disease as I thought I did. For example, it talks about the bacteria being present in soil and advises us to wear gloves when handling soil and compost while gardening – something I never bother to do. That got me thinking about my water butt and what could be lurking in there, as some of the contents will have been sitting there – stagnant – for many months.
We’re expecting a drought next year so many people will be installing water butts for the first time. Worth reading up on how to stay safe while using them then…
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Older people, parents and business owners are being encouraged to stay vigilant against a potentially deadly disease that has infected over 200 people in the UK and many more overseas, this year alone.
Legionella Awareness Day (30th August) aims to make people aware of the risks of the lethal bacteria. A Legionella awareness website and helpline have been set up to offer free advice and support to people concerned about the threat of Legionella.
In testament to its effectiveness it's a system used globally in water treatment plants for its disinfecting and sanitising properties.
Cascades, a specialist in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, which employs 11,000 people in some 90 production units located in North America and Europe, has this week officially inaugurated its new US$64 million, state-of-the-art, 284,000sq.ft tissue converting facility in Scappoose, Oregon.
The cleaning chemicals market in India is projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 15% in value terms between 2017-2026, on account of increasing incidences of various infections, as well as rapid urbanisation, coupled with growing numbers of new commercial setups and increasingly stringent safety standards.
Additionally, growing numbers of new healthcare setups, rising disposable income and the launch of new and innovative cleaning chemicals are propelling the market for cleaning chemicals.
A supplier has been fined fined £2.7 million for breaking competition law, having been found guilty of requiring retailers to use a minimum price when selling its products online. This kind of illegal practice, known as resale price maintenance, means customers miss out on the best possible prices and cannot shop around for a better deal on that supplier's products.
The Carbon Trust Standard is the world's leading independent certification of an organisation's impact on the environment, verifying action on the three primary components of environmental sustainability: energy use and associated greenhouse gas (CO2e) emissions, water use and waste output.
Bunzl has today announced that it has made a binding offer for the acquisition of a group of businesses in France and has also purchased a marketing services business in the UK.
Hedis, which trades through a number of subsidiaries across France, is engaged in the sale and distribution of cleaning & hygiene-related products to customers, principally in the public, healthcare, foodservice and cleaning sectors, as well as to some redistributors. Two other businesses, Comptoir de Bretagne and Générale Collectivités, distribute light catering equipment and tableware to a similar fragmented customer base in France.
Sceptics among us might say that we don't need another building standard, but when you consider that we spend over 90% of our time indoors, it would seem prudent that the physical places where we live, work and play should be built for health and wellness. The Well Building Standard is the first building standard to focus on just that - the health and wellness of the people in buildings - and is set to become the benchmark across the globe.
The firm achieved the best one-year sales record of any foreign distributor marketing Kaivac products in 2016.
According to recent statistics released by HSE, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17. These statistics are based on a wide variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, waste, transport |& storage, and wholesale & retail trade.
Asset protection and oil & environmental services specialist, Adler & Allan, won The Barclays Award for Building Resilient Business at the 2017 BITC Responsible Business Awards, announced last week at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Home services marketplace Plentific.com has confirmed a new partnership with Notting Hill Housing, a leading London housing association. This latest partnership will see Plentific work alongside Notting Hill Housing to create a new property management solution and self-serve platform.
This will aid maintenance and repair work initially for 2,000 temporary housing properties which are spread across the capital.
In the wake of high-profile global ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya, BT and KPMG have this week published a new cyber security report offering practical advice to businesses of all sizes on how best to manage their security journey and turn it into a business opportunity.
The new report, 'The cyber security journey - from denial to opportunity', warns businesses against falling into dangerous traps as they deal with the complexity of securing a digital enterprise. These include being stuck in 'Denial' and 'Worry' phases at one end of the spectrum, and 'False Confidence' and 'Hard Lessons' at the other end.
Director of operations for Incredible Window Cleaning (sister company to Indepth Managed Services), Darran Yates is taking to the saddle to ride 52 miles from Manchester to Blackpool to raise money for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
This UK IPF charity is focused on improving the quality of life for pulmonary fibrosis patients and funding research to give people a better life and a future.
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Recent UK News
Falls from height have been brought to our attention again with the news that national bread maker Warburtons has been fined £2million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall.
Late in 2013, Andrew Sears was cleaning one of the mixing machines at the Wednesbury bakery, a routine job he carried out every few weeks, when he lost his footing and fell nearly two-meters.
OCS has been working with Goodrich Actuation Systems since 2011 to deliver facilities services at the company's five UK sites.
Online estate agent HouseSimple.com has looked at the latest Office for National Statistics wages data and average prices for first-time buyers' properties, to compile a table of jobs where it will take so long to save for a deposit for an average UK property, that those concerned (unless they get help from the Bank of Mum & Dad), won't have saved enough until at least 2100. Cleaners aren't the worst off, but the picture is grim...
More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health & safety.
The GMB Union, which has members across every sector of the British economy, says yesterday's official workplace death figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths.
"After a few years in the commercial cleaning business I soon learnt that all cleaning companies say that they are 'excellent' at everything they do and they all promise their customers the world. Prospective customers are unsurprisingly distinctly immune and unimpressed by this hyperbole.
"Articles about public toilets appear to be ever increasing - usually because so many facilities are now closing. This is a great worry especially for the young, the elderly, those who are pregnant, on medication of various types that necessitate the loo, have a particular medical condition... in fact the list gets longer if you also take into account the needs of taxi drivers, bus drivers, train drivers, police officers, postal workers, night shift workers and so on...
Jangro has welcomed Crystal Cleaning Supplies as the latest addition to its independent janitorial distribution network, an expansion which brings the total number of distributors in the group to 44, strategically located across the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
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