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Kimberly-Clark Professional has joined the Continental Automated Buildings Association's (CABA) board of directors. CABA is a trade association that promotes advanced technologies for integrated systems and the automation of homes and buildings.
Three people can work simultaneously with this stainless steel machine, one with the chemicals and the other two with the water."
The electric version weighs only 3.8 kg and provides air volume lift of 52 litres/sec.
Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex cleaning systems, marks a milestone in its corporate history. The company is moving 9th October, 2017, to a new, multi-building corporate campus in Hamilton, Ohio - a move president & CEO Bob Robinson Sr, says was needed because of significant business growth in the past few years in the US, Canada, and overseas.
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Despite last year's introduction of the National Living Wage, which saw the biggest fall in 40 years in the number of people in low-paid work (and not forgetting its predecessor the National Minimum Wage, introduced at the back end of the last century), low pay is endemic in the UK and there's been little progress in the number of people managing to escape from poorly paid jobs.
A report released today by the Social Mobility Commission, explores pay trends over recent decades and examines the factors linked to low pay and progression. It finds that just one in six low-paid workers managed to permanently escape low pay in the last decade, a quarter remained permanently stuck in low pay and nearly half fluctuated in and out of low pay.
On average, people stuck on low pay have seen their hourly wages rise by just 40p in real terms over the last decade, compared to a £4.83 pay rise for those who have permanently escaped! While there's been some progress for women over recent decades, they're more likely to be low paid and far more likely to get stuck in low pay, with those in their early twenties struggling most, thanks to a lack of good-quality, flexible work to fit alongside childcare responsibilities as the most likely barrier.
The risk of long-term low pay has increased for men (from 20% to 25%); since more men are now in low-paid, part-time work. Nearly two-thirds of workers 'stuck' in low pay are working part time, while nearly three-quarters of those who escaped low pay were working full time. Older workers are far less likely to escape low pay than their younger counterparts... 23% of low-paid workers aged 25 or under escaped low pay over the decade, compared to 15% of those aged 46 to 55.
The Social Mobility Commission is calling for a new approach to break the cycle, saying welfare policy should focus on moving people from low pay to living pay and that Government should join forces with employers in a new national effort to improve progression and productivity at work. It says employers need to improve career routes for staff, while Government should support them with a welfare system that encourages progression at work. Knowing how many of those holding key positions in the top companies in our industry started off as cleaners, I can't think of a better place for Government to look for inspiration, can you?
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This Week's News
Clean the World Foundation is continuing its commitment to hygiene education by launching a worldwide Global Handwashing Day initiative, aimed at building awareness for the importance of proper hygiene. This involves building a permanent interactive exhibit (opening on World Health Day, 7th April 2018) dedicated to health and hygiene education.
Guardian Water Treatment has enhanced its offering by forming an exclusive partnership with corrosion monitoring expert, Hevasure, and also adding Hydrosphere's flushing-reducing technology to its pre-commissioning cleaning services; innovative solutions designed to extend system life and cut costs spent on chemicals, consultants and laboratory sampling.
The Restroom Association (Singapore) tells us that after an on-site consultation for Clark Quay Central shopping mall, more than 20 toilets were Happy Toilet certified in September.
Maintenance is arguably the most important step in the lifecycle of any application. Regardless of how effective a piece of equipment operates, performance inevitably declines over time unless it is cared for appropriately.
Likewise, maintenance products such as aerosols require proper consideration to remain safe and effective.
Nationwide Window Cleaning (NWC), the UK's largest window, gutter and high-level cleaning business is on the acquisition trail. The first significant purchase is a Midlands based window cleaning business, Reflekt Cleaning Company.
Founded in 2005, Reflekt has experienced strong year-on-year growth. Clients include the BBC, RAF, Cadbury, Merck Sharpe & Dohme and Exxon Mobil.
With advanced renewable detergents, Gojo Multi Green heavy-duty hand cleaner is a powerful, effective, hand cleaner that's paraben-free and better for the environment.
The company's previous offices and production areas have served it well for many years. However, with increasing demand for its dispensing equipment and its growth and expansion plans, the time had come for a change.
Ochsner Medical Center - Jefferson Highway is setting a new standard for patient care by deploying Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to improve patient safety and reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
Xenex's LightStrike Robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause HAI.
V-Air Solid was approved as meeting the Carbon Footprint Standard in July 2017, and Vectair has taken the next step for it to become completely carbon neutral by offsetting its carbon footprint.
The London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most prominent buildings in the Capital, secured the multi-site contract renewal following a rigorous tender process.
Italian manufacturer Idrobase Group found a new use for its misting systems, having been asked to supply them at the new Zaryadye theme park, recently inaugurated by Vladimir Putin in an area adjacent to the Kremlin. The 78,000sq.m park - the first public park built in Moscow in 50 years - mimics Russian climate clusters; tundra, steppe, forest and swamp.
KBR announced this week that it has been awarded the Facilities Management Services Operations (FMSO) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence in the Middle East. Under a major exercise by the MOD to rationalise contracts across its operational estate, KBR will now be the sole supplier delivering FM services to the UK MOD on deployed operations.
Under the terms of the contract KBR will deliver a vast range of hard and soft FM services across the UK MOD's operational estate in the Middle East to include:
AM Services Group recently acquired the highly respected, Liverpool-based, family-owned SLS Washroom Services, following a major expansion of its services in Spring 2016, with the acquisition of a leading Stoke-on-Trent based specialist cleaning company.
The condition of toilets in UAE businesses may deter - or attract - customers, according to a recent survey. Half of Emiratis who experience unclean toilets vow to never again frequent the business or will think twice before doing so in the future, according to the 2017 Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted in the UAE by Bradley Corporation.
About a third will tell a friend and name the business.
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Bain Capital Private Equity has this week announced that it has, through its investment in Diversey, reached agreement on the terms of a recommended final cash offer for Zenith Hygiene Group, the UK manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene chemicals and related products.
Hosted by BBC Broadcaster, Sally Bundock and supported by headline sponsor Citation as well as individual category sponsors, the event saw almost 200 guests in attendance celebrating the achievements of companies and individuals across the cleaning industry.
"Workforce Management is a series of processes designed to help in the management of your staff. These processes are linked to HR, and are largely to do with the people who provide your service. This means your cleaning operatives.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show