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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.
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A cleaner has featured prominently in the press this week for all the wrong reasons... 36-year-old Natalia Nemets, who lived in Russia, was cleaning a tank at the Slavyanka confectionary factory, when for some reason or other it suddenly filled with molten caramel, which is said to have boiled her alive.
Of course, there are many deaths of cleaners that don't make the news... I often receive information on cleaners - mainly in Asia, who die in the course of their work. Generally this involves tank cleaning of some sort and most of the time it's where the cleaners have been overcome by fumes. Often this type of accident involves multiple deaths because the workmates of those who've lost consciousness, rush inside to drag them to safety, only to be overcome by the same fumes themselves.
The reports into Natalia's death say that while her workmates rushed to help, they were unable to save her. It's very sad when people die whilst carrying out their work and I've acknowledged in these leaders before that many of us will take calculated risks in an attempt to make the job easier and get it done more quickly. I regularly overstretch myself on ladders, for example, rather than going to the effort of climbing down and moving the ladder nearer to where I'm working.
We're effectively - without even realising it - making a rapid risk assessment and deciding that the odds are in our favour. It's something we learn to do from a very young age and it becomes second nature; for example, when we cross a road or pull out from a junction in our cars, we first carry out a simple risk assessment, don't we?
When it comes to assessing the risks our actions are creating for others, it's a whole different matter though. I know many of us grumble about or poke fun at what may seem 'over the top' health & safety legislation in our countries, but when you consider what's at stake, perhaps it's not a bad thing to be zealous when it comes to assessing risk, and taking the safer route rather than deciding to cut corners. Perhaps many of us don't realise quite how lucky we are to work in countries or for organisations that consider workplace health & safety to be crucial, rather than a nuisance...
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On 12th October, Nilfisk was successfully listed as an independent company on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange (Nasdaq Copenhagen). The leadership team, led by CEO Hans Henrik Lund, had the pleasure of ringing the opening bell, clearly stating that Nilfisk, a leading provider of professional cleaning equipment, has reached a historical milestone in the company's history.
The relaunch comes after the Association's Open Evening in London that brought together contract cleaners and service providers from all across the UK.
The global name in do-it-yourself carpet cleaning, whose Plano headquarters employs nearly 100 people, is relaunching the rental business with its most significant innovation in its 45-year history.
To help demonstrate the benefits of being eco-friendly, London specialist in cleaning and soft FM services provision, Julius Rutherfoord's operations director, Chris Parkes, is speaking at the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit in Paris (8th - 9th November).
Chris will be talking about 'Sustainability in the professional cleaning sector', and how this benefits clients, on day two of the conference, at 09.45 in the Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel.
Morclean tells us it is proud to be celebrating 40 years' trading in the cleaning industry. Originally established in 1977 as a supplier of pressure washers, the business now supplies a wide range of cleaning equipment throughout the UK, with a dealer base in Europe and the US.
Morclean's range of equipment now includes high pressure cleaners, floorcare equipment, specialist vacuums, hazardous and ATEX equipment, and of course a unique range of niche products that include water recovery and filtration, wash pads, and the company's flagship machine the award winning Morclean BinWash.
The second edition of ISSA/Interclean Istanbul, held at the Istanbul Congress Centre last week, brought 2,500+ national and international, professionals together. With 60 leading brands and a high-quality conference programme, the event is building a reputation as the international networking hub for the cleaning & hygiene industry in Turkey and surrounding regions.
Two brands that are regularly seen at international cleaning exhibitions, were recognised for their recycling initiatives last week in the European Parliament's 'European Paper Recycling Awards' 2017.
In the Innovative Technologies and R&D Category, Second Prize went to Lucart spa for its 'Natural Project' - a Circular Economy model in the tissue sector that adds value to used beverage cartons by turning them into two new types of raw material.
Apple Blossom Cleaning is using SmartTask's employee scheduling and workforce management solution to better coordinate and monitor its cleaning team that provides office, residential and specialised services in South Wales.
Having hired 24 new staff over the past 12 months, the Pembrokeshire-based company adopted the system for proof of attendance and rota planning across 109 cleaners. This has enabled the company to dramatically improve productivity and staff engagement, while enhancing its business development capabilities.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has this week published a new Good Practice Guide adding to its already extensive suite of useful resources for facilities management professionals at any stage in their career.
The new Good Practice Guide, Customer Experience, takes a holistic look at the entirety of the interactions and experiences that a customer encounters, from beginning to end.
A recycling company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,641.62, following a Health & Safety Executive investigation into a work incident in December 2014, in which a litter picker was struck by a shovel loader and suffered life changing injuries as a result.
Those attending the hearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court last week, heard that the loading shovel driver initially thought he had just hit the wall and had not realised he had struck someone. The driver climbed down from the cab to check for damage and found the employee badly injured on the floor.
London-based cleaning services provider, Cleanology, is celebrating three striking business wins across the capital's contemporary venue sector. The new contracts include high-end conference and office spaces, and a modern, design-led, pop-up bar group.
Chief executive Dominic Ponniah describes the new contracts as thrilling, adding that the growing - and extremely versatile - venue sector reflected the entrepreneurial nature of the company.
Savanna Rags International Limited of Forest Road Mansfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and was fined £650,000, after a worker was fatally injured by a reversing vehicle.
In April 2016, a worker at the clothing and textile recycling company was fatally injured when she was struck by a reversing delivery vehicle.
Trigion Security and Facilicom Cleaning Services managing director, Jan-Hein Hemke is to guest lecture this month to the final year bachelors students studying Facilities Management at Liverpool John Moores University. Jan-Hein will be sharing his experience of the challenges of delivering outsourced services, with a focus on his specialist areas, security and cleaning.
"Education and training is an important part of professional development and I am keen to support people in my organisation, and the wider industry, to have successful careers," says Jan-Hein. "Our involvement with the university brings a number of benefits for everyone.
A Coventry firm has been ordered to pay out over £1,300 after waste was found dumped in a city car park. Magistrates heard that earlier this year, a quantity of waste was found on Wellington Street Car Park. Some of the waste carried an address of a restaurant in Longford Road, named Nashaa and the rest of the waste was consistent with commercial waste from such a premises.
When Council officers investigated, they asked to see business waste documents and interviewed a director. They found the waste had been removed by an unknown carrier with no checks carried out and the restaurant could not say whether the firm was licensed.
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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.
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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.
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ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Future of Surfactants Summit
Budapest Cleaning Show