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The news comes following an agreement by AsepticSure's manufacturer Medizone International, and Aglon a/s, announced on Tuesday. Medizone has granted Aglon exclusive distribution rights for the AsepticSure system in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
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.
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The BBC's carrying a report on a New York-based cleaning company that's allegedly been penalising staff when they're unable to work because they're unwell, by both fining them and by preventing them from working in future. It's unclear whether the ban just relates to the contract the cleaner's failed to service because of illness, or whether the cleaner's no longer able to work for the company itself. Things are changing at the company though, because the client in question was angry at her cleaner's treatment and did something about it. That's refreshing, isn't it?
The report focuses on Polly Mackenzie, whose usual cleaner was unwell. Polly had hoped to reschedule through the app site operated by the company but was offered a replacement the following day, rather than her usual cleaner. She voiced her disappointment that although the company was supplying a replacement, it was banning the regular cleaner from working for her again "as a punishment". She complained and the ban was reversed, but she discovered that her cleaner had been fined £25 for not being able to work. Polly's account was credited with £5 'for the inconvenience' but she was clearly incensed at her cleaner's treatment.
She told the BBC that the fine meant the company had profited £20 from her cleaner's illness, (almost double what the company would have made, had the cleaner been able to work as planned).
Contacted by the BBC, the company denied that the cleaner had been banned but said she'd been automatically blocked by its system as she'd appeared as a 'no show'. It cancelled the fine and is now reviewing its policy regarding fees for emergencies such as sickness.
I just wonder how many good cleaners have lost their livelihoods for no good reason in the past - in many situations - because no-one's stood up for them. Perhaps this incident shows how important it is for the service provider to build a good relationship with the client, so they feel they're part of the same team...
No further news is available on the window cleaner who was seriously injured whilst working in London's Oxford Street on Tuesday. The man was apparently about to abseil down the four-storey building on which he was working with his son, when his ropes gave way. The Health & Safety Executive is investigating and I'm sure you'll join me in wishing him a full and fast recovery.
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This Week's News
Douglas Cooke, chief executive of Principle Cleaning Services - the London-based cleaning specialist, will be speaking at the French Federation's (FEP) conference in Nantes next week, on 22nd November, in his role as chair of the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA).
His presentation - 'Undercover Boss and Daytime Cleaning', brings a fun element to the serious issue of how to give the best possible service to clients in the most cost effective and productive way.
Congratulations to GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services which is celebrating winning a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.
The contractor competed against more than 500 other organisations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and was delighted to be presented with its trophy and certificate at a glittering ceremony held in the Houses of Parliament on November 6th.
Many of those involved in cleaning will at some stage need to don a pair of 'rubber' gloves. Unfortunately, as our picture shows, these can cause allergic reactions that will leave the user's skin damaged, sore and prone to infection.
Choosing the right glove is important and Gloves4U offers the following guide highlighting the different types of gloves (i.e. latex and non-latex) and their potential for creating an allergic reaction:
The result of extensive research with key stakeholder groups around the world, the new brand aims to be strong and distinctive to differentiate Diversey from its competitors in a global marketplace as well as support future strategic aims. It also reflects the scale of the company's ambitions under the leadership of president & CEO Dr Ilham Kadri.
Sub-zero refrigerators and freezers use a lot of energy, so keeping them at optimal performance is incredibly important. Even a small drop in efficiency can noticeably increase energy usage.
The Health & Safety Executive is consulting on the implementation of new and revised Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for 31 chemical substances - some of which are used in the manufacture of cleaning products - to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.
The consultative document sets out HSE's proposals for establishing workplace exposure limits for the substances listed in the 4th Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) Directive 2017/164/EU, in order to implement it in Great Britain.
Knol UK has some exciting new developments and additions to its product range and now has much more to offer both existing and new UK dealers. There's now a new steam team and already it's making waves in the industry, with plans for further additions during 2018.
Launched this month, there are three major additions to the already well established range of steam cleaners and cleaning systems:
Thurrock Council's Bigbelly Bin pilot has begun with 10 bins installed around the area as part of the Kent authority's 'clean it, cut it, fill it' initiative. The bins are solar powered, have an inbuilt self-compaction system to create extra capacity and are able to take litter and dog mess - like all the council's public bins.
The areas included in the pilot were chosen because they are remote and difficult to access on a daily basis, or where bins are regularly used and sometimes overflow. When Bigbelly bins get full, they send the waste department a message, saying they need to be emptied!
The Water Management Society has introduced a second module to its City & Guilds accredited training course, 'HTM 04-01 Water Hygiene Training: Managing and Controlling the Risk of Waterborne Pathogens in Water Systems'.
TC Facilities Management, which provides a range of FM services to some of the UK's most recognisable companies and Remploy, the UK's leading disability employment specialist, have won the Partners in CSR (Charitable and Social Enterprise) category at the highly respected Premises & Facilities Management awards 2017.
The PFM awards recognise exceptional practice in the facilities management sector. The ceremony in London was hosted by BBC Presenter Jeremy Vine and attended by more than 600 people.
In July 2013, Karlis Pavasars was cleaning near a conveyor on a recycling line at Mid-UK Recycling, Barkston Heath. The recycling line was started up and the agency worker was drawn onto the conveyor, along the line through a trommel and into an industrial waste shredder.
The Health & Safety Executive investigation, found that the fixed gate that fenced the area off and prevented access to the conveyor had been removed for a number of weeks prior to the incident. This meant that workers could freely gain access to the area. Management was aware that the gate was not in place.
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Recent UK News
More than eight million tonnes of plastic are discarded into the world's oceans each year, putting marine wildlife under serious threat. Up to 80% of this is estimated to have been originally lost or discarded on land before washing out to sea, and plastic bottles are a particular concern - with figures showing just 57% of those sold in the UK in 2016 collected for recycling.
ICE tells us it is extremely pleased to announce that last Friday (27th October) it agreed to acquire 100% of the Reintec and TecServ business.
Trading as Reintec, the business has led the way since 2010 in equipment rental, offering flexible hire and repair of professional cleaning equipment. TecServ delivers expert maintenance services which support the Reintec product offering.
The relaunch comes after the Association's Open Evening in London that brought together contract cleaners and service providers from all across the UK.
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.
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 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.
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.
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