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SC Johnson Professional has announced a new strategic partnership with the National Service Alliance (NSA), the industry-leading group purchasing organisation for building service contractors and related businesses in the US.
Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist, has completed the integration of AFI GmbH, which was acquired in May 2017, into its organisation.
This is the first step in creating a platform containing educational modules for children describing the science and engineering that goes into cleaning products, and extends ACI's efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which originated with 2016's 'The Science of Soap' exhibit and online education materials.
Attendees were able to experience the latest technologies and solutions for cleaning, waste, laundry and car care from across the world, while learning more about the potential of the Indian market and establishing connections that will enhance manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales.
Joining ISSA as European Manager is Regina Henrich, whose most recent role as a strategic management consultant is just part of the extensive corporate and marketing experience she brings to her new position.
As increasingly complex supply chains make it difficult for large manufacturers and retailers to monitor quality and safety across global suppliers, certification provider Bureau Veritas has revealed that adopting a data-based approach to supplier monitoring could be key to driving standards forward.
Christeyns has built up a strong reputation as specialist in cleaning and disinfection products in the European food industry. With the acquisition of Betelgeux, Christeyns fortifies its position in this market and takes a step forward in the geographical expansion towards Latin-America.
On 2nd January, 2018, Kaivac welcomed the new year with a notice from the US Patent Office. Kaivac's OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning System has been awarded a new patent - number 9,854,955 B2 to be precise. The patent applies to almost all OmniFlex systems including the Dispense-and-Vac, AutoVac, SUV, or hybrid combination of these systems.
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Cleaning is back in the spotlight and as generally happens, the resulting scrutiny hasn't shown us in the best light. First, there was the collapse of Carillion, which - although not just cleaning-related, led the public to once again question the merits of outsourcing and its ability to provide value for money. While most of us accept that when it comes to the more difficult disciplines, a specialist contractor's knowledge is required, the perception that 'anyone can clean' has caused many to wonder whether we should put an end to the outsourcing of cleaning.
More recently, covert filming by an undercover reporter for Channel 4's Dispatches has revealed footage of a hotel housekeeper being told to use the same guest towel to clean entire bathrooms - including the toilet! If you're reading this from one of the 160-plus countries outside of Britain that Cleanzine reaches, the hotel involved - the Premier Inn - is one of our biggest hotel chains. You can imagine the damage this news has done to the brand - and ISS, the contractor involved. As well as being instructed to follow unhygienic cleaning practices, undercover reporter 'Irina', was told to work unpaid to achieve room-cleaning targets that were too tight for her, meaning she was effectively paid below the legal national living wage.
Because Irina was considered too slow, she was paired with the hotel's fastest cleaner who shared her shortcuts, which I know contravene the contractor's training principles of using specific equipment for certain tasks and following accepted colour-coding regimes. So once again a reputable contractor's ability to deliver has been called into question, because of the actions of what may have been just one cleaner who thought she was working smart to meet targets, or perhaps gain recognition or promotion, and who just happened to be caught out...
This isn't the only such incident TV crews have brought to our screens though. Other contractors have had their reputations damaged but the real problem is, it's not just the contractor that's harmed, but the entire industry. With so many operatives working from so many different locations, how on earth can management control the actions of every employee and prevent 'rogue' cleaners from passing on their bad habits? It strikes me as being an impossible task but I think we need to find a way, if outsourcing as we know it, is to survive.
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The Competition & Markets Authority is investigating the completed acquisition on New Year's Day of Cannon Hygiene by Rentokil Initial. An initial enforcement order has been issued to Rentokil Initial under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002, which covers the consequences of mergers in terms of the potential, substantial lessening of competition within the UK market for goods or services.
The full programme for the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, has been announced.
The two-day event - being hosted at Event City in Manchester on April 11th and 12th 2018 -will be focused on the future of UK cleaning. The FM sector will also be well represented, with The British Institute of Facilities Management, exhibiting.
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I was very interested to see that you also published items from Simon Rice, managing director of HSG, and Susan Cunningham. It must be unique for a publication such as Cleanzine to publish three news items all concentrating on improving the standards of washrooms in the UK - well done!
HSG provided a preview of the Clean App as an exhibitor at the 2017 Loo of the Year Awards and Susan and I have been liaising regarding public toilet campaigns for the past 10 years. I am proud to be associated with both.
Mike Bone, Loo of the Year Awards
Ideal for any cleaning or maintenance worker who works at height this product is a UK innovation, manufactured here, and negates the need for a second person to foot the ladder whilst a colleague works at height! Everybody appreciates that using a ladder can be dangerous, even if a person is only a few rungs high. Each year there are numerous ladder related incidents and accidents in the UK alone.
They have a new design with classic blue features and many technical innovations that improve the performance of both machines:
Diversey has announced that it is partnering with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and a select group of other leading European industrial companies on pioneering research in the field of robotics.
The vision of the research project is to provide mobile industrial robots with an open world view that adapt to changes in their working environment. An important aspect of the project is helping the robots to learn to understand what they see so that they can better adapt to new circumstances.
Cleaning contractors at 90% of Woolworths' Tasmanian supermarket sites have not always complied with workplace laws. This is one of the findings of the Fair Work Ombudsman's enquiry into the procurement of cleaners in Tasmanian supermarkets, whose report was released yesterday.
The report reinforces the importance of the FWO's ongoing focus on businesses, improving its supply chain governance after successive enquiries have revealed a correlation between multiple levels of subcontracting and workplace breaches.
Ascom, the Swiss-headquartered supplier of healthcare ICT solutions, is helping hospitals improve hand hygiene and thus reduce healthcare associated infections, by delivering an advanced mobile solution that tracks staff compliance to hygiene procedures.
New Ascom Unite Cleanminder automates hand hygiene mobile alert reminders for caregivers and delivers compliance reporting feedback.
The school janitor/caretaker is often one of the hardest working, yet least recognised, individuals around. Do you know an amazing school janitor or custodian? Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its fifth-annual Janitor of the Year contest which honours the 'best-of-the-best' school janitors and custodians across America.
Created to shine a spotlight on those who work behind the scenes year-round to make schools a clean, safe and positive place, the contest will award $5,000 to the winning janitor and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to the school.
Hospitals in Gaza have been struggling to function following a strike by cleaners which started on Sunday over alleged non-payment of salaries. Gaza's health ministry spokesman Ashraf al Qedra said on Monday that operating theatres were "completely paralysed" due to the accumulation of dirt and rubbish in the hospitals for the second day in a row.
Meritech's newest fully automated hand and footwear sanitising system, the ProTech XV, is a bi-directional walk-through system that can handle large numbers of employees entering and exiting production areas in large groups.
Developed to process 15 employees per minute, it will sanitise hands and gloved hands with an E-3 'no-rinse' hand sanitising solution and simultaneously sanitise footwear with a high concentration sanitising chemical as employees walk through.
Despite problems during implementation, 19,830 tonnes of waste was recycled in the first three months compared with 18,666 tonnes over the same period in 2016 - an increase of 6%. Of that, between 90% and 95% was assessed as being the highest quality of material by the commercial companies that process the waste.
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With 100 exhibitors offering demonstrations, discounts and advice, the thousands of visitors expected to attend will also be able to enjoy event highlights including a fantastic line-up of speakers giving advice on future-proofing your business, recruitment, health & safety and creating business growth.
HSG UK in Derby, has developed the Cleen App which is free to download and enables customers and visitors to log reviews of washrooms in any type of venue from restaurants and shopping centres to sports stadia and airports.
Many businesses pride themselves on the cleaning standards of the buildings they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The washroom is the most frequent place visited by most building users and first impressions count. High standards must be achieved consistently if the organisation's and/or the associated cleaning or facilities management company's reputation is to be maintained. So how do service providers know how to compare their results with their competitors and how do they gain recognition?
Entry into the annual Loo of the Year Awards offers a way of receiving an independent assessment of 'away from home' toilet provision and recognition of the standards achieved based on 'the washroom standard' for the UK.
An investigation is being held into the progress made by an initiative designed to modernise the Disclosure & Barring Service, which provides services that help employers check people's backgrounds against police databases such as criminal records and government lists of those considered unsuitable to work with or in the vicinity of children vulnerable adults.
This service is widely used by organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector, such as schools and care homes, to check prospective employees, volunteers and those involved in cleaning the buildings.
In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Association and has previously served as chairman.
The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers Association) and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.
The inquiry is open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until 2nd March 2018. The APPG has two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.
Set up in 2005, Lynx Dry Cleaning Supplies offer a comprehensive range of dry cleaning and laundry items, from leading international brands such as DOW, Cole & Wilson, Avery Dennison and Dylon.
In particular, there was 81% increase in the number of field service businesses using the system, which now includes 40 cleaning service providers. It was launched in this sector during 2017.
The Big Belly bins are solar powered and have a special compacting mechanism which crushes litter. They hold up to eight times more rubbish than a normal bin.
It is estimated that the new scheme will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year as well as substantially increasing the availability of high quality drinking water.
Recent research has revealed that demand for professional cleaning services has gone up by a staggering 25% in the past five years in London. A whopping 50% of this increase has been driven by millennials with boroughs that have high populations of 18-35 year olds seeing some of the biggest jumps in demand.
To find out more about London's cleaning needs, Service Octopus decided to see which boroughs were leading the way in the demand for cleaning services. The resulting infographic gives a fascinating snapshot of the impact of millennials on London's cleaning landscape and offers a glimpse into how 18-35 year olds are harnessing technology and making the most of the on-demand economy.
All this to allow both existing and prospective customers to see the full range of solutions TC Facilities Management can offer.
The Facilities Management industry's flagship conference from the British Institute of Facilities Management takes place on 1st May 2018. The theme, ‘Adapt or Disappear’, will explore the major disruptors in FM and how businesses and individuals can turn them to their advantage.
Building on last year's event 'FM in a Connected World', Think(beyond)FM 2018 once again promises expert insights and educational takeaways, with a programme of engaging speakers and actionable content as well as plenty of networking opportunities.
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