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Ernie Rosenberg, who served as the American Cleaning Institute's president & CEO for 17 years, is the recipient of the special ACI Chairman's Award, recognising his outstanding leadership of the Association for the cleaning product supply chain. He was honoured during the 2018 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.
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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.
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We British are openly mocked for always talking about the weather, but the conditions we’re currently facing are really unusual and if you’re one of our thousands of overseas readers and have seen the news reports, you’ll be well aware that we don’t deal with snow and ice that well! It’s not just the UK that’s been hit by treacherous weather either, is it? Somehow though, everyone else always seems better prepared and more able to cope than we are…
The authorities started issuing warnings for people in the worst hit parts of the UK not to travel some days ago, but these warnings now cover the UK in its entirety. The problem is, some of us have to travel to work as we have responsibilities to others… Cleaners, refuse collectors, delivery drivers, transport workers, emergency services and healthcare workers. I apologise to those groups I’ve inadvertently omitted but you catch my drift…
Facebook friends working in these sectors have been posting pictures of seemingly endless traffic jams together with warnings about hazards to avoid. Robertson Facilities Management’s Kerry Ord, for example, is living in one of the snowiest parts of the North and has faced horrendous problems travelling long distances to work, while sharing warnings with colleagues of roads to avoid because of jams and overturned lorries.
People like this have battled on and hats off to them for having the steely grit to get to the workplace and do a day’s (or night’s) work – sometimes covering for others who couldn’t make it in, knowing that they face a similar battle to get home again.
Sadly, some who’ve made the effort to get to work have come unstuck. These probably won’t turn out to be the only ones but I know of two refuse collectors who’ve been knocked down by motorists – one of whom had only bothered to clear ice from part of his windscreen and thus couldn’t actually see the bin gatherer he ploughed into “at some speed” and badly injured! In the other incident, the man was struck as he was guiding a reversing bin lorry, and a driver who’d initially been waiting patiently, suddenly drove off, hitting the man.
I think refuse lorries should be given ‘school bus’ treatment in the best of conditions, since their teams are particularly vulnerable, but in conditions like these… Anyway, I hope that everyone is mindful and appreciative of those who’ve battled the elements to get to work this week - and if you’re out and about, do stay safe, won’t you?
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This Week's News
With the collapse of Carillion and fears expressed about other major companies, the spotlight is on the future of private finance in infrastructure delivery. When PFI was first introduced under the Major government and then embraced wholeheartedly by Gordon Brown as Chancellor, the memory of egregious cases of massive budget overruns and missed deadlines in the delivery of public projects was still fresh in the collective memory.
It was confidently asserted at the time that private sector efficiencies and management skills, coupled with effective risk transfer, would more than compensate for the higher cost of private sector borrowing and improve project delivery and overall cost.
Running from 15th - 18th May, Interclean Amsterdam will bring the professional cleaning and hygiene world together to showcase innovative products, services and solutions. It will also see industry experts share their knowledge in sessions and events across a number of stages, including the Interclean Stage, the InnovationLAB, the WasteLAB and the Healthcare Cleaning LAB.
Xeros, the innovator in sustainable cleaning technologies, yesterday announced that its near-waterless laundry system is now available in South Africa, which is suffering its worst drought in more than a century.
Xeros has signed a partnership with local Cape Town company, Fanute, which will distribute and service its award-winning laundry systems in South Africa.
Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning has received top honours in the 2018 Global Franchise Award competition, winning the 'Best House & Office Franchise' category. The awards showcase excellence in international franchising. Winners were announced at the 2018 International Franchise Association convention in Phoenix., US.
The recognition comes after a strong year of international growth for Chem-Dry, the world's largest carpet and floor-cleaning franchise.
Aging demographics and a spike in chronic conditions amongst Canadians, combined with increased turnover of hospital rooms, has forced healthcare providers to rethink their strategies for protecting patients at their most critical moments.
The threat is real. More than 200,000 patients get infections every year while receiving healthcare in Canada and more than 8,000 of these patients die as a result, according to a 2013 report from Canada's chief public health officer.
The body aims to promote a high standard of working practices across the industry providing clients with peace of mind that they are receiving a professional service that fully complies with health & safety regulations.
The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), a joint run effort of Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is deploying to Nigeria to help control an unusually severe epidemic of Lassa fever.
Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus from exposure to urine or faeces of infected rodents that are unique to Africa. The virus may also be spread between humans through direct contact with the blood, urine, faeces, or other bodily secretions of an infected person, though this tends to be less common.
Essity is restructuring its production facility in Santiago, Chile, to further improve quality and cost for the Professional Hygiene and Consumer Tissue businesses in the country. These measures are aligned with the company's strategy of optimising the production footprint to increase both cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation.
The restructuring measures include the closure of one tissue machine and two converting lines.
The job market is often much more short-term than it used to be, but family-run business Cromwell Polythene says it is proud to be bucking that trend as a succession of staff members celebrate 10 or 20 year anniversaries with the company.
Cromwell Polythene is one of the UK's leading suppliers of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables.
Hazmat crews were called to the Osage casino in Tulsa, US, on Sunday, following reports of a chemical smell that was allegedly created when cleaners mixed ammonia with bleach. The mix was causing throat irritation to some of those inside the casino, leading to an evacuation of the building.
Nine people were checked for throat irritation but none were taken to hospital, although four people drove themselves to local hospitals or emergency clinics.
London specialist in secure commercial cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord & Co, has won two three-year contracts to care for smart, contemporary office spaces. The first is with 40 Bank Street at Canary Wharf; the second is with the London office of international law firm, Bird & Bird (pictured).
The contract with 40 Bank Street was awarded by Canary Wharf Management. The 32- storey office building forms part of the instantly recognisable London skyline at Canary Wharf.
The laundry chemicals specialist has entered a new laundry sponsorship deal set to run until the end of the 2019 season that will see the club save thousands of pounds in laundry supplies.
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Recent UK News
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.
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.
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