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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has announced that it has acquired the performance assessment and certification programs of the International Cleaning & Restoration Association as of August 31, 2018.
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Cleaning and waste disposal has certainly hit the headlines this week, hasn't it?
I think the story that's elicited the biggest reaction by far, is the news that Healthcare Environment Services has been stripped of its 15 NHS clinical waste disposal contracts in England following the discovery of what has been quoted as 'hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and organs piling up at facilities'. The contractor was found to have breached its permits at five sites and a criminal investigation has been launched.
Why on earth were things allowed to get so bad? Apparently, the Government became aware of problems back in July, and one of the sites in West Yorkshire, was found to be storing 350 tonnes of medical waste - five times more than the contract allows. And although the waste was stored securely, with body parts in refrigerated units, it should have been processed and disposed of within a certain timescale and it wasn't.
HES is reported to have blamed ageing infrastructure causing prolonged breakdowns, and green policies such as 'zero waste to landfill' policies, together with a reduction in the UK's high-temperature incineration capacity, for its tardiness in incinerating the waste. It's saying that the amount of waste produced by the NHS for incineration far outweighs the entire incineration capabilities of the UK. It also claims that anatomical waste only accounted for 1% of the overall tonnage involved, so once again the national press has sensationalised the story by conjuring up grizzly images of piles of stinking waste with body parts spilling out!
I understand that Mitie has stepping in to ensure the safe removal of this waste and knowing that the world will be watching, I'm sure it will go some way to redeeming the benefits of these services in everyone's eyes. However, if as HES says, the volume of waste that requires incineration is simply too great for our resources to handle, Mitie is going to face an uphill struggle.
Also facing an uphill struggle are the people of Liverpool, with the University of Liverpool and John Moores University joining several businesses and supermarkets by removing the City Council's contracted litter officials because they were issuing fines to those dropping litter, upsetting them and causing financial stress. I've often talked about the need to educate our young people not to litter. The sacking of litter officials because they're upsetting litter louts, is not the way to go about it!
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The global surface disinfectant market depicts the presence of a highly-fragmented structure, says Transparency Market Research on the basis of a newly published report. This is mainly due to a low entry barrier present in the market that has made it possible for innumerable players to progress in this sector
DuPont, 3M, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Henry Schein, and Johnson & Johnson Services are some of the key players operating in the global surface disinfectants market.
This year Global Handwashing Day took place on Monday, 15th October and Kimberly-Clark Professional embraced the annual event's theme 'Clean Hands - a recipe for health' by supporting facilities managers with a range of tools to help them champion hand hygiene, health and wellbeing in the workplace in relation to snacking and eating.
With barely a year to go before CMS 2019 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. opens its doors, Messe Berlin is able to report keen interest from exhibitors. Early bookings by domestic and foreign companies are at their highest level since the fair's launch in 2001.
From 24th to 27th September 2019, the international cleaning trade fair will be taking place at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds in conjunction with the CMS World Summit 2019 (25th - 26th September).
Avmor, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions, is celebrating its 70th year in business. And while the company proudly looks back on its founding and growth over the years, its president, Mattie Chinks, says the company is primarily focused on the future.
"We are always looking for ways we can better serve the needs and challenges of our end-customers, which have put so much trust and confidence in our company over the years," he says.
The Ethical Corporation recognises breakthrough strategies that are pushing boundaries in corporate responsibility and sustainability to address emerging core challenges that are shaping the future of responsible business.
Snow and salt don't stand a chance against Cintas Corporation's Xtraction floor mat, which has been rolled out across North America. The mat is the latest addition to Cintas's High Performance Series, a line of superior mats.
"Whether you operate a retail store, school, hotel or hospital, matting matters when it comes to keeping dirt and liquids from being tracked into your facility, and projecting a professional image," says John Engel, director of marketing - Facility Services, Cintas. "The Cintas Xtraction floor mat delivers on design, traction, durability and absorption to help businesses maintain cleanliness and brand image."
Although a bit of traditional 'elbow grease' is still essential when achieving a clean environment, it is an undeniable fact that technology is playing an increasingly important role.
YPO's decision to join signifies the Scheme's importance to buyers of cleaning and hygiene products. Only by buying from Accredited members can purchasers and end users of these products be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box'.
In partnership with William Clements (Chemicals) and National Laundry (NLIE), laundry chemicals specialist Christeyns has run the second of its 2018 Wet Cleaning events. The two-day open house event, held at McCall Cleaners in Belfast, Northern Ireland, showcased Christeyns' innovative AquaWave concept in combination with premium National Laundry equipment.
Research into mental health and neurogenerative diseases is a growing field. This is why IFRA UK, a trade association promoting the safe creation, development and enjoyment of fragrance by its members, decided it was a timely opportunity to showcase some of the innovative research that is taking place particularly with links to one of our major, yet under acknowledged senses: our sense of smell.
Suicide is now the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Many who take their own lives struggle with mental health issues and suffer in silence for fear of isolation, ridicule or lack of support from those around them.
Van Excellence, an industry-led scheme promoting the safe and proper operation of vans, is launching a campaign to mark Mental Health Week in partnership with charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to address the stigma around mental health and raise awareness of the resources available for men - many working as drivers, who could be uncertain of where to obtain help and advice.
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