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The Freight Transport Association has expressed concern at the Government's proposals published this week, to tighten tyre safety standards for lorries, buses and minibuses, but not for commercial vans - used in huge numbers by this industry, both for the transportation of goods and equipment and by those involved in providing services. In response to the publication of the consultation, James Firth, FTA's head of road freight regulation policy, commented:
"The FTA is calling for the Government to include vans in its consultation on banning 10-year-old tyres; with more than 4.2 million of these vehicles on our roads, van operators must be held against the same compliance and safety standards as any other commercial vehicle.
"The FTA is committed to ensuring the highest safety standards are met across the logistics industry; we want to see a strong enforcement effort against all vehicles which may compromise road safety, including caravans and trailers.
"Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important."
The Government says it started looking into restricting the use of older tyres following a number of fatal accidents where tyre failure played an active part. Whether you agree with the FTA's sentiments or not, do have your say before the consultation ends on 31st August 2019 at www.gov.uk
We live in a litigation-conscious society and insurance providers have a reputation for wriggling out of paying claims if they can do so. My view is, that as a result of this consultation and whether commercial vans end up being included in future legislation or not, anyone driving or owning such a vehicle with tyres more than 10-years old, which happens to be involved in an accident, is likely to find themselves in trouble. The consultation is based on the idea that tyres more than 10-years old are not as safe as they should be, so anyone operating a vehicle with old tyres - however good a condition they may be in - is likely to be accused of failing in their duty of care. Don't you agree?
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Good progress is being made in the continuing investigation into the food supply chain, to identify the source of the listeria strain linked to the recent hospital cases - which have so far resulted in two deaths. The Food Standards Agency is leading the investigation, with the support of Food Standards Scotland and local authorities.
Products directly linked to the cases were identified and these were withdrawn from the food chain on the same day as the link was established. This strain was traced back to a producer which withdrew all their ready-to-eat foods on a precautionary basis. Investigations are continuing to try and determine the point of origin of the listeria strain.
The WoolSafe Organisation is pleased to be strengthening its team with the appointment of Richard Sudall as head of international sales. Richard has been in the cleaning chemical industry all his working life and been a customer of WoolSafe for many years.
"We are excited to be working with him and know that the skills he has developed over the years in carpet testing, cleaning chemistry and as a professional trainer, will greatly benefit all existing WoolSafe partners and appeal to potential new ones," says Steve Bakker, the organisation's global marketing director.
Unger has now further developed the award-winning Stingray indoor cleaning system with Stingray QuikPads - three-layer disposable pads (cleaning layer, absorbent core and attachment layer) that can be changed at lightning speed to help provide fast and easy hygienic cleanliness.
The Unger Stingray offers fast, flexible, ergonomic, and ultimately simple cleaning of indoor glass, even in between regularly scheduled cleans. A special advantage of the Stingray system is the simple, intuitive handling. This makes glass cleaning up to 25% faster while using almost 40% less cleaning agent. Even operators without experience quickly achieve perfect cleaning results... No more need to move furniture out of the way, no more climbing ladders, no more cloths and spray bottles...
Newcomers are on the march at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019. From 24th to 27th September, for the first time, new and innovative companies will be displaying a wide range of products and new technological developments on a combined stand sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics. The area in Hall 6.2 is currently already booked up.
In addition, national (non-sponsored) and international newcomers will also be presenting their innovations on adjacent display areas. The Innovation Circle is an integral part of a comprehensive B2B programme which will pave the way to establishing business contacts.
Following the very recent closure of Host UK t/a Host von Schrader, managing director Mike Egerton has announced that he and his team will be opening a new and independent business to provide a nationwide repair and servicing operation.
Miwest Services will be based at 6 Windle Court, Clayfield Industrial Estate, Neston, CH64 3UH and will offer all existing and new Host users a dedicated repair and servicing operation run on a day-to-day basis by Steve Parker and Wendy Mangan, who have both joined Mike in this new venture.
The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management and the Facility Management Association of Australia, are to join forces in the pursuit of workplace and facilities management excellence. The trans-continental alliance will connect FMA's 2,000 strong membership to IWFM's community of 17,000 workplace and facilities professionals, already represented in 80 countries.
Under the five-year collaboration, the partners will develop a number of joint initiatives to support the informal professional development of respective members while working towards more formal arrangements for sharing access to member benefits and services.
Genesis Biosciences won the hotly contested 'Green Business of the Year' in the awards that celebrate the entrepreneurial and innovative ventures leading the way within the Welsh capital city, now in their fifth year.
If the building that you're responsible for is a listed building or of historic importance, then you're probably already aware that maintenance requires an extra level of care than you might afford a more modern structure. A particularly sensitive area for older buildings is the windows, where historic glass and aged frames can be much more delicate than those found in newer glazing.
In this article, Pete Ruffley, chairman of Zizo, data analytics provider for the business and retail sectors, focuses on the core issues around food waste and the steps being taken/that need to be taken to tackle the £3bn of food wasted in the UK food service and hospitality sector every year....
"Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of good food is wasted by the UK food industry every year, yet millions of people are struggling to afford to eat. FareShare, the UK's largest charity fighting hunger and food waste, addresses these two issues by redistributing food industry surplus, which would otherwise go to waste, to the people who need it most.
The 2019 Cleaning Industry Research Institute Science Symposium, themed 'Connecting Research to Practice' is just days away.
Pupils from St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Bognor Regis have been behind the scenes at the Materials Recycling Facility in Ford to see what happens to recycling collected from homes in West Sussex.
ISS has provided workplace services to Danske Bank at a global level since 2015, with a full suite of integrated facility services, including cleaning, security, property, food and technical services.
Mitie has won a new contract to provide cleaning services across 16 of Cleveland Fire Brigade's sites, including 14 fire stations plus its fire control room which handles all 999 emergency calls for the area's firefighting team. The contract is initially for a three-year term with the option to extend for a further two years.
Mitie will be providing cleaning services at Endeavour House, Queens Meadow Business Park as well as locations in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-On-Tees.
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