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EFCI (the European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry), which brings together associations representing the industry at national level and as such is recognised as the voice of the cleaning & facility services industry in Europe, has just issued its latest trend report on the sector, which represents an impressive 270,000 companies.
'The European Cleaning Industry 1995-2016' makes interesting reading and contains a wealth of information not just collectively, but by individual country as well. For example, it notes that the volume of cleaning services that are contracted out rather than being performed in-house, is still growing - increasing from 61% in 2003 to 66% in 2016 - despite calls in some areas to bring cleaning back in-house to save money and have greater control. Apart from Portugal and Italy, national contracting out rates reached higher levels for all countries in 2016, compared to 2003.
I agree wholeheartedly with the comments made in the foreward that: "Despite suffering from a so-called 'invisibillity', the sector shows its undisputable relevance in today's society, not only for the essential services it provides, but also as regards the enormous impact it has in terms of employment. Only what is measurable can be managed, so we encourage readers to look at and interact with the data presented and think about the work behind the numbers. It is precisely this effort which has ensured that the sector has not only overcome the financial crisis and the latest recessions, but which has allowed it to continue growing."
For what has often been referred to as a 'Cinderella' industry to have tripled revenues to 107 billion Euros and increased the number of employees by 80%, to nearly four million people over the last two decades, we're really not doing too badly, are we?
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Delegates and speakers from several EU Member States gathered during the European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 2019 Conference last month, to exchange views on innovation in the cleaning and facility services industry and on the challenges to come. The event was hailed very successful in terms of the relevant sessions and quality of the presentations.
EFCI held its 10th Conference 'Cleaning and Facility Services: shaping the industry of the future' in the iconic conference centre 'The Square', in the heart of Brussels, which marked the modernisation of the Federation and reunited more than 100 representatives from European Institutions, EFCI's stakeholders and experts from the sector.
The 11 entries that have made it through to the final round of this year's CMS Purus Innovation Awards, have been revealed. Chosen by a panel of eight judges who deemed them the best out of the 65 entries submitted, they will be presented on a special display at CMS Berlin 2019, which is taking place from 24th to 27th September at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.
Immediately before the start of the trade fair, the jury will pick the winners in a second round of voting. The coveted Awards will be presented on 24th September at an evening event at the Marshall Haus in the exhibition complex.
Novaerus, an Irish company specialising in air disinfection using patented ultra-low energy plasma, has joined the Clean Hospitals collaboration between manufacturers from the professional hygiene industry, representatives from academia, key opinion leaders and hospital management, which aims to raise industry standards and increase the visibility of environmental hygiene in patient care.
Ultimately, these improvements in environmental hygiene will benefit public health by lowering rates of healthcare-associated infections and reducing antimicrobial resistance.
Chemical dispensing and dosing solutions specialist Hydro Systems, introduced its new Hydro Connect Real-Time Module at the 2019 Clean Show in New Orleans, Louisiana. When paired with a Real-Time Module, Hydro Connect offers instant data streaming to further improve the laundry process.
"The Real-Time Module helps laundries operate more efficiently, reduce costs and quickly address any abnormal conditions," says John Goetz, global product manager, Hydro Systems. "Previously, our customers could view historical reports on productivity, chemical usage, costs and alarms. Now, operational data is available as it occurs, allowing immediate action to drive continuous improvement."
IDEXX has announced that the Legiolert test, used for the rapid, confirmed enumeration of Legionella pneumophila in hot and cold sanitary water and cooling tower water, has been granted the NF Validation by AFNOR Certification, under the reference No IDX 33/06 - 06/19.
The Certification follows a study carried by independent expert laboratories. The performance of the Legiolert method was judged equivalent to the performance of standard EN ISO 11731, used worldwide and NF T90-431, used in France.
They may not realise it, but anyone who has ever climbed a ladder, ascended a mobile access tower or used any other type of equipment to work at height has good reason to thank Glaswegian Peter Bennett, 59. Plenty of those in this industry then...
On average, 36 people die every year following a fall from height at work, according to figures released by the Health & Safety Executive this week, and thousands more are injured. Peter has dedicated his career to minimising these numbers and this week, his contribution to height safety was recognised when he was invested with an OBE by HM the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.
Two dominant messages emerged from the recent Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association conference on plastics. First, products, packaging and processes need to be designed with recycling in mind. Second, an integrated approach, from the start to the finish of the supply chain, is crucial if recycling is to be increased.
CHSA members, who are working hard to build environmental sustainability into the heart of their businesses, were addressed by a panel of experts.
Do you know an individual who has made a significant technical contribution to the advancement of the science of inspection, cleaning & restoration? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is now accepting nominations for the Keith Williams Award. The deadline for nominations is 31st July 2019.
The Keith Williams Award was created to honour its namesake, an industry pioneer who volunteered his time and technical abilities to the IICRC for many years. The award honours individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry.
In May, WRAP, (Waste & Resources Action Programme) hosted a lively workshop with diverse stakeholders to explore whether the UK textiles sector might want a voluntary waste reduction agreement post 2020, and if so, what it could look like.
Attendees included signatories and supporters from the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020, and representatives from the wider sector. Opportunities to mitigate the environmental impacts of clothing, home textiles and footwear - deemed to be 'the next plastic' were all discussed.
The Royal Society of Public Health has published a detailed report, titled Skins and Needles, which reviews the infection hazard associated with tattoos, cosmetic piercings, electrolysis and acupuncture - generically referred to as 'special procedures'.
Systems of control of the potential risks vary across the UK and beyond; among other recommendations, the RSPH calls for all UK health systems to review current arrangements.
Arcus has secured the five-year contract, which will see the company provide a total facilities management service to the food retailer, including both maintenance and cleaning services.
NIC Services Group has been awarded a new £multi-million contract with delivery solutions company Hermes. This contract will see NIC delivering cleaning and associated services across the entire Hermes estate.
Hermes is an independent courier network delivering over 335 million parcels each year on behalf of some of the UK's largest online retailers including Next Directory, QVC, JD Williams and Debenhams.
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