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If you're a regular reader of my leaders you'll be well aware that my commitment to making things last - and also to recycling - goes back decades. I keep a couple of drawers at home for things I feel may come in handy one day and these bits and pieces have often been used for some Heath Robinson repair that's lasted way longer than the original item did. And while my 'hoarding' (well I don't call it that!) has sometimes caused frustration at home, everyone's grateful when we don't have to throw out something we love, since I've been able to save it, using something I wouldn't have thought about going out and buying, but which just happened to be tucked away in a drawer.
I've often amalgamated bits of vacuum cleaners which has caused some laughter when people have seen my machines - especially as many of us can be more concerned about the aesthetics of an appliance than we are its functionality. Not me!
As you might imagine, it really made my day to learn that European Cleaning Machines & Materials Recycling (www.ecmr.nu) has just passed something of a milestone by managing to recycle a total of 1,000 tonnes (1,000,000Kg) of cleaning machines and materials since it launched in 2013. What a marvellous achievement!
ECMR set out to be a forerunner in the field of sustainability - especially in the cleaning industry. "We look beyond the production line: we are focused on closing the recycling loop, collecting machines and materials from throughout the industry with the aim of achieving 100% recycling," it says. "By closing the loop, we prevent e-waste." The organisation collects not only machines but also other products from our industry, such as dispensers, so that materials such as aluminium, iron and plastics are returned to the production process. What were previously thought of as 'end-of-life' materials can be given a second chance through recycling, reusing or refurbishing.
"The urgency for a climate-friendly industry has never been as high as it is today," it says. "Raw materials are running out, resources are being exhausted - and, on the other hand, e-waste is piling up. We believe that sustainability is also a form of hygiene. By looking beyond the production line, we are aiming for a sustainable, closed economy."
Well done EMCR and here's to the next 1,000 tonnes of materials you save from entering landfill!
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The opening ceremony took place earlier this month at Moulton Park in Northampton, and was officially opened by BBS managing director, Mike Fletcher FBICSc, while national chair, Sue Robinson FBICSc, cut the ribbon on the new BICSc headquarters.
Thurrock Council says it is continuing to take a no nonsense approach to fly-tipping after a man who dumped garden waste at the roadside became the first person in the borough to have a vehicle seized for the offence.
The premiere of ISSA Show Canada is now one for the books and, by all accounts, the exposition proved to be an outstanding success. The show made its debut at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, 11th to 13th June, 2019.
"It's been four years since the last major sanitary maintenance and cleaning exposition was held in Toronto," says ISSA Canada executive director Mike Nosko. "By partnering with the REMI Network (Real Estate Management Industry) and IFMA (the International Facility Management Association), we have taken this trade event to the next level and are making great strides in our efforts of uniting the industry."
The Health & Safety Executive has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19 as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2017. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers).
There has been a long-term reduction in the number of fatalities since 1981. Although 2018/19 saw an increase of six workplace fatalities from 2017/18, the number has remained broadly level in recent years.
A new health & safety management tool is said to be about to 'revolutionise' how businesses approach health & safety in the workplace by providing a 'one stop shop' for firms. The online software, launched by Protecting.co.uk, offers savvy business owners a number of tools to help them protect their business.
Helping businesses tackle the required legal documentation they need to stay compliant in their day-to-day operations, the software will allow firms to generate unlimited amounts of crucial documents such as risk assessments, method statements in just minutes.
Candida auris (C.auris) is an emerging, often multi-drug resistant, fungus that causes serious and often deadly infections in healthcare settings. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently issued a warning about C.auris, terming it a "serious global health threat."
Nearly 700 C.auris cases have been reported in the US thus far, but hospitals overseas have been battling the deadly pathogen for quite some time. The Netcare Hospital Group, which operates the largest private hospital network in South Africa, was the first and is the only hospital group in South Africa to utilise Xenex high intensity, broad spectrum mobile disinfection robots that have been proven effective against viruses and bacteria which can threaten patient safety.
The phs Whisper XL is a high-speed hand dryer with cutting-edge technology to make it one of the quietest dryers in its class with eco-friendly low running costs. The air-curtain design dries hands in as little as nine seconds; up to four times quicker than many warm air dryers. Thanks to high-efficiency motors and air ducts, air flows from the dryer smoothly and quietly, generating a low operating sound as quiet as just 56 decibels.
Kaivac's vacuum-powered trash compactors are perfect in all settings, but especially hospitals.One hospital housekeeper empties up to 200 rubbish bins per day, pouring the contents of each into a large rubbish liner.
Mitie will continue to provide a range of specialist cleaning services to HES's estate of over 50 historic buildings and ancient monuments such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Melrose Abbey.
Sian, who has won a place on the European Ladies Tour for the first time, is attending as one of the golf professionals - alongside those from the Yorkshire Professional Golf Association.
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