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I often grumble about the lack of respect some members of the general public have for our cleaners - and I don't just mean about not acknowledging them as they go about their work, or perhaps getting in their way and forcing them to stop and wait for us rather than allowing them a few seconds so they can finish the bit they're cleaning! I mean the way so many seem to think it's ok to leave rubbish around rather than binning it, and leave taps running in washrooms or toilet cubicles strewn with wet toilet tissue and not bothering to flush or even check that the seat is clean and dry before leaving. Cleaners are there to help make our lives better, aren't they? Don't they deserve better treatment?
Likewise, healthcare professionals. I often read about ambulance crews being attacked and their vehicles raided while they're attending patients; but it's not only those that are isolated who are in danger. The incidences of staff being assaulted inside our hospitals are rising too. Statistics say that 200 nurses report an assault every day in England alone.
I'd thought it was at UK thing with a general lack of discipline and the ability of offenders to hoodwink the Courts into letting them off with the equivalent of a slap on the wrist. I'd rather the louts be punished severely enough that they'll think twice before repeating the offence.
After a series of serious incidents in hospitals in New South Wales, Australia, the Health Services Union is stepping up its 'Are you safe in your hospital' campaign. It's backing up its call for extra security staff and greater powers to deal with problem patients, with a four-hour strike today which will involve some 22,000 staff including paramedics, administrators, cleaners and security staff. I hope the Australian government and others around the world find a solution to the growing problem of assaults on staff. Working in healthcare - whether as a nursing professional or a cleaner - is hard enough as it is, without the worry (or reality) of being assaulted or verbally abused by those they're trying to help.
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For the 2020 edition of the International Safety Awards, the British Safety Council has launched new categories of Awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations that campaign to transform health, safety and wellbeing.
The Awards - an internationally recognised accolade for safety excellence and reaching their 62nd year in 2020, recognise and reward organisations that have demonstrated a true commitment to achieving high standards of health and safety during the 2019 calendar year. Last year, over 500 organisations from a wide range of industries, countries and continents won an International Safety Award.
Lighting innovation specialist, Hubbell Lighting, has commercially launched a series of visible light disinfection SpectraClean luminaires. Based around developments in the disciplines of lighting science and microbiology, they combine white and narrowband 405 nanometer (nm) visible light to meet ambient and task lighting requirements, while providing a continuous, unobtrusive disinfection option for commercial applications.
The germicidal effects of narrowband visible light suppress a wide range of bacteria, moulds, fungi and yeast. The antimicrobial light from SpectraClean induces the production of damaging reactive oxygen species in harmful microorganisms to accelerate cell inactivation.
Dudley Industries has launched a new modular 'Behind the Mirror' hand hygiene solution to its global washroom offering. Modulo is a new cabinet system that provides a flexible and easy-to-install solution for stylish washrooms.
With space so often at a premium in washrooms, careful consideration must be given to every detail. Modulo is a convenient solution that provides a choice of hand-washing and drying options housed in a cabinet cleverly concealed behind a mirror.
Applicants were assessed by a judging panel, led by CHSA vice president and treasurer David Garcia, according to need, worthiness, endeavour, and overall performance.
Almar Industrial Services' Alan Reed has some interesting points to make regarding the safety and longevity of cleaning machinery, following my Leader in last week's Cleanzine...
An interesting article indeed as your leader on this week's publication. Speaking as a very proud Numatic dealer for well in excess of 30 years now - I've just finished the apprenticeship apparently!!
I always advise to use genuine manufacturers' parts for repair of vacuums, both for safety - the highest priority of course in all respects plus of course correct operation of the machine. Just imagine using spurious or pattern parts in one of Numatic's H type vacuums designed for asbestos and carcinogenic dusts - well would you want to use it if its repaired with spurious parts? I wouldn't even join the queue behind you.
Since the creation of the Veocel brand in 2018, Lenzing has adopted a new brand strategy focusing on a collaborative engagement with businesses and consumers alike, to drive sustainability in the nonwovens industry.
So far this year, Lenzing has launched significant collaborations with brand partners, including the Dutch brand Sweeps and Seazons in China, to drive brand awareness and sustainable ingredient for nonwoven applications worldwide.
Spill control product specialist NPS Worldwide UK has been fined after an agency worker suffered a life-changing injury to her hand when it was caught in a rotating fan blade.
Manchester Magistrates' Court heard how, in October 2017, the 34-year-old had been working her second shift at the company's Oldham site. While removing a blockage inside the filling machine she had been operating, her fingers became caught in an unguarded rotating fan. She lost parts of all of her fingers on her right hand, sustained extensive scarring to her stomach following an unsuccessful attempt to generate new skin growth to save her fingers, and continues to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the incident and the injuries sustained.
Christeyns Food Hygiene, a chemical specialist based in Warrington, has introduced a new portfolio of cleaning products to tackle the complex cleaning of membranes in the dairy and beverage industries.
Working with sister companies within the Christeyns group, Christeyns Food Hygiene has developed a range of specially blended products that are able to effectively clean plant equipment with minimal use of chlorine.
This week, as part of the Cleaner Havering campaign, the authorities stepped up enforcement action around the disposal of dog mess and reiterated strongly that residents are required to pick up after their pets.
Along with fellow Cabinet members, Cllr Damian White, Leader, Havering Council, joined the Council's enforcement team as stencils were sprayed around the borough to raise awareness of the laws. An information video has also been produced.
The stencils are being be put in areas where there have been complaints about dog mess, but also elsewhere, to act as a deterrent. They will remind people that if they don't clean up after their dogs, they could face a fine of up to £1,000.
Mitie is furthering its commitment to veterans, reservists and families of those working in the armed forces, by launching a series of new initiatives focused on supporting these employees and pledging to recruit more individuals from the armed forces community into the facilities management profession.
As a proud signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, Mitie has already committed to support those who currently serve or have served in the armed forces and already employs hundreds of veterans and reservists. To build on this commitment and encourage more individuals from this community to join the business, Mitie has launched a dedicated Armed Forces Careers Portal for those with a military background to explore potential career opportunities at Mitie.
For staffers at the Dallas Zoo, nitrile gloves from Kimberly-Clark Professional help ensure quality and safety when they care for and feed more than 2,000 zoo animals. Through Kimberly-Clark's RightCycle Program, the zoo also has expanded the overall impact of its sustainability efforts by providing a safe, renewable way to dispose of these gloves.
The RightCycle Program works with universities, research and manufacturing facilities, zoos and a variety of other businesses to take hard-to-recycle products, such as used gloves, protective apparel and safety eyewear, and convert them into new consumer goods. Dallas Zoo estimates that it has been able to divert more than 1,000 pounds of gloves since starting the program in 2018 - roughly the weight of one of its female giraffes.
The Cleaning Company has expanded its healthcare client base to include another specialist children's hospice in Greater London, having been contracted to provide cleaning services for the newly opening Noah's Ark Hospice in High Barnet.
Noah's Ark Hospice provides clinical, practical and emotional support to babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families living in North and Central London and Hertsmere. The hospice is soon to be opening The Ark in Barnet which aims to complement the community-based services and this is where The Cleaning Company will be providing its own services.
Corporate Clean, a family-owned professional cleaning company in Peoria, Illinois, is helping Bradley University put the finishing touches on its Business & Engineering Complex - the latest addition to Bradley's campus - ensuring that the new academic building is in perfect condition to unveil to students, faculty and the local community.
With white glove standards, on-the-job supervision and reasonable pricing, the contractor has made a name for itself over its 30 years in the local cleaning industry. Its professional cleaners have addressed multiple jobs for high-profile clients, with Bradley University - its newest client - now amongst them.
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