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It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was talking about how cleaning could be a thankless task, carried out by dedicated and often highly-trained professionals who are regularly ignored or even abused by the general public. I didn't mention the dangers though...
The lengths cleaners have to go to, in order to keep us safe and able to enjoy a clean and hygienic environment, were really brought home to me watching a video filmed this week of a team of window cleaners whose platform had become loose in high winds and was swinging them around violently, breaking windows as it hit the side of Edmonton's Stantec Tower. The impact was so violent that one of the team became dislodged.
Thank goodness he had a safety harness which prevented him from plummeting to the ground below! My heart was in my mouth as I watched him swinging beneath the platform, dreading that the force with which it hit the building would swing him into a window, where on his way out he'd no doubt have sustained nasty (and possibly fatal) injuries from the broken shards he would be dragged back through.
Trainer Lorraine Larman ([email protected]) tells me she's carrying out a lot of working at height risk assessments and that work needs to be done in too many cases to bring safety up to standard for these vulnerable workers. If you're in any doubt about how crucial it is to get it right, watch the video! worker-rescued-from-suspended-scaffolding
The Health & Safety Executive's latest statistics have just been released and in reading them, I was pleased to see that the UK is doing pretty well when it comes to reducing workplace-related deaths, sickness and injury and indeed is doing better than many of its European counterparts. My view is though that any workplace-related 'mishap' - however minor, is one too many and something we should all be doing our best to eliminate. That European social partners in industrial cleaning, EFCI (European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry) and trade union UNI Europa, have mentioned the need to improve safety in their newly-released joint statement on the impact of digitalisation on employment in the sector, pleases me a great deal. You can read both reports below.
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The European social partners in industrial cleaning, EFCI - European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry - and the trade union UNI Europa, have this week adopted a joint statement on the impact of digitalisation on employment in the sector.
The Social Partners acknowledge that a successfully-lead digitalisation transition may provide an opportunity to enhance professionalism and innovation in the industry, to the benefit of all involved.
The BSR/IICRC S230 Standard for Professional Inspection of Flooring Subfloors and Substrates; The BSR/IICRC S410 Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning and Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment; and the BSR/IICRC S760 Standard for Professional Restoration of Structures and Items Damaged by Wildfire Smoke. Applications are now being accepted through 31st January, 2020.
Matthew Taylor, who was responsible for the independent Taylor Review of modern working practices, was appointed interim director of Labour Market Enforcement in August 2019.
NanoTouch Materials says that its line of self-cleaning surfaces back up its support for corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) initiatives as well as United Nations sustainable development goals, since one of the main initiatives concerns health and wellness in the built environment.
Those responsible for the buildings we use, says the company, are racing to offer innovative new approaches in this category.
"Bringing these two great companies together will bring exceptional value to our customers and offer more opportunities for our employees as we continue to expand worldwide," said Clint Griffin, CEO, Team Group.
Brushware and homeware specialist Charles Bentley & Son has brushed up its senior management team with the appointment of a new sales director. Steve Law has been appointed to the new role, bringing a wealth of home and garden experience to the company, having previously worked for Irwin Tools, HallsBeeline Stanley, Hamilton Acorn, Fiskars and Amefa.
The Loughborough-based firm created the new role to support ongoing growth and to deliver additional support and in-store excellence to trade partners, as it develops a strategy to meet the company's ambitions.
Did you know that most hi-vis garments only have a maximum life of 25 washes, with many losing their reflective properties after just five washes? That means if hi-vis clothes are washed twice a week; they will no longer comply with current EN ISO 20471:2013 standards in just 12 weeks.
To ensure workwear and PPE help people stay safe and seen in challenging and dangerous working conditions, items need to be replaced when faded, torn, dirty, soiled, worn, defaced, or not visible from 300m, day or night. When hi-vis tape is damaged or soiled, it fades to a matt, dull colour. If it's not reflective or shiny, it's time to replace the garment.
Mitie has delivered the 100th and 101st electric vehicles (EVs) to join its fleet to two contracts in Edinburgh. A first for both Edinburgh Castle and Fife College, Mitie colleagues at each site have received their brand new fully electric vans, which will be used every day as part of their roles.
Edinburgh was identified as the first location to receive Mitie's initial delivery of electric vans to support the city's commitment to be zero-carbon by 2030, which aligns with Mitie's own commitment to a fully electric fleet by 2030. Meanwhile, both Edinburgh Castle and Fife College were also natural choices as the first recipients of the new EVs as sustainability is a real focus of Mitie's in each of these contracts.
The Mental Health Champions course was devised by HR & Training managers Juraj Kecso and Dharminder Singh. As MHFA England-qualified instructors, they have trained nearly 300 people across the UK and Ireland between them - on top of their day jobs.
Published online yesterday, the latest statistics on work-related health & safety reveal that the UK consistently has one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU, lower than other large economies and lower than the EU average. Non-fatal injuries in the UK were at a similar level to other large economies in 2013. UK rates of work-related ill health resulting in sick leave were lower than most other EU countries.
Regarding the UK itself, other keys statistics (2018/19) include:
The team at Bio-Productions went all out this week in the Burgess Hill Business Park Association’s ‘Awesome Autumn Battle of the Bakes’, which took place at The King’s Church, raising £310 for charity. Eight members of the company joined in with the baking completion across all three categories.
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