Asthma risk from cleaning products

22nd of March 2022 Article by Lotte Printz
Asthma risk from cleaning products

ECJ’s Lotte Printz on a study from Norway suggesting children whose mothers work with cleaning products have a high risk of having asthma.

The risk of children developing asthma, or other respiratory conditions such as wheeze, increases by as much as 71 per cent if their mothers have been exposed to large amounts of cleaning products and disinfectants in their jobs. Even ye..

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Cleaning jobs to escape prostitution in Sweden

10th of March 2022 Article by Lotte Printz
Cleaning jobs to escape prostitution in Sweden

Scandinavian reporter for ECJ Lotte Printz on a successful, socially responsible cleaning initiative
in Sweden.

What do prostitutes, a policeman and cleaning have in common? Well, read on and it'll all be clear. This is not a bad dad joke, but a true story from Sweden!

The story begins about eight years ago when Simon Widén, the owner of a cleaning company in Stockholm, Sweden, called Himlarent (‘heavenl..

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Cleaning business helps to tackle illiteracy

17th of February 2022 Article by Christian Bouzols
Cleaning business helps to tackle illiteracy

French cleaning companies are providing literacy classes for employees, reports Christian Bouzols.

Some 2.5 million people in France are illiterate, which means they haven’t acquired sufficient reading, writing and numeracy skills to manage daily life situations on their own.

About half these people are employed. The cleaning sector is one of the main employers of lar..

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Hygiene misconceptions cleared up

3rd of February 2022 Article by John Griep
Hygiene misconceptions cleared up

Netherlands correspondent John Griep reports from the recent VSR Hygiene Forum where some misconceptions about hygiene were addressed.

“Nowadays, even the chair at the optician is disinfected before the next customer takes his seat. Even though most infections are contracted at home and not in a restaurant or at schools,” said the German microbiologist and professor D..

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Better use of resources possible in hotels?

27th of January 2022 Article by Katja Scholz
Better use of resources possible in hotels?

In Germany ECJ's Katja Scholz looks at cleaning regimes in hotels, and asks if resources could be better used.

I recently spent a week at a spa hotel in the Bavarian Forest. During my stay I became increasingly aware of the hotel’s cleaning routine. Whether in the corridors and hallways, in the rooms, in the lifts, in the restaurant, in the hotel lobby, or in the spa complex, the staff ..

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