Scientists invent 'ray gun' for cleaning medical wounds

29th of May 2012
Scientists invent 'ray gun' for cleaning medical wounds

Doctors may soon be using a plasma 'ray gun' to blast away bacteria when cleaning skin and wounds.

The hand-held plasma blaster is claimed to be able to penetrate 17 layers of bacteria including heat-resistant and antibiotic-resistant strains.

The device has been created by a team of researchers from China, Hong Kong and Australia. When the ray

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Healthy Workplaces Campaign calls for action from employers and employees

28th of May 2012
Healthy Workplaces Campaign calls for action from employers and employees

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its new two-year Healthy Workplaces Campaign under the theme of working together for risk prevention.

OSHA says European workplaces are healthier now than they have ever been, but still every year there are 6.9 million workplace accidents and millions more work-related

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China Clean Expo Shanghai attracts 10,000 visitors

25th of May 2012
China Clean Expo Shanghai attracts 10,000 visitors

China Clean Expo (CCE), the professional cleaning exhibition for the Chinese market, attracted 10,000 visitors when it took place in Shanghai last month. This, the organisers say, was the most successful event in the show's 10-year history.

With 250 exhibitors and a total area of 20,000 square metres, there was a 50 per cent increase in the

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Registration to World Federation congress open

24th of May 2012
Registration to World Federation congress open

Registration to the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) International Congress - taking place in Curitiba, Brazil from October 10-14 - is now open.

The congress takes place alongside the Higiexpo cleaning exhibition and ENEAC, the national meeting of cleanliness and maintenance companies. Among the themes will be management,

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Seven maids plummet to their deaths cleaning outside windows

23rd of May 2012
Seven maids plummet to their deaths cleaning outside windows

Seven female cleaners have fallen to their deaths in Singapore this year while trying to clean exterior windows of high-rise buildings.

A Singapore minister has sent out urgent warnings to employers and insists that domestic staff should not be asked to clean the outside of windows in high-rise homes.

Maids in Singapore are often observed

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Brussels pushes for EU-wide minimum wage

21st of May 2012
Brussels pushes for EU-wide minimum wage

The European Commission has proposed introducing a minimum salary in countries like Germany where it does not exist yet, and raise wages where they are considered too low.

At the moment more than eight per cent of European workers live with salaries that keep them below the poverty threshold, EU figures show. "The risk of in-work poverty is high,

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