Hygiene in healthcare - cleaning in the spotlight

18th of March 2014
Hygiene in healthcare - cleaning in the spotlight

Outbreaks of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) have made the news across Europe, bringing the issue of hygiene into the spotlight. ECJ asks cleaning service providers what their main challenges are when working in hospitals, and how their processes have altered in recent years in line with better knowledge and higher standards.

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Hand hygiene in Irish hospitals missed in 31 per cent of cases

17th of March 2014
Hand hygiene in Irish hospitals missed in 31 per cent of cases

Almost a third of hand washing opportunities were missed by staff in Irish hospitals last year according to the country's Health Information and Quality Authority.

And at one hospital, levels of hand washing compliance - said to be central to preventing the spread of hospital infections - were observed to be as low as 28 per cent.

The Hiaq

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Exclusive toilet 'club' to open in New York

14th of March 2014
Exclusive toilet 'club' to open in New York

Private toilets with touch-free taps and frequently-cleaned baby changing stations are among the highlights of a new facility to be opened in New York.

POSH Stow and Go is seeking a limited number of 'members' to sign up to use its clean, soundproofed washrooms when visiting the city for shopping or sightseeing.

The first facility opens in June

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Henry Unger honoured with posthumous award

13th of March 2014
Henry Unger honoured with posthumous award

Henry Unger, founder of the global company that has been producing professional cleaning tools for over 50 years, has received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA).

Unger was passionate about improving the lives of window cleaners and strived to design products that achieved the best

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Sustainable detergents - one standard for all

13th of March 2014
Sustainable detergents - one standard for all

A brand new standard has been developed by Europe’s leading producers of sustainable detergents, called the Greenway Standard. The focus is on economical, ecological and social issues, all at the same time. This is a significant challenge, explains Peter Malaise, consultant on sustainable development issues, writing exclusively for

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Rising costs for Russian contractors

12th of March 2014
Rising costs for Russian contractors

Oleg Popov of Cristanval explains how new Russian migration laws are affecting the sector, considering that 85 per cent of Moscow cleaners are foreign.

At the beginning of 2013, President Vladimir Putin introduced the idea of changes in migration laws. Following unrest in the Moscow region of Birulevo resulting from the illegal activities of a

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