European Court of Justice rules companies must register their working hours

15th of July 2019
European Court of Justice rules companies must register their working hours

European member states must oblige employers to set up an objective, reliable and accessible system by which they record the daily working time of each employee. This will ensure that the rights of workers, as set out in the Working Time Directive and the European Charter, are respected. This was a ruling by the European Court of Justice last

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Furniture maker told to stop sweeping floor with a broom by health and safety bosses

12th of July 2019
Furniture maker told to stop sweeping floor with a broom by health and safety bosses

A furniture maker in the UK has been advised that he should put down his broom in favour of an industrial vacuum by health and safety bosses.

Michael Northcroft said he was encouraged to no longer sweep the floor of his factory as it could cause serious harm to his 10 workers. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) told him the sweeping of

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EFCI Brussels conference looks to the future of the sector

10th of July 2019
EFCI Brussels conference looks to the future of the sector

More than 100 delegates from EU member states gathered in Brussels recently for the EFCI (European Cleaning and Facility Services Industry) conference, with the theme Cleaning and Facility Services: Shaping the Industry of the Future.

The event coincided with the relaunch of the federation, bringing together representatives from the European

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New London portrait exhibition celebrates the city’s cleaners

8th of July 2019
New London portrait exhibition celebrates the city’s cleaners

A new portrait exhibition in London celebrates the lives of cleaners and other less visible workers.

Staged by ethical cleaning company Clean for Good, the display tells the stories of some of London's hardest-working "hidden workers" and highlights their contribution to city life.

The exhibition features striking black-and-white portraits of

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Too much cleanliness is not bad for health, claims hygiene report

5th of July 2019
Too much cleanliness is not bad for health, claims hygiene report

The notion that too much cleanliness can be bad for your health is a dangerous myth, according to a public health body.

The Royal Society for Public Health claims the hypothesis that allergies are caused by too much cleanliness and that children need to be exposed to germs has entered the public imagination - but is being misinterpreted.

And

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Could Triclosan be linked with a higher risk of osteoporosis?

4th of July 2019
Could Triclosan be linked with a higher risk of osteoporosis?

Triclosan may be bad for women's bones, according to a new study.

It has already been found to affect bone mineral density in animals according to lead researcher Yingjun Li. But this is the first indication that Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical commonly added to soaps, toothpaste and mouthwash, could have a similar effect in humans,

The

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