Remploy and Mitie sign partnership agreement to boost disabled recruitment

26th of May 2014
Remploy and Mitie sign partnership agreement to boost disabled recruitment

Leading UK outsourcing and facilities management company Mitie has signed an agreement with Remploy - provider of disability employment services - that could almost treble the number of disabled and disadvantaged candidates recruited over the next three years.

Mitie plans to recruit 150 Remploy candidates in 2014-15 and expects that number to

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Rest home evacuated after cleaning chemical reaction

23rd of May 2014
Rest home evacuated after cleaning chemical reaction

A chemical reaction between two cleaning substances recently resulted in a New Zealand rest home having to be partially evacuated.

And in a second case highlighting the danger of mixing cleaning products, an elderly woman in the US lost her life due to toxic fumes.

Two incompatible cleaning products were accidentally mixed together in a 20-litre

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EU-OSHA campaign aims to tackle work-related stress

22nd of May 2014
EU-OSHA campaign aims to tackle work-related stress

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in Brussels has launched a two year Europe-wide campaign: ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress.

The prevalence of work-related stress in Europe is startling it says. EU-OSHA's latest pan-European opinion poll revealed that 51 per cent of workers find work-related stress to be common

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Malta cleaning contractors 'cannot afford to pay hourly rate'

21st of May 2014
Malta cleaning contractors 'cannot afford to pay hourly rate'

The Malta Cleaning Contractors Association (MCCA) has called on the government to issue a clarification over the minimum rates of tendering, arguing that the quoted 5.78 euros hourly rate for cleaning and security tenders is wrongly increasing employees' expectations.

The level of salaries paid out in the cleaning and security sectors was cause

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Obituary - Peter Holt

20th of May 2014
Obituary - Peter Holt

As we announced on the ECJ site almost two weeks ago, Peter Holt - a well-loved and familiar figure across the cleaning industry - died suddenly while at the ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam.

Holt had retired from his role as managing director of UK-based cleaning machine producer Truvox International in 2008, having joined in 1991.

David

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'Frightening' robot toilet exposed and drenched users

19th of May 2014
'Frightening' robot toilet exposed and drenched users

Residents of an English town are being "terrorised" by their public toilet, it has emerged.

The automatic toilet in Woking town centre is said to have erratic cleaning patterns that can cause the cubicle door to open unexpectedly while the toilet is in use. And sometimes the cleaning cycle begins with the user still inside.

More than 400 people

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