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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Hand hygiene – a weapon in the war against antimicrobial resistance

16th of May 2014
Hand hygiene – a weapon in the war against antimicrobial resistance

Mike Sullivan, managing director of hand hygiene products supplier GOJO Industries - Europe writes his latest hand hygiene blog for the ECJ website.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been a topic that has exercised the minds of healthcare professionals for a number of years now. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO),

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ISSA/Interclean women's forum tackles gender imbalance

15th of May 2014
ISSA/Interclean women's forum tackles gender imbalance

Both real and perceived gender discrimination in our cleaning industry is best dealt with through education, cultural understanding, and determination. These were the key messages delivered at the women's forum held during ISSA/Interclean 2014 last week.

Facilitated by the ISSA's Dianna Steinbach, the panel comprised Sofitel vice president

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