European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2016 – congratulations to the finalists!

21st of July 2016
European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2016 – congratulations to the finalists!

The shortlist of finalists in the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2016 has been announced today. These new awards recognising standards of excellence in the professional cleaning sector Europe-wide launched by ECJ will be presented for the first time on September 29 at a gala dinner in Barcelona.

From almost 100 entries submitted by

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Dirty hands help to guard children from allergies

20th of July 2016
Dirty hands help to guard children from allergies

Dirty habits involving grubby fingers could be good for you, according to a new report.

Researchers in New Zealand have discovered that children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails are less likely to develop allergic sensitivities than other youngsters. And children with both "bad habits" are even less likely to be allergic to house dust

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No point in using a hand rub for more than 30 seconds: study

19th of July 2016
No point in using a hand rub for more than 30 seconds: study

A new study has shown that there are no significant hand hygiene benefits in using an alcohol hand rub for more than 30 seconds at a time.

This emerged in an experiment carried out by Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, a research fellow at the University of Geneva Hospitals. He contaminated the hands of 23 healthcare workers with Ecoli and then asked

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60th FIDEN Congress to be held in Athens

18th of July 2016
60th FIDEN Congress to be held in Athens

European contract cleaning association FIDEN will host its 60th congress in Athens, Greece from September 22-25. The theme: 'Global Trends Changing the World of FM Industries'.

Sessions will address what global trends will have the most impact on the sector, what challenges the industry faces in terms of digitalisation, and what the focus of the

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Tork Image Design dispensers win Red Dot design award

15th of July 2016
Tork Image Design dispensers win Red Dot design award

Tork manufacturer SCA has received a 2016 Red Dot Award for the Tork Image Design range of dispensers.

The Red Dot Design Awards have been in operation for more than 60 years. A panel of experts from 25 countries assesses all entrants according to a range of criteria including innovation, functionality and emotional content.

Tork Image Design

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Toilet paper shortages and no cleaners are among Rio police grievances

14th of July 2016
Toilet paper shortages and no cleaners are among Rio police grievances

Police in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro - where the Olympic Games are to be held in August - have staged a protest about their poor working conditions.

Non-functioning toilets and an absence of cleaners were among the key gripes of 300 police who stood on the steps of the Rio de Janeiro state assembly to raise their concerns.

"At the

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