Hotel staff told to clean faster to recoup wages hike

9th of October 2017
Hotel staff told to clean faster to recoup wages hike

Irish hotel cleaning staff are allegedly being told to clean more bedrooms per shift to compensate for an increase in the minimum wage.

And they may face disciplinary action if they fail to reach their new target, according to union chiefs.

Delegates at the biennial conference of Ireland's Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union in

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Holiday hygiene

6th of October 2017
Holiday hygiene

Paul Wonnacott is managing director and president of Vectair Systems, specialist in washroom hygiene and aircare systems. In his latest ECJ blog he examines why hygiene is so vital when we go on holiday, and the true costs of hygiene failures.

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Cleaning a gender neutral washroom: what you should know

4th of October 2017
Cleaning a gender neutral washroom: what you should know

Gender neutral washrooms are becoming increasingly common throughout Europe, with many schools, universities, restaurants, workplaces and public buildings now adopting unisex facilities.

 

While this trend may seem controversial to some, it comes as a welcome move for progressive communities that appreciate the need for transgender

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Reserve your place at the 2017 European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards in Rome!

2nd of October 2017
Reserve your place at the 2017 European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards in Rome!

The 2017 European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards will be presented during a gala dinner in Rome on November 9, and tickets are now available.

Founded by ECJ, these are the only pan-European Awards that celebrate the innovation, excellence and leadership present in our industry. And this year many of the industry's leading professionals will

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Banknotes harbour thousands of bacteria

29th of September 2017
Banknotes harbour thousands of bacteria

Paper money harbours thousands of germs and other microorganisms, according to a study. And common viruses can live on paper money for 10 days or more.

A team of researchers spent a year collecting US dollar bills from dozens of New York City banks and swabbing them.

Microorganisms of human origin including skin bacteria, oral bacteria, and even

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Cleaning with bleach could lead to fatal lung disease

28th of September 2017
Cleaning with bleach could lead to fatal lung disease

Cleaning with bleach and other common disinfectants puts people at risk of fatal lung conditions, research has suggested.

A 30-year study concluded that people who use the products just once a week have a 32 per cent increased chance of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is usually associated with heavy

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