Amsterdam ambulances given final warning over poor hygiene practices

8th of February 2016
Amsterdam ambulances given final warning over poor hygiene practices

A leading Netherlands ambulance service has been slammed for hygiene concerns just a few short weeks after a survey revealed the Dutch to be Europe's most negligent hand-washers.

Ambulance Amsterdam has been given a final warning by the nation's Healthcare Inspectorate for its poor cleaning regimes and outdated equipment. It may incur a fine if

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Diverse leadership leads to higher profits, says new study

5th of February 2016
Diverse leadership leads to higher profits, says new study

Companies with the most diverse management teams have an operating profit margin of 12.6 percentage points more than the companies with the least diverse management teams. That's according to new research conducted by global facilities services provider ISS and consultancy firm proacteur based on data from PwC.

The study is based on data from

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Bugs - we breathe in more from tap water than the toilet bowl

4th of February 2016
Bugs - we breathe in more from tap water than the toilet bowl

Floors, carpets and even tap water create more airborne bacteria in our homes than the toilet. That's according to a new report from scientists in the US.

The team from the University of California took their equipment to 29 homes in the San Francisco area and mapped out exactly where airborne microbes were coming from. Floors and carpets came

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UK Building Futures Group closes

3rd of February 2016
UK Building Futures Group closes

The Building Futures Group (BFG) in the UK - founded in 2013 following the merger of Asset Skills, the Facilities Management Association (FMA) and the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA) - has ceased trading.

Although the CSSA later withdrew from the merger, the BFG continued to provide training and membership services to the UK's

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Expensive hotels have more bacteria: study

2nd of February 2016
Expensive hotels have more bacteria: study

A new study appears to indicate that commonly-touched surfaces in expensive hotels harbour more germs than those in cheaper ones.

The study, carried out by online trip calculator Travelmath, tested hotel guest room surfaces for bacteria linked with ailments including skin infections and pneumonia. Researchers swabbed various objects such as the

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The importance of testing

2nd of February 2016
The importance of testing

Paul Wonnacott is managing director and president of Vectair Systems, specialist in washroom hygiene and aircare systems. The company does business around the globe and Wonnacott has gained considerable experience in many of the world's most important markets. In his latest blog for ECJ he emphasises the vital importance of

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