Sustainability becomes a performance issue with Product Environmental Footprint

5th of March 2014
Sustainability becomes a performance issue with Product Environmental Footprint

In Brussels over the last few years DG Environment (Directorate General) has been working with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre to develop a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based method to calculate the environmental performance of products and companies. ECJ spoke to Sandy Smith of sustainability consultancy firm thinkstep AG about the

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High pressure cleaning - a little extra help

13th of December 2013
High pressure cleaning - a little extra help

Many surfaces can be cleaned effectively using cold water at high pressures. But some tasks require a little extra help in the form of heat, detergent or some other agent – and manufacturers have plenty of resources up their sleeves for tackling these more challenging tasks, as Ann Laffeaty finds out.

Cold water at high pressure is

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Sweepers - to ride or not to ride?

11th of December 2013
Sweepers - to ride or not to ride?

When is a ride-on sweeper more appropriate than a walk-behind version? And are the new micro ride-ons replacing walk-behind sweepers in constricted areas? We ask manufacturers about the pros and cons of each kind of machine; which suits which environment - and whether there is a future for the standard walk-behind sweeper.

It can be difficult to

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Hostmanship - the art of welcoming

11th of December 2013
Hostmanship - the art of welcoming

Hostmanship is the art of making people feel welcome – encompassing areas such as customer care, quality, friendship and hospitality. As a concept it is becoming increasingly popular in many areas of business.

ECJ editor Michelle Marshall spoke to Aura Groen, personnel director at facilities services company Facilicom – based in the

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Award winning improvement in cleaning at UK hospital

10th of December 2013
Award winning improvement in cleaning at UK hospital

Facilities services company MITIE has been recognised by the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) in the UK for working in partnership with its client, the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust in the north-east of England.

ECJ editor Michelle Marshall visited Hull Royal Infirmary to learn more about how cleaning standards

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Video conferencing - no more face-to-face?

6th of December 2013
Video conferencing - no more face-to-face?

Love them or loathe them, business meetings in far away places look set to become a thing of the past as more convenient online alternatives gain converts across the corporate world. Hartley Milner looks at the growing market for video conferencing and the real savings it can bring.  

It’s no joke having to be up with the lark

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