A better life for cleaners

13th of April 2021
A better life for cleaners

Cleaning our buildings, facilities, streets and pavements is a crucial job – but often an unrewarding one. ECJ finds out what is being done by international bodies and individual companies to improve the cleaner’s lot.

At its worst, cleaning can be hazardous, tedious and soul-destroying. It can also be exhausting and back-breaking and

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Offshore cleaners on deck in Norway

12th of April 2021
Offshore cleaners on deck in Norway

Take a trip offshore to meet an unusual breed of cleaners with Scandinavian reporter Lotte Printz.

Like most workplaces, offshore oil-drilling platforms have not escaped new tasks and cleaning protocols brought along by the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, changes like these take some getting used to, but for the Norwegian global energy company

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Hygiene in healthcare - is it all about COVID?

9th of April 2021
Hygiene in healthcare - is it all about COVID?

Outbreaks of MRSA, c.difficile, the norovirus and other hospital-acquired infections used to dominate the healthcare news. But references to such once-common conditions have disappeared virtually overnight. Are they no longer an issue - or has the advent of COVID-19 eclipsed them, asks Ann Laffeaty?

Every winter, the news used to be filled with

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Creating awareness of professional cleaning - a campaign in Germany

8th of April 2021
Creating awareness of professional cleaning - a campaign in Germany

Katja Scholz in Germany reports on the latest news from the contract cleaning association, BIV.

Take part in the discussion on socio-political questions – that is the challenge facing the sector with the largest workforce in Germany.  At the beginning of the year, the Federal Association of Contract Cleaners (BIV) took a further step

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Prioritising wellbeing, hygiene, safety and visible cleaning

7th of April 2021
Prioritising wellbeing, hygiene, safety and visible cleaning

Kimberly-Clark Professional recently commissioned a study in the UK, France and Germany to discover how people really felt about returning to work after the first coronavirus peak. It found that wellbeing, hygiene and safety are now very much at the top of everyone’s agenda.

Across Europe, the COVID-19 pandemic has moved wellbeing, hygiene

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EFCI engages actively with UN Sustainable Development Goals

6th of April 2021
EFCI engages actively with UN Sustainable Development Goals

EFCI, which represents our sector at EU level, is actively engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN. It believes the cleaning and facilities sector has a key role to play. 

In September 2015, the 193 UN member states unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, an unprecedented 15-year common

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