Pole position

15th of June 2010
Pole position

With the advent of water-fed poles, is there still a need for traditional window cleaning methods such as detergents, ladders and cradles? Will these die out, or will there always be some applications where they are essential? Ann Laffeaty finds out.

It is becoming increasingly hard for window cleaners to justify going about their business in the

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Hygienically clean

15th of June 2010
Hygienically clean

Steam, dry ice and foam are among the methods of cleaning in hygiene-critical food preparation areas. But what advantages do these offer over traditional detergents and disinfectants, and do they have any downsides? Ann Laffeaty investigates.

Traditional methods of cleaning in food preparation areas tend to involve the use of chemicals and water.

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New products - food hygiene

15th of June 2010

A look at what's new in the food preparation hygiene sector, as part of this edition's special report.

Detectable tools

The Harold Moore metal detectable range of polymer hand tools comprises shovels, paddles, scrapers, hand scoops, round bowl scoops, universal stirrers and flexi scrapers.

They have been designed specifically for the food

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Certification scheme

15th of June 2010

News on a programme to tackle undeclared working from Tom Crockford.

Undeclared and untaxed work is a problem throughout Europe, but perhaps especially so in Scandinavia where social benefits are generous and taxes are high. The temptation to take unemployment support whilst working ‘on the side’ is very real. Different countries are

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How to lift the industry?

15th of June 2010

For far too long, the cleaning industry has been at the bottom of the pile in terms of social acceptance, writes ECJ's UK correspondent. What can be done to change this?

We accept that, as forecast, FM companies have begun to dominate the major account areas for contract cleaners. It was once said of the larger contractors: “They used to be

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Cleaners' strike record

15th of June 2010

Correspondent Anton Duisterwinkel discusses a long strike by cleaning staff - highly unusual in The Netherlands.

Striking is seen as a last resort in The Netherlands. It is bad for economics and bad for the image of an industry. More importantly, it goes against the grain of Dutch society. At the heart of Dutch culture is the opposite of

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