Hospital privacy curtains ‘contaminated by MRSA’

11th of October 2018
Hospital privacy curtains ‘contaminated by MRSA’

Nearly 90 per cent of privacy curtains could be harbouring MRSA or other infectious bacteria according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

And as a result, scientists at the University of Manitoba in Canada have called for hospital curtains to be regularly cleaned or replaced.

Researchers analysed 10 curtains at

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Singapore firms to pay cleaners an annual bonus from 2020

10th of October 2018
Singapore firms to pay cleaners an annual bonus from 2020

More than 40,000 Singaporean cleaners will benefit from a new law making it mandatory to pay them an annual bonus.

From January 2020, permanent residents working as cleaners could receive a payment of up to four per cent of their wages each year. Businesses failing to comply with the requirement may be fined or risk losing their licence. However,

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Changes at the top for Diversey

9th of October 2018
Changes at the top for Diversey

Dr Ilham Kadri is to resign from her position as Diversey's chief executive officer with effect from December 31.

She has been appointed ceo, chairman of the executive committee and member of the board of directors at Solvay - an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company.

With immediate effect Carlos Sagasta, Diversey's chief financial

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Research indicates reduction in beach littering

8th of October 2018
Research indicates reduction in beach littering

Results from a comparison beach cleaning and litter surveying programme in the UK indicate levels of seaside rubbish have decreased.

The study was carried out by Cromwell Polythene as part of its 35th anniversary activity and to mark Recycle Week recently. The company did similar research a year ago and 2018 results suggest shows reduced levels

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'Life threatening' bacteria found on our money

4th of October 2018
'Life threatening' bacteria found on our money

UK research that put money under the microscope to determine what is really lurking in our wallets has revealed some unpleasant results.

Dr Paul Matewele, professor of microbiology at London Metropolitan University and his students took 36 samples from a random selection of all denominations of coins and notes. The microbiologists studied the

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Future-proofing for distributors

1st of October 2018
Future-proofing for distributors

Joanne Gilliard is chief executive officer (ceo) of Jangro, one of the largest cleaning and hygiene products distribution groups in the UK and Ireland. She speaks exclusively to ECJ editor Michelle Marshall about the challenges and opportunities facing suppliers, and how this part of the cleaning sector is moving forward to safeguard its

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