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Healthcare facilities – how robots can improve cleaning performance Anatomy of Autonomy

Cleanliness has always been essential in healthcare. However, today the confluence of increasing infection risks, rising patient expectations, and evolving cleaning standards make the cleanliness of spaces and surfaces more critical than ever for healthcare organisations, says Joe Mann, Vice President, Channel Support & Development, Brain Corp developers of BrainOS, a pioneering AI software platform that powers the world's largest fleet of autonomous mobile robots operating in indoor public spaces.

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New facility directory helps locate facilities accredited for cleaning excellence The Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a division of ISSA, recently launched its GBAC STAR™ Facility Directory.

This new web-based tool allows users to identify facilities that have earned or are committed to achieving GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the designation reserved for facilities that have demonstrated a thorough approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention.

"We're excited to unveil this new tool to help the public discover which facilities are taking important steps forward with their approach to cleaning," said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger.

"The GBAC STAR™ program has more than 250 facilities accredited and 3 000-plus committed to accreditation in more than 80 countries, with additional facilities added daily. This results in an impressive directory that is easily searchable and always accessible."

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SARS permanently insource over 750 cleaning staff The South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced that it has taken steps to insource more than 750 cleaners previously subcontracted, to become permanent employees at the state entity.

In a statement, SARS said that it has previously contracted cleaning services for its offices, “but due to the contracts expiring every year, the organisation implemented a project to insource the cleaning staff permanently”.

This initiative saw 769 cleaning staff joining the ranks of SARS employees from November 2020.

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Business probed for allegedly cloning labels on alcohol-free sanitiser Handwash

A company supplying the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) with hand sanitisers in the Western Cape has landed in hot water for allegedly forging labels indicating that the product contained 70 percent alcohol, when in fact this was not the case.

Kanga Business Management (KBM) was named by the Department in a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries recently, highlighting the work of state institution investigations.

KBM is one of the Department's 31 suppliers awarded contracts for procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE). The company supplied and delivered 3 500 gel hand sanitisers and 250 boxes of surgical masks to the value of R494 500, but it was discovered that the hand sanitisers were allegedly alcohol-free.

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Italian cleaning show dates for 2021

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to jeopardise productive activities and services, particularly affecting all spheres where contact with the public and social contact among industry professionals are the key elements around which success and consensus are built.

With this in mind, the board of directors of the ISSA PULIRE Network unanimously took the important decision to delay the 25th edition of the trade show originally set to take place in Verona, Italy, from May
18-20, 2021 to September 7-9, 2021.

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Cleanliness is key in restoring guest confidence in hotels Hotel Bed

Now that South Africa has reached Level 1 of the lockdown, leisure travel is expected to increase, and hospitality establishments are keen to welcome guests back. However, extensive health and safety procedures are key to ensuring guest comfort and confidence in the hospitality sector.

As COVID-19 quarantine requirements are eased by government, the hospitality industry faces the prospect of reopening to a radical new normal. Keeping guests visually unaware and physically apart from your day-to-day housekeeping operations has always been a key element of hospitality.

It is a source of professional pride and part of the magic required in presenting a seamless hotel experience to guests. In the post-pandemic world, that prevailing logic has been turned on its head.

Irrespective of how rigorous your previous hygiene regimen was, you will now need to conduct regular and thorough cleaning and disinfection throughout the day to satisfy heightened expectations of cleanliness.

Your new approach will need to be carried out clearly to reassure everyone that you are doing all you can to maintain a safe and hygienic environment.

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Push for use of certified containers in collection and disposal of hazardous waste Hazmat
Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, the focus on hygiene and controlling the spread of infection has taken centre stage.

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been refocusing its attention on the improvement of its services to assist in the national fight against this pandemic and any other hygiene matters.

The collection and disposal of hazardous waste is a critical focus area that requires greater self-regulation by the industry as well as increased vigilance and insistence on the use of certified containers by authorities. "Hazardous waste is any waste that has the potential to threaten the health and safety of our communities and the environment.

Once medical products have been used, they need to be contained and disposed of in a controlled manner to ensure that there is no leakage, spillage or dispersion that could be detrimental.

While the focus during this COVID-19 pandemic has largely been on the detection and prevention of infection, there needs to be increased vigilance on the containment and disposal of all medical waste products," says Jodi Scholtz, Lead Administrator of the SABS.

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PBEH workshop gathers members of cleaning sector after months of COVID-19 isolation Hannelie van Lill

The Professional Body for Environmental Hygiene (PBEH) arranged a 'live' Healthcare Workshop for cleaning professionals on 22 October at the premises of CSG Skills Institute in Johannesburg.

The programme included the launch of the Healthcare Occupational Qualification (Healthcare Cleaner – level 2) by PBEH Manager Felicity Kent. This qualification consists of Knowledge, Practical Skills and Work experience totalling 100 modules.

Healthcare cleaners perform cleaning tasks in hospital facilities to achieve a clean, hygienic and safe environment within the context of the prevention of the spread of infections and disease.

A presentation on infection control in the healthcare environment followed, delivered by Hannelie van Lill, Infection Protection Professional at the Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital.

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Opening of new Gauteng premises for Prime Cleaning SuppliersPCS Opening

Leading South African cleaning solutions provider Prime Cleaning Suppliers officially opened the new turnkey-developed premises situated at Old Mint Park, Midrand.

The event offered guests and clients the opportunity to meet staff and management, tour the new facility and an overview of current and extended product ranges on display in the dedicated showroom.

Also, in attendance was special guest South African professional rugby union player Duane Vermeulen who also features as brand ambassador in the company's promotional material.

"As part of our aim to offer world-class cleaning solutions in the Gauteng province the new facility includes offices, warehousing, a showroom, training and service centre, chemical and paper production facilities all under one roof.

This will result in increased capacity and capabilities, streamlining all operations, thereby enabling us to provide a more diversified range of cleaning supplies backed by superior service levels," commented Prime Cleaning Suppliers Group's Trevor Longmore.
More people feel unsafe returning to work due to poor hygiene – survey Office

A recent UK survey about how
COVID-19 has affected perceptions of cleanliness and hygiene in the workplace shows that confidence is low in these early stages of businesses getting back to work.

The survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Professional showed that three out of four people in the UK do not feel safe going back to the workplace, while 86 percent said they would avoid a location if they didn't think it was COVID-19 secure.

"Early experiences out of the home have not met expectations, so more must be done," says Olena Neznal, Vice President, Kimberly-Clark Professional EMEA. "Fear and uncertainty have put businesses under pressure to balance the responsibilities of keeping everyone safe and staying up to date with protocols whilst getting businesses back on track."

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Inexpensive mobile cleaning trailer creates business opportunity in difficult times Hawk

With businesses under strain and unemployment on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many South Africans find themselves exploring new avenues to generate income. And sometimes, opportunity comes in interesting or unexpected forms.

An example is the Hawk multi-purpose mini drain cleaning trailer, a uniquely innovative tool that entrepreneurs throughout South Africa have been finding particularly useful.

This extremely lightweight, affordable and effective drain and general cleaner has taken to the South African roads to provide an inexpensive mobile cleaning tool for drain, roof and general purposes. And it has been generating income for a wide variety of small business owners looking to expand their horizons during lockdown.

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Complimentary guide to cleaning retail food premises Vikan PRIO

Vikan, leading global developer and manufacturer of hygienic cleaning and food-handling tools, recently announced the release of the Store Hygiene & Food Safety Guide.

The guide is intended to assist supermarkets and other food retailers to adopt best-practice cleaning routines – not least to help mitigate the health risks associated with COVID-19 – the guide provides advice on a range of hygiene and safety-related topics, including:
  • General store hygiene;
  • Customer facility hygiene;
  • Cleaning for food safety;
  • Colour-coding for greater food safety; and
  • Maintenance, storage and compliance.
Like all Vikan guides, the Store Hygiene & Food Safety Guide is free to download from:
Cleaning up liquid spills Pratley

Strict health and safety regulations in the mining industry mean that any liquid spills in workshop areas or elsewhere need to be cleaned quickly and effectively.

This is where a completely natural, mineral product called Gunge Spunge® is playing a major role.

Produced by South African manufacturer Pratley, Gunge Spunge® is the ideal product for cleaning up any liquid spills, including petrol, diesel, oil, sewage and other nuisance liquids.

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African Cleaning Review is published alternative monthly together with an annual Buyer's Guide and distributed to end users, building service contractors, multi-service providers and other key institutional sectors including government, healthcare, education, retail centres, hospitality, food processing, industrial and commercial cleaning, architects, quantity surveyors, property owners, facility management and general manufacturing.

African Cleaning Review is supported and endorsed by all major industry associations, is a member of the world-wide cleaning industry association (ISSA) and currently distribute magazines to subscribers in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana and the Seychelles.

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The power of digitalisation of dispensing solutions can save money and lives Ophardt

With many countries having to endure the second wave of COVID-19, caution remains paramount as the virus continues its rapid expansion across the globe.

In the absence of a proven vaccine, hand hygiene has become ever more indispensable in public areas, far beyond the medical sector.

So how can we ensure that the next generation of dispensing hardware helps the public achieve their goal to Break the Chain of Infection?

An example is the recently launched OPHARDT Washroom Monitoring System (OWMS), the software suite aims to address some of the most basic concerns public institutions have during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Who do you wash your hands for? ETS

The majority of people wash their hands more often today than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.
But it is not out of care for others.

A new study from Tork, an Essity brand, shows that close to eight out of ten respondents wash their hands to protect themselves.

As the world celebrated Global Handwashing Day on October 15, this year's theme 'Hand Hygiene for All' could not be more appropriate. With Global Handwashing Day 2020 in mind, Essity released new facts on hand hygiene from their global hygiene and health survey performed in July 2020.

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Are your ventilation strategies fit for purpose to protect against coronavirus? The importance of maintaining heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to protect human health and wellbeing has been brought sharply into focus this year. Especially now that more workers are returning to their offices and children are heading back to the classroom.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged the threat of airborne transmission of the coronavirus following widespread evidence that showed tiny particles containing the virus could become suspended in the air for some hours. These findings have important implications.

It is now clear that handwashing and face masks alone cannot prevent the spread of coronavirus in indoor environments with poor ventilation, and that air conditioning systems could play an important role in reducing transmission rates.

However, there were certain adjustments facilities managers could make that would further reduce the risk of transmission. Follow these useful tips on how to run building services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Modern software solutions offer more transparency during a pandemic Texroute

Certain laundry items must be cleaned separately or disinfected in addition to the washing process. In unique cases, laundry items must be packed and delivered separately, and most importantly, the demand for certain pieces of laundry can vary daily depending on the actual infection rate. Under these conditions, textile care companies must be able to react with total flexibility.

This will only be possible with the support of a comprehensive and modern software solution. "In the future, modern and future-proof production and logistics concepts will require a large amount of information, about the laundry item itself, current product status, product quality and the process progress. Notably this means transparency in the entire operation.

This is exactly what our software helps our clients to achieve," says Michael Wieser, Sales Director of SoCom Informationssysteme GmbH.

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Locally developed online cleaner training platform launchedDiversy

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the entire training profession to quickly switch to online learning and webinar-style delivery methods for educational content. As can be expected vocational training and certification programmes are quickly being entwined into the online learning world as well. Therefore, and specifically with specialised cleaning and sanitising of facilities in mind, this is the perfect time to understand the multiple online learning programmes available to professional cleaners and businesses in general.

It is now more important than ever to allocate time to your most important resource – people. As more and more South Africans return to work under level 1, PropaClean is geared up to help reopen doors to corporates, small businesses, and homes.

The platform is all about creating safe, clean spaces; improving productivity and time management; and empowering cleaning staff to take real pride in the quality of their work.

With cleaning teams across the country at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, many companies and homes are rethinking the value of their in-house or contract cleaners and domestic helpers.

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Bidvest Prestige appoints new CEOWayne Hill

Leading cleaning solutions specialist Bidvest Prestige announced the appointment of Wayne Hill as Chief Executive Officer. Hill has over 26 years' experience in Hospitality, having started his career as a Management Trainee at The Carlton Hotel in 1989.

After completing his Hotel Management Certification, he moved onto various junior Food and Beverage management roles within the hotel. Since then, Hill's career has taken him around the world, honing his skills across various properties and disciplines.

He has various business management qualifications and is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA). His passion is inspiring, developing, and motivating people through career journeys built on principle-centred leadership.

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The "Beast" Mtawarira heads up Umlindi Security Tendai Mtawarira

Umlindi Security officially welcomed Rugby World Cup winning Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira to the helm as Chief Executive Officer and shareholder for the newly launched company.

As Tendai transitions from his professional rugby career into the corporate world, he is the perfect fit for the fledgling company. Wahl Bartmann, Group Chief Executive officer of Fidelity Services Group says, "Tendai has been a part of Fidelity for close on 9 years now as our brand ambassador. We met through a chance encounter eight years ago and became close friends.

I have enjoyed my time as his mentor and collaborating on several projects which have all been successful. It was only a matter of time before the skills he gained would assist him to start his own company." According to Bartmann, Mtawarira's natural flair and strength as a professional rugby player and his business acumen are well suited to the requirements of a new business venture.

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