All-Party Parliamentary Group Calls for New Cleaning Standards Following Pandemic

A new report by MPs in the United Kingdom into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic has recommeended the introduction of minimum standards for hand and other hygiene infrastructure and cleaning of venues to prepare the country for future public health emergencies. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and…


Cleaning Industry Calls for UK Government Support Ahead of Winter Flu and Covid-19 Resurgence

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) is warning continuing staff shortages in the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector will amplify the impact of a feared ‘twindemic’ combining winter flu and new immune evasive Sars-Cov-2 variants. The cleaning, hygiene and waste sector – which is one of the ten biggest industries in the UK – has played…


Postponement of APPG Inquiry into UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry

The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic have been postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The APPG inquiry, which is entitled “Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK“, held its…

Hybrid Working

Optimising WFH Security

The growth of working from home (WFH) following the COVID-19 pandemic poses potential security concerns around unwanted access to confidential company data. This is easily resolved with Code Handle, the door lock from ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group that keeps private rooms private via the use of a PIN code. 85 per cent of employees…


Mitie Supports Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Effort with Hygiene Equipment

Mitie has shipped vital PPE and other hygiene supplies to the GE Operator Humanitarian Centre in Warsaw, which will be used for essential medical care and general hygiene for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The centre offers temporary refuge and aid to those displaced by the war and has so far supported more than…


Commonwealth Games 2022: How Nudge Theory is Driving Better Hygiene Behaviour

Katy Slater, Regulatory Director, New Growth Platforms at Reckitt, explains how ‘nudge theory’ is boosting hygience confidence at large-scale events, and informing protocols at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. After two years of the pandemic, a greater understanding of hygiene and the role we collectively play in enhancing hygiene habits to help reduce the spread…

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The Commonwealth Games: Saving Time and Labour with Targeted Hygiene Protocols

Dr Lisa Ackerley, CEnvH, FRSPH, Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement – Hygiene at Reckitt, explains how the development of targeted hygiene protocols is helping to create a more hygienic, time-saving and cost-saving Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. With Dettol as the Official Hygiene Partner, Targeted Hygiene approach is being put into action at the Birmingham…


Almost Half of Smaller UK Landlords Planning to Expand Portfolios

According to the latest survey from Handelsbanken, 49 per cent of small and mid-sized professional landlords with a minimum of four properties in the UK are planning to increase their portfolios in the year ahead, as optimism about residential and commercial property builds despite fears of an economic downturn and the cost of living crisis.…


SELECT Nominated for UK Trade Association Awards

SELECT, Scotland’s largest construction trade body has been shortlisted as a finalist in three categories of the Association Excellence Awards which salute the vital work trade associations undertake on behalf of their members. The first nomination for Best Membership Support Since Covid-19recognising the organisation’s on-going response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has included offering members…


The New Standard of Indoor Air Quality

John McPherson, managing director, ABM UK, explains why the absence of a consensus global standard for Indoor Air Quality presents difficulties for facility managers, and the measures his company is taking to preventing sick building syndrome (SBS) in client locations. The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically disrupted life around the world, and most profoundly, our interactions outside…

Hybrid Working

Are we Returning to Smaller Hybrid Offices?

Ian Ellis, Marketing & Sales Specialist Manager at Siemens Building Products, consider the impact of office downsizing on hybrid working. At the height of the lockdowns during COVID-19 technology helped us to carry on seamlessly working from the home.  We met our work colleagues virtually on videoconferencing platforms, such as Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and…


NEPC Urges Mandatory Building Upgrades to Support Healthier Indoor Environments

A new report released by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC) calls on the UK government to seize the post-pandemic opportunity to mandate long-term improvements to infection control in commercial, public and residential buildings to reduce transmission of future waves of COVID-19, new pandemics, seasonal influenza and other infectious diseases. In the event of another severe…


Don’t Forget IAQ on Clean Air Day

Comment from Alastair Reynolds, vice president and general manager of global services, Honeywell Building Technologies


ACF Selected for Inaugural Customer Centricity Award

ARCET Global has recognised ACF with an inaugural Customer Centricity award at its Customer Centricity World Series virtual event. The awards programme attracted over 300 entries from 122 companies in 34 countries, with 149 entrants shortlisted for evaluation by a panel of independent judges. ACF’s role in building and successfully rolling out of the appointment scheduling…


Reimagining the Mental Health Benefits of Nature

Visits to Langley Mead Greenspace, traditionally managed wildflower meadows on the banks of the River Loddon in Berkshire, South East England, increased dramatically under Covid-19 lockdown measures according to UK ecological consultancy, EPR. Did you know it is recommended to spend at least 120 minutes a week outdoors in a natural environment? Whether in parks,…


USGBC Reports on IAQ in Schools

A new report from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and ASHRAE details how school districts in the United States have continued to manage air quality within their schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Managing Air Quality in the Pandemic: How K-12 Schools Addressed Air Quality in the Second Year of COVID-19” builds…


Lessons in Hygiene from COP26

Dr Lisa Ackerley, CEnvH, FRSPH, Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement and Hygiene at Reckitt, shares insights into what brands can learn from the hygiene protocols she helped develop for COP26. The first UK lockdown – announced on 23 March, 2020 in a televised press conference – may seem a distant memory, but its legacy…


Envoy Expands Hot Desking Features for Hybrid Employees

Envoy latest additions to its hot desking platform bring a personalized touch to hybrid working by allowing emloyees to tailor their experience via the addition of favourites, photo profile, multi-day scheduling and “desk” features. The updates also allow admin and workplace teams to complete tasks more efficiently with its admin booking and neighborhoods and proof…


Aramark Recognizes Community Volunteers

With National Volunteer Month underway in the United States, Aramark is recognizing several outstanding employee volunteers from around the world for their service to local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group’s Be Well. Do Well sustainability plan outlines Aramark’s goal of making a positive impact by working to reduce inequity, supporting and growing communities,…


Utelogy to Showcase Technology and Platform Innovations for the Connected World at ISE 2022

Connected workplace software iprovider Utelogy Corporation will be exhibiting its latest product innovations during the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2022) exhibition at Fira de Barcelona from 10th to 13th May.  The company returns to the event after announcing significant increases in YoY revenues and bookings of more than 270% following the Covid-19 pandemic. New software…

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Business of Health Equity

A major new report from the UCL Institute of Health Equity (UCL-IHE) and Legal & General lays a roadmap for the role of industry in ‘levelling up’ the United Kingdom, and examines the evidence of how businesses affect health and what they can do to improve health equity.  In the past, businesses have often been…


Colliers Appointment Heralds Allianz ‘New Ways of Working’ Review

Allianz Holdings has appointed Colliers as its preferred UK real estate partner to deliver a new ways of working review focused on the insurer’s ESG objectives, with the additional objective of maximising the efficiency of its real estate through the use of technology and innovation. Allianz’s Property and Workspace Services team issued a competitive request…


Why Gyms are Driving Demand for Cleaning Products

Sam Greaves, managing director of the Cleenol Group, considers the impact of demand for fitness facilities on the cleaning products market following the pandemic. In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic we saw a rapid increase in the use of cleaning and disinfection products as individuals and organisations stepped up hygiene practices to prevent…


Postponement of CIFF Guangzhou 2022

Following the recent suspension of all live events by the provincial government of Guangzhou in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 49th edition of FM Industry partner exhibition, the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), has been postponed until further notice. A rescheduled date for the event – the largest event in the furniture industry calendar,…


Thornton Hall Country Park Goes Electric

A trail-blazing family business near Skipton has been named as the first location in Yorkshire to launch a Be.EV electric vehicle charging hub. Emma and Chris Harrison, who run Thornton Hall Country Park in Thornton-in-Craven, transformed their family farm into a thriving business and tourist attraction after they took over the business from Chris’ parents.…


Protecting Against Airborne Viruses

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Infection Control

Preventing Infection in Care Homes

Donna Mitchell, sector marketing manager, Long Term Care for Diversey in the UK and Ireland, considers the infection control measures that are available to housekeeping teams working in the residential care sector. Protecting residents, staff, and visitors from infections is a core requirement in care homes. The range of products available, and the different ways…


Solving the Recruitment Crisis in Asbestos

With reported recruitment shortages within the asbestos industry leading to delays and service cancellations, facilities managers would be wise to review their continuity planning, says OHS director, Aaron Dodd.   Over the last 12 years, Australia and New Zealand have worked hard at attracting expertise from the UK to solve their labour shortages in the…


Final Call for Exhibitors: International Property Show Dubai 2022

FM Industry partner event, International Property Show (IPS) Dubai, will take place from 24 to 26 March 2022, offering regional and global real estate investors the opportunity to benefit from an upturn in demand created by Expo 2020. Dubai’s real estate market continues to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic following the introduction…


What the T.W.a.T Phenomenon Means for Facilities Managers

John Nicklin, managing director of workplace technology specialist Juggl Desks, provides insights into one of the newest, and rudest of terms to enter into the post-Covid-19 workplace vernacular. There’s a new term for employees who go into the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and work from home on Mondays and Fridays, and it’s making some people blush. So-called…

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Sustainable Cleaning and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Global hygiene products manufacturer Diversey Holdings considers some of the lessons learnt by businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses large and small rushed to introduce additional and stricter cleaning and hygiene processes during the Covid-19 pandemic. The overriding requirement has been to protect customers and staff while also providing additional reassurance by cleaning more frequently…

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