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Timely reminder of OHS laws' impact on suppliers

Timely reminder of OHS laws’ impact on suppliers

While much of the national, ‘harmonised’, occupational health and safety law content is focused on cleaning services’ providers, the part that equipment suppliers play should not be under-estimated. Cruse Partnership’s Norine Cruse emphasises that equipment investment, operation, and training are all part of a cleaning contractor’s OHS ‘action plan’. Delivering…

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Vale Reginald "Reggie" John Carruthers

Vale Reginald “Reggie” John Carruthers

Passed away 28th June 2011, aged 65 What a man, what a mate, and what a human being. All those who knew Reg Carruthers were blessed with having that pleasure. Every industry needs a few more “Reggies”, always putting his hand up to help. Reg is survived by his wonderful…

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Kimberly-Clark's $65 million local, green, manufacturing investment

Kimberly-Clark’s $65 million local, green, manufacturing investment

Kimberly-Clark is to upgrade each of its three manufacturing sites across New South Wales and South Australia in order to greatly increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. In what the company describes as a strong vote of confidence in its Australian manufacturing future, Kimberly-Clark Australia’s managing director Glen Watts…

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Canadian union fights HAIs

Canadian union campaigns for housekeeping $$$ to fight HAIs

According to a Canadian newspaper article published last week, some 12,000 Canadians die every year from a hospital-acquired infection and a union is demanding a province give hospitals more money for better housekeeping and more private rooms to stop the spread of superbugs. Peterborough Examiner staff writer Elizabeth Bower reported…

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ISO 5001 energy standards

ISO launches 50001 energy management standard

  Sourced from Sustainable Facility The just published ISO 50001 provides public and private sector organisations with management strategies to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and improve energy performance. The standard is available on the ISO Web site ( It was keenly awaited as it is estimated that the…

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2 October is World MRSA Day

World MRSA Day to fight against denial and inaction

The MRSA pandemic continues to be a major public health threat and crisis along with other antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and must become a top political priority worldwide. This year marks 50 years since MRSA emerged into the world. World MRSA Day, 2 October, and World MRSA Awareness Month are opportunities for…

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Potentially pathogenic fungi able to grow in dishwashers

Harmful fungal pathogens find home in dishwashers

Evolutionary pathogens could have serious implications for the cleaning industry. A new study published in the British journal Fungal Biology reports that potentially pathogenic fungi including a type of ‘black yeast’ are now able to live in extreme conditions such as in dishwashers.* According to researchers, these same pathogens may…

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Appointed IICRC standards director

Mili Washington appointed IICRC’s standards director

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announced mid-June that Mili Washington had been hired as its new standards director. Her focus in the coming year will be to streamline the standards development process and strategy at the IICRC, work toward American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for…

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BSCAA national president

Corby takes BSCAA’s national reins

With very much a ‘people’ agenda as his main focus, Terry Corby was elected Building Service Contractors Association of Australia’s national president at a board meeting held late May.  He has been a long serving NSW president and replaces Rodney Barnes, who remains on the national board in his ACT…

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