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TOMORROW’S CLEANING APRIL 10

Employers collaborate to take on 50 young cleaning apprentices

Cleaning and facilities management employers are being urged to take part in a new scheme offering cleaning apprenticeships to young people.

The programme is being run by the training arm of FM and support services company Jarvis, which has funding for 50 apprentices aged 16 to 18 years on the Cleaning and Support Services Apprenticeship.

Other employers who have signed up along with Jarvis to offer work placements and jobs as part of the project include Keir, Ecovert, G4S and Interserve.

Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for facilities management and cleaning, is calling on employers to get involved to ensure the success of the first phase, which starts this month.

Employers are being sought all over England but particularly in the following cities - Sunderland, Liverpool, Sheffield, Oldham, Birmingham and London, where pilots are already planned.

www.assetskills.org

An unusual clean up challenge for Byotrol™

Byotrol Technology Ltd, the company behind the incredible Byotrol™ range of cleaners and sanitisers has helped a Lancashire folk dance outfit with an unusual cleaning dilemma.

Each Easter Saturday since 1857, the Britannia Coconutters have performed a 12-hour dance known as ‘Beating the Bounds’ wearing their traditional regalia of blackened faces, white hats, clogs and red and white kilts.

The damp winter weather of the Rossendale Valley can leave the flagstones in the ‘Nutters Garden’ with a coating of algae and, as the Coco-nutters wear traditional iron-clad Lancashire clogs, this can prove to be a slippery combination.

Richard Lewis, a member of the troupe approached Byotrol for product to help them clean up the area before this year’s big day on 3rd April, having used their products successfully for cleaning algae off his greenhouse and making his own flagged garden paths safe.

Byotrol Technology Ltd provided some of their specialist outdoor cleaner, Inhibitor. Whilst this disrupts the reproductive cycle of the microscopic spores which cause unsightly and slippery algal growth, it is gentle and non- toxic to people, plants and animals and provides a safe alternative to harsh chemicals and potentially damaging power washing.

www.byotrol.co.uk

HSE is now thanking all the retailers, manufacturers, trade associations and local authorities who have played their part in the campaign which gives workers the opportunity to get rid of old, damaged and broken ladders and trade them in for new ones at a discounted price.

HSE is working with the industry to ensure that anyone involved in working at height uses the right equipment for the job and uses it safely. Throughout the campaign HSE and local authority inspectors include ladder checks as part of their routine inspections and encourage people with faulty or damaged ladders to exchange them for new ones.

Falls from ladders account for over a quarter of all fall accidents in this country and this is sometimes down to misuse but often due to ladders not being fit for purpose.

The ladder exchange is part of ‘Shattered Lives’ a wider campaign to help reduce slips, trips and falls from height in the workplace.

www.hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives

Shattered Lives exchanges 7000

dodgy ladders

Nearly 7,000 ‘dodgy’ ladders have been surrendered in the three years the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been running the ladder exchange initiative.

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