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workplace accidents with a story of an employee who failed to report losing his finger in a mincer at a pie factory – if the audience wasn’t vegan already, they probably are now.

At lunch, attendees gathered at Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ customer open day to see demonstrations of the latest innovations in cleaning. It was inspiring to see the health and safety of the cleaning operative being put at the centre of many of these product developments, with solutions to minimise heavy lifting and touching hazardous waste.

Business Resilience the topic for first

BICSc Lab event On Wednesday 15 May, the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) hosted its first BICSc Lab event at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London.

No corner of business resilience remained unexplored, with keynotes covering the importance of training, preventing accidents and the resilient routines of successful companies.

Chief Operating Officer, Neil Spencer-Cook demonstrated how training can enhance a company’s resilience by keeping employees happy, motivated and productive, while Darwin Clayton shared the harsh consequences of

Guest speaker for the day, Hanna-Maria Ahonen, explored the difference between ‘deep’ work and ‘shallow’ work and proved that it’s ok to let yourself be bored, as this is often when your most creative ideas come out. In a culture of being constantly switched on, Hanna-Maria showed the importance of switching off, by taking a breather from social media and utilising time effectively – these are the traits of the most resilient leaders and companies.

The event closed with Rob Shaw sharing his expertise on the role of cleaning in preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace, drilling home the significance of training employees in not just ‘how’ to clean, but ‘why’.

The next BICSc Lab event takes place on 17 July in Birmingham, in association with Citation. It will focus on the role of HR and health and safety for the cleaning sector.

has industry involvement with IOSH, the CSSA, and the WCEC Education Committee, which brings the excellence and importance of safety to the forefront to really deliver a solution.

Lorraine is at the top of her profession as an IOSH Chartered Member, the world’s most prestigious body for Health and Safety Practitioners, and through her years of training discovered she had a natural ability for training, mentoring and coaching.

Employers know that when working with a Chartered Health & Safety Practitioner, they’re receiving the ‘best in class’ training. With her workplace experience, Lorraine adapts delivery to suit individual businesses and those being trained.

Expert launches Safety Solutions

20-year cleaning and FM industry expert Lorraine Larman (CMIOSH, FBICSc) has launched Safety Solutions, an all- encompassing solution to safety in the workplace.

Offering a multitude of nationally recognised training courses, accredited training courses, Safety Solutions is driven by Lorraine’s passion for educating others.

Safety Solutions’ uniqueness is it not only encompasses all workplace safety solutions at its best value, but the training is delivered by Lorraine, who is highly respected within her field and currently resides on the Cleaning Industry Liaising forum for the strategy group at the HSE. Lorraine

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Lorraine said: “I believe that safety is a core part of all businesses and that it has never been so important to protect human health and raise awareness of the risks to everyone’s safety, occupational health and wellbeing, if a safe and positive workplace environment is not provided for the workforce.

“As a safety consultant and training specialist, I offer the direction and expertise required to create an individual programme to assist with any specific goals of objectives and all units are accessible for all budgets and for beginners and experts alike.”

For further details, please contact Lorraine directly here.

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