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Dubai Mall is First Shopping Center to Achieve GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation
The Dubai Mall is the first shopping centre to achieve GBAC STAR facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, and it is the largest facility to date to achieve this accreditation. The Dubai Mall was one of fifteen retail and entertainment facilities around the world recognised for assuring all who visit follow the proper practices, procedures, and systems to prepare, respond, and recover from the global pandemic.
Tech: A Non-Negotiable Pillar in Post-Pandemic Operations
Facilities Managers are adopting tech driven operations and management systems, with Covid-19 accelerating digital transformation in the industry. Facilio CEO, Prabhu Ramachandran discusses why new technology is a necessity for real estate companies, property managers and developers to thrive in this new environment.
Software and Mobile Solutions - Are Cleaners Getting Smarter?
A growing trend for cleaning companies is to introduce “smart solutions” into the workplace, which enhances efficiency and boosts productivity. But how receptive are cleaning companies to adopting new technologies? With a range of digital solutions in the market, getting the end-users acceptance of the new technology is the key.
The Differences Between Disinfectants
Disinfectants are not all the same, some are alcohol-based, others are chlorine or phenol-based, or have quaternary amines. Learn more about the difference between disinfectants and their effectiveness on different surfaces.
Coronavirus: Dubai rolls out germ-busting robot to combat Covid-19
A germ-busting robot which can disinfect hospital wards, malls and offices using ultraviolet light has been rolled out in Dubai. The UVC robot created by Sanitizexperts uses artificial intelligence to plot its path and is equipped with radar vision and ultrasonic obstacle avoidance. The cyber sanitiser provides 360-degree disinfection of areas, without the need for chemicals and sprays.
Disinfection Tunnels: Pros and Cons
Take a detailed look at the advantages of disinfectant tunnels. The full article discusses the added line of defence against the virus, where they are suitable to use and how economical they are to install.
How Smart Washrooms are addressing safety after the pandemic
Some improvements to public sanitisation will become permanent, including the need for more Smart Washrooms. Local company VERTECO highlight the importance of long-term, cost-effective solutions, using Smart technology for washrooms of the future.
COVID-19: Deep Cleaning in Commercial & Residential Buildings
All over the world, cleaning companies are shifting their methodologies to suit the current need for disinfection. Learn more about how facilities are working to prevent contamination in Residential and Commercial buildings, from cleaning and disinfecting a quarantined building, to the safety involved in handling chemicals.
New Cleaning Measures Could Cost US Hotel Industry $9 Billion a Year
New cleaning protocols related to Covid-19 could cost the US hotel industry up to $9 billion annually, according to a report, which states the need for enhanced cleaning of rooms and public spaces along with extra supply costs will incur on reopening.
Gojo Takes Significant Steps to Expand Capacity to Meet Demand
Gojo is running its facilities 24/7, to meet the exponential increases in demand for Purell sanitiser, soap, wipes and surface spray, as more and more businesses and institutions reopen with a sharp focus on cleanliness and hygiene.
Facilities Management will take Centre Stage Post-Pandemic
Facilities Managers will be “the first responders” in inspiring the confidence to return back to work safely, says a report from BDO’s Management and Acquisitions Facilities Management team. Key sectors that fall under the FM umbrella, such as cleaning, health and safety and general buildings maintenance will assist in reducing the risk of transmission. Read the full report, which identifies eight key trends that could transform FM over the next decade.
Robots to the Rescue
There is a rise in the use of autonomous cleaning equipment including floor-scrubbing robots, sanitising robots, and vacuum sweepers. Makers of autonomous cleaning equipment are seeing an uptick in demand as cleaning frequencies of public buildings has increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Best Practices on Deep Cleaning and Disinfecting during a Facility Closure
CleanLink have shared some tips and best practices on deep cleaning and disinfecting a facility during a facility closure. Their tips include information on how to minimise cross contamination, through using different disinfectants on different touch points.
Hand Dryers Unlikely to Spread Covid-19 According to New Report
Following research into Covid-19 transmission, independent microbiologist, Dr. David L Webber, has confirmed that the use of hand dryers in the washroom does not contribute to the spread of coronavirus. The report seeks to confirm how the virus is transmitted in the washroom environment, and whether warm air hand dryers are safe to use during the pandemic.
Global Hand Sanitizer Market set to Grow
The global hand sanitizer market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 15% from 2020 -2025. Consumers prefer hand sanitizers as they are more convenient and handier to use when compared to soap and hand wash. With the increase in global pandemics, hand sanitizer is on the rise.
UV Tunnels and Sanitising Mats Introduced at Delhi Airport
Delhi Airport have implemented UV tunnels and sanitising mats to enhance passenger safety. A state-of-the-art UV unit has been developed that will disinfect all luggage trolleys, security trays and baggage using disinfectant.
Robotics vs Covid-19
A brigade of robots are being deployed for surface disinfection. UV light is proved to disinfect surfaces from viruses and bacteria, including the Coronavirus. Robots including UVD, are now being used not just by hospitals and nursing homes but across a wide spectrum of public facilities, to help combat Covid-19.
TRSA Launches Middle East Chapter
TR SA will launch their Middle East chapter with Dubai based member Rent A Towel. The chapter’s initial activities will include certifying laundries Hygienically Clean and establishing professional-development programs for managers and supervisors, which are customised to the region’s local market, practices and conditions.
Laundry Equipment Setup for Worker Longevity
American Laundry News communicated with industry experts to provide their expertise on laundry equipment layout and ergonomics for employee health. Read on to learn more about how the health and safety of laundry workers can be improved through new laundry layouts and overlooked areas.
Adjusting to the New Normal
Laundry and Cleaning News discuss adjusting to the new normal. Hotels and hospitals have recently introduced on-premise laundries as an effective alternative to the cost of outsourcing. Learn how manufacturers of energy-efficient tumble dryers are responding to the sudden changes in the market.
ABS Launches ‘Missing Link’ Laundry App for Total Accountability
ABS Laundry Business Solutions have created an app which now completes the evolution of seamless laundry logistics management. The app, ABS Truck Load Assistant, is used by dispatch staff who will load the truck in the correct sequence ready for the driver to leave, showing the required containers to load according to the driver's route.
Ecolab Launches Multilevel Laundry Protection as Laundries Reopen
Ecolab have developed PROTEX360°, a programme which helps commercial laundries and textile rental companies to re-open operations safely and achieve 360° protection. Their five-pronged approach helps ensure the successful protection of textiles and safe, efficient re-opening and management of the laundry.
How Risky is it to use an External Laundry During Covid-19?
Experts say that while the actual process of washing with powerful industrial grade detergents at a high temperature inactivates the virus, the real threat is the manner in which the clothes are handled and the number of hands it passes through before being packaged. A hotel and hospital discuss their laundry process, including segregation, to eliminate transmission.
UAE Laundry Company CEO sees Positives for Industry from Covid-19 Crisis
5asec CEO Andre Mota believes the laundry and dry cleaning industry will become more digital, regulated, efficient and sustainable; a positive for the industry as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Protecting Healthcare Patients and Residents with Clean Linen
In every healthcare environment, it’s crucial to offer clean linens. Perfecting on-premise and industrial laundry programs helps ensure that these linens emerge from the wash process sanitized. Curbing the spread of pathogens is of the utmost importance, both during an outbreak and on any given day. A sound laundry program, whether on-premise or managed off-site by an industrial launderer, can reduce pathogens to safe levels.