Many Cleaners Leave Jobs Due to Injury or Illness – CMM

One in four professional cleaners in Europe will leave the labor market before their retirement age due to injury and health issues according to statistics from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Cleaning Journal reports. In comparison, only one in 10 of people working in professional occupations does the same.
TUC figures also show that Black, Asian, and other minority workers are more likely to leave their jobs early due to sickness or illness than white workers due to structural inequalities affecting minority workers.
“All workers should be able to retire in dignity with a decent pension when the time is right,” said TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady. “But many older workers—particularly BAME [Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic] workers and those in working class professions—are obliged to stop earlier due to ill health. They must not be consigned to years of poverty and sickness.”
The TUC figures also revealed that twice as many older workers have left the labor market due to sickness compared to younger workers, with 97,000 people aged 50-65 leaving their profession during the pandemic.
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ISSA today announced that 80 companies around the world have achieved the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification. Created by the industry, for the industry, CIMS is the first consensus-based management standard that outlines the primary characteristics of a successful, quality cleaning organization. 
“Earning CIMS certification demonstrates that organizations are dedicated to a higher standard of cleanliness, which is essential given the biorisks that exist today,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “Using CIMS as a management framework allows cleaning organizations to maintain quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.”
Relevant for in-house operations and outsourced building service contractors of all sizes, CIMS leverages five core elements of management best practices and requires participants to meet 100% of the mandatory elements and 60% of the recommended elements, per section. An ISSA-accredited third-party assessor completes an on-site evaluation to validate that the cleaning operation follows documented systems and processes that support cleaning for health. 
Learn which new and renewing companies have earned CIMS Certification.
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Experts say continued testing is crucial for infection control
As workplaces drop their mask mandates, testing will be crucial to keep employees infected with COVID-19 from spreading it to fellow workers. Let your employees know free COVID-19 tests are still available from the U.S. federal government.
Almost half of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests the government made available to the public still have not been claimed, the Associated Press reports. One the first day of the test giveaway in January, the website where people order the test had more than 45 million orders. Now the website is receiving fewer than 100,000 orders a day.
Americans have placed 68 million orders for test packages, which leaves about 46% of the stock still available. The tests come in packages of four per household and are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.
Overall, COVID-19 testing has slowed to a fraction of what it was at the beginning of the year, CNN reports. In mid-January, as daily case counts reached their peak due to the Omicron variant, the U.S. processed about 2.5 million tests daily. Now, there are about 670,000 tests coming through each day, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“If infection control is still our priority, testing is central,” said Dr. Leanna Wen, a former Baltimore health commissioner and commentator on the pandemic.
Infection control specialists say tests are a crucial tool for people wondering whether their symptoms are due to COVID-19, the flu, or a cold. Having a test on hand will help them make decisions about whether to wear a mask or stay home from work.
The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 testing:
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