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The European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) has published its latest survey - 2006 - of the cleaning industry. It covers all European countries and gives latest data on industry size, market penetration, employment details and industry trends. The survey also compares performance country by country.

CSSA members will find the report available in the "Members Section" of the website under "Industry News".

For further information contact: EFCI at: 

Health and Safety

 Ladder Exchange 2008

The Health and Safety Executive has announced that it is to launch a new Ladder Exchange campaign, starting in September 2008.

 Get Ready for Tax Code Changes

H.M. Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to employers advising them on how they can prepare for the tax code changes which will be required for many individuals following the Chancellor’s announcement in May.

 Boiler Room Scams

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) Registrars Group are once again urging UK-listed companies to warn their shareholders of the dangers of “boiler room scams”, and have updated a free leaflet which can be sent to shareholders.

 Draft NMW Regulations

The draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2008 were laid before Parliament recently for approval.

 Named and Shamed

The Home Office UK Border Agency has begun listing on its website details of civil penalties issued to employers for employing illegal migrant workers. These details are listed by region and will be updated monthly.

 H&S Offences Bill

The Health and Safety (Offences) Bill cleared the House of Commons last month.

 RIDDOR Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a new edition of its “Guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995”, bringing the guidance up to date with changes in reporting arrangements and the need to use the Incident Contact Centre (tel: 0845 300 9923).

 Advisory Fuel Rates

HMRC have published new advisory fuel rates which will apply to all journeys on or after 1st July 2008.

 Director Leadership Podcast

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a podcast service offering free audio nws and updates.

 Mental Health Guides

The TUC has published new guidance on supporting employees with mental health conditions.

 Olympic business opportunities

Olympic contracts

 Insurance Brief 2008

Key insurance issues for the cleaning and support services industry

 Workplace Guidance on Pandemic Flu

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published updated guidance for employers and employees on what to do in the event of a flu pandemic being declared within the UK.

 HSE aims to stop shattering falls

The HSE has launched a campaign to raise awareness about slip, trip and fall risks.

 Elf "n" safety

A new calendar based on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Myth of the Month cartoon, aims to drive home serious messages in a light-hearted way.

 Big Slips and Trips Campaign Coming Up

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it will be launching the Shattered Lives campaign on 25th February 2008, focusing on slips, trips and falls.

 Guidance

The HSE has published "Workplace, health, safety and welfare: A short guide for managers".

 Company Cars

The HMRC advisory fuel rates for company cars have been revised.

 Strain Injuries Campaign

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is urging safety representatives and employers to prepare for International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Day, which takes place every year on the last day of February.

 Safety Scams

Croner are warning businesses to be on the alert for companies selling needless safety materials.

 Building Cleanability Awards

Nominations invited for the 2007/2008 awards.

 Age Discrimination

ACAS recently launched a new free e-learning course to help employers ensure they have a fair workplace free from age discrimination.

 Employment Workshops

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (DIPD) will be running a nationwide series of practical employment law workshops later this year.

 HSE Serves up SME Samples

The HSE has launched three new example risk assessments for small and medium-sized businesses as part of its contribution to the government's Better Regulations agenda.

 Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2042) came into force on 17th July 2007.

 Vibration Limits Take Effect

Manufacturers' organisation EEF has reminded employers that reduced limits on exposure to vibration came into force on 6th July.

 Holiday Entitlement

The Government has published its response to the recent consultation on draft regulations and proposals to increase the statutory holiday entitlement to 5.6 weeks (pro rata for part-time staff), subject to a maximum of 28 days.

 ACAS Guides

ACAS has updated its rights at work guidance.

 Smoke-free Regulations

Research from the Department of Health has shown that although 75% of businesses are aware of the package of smoke-free regulations which are due to come into force this Sunday, many of them are unsure about the details.

 17th Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors

The 17th Congress will be held in Buenos Aires on 26th-29th October 2008

 Ladder Amnesty

The HSE has launched a two-month ladder exchange programme.

 Security Information Notice from Home Office

Staff should be aware that special "Yale" type master keys designed to fit any "Yale" type lock (which will include padlocks), can now be found and purchased on the internet.

 Discrimination - Religion & Belief

ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) has launched a new online course for employers to help them avoid discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of religion or belief.

 NMW Increase

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission's recommendations on minimum pay.

 Reducing Slips & Trip Accidents Caused by Floor Cleaning

Free half-day seminars - Cleaning is a key factor in controlling slips and trips. It affects the surface properties of the floor, the safety of pedestrians (and cleaners themselves) and the control of contamination and obstacles.

 Company Cars

The HMRC advisory fuel rates for company cars have been revised.

 The central London Congestion Charging zone

The central London Congestion Charge zone is extending to the west on 19th February 2007.

 Bird flu: how real is the risk to your business?

Employers are likely to be reviewing their business continuity plans this week following confirmation on Saturday (3rd February) that the strain of bird flu identified at a turkey farm in Suffolk is the Asian strain of the H5N1 virus, thought to have caused 164 human fatalities since first identified in 2003.

 Tribunal Award Limits Increase

Compensation awards for unfair dismissal and redundancy payments increased from 1st February 2007

 Three Points of Contact for Ladders

The Health and Safety Executive has published a clarification note on the issue of the "three points of contact" to be maintained when using ladders and stepladders.

 Criminal Record Checks

The issue of criminal record checks is set to feature prominently in the news this week as contraversy continues over the recent criminal records blunder.

 Annual Leave Extension Proposals

Jim Fitzpatrick, Employment Minister, announced on 11th January 2007 that the Government's proposals to increase workers' holiday entitlement from 20 days per year to 28.

 Absence Management Online Toolkit

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), working with the Health and Safety Executive and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, have launched a free online toolkit to help managers identify and tackle absence management issues.

 Employing Migrant Workers

If you employ illegal migrant workers you're as illegal as they are.

 Fire Safety

Businesses have only this week to ensrue that they understand the implications of new fire safety legislation before it brings wide-reaching new responsibilities to all employers and premises managers.

 Countdown to New Age Discrimination Laws

Millions of UK workers are unaware of new age discrimination laws which come into force on 1st October, and many of those who are aware do not believe the new laws will be effective.

 Ladders Translated

The HSE is offering translations of its leaflet on ladder safety to download free.

 Directors - Employing Illegal Immigrants

New plans are being considered by the Home Office which could lead to company directors being struck off.

 TUPE Guidance

Guidance setting out the Secretary of State's view...

 Fire Safety Reform Guides

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published half of the new fire safety guides.

 Hot Stuff

The HSE advises workers to avoid unnecessary sun exposure by wearing long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats.

 Illegal Workers

The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 received Royal Assent on 30th March 2006.

 Disability Discrimination

A revised Code of Practice on the meaning of disability came into force on 1st May 2006.

 Fuel Scale Charge

The Value Added Tax (Consideration for Fuel Provided for Private Use) Order 2006.

 Minimum Wage Calculator

The TUC has launched an online minimum wage calculator to make it more difficult for employers to break the law and pay their staff below minimum wages.

 New Disaster Planning Pocket Book

Disaster Planning is a new 60-page book.

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