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When you lather up your locks in the shower, or blast the mucky kitchen bench with antibacterial spray, the chemicals in those common household products eventually make their way down the drain and into the environment.
Pretty much everything washed down household drains in Australia goes to a wastewater treatment plant where most particles and chemicals are removed or diluted, and then the water is discharged into our waterways.
However, these days the treatment processes are insufficient to deal with the influx of chemical cocktails, especially the chemicals that last for a very long time, according to chemical engineer Peter Scales from the University of Melbourne.
Some of the chemicals in everyday products that can hurt the environment include plasticisers, surfactants, antibacterial agents, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, phosphates and fragrances.
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Beyond price and service, should companies care about the janitorial service they hire? With provisions of the California Property Service Workers Protection Act taking effect on July 1, 2018, and the Labor Commissioner recently fining Cheesecake Factory and its janitorial service $4.5 million for wage theft, it’s time to revisit how janitorial services are hired.
A provision of the Property Service Workers Protection Act that took effect on July 1, 2018, requires companies providing janitorial services to annually register with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Registration requires that the janitorial service meet certain conditions. Janitorial services that fail to register are subject to stiff civil fines. But it gets worse.
Under California Labor Code section 1432(b), any person or entity that contracts with a janitorial employer lacking a current and valid registration can be fined between $2,000 and $10,000 for the first violation, and between $10,000 and $25,000 for a subsequent violation.
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Unionized janitors say they have ratified a new four-year contract with janitorial service companies that would increase their minimum wage to $15 in three years, averting a strike.
About 40 Service Employees International Union Local 1 members gathered at Spirit Plaza in downtown Detroit on Tuesday to announce the results of contract negotiations that began June 20. The new contract calls to raise the base wage for about 1,700 current employees from less than $10 an hour to $15 in the third year.
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Janitors who clean some of Detroit's most prominent buildings announced Monday night that they are prepared to strike if they don't get a new contract by next week.
The more than 1,700 members of Service Employees International Union Local 1 are seeking a $15-an-hour wage and a three-year contract.
Speaking at a rally outside One Campus Martius, Pamela Moore, a union executive board member, said the janitors are simply asking to be fairly compensated for their hard work and the crucial role they have played in the downtown's revitalization.
More at source: Detroit Free Press
The patient was taken to Norwood Hospital and released after being evaluated.
Foxboro firefighters also responded and conducted an analysis of the home on Eagle Drive. They smelled a strong chlorine odor coming from the open basement hatchway, Bushnell said in a press release.
Firefighters, in full protective gear and breathing apparatus, were able to determine the cleaning solution had mixed with a spilled water treatment chemical, which affected the person who was cleaning, Bushnell said.
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A hazmat suit and respirator is what Jared Herbert typically wears to work. If passersby ask what he is working on, he tells them he’s just cleaning a house. Or taking care of a residential chemical contamination.
He never gives the real reason why his cleaning crew travels in unmarked vans to rip out carpet, scrub air ducts or load furniture into a dumpster.
“We keep it as discreet as we can,” he explained. “You want to know that someone has meth in your neighborhood, but you also don’t want to know, you know?”
Herbert works as a foreman for Meth Mob, a local Provo decontamination company focused on cleaning “meth houses.” He travels across the state to clean all kinds of houses who report having high measures of meth contamination. His crew and asbestos-cleaning crews wear the same garb.
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Beginning July 1, all janitorial service providers and contractors are required to register with the state of California on an annual basis. Failure to do so will result in fines, the state’s labor commissioner’s office said.
The Property Service Workers Protection Act stipulates that every provider of janitorial services with at least one employee and one janitor must register. The law was signed by Gov. Brown in 2016 and went into effect yesterday.
The development stems from an investigation of alleged wage theft at several Cheesecake Factory locations in Southern California by the labor commissioner’s office. Last month, the state found the company liable for $4.57 million in wage theft.
According to the new law, all janitorial providers must keep detailed records for three years that include the names and addresses of all employees, the hours worked daily by each employee and wage and hourly rate.
Businesses can register online or via mail, there is a $500 nonrefundable fee. Registration will be valid for a year after which companies are required to renew for a fee of $500, according to the Labor Commission website.
Failure to register will result in $100 fine a day, up to $10,000. Companies that hire unregistered janitorial contractors will be cited fines of $2,000 to $10,000.
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Steven Mote Jr., President of American Osment, said, “Over the past 46 years, we have aimed to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our ability to do so will improve going forward under this new partnership. On behalf of the American Osment team, I look forward to growing our customer relationships under the leadership of Bob, Jason, and the Imperial Dade organization.”
“This acquisition further strengthens Imperial Dade’s position as a leading provider of foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies throughout the Southeast. We will continue to pursue strategic acquisitions and growth opportunities as we strive to become the preeminent national distribution company for foodservice packaging and janitorial supplies,” said Jason Tillis.
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