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A California law that requires the state’s janitorial contractors to train its staff about sexual harassment and abuse has been updated to define how the process will work.
The initial law, Assembly Bill 1978, recognized the threats faced by many women cleaning offices alone at night and increased protections by initiating a statewide program to formally address the issue. It became law Jan. 1, 2019, after it was signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016.
Last month, Gov. Gavin Newson signed AB 547, a bill that sets up training standards in the state’s Labor Code. Unlike most sexual harassment training in California, which is typically provided by attorneys, in-house human resources officials or outside consultants, janitors will learn about their rights from people who have endured similar experiences.
More at source: THE OCR
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Members of Cincinnati's SEIU Local 1 clean buildings for a number of large local corporations, county agencies and the public library.
They say they don't make enough to make ends meet and are pushing for a better contract that pays a living wage.
More at source: City Beat
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A study has found that, between 2009 and 2015, exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants was associated with a 25-38% increased risk of developing COPD in nurses – independent of asthma and smoking.
The authors of the research, published in Journal of the American Medical Association, used data from an ongoing study of 116,429 registered nurses in the US dating back to 1989.
The researchers, based in France and the US, focused on the nurses who were still practising but had no reported respiratory issues in 2009, providing a total of 73,262 participants.
The cleaning products that posed a threat include glutaraldehyde, bleach, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol.
Lead study author Dr Orianne Dumas, from University de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, said: “We found that exposure to several chemicals were associated with increased risk of developing COPD among nurses.
Nurses are not full time cleaners, imagine the effects of chemicals on someone cleaning full time. -Matt
More at source: Nursing Times
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The judges ruled that United Services’ concern on the appeal of whether it should have been granted the two-year contract in 2016 for $1.8 million a year has already been settled without the current court’s ruling as United Services has performed contract services for more than two years after it sued in the court's Law Division.
The ruling states it performed the services for more money than it would’ve gotten if it was selected for the 2016 bid.
More at source: Legal News Line
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An American Airlines flight from London has been diverted due to a "spillage of cleaning fluid," according to a tweet Monday.
Airport Webcams tweeted that American Flight 729, which was intended for Philadelphia, was diverted to Dublin after a pilot advised about a "spillage of cleaning fluid."
Two members of the crew were temporarily unconscious and several passengers are experiencing burning eyes and itchy skin, according to the social media post.
The pilot said he was told the substance was not toxic and that it was a cleaning product used while the aircraft was at London's Heathrow Airport, according to air traffic control audio.
According to the audio, the pilot said the aircraft interior cleaner -- that includes derivatives of ammonium chloride -- is made by Callington and was left behind in one of the lavatories on the plane. After the spill, the fluid continued to seep into the carpeting the pilot said, according to the audio.
If using green cleaning solutions this would not have happened.-MC
Source: Fox Business
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Miriam Alba is tired of being tired. An immigrant from Nicaragua, she wears her exhaustion like a uniform, juggling multiple jobs to keep a roof over her head and help put her granddaughter through college. For years, Alba's working days have been filled with cooking and cleaning homes, leaving little time for sleep. The few snatches of shut-eye she did get, about three or four hours at most, came after a night shift of janitorial work at CIC Miami, a large co-working space in eastern Allapattah, right next to the interstate.
Alba had always handled her janitorial work at CIC with pride, if unhappily at times: The pay, $8.46 an hour, was poor, and part-time workers like her didn't receive any benefits.
More at source: Miami Times
The smell of bleach has long been associated with a clean home, especially during cold and flu season.
But a group of researchers learned that when bleach fumes mix with a citrus compound found in many household cleaners, it can create potentially harmful airborne particles — for you and your pets.
More at source: Healthline
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