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Advancing women in the cleaning industry
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More work needs to be done to propel women into executive roles within the cleaning business and retain their talents. While not all companies in the industry face a lack of gender diversity at the top, many still do. In Canada alone, women represent 47.5 per cent of the Canadian workforce, but hold only 26.6 per cent of senior management positions, according to Statistics Canada. While this data was gathered from overall labour force participation, it does include the cleaning and maintenance field. To address such issues, one industry organization is creating mentoring, networking and training pathways to help companies become more gender diverse. 
IFMA study finds global FM market worth &1.12 trillion annually
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Global FM have announced a new study that estimates the annual worth of the global facility management (FM) market to sit at US$1.12 trillion.  
Leaders vow action on antimicrobial resistance 
World leaders pledged a stronger commitment to curb the spread of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections, during the high-level meeting on AMR at the 71st UN General Assembly, which took place on September 21, 2016. 
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Mould and Your Property
Mould is a common problem, particularly in buildings with damp basements or after a flood. Though mould exists everywhere, amplified mould growth can cause severe health problems in occupants and lead to costly damage—or worse, litigation. Mould remediation requires not only actual cleanup, but building and water source investigation and repair in order to prevent further growth in the future. 
 
Ontario care facilities get maintenance funding boost
Fifty nine community health organizations across Ontario will receive $4.1 million in maintenance funding to repair and upgrade 70 care facilities, so patients can continue to receive high-quality care. 
Cintas reveals Canada's Best Restroom finalists
There are five finalists in the Canada’s Best Restroom contest, sponsored by Cintas Corporation. Criteria was based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. 

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The dirt on biofilm: Q&A 
Biofilm—slimy clumps of bacteria that settle onto surfaces—has been a growing concern in Canadian facilities because it can be a threat to occupants. In fact, it’s considered a leading cause of hospital acquired infections (HAI), can grow on any type of surface and is difficult to stop. 
Ecotex and Fengate complete purchase of Booth laundry facility
Ecotex Service Corporation (Ecotex) and Fengate Capital Management (Fengate) have completed the purchase of Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services (Booth), the largest single-site healthcare laundry facility in North America. 
Escalators present an often overlooked hazard 
An aging population, footwear trends and basic human nature underlie safety concerns for escalator passengers and create liability risks for building owners and managers who are responsible for maintaining potentially dangerous machinery in typically high-traffic areas. 
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Workloading to lower cleaning costs 
How facility managers can assess whether they're spending too much on sanitation.
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