Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 29th September 2016 Issue no. 741

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PCMC welcomes Stefano Spinelli to North American-based operations

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), a leading supplier of high-performance converting machinery for the global tissue, nonwovens, package printing and envelope manufacturing industries, has announced that Stefano Spinelli has joined the company's North American-based operations from PCMC Italia, its operations in Lucca, Italy.

Artificial enzymes used in cleaning products are 'potent allergens' and need testing, warns study

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Genetically modified enzymes used to create aromas/ flavourings and boost the power of cleaning products and medicines, are "potent allergens" that immediately sensitise those occupationally exposed to them, concludes research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. But as yet there are no commercially available diagnostic tests to monitor the potential health risk posed by these new enzymes, say the researchers.

FSA chief scientific adviser outlines the challenges of antimicrobial resistance

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Professor Guy Poppy, the Food Standards Agency's chief scientific adviser, published the latest edition of his Science Report yesterday. It examines the science behind antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, and presents the latest findings around the role that food plays in the problem.

MEPs urge action against social dumping

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EU member states should coordinate better to stop firms from illegally cutting costs at the expense of workers' rights, say MEPs.

ODVF spells clean food service floors

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Floorcare in food service establishments can be very difficult. Food service floors are often blanketed with high volumes of grease, oil, and food debris. Few cleaning systems are designed specifically for cleaning food service floors...until now.

The award winning OmniFlex Dispense-and-Vac cleaning system for Food Service Environments (ODVF) is designed specifically for cleaning greasy food service floors thoroughly and quickly.

Sustainable Dashboard tool adds Energy Star integration

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The Sustainability Dashboard, a tool that measures and monitors six key performance indicators - energy, water, waste, transportation, products such as cleaning products, and human resources, to help users monitor and report efficiency improvements, now adds a new programme, 'Energy Star Integration Assistance' so that the data from the Sustainability Dashboard can be easily transferred into Energy Star's Portfolio Manager.

Delta-Q Technologies introduces Lithium Charger Development Kit

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Delta-Q Technologies, The Canadia-based battery charging solutions provider for electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment worldwide, this week announced the debut of its lithium integration kit to battery companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and battery management system manufacturers at The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan.

Britain seeks increased collaboration with Singapore to save lives at work

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Tomorrow, Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, will begin his tour of the Far East, starting in Singapore. He will meet business leaders, and health & safety professionals from the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, the British Chamber of Commerce and the Workplace Safety & Health Council.

Kenya Ferry Services launches biannual cleaning exercise

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Residents of Likoni, Mombassa were urged to be conscious of their environment and be 'the champions of their surroundings' during the launch of a biannual clean-up exercise at the ferry offices, which entails cleaning the entire areas accessed by ferry commuters on both the island itself and the mainland.

Arrow's Chinese investment pays off with new contract wins

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Investment in a new Chinese operation is already paying dividends for a Leicestershire manufacturer of cleaning and maintenance products. Arrow Solutions, which is based at a factory in Moira, has marked the first three months of trading in Shanghai with news that it has secured a string of new contracts to supply Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Beijing Metro.

Are the robots coming?

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In this article, Peter Forshaw, of recruitment specialist Maxwell Stephens, discusses the effect robots may have on the facilities management industry, highlighting how they have had a positive impact in one hospital by and reducing cross infection, saving time and enabling those they have replaced to carry out more interesting work.

Tru-D SmartUVC germ-killing robot added to hospital's infection prevention protocols

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Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, recently added Tru-D SmartUVC, a germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot, to its already robust checklist of disinfection routines aimed at ensuring patients have the highest quality, safest care possible.

Floor pad that's 'a gift to the environment'

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Impact Earth has introduced a new floor pad system manufactured from plant-based pellets.

"This is the way nature would make floor pads: from primary feedstock or sugar, using no oil, and no genetically modified materials," says the manufacturer. "The manufacturing process releases 60% less greenhouse gases than comparable 'green' pads.

New agreement will validate and commercialise infection control technology in China

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Healthcare resource integrator Shanghai Newsummit Biopharma and infection control technology company HandInScan, have signed an agreement to introduce HandInScan technology in China through validation with leading hospitals and key opinion leaders.

ISS Netherlands 'refreshing the parts other contractors cannot reach'

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Heineken, one of the largest beer breweries in the world, has selected ISS Facility Services in the Netherlands as its integrated facility services provider for four key locations (three breweries and one soda production site) as well as nine distribution centres.

ACI issues statement on FDA's antibacterial soaps ruling

The American Cleaning Institute released the following statement in response to a final rule issued by the US Food and Drug Administration concerning consumer antibacterial soaps and washes:

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Oh dear. I can imagine the sorts of conversations going on this morning… We’ve become used to seeing this type of thing jokingly scrawled on tradespeople’s vans over the years, but a hospital waiting room floor?

In case you missed the news, a woman who’d taken her son to hospital was so horrified with the filthy waiting room floor that she used baby wipes to show her disgust, at the same time drawing attention to just how dirty the floor had been allowed to become. And now the world knows all about it!

* leader-pic-dirty-floor.jpgI’ve sometimes looked at the incredibly shiny floors in hospitals and wondered just how clean they really are under the shine, since while they can appear to be grubby, you can never quite be sure whether it’s grime or the colour of the flooring itself.

One way to find out is to have your son vomit and then attempt to clean it up with baby wipes – as this woman did. It was only as she was cleaning that she noticed the clean trail the wipes were leaving across the filthy floor.

Someone at the scene at the time, who works at the hospital, is reported as saying that the floor is cleaned every day. That it may be, but just how is it being cleaned and what is being used to do the job? I’d hazard a guess that it’s not being done by a qualified cleaner!

And where’s the person who’s supposed to check these things? What about those who use the area each day? Hadn’t they noticed how dirty everything was?

We’re all responsible by law for the safety of our workplaces and what surprises me is that no-one working at the hospital (and particularly, someone responsible for the facility) will have noticed that there was an issue with this particular floor and either done something about it or pointed it out to the powers that be?

Apparently, someone at Tameside General Hospital, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, is now reviewing cleaning schedule…

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This Week's News

Artificially-intelligent cleaning system could save food manufacturers £100m a year

The University of Nottingham is developing an artificially-intelligent sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely, which could save £100m a year for the UK industry alone. This revolutionary AI-driven monitoring system could lead to greater production capacity and therefore cheaper food prices for consumers.

Food and drink production is the largest manufacturing sector in Britain and the highest industrial user of water at approximately 430 million litres a day. As current technologies cannot accurately determine exactly how dirty food and drink processing equipment is inside, cleaning can last up to five hours a day - to minimise food safety risks.

The Netherlands announces $50 million contribution to UN-based WSSCC for global sanitation coverage

* wscc.jpgThe Government of the Netherlands announced on Monday a renewed investment of $50 million for the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

The funding will enable WSSCC, the only part of the United Nations devoted solely to the sanitation and hygiene needs of the most vulnerable people around the world, to empower five million additional people to access improved sanitation by 2020.

Nottingham hospitals' cleaning contractor slated for poor cleanliness

The contractor responsible for cleaning Nottingham's hospitals should be sacked for its "abysmal" management, Healthwatch Nottinghamshire has told the BBC. Healthwatch raised concerns over an alleged rat sighting, dirty plates and overflowing bins at the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital. It said Carillion, which provides the cleaning services, has shown a "poor record of cleanliness".

Martin Gawith, who chairs Healthwatch Nottinghamshire, said: "Carillion has shown that management has been abysmal with a poor record of cleanliness. They should hand the contract back."

Pitfalls of transferring a family business to offspring

* Ron-Segura.jpgAlthough some family-run businesses started by one generation continue to thrive when transferred to the next generation, this is rarely the case. In 1987, John Ward conducted one of the most in-depth studies on how well family businesses do once parents pass them on to the next generation. His study revealed:

* About a third of family businesses survive when transferred to the second generation.
* Just 13% of family businesses are still in operation by the third generation.
* By the fourth generation, only 3% are still in existence.

Clorox Healthcare introduces 'next generation' of bleach

* Clorox.jpgBleach has played an important role in public health for more than a century. This week, at the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Exchange 2016 annual conference, Clorox Healthcare announced its break-through innovation in healthcare disinfection with the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Fuzion Cleaner Disinfectant.

Clorox says that Fuzion is the next generation of bleach and the first product of its kind to combine trusted bleach efficacy against tough-to-kill pathogens with the aesthetics required for broad use throughout healthcare facilities.

Escalator cleanliness goes up as cleaning costs go down

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Despite being the most heavily used, expensive and potentially dangerous piece of flooring in many buildings, escalators and travelators tend to be cleaned less often and less effectively than the floors around them.

Charity bins help keep streets clean and raise money for good causes

* CHARITY-BINS.jpgTidy Britain Group's new initiative, supported by The Wrigley Company, has seen a massive 30% reduction in the amount of rubbish on our streets. #BinItForGood encourages people to do the right thing and put their rubbish in the bin while at the same time making money for local charities. The more rubbish that goes in the bin and the less litter that is thrown on the ground, the more money is given to good causes.

A pilot carried out successfully in five locations across England saw an average reduction of 30% but, in Prudhoe town centre in Northumberland, the reduction in litter was 52%.

Quantum Care models training for cleaners programme

* Prochem-Quantam-Care.jpgWhile training for care home personnel is increasingly broad-based, its focus is on establishing and maintaining best practice in patient care terms. National care home provider Quantum Care has been tackling the training of its cleaning personnel in a new initiative with solutions and technology specialist, Prochem Europe.

As part of the Health & Social Care Act 2008, Care Quality Commission registration requires care home providers to comply with essential standards of quality and safety that includes risk of exposure to infections.

Grosvenor Services hosts European conference in Dublin, sharing FM best practice

* ECS-conference.jpgGrosvenor Services hosted an event in Dublin recently where European facilities management companies exchanged ideas and shared best practice. Grosvenor Services is part of European Customer Synergy, a network of FM partners that supports pan-European FM contracts - all of whom belong to the top five suppliers in their national markets, representing major FM and support service companies.

Sky's the limit for Aerial FM

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Drones help Grant Currie, (pictured) managing director of Aerial FM, and his colleagues to quickly and efficiently carry out building assessments and surveys or obtain stunning images that can be used in marketing a property for sale or lease.

ISS wins new integrated facility services contract with John Crane in North America

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Under the terms of the contract, which runs for five years and is now operational, ISS delivers maintenance, food services, reception, security, pest control, grounds and cleaning services. Initially, the agreement between ISS and John Crane covers two important locations in Morton Grove and Crystal Lake, Illinois, but the agreement has the potential to expand to additional sites.

Mitie launches new gutter cleaning service using Space Vac's 15m high super-vacuum

* mitiespacevac.jpgMitie has announced the launch of a new gutter cleaning service. The new technology, courtesy of Space Vac, uses an extendable wi-fi gutter camera and vacuum unit that extends to 15m in length, helping pest control technicians spy on bird pests and then remove any nest debris they leave behind that blocks roof gutters. The extendable pole can reach into box gutters by three feet, aided by an assortment of nozzles to easily access awkward spaces.

A loss of income, or a boost for local businesses?

* Closed-toilet.jpgThere's an interesting piece in the latest issue of Public Toilets UK, which raises a good question. Gill Kemp, the publication's editor, writes:

"There appears to have been some heated discussion in North East Lincolnshire Council on not ensuring that tourists to Cleethorpes pay for parking and toilets [Grimsby Telegraph 1/9]. Apparently because of vandalism the toilet barriers have not been in operation, making the toilets temporarily free for use - and the parking machines have also been malfunctioning, leading to lost revenue.

Risk assessment of pushing and pulling (RAPP) tool available from HSE

* HSE-Risk-tool.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has produced a new tool aimed at those responsible for health & safety in workplaces - employers, managers and safety representatives.

This tool will help you identify high-risk pushing and pulling operations and check the effectiveness of any risk-reduction measures.

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Recent UK News

CHSA Golf Day raises record breaking £6,500 for charity

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One of the highlights of the cleaning industry calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day, which took place last week at Oulton Hall, Yorkshire, raised a record breaking £6,500 for the Chairman's charity, Helping Treat Cancer Together.

Open Day next week celebrates major investment in cleaning business

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Hugh Crane (Cleaning Equipment) is holding an Open Day at its newly refurbished site in Whittlesey, Peterborough, on 30th September. This major investment shows the business strategically placed to meet the ever-increasing demands from customers along the A1 corridor.

All Care set for expansion into the UK

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All Care, which is based in Veenendaal, The Netherlands, has announced plans to widen its business scope into the UK. Currently, the company offers a wide range of washroom dispensers and related products to Benelux and more generally across Europe. Now, for the first time, its full range of European manufactured products will be offered to leading wholesalers and distributors in the UK and Ireland.

Incentive QAS expands retail portfolio with £1m shopping centre contract

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Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning business, has been awarded a £1m, three-year contract by property management company, Workman Group, to provide cleaning services at the Pentagon shopping centre in Chatham, Kent.

Mitie helps Scottish Government achieve unique carbon status

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Mitie, which has been providing facilities management services to the Scottish Government since 2012, has helped it retain its unique status as the only government in the world to hold the Carbon Trust Triple Standard. This follows the successful recertification of the three awards which were first gained in 2014.

BICSc announces Annual Awards 2016 Educational Programme: A day of cleaning insights and inspiration

The 15th September 2016 marks the date of the BICSc Annual Awards, celebrating excellence in training and assessment within the cleaning industry. As a special addition to this year's annual awards, The British Institute of Cleaning Science will be hosting an exclusive cleaning industry educational programme and exhibition.

New UK head office for Kärcher

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This Autumn the global cleaning giant will have a new home in the UK - and it's streets ahead of the old facility, if not streets apart. Kärcher UK's brand new, purpose-built UK headquarters opened for business at Banbury's Brookhill Way on Tuesday.

How do you create a healthy workplace?

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Speakers at the British Safety Council's Annual Conference 2016 will share insights and experience of managing health in a changing world and one of the sessions that is particularly pertinent to the cleaning industry, is:

BPI Recycled Products urges buyers to check refuse sack standards

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BPI Recycled Products is urging buyers to look for Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association certified refuse sacks to make sure they always benefit from products that conform to the highest industry standards.

Mitie partners with eight clients for Recycle Week

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In partnership with eight key clients, Mitie is taking part in WRAP's (Waste & Resources Action Programme) Recycle Week. The week is designed to improve general awareness of recycling and this year's theme - 'The Unusual Suspects' - encourages people to be more diligent when it comes to the disposal of everything from drink cartons, coffee cups and lids to plastic drink bottles and food containers.

NIC awarded circa £50m contract with Morrisons

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NIC Services Group has been awarded a circa £50m contract with Yorkshire-based supermarket chain Morrisons. The contract will see NIC delivering cleaning services across the North of the England and Scotland.

How to cut budgets and improve hospital infection control

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The inadequate assessment of cleaning procedures within hospital environments is a huge source of ongoing-costs with lost opportunities to save money as well as improve infection control. The patient environment is known to be closely associated with infection risks and superbugs are now resistant to almost all antibiotics.

UK Bank holiday's biggest clean-up

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This year's Notting Hill Carnival - 11 times bigger than the Glastonbury festival - once again attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the streets of North Kensington. When Carnival stops a massive clean-up operation swings into play to have the streets clean by the next morning. This year over 320 tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared from the streets during the bank holiday weekend.

TCFM now part of the Colonel's secret recipe at KFC

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TC Facilities Management is now an added ingredient at over a quarter of KFC restaurants across the British Isles. The contract being delivered by a team from TC Specialist Services, part of TC Facilities Management, started on 8th August. It will provide window cleaning services to over 200 KFC restaurants, along with jet washing services to sites with Drive-Thrus.

Working at height specialism lands CAM an Olympic-sized challenge

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CAM Specialist Support's expertise in high level cleaning has secured it a contract to clean the Here East building in The Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, London. Previously part of the London Olympics site, the building was used as the media centre during the 2012 games. Current tenants include BT Sports studios, Loughborough University and a number of new start up and retail clients.

Events & Exhibitions

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit
26-27th October 2016


CleanExpo / Pulire
9-11th November 2016
Moscow, Russia

18th edition


ACI Cleaning Products US 2016
9-11th November 2016
Washington D.C

10th edition


Clean Middle East Pulire
13-15th November 2016


Loo of the Year Awards
2nd December 2016
St Johns Hotel
Solihull, UK


Saudi Clean Expo
15-17th January 2017
The only dedicated cleaning event in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia


Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2017


The London Cleaning Show
14-16th March 2017
After its inaugural success, The Cleaning Show opens its doors in London once more.

ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
18-20th October 2017

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