Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 22nd March 2018 Issue no. 814

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International News

Betco acquires GMI Engineered Products

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As a company with great strength in commercial floorcare since 1950, Betco Corporation has expanded its portfolio by acquiring the assets of GMI Engineered Products - including CRMX, 3-Step Concrete Polishing System (pictured in action), in January 2018.

Soapbox: Honouring new water technologies on World Water Day 22nd March, 2018

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"This year, for World Water Day, we must celebrate all the new technologies helping us use water more efficiently," writes Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co, one of the largest manufacturers of waterless urinals in the US...

Avidbots accelerates global growth by opening regional office in Hong Kong

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Avidbots has this week announced the opening of a regional sales and service office in Hong Kong. The office will support customers throughout the Asia Pacific Region who are embracing robotics to drive productivity gains, with a focus on direct sales in the Hong Kong and Macau markets as well as support for market entry into mainland China.

Teams with gender parity achieve better results across the board: Sodexo finds

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Food services and facilities management company Sodexo, has found that teams managed by a balanced mix of men and women are more successful across a range of measurements.

The five-year, one-of-a-kind study of 70 entities across different functions represents 50,000 managers worldwide.

Anti-fatigue mats promote employee wellbeing

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Using a standing desk over a conventional workstation with desk, chair and computer screen can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of employees, but standing on hard floors can cause problems all of their own. Ergonomic standing desk mats from Mats4U can help your team to burn more calories during the day while still being comfortable at work.

California's new workplace safety regs protect hotel housekeepers from injury

California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers. The new standard, which will be enforced by Cal/OSHA, was approved 9th March by the Office of Administrative Law and will become effective 1st July.

First-of-its-kind, self-cleaning pedestrian bridge swings into place

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This week, the main span of the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge was lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane thoroughfare, and lowered into its permanent position.

Stallkamp enforces the wastewater business with reliable stainless steel tanks

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In the past, Stallkamp has repeatedly implemented projects for sewage treatment plants and the wastewater industry.

The not so dirty dozen! Interclean Amsterdam reveals Innovation Awards 2018 shortlist

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The upcoming Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards have just become a little more exciting for the companies responsible for the 12 entries that have made it onto the newly revealed 2018 shortlist.

This year's awards event - the 12th in the series, has seen the number of categories grow from three to four, adapting to the ever-changing nature of innovation in the professional cleaning and hygiene industry.

Satin Ellipse - the new premium dispenser range from Kennedy Hygiene, is launched

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Kennedy Hygiene Products, manufacturer of Ellipse range of dispensers, is launching the new premium product line, Satin Ellipse, this month.

Graffiti Stop from Dresden makes successful use of Systeco Tornado ACS

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German service provider Graffiti Stop carries out all kinds of activities, including the cleaning of tiles and joints in public and private pools and bathrooms, the extensive cleaning of rental homes before they are handed over to new tenants, and rust removal.

Greyland's Orange-Maximum - one of your 6 a day fruity flavours for Premier cleanliness everywhere!

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Orange-Maximum is the latest product to join the new Greyland Premier Range of cleaning concentrates suitable for a wide range of janitorial and industrial applications.

Riwal a winner in European Business Awards

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Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental specialist, has won The National Customer and Market Engagement Award in the European Business Awards.

Interclean Amsterdam releases full schedule for upcoming show

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With its 2018 event just two months away, Interclean Amsterdam has unveiled the full schedule for the exhibition - including the widely-anticipated Healthcare Forum running alongside the show.

Xeros near-waterless commercial laundry system now available in South Africa

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Xeros, the innovator in sustainable cleaning technologies, yesterday announced that its near-waterless laundry system is now available in South Africa, which is suffering its worst drought in more than a century.

Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning wins 2018 Global Franchise Award

Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning has received top honours in the 2018 Global Franchise Award competition, winning the 'Best House & Office Franchise' category. The awards showcase excellence in international franchising. Winners were announced at the 2018 International Franchise Association convention in Phoenix., US.

Canadian healthcare providers are re-examining their cleaning strategies

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Aging demographics and a spike in chronic conditions amongst Canadians, combined with increased turnover of hospital rooms, has forced healthcare providers to rethink their strategies for protecting patients at their most critical moments.

UK Public Health Rapid Support Team deploys to Nigeria

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The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), a joint run effort of Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is deploying to Nigeria to help control an unusually severe epidemic of Lassa fever.

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In today’s news, below, you will see that the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has been placed on special measures due to what are considered serious lapses in hygiene and infection control measures, in parts of the service, over time. In researching the news, I came across reports of continued aggressive attacks on the ambulance staff by the very people they’re trying to help – both at the pick-up point and during transport to hospital, where patients physically abuse staff and sometimes attempt to damage lifesaving equipment. Crews have been threatened with fake firearms. Attacks continue at a rate of more than eight a week.

I also discovered that because of increased demand for ambulance services, the crews’ ability to reach the most serious calls within the eight-minute target is declining year on year, as our graph shows.* LEADER-IMAGE.jpg

The special measures put in place, require implementation of a framework to provide “robust assurance of best practice in hygiene, cleanliness and Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) across the organisation” and that documentation relating to auditing of environment, vehicles, reusable patient equipment and cleaning equipment is completed, submitted and reviewed by the Trust risk manager. Action plans must be developed and implemented to address sub-optimal performance.

Further, potential patient safety incidents must be identified. Incident forms must be completed and reported promptly when a potential risk is identified, e.g. if vehicle equipment and interior surfaces are not cleaned after each patient journey, at the end of every shift and ‘stepped down’ weekly for a complete clean. Finally, patient safety incidents relating to hygiene, cleanliness and IPC must be reported and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Trend analysis reports must be collated and action plans developed to address performance shortfalls.

I’m probably going to be slated for saying so, but if I or one of my loved ones was going through a health emergency and needed urgent help, I wouldn’t be happy to learn that our lives had been jeopardised because the crew was cleaning the ambulance. I know members of our local service and on occasion they have to leave one emergency they’ve been attending, in favour of another that’s deemed more urgent. While resources and funding are in short supply, I’m not surprised that standards are dropping. Sometimes we have to accept that cleaning needs to take second place. Also, attacks on crews need to be stopped somehow.

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This Week's News

BREAKING NEWS: Northern Ireland Ambulance Service on 'special measures' over hygiene lapses

* NI-ambulance.jpgThe Northern Ireland Ambulance Service is being placed on 'special measures' over hygiene lapses uncovered during unannounced inspections by the Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority. The lapses were of such concern to the RQIA that it recommended that the special measures be put in place and the Department of Health has accepted its recommendations.

In a press statement issued this week RQIA announced:

Latest HCAI quarterly trends reveal MRSA and C. diff down; MSSA up

* Latest-HCAI-quarterly-trends.jpgPublic Health England's latest quarterly epidemiological commentary on trends in reports of MRSA, MSSA and Gram-negative bacteraemia, and C. difficile infections, mandatorily reported by NHS acute Trusts in England up to October to December 2017, has been published.

MRSA and C. difficile are showing downward trends while MSSA incidences are increasing.

Global hand sanitiser market expected to reach $1,755 million by 2023

* Global-hand-sanitiser-market.jpgAccording to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, 'Hand sanitizer market by product, distribution channel, and end use: global opportunity analysis and industry forecast, 2017-2023,' the hand sanitiser market size was valued at $919 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $1,755 million by 2023, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9.9% from 2017 to 2023.

North America was the largest contributor in 2016, accounting for around 35% of the market share.

IICRC Seeks volunteers for creation of new fire and smoke damage restoration standards

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on consensus bodies for the development of three new fire and smoke damage restoration Standards:

BSR/IICRC S700 Standard for Professional Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration;
BSR/IICRC S710 Standard for the Development of a Scope of Work in a Fire & Smoke Damaged Environment;
and the BSR/IICRC S740 Standard for Professional Restoration of Fire & Smoke Damaged Personal Items.

SEBO; approved by The Carpet Foundation

* SEBO-carpet-approved.jpgSEBO, a leading name in quality domestic and commercial vacuum cleaners, is now a patron of The Carpet Foundation, the industry's leading trade body when it comes to consumer advice on all things carpet!

The Foundation comprises 450 retail members which all adhere to a Code of Practice which is approved by Trading Standards. These members offer impartial advice based upon the customers' requirements and are rightly seen as experts in specifying carpets, installation and aftercare products.

Cintas introduces top 10 finalists in fifth annual nationwide Janitor of the Year contest

* Cintas-top-janitor-finalists.jpgFrom super heroes to fairy godmothers, this year's top 10 finalists for Cintas Corporation's Janitor of the Year Contest are extraordinary individuals. In its fifth year, the Janitor of the Year Contest aims to draw attention to the everyday heroes that wear invisible capes and go above and beyond their job description to make schools a clean, healthy and fun learning environment.

Now through April 20th, the public is encouraged to vote for their favourite janitor or custodian.

Diversey showcases innovations for protecting people and the planet at Interclean

* Diversey-Interclean.jpgDiversey's leadership in protecting and caring for people every day by pioneering future focused cleaning and hygiene technologies will be vividly brought to life at this year's Interclean Amsterdam Show. Taking centre stage in the display will be Diversey's MoonBeam3 and IntelliLinen - both of which have both been shortlisted by the jury of the 12th Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards.

The MoonBeam3 - a game-changing solution for targeted disinfection in hospitals and healthcare locations (pictured):

Maureen Marden is Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners' new Master

* Maureen-Marden.jpgOn 26th April, Maureen Marden will be installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners during the annual ceremony at St Olave's Church, Hart Street, in the City of London.

This is Maureen's second time as Master, having been the third woman to hold the position in 2013.

Boston Red Sox invest to protect against germs and help keep players in the game

* Boston-Red-Sox-invest.jpgClorox Professional is helping to keep Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912, clean and its players healthy and on the field.

The Boston Red Sox incorporated the Clorox Total 360 System into its current cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the 2018 season to optimise its efforts to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs amongst players and staff, and is now using the system to disinfect the clubhouse, visitors' clubhouse, training rooms, weight rooms and medical areas.

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Manufacturer of Cleaning Equipment to extend its' successful sales team with the appointment of a National Account Manager.

Established in 1954 our Client is a pioneer of innovative cleaning solutions, is still at the forefront of cleaning technology and holds international contracts with high-profile B2B and B2C customers. The role will require a highly motivated and sales-driven manager, who will be able to demonstrate a successful sales career, in order to manage an existing business portfolio and to develop and grow new opportunities.

A key requirement of this role is that the successful Applicant will be able to demonstrate excellent knowledge of the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) business sector. The successful Applicant will have full responsibility and accountability for the business growth within the QSR sector and report directly to the Sales Director.

Computer literacy, excellent communication skills and ability to work in a focused and self-motivated way are also required. A clean, full driving licence, and the availability to be able to work flexible hours due to the nature of the QSR business working hours are essential.

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Recent UK News

Golden Service Awards shine spotlight on cleaning industry stars

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Last Thursday, the cream of the UK's professional cleaning industry gathered at the London Hilton on Park Lane, to recognise its newest stars. Yes... it was time for the highly-anticipated 2018 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards - the long-running Awards programme which recognises outstanding commitment and a passion to deliver performances that raises cleaning standards.

The CHSA's voice in Parliament

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Stephen Kerr MP (left of picture) has agreed to act as an unpaid Parliamentary Adviser to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, giving the Association's members a voice in Parliament.

RPC Group acquisitions have been awarded a place on Frameworks

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RPC bpi recycled products and ESE World UK, both recently acquired by RPC Group, have been awarded places on Frameworks with Braintree District Council for its Refuse Supplies Framework PROC17-0110 and the ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation) Framework 860_18 Refuse and Recycling Products.

Domestic Angels' Sam backing Women Mean Business campaign

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Domestic Angels founder Samantha Acton has joined the likes of Samantha Cameron, Baroness Karren Brady, MPs Harriet Harman and Nicky Morgan and top business owners Kelly Hoppen, Kath Kidston and Jacqueline Gold in signing the Daily Telegraph's open letter urging the Government to back female entrepreneurship in the UK.

Jangro appoints new CEO

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Jangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has announced the appointment of Joanne Gilliard as CEO. She assumes responsibilities with immediate effect.

New research reveals that 3-in-4 drivers are yet to complete required CPC training

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New research has revealed that only 24% of drivers have completed the full 35 hours Driver Certificate of Professional Competence training required of them by 2019, with nearly half of drivers (49%) still at least 14 hours short.

Remain within REACH, says Environmental Policy Forum

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The effective regulation of chemicals is critical for the economy, public health, environmental protection and animal welfare and ending the UK's involvement in the EU chemical framework REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals) could have serious consequences.

Institute of Civil Engineers and BIFM to collaborate for new FM contract

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The Institute of Civil Engineers and the British Institute of Facilities Management have announced a joint initiative to explore the potential of developing a completely new form of contract explicitly for facilities management.

Northern Ireland adopts circular economy strategy

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Derry City and Strabane District Council, Northern Ireland, has approved a strategy developed by Eunomia, aimed at developing a zero waste circular economy.

Innovation on show at first CSSA & CHSA showcase

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Some of the cleaning industry's most advanced technology was on show at the Cleaning & Support Services Association and Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association innovation showcase held at the Brewery in London recently.

CHSA charity pro-am golf course moves to stunning new venue, Rockliffe Hall

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, taking place on Thursday 13th September, is moving to a new venue - the stunning Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.

The future of PFI and private finance in infrastructure: Government experts speak

With the collapse of Carillion and fears expressed about other major companies, the spotlight is on the future of private finance in infrastructure delivery. When PFI was first introduced under the Major government and then embraced wholeheartedly by Gordon Brown as Chancellor, the memory of egregious cases of massive budget overruns and missed deadlines in the delivery of public projects was still fresh in the collective memory.

SWC awarded IRATA certification

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SWC, part of Incentive FM Group, has been recognised for its high standard of rope access working and been awarded corporate membership of the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association.

Cromwell Polythene's family extended as employees celebrate long service

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The job market is often much more short-term than it used to be, but family-run business Cromwell Polythene says it is proud to be bucking that trend as a succession of staff members celebrate 10 or 20 year anniversaries with the company.

Events & Exhibitions

The Manchester Cleaning Show
11-12th April 2018
2nd outing for this busy 2-day event

Interclean Amsterdam
15-18th May 2018
The Netherlands


ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
29-30th August 2018


Budapest Cleaning Show
5-6th October 2018
Budapest, Hungary

ISSA North America
30th October 2018-1st November 2018
Dallas, Texas


Loo of the Year Awards
7th December 2018
St Johns Hotel, Solihull


ISSA Mexico 2019
19-21st February 2019
Mexico City


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