*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 13th June 2024 Issue no. 1118

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Global FM market set to grow by USD 826.91 billion from 2024-2028: boosted by increasing demand for cloud-based solutions

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The global facilities management market size is estimated to grow by USD 826.91 billion from 2024-2028, at a CAGR of 9.61% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest market research report, ‘Global Facilities Management Market 2024-2028’.

Taking steps to stop the spread of Legionnaire's Disease

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National Safety Month is observed in the US every June to emphasise the importance of safety in various environments. When it comes to water safety, of particular importance is preventing the spread of Legionnaire's disease - and that's not just in the US but the world over.

Nexaro NR 1500 compact vacuum robot meets latest safety standard for commercial cleaning robots

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The autonomous robot vacuum cleaner Nexaro NR 1500 is said to be the first compact vacuum robot in the world to meet the latest international safety standard IEC 63327 for commercial cleaning robots, which was only adopted at the end of last year.

Clean Zero cleaning solution wins CBRE ESG Innovation Challenge 2024

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2San’s Clean Zero chemical-free cleaning solution has been named the winner of the CBRE ESG Innovation Challenge 2024 – an Award that recognises and celebrates groundbreaking solutions that advance environmental, social, and governance practices within the commercial real estate industry. 

Arena experience enhanced through sustainable hygiene management from Tork/Wells Fargo team-up

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Today, Wells Fargo Center, (home to the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers and one of the US’s top venues for concerts and events) announced a formal partnership with Tork to enhance sustainability, efficiency and overall fan experience through innovative hygiene solutions at the venue, following its recent $400 million renovation.

Partnership improves healthcare facilities with innovative technology solutions

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Smart building specialist R-Zero, has formed a strategic partnership with SC Johnson Professional, to bring innovative and technology-driven solutions to the healthcare sector that intelligently monitor and improve efficiency and operations across smart cleaning, staff productivity, patient experience, space utilisation and energy consumption.

Metsä Group's tissue paper business receives fifth Platinum Rating in EcoVadis evaluation for 2024

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Metsä Group's tissue paper business, including greaseproof paper business, has once again achieved the highest Platinum rating in the EcoVadis sustainability and social responsibility evaluation for 2024. This marks the fifth consecutive year the company has been recognised with this esteemed rating, placing it among the top 1% of all companies assessed by EcoVadis.

Vitesy's Natede Smart air purifier detoxifies using natural ability of plants

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Italian-built air purifier Natede Smart is a beautiful accessory designed to complement any interior, but its simple design is deceptive: It features the most advanced sensors for temperature, humidity, pollutants (VOCs), fine particulates (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide (CO). And unlike many other air purifiers, it doesn't collect toxic agents inside a filter, but eliminates them in a safe way.

Essity invests in new R&D centre in France

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Essity is investing in a new global centre for research & development, in Alsace, France, dedicated to tissue hygiene products. The state-of-the-art facility will focus on tissue to meet the evolving demands of branded tissue in both professional hygiene & consumer markets.

Top three hit jackpot in 2024 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest

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Cintas Corporation has this week announced this year's two runners-up in the Custodian of the Year Contest. This year's finalists joining the grand prize winner in Las Vegas are William ‘Mr Billy’ Krajewski from Quaker Hill Elementary School in Waterford, Connecticut and David Smith from Loveland Intermediate School in Loveland, Ohio.

Veolia gains two wins at Awards for Excellence

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Veolia has taken home two Awards and a Highly Commended at the 2024 Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management, for driving ecological transformation forward through innovative technologies, and by championing communities.

US National Safety Month: time to ensure worker safety

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Since its establishment in 1996, the National Safety Council of the US has designated June as National Safety Month. This initiative aims to heighten awareness about safety and health risks, specifically focusing on reducing workplace deaths and injuries.

'Forever chemicals' found to rain down on all five North American Great Lakes

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Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS or ‘forever chemicals’, have become persistent pollutants in the air, water and soil.

Beyond business: a festival of networking, social interaction and leisure opportunities - Interclean Amsterdam 2024!

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Last Friday, Interclean Amsterdam closed its doors after a four-day business and networking extravaganza that was bigger and better than ever before.

Implementing an effective trade border between the UK and the EU

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The UK's exit from the EU resulted in changes to how goods and services are traded between the two territories, and UK Government's repeated changing and deferring of its plans for the introduction of full import controls has caused uncertainty for businesses.


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Bulgaria was, for several years and prior to Perestroika, the location of my late-season ski fix. Perfect snow, incredible value for money and wonderful people – many of whom became long-term friends. One thing I couldn’t get used to though was what went on in the washrooms – something I was reminded of following receipt of a link from a friend, to an article in one of today’s newspapers. 
Back to Bulgaria though… the washrooms were always pristine. I never came across a dirty one although some of the cleaning equipment must have been difficult to work with – an old jumper wrapped around something on the end of a broom handle to form a mop, for example, which happened to have been put together by a friend’s mother, who worked her magic as a cleaner in one of the hotels in Borovets. There was always a washroom attendant in the facilities I went into, which is perhaps why there were never any nasty surprises for the users! But as well as being responsible for the cleaning, the attendant was there to ‘police’ the toilet tissue: two sheets or five, depending upon what you planned to do in the cubicle. Luckily my friends and I always carried our own so were never forced to divulge our intentions or find ourselves ‘caught short’ when it came to our toilet tissue rations. 
The link my friend sent was to a Mail Online article, headed: “In a rush to flush: China installs timers above women's toilet cubicles at UNESCO site so fellow guests can tell how long they have been 'engaged'.” The article explains how the timers have been installed at the 1500-year-old Yungang Grottoes - ancient Buddhist temples carved into the rockface in northern China's Shanxi province, which attracted three million visitors in 2023. There’s a video of the timers in action, courtesy of the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald. The display shows ‘empty’ in green if the cubicle’s unoccupied while a red timer clocks up the minutes and seconds an occupied cubicle’s been in use. The timers have apparently been installed to cope with an increase in visitor numbers and alert the facility to any potential problems, but this doesn’t make sense to me. Are they there to shame users into hurrying up, I wonder? My view is that this is technology ‘gone too far’... a pointless exercise and a waste of money. If someone’s clocked up more time than anyone else, it would be foolish to guess that this means they’re about to vacate (if that’s the idea behind the timers). If there are long queues for the toilets, wouldn’t a better option be to build more? Or am I missing something here? 






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This Week's News

BICSc Annual Awards: 2024's finalists announced

* BICSc-Annual-Awards-Ticket.jpgThe finalists for this year's British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards have been revealed, after the organisation was inundated with an unprecedented 50% increase in the number of entries.

The excitement is now growing, with everyone involved looking forward to the winners being revealed at this year's Awards ceremony, which is being held on Thursday 26th September at The Belfry Hotel and Resort in the Midlands. There are are still a few tickets available for those wishing to attend.

SOAPBOX: The potential for viruses to spread beyond washrooms and implications for public health

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“Proper hand washing with soap and water after using the toilet is essential in killing germs and removing microbes on the hands. Hand drying following hand washing completes the process and is needed as damp or wet hands spread infection more easily.

But what if these processes are not carried out adequately? Is there potential for microbes left on the hands to spread and cause harm? Even worse, could these germs be carried out of the washroom and into our environment? Onto the bus for example? Or back to the table in a restaurant? Or into shops and public spaces?

Mitie enrols first learners on the new Cleaning Hygiene Level 2 apprenticeship

* Mitie-enrols-Level-2-apprenticeships.jpgMitie has announced the enrolment of 20 learners for its new Cleaning Hygiene Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship programme, helping to kick start their learning & development journey.

The Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship offers specialised training and development opportunities for colleagues in the early stages of their careers in the commercial cleaning sector. This includes colleagues who are new to the industry and those who do not currently hold any formal qualifications and would like to advance their professional development.

'Progress in Cleaning' tradeshow opens tomorrow!

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Foremost are a long established supplier to Cleaning contractors and Facilities management, driving product and service innovation and sustainability. We are hosting a Cleaning Innovation Event at Foremost HQ in Bognor Regis, West Sussex - Friday 14th June.

We would be delighted to see you!

What to expect:

• The latest launches from across the cleaning industry.
• One-day only discount vouchers and sample packs.
• Free lunch, raffles, and gift bags to take away with you!
• The UK Launch of several international innovations


Caterbar hosts fifth all-day 'speed dating' event and honours excellence with Supplier Excellence Awards

* Caterbar-Greyland.jpgCaterbar, the national consortium of independent catering equipment distributors, has successfully celebrated its fifth all-day 'speed dating' event and Supplier Excellence awards.

Held earlier this month, at the Cottons Hotel & Spa in Knutsford, the event welcomed 45 influential delegates, including representatives from sales, purchasing and company directors from All Purpose, Bateman Bros, Clean Wipes, Complete Intacare, CSL, Drinkstuff, Galgorm Group, Highland Industrial Supplies, Marshall Wilson, MBS, Stephensons and Wilkes Catering.

Aramark and Pringle Robotics team up to deploy autonomous floor cleaning robots across the company's businesses

* Aramark-floor-cleaning-robots.jpgTo improve efficiency and achieve superior cleaning results, Aramark, global provider of food and facilities services with operations spanning the education, healthcare, business & industry, sports, leisure and corrections industries, is partnering with Pringle Robotics, a developer of autonomous robotic solutions for facilities management, to install floor cleaning robots and operational software solutions at key customer facilities.

"Our clients depend on us to introduce leading technologies that can help to manage their facilities in a way that delivers superior cleaning efficacy with an attractive cost structure," says John Hanner, president and CEO of Aramark Facilities Management.

M2 Care Halo smear free professional glass cleaner can be used on sensitive equipment

* M2-Halo.jpgM2 Care Halo is a fast drying, streak free glass cleaner that cuts through greasy fingerprints, nicotine and food based grime in a flash.

Suitable for use on all glass (including tinted), mirrors, glossy painted surfaces, laminate, chrome and also sensitive equipment like computers, X-ray machines and electrical equipment, it reduces inventory and offers more professional results in less time.

Prevented Ocean Plastic and USAID open high-capacity plastic collection centre in Indonesia

* Prevented-Ocean-Plastic.jpgOn UN World Oceans Day 2024 (7th June), Prevented Ocean Plastic celebrated the grand opening of a new, high-capacity waste plastic collection centre in Makassar, Indonesia, acknowledging support from US Agency for International Development (USAID). 

It is the seventh centre established by the organisation since the launch of its mission to open 25 collection centres by 2025, on coastlines at risk of plastic pollution worldwide, with seven more having already broken ground.

Barclays banks on further service success with ISS

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ISS and Barclays initiated the collaboration in 2012, and ISS will continue to provide a wide range of integrated facility services, including cleaning, technical, support services and catering as well as workplace solutions across the bank's facilities in the UK and Ireland, Continental Europe, the Americas, Middle East, India and Asia & Pacific.

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Recent UK News

SBFM appoints Stuart Hamilton as chief strategy officer

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SBFM, one of the UK and Ireland's fastest growing soft FM service providers, offering the full range of professional cleaning services nationwide, has appointed Stuart Hamilton as its new chief strategy officer, to spearhead business growth.

Over two-thirds of professionals uncomfortable about requesting mental health leave

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Some 67% of UK professionals state that they feel too uncomfortable requesting mental health leave from their employer or senior leaders in their company, while over a quarter (28%) of professionals wouldn't even consider speaking up about it.

Victory for migrant cleaners at South London private school

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Migrant cleaners at a private school in South London have won an inflation-busting 15% pay rise, full pay sick pay and improved working conditions after they returned a unanimous vote to strike if they were not able to secure a suitable deal with their employer.

Waste management company fined after inadequately trained worker is seriously injured

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A waste management company has been fined after an inadequately trained worker suffered serious burns to his face and body, along with broken bones, after the metal crowbar he was using came into contact with a live electrical conductor.

Veolia will provide NHS Scotland with compliant and sustainable waste management solutions

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Resource management giant, Veolia, has joined the NHS Scotland Recyclates & General Waste Management Framework for the next five years. Working with the Common Services Agency, this strategic placement will enable NHS Scotland Health Boards access to compliant and comprehensive general waste and recycling services.

Birmingham Airport extends partnership with OCS

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OCS has secured a two-year contract extension to continue delivering essential cleaning services at Birmingham Airport. The scope of these services encompasses not only the airport terminals but also various other buildings, including external areas, winter gritting for terminal surroundings, washroom hygiene, and high-level window cleaning.

Celebrating excellence in the cleaning sector

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards! The 18 coveted awards were presented at the cleaning industry's most celebrated event last Thursday, at the London Hilton, Park Lane, by Craig Bowman, general manager, UK & Ireland, Kimberly-Clark Professional and comedian, actor and writer Hugh Dennis.

Food Waste Action Week 2024 - what did we achieve?

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Back in March, Love Food Hate Waste ran WRAP’s (the UK’s Waste & Resources Action Programme) annual Food Waste Action Week campaign, motivating citizens to reduce food wasted in their homes.

This year, the focus was on raising awareness of the benefits of buying loose fruit and veg - as we know this could reduce food waste by up to 60,000 tonnes a year.

Clearground Building Cleaning achieves new heights with BigChange

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Building cleaning company Clearground has used BigChange job management software to transform its business with a strategic move into high level access services.

CHSA introduces new Certification Marks for Accredited Manufacturers

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has introduced new certification marks for members of its Accreditation Schemes for Manufacturers, providing greater clarity to buyers of cleaning & hygiene products.

Ready, set, submit: MSL advocates for swift action on BPR dossiers for quats

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As the 1st July 2024 deadline for the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) dossiers for quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) approaches, leading regulatory and microbiological testing house, MSL Solution Providers, is urging manufacturers and suppliers of quat-containing biocidal products to expedite the preparation and submission of their dossiers.

Time and cost spent on carbon reporting leading to decarbonisation delays

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Mitie has unveiled new survey findings revealing that the time and cost constraints from sustainability reporting are hampering progress towards sustainability goals for many organisations.

Logistics industry needs permanent solution to Operation Brock

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With traffic set to increase travel times and congestion through the ports between continental Europe and the UK this weekend thanks to school holidays, Logistics UK is urging the UK Government to identify and implement a permanent alternative to its Operation Brock traffic management scheme - the contraflow system set up to keep traffic on the M20 and surrounding roads in Kent moving during busy periods and which will be in place until 3rd June to manage the anticipated Bank Holiday surge in vehicles.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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