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EPA picks ACI as Safer Choice Partner of the Year
The US Environmental Protection Agency has named the American Cleaning Institute, the trade association of the US cleaning product supply chain, as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year. ACI was recognised as an outstanding Safer Choice Supporter.
Vitesy is growing: Natede Smart is here
After three successful crowdfunding campaigns and a consolidated reputation as a technology startup, Italian manufacturer Vitesy has taken a further step to affirm its sustainable identity in the indoor air purification and monitoring market.
TVH and Sinoboom BV sign partnership agreement
On day two of crane, access and telehandler event Vertikal Days, parts specialist TVH signed a partnership agreement with Sinoboom BV, European subsidiary of China-based manufacturer of mobile elevating work platform solutions Sinoboom.
Metsä Tissue is planning a significant investment in a tissue mill in the UK
Finnish paper giant Metsä Tissue is planning a significant investment in a tissue mill in the UK, involving 240,000 tons of tissue paper production capacity, built in several phases during the upcoming decade. The production would be based on using sustainable fresh fibre pulp, and the first phase of the investment would be ready during 2025 to serve the professional and consumer tissue markets in the UK and Ireland.
Covid-19: Driving toilet hygiene adoption in India
The Covid-19 outbreak has not only highlighted the chinks in the Indian healthcare ecosystem, but also the importance that often-ignored aspects of life such as toilet hygiene, writes Vikas Bagaria, founder, Pee Safe, in Times of India.
IICRC announces winners of 2021 Annual Instructors Awards
Global standards developing organisation and certification body the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification, announced the winners of the 2021 Annual Instructors Awards recently, at a Gatsby-themed Awards Dinner at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The winners were:
CWS International acquires Irish company Service Matters
CWS International GmbH has announced the acquisition of Service Matters Ltd (SML), an Irish company that specialises in providing products and services to the hygiene, workwear, cleanroom and the facilities management soft services sector.
Hospital-grade microfibre said to eliminate risk of recontamination
UMF Corporation says its Micrillon microfibre is setting a new standard as the first hospital-grade microfibre that can be converted into a wide range of long-lasting, reusable products, including towels; cubicle curtains; socks; gloves; walk-off mats; reusable N95 rated face masks, and colour-coded microfibre cleaning products.
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Brighton’s always one of the places tourists make a point of visiting when they come to England and it’s the ‘go to’ seaside town for many of us within striking distance when we want a day out, thanks to its eclectic mix of shops, bars and eateries – as well as the fresh sea air of course! In recent weeks though it’s been off the agenda, thanks to a battle between Brighton & Hove City Council and some of its cleaning teams, which thankfully now appears to have been resolved with a pay increase and changes to shifts and rounds.
The dispute led to a strike that saw bin bags and recycling piled up along the streets, as our pictures, sent in by resident Lisa Baker, show. “Rubbish is everywhere – every few steps. Rats soon!” she said. “We have big black bins here so you can deposit whenever you like, plus glass recycling banks, but they’re all so full that we have no choice but to dump everything. The refuse collectors should be paid what they’re asking for. The ‘green’ Council spent £ millions widening pavements which are causing more traffic congestion and therefore pollution, but won’t properly compensate the workers the City clearly needs”.
I couldn't agree more! What's happened to priorities? I've always maintained that if our cleaning teams down tools, we're all in trouble. And nothing paints the picture more vividly ' or holds a council to ransom more effectively - than a strike by refuse collectors!
Because of equal pay laws, others employed by the Council on the same grade, can potentially claim the same increases despite doing far easier jobs, which I don't feel is fair. I'm encouraged that the Council's planning to rewrite the refuse workers' job descriptions in an attempt to prevent this from happening and I really hope it works - refuse collectors and cleaners ought to be paid danger money as far as I'm concerned! If it doesn't work, the estimated £2.5m added to the Council's wage bill will mean cuts to services ' many of which are considered vital' which is something I can't say of its pavement widening scheme!
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This Week's News
Loo of the Year Awards 2021: New date and venue
"Unforseen circumstances" mean that the St John's Hotel, Solihull - the regular home of the annual Loo of the Year Awards for many years now, is no longer able to accommodate the Awards this coming December.
As a result, the event will now be held on Friday 14th January, 2022, at its previous home in the National Motorcycle Museum - an equally welcoming venue set back from the Junction 6 island on the M42. The new venue offers excellent hospitality and plenty of parking.
Christie to mass produce CounterAct with Care222, a safer, filtered far-UVC disinfection technology for use around people
As we prepare for a post-pandemic world where reducing pathogens and viral spread is essential, global visual technology company Christie has announced the mass production of its Christie CounterAct line of commercial UV disinfection products with patented Care222 far-UVC light technology.
CounterAct fixtures are designed for use in occupied indoor spaces, from cinemas, theme parks, museums and sports complexes, to retail facilities and restaurants, as well as transit hubs at airports, train and subway stations.
Cintas offers five essential tips to help businesses protect floors during Winter
Day-to-day foot traffic can wreak havoc on a facility’s floors, especially during periods of inclement weather when snow, ice, salt and sand can be tracked throughout the building. To help businesses protect floors during the harsh winter months, Cintas Corporation offers five essential tips…
"It is important for businesses to protect their investment in floors which can impact the perception of a business," notes John Engel, director of marketing, Cintas. "Keeping dirt and debris from entering a facility and being vigilant with your floorcare program is critical for keeping floors in top shape throughout Winter." Cintas recommends the following:
Jangro welcomes Wessex Cleaning to its network
Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has confirmed a new addition to its membership. Wessex Cleaning Equipment & Janitorial Supplies joins Jangro as the 47th member in its network, which has distributors strategically located all across the country.
Established in 1991 and currently supplying over 10,000 businesses across the UK, Southampton-based Wessex Cleaning is a family business, run by siblings, Mark, Luke, and Sarah Powell. It has a strong focus on sustainable service delivery, aligning with Jangro's passion to help its customers make more environmentally responsible purchasing decisions.
21st Birthday celebrations for Zybax
21 years ago, Zybax was launched with a clear goal of delivering world-class solutions to tackle problems such as unpleasant odours and blocked drains. Zybax gets nature to work for you by using non-toxic, non-pathogenic micro-organisms to digest the problems at source.
The company is continuing to develop new products providing sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions and will shortly be launching a range of super concentrates with reduced packaging and clever dosing options.
Improving building hygiene - where does door hardware fit in?
Daniel May, director at Consort Architectural Hardware, discusses the role door hardware plays in improving hygiene within public building environments…
“Health and hygiene are delicate themes, particularly in today's settings. Both our public building environments and our homes can have a huge impact on our wellbeing, and over the past few years, this fact has only been exemplified.
Ecoserv diversifies with £3.5M Cooltech acquisition
Ecoserv Group has completed the purchase of Cooltech Environmental Engineering in a £3.5 million deal. The acquisition of the Slough-based maintenance specialist is the first since Ecoserv rebranded from Ecocleen and announced its plans to become a multi-service facilities management business.
"The acquisition will allow us to diversify as part of our ambitious growth strategy, with the aim of delivering integrated FM solutions to new and existing customers nationwide," explains Francois Oosthuizen, COO of Ecoserv Group.
How NuServe sourced sustainable uniforms from charity shop
Simon Duke, managing director of family-run office cleaning and support services business, NuServe, describes how the company's views on sustainability led to a tie-in with a local charity shop:
"At NuServe, we're on a mission to make our procurement practices more sustainable. We want to achieve this while working within circular economy principles that minimise waste, pollution and carbon emissions. This ethos applies to all areas of our business, from cleaning supplies to uniforms.
Noise at work eBulletin
The Health & Safety Executive has published a new edition of the guidance book ‘Controlling noise at work’. Aimed at employers and other dutyholders, it includes the Control of Noise at Work Regulations alongside guidance on what they mean, setting out an employer’s legal obligations to control risks to workers’ health & safety from noise.
It also gives detailed advice on assessing risks, practical noise control, how to select and use hearing protection, what to consider when buying and hiring equipment and how to develop health surveillance procedures.
RNG plant manufacturer announces Bristola as US service partner
German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower has announced the agreement of a service partnership in the US, with Bristola, based centrally in Des Moines (Iowa). The common goal is to promote the expansion of renewable energies by building and servicing efficient biogas plants.
Both companies have over 20 years of experience in the industry. During this time, Weltec has designed and built over 350 biogas and RNG plants in 25 countries around the world.
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Recent UK News
BICSs Annual Awards… a roaring success!
The exceptional efforts of leading lights from the professional cleaning industry were in the spotlight at the recent British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards, which recognise industry excellence.
Kingdom Cleaning secures string of new business wins
Cleaning and soft services provider, Kingdom Cleaning, has secured a number of new business wins in recent months. The professional cleaning business, which acquired Facilicom UK in May 2021, has welcomed three new clients in the past few months.
Ecoserv Group creates dedicated sustainability team
Ecoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, has created a dedicated sustainability team to drive its environmental, social and community goals. The company is already committed to achieving a net zero impact on climate and is currently working on an ambitious sustainability strategy, which will be launched in the coming months.
SOAPBOX: Benefits not visas will tackle staff shortages
In the wake of the Government's announcement that it won't set-up temporary visas for other sectors as it has for HGV drivers and poultry workers, new advice from employee benefits business HIVE360 says businesses can quickly, easily and cheaply offer more to workers to tackle staff shortages, says David McCormack, CEO of HIVE360, a GLAA (Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority) license holder...
MCS Cleaning wins major cleaning contract with The Curve Theatre in Leicester
MCS Cleaning has this week announced that it has been successful in its bid to provide commercial cleaning services to the unusually-designed, 902-seater Curve Theatre in the heart of Leicester's vibrant Cultural Quarter, helping this popular arts venue to safely welcome visitors back for theatrical and musical events and workshops.
UK laundry trade sector suffers from staff shortages and service delays - but there is an answer
It was widely reported that the laundry trade across the UK is suffering from staff shortages and logistics nightmares, with supply chains and hotels struggling to keep up with demand for basic requirements of clean bed sheets & linen despite the Summer holiday season having ended. Some hotels have reported being forced to delay guest check-ins, while one manager confessed to having taken the laundry home to do.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA Conference India
21-22nd October 2021
2-4th November 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Cleaning Show
2-4th November 2021
9-11th November 2021
ISSA Show North America
15-18th November 2021
Loo of the Year Awards
14th January 2022
1-2nd March 2022