*Cleanzine-logo-7a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 21st May 2020 Issue no. 919

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SOAPBOX: Covid-19 and PPE Equipment: Do they conform?

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Paul Wonnacot, managing director and president at Vectair Systems, writes:

Question: what do Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic and (amongst others) the UK have in common?
Answer: all have been duped into purchasing unsafe, non-conforming and dangerous Protective Safety Equipment (PPE) needed for essential workers in the fight against coronavirus.
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The category winners of the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020

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The first day of Interclean Amsterdam online, Innovation Day, revealed the category winners of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2020. As the current pandemic is impacting the world and as the people become more focused on hygiene and cleaning, it has become even more crucial to highlight all the great developments and innovations in our industry.
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WoolSafe ‘Panel of Experts’ webinars

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The aim of the webinars is to help the businesses of professional cleaners - and WoolSafe members in particular - survive the Covid-19 crisis.

Recordings of webinars 1 and 2 are available and free to view:
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Matrix Cleaning Systems - UK manufacturer supports frontline workers globally in fight against COVID 19

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Matrix Cleaning Systems is a leading UK manufacturer of a complete range of steam machines manufactured in Leyland, Lancashire, and the company has stepped up to the mark to support frontline workers in the fight against COVID 19, all over the globe.
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Disinfectants - why reading the label is vitally important

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As a manufacturer of the disinfectant Nemesis eH2O, Adrian Gee-Turner explains why it is necessary to read a disinfectant's label in order to determine whether it is suitable for the intended application.
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Vira-Care broad spectrum disinfectant-cleaner beats the bugs

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EN1276 tested under dirty conditions, GHS Direct’s Vira-Care broad spectrum disinfectant-cleaner is effective against E. Coli, MRSA, Enterococcus Hirae, Listeria, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Salmonella and Staphylococcus Aureus.
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Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards: Measurable aftersales success with ToolSense

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For machine manufacturers and distributors, capturing the aftersales potential of their sold machines is an important source of revenue. ToolSense offers the necessary technology for this, combining a comprehensive platform (software) with smart sensors (hardware).
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Cleaning “key” for lockdown exit strategy: a sectorial approach is needed, says new Guidance

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An EU-produced, Joint European Roadmap providing a common framework for European and national authorities to phase-out Covid-19 containment measures, recognises the key role cleaning and disinfection have to play.
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Queen's Award-winning MARS system's temperature monitoring protects key workers

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Vital health and safety personal protection against coronavirus (Covid-19) for a wide range of NHS staff, key workers and other employees manning critical commercial, industrial and public sector facilities, has been developed by Metro Security (GB).
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New occupancy control system will help get us back trading – and safely

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Big data management and tracking technologies specialist, The Software Farm, is to start installing Sintuitive - thought to be the first failsafe automated occupancy control solution for businesses.
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Mitie launches post-lockdown guidance to help facilities get back to business

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As many governments make plans to loosen current lockdown restrictions, businesses are considering what action is needed to ensure their workplaces reopen safely.
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Clean with Confidence to combat Coronavirus, with the aid of a scholarship

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There's only one way to beat this pandemic: together. And that means ensuring that cleaning professionals have the training and information necessary to work competently and confidently… and there's no better way to Clean with Confidence than by having the training and education to support it.
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Mewa reusable cleaning wipes contribute to employee safety

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The Coronavirus epidemic is affecting not only the availability of some types of cleaning wipes, but also how they are used in the workplace. Paper towels, especially blue roll, are currently in high demand, leading to limited supplies and longer delivery times.
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For increasing hygiene requirements - Hako-AntiBac: antibacterial tanks as a standard

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Hako offers a wide range of scrubber-driers providing user-friendly and reliable wet cleaning of hard floors. Innovative features increase both the machines' economic efficiency and application options.
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I was feeling for residents living in the Wigan, Lancashire area yesterday, after learning that they were in unexpected extreme lockdown on the hottest day of the year, while 20 fire crews using two aerial appliances and two high volume pumps tackled a huge fire at the civic amenity tip on the Sankey Valley Industrial Estate. Smoke could be seen across the North West, nearby businesses and residents were told to keep their windows and doors closed, roads were closed and rail travel disrupted. The blaze had been brought under control by late evening although fire crews continued working overnight. Luckily, no-one was injured.
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I'm a regular user of my local tip and know that these facilities, to which all our rubbish and recyclables are taken and sorted, are home to all sorts of things that won't be pleasant when burned. With tips only reopened last week and reports of lengthy queues, I can only imagine that this particular one will have been filled to the brim. There's an old saying in England, stemming from when the North became highly industrialised: "It's grim up North.” Well it certainly was yesterday! I hope everyone has a better day today.

From spraying foam and water on fires to spraying streets with chemicals...

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Years ago, whilst on the Paris neck of an Interrail tour of Europe and North Africa, we watched the streets sprayed each morning - we assume with water - and were impressed at how clean and dust-free the city was kept. This week I read that thousands of litres of cleaning solution is being sprayed onto streets throughout Hull city centre, its arterial routes and 52 shopping developments, to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and reassure residents that the council is working to ensure public safety. If this is just about Coronavirus rather than street cleaning in general, wouldn't any safe environment or surface potentially become contaminated as soon as the first Covid-19 carrier has passed by? I've come across a lot of reports globally about random disinfectant spraying and am worried about its environmental impact for what may just be a few seconds of protection.

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This Week's News

EFCI launches second chapter of ‘In Good Hands’/’Helping Europe Reopen’ campaign

* EFCI-Good-Hands.jpgThis week, EFCI - the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe - launched the second phase of the campaign #InGoodHands, which, for two weeks, will underline the cleaning industry's key role and voice its specific needs to support Europe's economic and social recovery.

The second phase of the campaign, with its dual motto ‘In Good Hands’/’Helping Europe Reopen’, intends to raise awareness among European and national policymakers of the active and targeted support that professional cleaning companies need to continue performing such an essential and strategic role.
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HSE reminder on water systems safety during lockdown

* HSE-water-systems-safety.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has reminded building occupiers, businesses and other duty holders restarting operations after the shutdown to review their water systems' maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella.

Water stagnation, poor temperature control and increased levels of contamination may create a hazard in water systems that have been less frequently used than normal (such as dental or outpatient facilities) or where operation has been suspended (such as leisure, sports, swimming and spa pool facilities).
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Soapbox: Disinfection vs Decontamination - why dry steam vapour cleaning is crucial to fighting COVID-19

* DSV.jpgSays Thomas Stuecken, Osprey Deepclean:

"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.

Understanding the difference between disinfection versus decontamination and how you can use both through Dry Steam Vapour (DSV) cleaning to tackle COVID-19 is vital to achieving this.
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CHSA warns buyers to beware of profiteers capitalising on unprecedented demand

* CHSA-warns-buyers.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is warning all buyers of cleaning and hygiene products to beware of unscrupulous profiteers capitalising on the unprecedented demand for these products.

New companies have been set up to buy and sell on products like hand and surface sanitisers, gloves, wipes, tissue and aprons. Some are also buying up raw materials and attempting to produce some products. Primarily selling online, their products carry an exceptionally high mark-up and there is no guarantee that they meet industry standards.
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Global shortage of trigger head sprays countered by Greyland

* Screenshot.jpgDue to the unprecedented demand for Greyland chemicals during the COVID crisis, coupled with the shortage of trigger head sprays, the company has decided to supply its ready to use trigger spray products with flip top lids, plus two spare trigger heads. A guide for washing out used trigger heads has also been produced.

Trigger spray products are still supplied as 6x750ml but in plain white packaging, thus speeding the packaging process, and, in turn, the delivery time to customers.
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Winning employee 'hearts & minds' essential for safe return to work, advises Bureau Veritas

* Bureau-Veritas.jpgAs the UK Government unveils new guidelines for making workplaces 'Covid-secure', global health & safety expert Bureau Veritas is advising businesses that their safe return to work depends on their ability to "win the hearts & minds of employees" alongside creating clear policy, systems and processes with regular monitoring.

The advice is, of course, useful wherever you may be in the world…
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Emergency FM specialist launches Back to Business Covid-19 disinfection and testing service

* SafeGroup-Back-to-Business.jpgSafeGroup, the independent emergency soft FM service provider, has launched a comprehensive and highly-innovative Covid-19 disinfection and testing service to support businesses as they seek to return to work safely and smoothly.

The three-step process involves a premises deep clean and a Covid-19 (Coronavirus) treat and protect service. It also includes, for the first time, Covid-19 testing of treated surfaces to allay the predicted fears of staff and customers as they return to business premises.
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Coronavirus and bed bugs: how to protect your guests when you reopen

* Coronavirus-bed-bugs.jpgThe damage suffered by hotels during the Coronavirus pandemic may not be over once the Government greenlights a return to travel, according to creator of smart pest systems, Spotta. The UK-based company reveals that dormant bed bugs will live around a year without feeding; waiting for hotel guests to return.
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Recent UK News

Growth continues for Tidy Green Clean

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Tidy Green Clean, the environmentally-friendly cleaning business that operates on a franchise model, is continuing 2020 with its commitment to growth, with the appointment of two new regional directors, including its first in England. Alex McCarthy is the regional director for Northern England and Callum Cruickshank is regional director for Aberdeen West.
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Biosciences research company deals with bleach influx into water supply

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As members of the public 'reach for the bleach' to rid their homes of germs following the Covid-19 outbreak, an increasing amount of chemical-based products are making their way into the communal water supply, subsequently reducing the overall water quality.
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Clean Sweep works around the clock in Covid-19 battle

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One South Wales cleaning company has pulled out all the stops to do its bit to help the nation's fight and the NHS's response to Covid-19. Commercial cleaning company Clean Sweep, based in Swansea, worked on both the new Bristol NHS Nightingale Hospital and the Bay Studios site in Swansea, liaising with contractor Kier to deep clean the facilities ahead of the opening.
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New Master for the WCEC focuses on the fight against Coronavirus

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The chairman of a business which has been repivoted to make hospital gowns for the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic has been appointed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.
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Mitie builds on environmental commitments by joining EP100

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Mitie has signed up to the EP100 commitment. By joining the initiative, Mitie has committed to double its energy productivity - measured by the amount of energy used per pound of revenue generated - over the next 25 years (from baseline year of FY18/19).

However, based on current targets to improve its energy productivity, Mitie anticipates meeting this goal significantly sooner.
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Washrooms and the spread of Covid-19

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"You can also catch the virus if you touch a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes".

The Coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces such as toilet cubicles, WCs, washbasins, hand-dryers and entrance door handles. How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from.
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Vinci Facilities’ Paul Cottam joins Mates in Mind Board of Trustees

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Mates in Mind recently appointed Paul Cottam, a director of Vinci Facilities, as a Trustee Board Member.
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Industry body calls for all cleaners to be included in priority list for Coronavirus testing

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The British Cleaning Council is calling for all cleaners to be to be included in the expanded first wave of testing for Coronavirus for 'essential workers' announced last week.
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Coronavirus - the impact on the cleaning & hygiene supply chain

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The Coronavirus is having a significant impact on the cleaning and hygiene supply sector, creating what is likely to be the most challenging environment members have ever experienced, says the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association.
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A true war effort: Selden converts facility to maximise on production of anti-viral portfolio

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When the sheer scale of the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic became clear, companies in this industry were faced with a choice: ‘keep calm and carry on’ or join what has often been dubbed ‘the war effort’.
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Prochem reports increased demand for Microsan

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Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Prochem Europe has seen increased demand for its D500 Microsan biocidal cleaner.

Originally developed in the 1980's for the HBV, HCV and HIV blood-borne viruses, the Microsan formulation is also effective against Coronavirus (Coronaviridae family including MERS-CoV) and is approved to EN14476 for use on hard washable surfaces.
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Colleagues down tools as two cleaners at Ministry of Justice die from suspected Covid-19

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United Voices of the World Union members at the Ministry of Justice walked off the job on Tuesday, International Workers Memorial Day, in response to two of their colleagues dying from suspected Covid-19.

The cleaners claim they have been forced to work throughout lockdown despite repeatedly complaining of inadequate PPE, to their employer OCS Group.
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Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA
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China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels
Shanghai
China

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Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020
EventCity
Manchester

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Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020
Budapest,
Hungary

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Interclean
3-6th November 2020
Amsterdam
New Autumn dates

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Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK

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