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International News

BSCAI welcomes 31 new members

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The Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) recently welcomed 31 new members - companies that actively contribute to the building service contractor industry.

BSCAI represents a worldwide network of more than 1,000 member companies from across the US and 15 countries that provide cleaning, facility maintenance, security, landscaping and other related services to building owners and managers.

Hands-on testing: MSL Solution Providers introduces EN 17430 testing

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Microbiological testing firm, MSL Solution Providers, has introduced the new EN 17430 testing method to its roster of services. Proving efficacy to this standard helps manufacturers and suppliers ensure that their hand sanitiser's claims are robust and meet all regulatory requirements - whilst, ultimately, improving infection prevention.

Allied Universal recruits new VP for janitorial services business unit

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Security and facility services provider Allied Universal has appointed Michael Prabhu as vice president of enterprise accounts for its janitorial business unit, where he will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with large corporate clients to drive sales and revenue across multiple regions in the US.

WFBSCs 2024 Global Executive Summit “a resounding success”

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The World Federation of Building Service Contractors has hailed its 2024 Global Executive Summit, a resounding success. The Summit, held recently in Amsterdam, attracted delegates from 14 countries, including executive leaders from ABM, Bee-Clean Building Maintenance, GDI, ISS, Principle Cleaning Services, The Budd Group and more.

New driver training module from E-Training World highlights the dangers of distractions

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Multi-award-winning online driver profiling and e-driver training provider E-Training World has launched a new training module highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.

Solution change ahead of new eco regulation

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Prochem is ahead of changing environmental legislation with a new product name and an important formulation revision to its long-standing carpet and upholstery protector.

GBAC STAR Facility Reaccreditation assists with keeping NBA finals fans healthy

American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, recently completed the reaccreditation process for GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA. The 19,200-seat sports arena, home of the NHL's Dallas Stars and the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, joined more than 100 facilities across the globe in renewing its GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation during the second quarter of 2024.

Unveiling Interclean's new brand identity and bold new vision for the future of clean

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Interclean Amsterdam 2024 was not only the opportunity for the entire cleaning community to gather at the world's largest and most renowned cleaning & hygiene trade show - it was also the perfect occasion for the grand reveal of Interclean's exhilarating new brand identity!

Top industry players advocate on Capitol Hill

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The American Cleaning Institute hosted its annual Capitol Hill fly-in last week for member companies to engage with congressional offices on issues most important to the cleaning products industry. The lobbying event focused on issues related to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and recycling, among others.

Berry Agile Dominoes!

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New, fully recyclable, rectangular bottle is available with recycled plastic and allows for customised branding on all sides.


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I daresay that often these days, like me, you can’t believe what you’re reading. I had this experience yet again this week upon learning that a couple had been fined £1,200 between them (£600 each) for clearing up waste that had been discarded locally over a long period of time, and which was attracting animal scavengers, then bagging it up for eventual collection by their local authority’s refuse collectors. In my opinion the pair were saving Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s street cleaners a job that should have been kept on top of in the first place. The rubbish shouldn’t have been left there - either by the litter louts or the local council whose job it is, ultimately, to clean it up. But to fine the party that chose to look after the local environment, really does beggar belief, don’t you think? Now, Veronika Mike and Zoltan Pinter have vowed not to clean up other people’s rubbish ever again, even if it’s attracting rats. Frankly I can’t blame them. Their public spiritedness has given them a real slap in the face, in my view. 
I gather that one of the receptacles they’d used to collect and store some of the rubbish, was a box that had Mr Pinter’s name on it. They’d left in a random bin that’s used by the general community locally rather than individual residents, but someone had removed it. This led to an illegal dumping notice for 'failing to transfer household waste to an authorised authority'. 
Yes, I get that there are laws in place, but surely with a bit of savvy, this could all have been sorted out amicably? And what about ‘failing to keep our streets clean’, when this is a service that should be covered by our council tax? The couple and their neighbours claim that during the bin collection rounds, the refuse collectors only collect the bins and don’t bother picking up any rubbish they see lying around – something I’ve noticed in my own area, too. It’s well known that discarded rubbish attracts further rubbish, so it pays to deal with it immediately. 
Despite the pair having written to the Council explaining the situation and asking for the charges to be dropped – a letter that was also signed by several neighbours – nothing has changed. Sadly, while Mr Pinter was able to pay his fine immediately, Ms Mike – a regular volunteer litter-picker - couldn’t do so, and has now has to set up a GoFundMe crowdfunder in the hope of gaining some financial support. I’m really hoping that enough money’s collected to cover the fine in its entirety.




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This Week's News

Sweeping success: Environmental Cleaners to shine at the Lord Mayor's parade in November

* Sweeping-success.jpgFor the first time in 20 years, the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners will be honouring the cleaning industry with its own float in the Lord Mayor's Show 2024.

Not only will the Environmental Cleaners be taking up their rightful place with other livery companies in the parade, but they intend to showcase the significant role of the UK cleaning industry, its work and its people. The float will reflect 'cleaning through the ages', showing the innovation, dedication and the continued evolution of cleaning.

Some landfill 'burps' contain airborne PFAS, study finds

* landfill-burps.jpgMany municipal landfills ‘burp’ gas from decomposing organic matter rather than letting it build up.

And burps from buried waste containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can release these ‘forever chemicals’ into the air, say researchers in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

Health & Safety legislation needs 'overhauling', say 94%

* Overhaul-draeger.jpgNew research published this week has found that more than nine in 10 workers believe that the main piece of UK Health & Safety legislation should be overhauled, 50 years after it was first introduced.

The figure calling for an overhaul rises to 97% amongst managerial staff, with the need for a 'greater focus on mental health and wellbeing' seen as the most important factor (82%) in a future rethink of health & safety, and also a key reason in 2024 that people feel safer in the workplace (50%).

Eurofins acquires leading UK healthcare water testing laboratory

* Eurofins-acquires.jpgEurofins Food & Water Testing UK has acquired Isopharm Laboratory, a premier provider of accredited testing services across the UK healthcare decontamination and validation market. Established in 2018, Isopharm Laboratory brings a modern approach to water testing, ensuring decontamination and infection control in both hospital and domestic environments.

Initial Essence: an advanced air freshener designed specifically for washrooms

* Initial-Essence.jpgInitial Washroom Hygiene has launched Initial Essence, a state-of-the-art air freshener designed to provide long-lasting fragrance delivery for washrooms.

Utilising state-of-the-art oxygen fuel cell technology, Initial Essence delivers reliable, consistent, and continuous air fragrancing, setting it apart from gravity and passive systems or aerosols, which have significant gaps between sprays.

OCS to increase apprenticeship placements to 1,000+ in the next 12 months

* OCS-apprenticeships.jpgOCS has made a commitment to increase its number of apprenticeship placements in the UK and Ireland to over 1,000 in the next 12-months, along with making investments in its funded learning programme.

With the company's recent announcement of its vision to make people and places the best they can be as part of its brand strategy, the move reinforces its commitments to social mobility and impact.

Yes, it really is... Jangro's 2024 Christmas Supplies catalogue is here. Unwrap the magic!

* UNWRAP-JANGRO.jpgGet into the festive spirit with Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, as it launches its 2024 Christmas Supplies Catalogue.

For the professional catering and hospitality establishments providing celebratory food, drinks and parties throughout December, early planning is key during one of the busiest periods for the industry.

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Recent UK News

Lack of recognition and timely feedback are key contributors to productivity anxiety

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Workhuman, the company changing the way employees celebrate, connect with and appreciate each other in the workplace, says recognition and timely feedback feature highly in its Human Workplace Index, the survey of 1,000 employees, which provides fresh insights into issues impacting full-time employees across the UK.

CSSA Clean Start Initiative spreads the word at Steam Northants

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Cleaning & Support Services Association committee member and Clean Start Initiative lead Daniel Cross is continuing to promote the Association’s awareness campaign to school pupils, highlighting the diverse opportunities and career paths available within the cleaning industry.

Truvox International launches new website and showroom while investing in people for growth

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Hedge End, Southampton-based Truvox International - a leading global manufacturer and supplier of commercial and industrial floorcare machines - has refreshed its brand, launched a new website, and opened a new showroom and training centre. In addition, it is making a major investment in people as it plans for significant growth.

ISO 31000 validation strengthens Mitie’s risk capabilities

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Mitie has attained confirmation that it is operating in accordance with ISO 31000:2018, the international standard that validates organisations' guidelines and principles for risk management.

OCS stays on track

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OCS's partnership with South Western Railway has clearly not hit the buffers. Following a contract renewal, the facilities management company remains dedicated to delivering exceptional services that enhance the travel experience for SWR's passengers.

Zenith Hygiene founder Ringo Francis joins OCS as non-executive director

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OCS has appointed Ringo Francis as non-executive director. Ringo, the founder and former CEO of The Zenith Hygiene Group, brings a wealth of experience in the cleaning & hygiene industry, aligning perfectly with OCS's mission to make people and places the best they can be.

South London stadium deemed dirtiest out of UK’s largest 23, new study reveals

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With food festivals and concerts in full swing, Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park Stadium in South London has been named the worst for food hygiene out of all stadiums across the UK, a new study has found.

London Cleaning Show stand space selling well

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Hot on the heels of its nomination for Best Trade Show at the UK's AEO Awards this month, the organisers of the show have confirmed that stand space for the event - taking place from 18th - 20th March 2025 at ExCeL London, is selling well. A total of 90 companies have already confirmed their reservations!

Metsä Tissue chooses The Hygiene Bank as 2025 Sustainability Awards nominated charity

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As part of its 2025 Sustainability Awards event, to be held on 19th March 2025, Metsä Tissue has chosen to support The Hygiene Bank, a UK-registered grassroots charity and social movement dedicated to ensuring that everyone living in the UK has access to essential hygiene products.

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

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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