Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th August 2018 Issue no. 835

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International News

New appointments at RD Industries

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RD Industries, the Omaha, Nebraska-based manufacturer of closed loop chemical dispensing systems, has made two appointments to its senior team: Scott Neuhalfen (left) becomes director of quality and Stewart Auger (below) becomes vice president of global sales.

America's Best Restroom 2018 contest finalists announced

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The 2018 America's Best Restroom contest finalists have been announced and if you're interested in helping find the winner, you have until 18th September to cast your vote. The lucky loo will take home the grand prize of $2,500 in Cintas products and services for cleaning or facilities management and a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights.

Bio-Productions: planting trees to support the environment

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Bio-Productions has received word from the Green Earth Appeal team, which recently returned from overseeing the cleaning products manufacturer's joint campaign with The Green Organisation in Tanzania, that the important reforestation project there is now well underway.

ISSA enters partnership with American Association of Cleaning Professionals

ISSA and the American Association for Cleaning Professionals jointly announced on Tuesday that the two organisations have entered into a partnership that will endeavour to better serve the owners and employees of small to midsize contract cleaning and restoration companies. The organisations will collaborate on content development, education, informational resources, membership sales and support, and co-produced events in the course of the partnership.

Canadian cleaning machine manufacturer to benefit from Government investment

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Exprolink, which manufactures and markets a full range of motorised outdoor sweepers and vacuum equipment, is one of five companies benefiting from at total $3.2 million investment by the Canadian government as part of its economic development plan for the Quebec regions.

Budapest could become a regional hub of cleaning technology

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The Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ) is organising its second trade show in Budapest. The event, which will be held on 5th and 6th October 2018, is attracting international attention, which indicates that Hungary's capital could become the Central and Eastern European hub of the cleaning technologies profession in the near future.

Ready to tee off at the ISSA's European Golf Day?

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It's only a few weeks until the ISSA's European Golf day, which takes place on 22nd August at the Toft Hotel and Golf Course, in Bourne, Lincolnshire, so if you delay booking for much longer, you might just find that you're too late.

Impact Products names Sylvia Lam strategic account manager, Western Region

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Cleaning supplies and accessories manufacturer, Impact Products, has announced the addition of Sylvia Lam as strategic account manager, Western Region.

China Crisis: mixed recyclables ban will force businesses to rethink waste management and focus on value

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Stephen Cameron, business development director at SWRnewstar, explores the implications that China's ban on the importation of mixed recyclables will have on the UK. In the wake of news that broke following the National Audit Office (NAO) report, the China ban places even more pressure on businesses. Stephen, explains that now is the time for UK businesses to rethink their approach to managing waste before the impact of China's ban is realised...

Xeros makes major shipment of near-waterless washing machines to South Africa's drought-ridden Cape Province

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eros Technology Group, the UK-headquartered technology business and innovator of a near-waterless laundry system, and Fanute, a solution provider to the hospitality industry, have announced the shipment of 16 near-waterless washing machines to the drought-inflicted Cape Province region of South Africa.

Bio-P pulls flush on odorous washroom smells

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Bio-Productions is pulling the flush on bad odours in public washrooms thanks to its pioneering Bio-P technology. The Sussex manufacturer has waged war on smelly bathrooms with its flagship devices, which effectively destroy odours, clean pipes and conserve water at the same time.

Golden Line Green Care shares research into duct cleaning and indoor air pollution

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Indoor air quality is gaining more importance as air pollution becomes a global environmental issue and we learn more about the risks to our health, of living and working in a polluted environment.

Labour shortage 'a constant problem' for cleaning companies in Hungary

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The constant lack of a viable labour force is the main challenge facing the cleaning technology sector in Hungary, says Zoltán Paár, chairman of the Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ). Zoltán believes that the long-term solution should involve better training and the ability to charge more for cleaning services than is currently considered acceptable.

Becọ - good, clean fun!

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Award-winning social enterprise, Clarity-The Soap Co. has launched a sister brand, Becọ - putting meaningful change for disabled and disadvantaged people firmly into the supply chain of organisations seeking to save water and do good.

Survey reveals safety managers' confidence with workplace eyewash stations

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From small particles like sawdust and cement chips to chemicals that cause burns, there are numerous workplace hazards that pose a risk to employees' eyes. A survey conducted among 124 safety professionals at the 2018 ASSP Professional Development Conference last month in Texas, reveals whether businesses are prepared for these difficult-to-avoid eye injuries.

Study uncovers reason Danish cleaning workers retire early

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An 11-year study of Danish female cleaning workers received little North American news coverage.

ACI names toxicologist James Kim as associate vice president, science & regulatory affairs

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James Kim, Ph.D., DABT, M.H.S., a toxicologist with extensive scientific and research experience in the public, private and academic sectors, has joined the American Cleaning Institute as Associate Vice President, Science & Regulatory Affairs.

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The Summer holidays are once again upon us and I'm relieved to say that this will be the last issue of Cleanzine until we return on 6th September. Not that I don't love producing Cleanzine and its sister publication KBzine of course; it's just that with two issues to broadcast every week from early January, I become a little worn out by August!

I never stray far from my roots though and am naturally always on the lookout for a good story. Last weekend at a festival I attended an enthralling presentation by the explorer Mark Wood - amongst many incredible achievements, the only man to have completed back-to-back solo treks to the South Geographic Pole and a 200-mile crossing of the Arctic ocean to the Geographic North Pole. And when I say solo that means no dogs and no back-up whatsoever ( He also supported the BBC Top Gear team to the Magnetic North Pole. I won't tell you what his response was when asked which was worse... trekking in 'solitary confinement' or trekking with the likes of Jeremy Clarkson. Nor will 

I share his answer to the question of how he goes to toilet in such extreme conditions... And judging by the numbers of public toilets closing down around Britain, it probably won't be too long before we're as far away from a public toilet as Mark is most of the time. See this week's news for more on that story.

At the end of Mark's talk, I got into an interesting conversation with someone involved in procurement for the NHS, and when I asked what can be done to even out the spending differences for essential items, whereby one Trust is paying double per toilet roll or similar quality (and sometimes identical) black bin bag as another will pay, my new-found friend quipped that either way, they'd pay less if they went to the local supermarket.

Bearing in mind that the Trusts are buying in bulk, these differences really add up and I can understand why the NHS is short of money. I'm pleased to say that the disparity is being investigated and I'm looking forward to sharing the findings with you at some time in the future.

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This Week's News

IICRC announces agenda for 2018 Technical Conference

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) has this week announced the agenda for its 2018 Technical Conference, taking place 27th - 28th September at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Now in its third year, the Technical Conference will offer attendees an inside look at what it takes to work in the niche field of trauma and crime scene cleanup. Attendees can earn up to 10 CEC credits (up to three on Thursday and up to seven on Friday).

The 2018 conference agenda is as follows:

Thursday, 27th September:

British Toilet Association's Ray Martin asks Guardian readers to support loo campaign

* BTA_Ray-Martin.jpgRay Martin, who represents the British Toilet Association on the British Cleaning Council, was featured in one of Britain's most popular newspapers last week. Interviewed by The Guardian, he highlighted the plight of our nation's washrooms and urged UK firms to open toilets to non-customers as part of the 'Use Our Loos' campaign.

The number of public toilets in the UK has dropped by more than a third (39%) in the past two decades, laments Ray, who says that the average council in England now runs only 15 facilities.

Cromwell Polythene to speak about resource-efficiency of plastic at RWM 2018

* Cromwell-Polythene-resource.jpgCromwell Polythene is expecting a busy RWM - the UK's largest recycling & waste management expo, which is taking place this coming 12th and 13th September.

For as well as the company's extensive portfolio of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables being showcased on stand 5P32, managing director, James Lee will also speak at the show, on 12th September, emphasising, that it's 'Time to Stop Bashing the Plastics.'

Great news for the ABCD 30th Anniversary

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The Cleaning Industry Parliamentary Supporter, Jim Fitzpatrick, will host a luncheon for attendees in a House of Commons dining room on 18th May 2019, and will invite the Local Government Minister (whoever that will be at the time) to join everyone for this auspicious event.

Kennedy expands Satin Ellipse range with two new feminine hygiene products

* Intima-Satin.jpgKennedy Hygiene Products, manufacturer of the Ellipse range of dispensers, launched the new premium product line - Satin Ellipse - in March.

The company has now expanded the feminine hygiene range by adding the Satin Intima Pedal with a capacity of 23 litres, in addition to the Intima Mini Satin with a 15-litre capacity. The Satin Intima bins come with a black protective lid insert.

The art of keeping your audience captivated...

* Sawchuck.jpgMike Sawchuk, president of Sawchuk Consulting, works with business professionals helping them refine their presentation skills. He says that one of the biggest problems is that many presenters use words like "Ah", "Um" and "You know" in their talks. "These are filler words," he argues.

"We typically say about one a minute, but before an audience, we may use five every minute, that's about 12 per second". Here he gives some tips on how to keep your audience captivated, when making a presentation...

Britannia Hotel Group flies the Nilfisk flag

* Britannia-Hotels.jpgFounded in 1976, the Britannia Hotel Group now incorporates 53 hotels and provides over 10,000 bedrooms across the UK. Renowned in the sector for providing best value, quality accommodation, the Britannia hotel chain is perfect for both leisure and business.

Acquisitions and business development has seen the group invest significantly in hotel restaurants, bars, nightclubs and health facilities. This includes six sites previously operated by Pontins.

ProTech XV high volume employee hygiene systems help keep the workforce clean

* ProTech-XV-high-vol-hygiene.jpgMeritech's newest fully automated hand and footwear sanitising system, the ProTech XV, is a bi-directional walk-through system that can handle large numbers of employees entering and exiting production areas in large groups.

Developed to accommodate 15 employees per minute, it will sanitise hands or gloved hands with an E-3 'no-rinse' hand sanitising solution and will simultaneously sanitise footwear with a high concentration sanitising chemical as employees walk through.

Cintas Canada dishes out foodservice uniform program tips in free white paper

* Cintas-Canada.jpgCintas Canada has this week published its latest white paper, 'Food for thought: Should I rent or purchase foodservice uniforms?' The white paper highlights features to look for in foodservice garments, the benefits of renting versus purchasing uniforms and factors affecting the total cost of ownership (TCO).

It can help those operating restaurants and foodservice programs run out of schools, hotels and government buildings and is available for free download.

New e-guide explains how to select chemical protective gloves in six steps

* New-e-guide.jpgHoneywell has published the first in a two-part series of e-guides to help workers and health & safety professionals choose the right chemical protective gloves. 'A guide to selecting chemical protective gloves - part 1' offers a simple six-step method for glove selection that can be used to ensure a worker's hands are fully protected in a range of applications involving chemicals.

The e-guide explains the importance of knowing the dangers chemicals workers can encounter on the job, how to select the proper glove based on the risks workers face and how to properly size and fit them. It also outlines the relevant European safety standards safety managers should be aware of, along with the relevant markings to help them choose the right gloves.

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Recent UK News

Motorway services user survey - most stop to visit washrooms, but are they clean?

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Transport Focus has just released its 2018 report into the best and worst of England's 111 motorway services, following its survey of 9,600 motorists on their experiences. One purpose of the survey was to identify which aspects of the visitor experience most influence overall satisfaction and of course washroom facilities and their cleanliness have had a big impact, bearing in mind that most respondents - by a long way - cited the need to visit the toilet as the main reason for driving into motorway services in the first place.

Unprecedented three coordinated migrant worker strikes!

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Cleaners organised in the United Voices of the World (UVW) trade union are walking out over pay and unfair working conditions at three of the wealthiest employers in the UK.

Two new videos highlight security challenges in cleaning

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Two new videos highlighting the security challenges facing businesses, and the importance of systems and procedures to protect facilities being cleaned, have been launched by secure commercial cleaning expert, Julius Rutherfoord & Co.

Smarttask helps Stadium Support Services' standards soar at Farnborough Airshow

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Stadium Support Services, the specialist facilities management and cleaning company, has used SmartTask to monitor and coordinate its cleaning operation at the recent Farnborough International Airshow.

Litterbugs fall foul of Malvern Council

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Malvern Hills District Council has been battling the litterbugs lately and it is determined to show residents what will happen if they're caught breaking the law.

Star Platforms provide access to Concorde

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UK powered access company, Star Platforms, provided a Skyjack 6826RT diesel scissor lift on a next day dispatch to support a maintenance job carried out by one of its customers at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey.

BCC announces details of Resource Management Show to run parallel to Cleaning Show

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The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, has announced details of a new trade show which will run alongside The Cleaning Show at London's Excel next year (19th - 21st March).

DCA to boost professional standards with development grant from British Cleaning Council

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The Domestic Cleaning Alliance, the only UK trade association working exclusively on behalf of the domestic cleaning industry, has been awarded an £1,700 grant by the British Cleaning Council to kick-start two new professional development initiatives specifically for the domestic cleaning sector.

Riwal UK looks pretty in pink for breast cancer campaign launch

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Riwal UK is offering clients pink powered access as part of a year-long campaign to support research charity Breast Cancer Now, having repainted two of its most popular access platforms pink and named them 'Betty Boom' and 'Suzie Scissor Lift', to raise awareness about the disease on worksites and in public places up and down the UK.

New FTA events to provide road map for new international logistics landscape

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The Freight Transport Association, the largest and most influential business organisation in the logistics sector, has launched a new series of events - the International Road Transport Operator Conferences 2018 - to help operators understand and adapt to the changing international regulatory landscape for road haulage.

The two Sussex companies keeping Brighton's i360 sparkling

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The British Airways i360 has been sparkling in the sky this Summer thanks to a pair of Sussex-based cleaning companies.

Awards win for Greyland

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Leading commercial and industrial cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has won the 2018 Caterbar Supplier Awards.

Promote your business at CHSA's Charity Pro-Am Golf Day

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, taking place on Thursday, 13th September, is the perfect opportunity to promote your business to manufacturers and distributors of cleaning and hygiene products.

Mitie celebrates 70th anniversary of the NHS

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Mitie's 435 NHS based employees recently celebrated their combined 6,650 years of service for the UK's biggest employer, to mark the National Health Service's 70th birthday.

HSE publishes white paper on workplace strees

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'Managing work related stress as part of a prevention culture' is a new white paper published as part of the Health & Safety Executive's HSL Health & Safety Updates program.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
29-30th August 2018
Sydney, Australia

IICRC Technical Conference
27-28th September 2018
Las Vegas, USA

International Cleaning Forum
2-5th October 2018
16th edition
Cleaning, Dry Cleaning, Laundry
Kiev, Ukraine


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

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


Middle East Cleaning Technology Week
13-15th November 2018

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


ISSA Mexico 2019
19-21st February 2019
Mexico City


Clean India Technology Week 2019
20-22nd February 2019

The Cleaning Show
19-21st March 2019

Another edition of this successful event in one of the greatest cities on Earth!


CMS Berlin
24-27th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS World Summit 2019


CMS World Summit 2019
24-26th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS Cleaning Management Services

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