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International News

CIRI white paper presents new research on importance of health-based cleaning and disinfection

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In its ongoing effort to provide the cleaning and disaster industries with the latest research related to the science of cleaning and the restoration of the built environment, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) has  announced the availability of its new white paper, ‘Contact transmission of infectious disease agents: the science and implications for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces’.

European PPE demand to increase pressure on post-Covid supply chains

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Demand for Personal Protective Equipment is expected to outstrip supply for some time to come, but for longer-term reasons unconnected with the pandemic.

SoftBank Robotics EMEA signs strategic partnership in UAE

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SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with Jacky's Business Solutions, a leading B2B solutions provider in the UAE.

Matrix Cleaning Systems partners with Sterile Response in The Bahamas

The pandemic has seen many businesses experience ups and downs. Sterile Response, a professional cleaning company based in The Bahamas, was able to thrive and provide top-notch cleaning, sanitisation and decontamination services to multiple clients in Nassau.

Auto Pod: The new automatic reserve paper roll dispenser

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The Auto Pod provides a hand drying experience with its automatic paper delivery via capacitive sensing: single-use paper portion - the paper self presents; and automatic paper follow-on feature - for presenting paper in advance of the next operation.

PCMC adds virus-killing wet wipes machines Rx200 and Mako Clipper to nonwovens lineup

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Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) has announced that its wet wipes folding machines the Rx200 and Mako Clipper are now available with high-content alcohol, measuring as much as 70%.

Vectair Systems appoints Cory Powell as senior vice president of sales

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Vectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products, has welcomed Cory Powell to its leadership team, as senior vice president of North American sales.

CMS Berlin 2021 launches digital offer, with next live event scheduled for 2023

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As a result of the ongoing pandemic, CMS Berlin has decided to stage a digital event this year, with the next live event taking place at the Berlin exhibition grounds in 2023, right on schedule.

Americans continue to use public washrooms during pandemic but want touchless fixtures

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According to a national survey by Bradley Corp., half of the US population have continued to use public washrooms throughout the pandemic. Just 13% said they completely avoided using them while 50% visited them just as they always had.

ISSA and Informa Markets solidify partnership in India

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ISSA and Informa Markets are launching a new event for the Indian global cleaning and facilities management industry. The ISSA Conference India is scheduled for October 21st & 22nd, 2021, at the Westin Mumbai Garden City in Mumbai, India.

Introducing telemetry in our market’s top selling machine!

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The humble tub vacuum has been a staple machine within our industry for many years and is by far and large the most sold machine across all sectors.

Sage Automation lands South American export deal for its sanitisation system

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South-Australian manufacturer Sage Automation will this month begin exporting US-developed Sanitizit systems to Chile. The Sanitizit system is used to quickly sanitise shopping and luggage trolleys, wheelchairs and hospital gurneys by spraying a fine disinfectant over the item.

Wetrok Drivematic Deluxe ride-on scrubber-drier suits large areas

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When it comes to floor cleaning in train station concourses, logistics centres or car parks, you need a cleaning machine with extra power. The new Wetrok ride-on scrubber-drier Drivematic Deluxe has been designed exactly for this purpose.

Riwal adds Norway to JLG distributorship

JLG Industries, global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, has announced the appointment of Riwal as its distributor for Norway, with Karel Huijser, JLG EMEAIR's vice president and managing director, saying:

Global Biorisk Advisory Council responds to updated CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting against COVID-19

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The Global Biorisk Advisory Council(tm) (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, today released clarification around revised guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to cleaning and disinfecting for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Yesterday was World Hand Hygiene Day and I’d hazard a guess that, thanks to the pandemic, more of us than ever were aware of both the day itself and the importance of the measures it was set up to promote. I’ve noticed some people incorrectly calling it World Hand Washing Day and I always put them straight since those of us in the business of promoting good hygiene have been well aware for years that thorough drying of the hands is crucial in preventing the spread of germs. It’s not all about the washing!

Today’s Cleanzine carries reports from both sides of the hand drying industry – I say both sides since it seems as if the battle has raged since before I first became involved in cleaning & hygiene some 30 years ago – and judging by these reports there are no signs of the battle abating. I’ll leave you draw your own conclusions once you’ve read them.

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John Austen and I have been broadcasting Cleanzine for nigh on 20 years and over that time have lost count of the enquiries we’ve taken about where to buy a particular piece of cleaning equipment or asked what our recommendations are. Normally we’ll put those enquiring in touch with whoever they’re looking for but last week we received a request we were unable to help with – whether we knew anyone who can supply high-end ‘wet floor’ signs such as those pictured here. If you’re a supplier or know someone who is, please email [email protected] with the details and contact information and we’ll pass them on.




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This Week's News

Countries lift ban on electric hand dryers in public washrooms

The electric Hand dryer Association (eHA), the official body that represents the global hand dryer industry, chose yesterday - World Hand Hygiene Day, to point out the importance of proper hand hygiene and welcome several countries' decisions to lift bans on electric hand dryers in public washrooms and workplaces.

In a press statement, the eHA said:

Virtual Summit recommends ventilation and single use towels as key to safety in ‘new normal’

* Virtual-Summit.jpgProfessionals working in the procurement and catering industries across Europe joined the virtual summit, 'Tissue paper, the Smart Choice' last week to learn how to make their businesses safe and hygienic in the post-pandemic era.

The free-to-join summit was tailored to the needs of purchasing decision makers in the HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant & Catering) and hospitality sectors, and structured around three tracks - Hygiene & Safety, Sustainability and Consumer Insights. It offered delegates a wealth of sound advice on new approaches to make their businesses safe and viable in 2021 and beyond.

Lowering Covid risk with smart ventilation

* Covid-Vaisala-HVAC.jpgAs countries emerge from the pandemic, it will be interesting to see what the 'new normal' looks like. Will workers return to their offices full time? Or will there be a new preference for more flexible hours and for hybrid working (home + office). Either way, there will be a new, heightened responsibility to account for microbiological hazards such as Covid-19 in the provision of safe indoor environments.

In this article Anu Katka, an indoor environment expert from Vaisala (Finland), examines the role ventilation systems will play in protecting people in offices and other workspaces from future microbiological threats. She also explains why the reliable measurement of carbon dioxide will be critically important because it is the best measure of effective ventilation.

BBI Solutions facilitating fast action to tackle Legionella risk

* BBI-Solutions.jpgBBI Solutions has created a bespoke mobile solution for the what it believes is the world's first and quickest on-site Legionella test.

The rapid Hydrosense test comes at a critical time as many buildings such as offices, schools and commercial properties reopen in accordance with the easing of restrictions.

Washroom solutions provider's FIGured out a more sustainable, eco-friendly approach

* bamboo-sugarcane.jpgInnovative washroom systems manufacturer FIG Products has harnessed the Earth's natural resources - Bamboo and Sugarcane - to produce more sustainable, eco-friendly and hygienic washroom products with a full range of dedicated away-from-home dispensers.

Most people are familiar with the current focus on bamboo tissue paper and sustainability, but through careful research, investigation and innovation, FIG decided to go one better.

Deal secures use of coating effective against SARS-COV-2 for global transportation industry

* Anti-Covid-coating.jpgMillions of people rely on public transport infrastructure every day and it will be crucial to the opening of economies after Covid-19 lockdowns around the world. Yet many viruses and bacteria, including the SARS-COV-2 virus, can survive for up to three days on some surfaces, meaning regularly touched areas in public spaces have the potential to be cross contamination hotspots.

Help is at hand thanks to a deal between Finnish company Affix Labs and seat manufacturer Franz Kiel GmbH.

New solution package helps meet increased office hygiene demands

* New-solution-Tork1.jpgWith increased hygiene expectations of public places, the role of our facilities managers has never been more essential to maintaining hygienic spaces. According to a recent study by Essity, following Covid-19, seven out of 10 employees expect their employer to provide extra cleaning rounds.

This proves that a new hygiene standard is here to stay.

Grab the rally towel! Pittsburgh custodian crowned 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year

* Custodian-2021.jpgAnd the winner of the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest is... Mr Heiry! With over 70,000 votes, Cintas Corporation crowned Mike Heiry of North Allegheny Intermediate High School the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year.

Nearly 800 students congratulated Mike with a surprise hybrid ceremony held virtually and in the school's auditorium. He was celebrated with the marching band's drumline and posters created by the student government organisation.

Bulk HOCL disinfectant readily available from Centrego

* Bulk-HOCL-disinfectant.jpgAs business, retail and entertainment venues get back to work, there has been a surge in demand for larger volumes of environmentally-friendly and effective solutions for disinfection, cleaning and fogging.

Dust extraction specialist achieves ISO certification on occupational health & safety

* Dust-control.jpgDustcontrol AB has been officially certified according to ISO 45001 on Occupational Health and Safety, further highlighting its commitment to provide a reduced ecological impact and safer working environment.

According to the International Labour Organisation, more than 7,600 people die from work-related accidents or diseases every day, underlining the importance of implementing health & safety regulations that systematically collaborate, plan, support, examine and improve working environments.

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Recent UK News

Jangro helps shape future of sustainability

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Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, is delighted to be part of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s new sustainability committee, which was recently formed to focus on how the sector can adopt more environmentally-friendly processes and systems.

West Lancashire cleaning business celebrates 25-year milestone

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West Lancashire business owner, Chris Wootton, is celebrating a huge milestone as his domestic cleaning franchise business Poppies - which via its membership of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance is a member of the British Cleaning Council - reaches its 25-year anniversary.

Churchill Group's Charlotte Parr signs on to support APPG for UK Cleaning & Hygiene Industry

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Churchill Group, one of the largest independently owned soft service providers in the UK, has announced that Charotte Parr is working to support the work of the recently formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the UK cleaning & hygiene industry.

MAG appointed exclusive UK distributor of ozone generators proven to inactivate Covid-19

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One of the UK's leading suppliers of commercial laundry solutions, MAG Laundry Equipment, has been appointed exclusive UK distributor of Ecozone Technologies’ ozone generators, parts and technical support.

Tennant UK strengthens industrial sales team

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Tennant UK welcomes Wendy Adams as a new regional account manager to its industrial sales team where she will be helping customers based across the West Midlands.

Senior promotion at Denis Rawlins following strong year

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Denis Rawlins has bolstered its senior leadership team with the promotion of Werner Du Plessis to the role of sales director for the UK.

Infection risk in care homes drops 41% thanks to robots

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In a UK Government-funded trial, robots were used to clean the floors in 25 care homes and the results showed that pathogen levels dropped by 41% in just three days.

Westminster showcases upcycled electric refuse collection vehicle at SMMT Electrified 2021

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Westminster City Council and Veolia have showcased one of their upcycled electric refuse collection vehicles at the high profile 'SMMT Electrified 2021' parade in central London.

Tennant UK appoints new operations supervisor

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Tennant UK has appointed Paul Knowles in the newly created role of operations supervisor, from his previous position as product demonstrator. The operations team working from Tennant UK's Northampton warehouse and workshop will report directly to Paul.

MPs and Peers to be briefed by leading cleaning & hygiene sector figures

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Some of the most prominent figures from the cleaning & hygiene sector will brief MPs and Peers next Tuesday, 20th April about how to restore people's confidence in using work and public spaces following the pandemic.

New CPD set to help with effective specification of toilets & urinals

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Well known toilet solutions manufacturer Fluidmaster, has launched a new CPD module focusing on specification of urinals and toilets. 

Covid-secure measures help facilitate West End theatre reopening - 19th May

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London's Theatre Royal Haymarket has implemented a raft of Covid-secure measures that will enable the theatre to reopen on 19th May. The auditorium and access areas are now fogged with Nemesis eH2O, an anti-viral disinfectant, before every performance, and visitors temperature checked on arrival.

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2-4th November 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa

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2-4th November 2021

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3rd December 2021

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