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The British Institute of Cleaning Science has announced the imminent launch of a selection of NHS compliant cleaning skills, which have been adapted from the Institute's long-established Cleaning Professional's Skills Suite.
The selected skills will be compliant with both PAS 5748:2014, and the draft 'NHS National standards of healthcare cleanliness manual'.
Purify-One, manufacturer of ultraviolet disinfecting devices, is in receipt of final audited test results from Microbac Laboratories, (a US-based CDC certified lab) confirming the Purify-One UV Disinfecting Wand is highly effective in destroying SARS-CoV-2, known as Coronavirus, which causes Covid-19.
Mircrobac Laboratories reports say that the Purify-One UV Disinfecting Wand has been shown to be ~97% effective in destroying Covid-19 within seconds of exposure. A relatively high percentage of the residual virus, (while remaining living) has also been shown to no longer be able to replicate - effectively deeming it harmless.
With the UK entering its third lockdown this week, the question many of the population are asking is 'what more can we do?' With the one year lockdown anniversary fast approaching, are we really at a loss how to slow the spread?
In this article, Joe Flanagan, LCIBSE, director of Essex-based Ingenious Probiotics, explains how probiotic cleaning works, and why, we as an industry, should consider its potential impact on the health and wellbeing of cleaning operatives as well as that of the occupants of the buildings we clean…
“The cleaning industry is now a subsection of the health and wellness sector. It's not about making rooms look clean for a price - the health of cleaning operatives and building occupants is paramount.
Medirest's national domestic and infection control manager, Anna Hallas, has been named in the New Year's Honours, which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.
Having worked for Medirest, Compass's Healthcare division, for 24 years, Anna is instrumental in supporting its domestic teams in the delivery and measurement of domestic services and adherence to infection control standards across the organisation's partner Trusts. Anna's role has never been more important supporting teams with the ongoing fight against Covid-19 and working collaboratively with NHSI/E. Anna was nominated by the NHS for this recognition.
To provide quick, effective disinfection against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, healthcare disinfection specialist Xenex Disinfection Services, has announced the availability of LightStrike6, the highly-anticipated new version of its patented germ-zapping robots.
LightStrike6 (LS6) provides the same intense germ deactivating power of current LightStrike robot models, but is more intuitive, durable, faster and smarter (with enhanced wireless reporting abilities).
Ambulance interiors require regular and comprehensive cleaning and sanitising. The work though is demanding and needs to be carried out as quickly as possible, as vehicles can be in constant use and teams have to react rapidly to emergencies, which may interrupt cleaning operations.
The presence of life-saving objects and electronic instrumentation, means that sanitising chemicals cannot be sprayed in liquid form.
When University of London, Goldsmiths College, famed for its creative departments (former graduates include Britain's richest living artist Damien Hirst, and film director Sir Steven McQueen), needed to erect a Covid-19 Mass Test Centre quickly in time for students return, it naturally turned to its FM company CK Facilities Management for help and advice.
Fortunately, NHS approved supplier CK Facilities Management's existing in-house resources comprise CK Group Services for building works, City & Kent Cleaning for daily cleaning, deep cleans and sanitising, as well as CK Consumables for every type of cleaning and hygiene material supplies, so it was readily able to accommodate the brief.
A Yorkshire Dales doctor's surgery has updated its waiting room to help keep its staff and patients safe. Reeth Medical Centre, near Richmond, has had its seating reupholstered with an easy-to-clean, antimicrobial surface to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
The work was done by Ghyll House Upholstery & Design which has worked with several GP practices to redesign their patient waiting areas.
Exhaustive laboratory tests carried out on face masks treated with a novel chemical agent that produces a potent form of oxygen when activated by light, have shown that it can destroy human coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Covguard Shycocan is a breakthrough innovation now available to defend against coronavirus within enclosed spaces. The device, launched by BV Consulting, is designed to disarm, disable and protect against Covid-19, providing real-time protection in buildings.
It works by releasing safe, negatively charged electrons which neutralise the spike (S) proteins on the virus, so that they cannot attach to human cells.
ATP monitoring allows Germinator to test surfaces for the potential presence of living microorganisms in as little as 15 seconds prior to sanitising and disinfecting.
The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought chaos, as health officials and organisations scramble to find preventative measures for the spreading of the virus until a vaccine is discovered to bring transmission under control.
However, a small business in Sheffield is supporting these agencies with a range of Covid-fighting UV-C products.
In recognition of companies producing personal protective equipment for frontline workers throughout the pandemic - including Royal Mint and Brammer - and the mutual support shown within the industry, Goodfellow is cutting its materials prices* by 20% for the annual Black Friday sale in November.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Pest Control Conference, organised in partnership with the British Pest Control Association, is a two-day online conference taking place on 3rd and 4th November.
It aims to gather pest control professionals and experts to debate the latest legislative guidance and practical tools available, as well as discuss new risks and challenges from non-native species, including Asian hornets.
"We are working closely with facilities managers to recommend that they take the right steps to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors, and to restore confidence", says P-Wave sales & marketing manager Mark Wintle.
“As the pandemic has progressed, our understanding of the virus that causes Covid-19 has grown, and this has influenced the guidance on transmission-prevention measures such as face masks, social distancing, hand washing and disinfection.
Since the old adage, 'necessity is the mother of invention' still rings true, there have been notably creative ways that organisations and governments around the world have responded to the public health crisis. One of the most innovative measures is the use of UV lighting to combat the spread of the virus.
The cleaning & hygiene industry has been assessing the huge impact of Coronavirus and the lockdown on different sectors, businesses, and operatives. A British Cleaning Council audit of members last month shows that organisations and individuals are having to adapt rapidly to the major changes brought by the virus.
A consistent theme throughout is praise for the dedication of the operatives who have been doing vital work protecting the health and wellbeing of others and keeping key industries going since the pandemic began.
A pilot study to investigate whether microorganisms that remain present on poorly washed hands can be transferred beyond the washroom environment to clinical and patient areas has found that drying hands with paper towels as opposed to jet air dryers results in lower rates of virus contamination on hands and clothing. The consequences of these different rates of contamination remaining on hands after drying were measured by sampling a series of surfaces to determine the extent of transmission of a virus beyond the washroom.
The study, peer reviewed in the latest issue of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, was performed in a washroom in Leeds General Infirmary (UK) used by staff, visitors and patients. It was spaced over a five-week period and investigated virus transmission beyo
A new laundry product that eliminates germs and odour-causing bacteria on clothes between washes, reducing the spread of disease and keeping clothes and other laundry fresher and safer for longer, provides up to one month's (or five wash cycles) protection against bacteria and germs on laundry.
Working in washes as low as 30 degrees, the product, from biotech cleaning company Zonitise, uses the same antimicrobial technology proven to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 after six weeks on surfaces, as tested by two of the world's leading laboratories.
A study into a major cause of hospital acquired infections has begun. The work is exploring how contagion bacteria survive even deep cleans with chemical products and is evaluating a novel approach to reduce HAI through the use of probiotic hard surface cleaners.
The collaboration between Genesis Biosciences and the University of Huddersfield has received funding from the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) and will examine infection-causing dry biofilms and assess the efficacy of preventative probiotic cleansers.
As part of the service, Mitie has exclusive UK rights to install Luxibel UVC purification lamps in a range of locations, including offices, airports, shopping centres and other work or public spaces, to help in providing cleaner air.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are now looking to new technology to stop the spread of infection in the ongoing battle against Covid-19. Unlike conventional cleaning this method uses an entirely hands-free approach and is delivered through beams of UV light.
UV-C radiation has been identified as one of the most efficient methods of successfully disinfecting air and surfaces that people come into contact with.
Now a permanent group of products in its portfolio, Cleantec Innovation's ViroGuard range was launched in April last year in direct response to market demands for high performing and trustworthy sanitising and disinfection products.
The safety of children and vulnerable adults is under threat from a wave of unsafe, mis-sold and under-regulated alcohol-based hand sanitisers, without any Government acknowledgment of the alternatives, according to a leading UK manufacturer.
Chester-based Byotrol, which makes Invirtu alcohol-free hand sanitiser, is calling for an urgent review into controls on the market, to prevent unscrupulous suppliers from distributing ineffective, misleading and potentially dangerous products to the public. The call comes as 10 cross-party MPs have written to Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, asking for an urgent review of the guidelines for hand sanitisers.
Richard Little, managing director, Jenton International, asks why UV air disinfection is not being used in the fight against Covid-19 - especially when there is a convincing argument, backed by sound evidence - for using it to improve air in a range of buildings and work environments.
These include doctors’ waiting rooms, schools, offices and food processing plants, as well as HVAC applications.
Leading independent cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland has announced that Spray & Wipe Ultra, its multipurpose antiviral surface cleaner launched last year, has now been tested against the SARS-CoV-2 virus using the NEN 14675 Standard Method.
The testing has certified and proven that Spray & Wipe Ultra is effective against the Novel Coronavirus, the cause of Covid-19. It kills 99.9% of the virus in less than 30 seconds.
At a time when the healthcare sector is under immense pressure, the British Institute of Cleaning Science, known for its clear approach to raising standards within the cleaning industry, has adapted and launched Healthcare Cleaning Skills.
Trained operatives will be able to apply their knowledge and skills across all environments within the sector.
Global hygiene and pest control products manufacturer Pelsis Group has launched the Hurricane ES, an electrostatic fogger that disperses disinfectant across potentially contaminated surfaces to provide widespread coverage.
GermErase, a new brand at the frontline of protecting against Covid-19, infections and superbugs, has launched its first product range, guaranteeing the highest levels of protection against pathogens for up to a month.
GermErase is thought to be the first and only multi-surface protector proven to kill SARS-CoV-2 in under 30 seconds, and a broad range of other pathogens, with up to 99.9999% efficacy, making it faster and more effective than any other product currently available on the market. It is also said to be the first British product to be tested against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, as opposed to proxy viruses which is how most products have been tested.
Xenex is known for its LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots, which have been deployed by hundreds of healthcare facilities worldwide for no-touch room disinfection.
Jangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has recently expanded its 'Professional' range with the launch of three antiviral products, in an effort to help organisations keep their facilities clean, healthy, and Covid-secure.
Joining the line-up is an Antiviral Disinfectant, an Antiviral Hand Wash and an Antiviral Fogger, all of which have been tested and proven to be effective against Coronavirus.
However, it is disturbing to see that the forgotten people who also can't work from home like machine operators and those working in construction and on production lines, or those employed as drivers and workers in customer-facing roles are also more likely to die.
Co-19 is an easy-to-use virucidal disinfectant cleaner and degreaser, designed to kill viruses and bacteria within 60 seconds, on a range of surfaces including floors, tiles, sinks, plastics, microwaves and refrigerators.
It is a clear liquid that is low tainting and fragrance-free, with an undiluted pH of 12.
The company teams are providing the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Lincoln - one of the country's first mass vaccination hubs - with daily cleaning and hygiene services, eight hours a day, seven days a week. Teams are also helping to keep staff and patients safe at the second centre to open in the city at its EXO Centre Lincolnshire Showground.
The Government's recommendation that all new buildings which are not dwellings will require specialist systems to help to reduce the spread of airborne diseases such as Covid-19 doesn't go far enough, according to a leading infection mitigation specialist.
Paul Waldeck, chief technical officer at PP-L, says that while the regulations have been welcomed by many, the limitations of their scope results in a piecemeal approach to dealing with the role of ventilation in the spread of viruses.
Vira-Care’s new 100% biodegradable disinfectant wipes comprise an effective broad spectrum disinfectant-cleaner which is double negatively charged for suspending, interacting and destroying particles; impregnated into a viscose material for a superior clean.
As well as being non-irritating, non-toxic and non-corrosive, they are odourless and do not contain dyes, lint or bulk fillers. They will not burn or corrode and nor will they damage surfaces. They are stable to heat and relatively stable in the presence of organic matter and quite active against thermoduric organisms.
UMF Corporation has announced that testing from award-winning contract research organisation Integrated Pharma Services confirms that UMF's Micrillon sheath and core fibre demonstrates significant antiviral properties against Human Coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, and Human Influenza A H1N1 virus in just minutes.
The Micrillon sheath and core fibre, spun into a yarn and knitted into a material, also demonstrates significant antibacterial efficacy (100% kill) against Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and E. coli 0157:H7.
Writing in a new report for facilities services provider phs Group, Cambridge University Professor Paul Linden highlights the growing evidence for the airborne transmission of coronavirus and that tackling indoor air quality must be at the forefront of creating Covid-safe environments.
To support its growth into new territories and pests, the company has doubled its headcount and secured partnerships to further extend its commercial reach.
Ambius, known for its commitment to helping organisations promote healthy spaces through interior landscaping and scenting solutions, launched Hygiene360, a suite of full-service solutions that tackle the spread of germs on surfaces, person-to-person and in the air.
With the increased use of personal protective equipment during the pandemic, there is the potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing latex, warns the Health & Safety Executive.
Latex allergy most commonly manifests itself as localised urticaria, however other symptoms include allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma and, rarely, anaphylaxis.
The advanced air-drying formulation quickly cleans and sanitises hands without any nasty sticky residue. Free from alcohol & added fragrance, it's the perfect product to combat the dry and chapped skin that usually comes from multiple applications of hand sanitiser. For those with sensitive skin, this would be the sanitiser to choose.
It has been tested and passed standards EN1276 and EN16615 (adapted for commercial kitchens), which confirm its anti-bacterial action, whilst EN14476 proves it is effective at killing enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus.
ViroGuard Alcohol-Free Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Sanitiser passes the requirements of BS EN 1276 and BS EN 13727 for bactericidal activity, BS EN 14476 for viricidal activity, BS EN 1500 for hygienic handrub and BS EN 13624 for yeasticidal activity offering vital protection to the public.
From an ethical, environmental and socio-economic point of view, this phenomenon is nothing short of alarming because it has a direct impact on producers, processors, distributors, shops - and, of course, on consumers. But here's the good news: henceforth it will be possible to extend this UBD by up to 100%!
Company CEO Steve Rosenzweig, who has 28 years’ experience in professional cleaning industry and is dedicated to providing customers with the most effective cleaning, says he wants to offer an extra layer of protection for complete confidence in his cleaning and disinfection protocols to help combat the spread of illness-causing germs including SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.
Colds, flu, stomach upsets and the like can rapidly circulate and infect one person after another - and with the battle against Covid-19 currently raging, never has it been as important to reduce the likelihood of the spread of infection than it is now.
Door handles are the perfect example...
Now, renowned researchers at the University of Arizona have concluded that there is "no data to support any human health claims relative to hand dryers versus paper towel use”.
Are you servicing high footfalls? Want to keep your venue as Covid safe throughout the day for staff, visitors, and pupils? Struggling to keep up with demand on your hand sanitiser station? Then the Pedal Pro 7000 is your solution!
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the hygiene and safety of staff, visitors and attendees has become the No.1 priority for businesses. The challenge is even greater for those welcoming large footfalls. Whole industries are now facing so many challenges in their day-to-day operations, particularly those with large footfalls such as event spaces, museums, offices, schools and universities.
Ecolab has been a long-term supplier of NHS Supply Chain, providing critical infection prevention solutions, combined with service and training to help ensure cleaner, safer and healthier healthcare environments. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for infection prevention solutions has surged, and Ecolab has worked closely with NHS Supply Chain to help ensure the right products are delivered where they are needed the most across the NHS and health & social care.
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The Micro-Mist is purpose-designed for fast application of disinfecting solutions in a fine mist to interior floors, carpets, upholstery and multiple types of surfaces and touch-points.
With the Coronavirus pandemic running rampant we cannot afford to take any chances with our cleaning equipment or processes and TomCat's floor cleaning machines will help cleaning contractors go that extra mile in terms of both hygiene and sustainability, whilst cutting costs.
TomCat's new on-board Zer03+ system - which now comes with the Suds system included in the package on the company's pedestrian and ride-on scrubber driers, offers the best of both worlds. It produces on demand, unlimited amounts of aqueous ozone from plain tap water- which, like chlorine, is a powerful oxidiser - so there is no chance of degradation or dilution of the product as is experienced with some other chemical free systems.
According to Tom Morrison, vice president of marketing for Kaivac, KaiSan II is a no-rinse, hospital-grade disinfectant, effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens including:
Prochem distributor and home-services company, FantasticServices, has been rallying to support NHS staff nationwide by donating two hours of cleaning free of charge and giving preferential rates to all frontline NHS workers. Now, the company is looking to expand this offer to all key workers in the UK.
"We all owe an enormous debt to the selfless NHS workers who are saving lives as they fight daily against Covid-19," says Fantastic Services CEO and co-founder Anton Skarlatov (pictured left).
The innovative product uses smart technology to deliver the exact amount of sanitiser required without touching the device, and to ensure maximum use, providing companies with peace of mind as workplaces reopen.
The Ecoray system is a totally autonomous addition to the range of Grande Brio scrubber dryers and Willmop vertical scrubber dryers from TSM Italy - brought to the UK market in an exclusive partnership with Hooper Services in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Using UV technology to destroy micro-organisms on a cellular level, the Ecoray system can destroy up to 97% of bacteria, mould or viruses without the use of a chemical.
Since the pandemic began, the British Cleaning Council has received many enquiries about cleaning applications, processes and procedures from a variety of organisations that are reopening premises or seeking to design cleaning regimes that will ensure staff, visitors and the public stay safe and well.