*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 2nd April 2020 Issue no. 912

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International News

BREAKING: Are staff being asked to work on non-essential cleans?

Cleaning staff contracted by WeWork through Jones Lang Lasalle in New York, have been instructed to continue to go into work during the Coronavirus pandemic and must use their paid time off or limited sick leave if they become ill, according a story in the Guardian newspaper. The publication claims to have had sight of ‘an internal document’ provided to cleaning staff on how to respond to inspectors who visit WeWork office buildings to ensure that essential work is being carried out.

New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, ordered the shutdown of all non-essential businesses in the State on 20th March, but WeWork has allegedly kept most of its offices open, claiming that some of its tenants operate essential businesses - despite the fact that most are now empty and that there are reports of Covid-19 cases at some properties.

Plea from handwash manufacturer to use refills

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Good hand hygiene is vital for curbing the risk of infection and the transmission of viruses at any time, but because the demand for hand soap has increased substantially thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the need for product containers has also grown.

Sheremetyevo Airport implements extensive set of measures to contain Coronavirus spread

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SIA JSC, the manager of Sheremetyevo International Airport, is taking what it says are unprecedented measures to prevent the importation and spread of Covid-19 infection in the territory of the Russian Federation.

CIRI to host online symposium highlighting science-based best practices for Coronavirus cleaning and pandemic response

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The Cleaning Industry Research Institute a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the development and dissemination of unbiased, peer-reviewed research for the professional cleaning and disaster restoration industries, will now host its upcoming Symposium exclusively via live stream.

EFCI calls for safety and free movement of cleaning personnel in fight against Covid-19

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In the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, EFCI, the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry, is calling on national authorities to take into consideration the special needs of the cleaning sector as well as the needs and difficulties cleaning agents and companies are currently undergoing.

“The emergency has made clear the importance of sanitising, in particular in hospital environments, to safeguard the health of users, patients, and of sanitary personnel,” it says.

Chem-tech company Aqdot forms partnership to facilitate expansion into US markets

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Aqdot, the Cambridge-based supramolecular company, is moving into the US market after agreeing a partnership with Essential Ingredients to distribute its patented malodour product, AqFresh, throughout North America.

Interclean Amsterdam to be rescheduled


FROM THE ORGANISERS... "In view of the recent developments as a result of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its exhibition committee, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the cleaning & hygiene industry, Interclean Amsterdam will be rescheduled. The new dates will be confirmed by 20th March.

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Greyland launches Maximum Eco range

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In what may be seen as a game-changing move, leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has followed on rapidly from major product and production developments already this year, including a significant increase in the amount of UK recycled polymer used in its bottles, and has now placed itself firmly in the forefront of environmental concerns with the launch of its Maximum Eco range.

Safe cleaning and disinfection when confronted with COVID-19 infections: how hospitals can ensure they are equipped

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An independent institute has confirmed the efficacy of Meiko cleaning and disinfection technology, which means it is possible to safely clean and disinfect almost all hospital utensils that could be contaminated - even for faecal-oral transmission.

Idrobase Solutions feature on RAI 1 TV channel

RAI 1, the main Italian television channel, has featured Idrobase and in particular the company’s products that can help the fight against Coronavirus.

During the well-known TV show UnoMattina, journalists from the main national broadcaster spoke about Idrobase and the fight against the spread of Coronavirus and other pathogens.

Flood damage to your property? Bio Productions has the perfect solution!

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As you may already know, Micro Clean is a versatile biological stain and odour digester. However, Micro Clean is also an incredible solution for flood damaged properties. We have heard that a lot of properties have needed stripping down and replastering once they have been dried out…

Micro Clean helps to reduce the soiling caused by flood damage and reduces the need for replastering.

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Strange times we're living in, aren't they? I'm sat here chuckling to myself as for only the second time in the 20 years I've lived in my house, I'm aware that there's a woodpecker about. Whenever I hear its surprisingly loud tapping on next door's dead tree, I rush to the window to see if I can spot it. 

I've just done the same thing, having heard a plane fly over! I didn't at the time think that it may be the last time I'll see one above me (I live in the bit where planes circling to land at Gatwick or Heathrow just avoid one another overhead) but who knows what's going to happen in the future - or not, as the case may be?

Last Thursday something else unprecedented happened when the nation's cleaners were lauded in Parliament - a statement repeated in various forms by heads of state all over and in the European Parliament too.

That evening something else odd happened in the UK. Residents from all over, stood outside their homes and workplaces, at windows or on balconies, clapping and cheering for the NHS and other care workers for putting their lives at risk to look after us. Tonight, when we're all out there again, I'm going to be applauding the cleaners, too. I do hope you'll join me...



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This Week's News

EFCI outlines cleaning industry's urgent needs in Coronavirus crisis

* EFCI-medical.jpgWhile European institutions are unanimously calling for solidarity and collaborating to develop an EU-level response to the common challenge, EFCI, the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry, is calling on decision-makers at EU and national level to provide the sector with the necessary tools to continue developing its crucial role throughout the crisis and to ensure the continuity of its companies for the duration of the outbreak as well as after it ends.

On 18th March, the Association published a first statement to address the urgent need for national and European authorities to:

Why Governments advocate soap and water as a primary defence in fight against Covid-19

* Paul-Twiss.jpgBy Paul Twiss, marketing director at InnuScience

General cleaning products:

While Governments advocate soap and water as a primary defence in the fight against Covid-19 it's 'business as usual' for InnuScience's biotechnological products. You should continue cleaning with InnuScience's biotechnological products as usual.

Live Online courses launched to support learning during Coronavirus pandemic

* Live-online.jpgThe British Safety Council has developed a series of Live Online courses to help remote workers continue their health, safety and environmental training and learning as the nation changes its working habits to meet the threat of Coronavirus.

The courses will be delivered live online by the same tutors who deliver British Safety Council face-to-face training.

Remote fever scanning solution launched to help safeguard frontline workers

* Digital.jpgDigital Barriers, a leading provider of edge-intelligent surveillance and security technologies, has announced the release of a real-time remote fever scanning solution that adds remote monitoring to this capability. Fever scanning cameras help safeguard frontline workers against potential infection.

The addition of Digital Barriers' government-grade remote monitoring enables this to be carried out without the need for close human contact, thereby cutting the risk of transmission.

Concerns mount about supply chain interruptions… do you have a plan b in place?

* Concerns.jpgRight now, most of the supply chains serving the professional cleaning, packaging, and related industries have not been seriously impacted by Covid-19 (Coronavirus). However, that could change very quickly, according to Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing and packaging for Afflink, a sales and marketing organisation with more than 300 distributor-members throughout the US.

"It's tough to predict, but recent studies indicate that supply chain interruptions are mounting and may grow in the coming months."

Manufacturer donates over 186K units of hygiene supplies to Clean the World to fight Covid-19 spread

* L-Occitaine.jpgClean the World Foundation, a leader in global health dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and global sustainability, received a sizable donation of close to 200,000 hygiene products from L'Occitane en Provence, a global manufacturer and distributor of natural beauty and wellbeing products.

The donation included much needed hygiene supplies including: 74,000 (50ml) bottles of shampoo, 40,000 (50ml) bottles of conditioner, 12,000 (50ml) bottles of shower gel, 33,000 (50ml) bottles of body lotion, 27,400 (50g + 75g) bars of soap.

Hygiene specialist puts plans in place to ensure vital supplies for the frontline

* Chemical-General.jpgBradford based Christeyns UK, which manufactures and supplies a range of detergents and hygiene chemicals, has put procedures in place to ensure continued supply of much needed hygiene products.

"Our first line of action has been to protect our staff and families, many of whom are now working from home," states managing director Nick Garthwaite. "However, as a key supplier, supporting the healthcare sector and hygiene in food and beverage production, it is crucial that we ensure supply is available for our customers as needed."

Six steps janitorial suppliers should take now to be stronger when rebound arrives

Six-steps.jpg"There is case after case where companies stopped advertising and stopped marketing in a downturn and never resurfaced." Many in the professional cleaning industry report that they are swamped right now, with end-customers asking them to help them sanitise their facilities.

However, at the same time, they realise that much of our world has come to a virtual standstill, and no one knows when some semblance of normality will return.

National Living Wage increase raises income of low-paid workers

* National-living-wage-rises.jpgThe National Living Wage increased yesterday (1st April) to £8.72, giving a pay rise to thousands of workers at the frontline of the UK's response to Covid-19. This rise follows recommendations made to the Government by the Low Pay Commission in the Autumn.

It means the rate reaches the target of 60% of median earnings, originally set by the Government in 2015.

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Recent UK News

'Extraordinary' role of cleaners praised in Parliament

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Boris Johnson, and Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute in Parliament yesterday to the 'extraordinary' role of cleaners during the Coronavirus crisis. The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Labour Party were taking part in Prime Minister's Questions when Mr Corbyn praised the 'unsung heroes' of the public sector who 'keep us safe' during the outbreak.

Essential services and key workers: Statement from the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association

“Following discussion, the Government has confirmed that those involved in the production and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products are classified as key workers. It is our understanding that Government is avoiding precise definitions to avoid a key sector being missed.

New Emergency Preparedness Pack will help businesses respond to Covid-19 risks

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As the UK enters a three-week period of significant restrictions over the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, safety and compliance expert Bureau Veritas has released a new Emergency Preparedness Pack to help businesses respond rapidly to the growing risks of this global pandemic.

UK cleaning industry is 5% of workforce as sector's income rises at double the rate of UK economy

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New research by the British Cleaning Council has revealed that there are approximately 1.63 million workers in the industry, making up around 5% of the UK workforce.

Water Jetting Association suspends training to counter Covid-19 health threat

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The Water Jetting Association has suspended all water jetting training to counter the health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus. Its Ruling Council has based its decision on Government social distancing guidelines and planned legislation, designed to protect people against the virus.

FSA’s new food business guidance in response to Coronavirus outbreak covers cleaning and waste disposal

The Food Standards Agency has today published advice for food businesses in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. The new guidance has been developed with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and covers a range of areas including good hygiene practice, cleaning and waste disposal as well as the management of employee sickness and social distancing for specific food business settings.

A little silver lining: CHSA chocolates bring cheer to staff and parents at children's hospital

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In a little silver lining to the enormous challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association put a smile on the faces of staff and parents at the two children's hospitals in Sussex when they donated boxes and boxes of delicious chocolates.

Army may be deployed to collect refuse

Councils may well end up calling in the army to clear rubbish and empty bins, thanks to staffing crises in waste departments. Derby City Council despite cancelling its brown bin collections in the city last week, says it is struggling to maintain its blue recycling bin collections.

Manchester Cleaning Show postponed until September, due to Coronavirus crisis

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As announced as Breaking News in Cleanzine last week, the Manchester Cleaning Show, previously scheduled for 25th and 26th March this year, has been postponed due to the ongoing international Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

FTA asks businesses to cease commercial driver toilet ban

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In response to reports from Freight Transport Association’s members that commercial drivers are being refused entry to businesses toilet facilities due to COVID-19 concerns, Sally Gilson, head of skills policy at FTA, comments:

"FTA is urging businesses to drop their bans on commercial drivers using their toilet facilities, following reports from FTA members that this is occurring across the nation."

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in premises they visit as part of their work, says HSE

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The Health & Safety Executive says it has been receiving reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. “Preventing access is against the law; equally it's not the sensible thing to do,” it says.

“Drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.”

Hard surface disinfection even more crucial for food industry in light of Coronavirus

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Warrington based Christeyns Food Hygiene, which manufactures and installs food and beverage hygiene solutions, stresses the importance of reducing the risks of contamination from hard surfaces as combating Coronavirus continues to be top priority throughout the food chain.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
New Autumn dates


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


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