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International News

Vitalacy adds SmartBadge to hand hygiene monitoring portfolio

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Designed to fit behind a healthcare provider's ID badge, Vitalacy's new SmartBadge captures and delivers individual-, unit- and facility-level hand hygiene performance data to hospital leaders responsible for quality, safety, and infection control and prevention.

New robot does more than just clean beaches

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Ocean clean-up specialist 4ocean has teamed up with marina manufacturer Poralu to produce a beach cleaning robot with a difference.

Global health & hygiene market growth forecast to 2025 now available

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The 'Global Health & Hygiene Market (Personal Care, Consumer Tissue & Professional Hygiene): Insights & Forecast with Potential Impact of Covid-19 (2021-2025)' report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

ACI mourns loss of former ACI board member and Distinguished Service Award winner Dale Steichen

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The American Cleaning Institute is mourning the passing of Dr Dale Steichen, a longtime researcher and scientist in the cleaning product supply chain who was the 2017 recipient of ACI's Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.

Planet-saving systems dispense sugarcane & bamboo consumables

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Leading the way in sustainable away-from-home systems, FIG products is still thought to be the only manufacturer to offer sugarcane & bamboo consumables in a dedicated range of washroom dispensers.

SoftBank publishes a study on the effects of air quality through the deployment of cobotics

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Given the ever-increasing focus on the quality of the air we breathe, especially heightened over the past two years, SoftBank commissioned a study to establish what effects the simple task of vacuuming has on airborne particulates.

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Twenty years ago, when Internet broadcasting was in its infancy, and to get online we had to unplug the ‘phone and insert a lead from computer into vacated socket, John Austen and I broadcast our first Cleanzine. We had no idea how things were going to go and I don't think anyone expected us to be around for long - the concept was too new and so radically different. I recall my surprise at reaching our 100th issue. It doesn’t seem that long ago - yet here we are at our 1,000th! That's the equivalent of just over 83 years-worth of the monthly printed publications which were still the norm for the first few years of Cleanzine’s existence. Although I say it myself, that's quite an achievement - especially when I realise I've managed to write 1,000 Leaders!

How things have changed... Not just with 'dial-up' Internet being replaced by a wireless signal which allows us to work almost anywhere, but in terms of our industry. When John and I attended our first Show as Cleanzine, (Interclean, Amsterdam) exhibitors were amused to see us taking videos of their live demo's for our broadcasts. Now such videos are a marketing tool staple… If ‘a picture tells a thousand words', a decent video can surely provide a book's-worth. Technologically, our industry's advanced enormously, but in my view it's our professionalism that's improved most. Emphasis has been put on enhancing the service provider/client relationship and serious attention paid to branding, so cleaning teams can represent their brand as they work. The fact that cleaners are far more thoroughly trained these days and are highly skilled, too, is obvious to me whenever I get to observe them working. They’ll interact with and advise the public – seemingly proud to be responsible for keeping our environment clean. For those who hadn’t previously noticed our cleaners, Covid-19 proved a turning point in their perception of the role cleaners play in keeping us all safe. Crucial, frontline/key workers? I reckon so.

Sadly, some people have short memories. Below, we run a Soapbox on behalf of Jim Melvin, chairman of The British Cleaning Council, who understandably was astonished to learn recently, that cleaning is still considered by some in Government, (whom we thought were onside) to be less important than some other industries. Please get involved in Jim’s study – and if you’re one of our thousands of overseas readers, are your country’s cleaners getting the support and recognition they deserve? Do please, let me know how things stand.



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Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

Exceptional conformance to CHSA Accreditation Schemes in 2021 guarantees standards

* CHSA-Distributor.jpgBuyers of cleaning and hygiene products can continue to rely on the guarantee of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Accreditation Scheme mark following exceptional compliance during 2021.

The CHSA's independent inspector conducted 143 audits during the year, inspecting every member of the CHSA. More than 3,800 individual items were checked across all the schemes making sure ‘what's on the box is what's in the box’.

SOAPBOX: Jim Melvin, chairman of The British Cleaning Council, writes of his concerns regarding the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cleaning & Hygiene and lack of Government response to meet with the industry

* BCC-APPG.jpg"I write in relation to The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cleaning & Hygiene and the work that has been undertaken by The British Cleaning Council as the APPG secretariat.

It is almost a year since the APPG was set up and whilst we have seen traction in the Apprenticeship Levy/Trailblazer group, we have not seen the same level of commitment and drive in relation to the main areas of concern and strategy that we had commenced upon. If you recall these were as follows:

ACI CEO Melissa Hockstad named vice chair of Council of Manufacturing Associations

* ACI_Melissa-Hockstad.jpgCongratulations to Melissa Hockstad, president & CEO of the American Cleaning Institute, who will serve as vice chair of the National Association of Manufacturers' Council of Manufacturers Associations.

Made up of 260 industry-specific manufacturing associations representing 130,000 companies worldwide, the CMA creates powerful partnerships across the industry and ensures manufacturers have the strongest possible voice.

Three tips for running a sustainable cleaning company…

* Three-tips-sustainable-cleaning.jpgCourtesy of Living Wage pioneer, Kingdom Cleaning

“More and more consumers are focusing on being eco-friendly in their personal and professional lives, which means they want to use companies that will commit to helping the environment.

To stay ahead of the competition, cleaning companies must now look into ethical business practices. But how?

Polygiene acquires business related to SteriTouch

* Polygiene-SteriTouch.jpgSwedish company Polygiene AB has this week announced that, through the indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary Addmaster (UK), it has entered into an agreement to acquire the business related to SteriTouch from the privately owned English company Radical Materials.

The purchase price amounts to - approximately, £3.5 million (SEK 43.2 million), where £3.15 million (SEK 38.9 million) is paid in cash and the remaining £0.35 million (SEK 4.3 million) is paid through newly issued shares in Polygiene.

GermErase 24hr simplifies front of house cleaning and sanitising at Nordic-inspired London restaurant

* GermErase-Nordic-Kitchen.jpgEstablished in 2018 by Danish-born restauranteur, Søren Jessen, Ekte (meaning 'genuine' or 'real' in Norwegian) brings an authentic taste of the Nordic regions to the city of London.

Open now: ISSA Scholars 2022-2023 applications and sponsorships

* Open-Now-ISSA-Scholars.jpgISSA Scholars, an ISSA Charities signature program, has opened its scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Employees of all ISSA member companies and their families are encouraged to apply before close of business on 30th April, 2022.

Opportunities for member companies to donate to a scholarship fund or develop a new fund are available now.

Delivering sanitisation services for Deliveroo Editions

* ICE-Cleaning-Deliveroo.jpgWhen Deliveroo Editions required dedicated virus sanitisation support to ensure the highest standards of protection throughout its UK delivery-only kitchen hubs, it turned to UK provider of industrial, commercial and domestic cleaning services, ICE Cleaning.

With the 2021 national lockdown accelerating an uptake in demand for takeaway services, Deliveroo Editions knew it had a responsibility to ensure its kitchens not only facilitated the increase in orders, but consistently ensured the safety of all employees and visitors.

Finalists announced for 'Oscars' of the cleaning industry

* Finalists_GSA.jpgThe finalists have been announced for the 2022 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards recognising excellence, performance and commitment through unprecedented times in the cleaning and FM industry.

Dubbed by many as the 'Oscars' of the cleaning industry, these awards are the pinnacle accolade - therefore many congratulations go to 59 finalists from 24 companies, listed below.

ACI Convention to tackle important industry issues

* ACI-Issues-Briefing.jpgPolicy and packaging experts from across the cleaning product supply chain will address two key industry priorities - ingredient communication and sustainable packaging - during the ACI Convention Issues Briefing, being held on 2nd February 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

The ACI Convention – a leading global business-to-business event for our industry - will take place 31st January - 5th February at the Grande Lakes, Orlando.

Health and hygiene top list of flight preference criteria, survey finds

* Health-Hygiene-top-flight-list.jpgThe commercial aviation sector has experienced considerable turbulence since Covid-19 first emerged in early 2020 - a year that saw global air travel decline by a staggering 67%. In the two years since, the pandemic has had a profound impact on passenger trends and preferences, a new survey by Germany-based travel site Wingie has found.

"Covid has dramatically changed the attitudes and priorities of most travelers today," notes Orkun Özkan, senior commercial manager of Wingie. "Before the pandemic, health and hygiene concerns were relatively insignificant. Now they're among the leading factors affecting flight selection."

GBAC Star accredited Lucas Oil Stadium hosts college football championship

* GBAC-STAR-Lucas-Oil-Stadium.jpgThe 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs, took place on Monday before an audience of 67,000, at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium - a GBAC Star accredited facility.

The accreditationvfrom the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, ensures that facilities of all sizes meet the highest standards of cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

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Recent UK News

Healthcare, hospitality and other cleaning staff facing 'burnout' due to severe staff shortages

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Industry leaders have warned that cleaning staff in healthcare, hospitality and other parts of the sector are facing burnout because of increased workloads due to the pandemic and severe staff shortages.

Sodexo contract director, Tony Eleftheriou, awarded MBE

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Sodexo says it is is proud to announce that its contract director for Cyprus, Tony Eleftheriou, has been awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to the British military in Cyprus.

Training is an essential new year resolution for cleaning businesses

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Independent janitorial distribution network, Jangro, is urging cleaning businesses to make training a priority for 2022 in order to uphold standards and keep spaces clean and safe.

Ecoserv group makes key senior management appointments

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Ecoserv Group has expanded its senior management team as part of its ambitious growth strategy and to support its diversification into new service areas.

PHS goes into 2022 with celebrating several awards

Phs Group has been recognised through a series of high-profile award wins for its Welsh team's resourceful response to supporting customers throughout the pandemic.

Biosciences company welcomes new 'Greenwashing' Code

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With an increasing number of commercial and household cleaning products making misleading environmentally responsible claims, Genesis Biosciences has welcomed the Competition & Markets Authority's new 'Green Claims Code'.

Ice Cleaning delivers mould remediation services for London Museum Of Water and Steam

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Following an extended period of closure due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, London Museum of Water and Steam appointed Ice Cleaning to provide a specialist mould remediation service to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and safety were achieved for returning visitors.

Events & Exhibitions

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

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


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