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International News

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

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Congratulations 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.

Polygiene acquires business related to SteriTouch

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Swedish 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.

Open now: ISSA Scholars 2022-2023 applications and sponsorships

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ISSA 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.

ACI Convention to tackle important industry issues

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Policy 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.

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.

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Trying to maintain my Covid weight loss and my daughter trying to lose her work from home weight gain, we rise extra early every weekday to take a brisk walk to the station to collect a newspaper before returning through the park. It makes a great start to the day – particularly with the spectacular early morning sunrises we’ve been enjoying and the crunch of the icy grass underfoot. This morning, when we returned to the busy streets, we came across the refuse collectors cheerfully going about their work, throwing smiles and ‘Good mornings’ to everyone they passed. It occurred to us that while we relish being out and about as the sun’s just rising, throwing a silvery sparkle across the ground and reddening the trees, it must take a lot to be cheerful working in this environment every day with strict deadlines to meet, dodging slow moving vehicles and enduring impatient toots and shouts from drivers being held up or forced to brake. Then there’s the rain and wind to contend with on less idyllic days. I write this at 08:00 and my car’s still thick with ice. I’m wondering whose job it is to be first in the refuse lorry, when it’s cold, possibly wet inside with condensation and the windscreen covered in ice. Is it done on a rota, or does the newest member of the team draw the short straw? Are the windscreens sprayed with de-icer or is the ice removed manually, as mine is?

Then there’s ‘Ratty Monday’… Apparently, refuse collectors dread Monday mornings more than the rest of us do, as they have to deal with overfilled commercial bins in which rats have had the chance to settle relatively undisturbed over the weekend. “When we go to empty a bin on a Monday, there’s a stream of rats running to safety,” one collector told BusinessWaste.co.uk “It’s really bad if it’s a food store or a restaurant, and the lids haven’t been secured. We club the bins with a big stick, then give the rats time to run away. It’s terrifying.” Waste collector Divert.co.uk reveals that everyone’s afraid of being bitten, saying: “Our teams go into action with trousers tucked into boots and sleeve cuffs done up tight. But that’s still no guarantee.”

Bins have lids for a reason. What a shame those who overfill their bins so the lids won’t shut, don’t have a big stick of their own to contend with… A fine from the local council! Our refuse collectors don’t have the easiest job and careless businesses and residents shouldn’t be allowed to make it worse.



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This Week's News

Have your say on Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship proposals

* BCC-apprenticeships.jpgUK cleaning & hygiene sector employers, training operatives, providers and assessment organisations are being urgently encouraged to have their say on proposals for an Apprenticeship Levy-accredited, industrywide training programme and apprenticeship. Consultation on proposals for the Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship opened yesterday and runs until 17:00 on Friday, 18th February.

You can read the proposal and use the download form to feedback on it, via:

SOAPBOX: Cleaning sector lacks sex appeal and needs to be more diverse at senior level, writes Dominic Ponniah, CEO of Cleanology

* Dominic-Ponniah.jpg“The cleaning industry is facing a recruitment crisis. We need to think less Mike Myers, and more Idris Elba. Let's face it, our industry needs to work on its sex appeal.

Strong demand for disinfectants and industrial preservation leads to expansion

* LANXESS.jpgLanxess is expanding its production capacity for the active ingredient Preventol CMK (chlorocresol) at the Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany, site by around 50% in response to the continuing strong demand for disinfectants and industrial preservation.

The speciality chemicals company has invested a single-digit million euro amount for the expansion, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

Diversey strengthens presence in Europe with accretive acquisition of UK’s Shorrock Trichem

* Diversey-acquisition-Shorrock-Trichem.jpgDiversey Holdings announced on Monday that it had completed the acquisition of Shorrock Trichem, a distributor of cleaning & hygiene solutions and services based in Northwest England with annual revenues of more than $30 million.

"This acquisition strengthens our position in the UK, one of our key geographies,” explains Phil Wieland, CEO of Diversey. “The combination of our businesses will allow us to offer a broader range of products, solutions and services to both our distributors and direct customers. I am pleased to welcome Shorrock's 240 experienced colleagues to Diversey and I am proud that this great, family-owned business saw Diversey as the right home for its people and its next phase of growth.”

Hako's new vacuum cleaner range boasts efficient cleaning with optimum suction power

* HAKO-vac.jpgVacuuming is considered an extremely economical form of cleaning with low resource consumption and high operational flexibility. Vacuums are quickly ready for use and can be operated without any prior knowledge or experience.

Comprising six wet and dry vacuums, Hako offers a new, powerful Cleanserv vacuum programme for a wide range of cleaning tasks.

Jangro achieves Planet Mark certification

* Jangro-Planet-Mark.jpgJangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, has strengthened its commitment to realising a brighter and more sustainable future with its recent Planet Mark certification. Through this certification, the company is furthering its sustainability commitment by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint.

Over the next year, Jangro will be working towards strengthening its reduction of carbon emissions and sharing its journey of continuous improvement to inspire others. It is also measuring its social value contributions, which refers to the net social and environmental benefits generated by its team.

Christeyns Food Hygiene introduces Leadership Training Programme

* CHRISTEYNS-training.jpgSpecialist hygiene company, Christeyns Food Hygiene, has launched a new Leadership and Management training program aimed at the manufacturing industry.

Already an accredited Hygiene Training provider with courses online and on site, the Warrington-based specialist has this month launched its First Steps to Successful Leadership programme designed to support companies in developing their staff throughout the business and to equip them with the necessary skills to successfully lead and manage their teams.

Construction and property services company Wates Group slashes water use with Propelair toilets

* PROPELAIR-toilet.jpgWates Group, the privately owned UK construction, development and property services company, has reduced water use by 87% at its headquarters as a result of installing a system by Propelair, the UK designer and manufacturer of the famed lowest-water-flush toilet.

Since replacing its standard toilets with Propelair's water-efficient toilet in May 2016, the company has improved its Leatherhead building's efficiency and significantly reduced its overall water usage, by around 5.3 million litres each year - equivalent to filling a bathtub 51 times every single day of the year.

Grief Encounter named as the CHSA's Charity for 2022

* Grief-Encounter.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has announced its continued support for UK charity Grief Encounter, as its nominated charity for 2022.

Around 45,000 children experience the death of a parent or sibling in the UK every year, with an additional 10,000 children having experienced bereavement as a direct result of Covid-19 in 2021.

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Recent UK News

Exceptional conformance to CHSA Accreditation Schemes in 2021 guarantees standards

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Buyers 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.

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

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"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.

Three tips for running a sustainable cleaning company…

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Courtesy 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.

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

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Established 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.

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.

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13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


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