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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.

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The original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news

I wondered whether all this shouting we've been doing about a cleaner's role being highly skilled had finally paid off, when I saw this ad on The Times Higher Education website, for cleaning operatives at King's College London. That they're using such a lofty medium to advertise for cleaners is impressive in itself, but it was the 'similar jobs' section alongside the ad that raised a smile, while 'lecturer in international healthcare' and 'lecturer in health economics' are, perhaps, understandable, 'research associate in human/robot collaborative surgery' was a huge surprise. Don't you just love algorithms? I liked that whoever takes on the cleaning roles will be able to enjoy a competitive pension scheme, season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme along with other benefits such as discounted gym membership and access to sports facilities, too. Involving the cleaning team to ensure that everyone feels a valued part of the establishment, is always the way to go, in my view.

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When I said 'we've' been shouting, I didn't just mean Cleanzine. The British Cleaning Council and its partners have been working extremely hard to create the Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship - an Apprenticeship Levy-accredited, industry-wide training programme and apprenticeship. We broadcast the details in last week's Cleanzine. In case you missed it, we need you to have a look at the proposals and share your views on them by 17:00 on Friday, 18th February - so you don't have long. Please visit:


Despite every employer with an annual salary bill of more than £3 million, having to pay around 0.5% towards the Apprenticeship Levy, there's currently only a healthcare-specific scheme in place for us. This leaves many of our sector's employers out of pocket: paying towards the Levy but finding that the Levy's dry. Feedback on the proposals is crucial if we're to achieve something that suits everyone. Please get involved so we can ensure that our sector no longer misses out and that the money we'll gain access to, will be spent wisely.



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This Week's News

ISSA & PPE Fraud Coalition pen letter to Congress calling for PPE fraud action

* ISSA-PPE-fraud.jpgISSA, in coordination with the PPE Fraud Coalition, has requested US congressional assistance to address personal protective equipment (PPE) fraud.

A joint letter from the two bodies describes how demand for PPE during the pandemic created opportunities for deceptive contracts between US businesses and foreign PPE suppliers that were either abandoned without fulfilment or which delivered counterfeit, substandard, or even soiled products.

Webinar: Cleaning and the Digital Future - 8th Feb 2022

* INTERCLEAN-Webinar.jpgDo you want to know more about cleaning robots, digitalisation and data-driven cleaning? Next Tuesday, 8th February, Interclean Online will bring the industry together to discuss all things technology, in the webinar 'Cleaning and the Digital Future'. Free to attend, it promises to be lively.

Keynote speaker Marian Loth (pictured) will speak about toilets and technology. Over the past 4,000 years, the human approach toward personal hygiene has transformed from a social event to an individual concern.

Cintas kicks-off ninth-annual nationwide Custodian of the Year contest

* Cintas-Kicks-off-Ninth-Annual.jpgAcross the US, school custodians continue to be unsung heroes by providing a cleaner and healthier learning environment for students, faculty and staff.

To honour their hard work and dedication, Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its ninth-annual Cintas Custodian of the Year contest, which honours the best-of-the-best amongst school custodians.

Microban teams up with Rifra masterbatches

* Microban-Masterbatch-Shield.jpgMicroban International has signed a distributor agreement with global tailor-made additives specialist and sustainability champion Rifra Masterbatches, based in Italy.

The two companies share a goal of providing novel masterbatches with antimicrobial properties, to offer their injection, blow moulding, extrusion and compounding customers more choice.

EHA lauds success of social media campaign

* EHA-social-media-campaign.jpgThe social media team from the electric Handdryer Association has been looking back to its successful campaign 'Hand dryers = Hand Hygiene', which it ran in November/December 2021.

The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness about the benefits of electric hand dryers in terms of bathroom quality, the environment, economic savings, energy efficiency and hygiene - and it caught the attention of many followers and other contacts who clicked through to an interesting factual flyer.

Essity expands wiping and cleaning portfolio with acquisition of Legacy Converting

* Essity-Legacy.jpgEssity has acquired the US professional wiping and cleaning company Legacy Converting, which manufactures sanitising and disinfecting wet-wipes, chemical-ready wipes and dry wipes, including the EPA-regulated Everwipe brand of disinfecting and wiping products.

Based in New Jersey and founded in 2004, Legacy Converting manufactures roll and folded wipes in a variety of formats including pop-up canister, bucket and resealable packs. The company services customers in the public interest, commercial and healthcare market segments via the industrial and office supply sales channels.

Greek poultry farmers invest in biogas plants from Weltec Biopower

* Greek-Biogas.jpgGerman biogas plant specialist Weltec Biopower registers keen interest in its plant technology in Greece. In the past year, the company expanded its market leadership in the southern European country by building four further projects and expanding three existing plants.

Due to the great potential of organic residues to produce biogas and biomethane, especially in the north of the country, the climate-friendly energy source is playing an increasingly important role in the Greek energy transition.

Ecoserv Group gains Certified Carbon Neutral status

* Ecoserv-Certified-Carbon-Neutral.jpgEcoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, has achieved certified carbon neutral by offsetting 1,285kg of CO2e.

Partnering with Ecologi, it has offset its 2020 carbon footprint, covering ‘scope 1, 2 and 3’ emissions, and will maintain neutral status while working towards its target of net zero by 2030.

Evonik pioneers industrial-scale manufacturing of biosurfactants

* Evonik-pioneers.jpgEvonik, the manufacturer of speciality chemicals, is to begin building the world's first industrial-scale facility for manufacturing sustainable rhamnolipid biosurfactants at its site in Slovakia. The triple-digit million-euro investment will establish Evonik as a pioneer of high-quality, sustainable biosurfactants on a commercial scale.

Construction at the site in Slovenská Ľupča is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023. The new plant will meet the rapidly growing market demand for biobased, biodegradable surfactants, and will leverage the biotechnology platform of Evonik's life sciences division.


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Recent UK News

Have your say on Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship proposals

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UK 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

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“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.

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

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Diversey 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.

Jangro achieves Planet Mark certification

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Jangro, 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.

Christeyns Food Hygiene introduces Leadership Training Programme

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

Grief Encounter named as the CHSA's Charity for 2022

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

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.

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27-29th May 2025
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