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Over my 30 years in the cleaning industry I've seen the ISSA grow considerably, but never has it grown so much in my opinion as it did when it decided to hold the US Government to account over money wasted on PPE which was supposed to be used in fighting the pandemic. I ran the news on this last week, but couldn’t let the ISSA’s initiative pass for long without recording my admiration for the decision made to work with the PPE Fraud Coalition to challenge the apparent acquiescence to the widely-documented and unfathomable procurement failures. A joint letter from the two describes how demand for PPE during the pandemic created opportunities for ‘deceptive’ contracts between US businesses and foreign PPE suppliers that were either unfulfilled or which delivered counterfeit, substandard, or soiled products. Now where have I heard that before? The two bodies are hoping to prevent future fraudulent transactions and recover the $100-plus million lost or held up overseas. That’s a huge amount of money, yet it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the £8.7 billion spent on pandemic PPE and written off by the UK Government. The 2020/21 accounts say some £673 million worth of equipment was found to be unusable, while £750 million was spent on items not used before their expiry date which had to be dumped.
It must be almost 18 months ago that I first learned that some of the pandemic PPE designed for use in the UK was unfit for purpose, but never in my wildest dreams would I have figured that the money wasted would amount to £8.7 billion! We vote in our representatives to do just that – to represent us and take care of things. I’m sure we’re all used to feeling let down but the money wasted on unusable or undelivered PPE amounts to a gross mismanagement of public funds. I’m talking about two countries here. I wonder how much has been wasted globally and just who has profited from our losses?
The ISSA/PPEFC letter requests an investigation into the impacts of PPE fraud, help to identify and prosecute those involved, and assistance with recovering lost funds. I reckon the UK cleaning industry would do well to follow suit. We’re all well aware of companies with no background in PPE manufacture being awarded huge contracts to supply PPE. Like the ISSA and PPEFC, I’d like to find out who’s responsible and hold them to account.
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Steve Tanner is the 2022 recipient of the American Cleaning Institute's Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the cleaning product supply chain and to ACI.
Currently chairman, president and chief executive officer of Arylessence, Steve, as a business leader, has always encouraged close working partnerships among major consumer product companies, manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and the fragrance industry to address regulatory, governmental, and consumer concerns. An industry voice for quality, safety and the sustainability of fragrance ingredients, he promotes responsible fragrance research, design and manufacture.
Thought to be the fastest escalator cleaning machine in the world, the Rotomatic escalator deep cleaning machine contains 15 rotating brushes of four different lengths and materials to scrub and sweep dirt off the escalator and into the machine. It also comes packed with clever features aimed at saving you time, effort and money.
Designed and manufactured by Rosemor International in the UK using cutting edge technology, it is the culmination of 15 years of research & development which has led to greatly improved ergonomics and ease of use over its popular predecessor, the Rotomatic ET15B.
The combined upstream and downstream economic impact connected to cleaning product manufacturing in the US helped support nearly $200 billion in annual output and almost 700,000 jobs, according to a new report released by the American Cleaning Institute.
The report, reflecting economic data from 2019, provides detailed snapshots of the essential nature of the cleaning product supply chain in the year prior to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus.
Reckitt Benckiser Group, maker of Lysol and Dettol, and Diversey Holdings, have announced a distribution collaboration that will expand businesses' access to trusted hygiene solutions that help protect staff, clients and customers from the spread of illness-causing germs.
The collaboration will see Reckitt's leading disinfection brands, Dettol and Lysol, along with other Power Brands such as Harpic, Vanish, Airwick and Pine O Cleen, being distributed by Diversey in the B2B channel in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, as well as Turkey and Russia starting in March 2022.
ISS has this week announced an update of its divestment program and divestments of its Hong Kong-based waste handling business unit as well as ISS Taiwan. The Hong Kong business unit generated approximately 0.2% of Group revenue.
With the transactions, accumulated net proceeds of the divestment program now amounts to DKK 1.8 billion compared to the total target for 2021 and 2022 of around DKK 2.0 billion.
Between November 2021 and January 2022, over 280 Fixed Penalty Notices and Duty of Care Notices were issued to residents and businesses.
Propelair, the UK designer and manufacturer of the world's lowest-water-flush toilet, is growing its market in the Middle East by partnering with Integrated Solutions & Technologies (IST) to supply its water-saving toilet system throughout Jordan.
Jordan has one of the freest economies in the Middle East, with quality infrastructure, a developed banking sector and high levels of competitiveness. Yet being among the most water-scarce countries in the world has limited its modernisation. Propelair believes there is a huge opportunity for enhancing Jordan's economy by improving water efficiency.
Global Plasma Solutions has added the DM-2 to its air-cleaning needlepoint bipolar ionisation technology systems portfolio, which makes optimising ionisation easier. This in-duct air ionisation system has a low-profile design for mounting closer to the occupied space, optimising the delivery of ionisation to targeted areas within a building.
Featuring a quick-turn saddle mount adapter for simple installation and optimal positioning, the design also ensures the ion emitters are orientated correctly within the airflow. These features provide numerous benefits, including optimising the delivery of ionisation to targeted areas within a building, helping improve indoor air quality.
Based on the Swift SY-150 trailer bin wash which was launched last Summer, the new Bin Wash Swift 150-X is a compact, entry-level wheelie bin cleaner that manufacturer Morclean believes is set to be a market leader in the domestic bin cleaning industry - especially with start-up bin washing businesses, whizzing away stinky dirt and debris in a matter of moments.
At a lower cost to its big brother (SY-150), starting a bin washing business or expanding your bin washing business has suddenly become even more affordable.
Increased degreasing, cleanliness, deodorisation and hand health, it contains 40% more exfoliant to remove solvent smells, grease, oils, and other industrial soils, whilst eliminating the need for lotions or barrier creams – it actually boosts skin moisture.
Ecoserv Group has reported record levels of growth in 2021 following its transformation into a multi-service FM provider. Turnover jumped 56% to £27.5 million, while annualised turnover more than doubled to £36.0 million, as the company targeted a combination of organic expansion and strategic acquisitions.
As a result, Ecoserv's workforce has increased by 70%, to over 2,500 employees, and is servicing more than 34m.sq.ft of office, educational, retail, healthcare, hospitality and industrial space nationwide.
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