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International News

GBAC joins Global Health Security Agenda Consortium

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The Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, has joined the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium, a volunteer association of organisations dedicated to helping make the world safe from infectious diseases. The GHSA Consortium Board of Directors has also voted for GBAC to join the steering committee.

Impactful air filtration on demand

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What is air filtration?

While environmental decontamination and hand hygiene are universally recognised to reduce the risk of infections and keep people safe, adequate ventilation is vital for ensuring the air within workplaces & shared spaces is safe. Aerosols and droplets carry infectious microorganisms in the air that spread infections within poorly ventilated spaces.

No-water urinal market expected to grow over next 10 years

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According to Kenneth Research, which investigates market trends for several industries, and investment magazine MarketWatch, the worldwide demand for waterless or no-water urinals is expected to grow by more than 10% over the forecast period of 2022 to 2031.

E-foam battery foamer forgoes manual pumping to produce thick and adhesive foam

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Put an end to continuous effort and manual pumping with the e-foam from Belgian supplier De Witte. Incorporating a powerful lithium-ion battery, it activates with just one push on the button and facilitates the non-stop production of foam for up to one hour.

Global Recycling Day: How could recycling benefit your business?

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In celebration of Global Recycling Day this coming Friday, 18th March, experts at essential services provider, Direct365, has shared a guide on the benefits of recycling for your business, along with advice on how to achieve green goals.

Washie Smart Toilet Seat is making it safe to go in public washrooms again

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When nature calls, few of us like to make us of public washrooms.

That's starting to change with the Washie Toilet Seat, the cleverly-designed Smart toilet seat with a hands-free sensor that dispenses an alcohol-based cleaning solution to wipe the seat down before and after use.

Waterless Urinals earn NGBS Green Certification

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Waterless No-Flush urinals manufactured by Waterless Co, have earned National Green Building Standard Certification (NGBS Green) from Home Innovation Research Labs.

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Yesterday was World Health Day - another 'day' that would have escaped my attention had I not come across a report from the Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute, which argues that global health has forgotten its most important weapon – hygiene. It says that while hygiene is vital in fighting off a whole range of diseases, policymakers and others fail to invest, promote, and research it, allowing vaccines, antibiotics and alternative treatments to take centre-stage instead.

"We are sounding the alarm to say, unless we increase investment in hygiene now, our other health interventions will only get us so far," notes Dame Sally Davies, UK special envoy on antimicrobial resistance. "We should not need to use antibiotics just because a person cannot or does not wash their hands properly." I couldn’t agree more. Diseases such as cholera, typhoid, intestinal worm infections and polio can all be contracted as a result of poor hygiene as too can flu and the common cold, along with, of course, Covid-19. While hand washing sounds simple even with clean water, the uptake of regular practices requires behaviour and social change within a community. This isn't always easy to achieve, especially if there’s a lack of resources, knowledge and skills – as our report on hygiene attitudes in India, below, shows so clearly.

Simon Sinclair, executive director of RGHI, believes this is why more research, investment and attention is needed “in the hygiene space”. He points out that there are still pockets around the world where there are vast clean water and hygiene gaps and says this must be remedied. Research in Bangladesh, for example, found that an estimated 4% of GDP per capita is spent on treatment for diarrhea, while two in five schools and one in four healthcare centres worldwide still lack basic hand-washing facilities.

Professor Albert Ko, professor and chair of epidemiology of microbial diseases, Yale School of Public Health, agrees that much more needs to be done beyond providing water and soap. “We need to identify what the barriers are to fixing these challenges and addressing these gaps,” he offers. “That requires research. From there, policymakers and figureheads can better allocate funding to eliminate the issues. If the pandemic has shown us anything, it's how important hygiene is to our health. It's important we continue the hygiene practices built during this time and carry that momentum forward to ensure everyone has what they need to maintain good hygiene and good health. We urge world leaders to pay more attention to hygiene as a critical weapon against viruses, infections and disease."



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This Week's News

Hospital floors may pose a larger health risk than previously thought

* Hospital-floors.jpgHospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).

BCC's latest research report is available free on request

* BCC-research-report.jpgSome interesting insights on the cleaning, hygiene & waste sector are revealed by the British Cleaning Council's 2022 research report, published yesterday, Wednesday, 6th April.

The number of sector businesses grew to 69,005 in 2021 and the number of employees working in the sector remained static at 1.47 million, according to the latest statistics available, it says. The number of people employed in the cleaning, hygiene & waste sector in 2021 was approximately 5% of the UK workforce, ensuring that the industry remains one of the top 10 biggest industries in the UK, the report said.

Needlesmart clinical waste boxes to save NHS more than £120 million in government plastic tax

* PIONEERING-BRITISH-TECH.jpgBritish smart MedTech company NeedleSmart is at the forefront of helping the NHS radically reduce CO2 emissions in its clinical waste disposal by a staggering 95% as part of its Carbon Reduction Strategy, saving £10s of millions in clinical waste destruction.

Savlon Swasth India Mission publishes study on hygiene habits in India

* Savlon-Swasth-India.jpgSet against the context of the pandemic, much has been theorised and communicated on hygiene practices. While the pandemic has accelerated adoption of hygiene practices, some are still reluctant and lack a clear understanding of hygiene, according to the newly published study by Savlon Swasth India Mission, on hygiene habits in India.

To study the actual shift in behaviour and practice, Savlon Swasth India Mission, as part of its philosophy to build a healthier and stronger India, commissioned a nationwide attitudinal and behavioural study on current hygiene trends.

EarthSafe introduces new generation of safe, sustainable industrial cleaning solutions

* EarthSafe.jpgEarthSafe Chemical Alternatives has unveiled a new line of industrial and commercial cleaning solutions that solve challenges in a healthier, more sustainable way. Flagship products include FlashDry organic absorbent and XMold Pro inhibitor and longer-lasting protectant.

Having originated in the marine sector, working with the US Navy to neutralise Norovirus on ships and submarines without the use of harsh disinfectants, the company then devoted its attention to increasing levels of safety and sustainability in the infection-prevention area. Today, EarthSafe is focusing on providing solutions designed to provide industrial and commercial facilities with equally high levels of safety and sustainability.

SOAPBOX: World Health Day: “Make even just modest lifestyle changes now for a cleaner world and healthier future”

* WORLD-HEALTH-DAY.jpgAs we mark World Health Day on April 7th, after a two-year-long pandemic, Sam Greaves, of Cleenol Group, argues that people only need to make modest lifestyle changes to contribute to a cleaner world and healthier future.

“Not only have we experienced a pandemic for over two years, we're also challenged by climate change, air pollution, water shortages and an increase in adverse health conditions such as asthma, cancer and heart disease. Poor decisions made by individuals and commercial and political entities are contributing to the health and climate crisis we are facing."

Ineos Hygienics announces partnership with Great Britain and England Hockey

* INEOS-Hygienics.jpgIneos Hygienics has become Official Hygiene Partner to Great Britain and England Hockey, keeping the men and women's teams in safe hands with their new range of professional sport sanitiser sprays - designed by sportspeople, for sport.

As a reliable, trusted name in high purity alcohol-based sanitiser products, the manufacturer says its Sport range has been co-developed with elite sports teams to help prevent the spread of infection and will be provided to Great Britain and England Hockey's international teams, with product also available for the 800+ clubs across England to purchase at a discounted rate.

Incentive QAS awarded contract extension with Link Group

* INCENTIVE-QAS.jpgIncentive QAS has been awarded a further three-year contract with Link Group after supporting the organisation through its UK expansion.

Link Group, a specialist in financial administration solutions headquartered in Australia, completed its acquisition of London based Capita Asset Services (CAS) from Capita in 2017, to extend its UK and European operating platform. Included in the purchase were six locations and shortly after the transition Incentive QAS was awarded the facilities management contract by the newly formed UK branch of Link Group.

Hospital cleaners call off strike after winning full NHS parity

* Hospital-cleaners.jpgHundreds of cleaners and United Voices of the World (UVW) members at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), who were set to strike over continuing inequality, have finally obtained full NHS contracts from 1 April 2022.

The hospital was dragging its feet over bringing the cleaners’ contracts in line with the rest of their NHS colleagues, as was promised when they were in-housed last Summer. The cleaners and their union UVW forced the hand of the hospital by calling for a two-day strike mid March, which was averted after last minute concessions by bosses at GOSH.

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Recent UK News

Pioneering app significantly speeds up certification process for UK businesses

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A cleaning company has developed pioneering app technology to enable it to provide same day reports to its customers. Hy5 Commercial Cleaning, which operates throughout the country, has invested in a specialist app which allows its staff to compile reports on the job whilst cleaning kitchen ventilation systems and to submit instant reports to clients.

'Tree in a Million' initiative as part of sustainability commitment

A team from Incentive QAS, the contract cleaning arm of the Incentive FM Group, planted 30 tree saplings as part of the 'Tree in a Million' initiative.

Room Shield seals Ezisan deal and new board advisor appointment

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A major high-profile appointment is set to help a Midlands hygiene specialist realise a £multi-million opportunity for its revolutionary sanitising solution.

Mitie secures new £multi-million integrated FM contract with BAE Systems

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Mitie has been awarded a new multi-million pound, five-year contract to provide a full integrated facilities management service to BAE Systems. The contract covers 26 BAE Systems sites across the UK and integrates multiple contracts for four of BAE Systems' businesses under one umbrella.

How to grow and protect our cleaning franchise business in times of uncertainty

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Uncertainty forms a significant part of any business. Every business owner knows that without risk, there is no reward. The extent of the effects of Covid-19 could not have been predicted, or prevented, and businesses across all industries, including the cleaning franchise sector, were forced to adapt and change their business landscape as they knew it.

BCC to launch 'We Clean, We Care' at Manchester Cleaning Show

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Attendees at this year's Cleaning Show in Manchester are being strongly encouraged to claim and wear a free badge celebrating the work of cleaning and hygiene staff.

Prochem packaging moves to 100% recycled plastics

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Cleaning products specialist Prochem Europe is introducing post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) packaging to its product ranges. Says Prochem chemical product manager, Parag Patel:

Birkin Group's £6.5m funding boost will facilitate investment

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Birkin Group, has secured £6.5m funding from Boost&Co and its sister company, Growth Lending. The funding will be used to create new jobs, support growth capital, repay legacy shareholders, provide ongoing working capital and facilitate investment in new technology.

Principle's second conference to focus on sustainability and people

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Principle Cleaning Services is hosting its second sustainability conference, on Thursday 31st March, at Barings' London office. The theme is sustainability and people, with presentations covering what ESG means in real estate and how to report on it effectively, the benefits of working with social enterprises, a discussion on carbon footprints, and how we can all contribute to a lower carbon lifestyle.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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


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