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International News

Scam warning issued as criminals defraud £thousands from businesses purchasing shipping containers

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Valued at $8.7 billion and projected to reach $12.08 billion by 2027, the global shipping container industry has become a central component of the world economy. It isn't just global shipping, however. Containers are increasingly being used for secure storage, converted into offices, data centre housing, R&D labs and electric battery storage and testing centres.

ISC signs strategic partnership with SoftBank Robotics EMEA

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SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with a leading services provider in Italy. Under the agreement, ISC will now offer Whiz, Europe's first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its facility management and cleaning contractor clients.

Hospital floors may pose a larger health risk than previously thought

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Hospital 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).

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.

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It must be almost two decades ago that I first addressed in Cleanzine the need to encourage people to recycle their glass bottles, citing successful schemes throughout much of the developed world and harping on about how in Britain we seemed to have gone backwards in this endeavour, having dropped our popular Bottle Deposit Return Scheme. It’s not just the Government I’m angry with now, but the general public, too, as over the past couple of years we’ve had to keep picking up our dog when out on walks, because there’s so much broken glass strewn around which could injure her… and it’s not just in alleyways, where louts can smash bottles unseen, but on pavements next to busy roads, too. What on earth has happened to people to make them think it’s OK to damage the environment and endanger people, pets and wildlife by deliberately smashing bottles? I say ‘deliberately’ because there’s so much of the stuff all over the place, it can’t possibly all be there accidentally.

As a child I was well aware that when anyone bought a drink in a glass bottle, they paid a premium for the bottle which was refunded when the bottle was returned to a stockist of that drink. Thus, if someone found a bottle left lying around by a careless consumer, they’d generally take it to a stockist and claim the refund as their own. My friends and I would often augment our pocket money by cleaning up after people in this way.

I hear from Keep Britain Tidy that the UK Government is currently planning to exclude glass from its planned Deposit Return Scheme on the grounds of Health & Safety, stating in its consultation response that: “Reverse vending machines will carry safety risks associated with handling broken glass. The weight of glass and the potential for breakages also poses consumer safety issues in transporting glass bottles to return points”. You couldn’t make it up, could you? Keep Britain Tidy agrees, saying: “It is our view that the safety risks posed to the general public, and to wildlife, of smashed glass bottles remaining in the environment, is a far greater safety risk than that to retailers trained to handle the material. And if consumers are able to take glass away from supermarkets then surely they are able to return it and should be incentivised to do so through a Deposit Return Scheme.” Quite!

I’m going to write to my MP to get this ridiculous cop-out reversed. I do hope you will too.



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This Week's News

Third of businesses have lost customers over past year through staff sending emails to wrong person

* Tessian.jpgNearly a third (29%) of businesses have lost a client or customer as a result of sending an email to the wrong person, reveals new data contained in the latest edition of Tessian's Psychology of Human Error report.

The latest report, which comes 18 months after Tessian's 2020 edition, revealed that two in five respondents (40%) have sent work emails to the wrong person, and 39% of employees have sent an email with the wrong attachment in the last 12 months.

We have Mail: President, Restroom Association (Singapore)

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With the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is essential for everyone to maintain good public hygiene at highly-frequented places such as hawker centres. The RAS, Restroom Association (Singapore) commenced its public outreach at 40 hawker centres from January to March, as part of its three-year LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Campaign at Hawker Centres supported by the National Environment Agency. RAS intends to reach out to all hawker centres by the end March 2024.

Cintas opens nominations for 2022 America's Best Restroom nationwide contest

* Cintas-Nominations-2022.jpgCintas Corporation is seeking Instagram-worthy public washrooms for its 2022 America's Best Restroom contest. The initiative celebrates businesses that develop and maintain exceptional restroom facilities.

"Nearly three-quarters of Americans (74%) say dirty restrooms would cause them to have a negative perception of a business," says Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager, Cintas. "Facility cleanliness can impact the perception of a business. This annual contest highlights facilities that are making safety, cleanliness and hygiene a priority to provide a positive experience for their customers."

Principle Cleaning Services helps charity with Hyde Park fun run

* Principle-Cleaning-Services.jpgCongratulations to the Principle Cleaning Services team members who took part in a fun run in London's Hyde Park this week, to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The event was organised by the contractor's client, global asset management firm Alliance Bernstein, which has raised more than £99,300 over the last few years and is looking to reach the £100,000 milestone this year.


SOAPBOX: Single parent awareness - baby changing facilities

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"It remains a mystery that in 2022, men's public toilets still do not include baby changing facilities. The world has come a long way in recognising gender inequality when raising children. It is more widely accepted for men to be the stay-at-home parent while women go off to work, and in the dawn of hybrid working, traditional parenting stereotypes are being drastically rewritten.

Hooper Services celebrates 33rd anniversary with Manchester Cleaning Show success

* Hooper-Services.jpgHooper Services, currently celebrating its 33rd year in business, had a successful Manchester Cleaning Show last week, with lots of interest being shown in the Italian-engineered TSM range of cleaning machines, for which the company holds the exclusive rights to distribute in the UK.

“Well what a week we have had!” remarks owner Ian Hooper. “The show was really good and we made lots of new contacts who were particularly interested in the TSM cleaning machines we were demonstrating. It’s is a fantastic range; very well engineered, made to last and offering excellent cleaning ability.”

Together for a plastic-free future: cleaning up Bosnia & Herzegovina waterways

* Together-BEFORE.jpgAccording to the latest projections, the plastic waste mass in our oceans is threatening to quadruple by 2050 with alarming consequences for humans and animals alike. This finding is part of a recently published WWF review which provides the latest analysis of the extent of plastic pollution in oceans.

WWF makes it unmistakably clear that it is more important than ever to act now. Grohe, a leading global brand for complete washroom solutions, is intensifying its own plastic prevention endeavours. Launched in 2018, Grohe's ‘Less Plastic’ initiative includes offering plastic saving product solutions, eliminating unnecessary plastic from its product packaging and supporting innovative clean-up technologies to preserve the environment for future generations.

Earth Capital's Nobel Sustainability Fund invests a further £3.75m in water-saving technology

The Nobel Sustainability Fund managed by Earth Capital, the global sustainable investing private equity specialist, has announced an additional £3.75m investment into Propelair, the Essex-based manufacturer of what is believed to be the world's lowest water-flush toilet system. Further, the company has launched a separate equity raise through the Kickstart.Capital platform with a target of £1.75m to extend its already significant community of commercial advocates and supporters.

Currently focused on the commercial market, the technology has been designed to be retrofitted onto existing drainage systems. The Propelair toilet uses on average 84% less water than standard toilets and reduces aerosolised germs in toilet cubicles by 95%.

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Hospital Hygiene

Hospial Corridor

Our weekly updated Hospital Hygiene features current developments and product solutions cleaning and hygiene industry manufacturers are coming up with. Read More.

Recent UK News

RightCycle offers groundbreaking dispenser and hand towel recycling scheme

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched The RightCycle Programme for the recycling of old dispensers and used hand towels, supporting UK businesses in their drive to meet zero waste to landfill goals.

Cleaning Show makes successful return to Manchester

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The Manchester Cleaning Show returned in April for its first face-to-face event in the city for over three years. With cleaning continuing to be an essential service, the Manchester Central Convention Complex experienced a wave of traffic as visitors and exhibitors reconnected and sought out the latest product innovations.

BCC's latest research report is available free on request

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

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

As 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.

Ineos Hygienics announces partnership with Great Britain and England Hockey

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Ineos 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.

Incentive QAS awarded contract extension with Link Group

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

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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