* Cleanzine-logo-7a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 2nd June 2022 Issue no. 1019

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International News

Dr Deborah Birx to Keynote inaugural GBAC Symposium in Chicago

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The Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, has secured Dr Deborah Birx, world-renowned medical physician, infectious disease expert and diplomat, as keynote speaker at the GBAC Symposium on Air Considerations, August 16th-17th, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Clean the World expands global Hospitality Recycling Program in UK

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Clean the World, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability, is expanding its Hospitality Recycling Program and Soap Saves Lives Box Program in the UK as it aims to tackle the global issue of plastic pollution and hygiene insecurity abroad.

Interclean Amsterdam's 4-day reunion last week created cause for celebration

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Last Friday Interclean Amsterdam came to an end. With the sun was shining outside over the four days, the atmosphere inside was also sunny, with an international ensemble of 669 exhibitors and an impressive 25,886 visitors from 125 countries making the most of being able to meet each other in person again after a four-year break.

USD 3.05 billion potential growth in hand hygiene market size, says report

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A new market outlook report titled 'Hand Hygiene Market by End-user and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2022-2026' has been added to Technavio's catalog.

ACI to Congress: Ensure EPA Chemical Safety Office has necessary funding

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The American Cleaning Institute is urging congressional leaders to ensure that the US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), on whose expertise so many of us rely, receives the funding necessary to ensure that new, innovative and safe cleaning products can reach consumers quickly.

Reckitt: an Official Partner of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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Reckitt has been appointed an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with its Dettol brand serving as the Official Hygiene Partner, and its Durex brand the Official Intimate Wellness Provider.

'The Future of Cleaning' by Hako

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Cleaning technology is fit for the future if it always delivers the best results efficiently, quickly and safely. At Interclean 2022 trade fair visitors experienced live how Hako meets this requirement with a broad product range of individually configurable cleaning machines and autonomous systems for small to large areas.

Innovation at Interclean Amsterdam

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With Interclean Amsterdam 2022 in full swing (final day tomorrow), Show visitors have been able to visit the Innovation Lab and take a close look at the entries that made the shortlist in this year's Innovation Awards. They are:

Five ways distributors can turn new customers into steady customers

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Michael Wilson, vice president of AFFLINK, a leading US national network of manufacturers and distributors, writes…

Global citric acid market to grow

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A new report by ResearchandMarkets.com reports that the global citric acid market "is expected to witness a significant growth rate" through 2027. Often used in cleaning products, this white, crystalline, water-soluble, tricarboxylic acid is derived, primarily, from limes and lemons. This makes it a very sustainable natural resource.

Monovac BeFree: the cordless dry vacuum cleaner with the ‘magic’ handle

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Corded vacuum cleaners can be inconvenient: tripping hazards, lack of sockets, time wasted unplugging and plugging in elsewhere, tangled cables… All are a thing of the past with the new Monovac BeFree cordless vacuum cleaner.

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I’ve attended a lot of Awards functions over my years as a journalist but I don’t recall ever having come away, unable to get a speech made at an event, out of my head. And in this case it was two. I went to last week’s Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards excited to discover who the winners were while also expecting – through the valuable networking opportunity such events offer, to find out how contractors were managing to pay their staff a ‘Living Wage’ with inflation rising as it is. I came away with so much more... The two impassioned speeches – one from Jim Melvin, chair of the British Cleaning Council, and the other from Toni D’Andrea, CEO of ISSA Pulire Network and director of ISSA EMEA, really gave us all food for thought and although they were completely different, they carried a similar message.

Jim was clearly incensed that despite all we did as an industry throughout the pandemic, there are still some amongst Government believing we are a low skilled industry that employs cheap foreign labour. How could they have forgotten so quickly, the important role cleaners played in keeping us all safe! And Jim rightly reminded us that it wasn’t just the cleaners, but the machinery service engineers and those keeping the supply chain going too, as without them, the cleaners couldn’t have functioned. Jim pointed out that the huge number of vacancies the industry’s trying to fill should be of major concern to Government, since without cleaners, everything will fall apart and the economy won’t recover. Now we’re aware of the difference proper cleaning can make to our health, we won’t put up with being in a dirty indoor environment, will we? There’s too much at stake.

Toni D’Andrea shared some interesting data about the cleaning industry globally. His ideas were fascinating and he put forward an excellent argument for why cleanliness should be considered an investment, rather than a cost. Like Jim, he alluded to the disaster that would befall us if all the cleaners downed tools and he highlighted the need for us to show respect and gratitude, “since only when we acknowledge the work others do as necessary to us all, can we feel we are part of a modern society.” I like that!

Both speeches feature below and they’re well worth a read. And if you have any thoughts on them or anything to add, do please let me know.



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This Week's News

Sodexo Healthcare's April Harvey recognised as Covid Workplace Champion by RoSPA

* Sodexo_April-Harvey.jpgSodexo Healthcare's April Harvey has been recognised as a Covid Workplace Champion by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, for her role as health, safety and risk lead in the mobilisation of the first Covid quarantine facility and Covid-19 test centres.

At the end of 2021 RoSPA, which is known for its prestigious health & safety awards, launched its Covid Workplace Champion scheme to recognise and highlight the contributions of those who have used their expertise, passion and unwavering commitment to help limit the transmission of Covid in workplace. It received over 300 nominations from a range of industry sectors across 19 countries.

Cleaning industry's heroes honoured at 2022 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards

* Golden-Service-Awards-2022.jpgThe elite of the cleaning and FM industry were recognised at the 2022 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards last week for their outstanding excellence and commitment to deliver performances that continually raise standards - through unprecedented challenging times.

Created over 30 years ago, the biennial Golden Service Awards (@GoldenServAward) is today one of the most prestigious events and sought-after accolades in the British FM and cleaning industry - with this year representing more poignance and relevance than ever before.

The silent anthropological and social repercussions of cleaning

* Toni-GSA-2022.jpgSpeaking at the Golden Service Awards, Toni D'Andrea, CEO of ISSA Pulire Network and Director of ISSA EMEA, reflects on 'the silent anthropological and social repercussions', along with the imperceptible dynamics the act of cleaning - by some 30 million workers globally in over 125 billion covered square metres - sets in motion.

"The Golden Service Awards 2022 is an important opportunity to reflect and share some thoughts on the cleaning world, what it represents in our daily lives, and especially on the future that awaits us. I imagine many of you are familiar with the global service sector, not just from a technological and economic point of view but in terms of its day-in, day-out relationships with the manufacturing world.

SOAPBOX: Jim Melvin, chair of the British Cleaning Council and representative on the BCC for the Cleaning & Support Services Association

* Jim-Melvin.jpg"I sit as current chairman of The British Cleaning Council and also represent the CSSA within the BCC. Over a year ago, we decided to engage further with the Government in starting an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cleaning & Hygiene which is now chaired by Nigel Mills MP.

We set a number of key strategic points amongst which were:

SRR 2022 to host European Recycling Conference in Madrid this month

* SRR-European-Recycling-Conference.jpgThe 4th International Trade Fair for Recovery and Recycling, SRR 2022, will host the European Recycling Conference later this month, on 15th June. This international event will take place during the Fair, organised by IFEMA Madrid at its Exhibition Centre, from 14th to 16th June and will bring together the leading players in the recycling sector. The Conference will address key market trends and propose new action plans.

Taski launches all new Ultimaxx range of smart scrubber driers

* Taski-Ultimaxx.jpgDriven by smart and intelligent technological advances, the Ultimaxx 1900 scrubber is the first model of the range and sets a new benchmark for walk behind scrubber driers. Ultra-efficiency, smart technology and intelligent predictive service solutions ensures your machine is never out of the game.

Taski R&D engineers have bolstered every scrubber drier function and every component to optimise efficiency, performance and reliability. Ultimaxx incorporates the latest intelligent technologies to reduce time, energy, water, chemical and consumable consumption.

Cleaners demonstrate against Government's culture of disrespect against low paid workers

* CLEANERS-AND-SECURITY-GUARDS-DEMONSTRATE.jpgFollowing the damning comments in Sue Gray’s ‘Partygate’ report, regarding the treatment of those tasked with cleaning Government buildings, members of the United Voices of the World union protested outside Downing Street on Friday against the culture of disrespect towards low paid workers – such as cleaners and security guards - in Government buildings and offices across London.

"We're not in the least bit surprised by the revelations in the Sue Gray report!” remarked Petros Elia, general secretary for UVW – the union that represents cleaners and security guards in Government buildings.

Transitioning to more sustainable bag-in-box packaging

* Betco-box.jpgBetco tells us that its commitment to sustainability means it is transitioning from 5-gallon pails to new 5-gallon bag-in-box packaging. The top four benefits of this, include:

1. Sustainable manufacturing - Bag-in-box uses less plastic and resources, cutting waste by 75%, greenhouse gases by 52%, and energy by 81%.
2. Efficient transportation - The rectangular shape is more compact for 70 more gallons per skid.
3. Storage benefits - Bag-in-box has no dead space when stacked and cuts needed cubic feet by 39%.
4. Ease of use - Spigots allow for quick and easy dispensing without heavy lifting, surging, or glugging.

UK toilet manufacturer targeted lower consumption in Water Saving Week

* UK-toilet-manufacturer.jpgA UK company that's helped its customers save close to one billion litres of water annually is aiming to multiply that by 10 in under five years.

Propelair's water-saving toilet is reducing consumption by 875 million litres for several companies, government bodies and other organisations - equivalent to 350 Olympic swimming pools.

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Jangro's ntrl range verified by The Vegan Society

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