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I was interested to read this week, that researchers had found that harmful bacteria on sewage-associated plastic waste, washed up on beaches, can survive long enough to pose a risk to human health. The team at the University of Stirling, found that bacteria such as E. coli and intestinal enterococci were binding to these plastics more often than to naturally occurring materials such as seaweed and sand, thereby prolonging their persistence in the water and at the beach. The presence of faecal bacteria could also potentially lead to outbreaks of norovirus, rotavirus and salmonella. "Some of the plastic waste could be from legacy sewage spills that have persisted in the environment, but the volume of waste we are seeing is shocking," said Professor Richard Quilliam, whose team collected plastic waste from 10 beaches along the Firth of Forth estuary in Scotland. "We expected to collect a few wet wipes everywhere, but the team came back with bags of them."
The team also found evidence that species of vibrio - a naturally occurring bacteria, some strains of which can cause a severe upset stomach - were able to colonise wet wipes. And they found high rates of antimicrobial resistance present in the bacteria on the wipes and cotton bud sticks. The research is part of the £1.85 million 'Plastic Vectors' project - funded by the Natural Environment Research Council - which is investigating how plastics in the environment can help transport bacteria and viruses and the impact that may have on human health. The paper is at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article
Finally, I'm always pleased when what I produce in Cleanzine makes an impact but even more so when it prompts a 'letter to the editor' from an old friend & ex-colleague - in this case Australia's Alan Hardcastle, whom you may remember as the highly-respected publisher of Inclean magazine for many years. Alan's email, which features below, picked up on my praise last week of ISSA/Pulire’s Toni D'Andrea's thinking about the need to elevate cleaning to the status of ‘an investment’, when so many people wrongly look upon it as being just ‘a cost’. I hadn't realised until I received Alan's email, that Toni's thoughts aren't new - and possibly as a result of the shift the pandemic has brought about - but rather something that Toni's carried in his heart for many years. Like Alan, I believe this is a message that we as an industry need to share with everyone.
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I really enjoyed reading Toni D'Andrea's missive in your last newsletter. He's a deep thinker and is certainly someone of whom our industry can be very proud.
A decade ago at the World Federation of Building Service Contractors, Curitiba, 2012, Toni presented a paper underscoring the need for hygiene to be measured as part of GDP (see a short summary below).
Over the years, Comac has used its existing products and technical standards to guide its innovations, but recently it focused instead on the common thread that glues the company together: its floor scrubbers. From this change in outlook, came SELF.Y, Comac’s cleaning concept of the future and one that could become your new, smart cleaning partner.
Designed to support an extremely simple and safe collaboration between the floor scrubber and its user, SELF.Y is a collaborative cleaning machine that combines performance and productivity to take your cleaning operations to the next level. Thanks to its simple and intuitive interface and touch screen display, it is extremely easy to set up: Even beginners, who don't have coding skills, can teach SELF.Y its cleaning tasks.
In light of the still ongoing pandemic problems, the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) has acquired an antimicrobial surface coating and begun applying this throughout the campus. As educational institutions the world over continue their return to classrooms and lecture halls, hygiene is of paramount importance for students, educators and parents alike.
The coating, AggreCoat Silver, has been independently tested and shown to be effective at reducing microbial levels on a surface. When tested to ISO 21702:2019, it showed a reduction in SARS-CoV-2 on the surface of >82% after six hours and >95% after 24 hours when compared to a control. (SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes Covid-19).
Craig, 34, has held roles in sales and marketing for Kimberly-Clark Professional in the UK as well as Dubai, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East in the last 14 years. He returned to the UK in February for the first time since the start of the pandemic after a two-year stint as general manager in Israel.
Food safety affects everyone without exception. From production to packaging and transportation to retail, cooks and chefs all the way to the end consumer, no-one is untouched by the need to uphold good food safety standards. Indeed, every single one of us is a consumer so we all have an interest in the ensuring good levels of food hygiene.
In 2018, the World Health Organization launched Food Safety Day which is held each year on 7th June to raise awareness of food safety and to 'inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks'.
Violet Defense, an ultraviolet (UV) technology company with proven UV disinfection solutions, says its Vantage Ultraviolet Germicidal Disinfection Light System is purpose-built to provide facilities managers with the tools they need to drive the productivity and profitability of their business and facilitate creating an environment that ensures workers feel safe and comfortable each day.
Vantage uses patented, pulsed xenon UV light technology to kill pathogens both in the air and on surfaces. It is currently in use in many high-traffic indoor environments including schools, hospitals, restaurants, offices, fitness centres, warehouses and residences.
Principle Cleaning Services prides itself on recognising and rewarding talent - hence the promotion of the window cleaning division's Fabio Silva and Pawel Kochan, to the positions of general manager.
Cleaning chemicals company Bio-Productions in Burgess Hill enjoyed a sumptuous spread fit for a Queen, to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, with flags and fun much in evidence.
“Cleanliness, in every walk of life, is now at the forefront of our thinking. Whether at home or in public, hygiene and taking pride in the spaces that we occupy has never been so prevalent in our minds. But it is in professional capacities where we seem to forget about maintaining these same high standards....
Cintas Canada is inviting the public to vote for their favourite washroom for the 2022 Canada's Best Restroom contest. The public can vote multiple times now through 8th July, 2022. The winner will receive $2,500 in facility services from Cintas to help maintain their award-winning washrooms.
The Canada's Best Restroom contest highlights businesses that have invested in developing and maintaining exceptional washrooms. "We're proud to recognise these five finalists for investing in clean and memorable washrooms," says Candice Raynsford, marketing manager, Cintas Canada. "The public can show their support for these businesses by voting in the contest."
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