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International News

Vectair Systems appoints Chelsey Schwartz as vice president of marketing

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Vectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, is pleased to welcome Chelsey Schwartz to its leadership team, as vice president of marketing.

Tips on using citric acid cleaning solutions

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Citric acid cleaning solutions are gaining more interest in the professional cleaning industry: they are a very safe, environmentally preferable way to clean surfaces, and, being derived from lemons and limes, they promote sustainability.

However, to take advantage of the benefits of citric acid cleaning solutions, sanitisers and disinfectants, cleaning professionals should be aware of the following do's and don'ts.

Old Bottles, new wipe. Vileda Professional r-MicroTuff Swift, the first recycled cleaning cloth from Vileda Professional

Sustainability is at the heart of our corporate activity. Based on more than 60 years’ experience in the business we want to provide more than just cleaning solutions which keep sites and surfaces hygienically clean, they should also contribute to a cleaner planet as well.

New AI app helps track cleaning competence

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Optiqo's latest mobile application - Cleantracker AI, offers an easy-to-use method of validating cleaning effectiveness by adopting artificial intelligence and machine learning. Combining AI with advanced image recognition, it facilitates the classification and evaluation of surface area contamination.

RAS partners with Ascendo Academy on a restroom inspection course

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In its bid to equip premises managers and Environmental Control Coordinators with the essential knowledge regarding clean toilet standards, the Restroom Association (Singapore) partnered with the Ascendo Academy to offer a free course on washroom inspection in addition to the ECC course.

UMF names Lisa Gross National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award recipient

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UMF Corporation has announced that custodial service associate Lisa Gross has earned the company's 13th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.

Susanne Jorgensen to succeed ISS Americas CEO Dan Ryan, effective 1 July 2022

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Susanne Jorgensen is to take over the role as CEO, Americas Region, ISS, from Dan Ryan, current CEO of Americas and chief group commercial officer. 

New study by Sanitation & Water for All looks at changing external perceptions of water, sanitation and hygiene

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The Sanitation & Water for All global partnership (SWA) has this week released the findings of a global study on external perceptions of water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as barriers to driving political prioritisation and investment.

Ecoserv Group introduces monitored waste management

Ecoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, is launching a managed service to help customers meet their waste and recycling commitments.

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Over the past couple of years I’ve occasionally used these Leaders to comment on concerns regarding the PPE issued to frontline workers to help protect them from catching and/or transmitting Covid-19. These concerns involved whether the PPE was fit for purpose, its cost and the way in which the contracts to supply had been awarded. I’m in the industry but daresay that even someone who isn’t, might have wondered how some companies that had previously been involved in a completely different industry, had managed to rapidly set up or alter production facilities to produce PPE which Government buyers deemed a better deal than that being offered by seasoned suppliers. By ‘better deal’ I don’t only mean price, but quality too – for surely under the circumstances, quality should have been a crucial consideration. Yes – demand did quickly start to outstrip supply and often stocks will have gone to the highest bidder… Alternatives needed to be found and fast, but what happened to common sense? 
Those in our industry were well placed to ask the right questions and I can recall applauding the ISSA when it announced that it was to work with the PPE Fraud Coalition to challenge the US Government over its ‘unfathomable procurement failures’. The two bodies were hoping to prevent future ‘fraudulent’ transactions and recover the $millions lost. I said we should be doing the same in the UK and indeed anywhere else that appeared to have experienced procurement issues – and, sometimes, fraud. 
I’ve not had an update on the ISSA/PPE Fraud Coalition’s progress but the UK Parliament’s Committee of Public Accounts has finally released its report into the management of PPE contracts. As well as tackling important questions regarding supply chain security for the future, this report discusses the huge challenge faced by Government to manage ‘a stockpile of PPE which includes billions of items that are unusable or not needed’, whilst fighting disputes with PPE suppliers on 176 contracts. Apparently, little has been done to address the alleged fraud and up to £2.7billion of taxpayers’ money is at risk. How on earth has this situation been allowed to happen?

The full report is available for download at: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications while a quick overview can be found at: https://publications.parliament.uk

It's an interesting read.



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This Week's News

Cleanology launches new industry fundraiser event to tackle hygiene poverty

* Cleanology-fundraiser-hygiene-poverty.jpgCleanology has brought together some of the biggest names in the cleaning and facilities management industry to support the launch of a spectacular new annual fundraising event in aid of The Hygiene Bank.

In September 2021, Cleanology held its first charity event which raised over £14,000 for The Hygiene Bank, a national charity that alleviates poverty by providing hygiene products to those in need.

ACI emphasises importance of modernising America's recycling system as Congress examines ways to improve recyclability

* ACI-recycling.jpgThe US House Committee on Energy & Commerce recently held a hearing on ‘No Time to Waste: Solutions for America's Broken Recycling System’. In conjunction with the hearing, the American Cleaning Institute offered its perspective as Congress examines ways to improve America's recycling capabilities.

"ACI recognises the need to mitigate the impacts associated with the creation, use and disposal of our product packaging," wrote Nathan Sell, ACI senior director, sustainability, in a letter to chairman Tonko and Ranking Member McKinley. "Cleaning product packaging is designed to protect the health and safety, while also ensuring safe transport, storage and use of cleaning products during all stages of a product's lifecycle."

Keep employees safe in hot weather

* Slingsby-hot-weather.jpgHazel Bulgin, UK sales manager at Slingsby: one of the UK's leading suppliers of industrial & commercial equipment, offers some practical tips on keeping employees safe and comfortable in hot weather:

With England having experienced its first ever red warning for extreme heat this week and much of continental Europe even hotter, it's clear that raised temperatures in the workplace have the potential to become a health & safety issue as employers struggle to keep working areas within the recommended temperatures.

New air duct cleaning machine features increased power and next generation smart technology

* Rotobrush-Air-Duct-machine.jpgIndoor air quality solutions specialist Rotobrush International has launched a new air duct cleaning machine. The all new BrushBeast DR features next generation smart technology, more vacuum power and more control while maintaining the same portability and ease of use that is known with the brand.

"The revolutionary new technology that the BrushBeast DR features is taking air duct cleaning to the next level," says Bob Elledge, president and CEO of Rotobrush International. "Rotobrush is always looking to improve our products. We want to design equipment that not only is portable and powerful, but also is easier to operate. We have accomplished that with the BrushBeast DR."

Kingdom Cleaning promotes former apprentice to bid support admin

* KINGDOM-CLEANING-PROMOTES.jpgCleaning and soft services provider, Kingdom Cleaning, has recently promoted a former apprentice to its group sales team.

Phs Group and GreenTeck Global bring Ecoflow Innovation to UK Washroom Sector

* PHS.jpgA new collaboration between phs Group and GreenTeck Global is offering UK companies a chemical-free way to destroy, rather than mask, lingering bathroom-related odours. From July, the new Ecoflow will be available across the UK via renowned hygiene provider, phs Group, in an exclusive five-year contract.

Using innovative, patented, diamond flow-cell technology, Ecoflow converts ordinary tap water on demand into ozonated water; a natural, chemical-free liquid with strong oxidisation properties. The reduced maintenance requirements or need for additional products, such as cistern sanitisers and air fresheners, make it ideal for high footfall areas, from train stations and shopping centres to schools and stadia.

ISS and Danske Bank extend partnership

* ISS_Danske-Bank.jpgISS A/S has extended its partnership with Danske Bank and will continue to provide integrated facility services to the Nordic bank in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Lithuania for another five years.

ISS has delivered services to Danske Bank for many years and became integrated facility service partner for the bank in 2015. With the new extension, ISS will continue to be the main service provider on a number of services, including facilities management, cleaning, technical, food and support services.

Sellafield cleaning contract leads to bigger things

* Mitie-Sellafield.jpgWinning a cleaning contract at Sellafield in 2003 has proved fruitful for Mitie, as almost two successful decades at the site, providing an expanded range of services, have now led to it being awarded a five-year contract to deliver Sellafield's new Integrated Asset Care framework, as a 50/50 partnership with Jacobs, under a joint venture called OneAIM. Sellafield estimates the IAC contract to be worth up to £250m over the full term of the contract.

The IAC framework covers core construction and asset care services at Sellafield, the UK's most complex nuclear site, and replaces the old Operation Site Works framework.

Eluceda develops novel Hydrogen Peroxide test for paper & board sector

* Eluceda-Hydrogen-Peroxide-test.jpgChemical and biological detection technology specialist, Eluceda has developed and launched a rapid, quantitative and portable test for hydrogen peroxide in water - with results given in 60 seconds.

The new technology solution is the latest in a line of tests that uses Eluceda's established E-Sens handheld detectors and is capable of detecting hydrogen peroxide in water at concentrations between one and 1000 parts per million.

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Recent UK News

Cleaning industry body angered by lack of response to its letters to Cabinet Secretary

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Angry business leaders in the cleaning & hygiene sector have hit out after the Government simply failed to fully respond and agree to their demands for a meeting to discuss the findings in the Sue Gray report, in which cleaners were identified as having been disrespected.

BICSc Awards: shortlist of finalists revealed

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The shortlist of finalists for the British Institute of Cleaning Science Awards 2022, which celebrate the exceptional efforts of leading lights from the professional cleaning industry, has been announced.

The organisation was inundated with entries for these popular annual Awards
this year, in a program which will culminate in an Awards Dinner on Thursday, 22nd September 2022, at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Meriden.

TV presenter and former England international rugby player Martin Bayfield is the celebrity host for the Awards – an event renowned as one of the largest and most influential in the cleaning industry's calendar.

Strike averted as cleaners win inflation-busting pay rise

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Latin American cleaners from Ecuador and Bolivia who work at Riverside Quarter, a large luxury residence in Wandsworth, London, have won a 16% pay rise bringing them up to £11.05 an hour from their previous rate of £9.50, the national minimum wage.

This pay rise comes after the cleaners, who are United Voices of the World members, voted to take strike action, with 100% of the UVW cleaners balloted, voting to strike. 

Matrix awards top partners

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British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix Cleaning Systems has once again recognised the important role its distributors, stockists and service engineers play in its continued success, by presenting the top performers with Awards.

Mitie appointed supplier to new Government FM and workplace services framework

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Mitie has been named as a supplier on the new Crown Commercial Services framework, RM6232. The appointment enables Mitie to tender for contracts across all Government departments and public sector organisations to deliver a full range of facilities management services, from waste management and landscaping, to building maintenance, cleaning, reception and security services.

Jangro enhances health & safety training module

Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has made further enhancements to its award-winning and CPD-accredited e-learning platform, the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS). Its newly refreshed health and safety training course is now live and available for operatives to complete at www.jangrolms.net.

London's Pride: biggest clean-up operation to date

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Veolia's fully electric street cleansing fleet and dedicated team ensured a swift and effective clean-up operation for one of the biggest events of the year, collecting over 180 tonnes of waste as more than a million people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride parade in London.

Sodexo becomes official Supporter of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter

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Sodexo has this week been announced as a Supporter of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, making it one of the scheme's largest employers.

SOAPBOX: Back to normal? No thank you!

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Jay Coates, Director, Twotwenty2 Cleaning, writes…

“Following two years of upheaval, we constantly hear the desire to return to normality, but do we really want that? At the outbreak of the pandemic, it has to be said the cleaning industry was underprepared; cleaning processes were inadequate for the new challenges, and cleaning companies did not hold the necessary equipment to enable the creation of a safe environment. The cleaning industry quickly took stock, and rose to the task, but several problems remained.

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