Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 13th October 2022 Issue no. 1036
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Nova from Kennedy Hygiene - the perfect solution for maximum hygiene
Kimberly-Clark Professional launches 100% bio-based and recyclable core plug for hand towel range
Start your double-sided cleaning journey now with UltraFlex Duo - system that can easily be adapted to your needs and requirements
Brightwell extends versatile dispenser systems and strengthens R & D programme during its 75th year
During 2022, it has continued to extend and enhance its product offering, focused on helping customers with their evolving cleaning & hygiene needs.
CleanWell to develop plant-based cleaning solutions for CPG brands, contract manufacturers & industrial supply companies
Ineos Hygienics new campaign fronted by Formula One seven-time world champion
Known for his endless drive, the aptly dubbed campaign shows the Seven-Time World Champion amongst an infinite series of reflections - positioned to dramatise what life could look like with limitless potential, through staying fit and healthy.
Jon Graves appointed as Greenteck Global's first chief operating officer
Genesis Biosciences consults with US Green Seal to implement industry-wide standards
Rensair launches smarter solution for indoor air pollution
New frontline workwear uniforms inhibit bacterial growth
Welcome to the Cleanzine
This coming Saturday is Global Handwashing Day and although it’s not something I generally mention, with Covid cases once again on the rise in my neck of the woods and probably in many other places where the cold, damp weather’s setting in – plus the re-emergence of seasonal flu, which can be a killer - I’ve decided that this year I should. Why? Well I tend not to mention it because I figure it’s something we all do as a matter of course, so it doesn’t need a special day. But then I’m wrong with my figuring, aren’t I? I’ve visited several motorway service stations this year and as it’s always with family and friends I’ve had longer to observe washbasin activity as I’ve waited for the rest of my party to emerge from the cubicles.
A practice I consider to be almost as natural a part of daily life as breathing – i.e. it shouldn’t need any thought - is something we all do differently, which means some of us aren’t doing it right, (and that’s not just handwashing but breathing too)! My own handwashing tends to vary depending upon where I am, what I’m doing next and how long I’ve got. Often my thoughts are racing so the last thing I’m thinking about is how I’m washing my hands. Something else that plays a huge part is the environment I’m in: I’m happy to linger in a quiet and welcoming washroom, whereas a noisy, crowded facility that doesn’t seem clean and cared for, has me rushing for the exit. I doubt I’m very different from most folk in those respects.
The American Cleaning Institute’s president & CEO Melissa Hockstad, has said recently: "Over the past two years, we have had stark reminders about the importance, impact and necessity of essential hand hygiene practices. Washing your hands with soap and water remains one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious disease. This starts with each of us, in our homes, schools, communities and workplaces". She’s right, of course. So my message to myself – and to you if you’re not focusing while you wash your hands, is: ‘take more care’ – even if your environment isn’t the most welcoming or you’re pushed for time! Melissa also highlighted the need for us to wash our hands more regularly during food preparation; when involved in caring for the sick, after nose blowing, coughing or sneezing; after handling rubbish and after directly handling dirty laundry – again something I’d expect us all to do as a matter of course, but worth a mention, just in case.
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This Week's News
MBE awarded to leading cleaning industry figure
Kim Phillips, a leading figure in the cleaning & hygiene industry, has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace.
Kim is a director at the British Cleaning Council, the national chairperson of BCC member the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD) and head of catering & facilities services at Rotherham Council.
Local family business couple celebrate a combined 116 years of service
Sussex-based cleaning, hygiene and healthcare products business Wightman & Parrish is celebrating more than 100 years of combined service for married couple, Michael and Pam Parrish.
Michael and Pam celebrated a combined 116 years at a celebration dinner in The Hardwick Suite at the International Lawn Tennis Centre. Family, friends and work colleagues came together to thank the couple for their drive and dedication over the years.
Michael Damiana to lead MicroCare’s global sourcing efforts
MicroCare, which manufactures environmentally progressive chemistries and tools used in critical cleaning, has appointed Michael Damiana director of global supply chain.
Mike brings with him more than 20 years of experience in sourcing and supply chain management.
Forum ISSA Pulire 2022 gets underway on Tuesday
Everything is ready for the sixth edition of the Forum ISSA Pulire, which will open its doors on 18th October at the Stella Polare Congress Centre in Fiera Milano Rho, Italy.
Products still make a splash after 25 years
Renowned cleaning products manufacturer, Bio Productions, is celebrating 25 years since its market-leading Biological Urinal Blocks first made a splash.
The probiotic urinal blocks were dubbed 'Toss Blocks' when they first launched, named as such because users simply toss them into urinals and let them do their work.
It doesn't get much better than working hard on a job and when finished, standing back to admire the result and the customer says: "Wow - that's like brand new!"
That's exactly what happened to Andy Daly of A&C Diamond Cleaning Services in Northamptonshire, only a short while ago.
Oxonox reveals game changing performance of its lift and escalator sterilisation solutions
UK tech firm, Oxonox, has revealed the results of its revolutionary AirLift and AirStair products.
Designed to restore the public's confidence in post-pandemic hygiene and drive footfall, Oxonox’s two controlled plasma sterilisation solutions have demonstrated that they provide round-the-clock protection against viruses and bacteria, reducing the microbiological load continually by 90% on average, both in the air and on surfaces, outside of laboratory conditions.
This statistic is key as it demonstrates the products' effectiveness in real world environments, as opposed to sterile laboratory settings.
Home Secretary's remarks on migrant workers and unskilled labour branded 'ridiculous, out of touch & divorced from reality'
Leaders of one of the UK's biggest industries have branded the Home Secretary Suella Braverman's comments about reducing migrant workers entering the country as 'ridiculous', 'completely out of touch' and 'divorced from reality'.
The £59 billion cleaning, hygiene & waste sector has been suffering from severe staff shortages since a tightening of immigration rules last year left cleaning & hygiene professionals incorrectly labelled as unskilled, making it more difficult for overseas workers to join the industry.
Chemicals company fined after releasing cloud of chlorine gas into factory
A chemicals company has been fined after releasing a cloud of toxic chlorine gas that spread through its factory, yard and surrounding area resulting in staff needing hospital treatment and significant damage to the factory.
In June 2019, Wiltshire company GEA Farm Technologies (UK) mistakenly mixed an Intermediate Bulk Container containing approximately 700Kg of concentrated sulphuric acid into a mixing vessel which already contained 1,600 litres of sodium hypochlorite solution.
Clean Planet Energy secures supply agreement with plastics recycling giant, KW Plastics
Clean Planet Energy's North American division has announced a long term agreement with one of the world's largest recyclers of HDPE and PP rigid plastic, KW Plastics.
The agreement will provide plastic scrap to Clean Planet's new ecoPlant, to be built in Alabama, and means that up to 20,000 tons of plastic residue generated at the current KW Plastics facility in Alabama will be turned into reusable circular products, rather than being sent to landfill.
Industry smashes last year's record at Cleanology's annual event to raise funds for The Hygiene Bank
One hundred guests applauded on the evening of 27th September after a sell-out event at London's Ivy restaurant raised over £13,000 and a further £8,000 in product donations to help The Hygiene Bank charity in its work to alleviate hygiene poverty.
"The generosity and engagement of our industry has been astonishing," says organiser, and CEO of Cleanology, Dominic Ponniah. "This year, we recruited sponsors who have championed the cause and helped us take the event to a new level. We are really proud to see so many industry representatives coming together to achieve a common goal. With the cost of living biting more each day, there has never been a more important time to support the work of The Hygiene Bank.
Mrs Buckét partners with Brynteg School - one of the largest secondary schools in Wales
Commercial cleaning company Mrs Buckét has signed an exclusive new contract with Brynteg School in Bridgend, one of the largest secondary schools in Wales. The new partnership sees Mrs Buckét extend its portfolio of education providers, putting its experience of working in schools and busy workplaces into practice to the benefit of Brynteg's pupils and staff.
As well as investing heavily in state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that the school is cleaned to the highest possible standard, a new site manager, David Downing, has been appointed to guarantee that everything runs smoothly.
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