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Mike brings with him more than 20 years of experience in sourcing and supply chain management.
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.
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.
During 2022, it has continued to extend and enhance its product offering, focused on helping customers with their evolving cleaning & hygiene needs.
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.
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Well that one came up to bite me on the backside, as we say in the UK and other parts of the English speaking world! Little did I know when I wrote, this time last week, about our need to wash and dry our hands thoroughly to combat the rising cases of Covid-19, that I’d managed to catch the thing for a second time. Writing in Cleanzine that my message to myself would be to ‘take more care’ – well – I’m surprised I didn’t hear a ‘ho ho ho’ over my shoulder. Yes I know it’s not ALL about handwashing but it certainly helps! I’m pleased to report that I’m not nearly as bad as I was last Summer and that I appear to be on the mend already.
I’d spent most of the previous night up and wide awake as my daughter, (who on her way to visit had sat alongside a rail passenger with an obvious cold) was admitted to hospital having suffered a dangerously elevated resting heart rate for several hours - the Covid-19 symptoms she was suffering being of secondary concern. She’d been asked to do a Covid test before I took her to hospital and this proved negative. Knowing what we do about how inaccurate these tests can be, I was surprised that a further test wasn’t carried out by hospital staff, since her bed was in a ‘Covid Isolation area’. A change in protocol perhaps?
I asked her this morning about her perception of the cleaning practices (she’s an ex-cleaner) and her response was that everything was very clean but that she’d felt sorry for a cleaner who was hobbling around emptying bins while suffering from a bad back. That’s dedication for you… She also said that a cleaner came in immediately she left the following morning, to make the room clean and safe for the next occupant. Her other point was that she was impressed that the washroom had been designed to be easy to clean but that sadly there wasn’t any handwash for at least six hours. I asked if she’d reported it and she said “No”. That really surprised me too, bearing in mind the comments I often make about the general public needing to take responsibility when it comes to our washrooms: Leave it as you would wish to find it! I embarrassed her with a ‘well there you go then’ look, which was duly acknowledged, but I’m now wondering how many others may have reported a lack of soap – if any – or whether it had been reported long before she arrived and nothing had been done to rectify the problem?
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The American Cleaning Institute, the trade association for the cleaning products supply chain, has announced the appointment of Catherine Anderson as meetings and convention coordinator and Natalie D'Apolito as communications and outreach coordinator.
Catherine will provide support to the meetings and membership departments, enhancing the coordination of ACI's member meetings including ACI's annual Convention and Mid-Year Meeting.
The ISSA Show North America Innovation Awards program recognises the latest advancements in the commercial, institutional and residential cleaning industry, so the winners of the 2022 Awards, announced at the Show last week, have something to celebrate.
"In the last few years, the cleaning industry has faced unprecedented challenges," says Director ISSA Show North America Amie Gilmore. "However, it has also been presented with many opportunities to innovate. This year's awards recipients are dedicated to sustainability, elevating the industry and advancing cleaning for health." They are:
The companies being honoured for 2022 are:
Buttons For Cleaners, a market leader in software for cleaning companies in Belgium, and FacilityApps, a market leader in apps for cleaners in the Netherlands, are becoming one company. The management of Buttons For Cleaners will transfer the managerial responsibility in a gradual step-by-step approach to the management of FacilityApps.
The team in Belgium will continue to work from its base in Ghent.
Pioneering Biovate Hygienics, which launched this year with a pledge to become the country's 'go to' brand for sustainable and carbon neutral cleaning products, has announced a trio of new hires to help propel it into its next stage of growth.
Kierran Bates (pictured left), aged 21, recently joined the company with the objective of him evolving into a sales role after learning the ropes in an office-based support position. Kierran impressed his new employers with the many and diverse roles and skill sets he had developed in hospitality work, tiling, administration, e-commerce and even renovating a camper van to allow him to explore the length and breadth of the UK.
Over the past two years, the cleaning industry has been thrown into the spotlight, and has proudly and professionally taken a frontline position as it demonstrates best practice in cleaning and sanitation processes.
At the same time, consumers and business owners have developed a growing appreciation of the industry's role in keeping people and places safe. With the pandemic firmly in the rear view mirror, and the 'new normal' transitioning into a familiar rhythm, the continued importance of enhanced cleaning regimes is clear.
Executives from Bradford Soap, Church & Dwight and Evonik will discuss how they are navigating through unpredictable economic swings and global unrest, which can drastically impact marketplace success, during the Industry Leadership Panel at the 2023 American Cleaning Institute Industry Convention.
The panellists will also discuss how they have charted their organisations' paths during the past year and their plans to confront future headwinds.
“We have achieved this by measuring and reporting our carbon footprint, and have committed to take responsibility for our carbon emissions, in order to have a positive impact through our business, in this movement for a more sustainable future,” explains managing director Matt Anderson.
Businesses and workplaces throughout the UK can now help to power the circular economy thanks to the launch of First Mile's Return & Recycle - a low-cost recycling scheme that focuses on making it easy to return items that are traditionally tricky to recycle.
Launched to coincide with Recycle Week (17th - 23rd October) First Mile's Return & Recycle is a simple, yet highly effective recycling service for businesses and workplaces of all types and sizes, from indie coffee shops to large office blocks.
Explosion-proof and ATEX-certified for dust zone 22, they can be safely used in the chemical-pharmaceutical sector, bakeries, flour and grain mills, cereals and wood pellet warehouses, metallurgical companies and mines.
As we continue to see relaxed Covid-19 restrictions - leaving the onus of safety in the hands of business operators, owners and facilities managers - global visual technologies company Christie has introduced its newest CE- and UL- certified commercial UVC-LED disinfection light fixture for occupied, indoor spaces.
An innovative scheme launched in Liverpool, to retrofit waste collection in built-up urban areas, is the first of its kind in the UK. The scheme will see cavernous receptacles placed in 90 locations, set within high-density residential areas, many of which will replace some of the existing temporary communal bins.
The scheme has been designed to create a cleaner waste solution for 27,000 terraced households, in hundreds of inner-city streets, which do not have the space to use a wheelie bin.
Sodexo's 106-strong team provides the soft services for the hospital's five main wards as well as the out-patients and mental health unit.
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