*Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 3rd November 2022 Issue no. 1039

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International News

Commercial scrubbers and sweepers - global outlook & forecast 2022-2027

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The 441-page 'Commercial Scrubbers and Sweepers - Global Outlook & Forecast 2022-2027 report, recently added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering, finds that futuristic inventions in mainstream robotics and other complementary technologies will likely boost investor confidence in the market and thereby increase funding.

ACI strengthens meetings and communications teams

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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.

ISSA Show North America celebrates Innovation Awards winners

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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.

Organisations honoured at ISSA Sustainability Recognition ceremony

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Several ISSA member organisations were awarded annual Green2Sustainable Recognition Plaques at the recent ISSA Show, having ably demonstrated their commitment to sustainability.

Cleaning software providers from Belgium and the Netherlands join forces

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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.

Bradford Soap, Church & Dwight, Evonik execs to speak at 2023 ACI Convention Industry Leadership Panel

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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.

Velair now boasts Planet Mark

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Velair Group is understandably proud to announce that it has achieved the Planet Mark Business Certification; an internationally recognised sustainability certification.

Michael Damiana to lead MicroCare’s global sourcing efforts

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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.

Oxonox reveals game changing performance of its lift and escalator sterilisation solutions

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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.

Clean Planet Energy secures supply agreement with plastics recycling giant, KW Plastics

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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.

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Throughout my 30 years writing for this industry, I’ve believed that we all have a role to play in a cleaner’s enjoyment of the job. A smile, a ‘thank you’, a brief chat, a genuine interest in them, shows we value them and what they do. Then there’s the effort we put into ensuring we’re not making their work more difficult… Leaving the workplace and everywhere else we go clean, tidy and rubbish-free; not leaving hazards for them to negotiate or raiding the cleaning cupboard of their supplies. If out in public areas, we should wipe our feet when entering a building and not drop litter. In the washroom, we should leave the basin and its surroundings clean and turn off taps – even if someone else has left them running. And everyone should leave the toilet cubicle as they’d wish to find it! I’d die of shame if someone entered a cubicle I’d left in the state I sometimes find them in… unflushed contents, soiled seats and toilet tissue, (sometimes used) on the seat and floor. It’s disgusting. I don’t understand how people can think it’s ok to behave like that and force others to clean up the mess. 
Making life difficult for cleaners and the environment currently are Extinction Rebellion and its offshoots. Suggesting on their social media boasts that spraying paint over buildings isn’t the best way to attract support and that they should consider the resultant damage to the environment they’re purporting to want to protect, has met with abuse along with musings that the paint was “probably organic and biodegradable and easy to clean up”. None would consider the cleaners, chemicals used (since we can’t take a chance on biodegradability), toll on equipment and energy required to power it, pollution created getting cleaning teams and their tools to site and then back to base, laundering of uniforms, carpet cleaning where paint’s been walked into buildings, the residue entering our waterways and waste of one of the planet’s most valuable resources – water. 
While I was talking to them generally, it would add weight to my argument if I could hit them with some rough figures regarding the costs of cleaning up their mess - not just in terms of money but in the types and quantity of chemicals potentially required along with the volume of water involved. Are you able to help with some ballpark facts/figures please, wherever you might be in the world? We might just persuade the decision-makers to tell the foot soldiers to stop damaging the environment and giving our wonderful cleaners unnecessary work to do!



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This Week's News

ISSA Charities going for record-breaking GivingTuesday

* ISSA-Charities.jpgISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, is gearing up to break donation records for this year's GivingTuesday campaign. GivingTuesday contributions will provide financial assistance to ISSA Charities' three signature programs: Cleaning for a Reason, ISSA Hygieia Network, and ISSA Scholars.

Throughout the year, each of the charities' programs plan and host unique efforts to support the cleaning industry community and beyond, and change the way the world views cleaning. Cleaning for a Reason provides professional home cleaning for cancer patients; the ISSA Hygieia Network advances women, diversity, equity and inclusion in the cleaning industry, while ISSA Scholars supports youth with scholarship aid.

ISSA Show North America 2022 sees strong increase in attendance

* ISSA-show-2022.jpgThe ISSA Show North America 2022 welcomed more than 11,000 cleaning industry professionals to McCormick Place in Chicago, a 10% increase over last year's event in Las Vegas.

The event offered numerous opportunities for networking, education and product discovery that helped industry professionals evolve their businesses and change the way the world views cleaning.

Hand drying is crucial but the options on offer are failing us

* Hand-drying-article.jpgWrites Dr Salomé Giao, lead scientist at Dyson:

Every year, Global Handwashing Day champions and campaigns for the critical importance of regular hand washing with soap. The message is a simple one: hand washing can help prevent disease transmission.

At Dyson we're huge advocates for everything Global Handwashing Day stands for. We want to contribute to the conversation by shedding light on a step in the hand hygiene process that itself plays a very important role but one that crucially remains little known: hand drying.

Celebrating innovation: CSSA Innovation Showcase returns

* CSSA-Innovation.jpgAfter a successful debut in 2018, the Cleaning & Support Services Association will once again host the CSSA Innovation Showcase at The Cleaning Show 2023. Returning to the ExCeL, London from 14th – 16th March 2023, the showcase will celebrate the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives.

With a focus on creating the Future of Cleaning, businesses and organisations operating throughout the industry can enter their innovations via the CSSA website by 30th November 2022. Entries are required to demonstrate innovation at their heart, utilising technology to enable positive change.

NFSI hosts international symposium on slip, trip, and fall prevention

* NFSI.jpgThe National Floor Safety Institute will host its second International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention on September 25th - 26th, 2023, at the Hurst Convention Center in Hurst, Texas.

EPA honours ACI as 2022 Safer Choice Partner of the Year

* EPA-honours-ACI.jpgThe US Environmental Protection Agency has named the American Cleaning Institute, the trade association for the US cleaning product supply chain, as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year in the program that helps businesses, purchasers and consumers find products that perform well and contain ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment.

ACI was recognised as an outstanding Safer Choice Supporter.

EvaClean and EarthSafe unite two technologies to prevent mould damage with OnePro

* EVACLEAN-XMold.jpgEvaClean and EarthSafe, both known for developing safer solutions in disinfection and industrial cleaning respectively, joined forces to help mitigate mould damage resulting from floods and hurricanes, by combining two chemical technologies into new OnePro Mould Remediation Kit.

Though sister companies with synergistic missions, this is the first time EarthSafe and EvaClean have combined chemical technologies into one system.

Tork launches innovative hygiene trainings for staff in long term care homes

* Tork-Care-homes.jpgNew research, conducted by Essity for its Tork professional hygiene brand, has uncovered the desire among staff in long term care facilities for improved training in areas such as hand hygiene and cleaning procedures.

With cleaning & hygiene protocols more stringent than ever, 58% of cleaning staff have said they find it challenging to follow all the steps and tasks in cleaning guidelines and 68% of care staff would like to receive better and more interesting/interactive training in hand hygiene.

Hygiene - it's in the genes

* Wetherspoons.jpgWetherspoon has topped the charts in the latest food hygiene rating league table (as at 1st August 2022). Wetherspoon's pubs consistently top the charts in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme among the biggest pub chains - and this number-one spot highlights that excellent consistency.

The FHRS is run by local authorities and is the only independent British Government scheme assessing the level of hygiene standards in pubs, restaurants, take-aways, clubs and cafes. It scores outlets 0-5, with the highest-possible rating of five meaning 'very good' hygiene practices and safety systems in place, fully complying with the law.

Technical cleaning specialist Technivo acquired by Datalec

* Technivo-Datalec.jpgTechnivo, a specialist technical cleaning company operating in the UK and Europe, has been acquired by Datalec Precision Installations (DPI), a provider of world-class data centre design, supply, build and support services to deliver seamless, integrated and unified end-to-end solutions for data centre operators. The two have worked together for several years.

This acquisition is an important development for DPI and aligns well with the company's managed services portfolio, spearheaded by its product manager, James Bangs, who says:

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Recent UK News

Rawlins - making 'remove, improve, protect' more sustainable

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Established over 50 years ago and renowned as one of the UK's leading suppliers of cleaning equipment, Rawlins now has a new managing director. With the retirement of James White, Werner du Plessis is embarking on a plan to take the business in a new and more sustainable direction, while also offering a new and important service.

Exemplary floor cleaning enhances health and hygiene in a veterinary environment

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Truvox International is exhibiting at the London Vet Show at ExCel, London from 17th through18th November and visitors will be able to see the Multiwash Pro - which was launched at last year's show - alongside the Valet Battery Upright II (VBUII) and the VTVe compact high-performance dry vacuum cleaner.

HSE's Risk-Reduction Through Design Award 2022-2023 launches

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The Health & Safety Executive’s annual musculoskeletal disorders 'risk-reduction through design' award is now open for nominations. The award highlights the important contribution that ergonomics-based design changes can make to reduce the risks of work-related MSDs.

Pinnacle Group's commitment to quality recognised with international standard

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In recognition of its dedicated quality management of community-led services, facilities services provider Pinnacle Group has once again been awarded the world's most recognised Quality Management System (QMS) standard - ISO9001:2015.

Cleaning company employee dies after falling into hot water tank

A catering equipment cleaning company has been fined £200,000 after a worker died through falling into a tank of hot water. The man fell through the lid of a tank of hot water heated to 76 degrees Centigrade and died a week later in hospital.

Greyland achieves Planet Mark

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Greyland has achieved the Planet Mark Business Certification, furthering its commitment to reducing its impact on society.

The Planet Mark Business Certification is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for all organisations acknowledging continuous progress, encouraging action and building an empowered community of like-minded individuals.

Hat-trick of new recruits aim to boost Biovate Hygienics’ growth

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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.

Sustainability, cobotics and hygiene habits: Cleaning Show London 2023 to highlight latest trends and technologies transforming the industry

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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.

First Mile launches Return & Recycle service for hard-to-recycle items

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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.

Liverpool’s new underground bin scheme ‘first of its kind in the UK’

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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.

MBE awarded to leading cleaning industry figure

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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.

Local family business couple celebrate a combined 116 years of service

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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.

Products still make a splash after 25 years

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Renowned cleaning products manufacturer, Bio Productions, is celebrating 25 years since its market-leading Biological Urinal Blocks first made a splash.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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