*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 17th November 2022 Issue no. 1041

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International News

Sanitized AG appoints Dr Martin Čadek as CTO of its Competence Centre for Technology & Innovation

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Swiss-based Sanitized AG is increasing its innovation expertise by appointing a new CTO, Dr Martin Čadek, who will oversee global technological activities for the specialist antimicrobial hygiene brand. Dr Čadek will lead the company's Competence Centre for Technology Innovation and will focus on breaking new ground to develop innovations in sustainability.

Be honest, don't greenwash: four responsible changes to make your business greener…

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The Commercial LPG division at Flogas, looks at some of the ways in which you can ditch greenwashing and search, instead, for responsible changes and solutions.

Why does hygiene still struggle to gain political importance?

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The Chatham House Report concludes that changing hygiene behaviours can lead to better health, for the individual, the wider population, and the economy. Yet, even with the lessons from Covid-19, hygiene still struggles to gain political importance. Why?

Italian business network safebreath.net aims to reduce particulate matter PM2.5 AND PM10 in industrial environments

A new national business network has launched with the aim of proposing a complete solution to abate harmful PM2.5 and PM10 particulate matter in industrial environments: 'Safebreath.net' was officially presented in Rimini during the recent Ecomondo Trade Fair.

ISSA Charities going for record-breaking GivingTuesday

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ISSA 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.

ISSA Show North America 2022 sees strong increase in attendance

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The 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.

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

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Writes 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.

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

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The 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.

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.

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It may not be the thing to say in this day and age but I love the differences in people’s cultures and one of the many things that’s made me grateful to live in the era of the Internet, is that it’s brought us all closer in terms of being able to travel, (virtually) and explore the cultures and learn about the traditions enjoyed in places we’ll never visit. I realise television has had its part to play in this over the decades but the Internet has allowed us to properly interact with those keeping the traditions alive and delve far deeper than we would otherwise be able to. I’m grateful to have experienced some of these traditions first hand by groups visiting my country, who’ve had the patience to teach us how to take part in their rituals and dances, and sing songs in their languages, knowing the true meaning of the movements and words and thus feeling the emotion behind them. 
Of course we have our fair share of traditions in the UK and this year we’ve seen more than usual, during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this Summer followed in Autumn by her death and the pomp and ceremony that came with honouring her life and Charles being pronounced King. 

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Last week we remembered and honoured those who lost their lives or were injured in battle, (why haven’t we learned?) and crowds lined the streets to watch the annual Lord Mayor’s Parade in London. I’ve mentioned in many of my Leaders how our cleaners not only have to clear up the mess that results from these gatherings and parades but also have to prepare the area beforehand. Occasionally cleaners have been honoured by being given a role in opening ceremonies such as for the Commonwealth Games but I believe (and do correct me if I’m wrong) that the Lord Mayor’s Parade is the only national ceremony in which our industry regularly takes pride of place amongst everyone else. I love this picture of The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners’ Master Gary Fage, Court Assistant Phil Smith and Liveryman Callum Mcleod who had a “wonderful day” on the Modern Livery Companies’ float this year and I hope you’ll join me in wishing the Company congratulations on its 50th birthday and thanking it for the good work it does in supporting charities and promoting our industry in style! 




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This Week's News

BCC calls for entire cleaning sector to consider paying a real Living Wage

* BCC-Living-Wage.jpgTo mark Living Wage Week, (which is this week) the British Cleaning Council has renewed its call for cleaning & hygiene sector businesses and organisations to consider also becoming real Living Wage Employers.

Supporting the real Living Wage means committing to paying employees a wage which is independently calculated to meet everyday needs - like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.

Tackling a toxic timebomb

* TOXIC-TIMEBOMB.jpgCigarette butts account for 66% of all litter and can be found in every corner Great Britain - on our streets, in our countryside, our parks and beaches, our waterways and, finally, in the sea.

In fact, new research for Keep Britain Tidy reveals that, right now, there are 2.4 million cigarette butts littered on England's high streets, despite the efforts of local authorities to clean them up on a daily basis.

CHSA issues 'cease and desist' notice to company claiming Accredited status

* CHS-Accredited.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has issued a 'cease and desist' notice to a Turkish manufacturer of plastic sacks claiming CHSA Accredited status.

"Our Accreditation Schemes are a stamp of quality," explains CHSA chair, Lorcan Mekitarian. "We will always act to protect their integrity so buyers and users of cleaning & hygiene products can trust the mark. Our standards, your guarantee."

Partnership to create 10 new hard-to-recycle plastics recycling facilities across UK

* Clean-Planet-recycling.jpgClean Planet Energy has this week announced a new joint venture with private equity firm Crossroads Real Estate to fund Clean Planet Energy's flagship ecoPlant currently under construction in Teesside, North East England.

This will be the first of 10 new ecoPlants that Crossroads Real Estate and Clean Planet Energy are jointly seeking to build and operate across the UK.

Vectair Systems launches Vibe Pro

* Vibe_Pro_Front.jpgVectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, has launched the Vibe Pro aircare dispenser - its newest innovation in the aircare evolution.

The technologically superior dispenser employs a patented dispensing feature -‘Vibrating Mesh Technology’, to create an ultra-fine mist of fragrance that fills spaces up to 18,000cu.ft (510cu.m). Proprietary scents are specially formulated to pass through 2,000 laser-cut holes and contain Airadicate Malodour Counteractant which neutralises odours. Vibe Pro fragrance particles are significantly smaller than aerosol particles, allowing them to float in the atmosphere for much longer.

ISSA and Staples form national distribution partnership program

* ISSA-Staples.jpgISSA has formed a new distribution partner program with business equipment and stationery giant Staples. Together, ISSA and Staples will elevate the cleaning industry by hosting training and certification programs at Staples training facilities across the US.

"When we think about education in our industry, it always points back to people, the heart of the industry," says ISSA director of education Brant Insero (pictured). "This partnership will allow us to bring certifications, training, and education to the masses."

Truvox delivers effective, efficient cleaning solution for care sector environment

* Truvox-care.jpgCleaning in a care environment needs to balance achieving aesthetically pleasing results with ensuring health, hygiene and safety. We talk to Truvox International UK sales manager Simon Constantine and account manager Mark Maslin to discover why one of the company's products delivers consistently great results…

"The care sector is very important for us, and while we offer a wide range of solutions, the Multiwash Pro perfectly delivers its needs, for quick and efficient deep cleaning across a wide range of different flooring types," says Simon Constantine.

Innovation and your product: how to be innovative

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Innovation, especially product innovation, is all around us, 24/7. Think of your latest Alexa product, to the latest automatic watch and that e-hybrid/electric car that sits on the drive. It forms part of our everyday life - now and in the future.

In the aircare environment think of the transition away from traditional aerosols to alternative forms of metered systems that are more efficient, powerful and reliable. Or think of how washroom systems are becoming 'connected' to one another. Customers demand (and deserve) innovation and manufacturers have a duty to meet these requirements.

P-Wave introduces longer-lasting and budget-friendly urinal screen ranges

* P-Wave-Basix.jpgAir-freshening specialist P-Wave has added two new urinal screen options to its market-leading ranges. To complement the successful and popular Slant6, it has now added P-Wave 360, which delivers fewer change-outs as the powerful fragrance lasts for up to 60 days, plus the budget-friendly WCBasix.

"As experts in high-performance urinal screens, we are constantly looking for ways to ensure we offer products that meet the needs of our customers,” says P-Wave sales & marketing manager Mark Wintle. “As these needs evolve, so must our product range.”

Travertine tiled kitchen floor refinished in Kings Norton

* Travertine.jpegThe photographs below are of a Travertine tiled floor installed in the kitchen of a 17th century cottage in the small Leicestershire village of Kings Norton. The owner had called Leicester Tile Doctor in to deep clean and refinish the Travertine tiles which had become soiled, dull, the grout had darkened in places and there were lots of holes that needed filling.

This issue is quite normal for a natural stone floor which benefits from having a sealer in place to stop dirt from becoming trapped in the pores. Travertine can also suffer from pitting which are small holes in the surface of the tile; these pits attract dirt and should be filled to prevent that from happening.

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Recent UK News

Completing the Matrix

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When Dennis Goodwin took up his position as global sales manager at Matrix Cleaning Systems recently, it must have felt a bit like 'coming home'. Why?

Can your contract cleaning business do more for the environment?

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More than six out of ten people in the UK want to see companies including contract cleaners act more sustainably - citing the use of recyclable packaging, less plastic, less waste, and mobilising renewable energy, as coming top of their wish list.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Cleaning Products Europe
9-10th April 2024
Czech Republic


Care Show London
24-25th April 2024


Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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


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