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International News

Phillips 66 Deploys Autonomous Cleaning Robots

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Phillips 66 is partnering with floor cleaning equipment and technology company ICE Cobotics to enable branded Phillips 66, Conoco, 76, and Phillips 66 Aviation locations to utilise Ice Cobotics Cobi 18 autonomous floor scrubbers.

Essity and Reckitt launch bespoke co-branded professional hygiene solutions

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Essity and Reckitt have announced the launch of a range of co-branded disinfection products for professional hygiene customers combining the power of their Tork, Dettol and Sagrotan brands across four countries in Europe.

2022 Cintas SHINE Award honours housekeepers who go above and beyond

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Cintas Corporation has announced the grand-prize winner and runners-up in the 2022 Cintas SHINE (Star Housekeepers in a New Era) Award. Christine Perkins, a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cedar City in Cedar City, Utah, won the contest's $5,000 cash grand prize.

Vectair Systems launches Vibe Pro

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Vectair 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.

ISSA and Staples form national distribution partnership program

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ISSA 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.

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.

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I’m delighted to see that the ISSA’s ‘Rethink what clean means’ campaign has received so much interest, since it launched at the recent cleaning show in North America. Designed as a result of what we learned during the pandemic, its aim is to spearhead a change in the way the world views and handles cleaning, so we can be ready for the next health emergency – which we keep being told by all and sundry is just around the corner! 
I’m hoping that the UK MPs’ report: ‘Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', issued today with similar aims along with a demand that Government gets properly involved and makes some radical changes, has as much impact and enables us to persuade the powers that be that we need to sharpen up – everywhere. 
You can read an outline of the report further down this page and once you’ve done so, I’m sure that like me you’ll agree that every one of the 11 recommendations it makes for Government, regulators and the industry itself, is vitally important. 
There are contact details it you’d like to get hold of the full document, which I’d highly recommend that you do. For it’s only by working together – and pulling together - that we can effect any real change here. We need to get the entire industry involved in this and I don’t just mean the US and the UK, but globally. 
I’ve long believed that we’re only as clean as the last surface we touched, so until everyone cleans to the same high standards and observes exemplary hygiene practices, we haven’t quite nailed the cleaning & hygiene issues, have we? It’s time we sorted ourselves out.


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This Week's News

MPs' report on pandemic calls for introduction of cleaning standards; recommends wide-ranging measures to ready nation for future public health emergencies

* Covid-19-report.jpgA new report by MPs into the role of cleaning & hygiene during the pandemic has called for the introduction of minimum standards for hand and other hygiene infrastructure and cleaning of venues to help make sure the nation is better prepared for any future public health emergency.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry has today published the highly significant report with 11 recommendations for Government, regulators and the industry itself, following a wide-ranging and detailed inquiry entitled: 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK'.

Rawlins' Kaivac AutoVac Stretch empowers sustainable floor cleaning

* Kaivac-AutoVac-Stretch.jpgRawlins' Kaivac AutoVac Stretch hard floorcare machine has earned Green Seal's Certification of Environmental Innovation. The certification has been awarded based on reduced environmental toxicity, waste minimisation, use of verified the machine met a rigorous standard for transformative product innovation.

"Kaivac systems empower green cleaning efforts with high production rates and verifiable results," says Rawlins managing director Werner du Plessis. "With a high-flow fluid extraction method, Kaivac's AutoVac Stretch uses some 65% less water and cleaning solution than competitors. The machine's recycling function filters and reuses cleaning solution up to seven times, conserving water and reducing pollution without compromising cleaning performance.

UMF calls for nominations for 14th Annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

* UMF-14th-Hygiene-Awards.jpgNominations are open for the 14th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, which acknowledges the environmental services (EVS) workers who play essential roles in reducing preventable healthcare associated infections.

Nominations must be submitted before the start of 2023.

Expert explains how evidence-based cleaning will help reduce HCAI deaths

* Interclean-interview.jpgInterclean, which organises the highly successful cleaning exhibitions and conferences that take place in Amsterdam every two years, has interviewed Professor Didier Pittet, chairman of Clean Hospitals and director of the infection control programme at the University of Geneva Hospitals Faculty of Medicine, about the importance of healthcare cleaning.

Government strategy highlights value of FM, says BESA

* Govt-FM-doc.jpegThe Building Engineering Services Association has welcomed the Government's first comprehensive strategy for facilities management, which sets out an eight-year plan to improve the performance of its estate of almost 140,000 buildings, which currently generates an annual FM bill of more than £13bn - 18% of the total UK market.

The Government acknowledged there had been long-term under investment along with "inconsistent and varied approaches" which meant many of its buildings had "deteriorated to the point where functionality was becoming affected".

New State minimum wage for Swedish work permit 'not thought through' claims Almega

* Swedish-work-permits.jpgThe decision by Riksdag, Sweden's legislature and supreme decision-making body, to vote through the previous Government's proposal on improving the standard of living for non-EU labour immigrants - including those involved in cleaning - has been dubbed by Patrick Joyce, chief economist at service companies' organisation Almega, 'a bad proposal' .

In future, an income that guarantees a 'good livelihood' will be required to obtain a work permit as a labour immigrant from a non-EU country.

UK Contract Cleaning market: growth opportunities in 2023

* Contract-Cleaning-Market-2023.jpgResearch for a new report from MTW Research has found that the contract cleaning market continues to be supported by high levels of spending in the public sector, despite challenging headwinds in the commercial cleaning market in 2022.

The Autumn budget pledged an additional £3 billion for the NHS to 2025, underpinning rising resource spending by the NHS, demand for contract cleaning services; and boosting opportunities for suppliers to the contract cleaning market.

Principle signs up to support armed forces

* Principle-Armed-Forces.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services has signed up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant; a written, publicised, voluntary pledge to support those who have served, in returning to civilian life and work.

The company, which has received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award, will continue to grow the number of ex-forces personnel it employs and will offer an additional route of employment for those leaving service through its affiliation with the Career Transitional Partnership.

Mitie reveals eight key questions to address the FM industry's most pressing issues

* Mitie-report.jpgMitie has collaborated with Nordic Foresight, the workplace and research consultancy, to identify the biggest challenges facing facilities management leaders, and in its report, released yesterday, experts explore eight questions FM leaders must ask themselves as they navigate an ever-changing industry, with a focus on sustainability and the transformation of workspaces.

The paper shares insights from across the FM industry, offering a framework for the assessment of a company's services and future plans.

Bradley donates hand sanitiser dispensers for hurricane Ian relief efforts

* Bradley-hurricane-relief.jpgFollowing the devastation of Hurricane Ian in Florida, Bradley Corporation has donated hand sanitiser dispensers and supplies to support the hand hygiene of community members helping with relief efforts.

The product donation came about when Bradley's national sales manager, Brian Jurkiewicz, and regional sales manager, Mike Logan, brainstormed with Karen Lott, Bradley territory business manager, to determine the most impactful ways to help ongoing aid and cleanup endeavours.

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Recent UK News

Entry deadline extended for Metsä Tissue 2023 Sustainability Awards

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At the request of people preparing their entries and needing more time in which to do so, Metsä Tissue has extended the submission date for its upcoming Sustainability Awards to 23rd December 2022, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of entering but didn’t feel you’d be able to do yourself justice within the initial timescale, now’s your chance to shine!

These Awards are free to enter.

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

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To 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.

Tackling a toxic timebomb

Cigarette 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.

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

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Clean 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.

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.

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

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


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