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International News

Handwashing during 'normal times' can reduce burden of respiratory disease

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New research published in The Lancet reinforces the idea that handwashing outside of pandemic times is vital in order to reduce the burden of common colds and flu in low- and middle-income countries.
(April 28, 2023) - Analysis of studies involving 160,000 people across three continents reinforces message that handwashing is not just for pandemics.

Nanobubbles reduce surfactants by 50% at California Water Resource Recovery Facility

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by Andrew Dugan, PE, founder of WaterWrites…

A new process using injected nanobubbles has reduced surfactants by 50%, along with odour, at a California Water Resource Recovery Facility, while also reducing the need for chemicals.

Five urinal malodour issues and how to fix them

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While we do not hear about it much any longer, some facilities that have recently installed no-water urinals are encountering malodour issues. To explain what is likely happening and how to correct it, we must have a quick refresher on this topic.

UMF|PerfectClean announces first annual Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award recipient

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Ana Ruth Morales-Garcia, custodian at Colorado College, has earned UMF|PerfectClean's first annual Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.

MSL Solution Providers launches new SDS subscription service

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To help chemicals manufacturers and suppliers stay compliant and ease the pressures of compiling Safety Data Sheets, microbiological testing firm, MSL Solution Providers, has launched a new SDS subscription service.

Delta-Q innovative mid-power charger is now in full-scale production

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With its unique 3-in-1 design, this highly efficient charging system integrates a 3.3KW battery charger, a 500W DC-DC converter to power the vehicles' auxiliary loads, and an EV charging station interface. These key features, encased in a ruggedised IP67 design, provide OEMs with an attractive package for simplifying electrification of their off-road applications.

Why air purification in the workplace is important this allergy season and how to achieve it…

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By Dyson Professional

“Conversations around air pollution and the dangers and health risks attributed to it have been commonplace for several years now, with many regulations already in place to lessen its dangers. In comparison, its counterpart of indoor air quality is a largely under reported and under researched topic - until now.

Survey finds positive ROI for businesses with clean washrooms

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Businesses that fail to keep their washrooms clean and maintained are unwittingly flushing away customers' repeat business and sales. According to the latest Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corporation, almost 60% of Americans make it a point to stop at a business and will spend more money at the establishment if they know it has clean and maintained washrooms.

ARCSI announces Canadian regional ambassador selections

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The Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), a division of ISSA, has announced two Canadian regional ambassadors as part of a new outreach program, the ARCSI Regional Ambassadors. The Canadian Regional Ambassadors will represent the residential arm of ISSA in Canada.

The new ambassadors are:

* Mark Baker, Motivated House Cleaners, Paradise, Newfoundland
* James Menzies, JEM Cleaning, Mississauga, Ontario (pictured)

Kärcher and TTS agree on strategic partnership

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Kärcher and TTS Cleaning have joined forces, thereby pooling their resources and capabilities in order to offer customers around the world their broad range of products and services in a customised manner in the future.

Metsä Tissue receives again the highest Platinum rating in EcoVadis evaluation

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Metsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, (including Metsä Greaseproof Papers business) has received the highest Platinum rating in EcoVadis sustainability and social responsibility evaluation. The company is among the top 1% of all the companies rated by EcoVadis. Metsä Tissue once again scored highly in each of the four themes assessed, performing best in the environment section with a score of 90/100.

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Over the last few decades I’ve spent a fair bit of time at one hospital or another, taking family, friends and neighbours to scheduled appointments or to A&E for emergency treatment, along with visiting those staying in hospital. There’s never much to do other than chat, while gazing around and observing what’s going on – sometimes for hours on end - and thinking, too. Everything about the environment contrasts greatly with vivid memories of a hospital stay as a 6-year old needing a tonsillectomy. Cleaning was carried out by the nursing teams who’d kneel to polish the wooden flooring blocks. I don’t recall much equipment other than mops, buckets and cloths, along with hot, soapy water and a disinfectant and wood polish aroma. I don’t recall any medical equipment either and there was lots of space between the six beds, two of which were unoccupied.

My goodness, how things changed since over the years, with the hospital environment now incredibly busy and each ward or room housing a vast array of equipment! Cleaning the floor, in particular, must be like navigating an obstacle course and something that’s impossible to do properly, while all the gadgets, shelving, cabinets and movable trays, along with beds & all their attachments and levers, must be a nightmare to tackle. Privacy curtains around each bed, which used to comprise washable material, are now of the throwaway variety, as are water cups/bottles, much of the workwear and most of the medical devices. I despair at the cost to both the environment and the NHS budget!

According to a recent Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine report, which spotlights a new analysis of products used in the five most common NHS minor surgeries, 68% of carbon contributions come from single-use items, such as gowns, patient drapes and instrument table drapes. Their production and disposal - along with processes for decontaminating reusable products, are the worst offenders. The analysts recommend adopting strategies such as avoiding non-sterile gloves and washing hands instead, not opening gauze swab packs unless required and asking suppliers to remove rarely used items from single-use pre-prepared packs. They also argue that many single-use products have reusable alternatives; for example gowns, patient drapes and instrument table drapes, and that there is no evidence that the more environmentally-friendly, reusable surgical textiles, are clinically inferior. They say that eliminating single-use items or switching to reusables where feasible, alongside optimising associated decontamination processes and waste segregation and recycling, could reduce product carbon footprint by one third. Could we be about to witness a timely ‘about face’ I wonder, with more practical purchasing decisions being made? I sincerely hope so! You can read more about what’s involved, further down the page…



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This Week's News

UVW cleaners vote to strike

* UVW-strike.jpgTrade union United Voices of the World's biggest industrial action to date will be happening in June as cleaners, carers and concierge members will strike together to demand better pay and conditions across nine different workplaces in and around London.

Workplaces involved in the dispute include billion-pound global giants Amazon and Mercedes-Benz, as well as the London School of Economics, the Streatham and Clapham school, La Retraite state school, Sage Nursing home, the Department for Education, luxury apartments West End Quays and media powerhouse Ogilvy at the Sea Containers’ building.

NHS SBS launches £1.7bn decontamination procurement framework with end-to-end management offer

* NHS-SBS.jpgFinance & accounting, procurement and workforce services provider, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), has unveiled a new £1.7bn framework agreement designed to support NHS hospitals and theatres manage sterilisation, decontamination and repair of surgical equipment efficiently, and meet clinical demand.

NHS SBS's procurement framework, Decontamination Services & Solutions, offers end-to-end decontamination solutions. It comes at a time that sees the building and roll-out of surgical hubs being scaled up across the country to increase capacity and ease the pressure on elective surgery.

Furious BCC chairman slams Suella Braverman's speech

* Cleaner.jpgOne of UK's biggest industries has been 'ignored' by Government

Jim Melvin, chair of the British Cleaning Council, has slammed Monday's speech by Home Secretary Suella Braverman, for 'once again ignoring' a £59 billion pound industry, ignoring her own Government's facts that there are over 1m vacancies which currently cannot be filled nationwide and being 'completely divorced from reality'.

The cleaning, hygiene & waste industry, which employs 1.47m people has been struggling with severe staff shortages since 2020, when a tightening of immigration rules incorrectly labelled cleaning staff as unskilled and made it more difficult for overseas workers to join the industry.

Cintas announces top three finalists in 2023 Custodian of the Year contest

* Rich-Toomey-winner.jpgAfter over 200,000 votes were submitted, Cintas Corporation has announced this year's winner and two runners-up in the Custodian of the Year Contest. Winner is Richard ‘Rich’ Toomey from Kelly Mill Elementary in Cumming, Ga., while the runners-up are David ‘Mr Dave’ Jeffers from Brokaw Early Learning Center in Owego, Ill., and Rodney ‘Mr Peanuts’ Esser from Park Elementary School in Cross Plains, Wis.

Rich was honoured in a surprise ceremony by students, teachers, administration and his family – including his second-grade son who attends the school. He was presented with a $10,000 cheque on behalf of Cintas.

Is automated cleaning really viable?

* Killis-robot.jpgCleaning standards and expectations have changed since the Pandemic. We rely on cleaning operatives to keep spaces clean so that we can stay healthier. Although our standards have changed, staffing levels have not, with a severe downturn in availability since Brexit. It's an ongoing topic of conversation and one that doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon.

ARCSI rebranding as ISSA Residential to better serve members

* ARCSI-Rebranding.jpgThe Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), a Division of ISSA, has formally rebranded as ISSA Residential. This move is designed to strengthen the Association's residential cleaning members as active participants of the greater ISSA membership community, which represents the entire cleaning industry value chain.

Members that previously joined the association under the ARCSI name will immediately transition their membership to ISSA rather than maintaining a separate division identity. While the name changes, the core values remain the same by continuing to prioritise the needs and concerns of the residential cleaning community, and provide the resources, support, and networking opportunities members expect.

Jangro launches new Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue

* Jangro-new-Catalogue.jpgJangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has launched its Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue 2023/24. A must-have for any business requiring professional cleaning services, the new edition is bursting with the latest innovative and sustainable products.

ISSA Pulire 2023: very successful with 20,058 visitors

* ISSA-PULIRE-2023.jpgThe 26th edition of ISSA Pulire, held last over three days last week in Milan's Fieramilano Rho, was a marked success, with 373 exhibitors from 21 countries - 104 of them new - playing host to an impressive 20,058 visitors. This was a clear increase over the previous two editions.

The return of overseas visitors contributed to this impressive result, representing 33.45% of the attendance; while the co-location with three trade shows, TuttoFood, Made in Steel and Lamiera, brought in additional value.

Trojan to launch AES battery with up to 3x the cycle life of standard AGM at Maastricht Show

* Trojan-AES-APEX.jpgTrojan Battery Company is launching the new Trojan AES Battery for access, material handling, rental and floorcare equipment at the APEX Show in Maastricht, the Netherlands from June 6th through 8th,
(Stand 525).

Don't gamble on the cleaning!

* gamble-cleaning.jpgWould you put your money on the black or the red? At this London casino at least, Ross Osbourne and Roger Rees are opting for both, but not on the tables - the floors.

Engineers in Canada tap into good vibrations to power Internet of Things

* Engineers-vibrations.jpgIn a world hungry for clean energy, engineers have created a new material that converts the simple mechanical vibrations all around us into electricity to power sensors in everything from pacemakers to spacecraft.

Thought to be first of its kind and the product of a decade of work by researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, the novel generating system is compact, reliable, low-cost and very, very green.

Atlas Hospitality supports Kimpton Fitzroy London

* Atlas-Kimpton-Fitzroy-London.jpgAtlas Hospitality has been appointed to deliver the overnight front of house cleaning service at Kimpton Fitzroy London, a historic five-star hotel located on Russell Square. The hotel prides itself on 'luxury without the fuss' and is part of IHG Hotels and Resorts.

The contract commenced this February and covers cleaning of all public areas, including the impressive marble lobby with its Zodiac mosaic, and the restaurants and bars. The appointment was made because of Atlas Hospitality's reputation for high quality services at other luxury hotels.

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Recent UK News

Veolia delivers a Royal Clean Up!

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As London once again hosted the party of the year, Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, worked tirelessly over the coronation weekend to ensure that the city was clean and the streets were ready for the first coronation in 70 years.

Principle announces move to employee ownership

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Principle Cleaning Services has announced that it is transferring the majority of its shares to its 2,300 employees through the creation of an Employee Ownership Trust.

Veolia launches nationwide vape collection scheme

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Global resource management company Veolia has launched a national vape collection service to help provide safe disposal and recycling routes for the three million vapes currently thrown away each week.

CHSA publishes Fact Sheet on Extended Producer Responsibility

Members of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association and others in the cleaning industry now have access to straightforward information on Extended Producer Responsibility, thanks to a new Fact Sheet, published by the CHSA.

Carlisle appoints new managing director for its cleaning and facilities business

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Facilities management support services provider, Carlisle Support Services has appointed Richard Jenkins as managing director for its cleaning and facilities business.

Federation of Window Cleaners acknowledges excellence

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Window Cleaning specialist and a highly regarded Birmingham business with 20-plus years in the industry, Art Cleaning Services (www.artcleaning.co.uk).

Jim Melvin installed as the WCEC Master, 2023

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The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has welcomed Jim Melvin as its new Master following his installation ceremony on 21st April 2023 at St Olave's Church in the City of London. He succeeds Gary Fage, who has held the role since 2021.

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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