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International News

Windshield washer fluid is an unexpected emission source, reports ACS

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According to a report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, alcohol ingredients in vehicle windshield washer fluid are a surprising source of real-world volatile organic compound emissions from cars, accounting for a larger fraction of emissions than previous estimates have suggested.

Enhancing freshness and improving sustainability in the workplace: What happens if our recyclable products still end up in landfill?

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Improving the air quality and freshness throughout all premises is essential and a pleasant fragrance can be powerfully emotive, setting the mood, and creating a memorable experience. But what is the environmental impact of the products we use?

Evonik receives American Chemistry Council's Sustainability Leadership Award

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Chemicals specialist Evonik has been honoured with the American Chemistry Council's 2023 Sustainability Leadership Award in the Product Safety, Innovation & Transparency category. The award recognises ACC member companies for products, processes, or initiatives that promote the safe use of chemicals, transparency, informed sustainability decision-making, and innovation to reduce risk.

Toilet block uses renewable energy set to help sites achieve net zero

Advanté, the UK-based manufacturer of the Oasis 'instant start' self-contained welfare units, has launched an innovative new Vision Solar toilet block, as part of its commitment to helping sites to achieve net zero.

Afflink announces new president

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Michael Wilson is the new president and chief executive officer of Afflink, while Chip Shields (pictured below, right) has been promoted and will move into the role of chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Four terms we need to know when selecting disinfectants…

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Writes Hannah Jonasse of ProNatural Brands, marketer of citric-acid-based cleaning solutions, sanitisers, and disinfectants…

Hydro announces release of new AccuMini dispenser

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Hydro, the chemical dispensing and dosing solutions specialist for facility cleaning, janitorial/sanitation, laundry, kitchen, animal health, vehicle wash, horticulture, laundromat and industrial markets, has launched its new AccuMini dispenser.

Lixall supplies Olympic Holidays with staff uniforms

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Hygiene and workwear supplier, Lixall, has recently agreed to supply a range of workwear for Olympic Holidays staff based in Greece.

New Greenpeace report calls out toxic hazards of recycled plastic as Global Plastics Treaty negotiations resume in Paris

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A report published yesterday by Greenpeace USA provides a catalogue of peer-reviewed research and international studies concluding that recycling actually increases the toxicity of plastics.

Companies to work together on next-generation automation and cleaning solutions

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Yesterday, Miso Robotics - the company transforming the restaurant industry with robotics and intelligent automation - announced a new partnership and multi-million dollar investment from the world's water, hygiene and infection prevention company, Ecolab.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


You’ll already be aware of my feelings about cleaners: doing a job most of us wouldn’t want to do… often working in difficult conditions… ignored, as they go about their work, by the people they’re helping to keep safe… lives made more difficult by the careless or those who deliberately leave an unnecessary mess for them to tackle: “Well – it keeps them in work” (yes I’ve had people tell me that!)… sometimes verbally abused or even physically attacked, just because they’re cleaners and they’re probably working alone and are thus vulnerable. 
While I realise there’s been a move towards daytime cleaning over the years, it’s not viable in every situation and most contracts still require shift work and night work if the job’s going to be done properly, so that’s another issue cleaners have to contend with. I understand that in some cases it’s helpful for people to be able to work unusual hours – for example, a shift can fit around studies and provide much-needed income, (as both my daughters discovered, cleaning offices while at college) or enable families with young children to ensure that at least one parent’s at home with the children at all times. Plus there’s the bonus of being able to avoid rush hour traffic on the commute to and from the workplace/s. But it’s certainly not all plain sailing, since sometimes the job involves working throughout the night and having to try and catch up on sleep during the day when the surrounding world’s making a horrible noise. And that’s not the only issue… 
I’ve been reading a document this week that really brought home to me the damage that shift work can wreak on cleaners’ lives. The international survey of cleaners encompasses the feelings and experiences of cleaners across six continents, highlighting the detrimental effects night-time work has on their lives. The full details follow and there’s a link to the full survey, which I recommend that you read. 
As I was reading, it occurred to me that it would be handy to share the document with clients when negotiating contracts and pushing for cleaners to earn a living wage rather than a basic legal minimum on which they’ll struggle – and to encourage those that can, to consider a move to daytime cleaning. Revealing real issues such as isolation, difficulties in maintaining relationships, strained social lives, poor sleep, exhaustion and the many adverse impacts on physical and mental health, it might also help show that these are real people whose lives and jobs are under consideration, and not just ‘cleaners’.




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This Week's News

Global survey on night shifts unveils detrimental effects on cleaners

* GLOBAL-SURVEY-NIGHT-SHIFTS.jpgAn international survey of cleaners, commissioned by Swiss-based UNI Global Union, sheds light on the significant challenges faced by cleaning professionals who work irregular and unsocial shifts. The survey, which received responses from more than 2,500 cleaners in 32 countries across six continents, highlights the detrimental effects of night-time work on the health, wellbeing and social inclusion of workers.

The results of the survey indicate that cleaners who work shifts other than the day shift experience a range of adverse effects on their lives. These include isolation, difficulties in maintaining relationships, strained social lives, poor sleep schedules, exhaustion and adverse impacts on physical and mental health.

Triple triumph for Sodexo employees at 2023 NI Cleaning Awards

* Triple-triumph.jpegIt was a triple triumph for Sodexo employees at the 2023 NI Cleaning Awards in Belfast earlier this month. Alex McDougall won Cleaning Operative of the Year in the 'Offices over 100,000 sq.ft' category, Sybil Ryan was Cleaning Operative of the Year for 'Offices under 100,000 sq.ft' and Jackie Murray took the top spot in the 'Cleaning Operative - Education' category.

Koala Kare: looking good while being inclusive

* Koala-Kare.jpgAdolescents and adults with special needs and disabilities have been an overlooked group when it comes to accommodating their basic washroom needs in public buildings and facilities. In fact, in some cases, many forego going out in public because of the lack of facilities.

As a solution that is both dignified and functional, Koala Kare offers the KB3000 Adult Changing Station, which features a changing surface that has powered height adjustment, a 500 lbs. weight capacity and a durable design meant for public buildings.

Truvox International delivers quality floorcare at the UK's first energy-efficient Passivhaus leisure centre

* Truvox-Mulitwash-Pro340.jpgExeter's £44m energy-efficient St Sidwell's Point is the UK's first Passivhaus leisure centre, designed to use up to 70% less energy than a conventional pool and leisure centre.

It features a main swimming pool and learners pool with moveable floors; a confidence water pool; and a 100-seat spectator seated area; a 150-station fitness gym and two fitness studios; a health suite and spa facility; a children's soft play area, and a 50-seater café.

Hard surface disinfecting made easy, as Berry Global launches comprehensive, sustainable range of professional wipe materials

* Berry-Glo.jpgA new range of solutions from non-woven materials specialist, Berry Global, is set to give healthcare, hygiene and food production markets what is believed to be the widest choice of materials and sustainable solutions for hard surface disinfecting, with customers able to choose from an unrivalled range of technologies, including spunbond, spunlace and SMS.

Berry also supplies an extensive range of sustainable solutions that incorporate over 90% post-industrial recycled (PIR) content, under its Endura brand.

Hampshire hygiene consultancy firm fined after admitting failures

A Hampshire-based hygiene consultancy firm has been fined £2,000 after it is said to have put workers at risk of exposure to hazardous substances.

Envirochem Analytical Laboratories provides an occupational hygiene consultancy service to customers across the South of England. The reports are used by these customers to make decisions regarding necessary controls to protect their workforces from risks to their health from substances including hazardous chemicals and dusts.

Wash systems water recycling units help reduce costs and improve sustainability

* BRITANNIA-WASH-SYSTEMS.jpgDriving down costs and adopting a green agenda are two of the highest priorities for businesses everywhere. Endless headlines about rising costs and the damage to the planet mean companies are constantly seeking new ways to make savings and to reduce their environmental impact.

Commercial wash equipment specialist Britannia Wash Systems has created a pioneering water recycling system which allows fleet operators to keep their vehicles gleaming while reducing their impact on the planet and helping them to hold on to their pennies.

Mitie makes a splash with new Yorkshire Water contract

* Mitie-Yorkshire-Water.jpgMitie has been awarded a new contract with Yorkshire Water to deliver on-site grounds maintenance services for three years. Yorkshire Water is a major provider of essential water and wastewater services, serving over five million households and 140,000 businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber.

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Recent UK News

Kärcher Professional UK's new Buy Back scheme lasts until 31st July

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The purchase of cleaning machinery is an investment for most businesses, with a business case required to justify the outlay.

CHSA's Glossary helps buyers navigate spurious claims relating to cleaning chemicals

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Buyers of cleaning chemicals can navigate the spurious, misleading and unsubstantiated claims that are all too common in the cleaning industry thanks to a Glossary published by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association.

All members of the CHSA adhere to the requirements of the relevant Accreditation and have signed the Association's rigorous Code of Practice. It means CHSA members:

Safe roll out of longer semi-trailers begins

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Longer lorries will be introduced to Great Britain's roads from today to support the Government's priority to grow the economy, boost productivity, slash road emissions and support supply chains.

Wembley Stadium and Veolia celebrate green goals

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Wembley Stadium and Veolia thanked the record-breaking fans at the Women's FA Cup Final for their help in achieving 77% recycling rates. Now, to ensure Wembley continues to score more green goals for the planet, the stadium team has worked with Veolia to introduce a fleet of new electric and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) powered vehicles to clean up the stadium post-events.

EcoTech boasts new leadership team with plans to double in size

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Coventry-based EcoTech (Europe), one of Europe's largest manufacturers of cleaning solutions, has completed a Share Purchase Agreement as the business ushers in a new era of innovation, driven by a new leadership team with plans to double in size. The deal sees Ashleigh Brownhill, Andy Gregory and Jason Lippitt become directors and majority shareholders in the business.

Flight Club reaches new heights in partnership with Sybron

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Social Darts chain Flight Club and its cleaning & hygiene partner Sybron, celebrated their first year of partnership in March 2023.

More recognition from Government for cleaning staff 'could save lives' - new industry report

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A new report released this week calls for better acknowledgement and support for cleaning & hygiene sector workers from the Government. The report, backed by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the British Cleaning Council and 22 organisations from across the industry, identifies two priority recommendations to ensure that lessons are learnt from the pandemic, and measures are quickly put in place to effectively fight communicable infections in future.

Leadership changes announced at BICSc

The British Institute of Cleaning Science has announced that the organisation's Group CEO, Stan Atkins, will be stepping back from the Institute at the end of June 2023.

Current chief operating officer, Neil Spencer-Cook, who has worked at the Institute for several years, has been appointed to the position of group managing director and will take up the role of leading BICSc from 3rd July 2023.

Kimberly-Clark powers closer towards 100% green energy target thanks to Government hydrogen boost

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Three green hydrogen projects that Kimberly-Clark is developing with energy industry partners have won places on the UK Government's Hydrogen Business Model Strategy (HBMS) shortlist.

The scheme will kickstart the UK's low carbon hydrogen economy by funding a first-round allocation of 250MW of electrolytic hydrogen projects across England, Scotland and Wales.

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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