*Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 22nd June 2023 Issue no. 1070

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International News

Global survey on night shifts unveils detrimental effects on cleaners

An 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.

Koala Kare: looking good while being inclusive

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Adolescents 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.

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

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A 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.

Wash systems water recycling units help reduce costs and improve sustainability

Driving 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.

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.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


A picture paints a thousand words… or does it? 
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If you're based in the UK, you're probably already aware of this since it’s been on the TV news as well as splashed all over our national newspapers, but if you're one of Cleanzine's tens of thousands of overseas readers here's a picture of what earlier this week was thought to be a huge pile of sub-standard, Covid-related Personal Protective Equipment that had been flytipped at a beauty spot in the Hampshire countryside. 
My first thought upon seeing it, was: “Well at least it’s unused and not contaminated with bodily fluids and strewn about the countryside or streets, or floating around in our rivers, lakes and oceans,” but that’s not really the point, is it? I had to find out more… 
Local council and Environment Agency investigators have since learned that the PPE was surplus to requirements and was simply being stored, (itemised and palleted) on the land – a caravan park - waiting to be turned into plastic bags or similar. So all perfectly legitimate then, (in this case, although the terms of the site's licence were being contravened). 
I’m pleased that a use has been found for this unwanted PPE but am still concerned that very little seems to be being done to find out why so much taxpayers’ money was spent on the stuff globally, why so many orders went unfulfilled, why so much of what was delivered was substandard and why there was such a shortage of it when it was needed, yet so much of it is turning up in odd places now? All the right noises are, as usual, being made, but with them, very little progress as far as I can see…




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This Week's News

Daytime cleaning in practice: a new reality for the European cleaning industry

* Daytime-Cleaning.jpgThe European cleaning industry has been debating the case for daytime cleaning for years. And while in some countries this organisational model has been widely applied, others are only getting familiar with it. Can this model become a widespread solution for the industry of tomorrow?

What do we exactly mean by daytime cleaning? And what are its benefits and challenges?

A trio of new starters for Tennant UK

* Tennant_Daniel-Brain.jpgTennant UK has taken on three new starters to strengthen its sales team across both national and local accounts to keep up with its expanding customer roster.

3 days of strike disruption

* All-Aboard.jpgA bus load of cleaners, carers and concierge workers, together with dozens of supporters, went on a whistle stop tour of five workplaces in which their colleagues were taking industrial action this week, at the start of three days of disruption involving seven groups of workers.

Large numbers of the workers picketed the offices of the Department for Education, publishing powerhouse Ogilvy, the London School of Economics and Sage Nursing home, also leafleting residents at West End Quays luxury apartments.

Business leaders call for colleagues to support APPG campaign

* Angela-and-Mims.jpgBusiness people from the cleaning & hygiene sector have urged industry colleagues to get behind the British Cleaning Council-led lobbying campaign to make cleaning & hygiene a national priority.

Dave Wheadon, CEO of BCC member the National Carpet Cleaners Association, Billy Russell, owner of Billy Russell Cleaning and Angela Gill, managing director of Bio-Productions, are among those who have met and lobbied MPs recently in support of the campaign.

ISSA Show North America 2023 opens registration

* ISSA-Show-North-Am-2023.jpgISSA Show North America 2023, taking place November 13th – 16th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas, is now open for registration.

Showcasing the latest products and innovations and providing engaging education, the event will offer numerous networking opportunities to help people grow their businesses and advance their careers.

Winners announced for the BPCA Member Awards 2023 Awards

* bpca-awards.jpgThe British Pest Control Association’s Member Award winners were announced at the World Pest Day Digital Forum on 6th June. Free to enter and open to all BPCA Members regardless of the size of the company or how long a business has been in BPCA membership, the Awards celebrate positive contributions made by members to the Association and the wider pest management sector.

A number of Awards were presented to winners of six different categories, as well as some highly commended entries. Some of the Awards were nominated by the membership, others were put forward by the BPCA Staff team.

Aldi facility in Scotland keeps roof safe from seagulls with laser bird deterrent

* ALDI-roof.jpgAldi's Bathgate distribution facility has successfully resolved a seagull infestation on its rooftop by implementing the Avix Autonomic Laser Bird Deterrent. The cutting-edge laser bird deterrent system, designed and manufactured by Bird Control Group, has provided a highly effective and innovative solution to Aldi's persistent challenge.

The facility's rooftop, housing 4,000 solar panels, had been plagued by seagulls nesting and fouling, resulting in various issues. Contractors refused to carry out essential work on the panels, and the dropping of items by the gulls caused significant damage. Moreover, the constant need for cleaning and the reduced solar panel energy output due to bird guano were incurring substantial costs.

Sodexo secures new four-year deal with BAE Systems Munitions

* Sodexo-secures.jpgSodexo's Corporate Services' division has secured a four-year extension to its soft and hard FM contract with BAE Systems Munitions. The new contract has an estimated value of circa £16m over the four years.

Sodexo has been delivering services for BAE System's four Munitions locations since 2019. The 60-strong Sodexo team has developed a strong relationship at each of the four sites, Washington, Tyne & Wear; Radway Green, Crewe; Glascoed, near Usk in south Wales and Hexham in Northumberland.

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Recent UK News

Triple triumph for Sodexo employees at 2023 NI Cleaning Awards

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It 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.

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.

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.

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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