*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 29th June 2023 Issue no. 1071

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International News

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

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The 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?

ISSA Show North America 2023 opens registration

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ISSA 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.

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

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Aldi'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.

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.

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A well-trained cleaner should be an asset to any company, but how do you train staff to cover every eventuality? It appears that you can’t… Over the years we’ve had cleaners throw out artworks and museum pieces (thinking they’re rubbish), cleaners cleaning valuable paintings and artefacts and damaging them, and cleaners unplugging patients’ life support machines so they can plug in their vacuum cleaners instead. Now we hear of a cleaner who inadvertently turned off a university’s laboratory freezer, and in so doing virtually eradicated ‘decades’ of valuable research while creating the headache of a million dollar lawsuit for his employer.  
The New York-based Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute says that the freezer in question had been set at -80C, and that in switching it off, the cleaner had allowed the temperature to rise to -32C, when a fluctuation as small as three degrees would cause serious damage to the cell cultures and samples inside. 
I understand that the freezer had been fitted with a safety lock box on its outlet and socket following emergency repairs, and the cleaner, upon hearing ‘annoying’ alarms, had thought that these had been off. He did what he thought was right and tried to turn them back on – switching them off instead and compromising the samples, thus demolishing more than 20 years of research. I’ll bet the poor man will never forgive himself.




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This Week's News

Indoor pollution: raising concerns

* Indoor-pollution.jpgExperts taking part in an event hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association, to coincide with last week's national Clean Air Day 2023, called for the UK Government to be more ambitious with policy decisions and set tougher targets for minimising indoor particulate pollution.

They reported that more studies had highlighted health problems linked to ultra-fine particulate matter since last year's CAD, and the World Health Organisation had identified air pollution as the biggest environmental risk to health - blaming it for around one in every nine deaths annually.

ETS announces new appointments and governance model

* ETS-appointments.jpgThe European Tissue Symposium has announced a number of new management appointments effective as of 1st July 2023.

Changes to the organisation's governance model see the introduction of a non-executive rotating presidency elected among the members of the board, together with an executive director general.

Goodway innovative solutions for production facilities

* GTC_CZ_Header_800x800.jpegGoodway provides innovative solutions for production facilities in industries like food and beverage, offering advanced technologies that surpass traditional cleaning methods.

Don't be complacent about hygiene in the post-Covid era: The benefits of full facility disinfection across air, water, and surfaces

* Nuvonic-UV.jpgBy Ken Kershner, global commercial director, Nuvonic

"The world would like to forget Covid and return to normal like a pandemic never happened. And that's understandable. But we should not overcompensate and forget that bacteria, fungi, and viruses of myriad types are still with us and will continue to cause harm locally and occasionally globally.

For instance, at the time of this writing, there is an emerging scare in England. Customers of dairy giant Müller, the manufacturer of Cadbury treats, are being asked to return specific products due to potential contamination by listeria bacteria. Consumption of foods tainted with this bacterium can lead to severe stomach illness and death in some people.

Cintas opens nominations for 2023 C.A.P.E. Awards honouring EVS Technicians

* Cintas-call.jpgEnvironmental Services technicians are on the frontlines keeping hospitals and healthcare facilities clean. To honoor them, Cintas Corporation has this week announced that nominations are open for its 2023 C.A.P.E. Awards (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience) through August 7th.

C.A.P.E. Awards celebrate EVS staff in acute and long-term care facilities who are at the frontline of patient care providing clean and safe facilities for healthcare workers, patients, residents and visitors across the US. The public can nominate heroic EVS technicians who might not wear a cape, but who play critical roles in cleaning and sanitising healthcare facilities to eliminate viruses, germs and hospital-acquired infections.

Phs Wastekit appoints new sales director

* PHS_Teresa-Gizzi.jpgBaler and compactor specialist Phs Wastekit has appointed Teresa Gizzi as its new sales director as the company continues to expand nationwide. Teresa made the transition from the Phs Group's hygiene division where she spent three years as regional sales manager.

She is now heading a sales team of 20, including field sales and telesales, supporting Phs Wastekit's growth plans across the UK as it aims to engage with more businesses nationwide to help reduce the cost of their waste and support their sustainability and waste management goals.

Prochem wins Award at Woolsafe 2023

* Prochem-Woolsafe-2023.jpgThe national organisation tasked with certifying products for carpet and rug care has presented Prochem with a special award at its 2023 Conference.

The cleaning solutions specialist was awarded a plaque for 'Most Consistent Supporter 'of the WoolSafe Organisation over its past conferences.

ISS awarded landmark seven-year contract with Defra

* ISS-Defra.jpgISS has been awarded a seven-year contract, beginning February 2024 and valued at around £60m per annum, to provide integrated facilities services to the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Lewis & Graves secures position as a supplier on the CPC Framework

* Lewis-and-Graves.jpgLewis & Graves Partnership, part of the Atlas Group, has secured a position as a supplier on the Crescent Purchasing Consortium framework for building cleaning services. The team was delighted to rank first on this nationwide framework, which has an estimated overall spend of £250 million.

CPC is a purchasing consortium, owned and run by the education sector, which provides specialist advice on the procurement of reliable, compliant, and best-value suppliers.

Robotics Feature - call for articles

* whiz2-for-robotics.jpgComing in July is the Cleanzine Feature on Robotics. If you manufacture or supply robotic cleaning equipment you'll want to take part! Your article may have 500 words or more, and up to 4 full sized images on its own dedicated Story Page, plus links to your videos and website.

Email [email protected] to be included.

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Recent UK News

A trio of new starters for Tennant UK

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Tennant 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

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A 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.

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.

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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