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International News

Indoor pollution: raising concerns

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Experts 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.

ETS announces new appointments and governance model

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The 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

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Goodway 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

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By 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.

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.

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You may recall my musings in last week’s Leader (https://thecleanzine.com/pages/21717/leader/) about the enormous damage cleaners can cause by simply using their initiative when they encounter something unexpected – or perhaps when they don’t think things through. It prompted an interesting response from Jeff Klenovic, writing in LinkedIn’s Cleaning Industry Discussion Group, which addressed another aspect of the issues involved and gave me much food for thought: 
“I think part of the problem is rampant turnover in the industry. As I understand it, the cleaner involved had not been on the job very long. I realise that there should be some information about what to do when an alarm goes off or if an employee is uncertain what to do, but it's much better when a cleaner is part of the team and learns more about what the team is trying to accomplish, the risks, etc. Upward mobility is great, but there is something to be said for long term employees who know what to do and why they are doing it. The best teams are the ones where everybody involved looks out for one another and shares a little about what they are doing. It adds intrinsic value to the job as well.” 
When talking to people outside it, (who are sometimes looking for work or considering a change in career) about the great job our industry does in promoting from within, and how those who start off as cleaners in a reputable organisation - who are committed to their work and are prepared to put in the effort - are likely to rise through the ranks BECAUSE of the ‘rampant turnover’, I’d failed to recognise that those who stay in the lower ranks are really its very backbone. I’d always assumed that it was the management teams who held everything together, and while they’re a hugely important part, without the backbone there’s nothing much to manage, is there? 
We clearly can’t afford to lose all these valuable cleaners – either to another industry or to workplace promotion, so we have to nurture those who are happy in their work and who don’t aspire to become supervisors, managers or directors. So what to do? Obviously decent pay is crucial, as are decent working conditions and respect. And while I’ve always advocated the type of training that leads to certification for cleaners, I’m now keeping my fingers crossed that the push for the Apprenticeship-Levy funded Apprenticeship Standard for our sector is successful (read more below) and that in future, newcomers to our industry can say: “I’m an apprentice cleaner”. Now that has a nice ring to it!



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This Week's News

BCC hopes Apprenticeship Standard will be approved later this year

* BCC_Jim-Melvin.jpgThe Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE) is considering final proposals for an Apprenticeship-Levy funded Apprenticeship Standard for the cleaning & hygiene sector, with the expectation that it could be approved later this year, reports the British Cleaning Council.

Yesterday was the deadline for final submissions for the funding band, with a decision likely to be made by early Autumn before the required ministerial sign off.

Christmas planning made easy with Jangro

* JANGRO-CHRISTMAS.jpgJangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has published its 2023 Christmas Supplies Catalogue. Helping professional catering and hospitality businesses get ahead, it is packed with a wide range of fun and festive supplies to help the season's parties, celebratory dinners and get-togethers sparkle and shine.

Cintas opens voting in 2023 America's Best Restroom contest

* Cintas-Voting-2023.jpgGet ready to be wowed! Cintas Corporation has revealed the top 10 finalists in the 2023 America's Best Restroom contest. The 22nd annual contest celebrates businesses that develop and maintain innovative restroom facilities. Now through August 11, the public is invited to vote for their favourite finalist at www.bestrestroom.com

Tibor Killi Senior: 1942 - 2023

* Tibor-Killi.jpgWell-known industry character Tibor Killi Senior, who founded cleaning organisation Killis in the early 1960s, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, 29th June, following a short but difficult illness.

He leaves behind his wife Josephine and daughter Marica, along with his sons Tibor and Imre who will continue with Killis and MotorScrubber in honour of their father's legacy.

ISS’s international 'Belonging in the Workplace' survey reveals worrying trend

* ISS-global-survey.jpegWhile 69% of workers feel a sense of belonging at work, half report feeling unable to share opinions freely and to feeling that they are treated unfairly at the workplace, according to just-released research conducted on behalf of workplace experience and facilities management company ISS A/S.

Soapbox: The afterlife of plastic bottles

* Soapbox.jpegBy Steve Ashkin, founder of The Ashkin Group

'Most plastic bottles today are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. Estimates are that about 500 billion PET plastic bottles, most made to contain beverages, are manufactured annually.

That's about one million bottles per minute.

Washroom hygiene at festivals

* Washroom-Hygiene-Festivals.jpgBy Jamie Woodhall, UK technical & innovations manager, Initial Washroom Hygiene:

As the festival season kicks off, festivalgoers will be making their way to locations all over to immerse themselves in some of the best music around. While these festivals will provide an exciting experience for many, it is no secret that in the past their toilets have earned a poor reputation for hygiene.

Wolf Laundry launches exclusive tech to boost efficiency and results

* WOLF-LAUNDRY-Josh.jpgCommercial laundry expert Wolf has announced the launch of what it believes is the first and only end-to-end smart laundry solution in the UK.

On June 27th, Barnsley-based Wolf Laundry brought serviceMaster, an end-to-end smart laundry solution, to the UK, in partnership with leading Swiss washing technology group Schulthess.

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Recent UK News

Phs Wastekit appoints new sales director

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Baler 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.

Prochem wins Award at Woolsafe 2023

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The 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

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ISS 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

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Lewis & 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.

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.

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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