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International News

Cintas opens voting in 2023 America's Best Restroom contest

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Get 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

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

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While 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

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By 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.

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.

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“For the want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.” The proverb is something I recall from childhood; my websearch - to brush up on the words and to ‘honour’ the author - taught me that similar versions are recorded in many languages, so although I daren’t attribute it, I feel you’ll likely be familiar with it and its message that we all need to be aware of the potential grave consequences of doing something, (or not doing something) that may initially seem inconsequential. 
My play on this today is that if young people were educated by their parents and in their schools, to have respect for their environment and other people, and if the judiciary got tough on those who ignored those teachings and properly punished those who think it's ok to drop litter, a man wouldn’t have died, a couple wouldn’t have lost their only son and Serco wouldn’t have just been fined almost a quarter of a million pounds for causing the man’s death. Yes. Serco has been fined £240,000 after Tony Skerratt, 44, from Enfield, was killed when the lorry in which he was a passenger crashed into litter picking vans on a dual carriageway in Norfolk. The vans had been moving along the road slowly, stopping from time to time to allow bags of rubbish to be collected by Serco employees. The Health & Safety Executive found Serco failed in its health & safety management of litter picking activities on high-speed dual carriageways, by not providing its employees with appropriate work instructions to ensure the litter picking activity was safe and by failing to supervise and monitor the high-risk activity to ensure it was carried out safely. 
Tony’s family has been quoted as being relieved that justice has been served while the HSE inspector involved in the case also seems blissfully unaware that the Serco team shouldn’t have needed to be litter picking in the first place. And while I agree that safe working practices should be followed at all times, my personal view is that the real culprit/s, i.e. whoever dropped the litter - got off scot-free and left someone else to carry the can. What’s gone wrong with society and when are we going to wise up?




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This Week's News

Entries for UK's premier cleaning awards open next Tuesday

* Golden-Service-Awards-launch.jpgConsidered to be the pinnacle awards for the UK cleaning industry, the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards - next taking place on 23rd May 2024 at the London Hilton, Park Lane, are open for entries from 18th July.

Created more than 30 years ago, the biennial Golden Service Awards is one of the most prestigious events and success in them is one of the most sought-after accolades in the facilities management and cleaning industry across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, education, leisure and office.

BCC elects new chair and deputy chair

* David-Delia-JIm.jpgThe British Cleaning Council, which is the voice of the UK's cleaning, hygiene & waste sector, officially elected a new chair and deputy chair at its recent Annual General Meeting. Delia Cannings, who has served as deputy chair of the BCC for the past two years, has taken over the chair from Jim Melvin, while David Garcia takes over the deputy chair role.

Delia is a well-known and respected figure in the industry, having worked in the sector for 45 years and in fields including both the public and private sectors and the cleaning, health, hospitality, commercial, education and training sectors.

CHSA publishes report on sustainability initiatives in the cleaning industry

* CHSA-sustainability-initiatives.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has published a report designed to help buyers of these products select ethically and environmentally sustainable solutions.

"Sustainability is one of the biggest issues facing our industry," explains Lorcan Mekitarian, chair of the CHSA. "Buyers want to do the right thing but knowing what to specify and differentiating sustainable solutions from greenwashing is not easy. Buyers often lack the time or resources to get it right. Our report is designed to help."

Kärcher Professional UK launches used equipment service

* kaercher_used_equipment.jpgKärcher Professional UK has announced the launch of Kärcher Used, which offers expertly refurbished professional cleaning machines for sale, all backed up by a Kärcher used equipment warranty.

Kärcher Used provides a cost-effective, sustainable solution for businesses looking to purchase quality commercial cleaning equipment on a budget. The service offers a wide range of preowned professional equipment, from scrubber dryers to pressure washers, vacuums to floor sweepers, all refurbished by Kärcher engineers and delivered free to anywhere in mainland UK with a Kärcher warranty.

ACI recognised with 2023 Clarion Award for 'Class of Clean'

* ACI-2023-Clarion-Award.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute has been honoured as a 2023 Clarion Award winner, presented by the Association for Women in Communications. ACI's ‘From the Classroom to a Clean Room’ - Class of Clean’ was recognised as Best Public Relations One-Time Campaign - Annual Budget of $10,000 or more.

GumBusters' achievements reach lofty heights!

* Gumbusters-top-1.jpgWhile visitors to the Observatories on the 86th floor of Empire State Building in New York City are unlikely to be looking down at their feet, (unless perhaps they're suffering from vertigo?), it is still crucial that everything is kept clean and hygienic for the 20,000 daily visitors to this iconic viewing platform.

Hako: Full steam ahead in the Waterjet Technology sector

* HAKO-steam.jpgOertzen cold and hot water high pressure cleaners have long made a name for themselves as high-performance devices in professional commercial and industrial cleaning. Premium manufacturer Hako is convinced of Oertzen's high product quality and has therefore now integrated Oertzen products into its Waterjet Technology product line.

To ensure that all customers can benefit from the advantages of Hako's renowned services, von Oertzen GmbH has been 100% merged with Hako GmbH since 12th June, 2023.

Union celebrated between Ketek and Floorpul

* Floorpul-Ketek.jpgKetek of Manerbio, in Brescia (Northern Italy) and the Belgian company Floorpul of Harelbeke (West Flanders) recently joined forces, with a corporate partnership that expands their respective resources and exponentially increases their capabilities in offering an increasingly valid range of products for cleaning professionals.

The two companies thus complement each other's industrial and commercial strategies, benefiting from each other's prestigious, market-established brands, but also jointly consolidating their market position.

New Alsace biomethane plant cuts waste while producing energy

* ETW-Alsace2.jpgA biomethane plant that went into operation in February in Alsace, is now processing about 700 normal cubic meters of raw biogas per hour. This means that up to 350 normal m3 of biomethane is fed into the natural gas grid every hour - roughly equivalent to the average fuel consumption of 20,000 passenger cars - cutting waste while producing energy.

Nabbed! Metropolitan Police Service sees that Churchill serves three years minimum

* Churchill-Nabbed.jpgChurchill, one of the UK's largest soft-service providers, has won a wide-ranging three-year contract with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The contract has the option to extend for another two + two years and will see Churchill cleaning operatives deployed across 351 buildings in all 32 of London's Boroughs.

Churchill already had significant experience in the blue light sector, understood the security sensitivities around people engagement, and was adept at complex mobilisations.

Tissue manufacturer fined £1million after employee loses an eye

A Welsh company that manufactures kitchen and toilet tissue paper has been fined £1million after an employee was seriously injured when he was struck in the face by a crane hook.

In November 2019, the man, who worked for Sofidel UK based in Neath, was attempting to free a paper reel, which had become stuck on the exit rails of a paper machine, by using an overhead crane. During the operation, part of the crane contacted the spinning reel, causing the crane hook to swing violently - striking the man in the face. He suffered the loss of an eye and nine teeth, also sustaining multiple fractures to his face.

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Recent UK News

BCC hopes Apprenticeship Standard will be approved later this year

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The 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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