* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 7th September 2023 Issue no. 1079

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International News

Register now to attend Interclean China

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Registration for Interclean China, the dedicated international trade show in China for the professional cleaning & hygiene sector – taking place from 18th -20th October in Chongqing and free to attend - is now open.

Sellars introduces new ultra-low linting spunlace wipers

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Sellars Absorbent Materials, a Milwaukee, US-based manufacturer of wipes, absorbents and towel and tissue products, has added a new product to its Toolbox line. Its S700 Spunlace wipers are durable, ultra-low linting and solvent resistant, making them ideal for use in critical clean environments, including aerospace, automotive, printing, manufacturing and medical.

What Not to Put Down a Drain

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By plumbing expert David Cruz, at MyJobQuote

"We're all guilty of putting things down the drain without a second thought. But did you know there are some things that you should never put down the drain? Some items can end up costing you a hefty amount in repairs if you're not careful.

ISS extends its contract agreement with Capgemini

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ISS has extended its existing contract with Capgemini in Europe and North America, for three years.

ISS has worked with Capgemini, a global business and technology transformation partner, since 2012, when it started to deliver services to office sites in the UK. The contract has since been expanded to also include sites in the EMEA and North America regions as of 2019 and the company is also delivering integrated facility management for Capgemini sites in India.

International appointment for Genesis set to cultivate customer network

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Genesis Biosciences has welcomed a new appointment, Lawrence Keen, to its growing sales team as the company looks to expand its customer network across the UK and Ireland.

The antimicrobial nature of bioflavonoids…

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By Richard Thomas, managing director of Citrox Biosciences

“The pandemic certainly hammered home the benefits of regular handwashing and surface disinfection in controlling microbial proliferation. However, traditional cleaning products often contain toxic chemicals that are damaging to the environment, or that can lead to a range of health problems, including dermatitis, asthma and even cancer.

After France, Korea and China… Idrobase Spain is born

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Idrobase Spain has joined the already operating Idrobase France, Idrobase Korea and Idrobase Ningbo in China, with the birth of Idrobase America and Idrobase Japan pending.

Shared wheelchairs – a neglected contamination risk?

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Did you know that over 65 million people worldwide use wheelchairs every day? And that in addition, another one billion people use wheelchairs temporarily, for instance, due to illness or injury? Or that unfortunately, many wheelchair users develop illnesses and infections?

Hygiene trio join forces

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Family-owned supplier of detergents and disinfectants, Christeyns Food Hygiene, has joined forces in a tri-partner initiative with Danish food hygiene equipment expert Foamico and hygiene equipment specialist H&M Disinfection, to offer unique turnkey solutions.

AI-Powered air care: Putting the 'AI' in air freshener solutions

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Writes Matt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark - a new agency created to help aircare, hygiene and washroom technology brands and businesses develop effective innovations and marketing strategies. Matt’s two decades of experience in the industry, enables him to support clients with outstanding and truly innovative ideas - both for branding and products.

Reflecting on 2023 predictions for distributors and the global supply chain

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Earlier this year, Michael Wilson, chief executive officer for AFFLINK, home to 300 independent distributors throughout the US, published his predictions for 2023 - specifically as they apply to distributors and the global supply chain.

57 varieties... of ISSA's Cleaning Industry Management Standard Certification

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ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced yesterday that 57 companies have achieved the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) Advanced by GBAC certification.

Berry's PCR bottles support Bio-D's sustainability commitments

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Berry Global has created a range of reusable bottles made entirely out of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic for UK ethical cleaning company The Bio-D Company.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


Welcome to our first Cleanzine broadcast since our Summer break. If you’ve had a break too, I hope it’s been a good one. As usual, I’ve spent time at festivals - no, not the sort where the site’s left in a disgraceful mess full of litter, excrement and the like, along with perfectly good tents and other equipment folk can’t be bothered to take home with them, but smaller, family-orientated gatherings frequented by those whose mantra is ‘leave no trace’. We unwind, try out new crafts and musical instruments, listen to and take part in talks, experience other cultures, sing songs in different languages, drum, listen to music while dancing outside (generally in the rain this year!) and really learn how to get the best out of life, lived simply, without alcohol or drugs and in a community filled with love, respect, helpfulness and sharing. 
It wasn’t a planned experiment but a spur of the moment thing, (which so often happens at events like this) but I was passing a line of other ‘Into the Wild’ festival-goers in beautiful Sussex queuing to use a small bank of compost loos – two of which were being cleaned not by paid cleaners but by volunteers who receive free entry into the event and a daily meal in return for a few hours of their time. I observed how the line reacted when the ‘cleaners’ came out of the newly-serviced cubicles and waited for another one to empty. Nothing. I must say I was a little surprised, bearing in mind the sort of people at the event, but I suppose it’s ingrained in us. It’s how most people react when they encounter a cleaner. As if they’re not there. I yelled out, loudly: “Thank you so much for the hard work you’re putting in to what must be a horrible job! Well done for looking after us so well and keeping everything clean!” I started clapping loudly. To my delight, everyone joined in – not just those in the queue but others in the vicinity who realised what was needed. Shouts of thanks, too. I’ll let you know how things go when I try that at Waterloo Station or similar. I’m planning on starting a trend… 
As you might imagine, I whooped with delight upon receiving news over our break that the British Cleaning Council has finally won the battle for approval for a ‘Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship’. This means that the Apprenticeship Levy so many businesses in our industry pay each year, will be put towards training for our own frontline workers rather than being spent elsewhere. Congratulations BCC for ‘keeping at it’!

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This Week's News

Phs Compliance appoints new sales director

* PHS_Tom-Cliffe.jpgPhs Compliance, which specialises in all aspects of facilities management and business compliance including electrical and fire testing, has appointed a new sales director - Tom Cliffe - as it continues its growth. Tom will be managing the company's sales team of 20 people across the UK.

Tom spent over 12 years in the business services industry before joining the Warrington, Cheshire-based company, which is part of the Phs Group. He has extensive experience servicing the retail sector and had several big brand retailers as part of his customer portfolio.

Finally! BCC achieves goal of securing Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship approval

* BCC-logo.jpgProposals for an Apprenticeship Standard for the cleaning & hygiene industry have finally been approved after a concerted campaign by the British Cleaning Council and its supporters, potentially paving the way for employers to invest £ millions annually in training sector staff.

The British Cleaning Council, which made achieving the Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship one of its key priorities, is aiming to support the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy funded programme early in 2024.

Survey finds end-of-Summer trips are preceded by extra handwashing

* Survey-finds.jpgThis ‘Labor Day’ as Americans took a final outing before Summer came to an end, research found that their advance prep included increased hand hygiene.

According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corporation, 60% of adults make a conscious effort to wash their hands more before a planned trip. And, once they hit the road, 75% say they try to ‘suds-up’ whenever they stop. For those who are flying, 69% specifically visit airport washrooms to keep their hands clean and germ free.

WRAP's Recycling Summit coming soon

* WRAP-Summit.jpgTo celebrate the 20th anniversary of the national campaign, Recycle Week, WRAP's (Waste & Resources Action Programme's) very first Recycling Summit will be taking place from 17th to 19th October.

The free-to-attend, online event will feature experts from WRAP along with other industry professionals to provide inspirational insights that will give you the tools and knowledge you need to deliver positive recycling changes for your organisation and those you communicate with, ready for the upcoming UK recycling reforms.

Clean India Technology Week

* Clean-India.jpgIndia's cleaning & hygiene industry has witnessed significant growth over the years, and this progress has been marked by the annual event, Clean India Technology Week.

As Asia's leading cleaning event, it has changed the face of professional cleaning by not only showcasing the latest national international solutions and technologies, but also by providing a platform for various sectors and government departments to come together, share knowledge, recognise achievements and promote networking.

Xenex strikes it lucky with FDA

* LightStrike-UV.jpgThe US Food & Drug Administration has granted Xenex Disinfection Services De Novo authorisation for the company's LightStrike+ device - a high-intensity, broad-spectrum ultraviolet light robot proven to reduce pathogens in healthcare environments.

'De Novo' authorisation creates a new medical device product classification under which the LightStrike+ robot is the first and only product of its type, setting the precedent for FDA regulation of UV robots intended for use in reducing pathogens on non-porous, high-touch surfaces in healthcare settings.

New Veolia event to showcase practical ways to support environment

* Veolia-event.jpgOn 12th September, sustainable resource management company, Veolia, is hosting a new event to raise awareness of ecological challenges. The one-day free-to-attend conference, called VEO23, will cover how the natural ecosystems of people, planet and society are interconnected, and the practical solutions that can balance human progress and help support the environment.

Featuring industry experts and guest speaker presentations, the event will also workshop ways to help solve environmental challenges and demonstrate how commercially viable solutions can be implemented using innovative technologies.

ISS and ToolSense enter global strategic partnership to digitise asset operations

* ISS-ToolSense.jpgISS A/S, is enhancing its technology position in the FM industry through a new global strategic partnership with tech startup company ToolSense. By using state-of-the-art Internet of Things solutions that can be integrated into ISS's management of the company's global assets of movable machines, ISS aims to boost its operational efficiency.

Every day, more than 300,000 ISS on-site employees are taking care of over 500,000 movable machines, such as vacuum cleaners, kitchenware and healthcare equipment, in more than 30 countries worldwide. The tracking, maintenance and utilisation of these assets will now be optimised by the use of ToolSense's innovative Asset Operations platform, IoT solutions and QR codes.

Vectair Systems launches the V-Screen Dual urinal screen

* Vectair-urinal-screen.jpgVectair Systems, a leading supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, has launched V-Screen Dual, a 30-day urinal screen that offers easy, hassle-free installation and exceptional fragrance output.

V-Screen Dual joins a collection of urinal screens and other passive washroom products manufactured and supplied by Vectair Systems. Facilities can be confident that they are providing a positive, fragrant washroom experience that enhances user satisfaction with the V-Screen Dual.

Meet ISSA’s Board Members for 2024

* ISSA-Elects.jpgUnder the leadership of incoming president Matthew J. Schenk (pictured) of Midlab, the team elected to serve on the Board of the ISSA for 2024 are:

* Vice president/president-elect: Laurie Sewell, Servicon Supplies
* Executive officer: Adam Camhi, Sunbelt Rentals
* Manufacturer director: Bill Simpson, Ecolab
* Distributor director: Debbie Sardone, Speed Cleaning
* BSC director: Ricardo Regalado, Rozalado & Co. Commercial Cleaning

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Recent UK News

Gojo recognised as a key partner to the NHS

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Gojo tells us it is proud to be a brand showcased in an official publication commemorating the NHS, entitled 'NHS 75: Celebrating 75 Years of the National Health Service’. This accolade demonstrates the key role played by the skin and hygiene specialist, which has now been a partner to the organisation for more than 30 years.

Ecoserv Group expands executive team

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Stephen Jones and Jim Humphrey have joined the executive team of sustainable commercial cleaning specialist Ecoserv Group, as well as both becoming shareholders in the business. Stephen will take on the role of chief operating officer, while Jim will be responsible for key accounts and procurement as a shareholding director.

BioVate Hygienics announces recruitment of four new staff in latest expansion drive

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BioVate Hygienics, a leading provider of innovative hygiene solutions, has welcomed four qualified professionals to its growing team.
The new members - Graham Peace, Spencer Berry, Jon Chomicz and Sammy Riggins – have taken up key positions, further strengthening the company's capabilities and supporting its continued expansion.

Celebrating 30 years of continuous service

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Tennant UK is celebrating 30 years of continuous service from Michael Bradburn, field support manager within Tennant's nationwide service division.

Analytics Dashboards live track cleaning business costs and profit

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BigChange has launched a series of Analytics Dashboards to display critical business information for cleaning firms.  Big-screen graphs and tables provide an instant view of performance, such as job costs, productivity, customer service, and finance. 

The dashboards receive live data from across the business, including job updates from field operatives equipped with mobile devices, giving managers and staff complete visibility of all aspects of the business.

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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