* Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 7th August 2014 Issue no. 637

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International News

Study provides new perspective on concept of HAIs

More than 80% of hospitalised patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalisation, suggesting that settings outside of the hospital may play key roles in the identification, onset and possible transmission of the disease, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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It’s that time of year when John & I pack up our computers and take a couple of weeks off from producing what has now become – with more than 100,000 readers in 163 countries – the most widely read cleaning publication in the world. Our next issue will be broadcast on 28thAugust.

I for one will be joining millions of people celebrating the warmer months at picnics, festivals and various beaches, where practicalities mean that taking a picnic is often the most enjoyable and easiest option.

One of my bugbears about picnicking is having to take home dirty plates, cups and cutlery. However hard I try, I never manage to keep my hands clean or prevent the remains of coleslaw and the like running over everything else in the bag and sometimes dripping down my clothes. But what I really hate, is the remains of other people’s picnics, left by those too selfish to take their things home with them and too lazy to put them in a bin. I so wish there were litter police around at times like this!

Help is afoot though. A recent Guardian newspaper article talks of the launch of a ‘biodegredible’ cup – one you can eat once you’ve finished your drink! And if you don’t like the idea of that, you can simply melt the cup by pouring hot water on it (clearly no good for coffee then…) Like me, designers Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker were frustrated with the amount of disposable food packaging that’s discarded, but as product designers, they were in a position to provide a solution. The cups – which come in different colours and flavours, are made from a seaweed-based gel. I found out more at biodegradable-edible-cups and it’s certainly an interesting concept.

Have you tried one of these cups and if you have, could you let me know what you think?

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This Week's News

Focus on hand hygiene stimulates growth in the global hand sanitisers market, says new report

The focus on preventing transmission of diseases through hand-to-mouth or hand-to-hand contact underscores the need for better hand hygiene practices.

Hand sanitisers are easy to use and do not require the rinsing of hands - and therefore are expected to promote compliance with hygiene practices. Hand sanitisers are growing in popularity as a result of rising consumer awareness, increasing focus on hand hygiene and threat of diseases such as H1N1 flu in several parts of the world.

Morclean wins national 'green' award for Bin Wash City - the battery driven bin wash machine

* Morclean-green-binwash.jpgMorclean, based in Staveley, Chesterfield, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain's greenest companies, councils and communities.

The company, which competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, will be presented with a trophy and certificate by Miss UK Green Queen at a glittering ceremony in The Houses of Parliament on 10th November 2014.

ISSA & BBS announce September CIMS Certification training workshop

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association & BBS (BICS Business Services) has this week announced details of its second 'Industry Certification Expert' training workshop. These workshops form an integral part of ISSA's acclaimed Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) which launched in the UK and Ireland earlier this year.

The workshop will be run by ISSA's partner BBS and will be held on 17th September, 2014 at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham.

WFBSC Congress 2016 to consider our industry's enrichment of people's lives

* WFBSC_Congress-2016.jpgThemed 'Weaving culture... building maintenance and cleaning that create rich life', the 21st World Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors will be held in Tokyo from 4th to 7th April 2016

Kimberly-Clark Professional helps solve aviation industry cleaning challenges

* kc-aircraft.jpgKimberly-Clark Professional announced this week that its aviation industry cleaning products have been qualified and listed on Aerospace Material Specification AMS 3819C and Boeing Material Specification BMS 15-5G.

Specifically engineered to perform in all areas of original equipment manufacturing and maintenance repair operations, the full line of application-driven aviation wipes are designed to deliver superior cleaning, improved operational efficiency, reduced turn-around time and maximised productivity, while also meeting the precision standards and requirements of the aerospace industry.

Prochem Europe's PSK Professional Spotting Kit will stand you in good stead

* prochem-spotting.jpgAs a carpet cleaning professional you can never be quite sure what stains you're likely to encounter, so a high quality spotting kit is likely to stand you in good stead, time and time again.

Prochem Europe's PSK Professional Spotting Kit comprises a comprehensive range of Prochem chemical spotters and spotting accessories contained in a tough, water-resistant plastic case. Products can be replenished from the standard Prochem range and individual trigger sprayers filled and stored beneath the hinged lid.

Nyco launches OM1 Series: first I & I brand using Omnia high-performance solvent

* OM1-Series.jpgNyco Products Company has announced the introduction of its OM1 Series brand, said to be the first North American industrial and institutional cleaning brand formulated with new Eastman Omnia high-performance solvent.

OM1 Series products, powered by Omnia, are claimed to be 'greener' and safer alternatives to traditional cleaning products containing d-Limonene, monobutyl and other glycol ethers - yet they also deliver exceptional cleaning performance on a multitude of tough soils.

Ebola outbreak lifts demand for specialist chlorine based disinfectants

* sochlor-group.jpgThe current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has seen a sharp increase in demand for specialist chlorine based disinfectant cleaners, according to GV Health, a leading British supplier of chlorine disinfectant cleaners to the NHS. 

Record levels of enquiries have been received from healthcare organisations based in West Africa as well as from health authorities and laboratories in other parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia concerned about possible transmission of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by those travelling from the affected countries.

Antimicrobial bin liners make their debut

* Sansafe-scented.jpgLeeds-based Cromwell Polythene is adding to its wide range of waste management products with the launch of Sansafe antimicrobial and scented liners, ideal for feminine hygiene and other sanitary waste.

Manufactured with a unique blend of bactericides and fungicides - added during the film extrusion process, the bags provide powerful round-the-clock protection against harmful bacteria such as E.coli and Legionella, while a subtle lemon scent additive eliminates unpleasant odours, both inside and outside the liners.

ISS selected as strategic partner in five European countries by BASF

* BASF.jpgISS has been selected as a strategic partner by global chemicals giant BASF, to deliver integrated facilities services in five European countries: Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. Under the agreement, ISS is taking over responsibility for onsite cleaning, facilities management, building maintenance, mailroom, landscaping and related services in an overall portfolio consisting of 56 sites.

The successful bid team was headed by ISS Belgium, building on a strong partnership that has developed with BASF at its major Antwerp production site over many years.

A smart new look... the same great quality

* matrix-new-look.jpgBritish steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix has had a complete makeover with its identity. This new, very contemporary look, will be the main feature on all of the machine models in the range.

ISS UK signs up to kick off new cup recycling scheme

* simplycups.jpgISS UK is now a Founder Member of the 'Simply Cups' paper cup recycling scheme. The initiative, launched 1st August, will help to recycle the 2.5 billion paper cups that are sent to landfill or incinerated every year in the UK.

Simply Cups is a partnership between Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions. It will provide paper cup manufacturers, organisations operating in the supply chain, as well as beverage and hospitality outlets, with a cost-efficient collection and recycling service that will reduce operating costs and improve environmental credentials.

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Recent UK News

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary cleaning to be brought back in house

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Hospital cleaning services at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary are going to be brought back in house as part of the ongoing fight against superbugs - despite the facility’s inspection reports showing that the hospital has consistently scored well and cases of MRSA have almost been eradicated, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

REC JobsOutlook: Jobs boom at risk from growing skills shortages

UK employers are twice as confident about the economy as they were this time last year and many intend to take on more staff in coming months. But this jobs boom could be at risk from growing skills shortages, according to July's JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation), released yesterday.

Latest FSA public attitudes tracker results, reveal greater concerns about hygiene

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The results from the Food Standards Agency's 'Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker' for May 2014 have been published, revealing that the top three food safety issues of total (i.e. spontaneous plus prompted) concern for respondents were food hygiene when eating out (36%), food poisoning (28%) and the use of additives in food products (28%). The top wider food issues of total concern were food prices (51%), the amount of sugar in food (48%), and the amount of salt in food (47%).

Kier continues the fight against litter in Essex

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Repairs and maintenance provider, Kier, has joined forces with a local school to raise awareness of littering in the town of Harlow, Essex. By Supplying Passmore Academy (from Channel 4 TV's 'Educating Essex') with equipment for a recent community day, Kier aims to reaffirm its commitment to the environment.

Nviro's Isle of Wight Council cleaning contract extended by three years

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Contract cleaning and FM specialist, Nviro, has been retained by Isle of Wight Council to clean a wide range of its facilities - including tourist attractions, libraries and fire stations - in a deal worth more than £200,000 per annum.

West Berkshire Community Hospital - complex by nature

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By their very nature, hospital service infrastructures can be complex, incorporating legislative and innovative ways of providing services at best value. Corporate change over the last few recessionary years has also impacted this structure at hospitals such as West Berkshire Community Hospital.

Swiftclean welcomes changes to duct cleaning standard

Gary Nicholls, managing director of Swiftclean Building Services, and a member of the Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES) Steering Committee responsible for TR/19, has welcomed its recently unveiled changes.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
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China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
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Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
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Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
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Solihull, W Mids, UK


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