* Cleanzine-logo-7a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 4th December 2014 Issue no. 652

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International News

Outsourcing to increase globally over coming years, reveals new report

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Businesses are entering a new era in the way they are resourced and organised. The 'open workforce' has arrived, and it has dramatic implications for every aspect of business - particularly in terms of outsourcing, according to a new report from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe 2015 places special focus on vehicle washing

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ISSA/Interclean CEE, which is being held from 22nd - 24th April 2015 in Warsaw, offers all you need to know about the cleaning business and its international trends, in the space of just a couple of days - and this year it will offer a special focus on vehicle washing equipment in the 'High Pressure and Car Wash Area', where machines and techniques for this sector can be seen in action.

Three-in-one vacuum cleaner, carpet cleaner and warm air blower launched

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The Aquarius Contractor is the new, professional carpet & upholstery cleaner from Kiam Power Products. As well as being a wet & dry vacuum cleaner, it cleans and refreshes carpets and upholstery by spraying a mild detergent into the carpet pile and vacuuming it up - all in one go.

Sodexo with Unilever win international FM award

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Sodexo won an international FM award in partnership with Unilever at the PFM Awards this month. The company, with Unilever, scooped the 'Partners in FM Corporate - International' category for the successful launch of Unilever's European Facilities Management Transformation.

New lorry wash facilitates cleaning of smaller fleets, cost-effectively and using minimal water

Morclean has launched a single brush lorry wash machine designed for use by smaller operators of coaches, vans or lorries - typically with a fleet of between five and 50 vehicles - that is highly cost-effective and which uses a minimal amount of water.

Dust extraction specialist updates its offering with a redesign of its air cleaner range

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Dust extraction specialist, Dustcontrol UK, has launched a redesigned version of its ambient air cleaners, updating the specifications to improve efficiency and versatility.

ACI - Analysis of research on antibacterial ingredient “distorts and misrepresents” safe use of Triclosan

Summaries of a study on the antibacterial ingredient Triclosan grossly misrepresent what the research actually found, according to the American Cleaning Institute.

IEHA and K-CP launch new recognition programme for housekeeping professionals

The International Executive Housekeepers Association and Kimberly-Clark Professional have announced the launch of the Heart of Hospitality Programme, aimed at providing executive housekeepers with the tools and resources to educate, empower and recognise housekeeping staff.

EU-ECHA - Restrictions on chemicals are focus of new enforcement project

At its recent plenary meeting, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided that its next major project will focus on enforcing REACH Annex XVII restrictions, the scope of which will be determined early 2015. Inspections will then take place during 2016. The final report will become available in 2017.

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It always seems to be that at this time of year I feel very tired; I don’t know whether it’s due to the lack of sunlight and fresh air, the aftermath of the clocks going back in the UK (why can’t we stick with the continental Europeans and have an extra two hours of sunlight to enjoy during the Summer evenings?) or the thought of Christmas itself, but it happens every year.

Thanks then to The Ladder Association for a press release that arrived this morning, regarding its Festive Season ladder use campaign, designed to stop ‘Idiots on Ladders’ in their tracks before an accident does it instead. A visit to the Facebook page for an image soon had me in stitches; first thinking, “I’ve done that… I’d do that...” then, “Did they really do that? How stupid!” If you need a laugh and an energy boost do visit the page. Of course, it may just prevent you from having a nasty accident one day, if you take chances, as I sometimes do.

Something else that gave me a boost is news that East Staffordshire Borough Council is about to shut down the public toilet block in one of its parks. Why should this fill me with cheer? Because it’s a temporary closure to enable the block to be refurbished and upgraded – one of the reasons being to make it easier to clean! It makes me so happy to be able to write about a local authority having a responsible attitude to its public washrooms, rather than grumble about these essential amenities being shut down. You can read about it below.

Of course tomorrow is the day that John Austen and I will be mingling with a few hundred like-minded local authorities; suppliers of washroom fittings, fixtures, systems and disposables as well as public washroom users and associations of users, at the annual Loo of the Year Awards event. I’m looking forward to catching up on the latest news from that part of our vast industry and will be bringing you a rundown and pictures of the event in next week’s issue.

Tired? Me? Of course not!

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This Week's News

BSI revises specification for planning, application and measurement of hospital cleanliness services

BSI, the business standards company has revised PAS 5748, 'Specification for the planning, application and measurement of cleanliness services in hospitals'.

Sponsored by the Department of Health, the specification was first published in 2011 as a means of helping acute, community and mental health hospitals in England demonstrate that plans were in place to keep their premises clean and safe for patients. Of course its recommendations can be used in other facilities throughout the world.

World industrial & institutional cleaning chemicals report forecasts steady growth

Global demand for I&I cleaning chemicals is expected to grow over 4% per annum to more than $50 billion in 2018, with significant gains realised in the healthcare market segment, where a rise in the number of hospital stays and concerns about healthcare associated infections will drive increases in healthcare expenditures worldwide, says a new study.

Published by global market researcher, Bharat Book Bureau, the study also reveals that the manufacturing sector is also expected to be a strong source of growth, especially in developing economies, as these countries focus on increasing their cleaning standards. Disinfectants and sanitisers will benefit most from these trends. Across the industry, changes in the product mix are expected as firms increasingly focus on sustainability and oper

Change of secretariat for BCC

* Douglas-Cooke.jpgFollowing a turbulent 12 months in the facilities management sector which saw the merger of the Cleaning & Support Services Association with the Building Futures Group (formerly Asset Skills), the secretariat agreement between the British Cleaning Council and BFG has been severed by mutual consent.

The agreement was originally set up by Andrew Large when he was CEO of the CSSA and it was felt, at the time, that the BCC had found a perfect partner within the cleaning industry to take on the important role of managing its affairs.

EU-OSHA launches free e-guide on managing stress and psychosocial risks at work

* managing-stress.jpgAs part of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign, the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its e-guide on managing stress and psychosocial risks. Stress is an important occupational safety & health (OSH) concern in about 80% of European businesses and is one of the main reasons for lost working days in Europe.

However, fewer than a third of European establishments have procedures in place to deal with work-related stress. The e-guide is a practical tool to help both employers and workers, particularly of small businesses, better understand and manage stress and psychosocial risks.

Propelair wins Green Apple Environmental Award for its UK-manufactured 1.5-litre flush toilet

Propelair, the UK designer and manufacturer of the revolutionary 1.5-litre flush toilet, is celebrating after being named the Engineering & Manufacturing Gold Winner in the national Green Apple Awards 2014 from The Green Organisation.

The Green Organisation recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world and the Green Apple Environmental Awards are presented annually to UK companies, councils and communities.

Fresh design and user-friendly features transform Truvox International's Internet presence

* Truvox-website.jpgTruvox International has launched its new website, offering a crisp, modern look that emphasises its position as one of the most well-known and trusted manufacturers of industrial and commercial floor cleaning machines in the world.

The new design complements the company's move to new premises in Southampton, UK, which took place earlier this year.

Airdri achieves accoustic accolade with inclusive new models

* Airdri-Quest.jpgAirdri has announced the availability of its two new hand dryers, the Quest and Quazar, which were previewed in Cleanzine earlier this year, live from ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam.

Since then, these models have been submitted to the UK Noise Abatement Society for Quiet Mark assessment and both have been awarded this international mark of excellence, further demonstrating Airdri's commitment to the development of quiet hand dryers.

Soluclean's export drive is paying off

* Soluclean-India.jpgSoluclean, manufacturer of the award-winning Soluclean range of pre-dosed concentrated cleaning products encapsulated in water soluble film, has recently embarked on a major export drive which has taken the company to the far flung corners of the world... just recently, the company has exhibited at cleaning shows in Shanghai and Bangkok and was just last week in Ahmedabad, India, which is where we pick up the story...

Hospital ductwork cleaning - long-term partnership pays off

* Stroke-Unit-Duct-Before.jpgSystem Hygienics has recently completed remedial work to ductwork at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley, Kent, following the hospital's fire damper testing programme. System Hygienics has more than 15 years' experience cleaning ductwork systems, and in the last few years has been testing fire dampers and carrying out remedial works where necessary, for NHS and private hospitals.

At the Princess Royal, the company modified fire and smoke dampers and nearby ductwork and access arrangements to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and with Health Technical Memorandum 03-01 'Specialised Ventilation for Healthcare Premises. Part B: Operational Management and Performance Verification.'

Bucking the trend: council commits to further public washroom refurbishment

* Bramshall-road-park.jpgEast Staffordshire Borough Council will be commencing a full refurbishment of the public toilets in Bramshall Park at the start of the New Year, as part of its ongoing commitment to provide improved facilities across the Borough.

"This is the third scheme we are undertaking as part of a three-year programme to refurbish all our public toilets and these works will significantly enhance the quality of the facility at Bramshall Park," reports Councillor Dennis Fletcher, Deputy Leader for Built Environment.

Fog70 Var - from Padua Botanical Garden to success at EIMA International

* Padua_Botanical_Garden.jpgThe Italian-built Fog70 Var system can be used for anything from cooling and humidifying or the control of dust and odours, to sanitising the environment.

"The system atomises water in the surrounding area at variable flow rates, in order to obtain the desired humidity and temperature levels," says the manufacturer.

'Festive fall' tips released by the Ladder Association

* Are-you-in-there-Santa.jpgIndustry body the Ladder Association is helping keep people safe over the Christmas period as part of its annual Ladder Exchange scheme, which gives people the chance to trade in old, dangerous ladders for discounted new ones.

Each month the Ladder Exchange focuses on one safety theme, and December's is all about the dangers unique to using a ladder around Christmas. On the Ladder Exchange website, a new Christmas section has been launched giving 'Five Festive Tips.'

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Recent UK News

Hospital invests in bacteria-killing copper to reduce infections

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Pullman Regional Hospital, a level IV trauma centre in Washington State, has become an early adopter of antimicrobial copper after studies found that the age-old metal could continuously kill deadly bacteria.

CK Consumables success with 'Emirates 2'

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CKC repeats Emirates Open Day success and hosts AHCP meeting. London-based CK Consumables (CKC) has once again held its Open Day at the world famous Emirates stadium in North London, home of the Arsenal football club.

Soapbox: Five personality traits for Facilities Managers

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Writes Peter Forshaw, managing director of Maxwell Stephens Recruitment

"I attended the British Institute of Facilities Management London region event - 'Question Time' at Somerset House last month where one of the speakers made a comment which I thought was quite funny. When asked about the type of people he recruits, he said: "We like anyone who is nice."

100% captive audience for your products!

The 2014 Loo of the Year Awards Event will be held at the St Johns Hotel in Solihull on Friday 5th December (day time event) and this is an opportunity for all companies involved in providing or supplying to washrooms to promote their services, provide hospitality to prospects, clients or staff and also enjoy unrivalled networking opportunities.

British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference hailed a great success

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Cleaning industry professionals from across the UK gathered in London last Thursday for the British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference.

The one day event was sold out well in advance and delegates were treated to superb array of keynote speeches written around the theme of the day 'changing perceptions.'

Harrison Wipes scoops 'Business of the Year' and 'A Decade of Success' awards

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Harrison Wipes tells us it is the proud winner of the prestigious 'Business of the Year' and inaugural 'A Decade of Success' in the 10th annual Havering Business Awards.

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