* Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th January 2015 Issue no. 655

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International News

Zylast wins USAID 'Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge'

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Zylast hand sanitising technology has been selected as one of only three initial winners of the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, for which more than 1,500 applications were received.

New report says cleaners and waste management workers ‘’still at risk from workplace carcinogens

Cleaners and those involved in waste management have once again been highlighted as an at-risk group when it comes to occupational cancer as a result of exposure to carcinogens in cleaning products – this time in a report just published by the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work.

EnviroThaw de-icer - the eco-friendly, non-damaging alternative to rock salt

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EnviroThaw is a high performance and eco-friendly granular alternative to rock salt, which can be used on any paving surface without causing the damage that can be caused by rock salt.

Said to be some 90% less corrosive than rock salt, it is non-toxic to vegetation and grass, it minimises rust damage and won't tread into and harm carpets. It is also non-harmful to wildlife.

‘Global Hospital-Acquired Infection Control Market Analysis and Outlook to 2020’, now available

While better healthcare infrastructure and increasing demand for HAI control products mean that North America and Europe are dominating the global hospital-acquired infection control market, Asia and Latin America are expected to experience high growth rate due to an increase in the demand for these products and the increasing demand for better healthcare facilities in these regions. So says newly published research from Persistence Market Research.

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It wasn’t through choice that I found myself at the local supermarket on New Year’s Day but a house full of people suffering from heavy colds and flu over the festive period meant that we were in dire need of both toilet tissue and facial tissues.

Odd looks from a fellow shopper made me realise that I was muttering to myself, so I quickly told her that no, I hadn’t been drinking at such an early hour, but was simply trying to work out which of the bumper packs of toilet tissue provided the best value.

I explained that the own brand pack – normally the best choice - contained four more rolls than the branded pack which was ‘on special’, but that it wasn’t the number of rolls that made the difference, but the total number of sheets of tissue in the pack. This was what I was working out and before you scoff, if you knew just how much toilet tissue we get through in my household, you’ll understand that over the year, clever choices really do make a difference!

We reached the conclusion that the branded pack would, on this occasion, be the better buy since it contained on average, an extra 40 sheets of tissue per roll and was of comparable quality to the own brand version. My new friend assured me she’d be making calculations in future too.

Naturally I chuckled when I received a press release this week, announcing that the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s Soft Tissue Accreditation Scheme is attracting new members. If I – as an individual – am aware that making informed toilet tissue purchasing decisions can make a difference when it comes to balancing budgets, then those tasked with making those decisions on behalf of multiple facilities, or contractors needing to supply valuable clients, will need to be equally astute. It’s clear from the release that word is getting around that with members of this scheme, you at least know you’re getting what you’re paying for!

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This Week's News

CSSA to terminate its current role within the Building Futures Group

The Cleaning & Support Services Association is to terminate its role within the Building Futures Group - the organisation formed less than a year ago by the merging of Asset Skills, the Facilities Management Association and the CSSA itself.

A joint statement from the Chair of the CSSA and the Chair of The Building Futures Group, released yesterday, says:

Soapbox: What can the fight against HIV teach us about Ebola?

* ILO-co-authors.jpgBy Margherita Licata and Kofi Amekudzi, Technical Specialists at the International Labour Organization

The more we learn about the challenges of responding to the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, the easier it becomes to discern parallels to the HIV epidemic - another health crisis , which we've been battling for over 30 years now. The HIV response has some valuable lessons for the way we confront the disease in general, particularly in the workplace. Here's an example.

More membership applications as CHSA's Soft Tissue Accreditation Scheme strengthens

Membership of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's Soft Tissue Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme has increased by three during a year in which the rigour of the Scheme has been enhanced, according to Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Scheme's governing Panel.

Mike gave his Annual Report to the CHSA's Soft Tissue Accreditation Schemes Annual General Meeting which was held just prior to the Christmas holidays, saying:

Golden Service Awards opens to showcase cleaning industry excellence

* GSA.jpgThe Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards programme is now open for entries. The awards are designed to provide contract cleaners and in-house cleaning teams the chance to showcase the excellent work undertaken in the cleaning industry.

Founded in 1991, the bi-annual awards have grown to become the industry's most illustrious event, attended by over 500 representatives from the cleaning and FM industries. 2015 will see the event move to a new venue, The London Hilton Park Lane, with over 600 guests expected to attend the event on Friday 23rd October, hosted by comedian and actor, Jon Culshaw, with one of Britain's most famous voices, Alan Dedicoat, as Master of Ceremonies.

The Building Futures Group to produce UK FM Manifesto

The Building Futures Group has declared its intention to produce its public affairs strategy as the UK begins to prepare for the upcoming General Election. The Group will be producing the first UK Manifesto that specifically focusses on the facilities management industry.

This is the latest initiative in the Group's drive to ensure that the massive contribution FM makes to the UK economy, essential services and society is understood and recognised by future policy makers, end users and public alike.

CleanSafe blasts chewing gum problem for London Gatwick

* Gatwick-Airport-gum.jpgLondon Gatwick Airport has wiped the floor with one of its biggest facilities management problems by using 'melt and blast' technology to clean hundreds of thousands of pieces of chewing gum from terminal walkways.

The UK's second busiest airport wanted to bring its external public areas leading to terminal buildings up to the same World Class standard as those inside. To achieve this, it commissioned CleanSafe Services to use a specialist technique that rapidly heats the chewing gum and removes it from the floor with a jet of water at 1,250 pounds per square inch.

UK manufacturer BPI Recycled Products wins first French contract

* Bpi-1st-French-contract.jpgRecycling giant bpi.recycled products is moving into a new market, with its first sacks contract in France. The UK manufacturer is to supply France's Saumur Council with its EN13592 accredited mixed-waste sacks.

The new contract is for the collection of selected waste streams including plastic bottles, metal packaging, cardboard cartons and drinks containers.

Biohazard Decontamination Cleaning from within a prison

* HMP-bed.jpgWithin the prison service 'dirty protests' are a rare occurrence, but when they happen, they disrupt the routine of the prison care, separation and hospital units, which are usually where these types of protests happen.

They may happen because the prisoner is protesting about a particular issue; however, sadly, it may be due to more serious issues linked to the prisoner's mental health. When these protests happen, the prison has a duty of care to relocate the prisoner to a clean cell. The contaminated cell is then cordoned off until it can be cleaned.

New website for Energic Plus

* EnergicPlus.jpgA new year is considered the time for 'new beginnings' and keeping with that tradition, Energic Plus, the renowned supplier of battery chargers and accessories for batteries used in industrial applications, has launched a new website.

"The old website was in dire need of renewal and was no longer representative for the extensive range!" confesses manufacturer TVH.
The brand Energic Plus has been established for more than 10 years and supplies battery chargers and accessories for various applications: cleaning equipment, lift trucks, aerial work platforms and other industrial vehicles, telecom, trains...

Ready to hit the gym...

* BetcoDust+Mop+Treatment.jpgJanuary is traditionally the time of year that people flock to their local gym in an attempt to work off the excesses of Christmas, which means the cleaner's job becomes an even more difficult one. Designed to eliminate oily residue, Betco's Dust Mop Treatment is water-based and compatible with all gym and floor finishes.

MITIE to care for Marie Curie

MITIE-cleaner_142.jpgMITIE has been awarded a three year contract with Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide cleaning and laundry services to the charity’s West Midlands Hospice and cleaning, laundry and hostess service to Cardiff & The Vale Hospice. 

Each year Marie Curie provides free nursing care to terminally ill people and emotional support for their families in their own homes or in the charity’s nine hospices. MITIE’ss Environmental + healthcare team will now be dedicated to supporting them in two of these hospices, by providing specialist cleaning, domestic and patient dining services. 

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Recent UK News

Chemex guide on Ebola welcomed by UK health workers

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As the death toll from Ebola in West Africa continues to increase, healthcare workers in the UK are being provided with a new guide to help protect them from infection. A 44-page guide has been drawn up by scientists at hygiene and infection control specialist Chemex International.

Soapbox: Best Practice in Cleaning

Rafael Cobos of Futureclean Assured Systems, argues that for Best Practice to be properly applied to cleaning, those responsible for the cleaning process, must also adopt Continuous Improvement measures...

SpaceVac opens Scottish base

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SpaceVac, renowned for its vacuum powered, single operator, lightweight gutter and high level interior cleaning equipment, has expanded into Scotland to open its third UK base.

MITIE awarded multi-million pound cleaning contract with Arriva UK Bus

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MITIE has been awarded a multi-million pound, five year cleaning contract with transport provider Arriva.

NCCA and IICRC 2015 training dates for carpet & upholstery cleaners and restoration professionals

The National Carpet Cleaners Association and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification have released details of their 2015 training courses. Some are already fully booked so if you want to ensure that you don’t miss out, do contact the secretariats this side of Christmas if you can. The courses and dates are as follows:

Gatwick Airport cleaner punched in face after walking in on a woman on the toilet

A male cleaner at Gatwick Airport has asked his employer – OCS - to excuse him from one of his jobs, following an assault by a member of the public.

LCC Support Services backs Living Wage

LCC Support Services, the national independent cleaning and support services business, is backing the Living Wage Foundation and its hourly rates on all 2015 tenders.

Change of secretariat for BCC

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Following 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.

Events & Exhibitions

Pulire Verona
21-23rd May 2019
Verona, Italy

TACCA Day 2019
1st June 2019
Carpet cleaning training, marketing & networking event: open to all

ISSA Cleantex Africa
4-6th June 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa

ISSA Expo Limpieza 2019
5-7th June 2019
Mexico City


ISSA Show Canada 2019
11-13th June 2019


CMS Berlin
24-27th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS World Summit 2019


CMS World Summit 2019
24-26th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS Cleaning Management Services

12-14th November 2019
Madrid, Spain

ISSA North America
18-21st November 2019
Las Vegas

Loo of the Year Awards
6th December 2019
Prestigious Awards in the heart of England
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Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


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