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There was so much to like about the Genie XS scrubbing machine and we could understand why the crowds watching the demonstration appeared mesmerised: the little machine is so easy to manoeuvre that it looked almost like the operator’s dance partner!
Taking place at the Jakarta International Expo (JIE) on 28th and 29th October 2015, the event will feature a two-day conference, 15 exhibiting-sponsors and social functions. It will be held concurrently with Hotelex Indonesia, a leading event for the hotel and hospitality industry.
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I’ve been puzzled by a news story that’s hit the headlines in the national press this week, which appears to reveal that a new study by Cardiff University students – the results of which were published in the American Journal of Infection Control – has found that disinfectant wipes are likely to be spreading superbugs in hospitals in which they’re used, rather than disinfecting the surfaces they’re used on.
I say ‘appears to reveal’ because in searching for the source of the report on which these news stories are based, all I’ve been able to find is a study that was carried out in 2011 – since which time the technology behind these wipes has come on in leaps and bounds.
I shall be investigating further, but in the meantime, if you’re a manufacturer or distributor of these wipes and find that your customers are cancelling orders because of these reports – or if you’re a user of disinfectant wipes and are now thinking of rewriting your cleaning procedures; please hang fire until the source of the report has been uncovered and we can verify that the studies are indeed new and learn more about the procedures that were followed during the tests.
Also, a phrase that’s much bandied about is ‘It’s what you do with it that counts’ and the newspaper reports all cite the moving of contaminants from one surface to another. As anyone with any cleaning savvy will tell you, these wipes are meant for one use only and are not designed for wiping multiple surfaces!
Finally, last week we promised you further breaking news… The organisers of the Cleaning Show tell us that they’re planning a show in the north of the country – possibly around Manchester – to cater for those who were unable to make it down to the event at London’s ExCel this Spring. It will be held a few weeks before ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam and is to be a “low cost” event for exhibitors. A venue for the event is currently being decided upon.
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This Week's News
The Shareholders of Northwood Paper Sales and associated companies have announced that they have acquired the issued share capital of Disposables UK. The parties have had a long and successful relationship both during the time when the company was led by its founder, the late Trevor Storer, and subsequently with the present management.
Commenting on the sale, David Burkill, managing director of Disposables UK, said: “This is a very exciting and positive move for Disposables UK and is the next stage in our development. In Northwood we have found a buyer that suits our business, with whom we already have a strong relationship and who are a family-run business with a similar approach. It will benefit our business and our customers.”
DebMed has collaborated on a study with Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Greenville Health System in South Carolina, comparing the number of opportunities for hospital workers to clean their hands when following World Health Organisation guidelines, against the number of opportunities for hand cleaning when following Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care guidelines.
The results, which show that the WHO guidelines aren't as thorough, will be represented in a poster presentation at the upcoming 2015 IPAC Canada national conference, June 15th - 16th, in Victoria, BC.
US deep-cycle battery manufacturer Trojan Battery Co., has this week announced expansion of its research & development capabilities with the opening of a new R & D centre in Sligo, Ireland. Known as Trojan Battery Ireland, the facility is located on the campus of the Institute of Technology, Sligo, at its Innovation Centre.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association has signed up as a Silver Sponsor of the Golden Service Awards.
"We're delighted to be a Silver Sponsor at the Golden Service Awards," says Stephen Harrison, chairman of the CHSA and managing director of Harrison Wipes.
The Italian based Magni is a manufacturer specialising in telehandlers with a wide international network of dealers. Magni's range of telehandlers comes with a variety of attachments that allows for a large flexibility in terms of applications.
The free download, the first in a series, offers clear guidance on setting and meeting strategic sustainability goals. It also outlines essential practical steps on exhaust emissions, journey efficiency and fuel consumption.
Whether it was supporting it directly, or riding the wave of positivity and enthusiasm that the Olympics brought with it, there was a definite trough left in its wake for a lot of people.
Not so for CE Facilities Services, as Tomas Gronager, chief executive officer, explains:
Flynas, an award winning, low cost, Saudi Arabian airline, has set new standards of in-flight safety, by adding Virus Guard disinfectant wet wipes and sprays to its in-flight hygiene programme, to protect passengers from viruses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Birdflu.
The product is said to offer protection for up to 10 days.
Since 1993 Also Biotech has been committed to developing environmentally responsible products for bio-remediation purposes. The company produces a large selection of biological activators and odour neutralisers specifically designed to solve, in the most efficient way, the majority of problems generated as a result of the way we live our lives; problems such as organic build-ups from soil, wastewater/wastewater systems and polluted air.
Of comfort perhaps to those lucky enough to be holidaying or conducting business in Barbados in future... the Barbadian Ministry of Health is launch an initiative next week aimed at promoting food hygiene and safety in the island's restaurant sector.
The Food Hygiene Award Programme will be initially launched in restaurants on the south coast in the catchment area of the Randal Phillips Polyclinic, and participating restaurants will be given ratings of up to five stars, depending on their level of food hygiene.
Barbara Hornby of Delivered Health Solutions is pictured here receiving her trophy from sales manager Danny Jackson.
CWS-boco provides a one-stop-shop for professional washroom hygiene solutions and textile services. The product range includes a variety of modern hygiene systems such as hand towels, soap, fragrance dispensers and innovative entrance mats.
The brand Boco is a leading European supplier of workwear and textile services; offering customers industrially-washable professional and business clothing - both off-the-peg and bespoke, as well as a wide range of protective and safety clothing.
A new 1/3rd A4 leaflet is now available from Greyland on its Floorcare product range. Designed as a handy standard-sized letter mailer for the traditional postal service, the aim for the leaflet is for Greyland distributors to target potential new customers. In short, anyone who has a floor.
The company had a number of spare unused jackets and trousers in stock and decided to donate them to Suited & Booted, the London-based charity organisation, which provides the men with interview clothing and advice.
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Recent UK News
Staples Disposables, one of the leading independent UK paper convertors, has entered a partnership that will see the ‘Away From Home’ divisions - which consist of hygiene paper, catering disposables and professional cleaning chemicals - taken over on 19th June and split into ‘Staples Away from home’ and ‘Staples Chemicals.’
Women cleaners, catering staff and care workers could be set for a boost in job satisfaction and pay thanks to a new competitive fund from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).
Two thirds of those earning low pay in the UK are women. One reason is that women are concentrated in low paying occupations and sectors. Females also make up 77.5% of part time employees, and there are big differences in pay for full time and part time workers.
Just 7% of Learning & Development professionals evaluate the impact of their initiatives on the wider business or society, with most limiting their focus to learner and manager feedback, according to new research.
Late last month, health secretary Jeremy Hunt visited international skincare and hand hygiene expert, Deb Group, at its Denby headquarters, alongside Conservative minister for Amber Valley, Nigel Mills. The pair toured the research facilities, meeting staff and seeing first-hand the research & development being pioneered by the Derbyshire-based organisation.
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ISSA North America
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Manchester Cleaning Show
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