*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 23rd July 2015 Issue no. 685

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International News

Despite low brand loyalty, wipe sales grow faster than overall I&I cleaning market in 2014

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Results of a survey published today show that while there is low brand loyalty, all product categories and companies registered growth in the market for industrial and institutional cleaning wipes in the US, which increased by over 5% in 2014.

Frosch natural cleaning products to enter US market

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Visitors to the CMS Berlin exhibition will be familiar with the enormous stand emblazoned with green frogs and soon that frog will be a familiar site in the US, since Frosch, Germany's 'most trusted brand' for natural cleaning agents with more than 25 years of experience in developing and manufacturing environmentally-friendly cleaning and personal care products, has this week announced its entry into the US market.

Air Products' CEO addresses attack on facility in France

Air Products' chairman, president and CEO Seifi Ghasemi had words of sympathy for the victims of last Thursday's attack at its facility in L'Isle-d'Abeau, France. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance and outpouring of support received from around the world, as the company continues to cooperate with the continuing investigation by French and other authorities.

Wearable monitoring system dramatically improves handwashing by healthcare workers

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New data from Hill-Rom shows its hand-hygiene compliance system, which uses badge-based locating technology to provide automatic, continuous monitoring and recording of every time a staff member uses a hand-hygiene station, dramatically increases hand washing among hospital staff using the system.

EU-ECHA Forum plans a project on extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions

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Since previous enforcement experience has indicated that safety data sheets are often non-compliant, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement is to prepare and execute a fifth coordinated enforcement project focusing on obligations related to extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions.

IFMA's World Workplace 2015 in Denver takes centre stage after record Facility Fusion attendance

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The International Facility Management Association is anticipating another exceptionally productive World Workplace Conference and Expo following a record turnout of 1,295 at the combined 2015 Facility Fusion conferences held in Canada and the US.

Vax advanced deep cleaning system improves productivity

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You can improve productivity and achieve brilliant results with the new Vax Commercial VCW-06 carpet washer - the latest addition to the Vax Commercial portfolio and one the company says is its 'best-performing' machine so far.

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Governments spend loads of money trying to get their messages across and we all grumble about the money being wasted, which could be so much better spent elsewhere. And it’s not just governments… recently, the University for the Creative Arts - the highest ranking specialist arts university in the Complete University Guide 2016 - paid out almost £82,000 to the agency that designed Channel 4 TV’s logo, to create the university’s new logo and branding. Now if the university specialised in, perhaps, languages or cookery, I could understand the decision; but for a university overflowing with budding artists, graphic designers, CAD specialists and the like, I find it ridiculous.

How much better it would have been if the students had been invited to take part in a competition to create the logo and branding! The project wouldn’t have needed to incur any costs, because the accolade for the winning student and finalists would have been payment enough. And just imagine the entry on the winner’s CV!

One body that does have it right is ‘Keep America Beautiful’ which has worked with The Ad Council and Zooppa (the global social community of creating talent) to run the ‘I want to be recycled’ competition, in which consumers produce their own videos in an attempt to increase everyone’s participation in recycling.

Although it only came third (after ‘Potty Talk’, in which bathroom fixtures discuss the pros and cons of letting a recycling bin move in, and ‘Urban Myths’ in which teenage girls are given recycling truths by an Ouija board) it was ‘Let's Make Soap’ that made the biggest impression on me. It features Samir Lakhani, a 22-year-old student and his creation, EcoSoap Bank - an organisation that acquires and recycles leftover soap from hotels, and puts it into the hands of people who otherwise would have no access to this most essential form of hygiene:

Another that impressed is of Drew Lamb, an entrepreneur and hardcore recycler who shows us how important it is to ‘close the loop’ and maximise efficiency in operations, and in the process dispels the silly notion that recycling is just for hippies.

The campaign directs consumers to IWantToBeRecycled.org which includes comprehensive resources on recycling as well as an interactive game. I for one can’t think of a better way to get the message across and get people recycling!

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This Week's News

Beverly Hills Pays $500 for every new waterless urinal installed

* Cracked-Desert.jpgWhile most residents of the state of California are now required to scale back water consumption by 25%, in Beverly Hills the reduction is 35%. This is because the city, as well as its residents, has historically used more water than other communities in the state, mostly for lavish landscaping.

In a rush to find ways to reduce consumption, the city is now paying any business that purchases and installs a waterless urinal $500. This is up from the $200 the city was paying before the state's water restrictions went into effect.

Chemical company fined for acid fumes exposure

Airedale Chemical Company, which manufactures and distributes surfactants to a number of brand leaders in the cleaning chemicals sector, has been fined as a result of an incident whereby people at a neighbouring company were exposed to nitric acid fumes.

In April 2014, employees from Joda Freight were exposed to the chemical fumes during transfer of the substance from a road tanker into a storage vessel. The fumes escaped through a vent situated on the roof of the Airedale building that housed the nitric acid storage tank.

Have your say on cutting red tape in the waste industry

* HSE-cut-red-tape.jpgThe Government has launched the Cutting Red Tape programme and it is asking the waste & recycling industry to get involved.

'Cutting Red Tape' aims to get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy. It intends to shine a light on out-of-date legislation and any confusing implementation, such as unhelpful government guidance or needlessly complex inspection regimes, to ensure they make sense. It builds on the successes of 'Red Tape Challenge' and Business/Focus on Enforcement.

SNG Commercial expands its Professional product range

* Muvo.jpgFollowing a successful launch, SNG Commercial has added a number of new products to its Professional range, including handwashes, laundry powders and trigger sprays.

SNG's Professional range, which includes the Muvo, Senses and Moss & Rowe brands, has the integrity of the brand leaders but at a more commercially viable price point and is available in a variety of formats and sizes to cater for all businesses.

"Fair deal for cleaners makes business sense for our industry," says Nviro

* Nviro-cleaners.jpgThe Government's commitment to raising the bar for low-paid workers has been welcomed by cleaning and facilities management services company Nviro, which is calling on the rest of the industry to go further by supporting a true 'living wage' for its employees.

Nviro managing director Brian Warren is urging the cleaning industry to move away from price competition effectively based on wage costs and to focus more heavily on quality of service and efficiency.

How much is a comfortable seat worth?

* KILO-SEDILE.jpgWhen RCM decided to introduce a small, ride-on scrubber drier, the Italian manufacturer took into consideration all the technical and structural options that would produce a strong, efficient and reliable machine that was economically enough to compare favourably with a walk behind machine.

"Convenience is measured, above all, in the benefits that come to the operator that is sitting, instead of walking," says the company's Marzia Mucci.

Low energy air filters: Quick wins for energy savings in buildings

* camfill-from-vid.jpgCamfil UK, a world leader in providing air filtration solutions for maintaining healthy and comfortable indoor environments, has published a paper highlighting the energy saving opportunities that arise from choosing effective air filtration systems within non-domestic buildings.

Called 'Quick wins for energy savings in buildings: A Facilities Manager's guide to choosing low energy air filters for both optimised energy performance and indoor air quality', the publication addresses the challenge that all industry sectors are facing when it comes to the energy efficiency of their building stock.

University praises "exceptional" support from Lanes Group to resolve sewage pump failure

* RGU-Faculty-of-Healthcare.jpgLanes Group has been praised for its fast action in response to a drainage fault at a Scottish university that resulted in sewage building up inside a deep sump chamber.

Facilities managers at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen said the Lanes team's rapid response helped make sure the drainage pump failure was resolved with minimum disruption to everyday activity.

Principle Cleaning partners with Broadgate Connect and Elba to support those with mental health issues

* ELBA.jpgPrinciple Cleaning tells us it is proud to be involved in a pioneering project to help local people who have suffered from mental health issues back into work.

The East London NHS Foundation Trust is making a difference to thousands of people's lives, providing them with much-needed mental health services and support.

Introducing CleanCore Technologies...

* cleancore.jpgCleanCore Technologies, which manufactures aqueous ozone cleaning systems, was started nearly six years ago. The company was first known as Viriditec but changed its name to CleanCore Technologies in 2014 - although the name Viriditec is still used for the company's products that are marketed and sold in Canada.

While CleanCore is nearly six years old, its first five years were dedicated to research and development of this no-chemical cleaning technology. The goals were to ensure the technology's effectiveness and making it a practical, reliable, and cost effective system for use in professional cleaning.

New high performance sweeping attachment: The Sweepertec

* Sweepertec.jpgJuly brings the launch of Brushtec's new high performance forklift sweeping attachment range: The Sweepertec. The 100% British-made, new brush system is designed for sites that only occasionally need to be swept and where the purchase of a dedicated sweeper and operator can not be justified.

The brush module is designed to quickly and simply attach to forklift, tractor and telehandler forks, where the 16 rows of stiff, aggressive, high-quality bristle provide fast and efficient hard surface cleaning of industrial and agricultural debris, in both forward and reverse mode.

Matrix has added two heavy duty chassis to its range

* matrix-heavy-duty-chassis.jpgOffered in two designs to fit many of the British manufacturer's commercial steam cleaning and gum removal machines, the new chassis allow the machine user to manoeuvre the machine more easily and more safely over large areas and uneven surfaces.

3M innovation helps reduce costs and improve sustainability for ISS

* 3MHighShinePad.jpg3M's innovative range of floor pads and advanced cleaning and maintenance products is helping global facilities services company ISS to drive down costs and reduce its environmental footprint for the benefit of its customers worldwide.

The inventor of the original non-woven floor pad, 3M is one of just two companies approved by ISS to supply floor pads for its global cleaning and maintenance operations and the partnership doesn't stop there.

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Recent UK News

Important changes at the British Cleaning Council

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As well as accepting a new member, it was all change at the top when the BCC convened for its quarterly meeting and AGM recently, with Simon Hollingbery (pictured) taking over as Chairman from Doug Cooke, who stepped down after three years in the role.

Cleaning Show organisers announce new regional event in Manchester

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As revealed in Cleanzine several weeks ago, The British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, organisers of the UK's largest dedicated cleaning & hygiene exhibition - The Cleaning Show - were searching for an appropriate venue in which to stage a similar, regional event in Manchester next year, following the successful show at London's ExCeL earlier this year. They have just announced the details...

Regent Samsic expands Toucan ECA cleaning technology offer

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Regent Samsic has expanded its electro chemical activation (ECA) cleaning technology range to include solutions for medium to large scale site applications.

The first cleaning contractor to adopt the eco-friendly 1.5 litre Toucan Eco II cleaning system across all of its UK sites, it is working with solution developer Centrego on a further range of models with varying tank capacities devised to enhance service delivery.

Informative new website for Loo of the Year Awards

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Loo of the Year Awards has just launched a new website that will be central to its marketing activities but which will also be useful to all 'away from home' toilet providers, the cleaning and facilities management industry, while promoting all aspects of the services and value that the Awards offer.

CHSA launches Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme to increase access to higher education

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has established a new Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme open to the children of CHSA members' employees. Applications are being sought from now (closing date 30th June 2016) with the first Scholarship commencing in September 2016.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
New Autumn dates


Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK


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