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Worries rise over outbreaks of Avian Flu in West Africa

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Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem outbreaks of the highly virulent Avian Flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable.
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ACI study shows detergent manufacturers safely, effectively using enzymes in the workplace

Detergent manufacturers have shown that by following industry guidelines on the correct handling of enzymes in factories, they can deliver a safe working environment and help ensure good occupational hygiene, according to newly published research.
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CIRI's Spring 2016 Science & Research Symposium: first call for papers

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The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International, planning for its Spring 2016 Cleaning Science & Research Symposium 'Cleaning Science, Health, Environment, and The Clean Standard:
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Vavea specifies Gast Group diaphragm pump for low maintenance Aeropulse atomiser

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Vavea has specified the Gast Group's diaphragm pump for its low maintenance Aeropulse atomiser - an autonomous industrial cleansing and deodorising system designed for the diffusion of disinfectants and fragrances.
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Nilfisk acquires Auckland, New Zealand-based machinery specialist Kerrick

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Nilfisk Group has completed the acquisition of Kerrick, a large New Zealand/Australian supplier of professional cleaning equipment. Nilfisk says that the acquisition is part of its growth strategy with the aim of playing an active part in the consolidation of the cleaning equipment industry.
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Beverly Hills Pays $500 for every new waterless urinal installed

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While 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.
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SNG Commercial expands its Professional product range

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Following a successful launch, SNG Commercial has added a number of new products to its Professional range, including handwashes, laundry powders and trigger sprays.
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How much is a comfortable seat worth?

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

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Camfil 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.
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I read an interesting article last week, penned by Andy Monteith, Baker Tilly's head of construction, in which has asked readers to consider how they handle contracts that the clients consider to be problematical.

Although the article is aimed predominantly at the construction sector, it could so easily have been written for contractors providing cleaning and facilities management services. In it, Andy suggests that while people tend to expect the contract manager to overcome any issues that the service (or lack of it) throws up, there are many other causes to consider and too many contractors fail to challenge themselves on the root cause. He argues that often the ability to provide the service expected by the client was always going to be difficult to achieve or that the bid price was based on achieving savings that were unrealistic.

Well we've all heard that one before, haven't we?

The costs of submitting a tender can be high when you consider the work and the time involved, yet in Andy's experience it's an area where processes are often not adequately defined and controls are not robust. However, the implications of choosing the wrong contract price can be significantly more severe.

Andy claims that for many internal audit functions, the amount of effort spent focusing on this area remains surprisingly low. He says that an internal audit function should consider how it can play a more proactive role in mitigating contract risk, right at the beginning of the project lifecycle, rather than once things have started to go wrong, and that firms that do this, will reap the benefits time and time again.

This all makes perfect sense, but how does a contractor mitigate for such circumstances as say, an enormous rise in the statutory minimum hourly pay rates that are coming in? Are you able to go back to the clients and ask for more money, or do they expect you to continue as you are and supply the services agreed at greatly reduced margins or perhaps even at a loss? Or do you end up laying people off and expecting already overworked employees to work even harder; damaging your company's reputation because the work is no longer being done properly - and of course, probably losing the contract as a result?

It's a toughie, isn't it?

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This Week's News

Eco-friendly cleaning and developing markets spur growth of ingredients in cleaning applications

The robust market for ingredients in cleaning applications is often overshadowed by that of personal care; however, the recently published 'Ingredients for Household, Industrial, and Institutional Cleaning Applications' report by international market research and management consulting firm Kline, finds that this market carries equally sustainable growth potential, with some country markets increasing at double-digit rates during the forecast period from 2014-2019.

While mature markets like Europe and the US represent a large portion of the total market sales, accounting for over USD 11 billion, developing markets - particularly China, are cleaning the way towards high market share.
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MRSA epidemic fuelling antibiotic resistance

* Jeanine-Thomas.jpgMethicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA), the antibiotic resistant form of Staphylococcus aureus, is rampant in US healthcare facilities, in the community, in livestock and in the environment, according to Jeanine Thomas, founder the MRSA Survivors Network.

Jeanine is calling for a comprehensive, aggressive approach to reducing infections in healthcare facilities; strict adherence to hand hygiene; the screening of high-risk patients upon admission along with isolation; thoroughly decontaminating the environment, and equipment and implementing a good antibiotic stewardship programme - moves that should be adhered to in every country as this is, after all, a problem for all of us. She writes:
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Have you got your Unger 'Dog Eared' squeegee channel yet?

* unger-dog-eared.jpgFor some time, squeegee users all around the world have been 'Dog Earring' their channels to improve performance and reduce detailing. Unger researched and embraced this concept in 2012, incorporating the improved channel design with special curved ends into its Unger Ultimate Squeegee Limited Edition, launched in May 2014.

"With so much great feedback received from professional users of our Ultimate we decided to make this feature available to everyone by launching the new S-Channel Plus," says Unger's Hannah Maslova. "Precision engineered in Germany from strong and durable stainless steel and Unger Professional soft rubber, it has notched edges for the secure hold of the channel and rubber. It offers greater results with less effort!"
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FSC certification yields financial benefits for tropical forest businesses, shows WWF report

* pulp.jpgA new WWF cost-benefit analysis of Forest Stewardship Council certification on a cross-section of forest operators finds that tropical and small or medium producers, regardless of geography, can benefit significantly from attaining FSC certification.

The 'Profitability & Sustainability in Responsible Forestry: Economic impacts of FSC certification on forest operators' report, found that on average, the companies examined earned an extra US$1.80 for every cubic metre of FSC-certified roundwood or equivalent, over and above costs associated with certification. The Net Present Value of the decision to pursue FSC was, on average, $6.69 per cubic metre of roundwood or equivalent - a strong positive business case overall for the decision to pursue FSC.
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Children are the future...of messy cars

* Kim-car.jpgThe nations' cars (and that includes company cars that employees have for personal use too) are a breeding ground for bugs and dangerous bacteria, including staphylococcus and eColi, according to new research from car buying and selling website Carfused.com.

After undertaking research which revealed that nearly one in 10 Brits (8%) admit to having a 'dirty' car, Carfused tasked the University of Nottingham to dig deeper and find out what lies beneath the darker recesses of our cars. The Micro-Biology department at the University took swabs from steering wheels, foot wells and seats to find out just what was lurking underneath.
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Tissue World Jakarta preliminary agenda announced

* TISSUE-World.jpgThe future trends of Southeast Asia are crucial for the global tissue paper industry: where next for a market that has experienced such rapid and aggressive growth?

With a two day conference, 15 exhibiting sponsors and social functions, Tissue World Jakarta, which is being held on 28th and 29th October 2015, should provide some answers.
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Idexx Water Division launches Quanti-Tray Sealer Plus

* idexx.jpgIdexx, the global specialist in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced the European launch of a next-generation instrument that automates sample handling for bacterial enumeration. The new Quanti-Tray Sealer Plus provides increased productivity through improved functionality when compared to its predecessor.

The Quanti-Tray Sealer Plus is used with Quanti-Tray and Quanti-Tray 2000, in conjunction with Idexx's Colilert and Coliert-18 tests, Pseudalert and Enterolert, to quantify bacterial testing results for coliforms, E. coli, enterococci, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa respectively.
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PortionPac introduces safer, better, smarter solutions

* portionpac.jpgPortionPac Chemical Corporation, which since 1964 has been providing pre-measured, maximum concentrate, portion control detergents in water-soluble packs, tells us that it has improved its entire product line including formulations, packaging and manufacturing, with a view to providing safer, better and smarter solutions for its customers.

This summer PortionPac will complete its transition to manufacturing operations that will increase production capabilities and dramatically reduce lead times. Along with production changes, PortionPac has improved its formulations and upgraded packaging.
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£50k finance deal fuels growth for Warrington cleaning equipment firm

* Rokserve.jpgA Warrington cleaning equipment business, which was started by three former colleagues, is on target to create new jobs and significantly increase turnover following a new funding facility from Ultimate Finance.

Peter and Deborah Bird, along with Karl Teare, started Rokserv six years ago to sell and refurbish industrial cleaning equipment. They invested less than £3,000 and operated from a small industrial unit. The company was then approach by and subsequently teamed up with international industrial cleaning equipment manufacturer, Wetrok AG, to become its UK distributor.
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Brayborne re-awarded cleaning contract with Eastleigh College & Quilley School of Engineering for third time since 2001

* Brayborne-Eastleigh.jpgBrayborne Facilities Services, one of the UK's leading contract cleaning companies, has been re-awarded the cleaning contract for Eastleigh College & Quilley School of Engineering.

With a strong presence across the south of England in the specialist education sector, Brayborne has been working successfully with Eastleigh College & Quilley School of Engineering delivering specialist and regular cleaning services for some years.
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society appoints Emprise

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain, has appointed Emprise Services to manage its cleaning and waste management services.

The three-year deal will see Emprise provide daily and periodic cleaning, washroom services, consumables and waste services at RPS's new head office at 66 East Smithfield, London.
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Metal recycling firm fined after worker suffered hand and arm injuries

* scrap-yard.jpgTotternhoe Metal Recycling has been fined after a worker was injured whilst delivering waste metal. The 40 year old worker from Bedfordshire, who does not wish to be named, lost the top of his thumb and suffered damage to his hand and arm in the incident which happened last April at The Recycling Centre, The Lime Works in Totternhoe.
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Cleaning contractor features in HSE's latest health & safety case study video

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Chicopee provides charity support

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Chicopee has been donating cloths and wipes to FoodCycle, a charity running community projects to reduce food poverty and social isolation across the UK, since 2011 and now also provides the charity's community cafe 'Pie in the Sky', in Bromley-by-Bow, London, with its cleaning products. Pie in the Sky runs a training programme for volunteers to help them develop the skills and confidence they need to get a job in the catering industry.
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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.
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Have your say on cutting red tape in the waste industry

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The Government has launched the Cutting Red Tape programme and it is asking the waste & recycling industry to get involved.

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

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

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

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Principle 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.
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New high performance sweeping attachment: The Sweepertec

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July 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.
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Matrix has added two heavy duty chassis to its range

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Offered 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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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