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International 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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

How much is a comfortable seat worth?

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.

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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Am I the only one who’s looked at the pictures of the country’s worst-rated supermarkets that are all over this week’s newspapers, and not been surprised that a number have been found to be unhygienic? The forecourts of two establishments are strewn with rubbish that can’t have just appeared the day the pictures were taken and both are stained by liquids, which could perhaps be urine. I wouldn’t have set foot in one of those shops even if I’d been desperate for chocolate!

It’s not just the visibly dirty shops that will harbour germs and infestations but those that look clean too – as I discovered when I saw a mouse scurry under the counter at my local shining Sainsbury’s some years back! Of course we should all be regularly washing our hands but I wonder how many of us wipe down tins/jars/bottles or packets before we put them away, as my mother taught me to do. If not, perhaps now is the time to start.

Although it’s hard to believe - thanks to the incessant rain, thunder and grey, wintery-looking skies, today’s the day John and I bid you a brief farewell so we can take our annual Summer breaks. As I have several festivals booked in over the coming few weeks, I’m hoping that the weather dries up, since camping in sodden fields doesn’t have the appeal that outdoor living in the sunshine has, since even my favoured compost loos can take on the appearance of the trashed public washrooms that are all too common in the UK, when they're used by people who are drenched through.

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This Week's News

Study finds important gaps in evidence for best methods for cleaning hospital rooms

* Penn-Medicine-team.jpgTray tables, bed rails, light switches and toilets - all common surfaces that provide the perfect opportunity for swapping germs between patients and healthcare workers.

While a new systematic overview in this week's 'Annals of Internal Medicine' points to several promising cleaning tactics for these 'high-touch surfaces', there's a lack of evidence as to which is the most effective at reducing healthcare-associated infections.

Hygiene practices have helped keep Ebola out of the classroom

* ebola-chart.jpgAs students in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone begin their summer holidays, measures put in place to protect them from the Ebola virus are being credited with having helped keep classrooms free from any infections.

Across the three countries, there have been no reported cases of a student or teacher being infected at a school since strict hygiene protocols were introduced when classes resumed at the beginning of the year after a months'-long delay caused by the virus.

The future of Europe is circular...

* DISASSEMBLY.jpgEurope could gain around 50 billion euros and 300,000 jobs by moving to a circular economy, according to The Dutch organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

The term 'circular economy' has existed for around five years. It emerged from a thought that is occurring to more and more people, namely, that the population is increasing while our energy and raw materials are becoming ever scarcer. At present, we mainly process expensive raw materials into products that we later discard. This leads to capital destruction on a large scale. In a circular economy, residual products form the raw materials for new production processes, just as in nature.

How a water-based residual surface modification technology could help protect the workplace

* Goldshieldinfographic.jpgGoldshield Technologies has developed a surface modification technology that is capable of leaving a mono molecular antimicrobial layer on any surface once dry.

The product can be applied like any other liquid sanitiser to a surface, and not only will it kill microorganisms on contact, it will continue to provide protection for up to 14 days.

Delphis Eco chosen to represent 'Green Pillar' by UKTI

* Delphis_Eco_range.jpgDelphic Eco has been chosen by UK Trade & Investment as the only company to represent the 'Green Pillar' in the Government backed 'GREAT Britain' campaign.

This is an impressive accolade for the privately owned all-British company which is a leader in the ecological cleaning products market for the commercial sector in the UK - as only 300 companies are selected for this initiative (including Aston Martin, Virgin and Burberry), to represent the best of British brands globally. As a result, Delphis Eco will be featured in billboard campaigns and showcased across all British Embassies worldwide.

UK show debut for Citymaster 1600

* Hako-Citymaster.jpgThe latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers is to make its UK debut at the country's top event for recycling and waste management professionals. Visitors to the Hako stand at RWM (September 15th -17th at Birmingham's NEC) will be able to get a close up look at the first Citymaster 1600 Citycleaner to arrive in the country and discover why it's already creating something of a stir in the municipal arena.

Collaboration will boost production of EDLC carbon-based aluminum batteries

* zhejang.jpgTantech Holdings, the manufacturer of bamboo-based charcoal products, has announced that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Zhejiang EGE Battery Manufacturing to jointly develop, market, and sell carbon based aluminum batteries.

The batteries, using Tantech's Electric Double-Layer Capacitor carbon material for the cathode, is expected to offer a safe, easy-charging, long-lasting and eco-friendly alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today.

Norse adds £2.3m cleaning contracts across the UK

* Norse-cleaner.jpgNorse Commercial Services and its subsidiaries around the UK have added over £2.3 million worth of new cleaning contracts in the last month.

The Norfolk based group has won two major new contracts in Norwich and Cambridge, as well as three others through its joint venture companies in Enfield Medway and Devon.

TCFM wins cleaning contract with Rugby Premiership Champions

* Rugby.jpgTC Facilities Management tells us it is delighted to announce the award of the cleaning contract at the Allianz Park, home of the 2015 Rugby Premiership Champions, Saracens.

Following a rigorous tender process, TCFM has successfully secured the exclusive contract to provide all area cleaning at Allianz Park, located in North London. Along with suppling match day services to clean the 10,000 seat capacity stadium, the award includes day-to-day cleaning of its impressive conferencing, hospitality and general stadium areas along with the retail store. The contract has just gone live.

Fewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health

* jan-haddon.jpgFewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health, according to a recently released report from a leading expert in leadership development, with only 46% of firms regarding staff health as an employer's responsibility. This is despite the fact that 82.8% of companies believe that business performance and staff wellbeing are connected.

The research, conducted by Morgan Redwood, is based on responses from the Heads of Human Resource departments or Board Director level from over 250 businesses. These have been drawn from across the UK and from a mix of sectors and a range of company sizes, with two thirds employing over 250 people, and none less than 50.

Prochem wins eco standard accreditation

* Prochem-ems.jpgWith chemical products under more scrutiny than most, it's reassuring to know you can purchase cleaning solutions from manufacturers with a high profile of environmental awareness. The label to look out for is British Standard EN ISO 14001:2004 - and after an extensive audit of the company's Environmental Management System, Prochem Europe has been granted certification to this standard.

The audit found that Prochem demonstrated reduced usage of gas, electricity and water (excluding product manufacture) as well as waste control to landfill between 2013 and 2014.

Firm fined for worker's death at paper mill

A company has been fined following the death of a worker who became trapped in unguarded machinery at a Devon paper mill. John Stoddart, 42, who lived in Cullompton, was attempting to smooth out felt on a conveyor at the Higher Kings Mill in the town when he was pulled into the machinery causing fatal injuries in September 2011.

The incident was investigated by the Health & Safety Executive, which prosecuted Mr Stoddart's employer, DS Smith Paper, at Exeter Crown Court.

Italians visit Matrix

* Matrix-people.jpgIt's not quite what we'd term a 'busman's holiday' in the UK (a holiday in which holidaymakers do much the same as they do at work) but it came close to it, when staff from Doman, the Italian steam technology specialist, took advantage of a month-long shutdown throughout August to visit Matrix Cleaning Systems, the British steam technology specialist, recently.

Doman partners Matrix in industrial machine production.

Disposables UK's Bay West spearheads European expansion

Disposables UK, which is part of the Northwood group, is celebrating significant growth in Europe fuelled by its Bay West brand, as the company places ever increasing emphasis on the export market with recent expansion into Germany, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.

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Recent UK News

Children are the future...of messy cars

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The 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.

£50k finance deal fuels growth for Warrington cleaning equipment firm

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A 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.

Brayborne re-awarded cleaning contract with Eastleigh College & Quilley School of Engineering for third time since 2001

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Brayborne 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.

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.

Metal recycling firm fined after worker suffered hand and arm injuries

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Totternhoe 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.

Why do clients buy services from facilities management companies?

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For the last three years, Mitie has engaged with senior property and facilities management directors through a series of research projects, conducting extensive interviews to really build a detailed understanding of the factors that are influencing the shape and operation of commercial property estates.

LCC cleans without chlorine

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LCC Support Services, the independent national service provider, has taken another major step forward in its campaign to preserve the environment. Following extensive trials, LCC is installing Lotus Pro aqueous ozone (AO) systems into the cleaning rooms of many of its larger client sites, thus enabling its staff to provide more hygienic and effective cleaning.

Popular family-friendly cleaning event returns to Wicksteed Park this September

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On 12th September the National Carpet Cleaners Association will be holding its fifth Carpet Cleaners Carnival at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Open to everyone and free to attend, the Carpet Cleaners Carnival (CCC) is a popular event which brings together participants from the UK's flooring and soft furnishings cleaning industry, providing an excellent networking opportunity and the chance to learn something new.

UK government agrees high level principles for stewardship regime for rodenticides

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A cross-government 'Oversight Group' has agreed a set of high-level principles to assist industry in developing stewardship regimes to control the use of rodenticides.

Cleaning contractor features in HSE's latest health & safety case study video

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The Health & Safety Executive occasionally produces video and narrative case studies, where businesses tell their stories of how they manage health & safety effectively and proportionately and how online HSE guidance helps them to do so.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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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