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

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

Hygiene practices have helped keep Ebola out of the classroom

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As 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.

The future of Europe is circular...

Europe 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).

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

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

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.

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Welcome to the first issue of Cleanzine, following our Summer break. I hope that if you’ve joined those of us who take a holiday over the month of August, you’ve had a good one – and also that you’ve enjoyed some drier weather than we have in our neck of the woods!

I’ve produced this issue while attending a huge electronics fair in Berlin and of course it’s reminded me that CMS Berlin is just a few weeks away.

One of the subjects I’ve discussed while at the many cleaning shows I’ve attended over the years is the fact that the shows are set up in halls which are initially clean and that those demonstrating their equipment are doing so on already clean carpets and floors, (which get cleaner as the shows – and the cleaning – progress) which kind of defeats the object of the demonstration. OK you can show a machine’s manoeuvrability and ease of use but you can’t really convince onlookers of how efficient it is, can you?

Of course some exhibitors will cleverly smear the area to be cleaned with some sort of dirt or muck but the result is never quite as convincing as real, ground-in dirt, or chewing gum that’s so old and so walked over that it appears to have become part of the pavement or flooring itself, is it?

If you’re a manufacturer of chewing gum removal or other street cleaning equipment and are planning to exhibit at CMS I have a tip for you… the area around the airport – within the airport itself but outside of the main buildings – like so many other public places around the world, is covered in old gum and looks very grimy. If it were me, I’d be talking to the airport authorities and arranging to demonstrate my equipment, cleaning the exterior areas of the airport itself. That way the airport will be made clean and discourage other selfish facility users from trashing the place, and you will have demonstrated that your products and equipment can really do the trick when it comes to removing tough stains, gum and ground-in dirt.

And if you’re exhibiting at the show and would like to tell our 100,000-plus readers around the world why they should be considering you as a supplier, do please send in your press releases and pictures as soon as you can.

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This Week's News

Global market study on HAI control: cleaning and sterilisation to witness highest growth by 2020

A new report by Reportlinker on hospital-acquired infections, predicts that cleaning and sterilisation will witness their highest growth by 2020.

The report notes that a lack of proper sanitation in hospitals, poor infrastructure, and a lack of awareness amongst healthcare workers are some of the common causes that are boosting the number of HAI cases, as are the lack of training and poor infection control practices in hospitals. It also notes that other factors influencing the spread of HAIs include age and nutritional status, saying that the elderly and those suffering from malnutrition have decreased levels of immunity and thus are more prone to acquire HAIs.

Ecolab to acquire select assets of Swisher Hygiene

* swisher_restroom-worker.jpgEcolab has reached an agreement to acquire the US operations of Swisher Hygiene for approximately $40 million in cash. Swisher Hygiene provides hygiene and sanitising solutions for the foodservice, hospitality, retail and healthcare markets.

Sales in 2014 for the operations included in the agreement were approximately $176 million.

SCA partners 2theloo as new toilet facility opens in London

* Tork-sponsors-2theloo.jpgThe UK's first 2theloo toilet facility - sponsored by Tork manufacturer SCA - was officially opened by Margriet Leemhuis, Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassy, in London's Covent Garden on August 26th.

2theloo is a highly successful international chain of away-from-home 'toilet stores'. Equipped with Tork toilet tissue, hand towels and soap products, the facilities combine spotlessly clean toilets with an affiliated shop. First set up in response to a growing dissatisfaction with the unavailability of public washrooms in European cities, these facilities were the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneurs Eric Treurniet and Almar Holtz who opened the first 2theloo toilet shop in Amsterdam in 2012.

New networking tool lets visitors make the most of CMS

* CMS-networking.jpgMesse Berlin has a new networking tool for trade visitors attending CMS Berlin 2015. Ideal for those wishing to arrive at the show fully prepared, this tool can be used to set up appointments and establish new business contacts before the event has even started.

Rosemor to launch new product range at CMS Berlin

* Rosemor-CMS2.jpgRosemor International is returning to the CMS exhibition in Berlin later this month to launch its new product range (stand 203a, Hall 1.3).

Rosemor's Efi Rosen tells us that the company has been working hard with its customers around the world to develop the best solution to escalator and travelator cleaning. Dealing directly with British customers nationwide, worldwide dealers and end users, the company's engineers have adapted the Rotomac and Rotofast to create the most innovative product range, ensuring that the equipment continues to be a world leader in escalator and travelator cleaning technology.

Vectair Systems launches four new aerosol fragrance ranges

* Vectair-fragrances-270ml.jpgVectair Systems, famous for its leading hygiene solutions and sanitary brands across 120 countries worldwide, has grouped its new and existing Airoma aerosol fragrances into four new ranges, which are: Classics, Fruits, Oriental, and Airoma Therapy & Spa.

These ranges make it easier for customers to identify suitable fragrances for their particular aircare needs.

Meridian pressure washers for when the going gets tough

* Meridian2.jpgMorclean has launched a new range of extreme heavy duty, high pressure cleaners and jetters. The Meridian range includes cold water mobile and static units, hot water mobile units and cold water engine driven units.

The machines are fitted with extra heavy duty high pressure pumps and feature robust frames and double thickness stainless steel covers and are perfect for marine, shipping and extreme and heavy duty industrial applications.

Extraction cleaning - the power of powders

* Prochem-van-extraction.jpgMany professional contract cleaning companies opt to use powdered carpet cleaning detergents, over liquids. The main justification is cost. Here, Phil Jones, sales manager and Prochem training course instructor, looks at the options currently on offer from the company...

"Often, powdered detergents can actually go much further due to dilution rates and higher concentration. If there are cleaning staff going off to fulfil a contract clean, then they can easily use the provided spoon in the tub to add the correct amount of products to some hot water, dissolve, and then add to the tank.

Sink or swim for industrial equipment: pH neutral rust remover saves equipment otherwise written-off

* NC23-X-Rust.jpgNCH Europe has this week launched X-Rust 7, a powerful pH neutral rust removal solution. Designed for the immersion of steel based plant and machinery equipment, X-Rust 7 eliminates even the most severe rust in 24 hours.

The solution is pH neutral, dilutes 1:10, is effective at room temperature and leaves a temporary protective coating after application.

Soapbox: CIPD calls for balance in debate on zero hours contracts

* gerwyn_davies.jpgGerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, writes in response to yesterday's Office for National Statistics report on zero-hours contracts, which have shown a modest increase:

"The latest ONS statistics suggest that there has been a further modest increase in the number of people on zero-hours contracts and a growing proportion of people on zero-hours contracts for more than a year.

The Esprit streamlines FM cleaning

* Wetrok-Esprit.jpgAn all-purpose machine which streamlines cleaning processes for the facilities management market has been launched in the UK.

The introduction of the Duomatic Esprit scrubber dryer follows the announcement of the new partnership between cleaning system specialist Wetrok and national distributor and training provider Jigsaw Cleaning Systems. Wetrok is working with Jigsaw and its partners to provide what it says are unrivalled products, services and support through its growing distribution network.

ISSA names new executive director and board members

* John-Barrett.jpgCongratulations to John Barrett, who took up his new role as executive director of the ISSA this week, and the new board members. John Barrett replaces John Garfinkel, who will work in a consultative capacity through 2016 to facilitate a smooth transition.

John Barrett has served as an ISSA board member for the past six years, with the last three as an officer, serving this year as treasurer.

Mitie helps Network Rail achieve Carbon Trust Standard for Waste

Network Rail, under the management of Mitie, the facilities management company, has become one of the first organisations in the transport sector to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste certification for all of its UK corporate offices and training centres.

The Carbon Trust Standard for Waste provides a framework for organisations to measure, manage and reduce their waste outputs year-on-year, with independent verification of actual progress. Thanks to Mitie, Network Rail was awarded a particularly high score in the qualitative waste management assessment conducted as part of the certification, putting the business in the top 10% of all organisations assessed by the Carbon Trust.

Ladder Association launches 2015 Ladder Exchange

* idiots-on-ladders.jpgThe Ladder Association has launched this year's Ladder Exchange, which will run from 1st September to 31st December. Established by the Health & Safety Executive in 2007 - and now run and managed by the industry trade body - the campaign has already resulted in thousands of 'dodgy' ladders being taken out of service.

The Ladder Exchange allows users to exchange old and/or defective ladders for safe new ones - at a discount - at any of the scheme's participating partners located throughout the UK. It also champions safe ladder use and the need to inspect and maintain ladders at regular intervals in accordance with the regulations.

FM company fined after worker suffers HAV

A facilities management company has been fined for safety failings that contributed to a grounds maintenance worker sustaining Hand Arm Vibration.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard how, between 2007 and 2012, an employee of UPP (Broadgate Park) operated mowers, strimmers and a leaf blower as part of his work for the company, and was regularly exposed to levels of vibration which were above the Exposure Limit Value and Exposure Action Value. He reported ill health symptoms to his line manager but no action was taken.

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Recent UK News

UK show debut for Citymaster 1600

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The 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.

Norse adds £2.3m cleaning contracts across the UK

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

TCFM wins cleaning contract with Rugby Premiership Champions

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TC 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.

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

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Fewer 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020


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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