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International News

Global water consumption: why is it increasing and what can we do about it?

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Water consumption is increasing all around the world. The impetus for this increase is primarily down to:

Cordless floorcare equipment offers greater flexibility

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Additions to Morclean's portfolio of scrubber dryers offer a number of cordless models in a choice of petrol or battery versions.

RAS clinches Silent Heroes Awards 2016

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The Restroom Association (Singapore) says it is proud to have won the Silent Heroes Awards 2016 for the Exponents of Environment Category - the first environmental organisation to clinch the Award, which recognises those who, while being actively involved in environmental efforts and positively making a significant impact on Singapore's society, have largely remained invisible or unrecognised for their efforts.

Improved hygiene standards achieved for animal care and brand protection

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Everyone expects the highest standards of hygiene to be implemented in any healthcare setting, and the protection of patients, pet owners and staff within veterinary clinics is no different. Cleaning and disinfection should be monitored thoroughly and regularly with technology that permits objective measurement of any surface cleaning efficiency.

Hand dryer market to reach $1,350 million by 2022, finds globally-allied market research

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A new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, 'Hand Dryer Market by Product Type, Mode of Operation and End User-Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022', projects that the global hand dryer market will reach $1,350 million by 2022.

Kaivac launches 'Stop The Mop' campaign

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Kaivac, manufacturer of the No-Touch and Omniflex professional cleaning systems, has announced the launch of the Stop the Mop campaign, an educational campaign to inform the public about the inferior cleaning that is often provided by mops and the existence of healthier, more effective floorcare methods.

The Netherlands announces $50 million contribution to UN-based WSSCC for global sanitation coverage

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The Government of the Netherlands announced on Monday a renewed investment of $50 million for the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

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While most of the public washroom news I receive, concerns facilities being closed down because it’s more lucrative for the local authorities to sell them off to housing developers than it is to keep them open, stocked and cleaned; it’s the gender designation or mixed washrooms that are making the headlines in private sector and overseas news.

I’ve just received a press release from US company Impact Products that’s made me chuckle. It talks about how, if they have not already, patrons in all types of commercial facilities will soon discover that signs indicating separate men's and women's washrooms are being replaced with ‘gender-neutral’ signs.

Impact reveals that Refuge Restrooms, a site that lists every public, all-gender washroom in the US, says there are now 4,500 such public facilities in the country and that the number is growing fast.

While many of these all-gender signs will say just that – ‘all-gender’ or ‘gender-neutral’ - some creative organisations have decided to add a little humour to their signs, aware that this is something of a contentious issue.

Impact Products, which has a new Personal Care Division manufacturing products specifically for washrooms, says the top five gender-neutral signs uncovered so far are:

  • Lou or Lulu? Any loo will do (Found in a Goddess and the Baker Restaurant, Chicago)
  • Blokes or Birds Restroom (Seen in a Virgin Hotel in Chicago)
  • We Don't Care (Located in a San Francisco office building)
  • Whichever! (Several U.S. locations)
  • Pointers and Setters (Uncovered at a roadside restaurant stop in Illinois)

“Whatever the sign, humorous or not, we believe restroom users should always have a positive restroom experience," says Impact’s Amy Severtsky. "Clean restrooms, well stocked, including feminine hygiene products and dispensers, are always needed and will always be wanted no matter who uses the restroom or what the sign says on the door.”

While I agree with Amy’s sentiment, I abhor the idea of mixed washrooms and hope they don’t catch on. Meeting a colleague or customer of the opposite sex while touching up one’s lipstick or adjusting a hem or something is bad enough as it is, but being sat next to a man using a cubicle, with just a thin sheet of something between us, fills me with dread. These things are private, after all! And then there’s the safety aspect to consider…

Am I a prude or do you women agree with me?

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This Week's News

Matrix marks major milestone: making steam cleaning machines for a decade

* Technical-dept.jpg'Proud to be made in the UK' says its website and now Matrix is proud to be celebrating its 10th Anniversary, putting much of its success down to the fact that it designs and manufacturers its own machines at its base in Leyland, Lancashire, which means that as well as having full control over quality, the Matrix team can implement new technology very quickly.

"This means we're often able to bring new machines to the market ahead of our competitors," says the company's sales director Mike Osiadacz. "We are extremely confident and proud of our machines; each unit undergoes a very stringent testing procedure and quality check before it leaves our premises."

Bachelor Award for hand hygiene feedback system

* Ophardt-dispenser.jpgA team of students from the University of Rotterdam has won the Hogeschool Rotterdam Bachelor Award for its project 'Couveuse Stoplicht'. Under the leadership of Ronald van Gils MSc, Linda Wauben PhD and Onno Helder PhD RN, the students were awarded the accolade against 20 other submissions.

In an interdisciplinary project, the students from the Electro-Technical, Industrial Product Design, Nursing and Healthcare Technology faculties, developed a hand hygiene feedback system to be used in neonatal departments. Using a traffic light system, the user receives a visual feedback which shows whether they have correctly cleaned and disinfected their hands or not.

Latest ISO 14001 data shows significant global growth in environmental management systems' use

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The worldwide total of accredited ISO 14001 certificates now stands at 319,324 and IEMA reports that the data published this week by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) shows a year-on-year increase of over 25,000 certificates between 2014 and 2015.

Porter Adventist Hospital unveils robots that zap dangerous germs

* Thomas_Drake.jpgPorter Adventist Hospital, of Denver, the US, issued a press release yesterday to say that it is using robots to destroy potentially lethal germs and bacteria that can pose a risk to patient and employee safety.

The release explains that the technology uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, mould and other pathogens and cites studies showing that the robots are consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning practices.

IICRC announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification has announced the election of five members to the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Elections were held during the IICRC's October shareholder meeting in Las Vegas.

New Board of Directors members include Jessika James and Robert Pettyjohn. Joe Dobbins, Pete Duncanson and Kevin Pearson were r-eelected. Also new to the Board this year as honorary members are Scott Mitseff and James Tole.

New fragrance Love valid for Neo Breeze LCD air freshener

* Proandre-Love.jpgProandre, the Spanish firm dedicated to the production and distribution of hygiene, air freshening and scented products as well as accessories for the pest control business, offers a varied range of products - one of which is the Neo Breeze aerosol air freshener, for which Proandre has just launched a new fragrance: 'Love'.

"The new fragrance, 'Love', is sweet and warm, of romantic inspiration... perfect to celebrate love at any age," says the manufacturer.

Dust extraction specialist launches campaign to improve working environments

* Dustcontrol.jpgA specialist dust extraction firm in the UK has launched a 'Dust Doctors' campaign, which sees it offer free dust assessments to businesses - helping them to determine the best ways to improve processes to remove threats to workers' health and production processes, as well as improving overall output efficiency.

With over 40 years' experience, Dustcontrol UK is offering its expertise as 'Dust Doctors' to provide workplace assessments in a bid to encourage what it refers to as 'Healthy Business'.

New company headquarters in Neum√ľnster optimises supply possibilities

* Kruse-HQ.jpgHenry Kruse, which provides large-scale commercial and institutional customers with cleaning and hygiene products and services, care and medical aids, hotel cosmetics, occupational safety equipment, disposable packaging and catering equipment, relocated its head office from Kiel to Neumünster in early October after about an 18 month construction project.

The third-generation owner and managing director, Kai Kruse, says that the company's success meant that the old premises were simply too cramped. "Our company group, with customers in the sectors of building cleaning, healthcare, hotel industry, catering and catering as well as crafts and industry, has steadily grown in recent years. To ensure that we continue to meet our customers' expectations, we have invested around 20 million euro

Mitie lands massive Manchester Airports Group contract

Mitie has been awarded a new five-year FM contract with Manchester Airports Group (MAG), consolidating FM services across three airports into one integrated contract.

MAG is the UK's leading airport group, serving over 50 million passengers and handling over 670,000 tonnes of air freight every year, through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

Singapore seeks technology to improve productivity in cleaning and refuse collection

Singapore's National Environment Agency and the Ministry of Transport jointly issued on Monday a Request for Information for the design and development of self-driving multi-purpose utility vehicles (MPUVs) for street cleaning and refuse collection in public spaces.

"Through this RFI, we hope to seek information from the industry, institutes of higher learning and research institutes on how we could leverage new technology to improve the productivity of public cleaning," they said.

MECTW welcomes Isnaad as its Specialised Cleaning Service Pavilion partner

* METW.jpgClean Middle East Pulire is the biggest platform for the cleaning industry in the Middle East and this year, the show has grown bigger with three new pavilions, a conference and live demonstrations by the exhibitors.

Strategic partner MECTW 2016 (Middle East Cleaning Technology Week), for example, will provide a platform for specialised cleaning service providers to showcase their expertise in various areas of specialised cleaning and it has been announced that Isnaad, a wholly-owned subsidiary of integrated facilities management company, Imdaad, has come on board as the 'Specialised Cleaning Service Pavilion Partner'.

DVSA seeks views on changes to tachograph centre rules

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency launched yesterday a review on proposals to improve rules for approved tachograph centres. These ATCs - of which there are around 600 in Great Britain - install, calibrate and inspect tachographs, which record information about driving time, speed and distance. Proposals include:

- removing the requirement for ATCs to offer analogue tachograph calibration
- reviewing the site dimensions to allow smaller sites to be used
- updating the ATC manual

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Recent UK News

CSSA relaunch: "A wonderful evening"

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Last evening all the current Cleaning & Support Services Association members gathered with 21 non-member, cleaning & facilities management industry affiliates such as the Living Wage Foundation, Summit Skills, Citizens UK, the British Cleaning Council, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, the British Institute of Cleaning science, the trade press and their guests, at a party celebrating the official relaunch of the CSSA. It was said to be "a wonderful evening," with "everyone enjoying themselves".

Toilet providers, cleaning and FM companies seek recognition in the 'toilet oscars'

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The 2016 Loo of the Year Awards grading has now been completed following inspection of 'away from home' toilets throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland. High standards of cleaning and maintenance performed by in-house cleaners, cleaning contractors and FM companies were evidenced during their inspection visits.

Kimberly-Clark Professional to relaunch the Golden Service Awards in June 2017

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Kimberly-Clark Professional will relaunch the Golden Service Awards programme in June 2017 with the awards ceremony to take place on Thursday, 8th March 2018.

"We have decided to delay the launch slightly to give us time to review and refine the awards with a view to launching a new and exciting programme in 2017," says Peter Oliver, general manager UK, Ireland and France, Kimberly-Clark Professional.

Emprise awarded places on two new Framework Agreements

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Emprise Services has been awarded a place on two separate framework agreements, which means it will provide:

Open day at Hugh Crane (Cleaning Equipment) "a great success"

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The team at Hugh Crane (Cleaning Equipment) are basking in the glow of a really successful open day on the last day of September, which, as the pictures show, was very well attended.

Winners of BICSc Annual Awards 2016 announced

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More than 200 cleaning industry professionals and their guests gathered to celebrate excellence in training and accreditation in the cleaning profession, at the recent British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards 2016 ceremony.

British Cleaning Council in safe hands as it meets at HSE safety lab in Peak District

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The picturesque spa town of Buxton was the location for the BCC's autumn meeting, which took place at the Government's Health & Safety Laboratory which is tucked away in the Derbyshire hillside.

Facilicom's support of fair wages leads to award shortlisting

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A long-term commitment to employee wellbeing and paying a fair wage has led to Facilicom UK being shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2016.

Artificially-intelligent cleaning system could save food manufacturers £100m a year

The University of Nottingham is developing an artificially-intelligent sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely, which could save £100m a year for the UK industry alone. This revolutionary AI-driven monitoring system could lead to greater production capacity and therefore cheaper food prices for consumers.

Nottingham hospitals' cleaning contractor slated for poor cleanliness

The contractor responsible for cleaning Nottingham's hospitals should be sacked for its "abysmal" management, Healthwatch Nottinghamshire has told the BBC. Healthwatch raised concerns over an alleged rat sighting, dirty plates and overflowing bins at the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital. It said Carillion, which provides the cleaning services, has shown a "poor record of cleanliness".

Charity bins help keep streets clean and raise money for good causes

Tidy Britain Group's new initiative, supported by The Wrigley Company, has seen a massive 30% reduction in the amount of rubbish on our streets. #BinItForGood encourages people to do the right thing and put their rubbish in the bin while at the same time making money for local charities. The more rubbish that goes in the bin and the less litter that is thrown on the ground, the more money is given to good causes.

Quantum Care models training for cleaners programme

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While training for care home personnel is increasingly broad-based, its focus is on establishing and maintaining best practice in patient care terms. National care home provider Quantum Care has been tackling the training of its cleaning personnel in a new initiative with solutions and technology specialist, Prochem Europe.

Sky's the limit for Aerial FM

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New facilities management firm Aerial FM is off to a flying start by using commercial drone technology to provide fast and effective services and solutions in the FM sector. But why is the ability to pilot an unmanned aircraft important to a facilities manager or property manager?

Mitie launches new gutter cleaning service using Space Vac's 15m high super-vacuum

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Mitie has announced the launch of a new gutter cleaning service. The new technology, courtesy of Space Vac, uses an extendable wi-fi gutter camera and vacuum unit that extends to 15m in length, helping pest control technicians spy on bird pests and then remove any nest debris they leave behind that blocks roof gutters. The extendable pole can reach into box gutters by three feet, aided by an assortment of nozzles to easily access awkward spaces.

A loss of income, or a boost for local businesses?

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There's an interesting piece in the latest issue of Public Toilets UK, which raises a good question. Gill Kemp, the publication's editor, writes:

Risk assessment of pushing and pulling (RAPP) tool available from HSE

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The Health & Safety Executive has produced a new tool aimed at those responsible for health & safety in workplaces - employers, managers and safety representatives.

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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