*Cleanzine-logo-7a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 30th March 2017 Issue no. 765

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International News

Vectair Systems granted Ecolabel mark for its Sanitex MVP Foam Soap

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Vectair Systems, a leading innovator in hygiene that supplies to more than 100 countries, has been awarded the Ecolabel mark for its Sanitex MVP Foam Soap refill.

Waste: boost recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, European Parliament says

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The share of waste to be recycled would rise to 70% by 2030, from 44% today, under draft legislation adopted on Tuesday in the European Parliament. MEPs also want the 'waste package' plans to limit the share of landfilling, which has a big environmental impact, to 5% and to deliver a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. Parliament will now negotiate with the Council of Ministers.

Rogaland boosts Endeavor fleet to five

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Norwegian cleaning contractor Rogaland Teppe has taken delivery of a further two new Prochem Endeavor 500 extractors. The company now runs a fleet of five 500s in addition to its Prochem Everest and Performer truck-mounted machines.

Bioklenz disinfectant gets approval from M&S

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Warrington-based supplier of hygiene solutions, Klenzan, has recently received approval under the Marks & Spencer product accreditation scheme for its premium non-QAC based disinfectant, Bioklenz.

Lindhaus cleans the Dutch Royal Palace in The Hague (Paleis Noordeinde)

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The list of outstanding Lindhaus clients continues to grow, with the news that the company's multifunction carpet cleaners and commercial floor scrubbers were chosen for floor and carpet care at the Royal Palace in The Hague, Noordeinde Palace, residence of king Willem Alexander.

Hospital acquired infection control market reaches $16 billion

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In its latest report, Kalorama Information says that the global hospital acquired infection control market was worth about $16.0 billion in 2016. The figure includes testing products, device sterilisation, specific cleaning products and HAI treatments.

The healthcare market research firm's report, Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Control Markets, provides market analysis for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment segments of such infections.

Immersive Igloo transforms sewer training - but without the smell

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Drainage engineers in London and the Thames Valley are being sent into an Igloo before they can go down a sewer. Lanes Utilities and Thames Water have invested in a 360° igloo projection theatre that will transform training by allowing teams to instantly see and hear what it is like to be inside a sewer, though not experience the smell.

Ozo Innovations launches Eloclear System to advance food factory hygiene

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Ozo Innovations is making food factory hygiene more robust and sustainable with the launch of Eloclear, a state-of-the-art single step cleaning and disinfection system.

Ozo supports food industry customers to improve their sustainability credentials, win new business and gain production capacity by reducing time spent undertaking hygiene, whilst improving deep cleaning and disinfection standards.

Lithuania develops OiRA tool for the cleaning sector

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The State Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Lithuania has developed a new Online Interactive Risk Assessment tool for the cleaning services sector, to help companies identify and assess workplace hazards and risks and develop a documented risk assessment and preventive action plan.

Aramark's new processing facility in Texas increases cleanroom services capacity

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Aramark, a global player in food, facilities management and uniforms, is increasing its capacity to provide cleanroom services to customers throughout the Southwest US with its new 34,350sq.ft processing plant in McKinney, Texas. Over the next three years, the new operation is expected to create approximately 120 new local jobs.

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There's barely a week that the National Health Service doesn't feature in the news and the coverage is now more frequent as we've all become aware that the organisation's financial struggles have reached crisis point. It's clear that something needs to be done to tackle the problem, and while much focus and many expensive consultations over recent years, have been on the potential closure of local facilities with the promise of 'super-hospitals' (not very local, but with better facilities and staffing), the thing the public focuses on is the tremendous unnecessary waste of money and resources.

Many believe that with the right purchasing decisions and less waste, we won't need to close hospitals. I had personal experience of this last year when my daughter was forced to have botox in her soft palette to freeze a spasm. As the consultant injected it, he grumbled that he only needed a small percentage of this highly expensive chemical, but that the vial contained the minimum amount that the supplier was prepared to offer. The majority of the product would be discarded. "Just imagine the costs involved, across the entire NHS!" he said. "And just imagine that across all the chemicals and other products the NHS has to buy!"

NHS waste hit the headlines again this week and the cleaning industry didn't fare too well out of it, being accused of charging too much for basics such as toilet tissue and cleaning services, while being blamed for hospital acquired infections. Apparently, City Hospitals Sunderland has been paying 66p per loo roll while other Trusts have been paying half that. I pay around 28p a roll for quality tissue in the local supermarket and I'm hardly buying it in bulk!

What's going on? Why is a hospital - purchasing in huge quantities through a trade outlet rather than via a store - being charged so much? It doesn't make sense, does it? We need our NHS, and the cleaning industry - forever fighting to improve public perception of what we do - can help it to survive and thus prove what an important industry we are. What can we as an industry do, to enable NHS facilities everywhere to be properly cleaned and well stocked with the products we supply, for a consistent and reasonable price while we maintain decent margins? It can't be hard, can it? And the NHS is well worth it. Please let me know what you think...

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This Week's News

Cleaning Show in London well attended and business done

* Cleaning-Show.jpgThe Cleaning Show, which took place over three days in London's Docklands recently, attracted 5,767 professional trade attendees and industry supporters - a 5% increase on the previous event held in London in 2015.

The show certainly seemed busy and the organisers tell us that some 10% of the visitors came from overseas - 9% more than last time. But the visitors weren't just there to look at what was on show... orders were placed with a number of companies exhibiting.

Action Team takes on improving the environment

* Action-Team.jpgScotland's fourth largest local authority, North Lanarkshire Council, has set up a new Environmental Action Team to tackle issues of litter, graffiti, fly tipping and overgrown shrubbery to help keep communities cleaner.

The Council, which is located in Central Scotland - mid-way between Edinburgh and Glasgow, is encouraging residents to report any incidences of these problems, either online or over the 'phone.

Sealed Air announces sale of New Diversey to Bain Capital Private Equity for approximately $3.2 billion

* Sealed-Air.jpgSealed Air Corporation has today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business currently within its Food Care division (together 'New Diversey') to Bain Capital Private Equity, for approximately $3.2 billion.

The acquisition includes a formal offer to acquire certain of Diversey's business in France and the Netherlands, which may be accepted following Works Council consultation.

Kevin Costner works with Water Planet to advance sustainable water reuse

* Kevin-Costner-Water-Planet.jpgIn 2009, famed actor and environmentalist Kevin Costner and Eric Hoek, then a professor of engineering at UCLA, joined forces to develop a system aimed at cleaning up oil & gas produced water.

ISSA/Interclean Latin America: another successful show

* ISSA-Interclean-Latin-Am.jpgThe 12th edition of ISSA/Interclean Latin America 2017 ended on a high note with success all around for exhibitors and attendees at the three-day show, which took place last month in Mexico City.

The event drew more than 2,043 cleaning industry professionals and leaders representing more than 23 countries.

Delta-Q Technologies introduces new lithium-specific battery charger at ProMAT 2017

* Delta-Q.jpgCanadian manufacturer Delta-Q Technologies has announced the release of its first lithium-specific battery charger, said to provide superior reliability and charge quality for electric vehicles while meeting touch-safe charging standards in Europe.

Safety gets shown the green card at Lanes Utilities

* Safety-wastewater.jpgWastewater engineers working for Lanes Utilities who set high standards of health & safety are now awarded a green card in recognition of their achievement. Those that do not meet all safety standards receive a yellow card, and those that are judged to have failed are shown a red card.

The initiative is designed to encourage and celebrate good standards of health & safety, while constructively challenging teams if their working procedures fall short of what is expected.

We have Mail: thanks for the mention

Hi Jan, Thought I would drop you a quick e-mail to thank you for mentioning Tom's abseiling story on your site!

Tom is one of our Engineers here at Wessex, he has been fundraising in memory of his granddaughter Lillie-rose (who sadly lost her battle with the extremely rare disease Lymphangiomatosis last May).

Art Cleaning's work declared 'a masterpiece' at National Awards Ceremony

* Art-Cleaning.jpgArt Cleaning, in Birmingham, took home two Federation of Window Cleaners' awards that were presented at the recent UK Cleaning Show.

Window cleaner Robert Baker, from Walsall, was presented with the UK's Window Cleaner of the Year Award for his 51-year commitment to the industry and for overcoming many challenges to continue doing the job he loves, while Art Cleaning achieved the second position as a runner-up in the Window Cleaning Company of the Year category.

NVQ training for washroom service technicians

* NVQ-training.jpgThe IWSA Independent Washroom Services Association has initiated an NVQ Training Programme for washroom service technicians under the auspices of City & Guilds Facilities Management Training Programme.

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Recent UK News

Public sector FM outsourcing is growing: how can providers & FM professionals benefit?

In this article, Peter Forshaw, managing director of Maxwell Stephens - the UK professional services agency that specialises in facilities management recruitment - writes about the growth of outsourcing in the public sector...

"FM outsourcing is booming, but that's not the only big news. The definition of facilities management is changing, too. A huge trend is rising within the public sector, favouring outsourced experts to deliver services rather than in-house employees.

Return of the Dook to Dukinfield

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Following his triumphant debut appearance at the Cleaning Show in London, Greyland`s Dook the Duck has returned safely home to the factory in Dukinfield.

Prochem Europe broadens training offer to professional cleaners in 2017

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Prochem Europe is broadening its training offer to professional cleaners in 2017, staging regional courses for the Midlands plus a series of WoolSafe sessions to complement the company's well-established seminars held throughout the year at its dedicated training academy in Chessington, Surrey.

ICE Locator beats 95 entrants to win Best Product Award

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Industrial Cleaning Equipment's ICE Locator has won the 'Best Product' accolade at the UK Cleaning Industry Awards 2017.

Selection of photos from the Cleaning Show

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Doug Cooke, CSSA with his winnings at the Greyland 'Hook a Dook' competition.

Northern expansion for Guardian Water Treatment

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Guardian Water Treatment has opened a new office in Leeds. Thanks to continuing nationwide growth, the provider of air and water hygiene services has expanded from its Essex-base in order to better serve its northern operations.

National bed month: 58% of Brits are sleeping with the enemy

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Are you itching to fall asleep at night? London Cleaning System may have the answer why. Each night you risk sleeping among invisible bacteria, creeping around the corners of your mattress inconspicuously. With 22% of the population stating that they frequently have a bad night's sleep, London Cleaning System deciphered just why this may be, in celebration of National Bed Month.

New contract reinforces Cooper's partnership

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The UK's main facility dedicated to the safe and efficient disposal of low level radioactive waste has reinforced its partnership with Cooper Handling Group after awarding the company a new five-year contract to maintain its mobile site equipment. LLW Repository (LLWR) manages the national Low Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and oversees a national programme to ensure that lower activity waste is managed effectively across the UK.

'Outstanding' Accrington College tutor awarded Medal of Excellence

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Dedicated tutor Stuart Wilson, from Accrington & Rossendale College, had his outstanding teaching in bio-hazard cleaning recognised by national training & qualification board City & Guilds with a Medal for Excellence.

International participation at The Cleaning Show at all time high

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The Cleaning Show 2017, taking place at the ExCeL Centre in London on March 14th to 16th, will have a strongly Italian flavour this year, with a large number of the nation's key players in the cleaning & hygiene sector displaying their products and services on site during the three-day event.

Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen - report launch

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A new report launched this week by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) explores the barriers to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions, looking at how these can be overcome in a way that could bring a wide range of additional benefits.

COSHH Training - Practical Assessment & Control

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The Health & Safety Laboratory is to run a two-day course on 'COSHH Training - Practical Assessment and Control', on 21st - 22nd March 2017, in Buxton, Derbyshire. It will give detailed and practical training on carrying out COSHH assessments and - crucially - putting the assessment into practice to control substances hazardous to health.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Show North America
15-18th November 2021
Las Vegas


Loo of the Year Awards
14th January 2022

CleanNZ Expo
1-2nd March 2022

10-13th May 2022

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