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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.

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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

SCA to become two listed companies

* essity-SCA.jpgAt the Annual General Meeting of SCA, the company's shareholders voted in favour of the Board of Director's proposal to split the Group into two listed companies.

One of these will continue to operate as SCA, an efficient and well-invested forest products company that will include the forest products operations and all forest land currently owned by the Group. SCA's hygiene business, including the current business areas of Personal Care (including the recently acquired BSN medical) and Tissue will become a leading global hygiene & health company operating under the name Essity.

Concerns about cleanliness and infection control in independent ambulances

* Concerns.jpgThe Care Quality Commission has now carried out 70 comprehensive inspections of independent ambulance services since April 2015. 

These inspections have identified some common concerns around cleanliness and infection control practices, a lack of appropriate recruitment checks and poor medicines management.

Are companies measuring the cost of cleaning correctly? Why false economies could be costing your business...

* Cost-of-cleaning.jpgDr Emma Saunders, general manager at Genesis Biosciences, argues that biological cleaners can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional chemicals for the facilities management industry, when the 'bigger picture' is taken into account.

Cleaning up London's air

* Hydrogen-bus.jpgEvery year, over 9,000 Londoners are said to be dying prematurely from long-term exposure to air pollution and the latest research shows that hundreds of schools are located in areas exceeding safe legal pollution levels.

Mayor Sadiq Khan is implementing tough measures to reduce London's deadly air pollution and protect the health and wellbeing of all Londoners.

Waste to energy market gains public-private partnership attention due to EU 2020 renewable energy targets

* waste-to-energy.jpgThe European waste to energy (WTE) market is experiencing steady growth. A circular economy, the European Union (EU) 2020 renewable energy target, country-specific regulations and incentives to increase energy efficiency favour this pro-WTE trend.

As a result, waste management, modernisation of WTE plants, research and development into new WTE technologies, and public and private partnerships (PPP) are garnering attention.

DJB Cleaning Supplies first in the UK to become a CHSA Accredited Distributor

* DJB-Cleaning-Supplies.jpgDJB Cleaning Supplies is the first distributor of cleaning & hygiene products in the country to secure accreditation from the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association. Businesses buying cleaning and hygiene products, now more than ever, can be certain that 'what's on the box is in the box' with DJB Cleaning Supplies.

ECMR welcomes new partner

* ECMR.jpgThe European Cleaning Machines Recycling has extended a warm welcome to new member Kimberly-Clark Professional, which chose ECMR to bring in a sustainable approach to company policy; improving respect for the environment and providing a boost to the circular economy.

In close cooperation with Kimberly Clark Professional, ECMR will collect all end of lifetime sanitary dispensers for the recycling, re-use and upcycling of the materials, according to the EU waste regulations.

DCS Multiserve - How to clean a... Skyscraper

* DCS-Multiserve.jpgSkyscrapers are impressive structures that make up some of the world's most impressive skylines - from New York City to London and Shanghai. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest on record, measuring 828 metres, 830 to the tip.

It's so big, in fact, that it even has its own Twitter handle. With offices, hotel rooms, social spaces and function rooms in skyscrapers across the world, the windows - and the building itself - need to be spotless to showcase it in its best light. So how do these impressive buildings get cleaned? DCS Multiserve, a cleaning company in Newcastle, has put together some interesting insights on this most daring of tasks...

Clorox Professional's Total 360 System uses proven electrostatic technology

* Clorox-electrostatic.jpgClorox Professional Products has unveiled the Clorox Total 360 System.

New Standard published: ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

* New-Trauma-Standard.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) has announced the publication of a new ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup (1st edition, 2017).

ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard defines criteria and methodology used by the technician for inspecting and investigating blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) contamination and for establishing work plans and procedures.

"What a welcome! Our first experience of the Cleaning Show was one we'll never forget"

* Best-Minds.jpgwrites Anthony Wilkey, of Best Minds: "Earlier this month, Best Minds was invited to present at the Cleaning Show in London's ExCeL Centre. Michelle Cachucho - our founder - and I are fortunate enough to have a lot of experience of this kind of thing, but we'd not presented at the Cleaning Show before and were very much looking forward to it.

We were not disappointed.

Transportation cleaning - flexible, ergonomic and cost-efficient

* Qleen-Pure-Water.jpgQleen Pure Water Cleaning Systems help make the cleaning of glass, facades, solar panels and transport systems even more safe and efficient.

Their German manufacturer, Lehmann, is an advocate of sustainable cleaning concepts; providing professional solutions that reduce the consumption of water, energy and cleaning agents.

Prochem Europe broadens training offer to professional cleaners in 2017

* Prochem-Europe-training.jpgProchem 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.

Citron Hygiene acquires Workplace Essentials

* Citron-Hygiene.jpgToronto, Canada-based Citron Hygiene (formerly Cannon Services), has acquired Workplace Essentials, a washroom and workplace hygiene company, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Bunzl announces acquisitions in the US and Italy

* Bunzl-latest-buys.jpgBunzl has, this week, announced that it has acquired two further safety businesses in the US and Italy.

ML Kishigo, which is based in Santa Ana, California, is engaged in the sale of high visibility clothing and other safety related workwear to distributors throughout the US. Revenue in the year ending 31st December 2016 was US$34 million.

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Recent UK News

Cleaning Show in London well attended and business done

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The 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

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Scotland'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.

Safety gets shown the green card at Lanes Utilities

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Wastewater 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.

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

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Art 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

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The 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

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14th January 2022

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