*Cleanzine-logo-7a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 6th July 2017 Issue no. 781

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IICRC announces presenter lineup for technical conference

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has announced a dynamic lineup of presentations and speakers for its second-annual technical conference taking place 9th - 11th August in Big Sky, Montana.

Manufacturers help infection control experts make sense of FDA rules on antiseptic ingredients

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The American Cleaning Institute is helping infection control experts better understand the process and possible results from pending US Food & Drug Administration decisions on the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in healthcare antiseptics in early 2018.

Revolutionary new P-Wave urinal screen shows the shape of things to come in washroom hygiene

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P-Wave has launched its latest innovation in air freshening/deodorising technology. The Hex 3D is a 30-day urinal air freshener that, because of the new hexagon shape, has a better fit by folding into any size of urinal.

Dealing with potential Norovirus incidents in restaurants

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People getting sick in restaurants is a fact of life. Because we must assume that the ill person has Norovirus, restaurant owners and cleaning professionals should take proper actions to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Cromwell Polythene's antimicrobial bin liners prove popular in Austria

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A large order for Cromwell Polythene's new Sansafe 30 litre hygienic anti-microbial bin liners has been dispatched to Austria for use in washrooms throughout the capital, Vienna. A total of 90 of Sansafe 30 litre liners cases consisting of 900 rolls, or 22,500 bags, was sent.

Latest Sapphire largest jewel in the crown

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Five years post-launch and Prochem Europe celebrates the introduction of the Sapphire range with its latest variant: the ultimate in high-pressure truck mounted cleaning technology.

Stepan to acquire Mexican surfactant production facility and part of its surfactant business

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Stepan Company, through a subsidiary in Mexico, has reached an agreement with BASF Mexicana to acquire its surfactant production facility in Ecatepec, Mexico, and a portion of its associated surfactants business.

Reclassifying hospital floors as "critical" areas when it comes to cleaning

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For many years, hospitals considered floors "non-critical" areas when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. This means floors were considered an unlikely source for the spread of infection in a hospital setting.

Social enterprise launches new eco-foaming hand wash

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New Honey Blossom Eco Foaming Hand Wash from the Social Enterprise, Clarity, is launching into large organisations and the Government to support the employment of blind, disabled and otherwise disadvantaged people.

Clean Hands Safe Hands secures investment from SC Johnson

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Clean Hands Safe Hands has secured investment from SC Johnson which will be used to expand operations across the US and expand the capabilities of the CHSH's analytics platform to drive better patient care.

APIC 2017 Film Festival winner highlights hand hygiene as infection prevention tool

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The Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology has announced that Providence Health & Services Alaska is the winner of its seventh annual Film Festival competition, to be awarded during APIC's 44th Annual Conference.

Burgess Health Center implements Clorox Healthcare UV technology to fight infection

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Multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause healthcare-associated infections such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) continue to be a problem among healthcare facilities.

Cell Signaling Technology recycles 4,400 pounds of glove waste through innovative programme

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As a life sciences company, Cell Signaling Technology uses about 200,000 pairs of gloves each year. But that glove waste no longer goes into a landfill. CST diverts it through an innovative programme that has enabled the company to recycle more than 4,400 pounds of gloves, which are then turned into flowerpots, lawn furniture and other products.

WaterAid and H&M Foundation join forces for sustainable water, toilets and hygiene in poor communities

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The H&M Foundation and WaterAid have embarked on the second phase of their global partnership for safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world's poorest communities, with the goal of achieving long-term transformational change and improved living conditions.

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Over the 15 years Cleanzine has been broadcasting we've run a few pieces that compare cleaners' wages with wages earned in other industries.

0There's a new report in today's issue and although the future's not rosy for cleaners who are saving up to buy their own home, this has more to do with excessive property prices than it has to do with cleaners being the poorest paid workers in the land. 

For although they're still on the list of those who are most hard-up, they're not at the bottom!

When I joined this industry in the early nineties and for many years after that, contractors could lose crucial members of their workforce if the local supermarket advertised for evening cashiers and night-time shelf fillers. They were paying a fair bit more an hour than the contractors were and this was enough to encourage the cleaners to move on. Back then the emphasis was put on training (leading to promotion) and making cleaners feel valued, which on the face of it is good but if you're not earning enough to feed the family and pay the bills, then however much training you're getting, doesn't matter, does it? When it comes downs to survival, people do what they have to...

It was with some delight then that I saw in this latest report that cleaners are moving up the league table and although, on average, they're not earning anything like their worth, their pay is gradually increasing.

I know a lot of this has been down to regular small rises thanks to what was the legislated National Minimum Wage and is now the National Living Wage - which currently stipulates that over-25s must earn £7.50 an hour. Some contractors though, made the decision to pay the Living Wage which is based on the real cost of living. This is currently £8.45 an hour for workers aged over 18, rising to £9.75 in London (www.livingwage.org.uk).

Whenever I speak to the contractors who voluntarily pay that higher rate, they tell me that it was the best decision they've made. They have a stable, happy workforce whose members can concentrate on the job in hand instead of worrying about how they can make ends meet. Staff turnover is reduced, standards are higher and contracts are retained.

I feel our industry is helping spearhead the Living Wage... and for that I applaud all those involved.

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This Week's News

Cleaners fare better than some when it comes to buying a first home (but it's not all good news)

Online estate agent HouseSimple.com has looked at the latest Office for National Statistics wages data and average prices for first-time buyers' properties, to compile a table of jobs where it will take so long to save for a deposit for an average UK property, that those concerned (unless they get help from the Bank of Mum & Dad), won't have saved enough until at least 2100. Cleaners aren't the worst off, but the picture is grim...

IICRC opens nominations for two prestigious industry awards

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is seeking nominations for the Cy Gantt Award and Keith Williams Award. The Cy Gantt Award recognises special contributions to the industries served by the IICRC, while the Keith Williams Award recognises a significant technical contribution to the science of inspection, cleaning & restoration. The deadline for nominations is 15th August.

Call to end 'one in, three out' deregulation gains wide support

More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health & safety.

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze, global health & safety professionals, leading academics and some MPs have joined leading organisations in signing the letter. Sent to 10 Downing Street, it calls for a shift in politicians' attitudes towards health & safety regulation and fire risk management in the aftermath of this latest tragedy.

Enforce professionalism: drone effectiveness study showsFM sector is seeking better governance

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The organisation's Drone Effectiveness Study was implemented to get a better understanding of what industry thinks of commercial drone services.

What a gum busting line up!

* gum-busting-line-up.jpgThe world's first battery operated steam machine for removing chewing gum continues to take the world by storm...

OspreyDeepclean's increasing international orders for multiple units are ready and waiting to be shipped from the production line straight to the company's distributors.

Celebrating 20 years in commercial cleaning

* Celebrating-20.jpgDeepClean Hygiene Solutions is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, expanding its Head Office in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

A specialist in commercial kitchen and grease extraction deep cleaning, the company says its expansion programme, which will see resources at its Head Office and cleaning teams expand, marks its anniversary perfectly with a recruitment campaign which is in full swing.

New research on preventing the spread of norovirus

* Nororvirus.jpgThe Food Standards Agency has published research carried out by Ipsos MORI, Food handlers and norovirus transmission: 'Social science insights'. 

This study aimed to help stop the 'Winter vomiting bug' norovirus from spreading, by understanding and improving food handler behaviours.

Official workplace fatality figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths

The GMB Union, which has members across every sector of the British economy, says yesterday's official workplace death figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths.

Official Health & Safety Executive figures show 137 people died at work in the financial year 2016/17. [see note 1 for breakdown by sector]. GMB says while the number of deaths is down slightly, they are just the tip of the iceberg and every death demands justice and enforcement.

CMS 2017 Berlin jury nominates 17 PIA finalists

* CMS-jury.jpgThe eight members of the jury have nominated 17 entries for the final round of the CMS Purus Innovation Awards (PIA), which have now adopted a new focus.

Launched in 2005, these industry awards recognise intelligently made products, tools and systems that feature excellent usability and an outstanding overall design.

Mechanised cleaning welcomed at Hubballi railway station

* Mechanised-cleaning.jpgComplaints about the cleanliness of platforms and railway tracks at Hubballi Railway Station are likely to dwindle in the coming days, with the introduction of advanced cleaning machines for the work.

On Monday, Pralhad Joshi, MP and Prasad Abbayya, MLA for Hubballi Dharwad East Constituency, welcomed the new cleaning equipment acquired by the Khagaul Loco Labour Cooperative Society, which has won the cleaning contract for Hubballi station.

Automatic grill-cleaning robot deals effectively with burnt-on mess

* grill-cleaning-robot.jpgThe Award-winning Grillbot - thought to be the world's first automatic grill-cleaning robot, uses advanced technology to take the grunt work out of cleaning grills. Designed for use on any-style grill, users simply place it on the grill, press a button and the Grillbot does all the cleaning.

Driven by a powerful CPU that controls movement, speed and direction of brushes, the Grillbot is equipped with three high-power electric motors and comes with an LCD alarm and timer that can be set for a light scrub, deep clean or something in between.

SOAPBOX: Why I now love B2B review websites

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"After a few years in the commercial cleaning business I soon learnt that all cleaning companies say that they are 'excellent' at everything they do and they all promise their customers the world. Prospective customers are unsurprisingly distinctly immune and unimpressed by this hyperbole.

RAS supports 'Keep Clean, Singapore!' 2017

* RAS-supports-Keep-Clean.jpgThe Restroom Association Singapore has given its support to the launch of 'Keep Clean, Singapore!' (KCS) 2017 on 30th April, with its President Ms Tan Puay Hoon representing the Non-Government Organisation sector, to signify the start of a series of community litter-picking activities.

ARL wins contract with leading restaurant operator

* ARL.jpgARL Window Cleaning Services, part of Incentive FM Group, has secured a major one year deal with Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK.

Worth in the region of £70,000, it will see the company deliver a range of window cleaning services at 135 buildings across the UK.

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Recent UK News

CSSA Annual Luncheon revisited

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A record 300 guests attended the Cleaning & Support Services Association's Annual Luncheon two weeks ago and the consensus was that these annual gatherings had been very much missed over the years that the CSSA had been part of the Building Futures Group and the event had disappeared from the calendar.

SOAPBOX: Public Toilets UK - a matter of urgency

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writes Gillian Kemp, MA, founder, Truckers Toilets UK Campaign

"Articles about public toilets appear to be ever increasing - usually because so many facilities are now closing. This is a great worry especially for the young, the elderly, those who are pregnant, on medication of various types that necessitate the loo, have a particular medical condition... in fact the list gets longer if you also take into account the needs of taxi drivers, bus drivers, train drivers, police officers, postal workers, night shift workers and so on...

Castlemeadow Care chooses Girbau Laundry

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Healthcare Design Awards 2017 finalist, Castlemeadow Care, supports its residents with expertise, sympathy and respect for their dignity - as if they were a family member. Since 1999, the family-owned business has been helping the people of Norfolk and beyond to make the most of later life.

Incentive QAS secures contract extension with Johnson Matthey

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Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning arm of Incentive FM Group, has secured a major contract extension with Johnson Matthey, a global leader in science that provides cleaner air, improved health and more efficient use of natural resources.

Delta-Q Technologies announces lithium charger supply to Orbot LiFe floor machines

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Vancouver, Canada-based Delta-Q Technologies announced yesterday that it will supply its lithium IC650 battery charger to the Orbot LiFe floor machine.

Gemini Commercial Cleaning increases market share with latest acquisition

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In a bid to expand its market share, Gemini Commercial Cleaning - said to be Blackburn's largest commercial cleaning company - has taken its next leap in growth with the addition of rival company Lancashire Cleaning Services. Gemini describes the its acquisition as an 'integral part' of its business growth strategy.

Jangro network expands again

Jangro has welcomed Crystal Cleaning Supplies as the latest addition to its independent janitorial distribution network, an expansion which brings the total number of distributors in the group to 44, strategically located across the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

UK Government urged to end health & safety deregulation following Grenfell Tower blaze

The UK Government has been urged to scrap its approach to deregulation of health & safety legislation in the light of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Gelpack now CHSA accredited

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Gelpack, the manufacturer of refuse and recycling sacks and high performance flexible packaging, has joined the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Plastic Refuse Sacks Accreditation Scheme.

Green World Innovations launches GreenFit Solutions service

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The growth of Green World Innovations continues as the company launches a new installation and maintenance service - GreenFit Solutions.

Soapbox: The Bathroom Manufacturers Association's CEO Yvonne Orgill on 'Leaky Loos'

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"Today, a typical British sunny day has seen heightened activity regarding Dual Flush WC's. Radio interviews, articles in the national press, comment by many, have all raised the issue 'leaky loos'!

De-messing about on the water

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With summer getting into gear, the team at Banbury-based contractor Pro-Clean love being on the water. Just don't tell them they're 'messing about'...

BCC Chairman praises EFCI 'Best Value' guide

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Developed by the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) and UNI Europa with European Commission support, the EFCI 'Best Value' guide aims to assist buyers of cleaning services in their tendering process by highlighting the benefits of choosing quality.

Working together to keep schools clean and safe

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The Cleaning Company is working with Avon House Preparatory School to keep its premises hygienically clean whilst also meeting the pinnacle of safeguarding standards.

Leading industry awards return with renewed focus on raising standards

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The 2018 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards programme has been launched and is now open for entries. Founded in 1991, the awards recognise excellence in the cleaning sector and have become one of the UK cleaning industry's most esteemed events.

How to keep a hotel room clean

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As the summer season begins in hotels across the world, making sure that they will be clean is a top priority for both the guests and the hotel staff. However, when there are so many rooms to clean, this can often be a difficult task.

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