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International visit puts Arrow on course for Far Eastern expansion

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A UK manufacturer of professional cleaning and maintenance chemicals received a Chinese seal of approval recently.

Protect hands and reduce cross contamination threat with I-Con

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Hand protection specialist Globus has launched I-Con - a new colour-coded glove system providing enhanced chemical protection for workers in the cleaning and hygiene sector.

The new I-Con glove system not only protects workers' hands against the most common chemicals and substances found in contract cleaning but also helps prevent contact contamination from bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and vaccines that may be encountered.

Vectair Systems' V-Air Solid wins 'Carbon Footprint' approval

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Vectair System's flagship environmentally-friendly and non-aerosol aircare product V-Air Solid has been awarded the latest internationally recognised standard for demonstrating low carbon credentials.

Audax Private Equity announces the acquisition of EnviroVac from RLJ Equity Partners

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Audax Private Equity, along with Kevin Jackson, CEO and founder of EnviroVac, and the EnviroVac Management team, have acquired EnviroVac, provider of mission-critical cleaning and maintenance services.

RAS participates in schools' events

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As Nan Hua Primary School celebrated Earth Day and No Cleaners Day on at the end of May, the Restroom Association Singapore joined other organisations including the National Environment Agency to set up a booth exhibition showcasing a student game project under its Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms (STAR) Awards Programme.

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.

What a gum busting line up!

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The 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.

New research on preventing the spread of norovirus

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The 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.

CMS 2017 Berlin jury nominates 17 PIA finalists

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The 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.

Mechanised cleaning welcomed at Hubballi railway station

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Complaints 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.

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.

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Having received a press release referring to Legionella Awareness Day and deciding to look a little more deeply into the issues, I came across a report in the journal Eurosurveillance. Compiled from annual data submitted by 29 EU/EEA countries to the European Legionnaires’ Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet) – covering 2011 to 2015 – it revealed some interesting facts and trends.

The report’s conclusion is that the burden of Legionnaires Disease appears to be growing in Europe, displaying an epidemiology similar to that observed in the US, with a comparable notification rate and similar settings of infection. Four countries, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, accounted for 70.3% of all reported cases, although their combined populations represent only 49.9% of the study population. The 20 lowest-reporting countries make up only 10.2% of all cases, while their combined populations represent 28.8% of the study population.

The main purpose of ELDSNet, is detection of travel-related Legionnaires Disease clusters involving residents of Europe that could not otherwise be detected by any national surveillance scheme. Of the total 30,532 cases reported between 2011 and 2015, 11.5% (3098) were deemed foreign travel-related, 71% (21,618) were community/sporadic, 4.9% (1322) nosocomial, and 8.4% (2259) domestic travel-related.

By comparison, 46.3% of confirmed cases in England and Wales residents were deemed to have been foreign travel-related (177 of 387 cases). In the EU/EEA, although the case fatality rate fell between 2011 (10.4%) and 2015 (8.1%), the age-adjusted notification rate increased steadily to 1.3 cases per 100,000 population – the highest rate ever recorded.

The report recommends that: “In countries with persistently low notification rates, ad hoc studies should identify reasons for under-ascertainment and all countries should endeavour to develop and maintain appropriate control measures in man-made water systems to prevent LD cases”.

The press release I referred to earlier proved that I don’t know as much about how we can contract this disease as I thought I did. For example, it talks about the bacteria being present in soil and advises us to wear gloves when handling soil and compost while gardening – something I never bother to do. That got me thinking about my water butt and what could be lurking in there, as some of the contents will have been sitting there – stagnant – for many months.

We’re expecting a drought next year so many people will be installing water butts for the first time. Worth reading up on how to stay safe while using them then…

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This Week's News

Older people and children most at risk this Summer from Legionella

Older people, parents and business owners are being encouraged to stay vigilant against a potentially deadly disease that has infected over 200 people in the UK and many more overseas, this year alone.

Legionella Awareness Day (30th August) aims to make people aware of the risks of the lethal bacteria. A Legionella awareness website and helpline have been set up to offer free advice and support to people concerned about the threat of Legionella.

Chemical free cleaning with TomCat Aqueous Ozone

* Aqeous-reader.jpgThe benefits of cleaning with ozone have been well documented, with its uses going back over the last century.

In testament to its effectiveness it's a system used globally in water treatment plants for its disinfecting and sanitising properties.

Cascades inaugurates new state-of-the-art tissue converting plant on US West Coast

* Cascades.jpgCascades, a specialist in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, which employs 11,000 people in some 90 production units located in North America and Europe, has this week officially inaugurated its new US$64 million, state-of-the-art, 284,000sq.ft tissue converting facility in Scappoose, Oregon.

Cleaning chemicals market in India "growing rapidly"

The cleaning chemicals market in India is projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 15% in value terms between 2017-2026, on account of increasing incidences of various infections, as well as rapid urbanisation, coupled with growing numbers of new commercial setups and increasingly stringent safety standards.

Additionally, growing numbers of new healthcare setups, rising disposable income and the launch of new and innovative cleaning chemicals are propelling the market for cleaning chemicals.

Heavy fine warns companies against fixing minimum prices charge by online sellers

A supplier has been fined fined £2.7 million for breaking competition law, having been found guilty of requiring retailers to use a minimum price when selling its products online. This kind of illegal practice, known as resale price maintenance, means customers miss out on the best possible prices and cannot shop around for a better deal on that supplier's products.

Mitie helps Network Rail achieve Carbon Trust Standard for Waste

* Mitie-CTS.jpgMitie, has helped its client, Network Rail, achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste across all of its UK corporate offices and training centres.

The Carbon Trust Standard is the world's leading independent certification of an organisation's impact on the environment, verifying action on the three primary components of environmental sustainability: energy use and associated greenhouse gas (CO2e) emissions, water use and waste output.

Bunzl announces proposed acquisition in France and purchase of business in UK

Bunzl has today announced that it has made a binding offer for the acquisition of a group of businesses in France and has also purchased a marketing services business in the UK.

Hedis, which trades through a number of subsidiaries across France, is engaged in the sale and distribution of cleaning & hygiene-related products to customers, principally in the public, healthcare, foodservice and cleaning sectors, as well as to some redistributors. Two other businesses, Comptoir de Bretagne and Générale Collectivités, distribute light catering equipment and tableware to a similar fragmented customer base in France.

WELL now's the time to make buildings even better...

* WELL.jpgby Darren Evans, managing director, Darren Evans Assessments - a company specialising in sustainability and energy efficiency...

Sceptics among us might say that we don't need another building standard, but when you consider that we spend over 90% of our time indoors, it would seem prudent that the physical places where we live, work and play should be built for health and wellness. The Well Building Standard is the first building standard to focus on just that - the health and wellness of the people in buildings - and is set to become the benchmark across the globe.

Romanian distributor wins Kaivac's 2016 'International Distributor of the Year' Award

* Kaivac-distributor-award.jpgKaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning Systems, honours one of its newest European dealers, Tenrom.

The firm achieved the best one-year sales record of any foreign distributor marketing Kaivac products in 2016.

Fatalities in the workplace - how can they be avoided?

According to recent statistics released by HSE, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17. These statistics are based on a wide variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, waste, transport |& storage, and wholesale & retail trade.

Adler & Allan wins BITC Award for its flood support services

* Adler_Allan-wins.jpgAsset protection and oil & environmental services specialist, Adler & Allan, won The Barclays Award for Building Resilient Business at the 2017 BITC Responsible Business Awards, announced last week at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Plentific announces partnership with Notting Hill Housing Association

* Plentific.jpgHome services marketplace Plentific.com has confirmed a new partnership with Notting Hill Housing, a leading London housing association. This latest partnership will see Plentific work alongside Notting Hill Housing to create a new property management solution and self-serve platform.

This will aid maintenance and repair work initially for 2,000 temporary housing properties which are spread across the capital.

Investing in IT security products alone is no silver bullet in battle against cyber crime

* Investing-in-IT.jpgIn the wake of high-profile global ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya, BT and KPMG have this week published a new cyber security report offering practical advice to businesses of all sizes on how best to manage their security journey and turn it into a business opportunity.

The new report, 'The cyber security journey - from denial to opportunity', warns businesses against falling into dangerous traps as they deal with the complexity of securing a digital enterprise. These include being stuck in 'Denial' and 'Worry' phases at one end of the spectrum, and 'False Confidence' and 'Hard Lessons' at the other end.

Darren tackles Manchester to Blackpool bike ride for 'Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis'

* Darren-charity.jpgDirector of operations for Incredible Window Cleaning (sister company to Indepth Managed Services), Darran Yates is taking to the saddle to ride 52 miles from Manchester to Blackpool to raise money for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

This UK IPF charity is focused on improving the quality of life for pulmonary fibrosis patients and funding research to give people a better life and a future.

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Recent UK News

Groundbreaking British Standard for the 'circular economy' launched

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BSI, the business standards company, has launched a new standard for the 'circular economy', BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organisations - guide.

Unusual cleaning job leads to fall and fine

Falls from height have been brought to our attention again with the news that national bread maker Warburtons has been fined £2million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall.

Late in 2013, Andrew Sears was cleaning one of the mixing machines at the Wednesbury bakery, a routine job he carried out every few weeks, when he lost his footing and fell nearly two-meters.

FM sponsor brings the ultimate facility service to the FM Forum - its own pub

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FM innovator, Salisbury Group, has created its own solution to the end of a hot day for participants and speakers alike, attending the FM Forum event in Manchester this week.

OCS flying high after UTC Aerospace Systems contract extension

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Goodrich Actuations Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems company, has awarded OCS a five-year (2+2+1), multi-service contract at its Wolverhampton site.

OCS has been working with Goodrich Actuation Systems since 2011 to deliver facilities services at the company's five UK sites.

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...

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.

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

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Leading facilities managers, construction and energy companies are seeking better drone governance... So say the results of Sky Revolutions' first interrogation of the market.

Celebrating 20 years in commercial cleaning

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DeepClean Hygiene Solutions is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, expanding its Head Office in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

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.

SOAPBOX: Why I now love B2B review websites

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by Roger Green, CEO, Spotless Commercial Cleaning

"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.

ARL wins contract with leading restaurant operator

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ARL 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.

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.

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