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International News

Global Health leader to launch interactive exhibit dedicated to health and hygiene

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Clean the World Foundation is continuing its commitment to hygiene education by launching a worldwide Global Handwashing Day initiative, aimed at building awareness for the importance of proper hygiene. This involves building a permanent interactive exhibit (opening on World Health Day, 7th April 2018) dedicated to health and hygiene education.

A fresh approach to water system management

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Guardian Water Treatment has enhanced its offering by forming an exclusive partnership with corrosion monitoring expert, Hevasure, and also adding Hydrosphere's flushing-reducing technology to its pre-commissioning cleaning services; innovative solutions designed to extend system life and cut costs spent on chemicals, consultants and laboratory sampling.

RAS certifies Far East malls under the star-rated Happy Toilet Programme for first time

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The Restroom Association (Singapore) tells us that after an on-site consultation for Clark Quay Central shopping mall, more than 20 toilets were Happy Toilet certified in September.

Maintaining aerosols: Best practice goes beyond product selection

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Maintenance is arguably the most important step in the lifecycle of any application. Regardless of how effective a piece of equipment operates, performance inevitably declines over time unless it is cared for appropriately.

Gojo Introduces tough, sustainable heavy-duty hand cleaner

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Gojo has relaunched its Gojo Multi Green hand cleaner, a USDA BioPreferred certified product formulated with natural pumice scrubbers to quickly remove oil, grease, paint and tar from hands.

Born again - thanks to Kärcher

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One of New York City's oldest churches is celebrating the completion of a decade of restoration work with help from Kärcher..

Kimberly-Clark Professional joins CABA board to advance intelligent building discussions

Kimberly-Clark Professional has joined the Continental Automated Buildings Association's (CABA) board of directors. CABA is a trade association that promotes advanced technologies for integrated systems and the automation of homes and buildings.

Bridging the gap between cleaning the environment and infection prevention & control

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A new Healthcare Forum is being organised for Wednesday, 16th May, alongside next year's ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. The Forum will address the growing demand for hygienic and disinfecting products and solutions in the healthcare sector - a demand that has been fuelled by the increasing threat of healthcare-associated infections.

Building One FS "first in Connecticut" to offer innovative germ-fighting electrostatic system

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Building One Facility Services says is the first company in Connecticut to buy the Clorox Total 360 System and that it has taken this step to add an additional layer of surface protection and create an even healthier environment for its clients.

Ettore: Three glass cleaners working with one machine

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American company Ettore attended CMS for the first time, where it presented the EZ1Pro+ converter. Peter Jansen, who is responsible for development work at Ettore, says that ,"The EZ1Pro+ can convert municipal water into de-mineralised water.

Three people can work simultaneously with this stainless steel machine, one with the chemicals and the other two with the water."

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A cleaner has featured prominently in the press this week for all the wrong reasons... 36-year-old Natalia Nemets, who lived in Russia, was cleaning a tank at the Slavyanka confectionary factory, when for some reason or other it suddenly filled with molten caramel, which is said to have boiled her alive.

Of course, there are many deaths of cleaners that don't make the news... I often receive information on cleaners - mainly in Asia, who die in the course of their work. Generally this involves tank cleaning of some sort and most of the time it's where the cleaners have been overcome by fumes. Often this type of accident involves multiple deaths because the workmates of those who've lost consciousness, rush inside to drag them to safety, only to be overcome by the same fumes themselves.

The reports into Natalia's death say that while her workmates rushed to help, they were unable to save her. It's very sad when people die whilst carrying out their work and I've acknowledged in these leaders before that many of us will take calculated risks in an attempt to make the job easier and get it done more quickly. I regularly overstretch myself on ladders, for example, rather than going to the effort of climbing down and moving the ladder nearer to where I'm working.

We're effectively - without even realising it - making a rapid risk assessment and deciding that the odds are in our favour. It's something we learn to do from a very young age and it becomes second nature; for example, when we cross a road or pull out from a junction in our cars, we first carry out a simple risk assessment, don't we?

When it comes to assessing the risks our actions are creating for others, it's a whole different matter though. I know many of us grumble about or poke fun at what may seem 'over the top' health & safety legislation in our countries, but when you consider what's at stake, perhaps it's not a bad thing to be zealous when it comes to assessing risk, and taking the safer route rather than deciding to cut corners. Perhaps many of us don't realise quite how lucky we are to work in countries or for organisations that consider workplace health & safety to be crucial, rather than a nuisance...

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This Week's News

Nilfisk reaches a historical milestone and completes successful listing on the stock exchange

* Nilfisk-stock-exchange.jpgOn 12th October, Nilfisk was successfully listed as an independent company on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange (Nasdaq Copenhagen). The leadership team, led by CEO Hans Henrik Lund, had the pleasure of ringing the opening bell, clearly stating that Nilfisk, a leading provider of professional cleaning equipment, has reached a historical milestone in the company's history.

The CSSA relaunches its website and starts new membership drive

* CSSA-membership-drive.jpgThe Cleaning & Support Services Association has given its website a sleek new look and has added a 'members only' section offering essential tips and up-to-date industry knowledge.

The relaunch comes after the Association's Open Evening in London that brought together contract cleaners and service providers from all across the UK.

Rug Doctor modernising carpet cleaning business with innovation and technology, plus clever branding

* Rug-Doctor.jpgRug Doctor tells us it is reinventing 'clean' as it approaches its 20th anniversary in North Texas.

The global name in do-it-yourself carpet cleaning, whose Plano headquarters employs nearly 100 people, is relaunching the rental business with its most significant innovation in its 45-year history.

Shaping the Sustainability Agenda: Julius Rutherfoord to speak at high-level eco-summit

* Shaping-Sustainability-Agenda.jpgTo help demonstrate the benefits of being eco-friendly, London specialist in cleaning and soft FM services provision, Julius Rutherfoord's operations director, Chris Parkes, is speaking at the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit in Paris (8th - 9th November).

Chris will be talking about 'Sustainability in the professional cleaning sector', and how this benefits clients, on day two of the conference, at 09.45 in the Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel.

Morclean celebrates 40 years in the industry with a new product launch

* Morclean-40th-and-launch.jpgMorclean tells us it is proud to be celebrating 40 years' trading in the cleaning industry. Originally established in 1977 as a supplier of pressure washers, the business now supplies a wide range of cleaning equipment throughout the UK, with a dealer base in Europe and the US.

Morclean's range of equipment now includes high pressure cleaners, floorcare equipment, specialist vacuums, hazardous and ATEX equipment, and of course a unique range of niche products that include water recovery and filtration, wash pads, and the company's flagship machine the award winning Morclean BinWash.

International networking hub for Turkey and surrounding regions

* ISSA-Turkey.jpgThe second edition of ISSA/Interclean Istanbul, held at the Istanbul Congress Centre last week, brought 2,500+ national and international, professionals together. With 60 leading brands and a high-quality conference programme, the event is building a reputation as the international networking hub for the cleaning & hygiene industry in Turkey and surrounding regions.

Companies recognised at the European Paper Recycling Awards

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In the Innovative Technologies and R&D Category, Second Prize went to Lucart spa for its 'Natural Project' - a Circular Economy model in the tissue sector that adds value to used beverage cartons by turning them into two new types of raw material.

Contractor increases workforce visibility and boosts performance using Smarttask

* Contractor-increases-workforce-visibility.jpgApple Blossom Cleaning is using SmartTask's employee scheduling and workforce management solution to better coordinate and monitor its cleaning team that provides office, residential and specialised services in South Wales.

Having hired 24 new staff over the past 12 months, the Pembrokeshire-based company adopted the system for proof of attendance and rota planning across 109 cleaners. This has enabled the company to dramatically improve productivity and staff engagement, while enhancing its business development capabilities.

BIFM publishes new guidance for FM professionals on customer experience

* BIFM-Customer-Experience.jpgThe British Institute of Facilities Management has this week published a new Good Practice Guide adding to its already extensive suite of useful resources for facilities management professionals at any stage in their career.

The new Good Practice Guide, Customer Experience, takes a holistic look at the entirety of the interactions and experiences that a customer encounters, from beginning to end.

Recycling company fined after a litter picker suffers life changing injuries

A recycling company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,641.62, following a Health & Safety Executive investigation into a work incident in December 2014, in which a litter picker was struck by a shovel loader and suffered life changing injuries as a result.

Those attending the hearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court last week, heard that the loading shovel driver initially thought he had just hit the wall and had not realised he had struck someone. The driver climbed down from the cab to check for damage and found the employee badly injured on the floor.

Contemporary venue sector wins for Cleanology

* Cleanology.jpgLondon-based cleaning services provider, Cleanology, is celebrating three striking business wins across the capital's contemporary venue sector. The new contracts include high-end conference and office spaces, and a modern, design-led, pop-up bar group.

Chief executive Dominic Ponniah describes the new contracts as thrilling, adding that the growing - and extremely versatile - venue sector reflected the entrepreneurial nature of the company.

Recycling company fined £650,000 after reversing vehicle fatality

Savanna Rags International Limited of Forest Road Mansfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and was fined £650,000, after a worker was fatally injured by a reversing vehicle.

In April 2016, a worker at the clothing and textile recycling company was fatally injured when she was struck by a reversing delivery vehicle.

Securing students' interest in FM

* Securing-students.jpgTrigion Security and Facilicom Cleaning Services managing director, Jan-Hein Hemke is to guest lecture this month to the final year bachelors students studying Facilities Management at Liverpool John Moores University. Jan-Hein will be sharing his experience of the challenges of delivering outsourced services, with a focus on his specialist areas, security and cleaning.

"Education and training is an important part of professional development and I am keen to support people in my organisation, and the wider industry, to have successful careers," says Jan-Hein. "Our involvement with the university brings a number of benefits for everyone.

Firm fined over car-park flytipping

A Coventry firm has been ordered to pay out over £1,300 after waste was found dumped in a city car park. Magistrates heard that earlier this year, a quantity of waste was found on Wellington Street Car Park. Some of the waste carried an address of a restaurant in Longford Road, named Nashaa and the rest of the waste was consistent with commercial waste from such a premises.

When Council officers investigated, they asked to see business waste documents and interviewed a director. They found the waste had been removed by an unknown carrier with no checks carried out and the restaurant could not say whether the firm was licensed.

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Recent UK News

Nationwide Window Cleaning on acquisition trail

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Nationwide Window Cleaning (NWC), the UK's largest window, gutter and high-level cleaning business is on the acquisition trail. The first significant purchase is a Midlands based window cleaning business, Reflekt Cleaning Company.

Founded in 2005, Reflekt has experienced strong year-on-year growth. Clients include the BBC, RAF, Cadbury, Merck Sharpe & Dohme and Exxon Mobil.

Brightwell Dispensers has moved its headquarters to new premises

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Brightwell Dispensers, manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dispensing systems has moved.

The company's previous offices and production areas have served it well for many years. However, with increasing demand for its dispensing equipment and its growth and expansion plans, the time had come for a change.

Principle retains Broadgate Estates Rowe portfolio

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Principle Cleaning Services has retained the prestigious Broadgate Estates Rest of West End (ROWE) portfolio.

The London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most prominent buildings in the Capital, secured the multi-site contract renewal following a rigorous tender process.

AM Services Group acquires Liverpool washroom business

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Morecambe facilities management business AM Services Group has revealed the latest in a series of acquisitions to support the company's growth strategy.

Bain makes offer for Zenith Hygiene to expand Diversey in Europe

Bain Capital Private Equity has this week announced that it has, through its investment in Diversey, reached agreement on the terms of a recommended final cash offer for Zenith Hygiene Group, the UK manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene chemicals and related products.

Loo of the Year Awards judging commences

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The Loo of the Year Awards inspection team havs now completed the inspection of thousands of 2017 Loo of the Year Awards entrants' washrooms throughout the UK. The inspectors have travelled thousands of miles by road, train and aircraft and have visited 836 towns/cities and 56 London Underground Stations while inspecting every category of 'away from home' washroom.

Lanes proves a safe bet for casino drainage solution

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Facilities managers at a Scottish casino played their cards right by calling in Lanes Group to help them resolve a tricky drainage problem. Internal drainage pipes at the casino were proving susceptible to springing a leak, especially during and after periods of heavy rain.

Impact of outstanding FM recognised at the BIFM Awards

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Individuals and organisations driving innovation and delivering exceptional results in facilities management stepped into the spotlight when the winners of the British Institute of Facilities Management Awards 2017 were revealed on Monday.

Broadgate Campus awards major cleaning contract to JPC

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London cleaning provider, JPC has won a major contract to clean the city's prestigious Broadgate Campus. The 30-acre mixed-use campus in the City of London is jointly owned by British Land and GIC and is JPC client Broadgate Estate's biggest contract.

BICSc Annual Awards 2017 - the winners

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The British Institute of Cleaning Science announced the winners of its 2017 Annual Awards in a special presentation ceremony yesterday evening at Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa in Northamptonshire recently.

Hosted by BBC Broadcaster, Sally Bundock and supported by headline sponsor Citation as well as individual category sponsors, the event saw almost 200 guests in attendance celebrating the achievements of companies and individuals across the cleaning industry.

We have mail: A solution to fatbergs...

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In response to the recent article regarding the monster fatberg that has blocked London's sewerage system, I am writing to express concern that this was permitted to grow to this extent by the local authority and water network providers, as this scenario is completely preventable.

Recent ISSA UK/IE member networking & education event first of its kind in UK

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ISSA recently held its member networking & education event hosted by member company Newell-Rubbermaid Commercial Products in Lichfield, Staffs. It was the first ISSA event of its kind for the cleaning & hygiene industry in the UK.

Recycle Week beach litter research reveals recycling on the go has room for improvement

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Cromwell Polythene has undertaken a beach cleaning and litter surveying programme to mark Recycle Week (25 September - 1 October) and encourage maximum levels of recycling. Results indicate recycling on the go needs improvement.

Brexit and Beyond: environmental principles to guide a sustainable future

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The UK's short-term focus must be on fully transposing the European Union's 'environmental acquis' into UK law to ensure continued environmental protection and provide much-needed post-Brexit certainty, says IEMA.

Soapbox: What is workforce management and why is it important to the Cleaning Industry?

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Lee Taylor, responsible for business development at Roma Systems, writes...

"Workforce Management is a series of processes designed to help in the management of your staff. These processes are linked to HR, and are largely to do with the people who provide your service. This means your cleaning operatives.

Bite-sized learning for busy cleaning operatives

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Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has enhanced its online training platform: the Learning Management Solution. It is now even more versatile and accessible, thanks to the introduction of new cleaning guide shorts, called Task Cards.

Polo to polio - more building support service wins for Regent Samsic

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The second quarter of 2017 saw further uplift in building support services provider Regent Samsic's market share with key contract gains including fashion icon Ralph Lauren.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Show North America
15-18th November 2021
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14th January 2022

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