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International News

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

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On 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.

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

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Rug 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.

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.

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You may recall that in last week’s leader me mentioning that cleaning-related deaths aren’t unusual and that many of these involve workers in Asia cleaning tanks and being overcome by fumes. I suppose it averages out at about one death a week (that I get to hear about – there may of course be many more) and although every one of these people deserves a mention in Cleanzine, I don’t generally like sharing bad news unless something positive can come out of it, i.e. it may be something from which we can learn.

Sadly, yet another cleaner died this week while cleaning a tank – this time in Mumbai - having been overcome by fumes. I’ve included the piece below, partly because of a comment Brightwell Dispensers’ Rachel Halliday posted on our Facebook page following last week’s broadcast:

“Great leader, as always Jan! Health and Safety is so important in all walks of life. As an industry we need to work on reporting near misses, which can be seen as a chore, to minimise future risk and make all our workplaces safer.”

I'd never thought about officially reporting near misses before and haven’t been asked to do so by anyone for whom I’ve worked… although since our health & safety laws do make us responsible for the safety of others as well as ourselves, this has to involve warning others of hazards we’ve noticed and perhaps narrowly avoided.

I’ve never been asked to record any such information in the accident book though…

If there isn’t a formal procedure in place to identify potentially dangerous patterns (such as people regularly being overcome by fumes whilst cleaning sewage tanks and pipes) then I think there should be. My daughter’s in emergency planning so this is something I should have thought of before…

Do you ask your employees to record near misses or as an employee have you been asked to do so? If the answer is ‘yes’, does your organisation monitor the entries and identify potential dangerous patterns and do something to put a stop to them? Or is it a case of shrugging your shoulders and hoping whoever’s had the near miss, warns colleagues of the potential dangers?

I’d love to know…

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This Week's News

ICE acquires Reintec and Tecserv

ICE tells us it is extremely pleased to announce that last Friday (27th October) it agreed to acquire 100% of the Reintec and TecServ business.

Trading as Reintec, the business has led the way since 2010 in equipment rental, offering flexible hire and repair of professional cleaning equipment. TecServ delivers expert maintenance services which support the Reintec product offering.

Danish Ministry of Defence and ISS form Denmark's largest public FM partnership

* Danish-Ministry-ISS-FM.jpgYesterday, the Danish Defence Estates and Infrastructure Organisation (DDEIO) and ISS entered into a six-year facilities management partnership agreement, with the option to extend for up to three years.

The agreement has a total contract value of approximately DKK 3 billion and comprises nine service areas (cleaning, catering, outdoor maintenance, waste management, technical services, support services, as well as servicing shooting and exercise areas and firefighting services) at more than 500 sites in Denmark.

AsepticSure disinfection system introduced to Nordic Region

* AsepticSure-bed-area.jpgAsepticSure, said to be the only disinfection system in the world that routinely achieves a minimum microbial kill of at least a thousand times greater than conventional cleaning methods, is to be distributed in the Nordic Region by GYD S.A.

The news comes following an agreement by AsepticSure's manufacturer Medizone International, and Aglon a/s, announced on Tuesday. Medizone has granted Aglon exclusive distribution rights for the AsepticSure system in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

Romania welcomes 21st Century cleaning with Kaivac cleaning systems

* Kaivac-Romania.jpgRomania has turned things around over the past decade, going from having one of the lowest gross national products in Europe to being one of the fastest growing countries in the world.

For instance, the US company Fitbit, which builds products to help amateur and professional athletes meet their health and fitness goals, is rapidly expanding its office operations in Romania. The company's founder says Romania has "amazing talent, great universities, and a super strong work ethic,".

New Enziclean eats up dirt and odours from porous surfaces

* Enziclean.jpgThe Bullen Company has added a new product, Enziclean, to its Truekleen brand. Enziclean is a safe, very effective bioactive cleaner, organic waste digester and odour eliminator designed especially for porous floors & walls.

Formulated to impart a pleasant scent, Enziclean is recommended for use at food service and food processing facilities, as well as in institutional washrooms and shower areas.

New system cleans and disinfects narrow pipe interiors

* Puracator.jpgSaid to be a world first, Puracator is a portable, 'use anywhere' system that offers a simple solution to the problem of cleaning and disinfecting the inside of narrow drainage pipes of around 25mm to 50mm diameter.

Drains block for a number of reasons but frequently this is due to a build-up of fats, salts and deposits with the growth of fungus and/or bacteria in the drain.

Study finds copper surfaces in fitness centres reduce bacteria and possible infection

* Study-copper-surfaces.jpgUsing copper-alloy materials in fitness centres significantly reduced concentrations of bacteria on all equipment types, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The study shows that high-touch surfaces in gyms made with copper will maintain reduced bacterial loads, as found in similar studies performed in hospitals.

Stainstop masonry floor protection keeps ground surfaces looking like new

* Stainstop.jpgStainstop pavement protector is an invisible impregnation coating that keeps paths, forecourts, platforms and high-streets looking like new. Applied to any clean masonry floor, one treatment of Stainstop delivers hydrophobic, lipophobic and oleophobic protection that lasts for up to five years, even in the highest traffic environments.

If you're looking to maintain appearances and keep pedestrian areas free from chewing gum, then Stainstop is the invisible floor protection system for you.

RightCycle helps people with disabilities find work that sustains them and the environment

* RightCycle.jpgA West Virginia non-profit organisation is benefiting the environment while making a difference to the lives of disabled people, through Kimberly-Clark Professional's RightCycle Program - the first large-scale recycling program for non-hazardous lab, cleanroom and industrial waste.

Worker dies cleaning sewer pipeline at Mumbai's Sassoon Docks

A man died while cleaning a sewer pipeline at Sassoon Docks in Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) on Tuesday. He was one of three workers who were in the process of cleaning the sewer pipeline when gas filled the chamber they were in. They all became unconscious and were rushed to St George Hospital. Sadly only two of them regained consciousness.

According to the Indian Express, locals have alleged that the death was due to negligence on the part of the contractor during the cleaning project. The publication quotes one, Krishna Pavle, a Shiv Sena coordinator who runs a fishing business at Sassoon Docks, as saying:

Delta-Q expands lithium battery charger range for electric vehicles and industrial machines

* Delta-Q-lithium.jpgDelta-Q Technologies, a leader in battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and machines, announced this week the introduction of its new ICL900 lithium battery charger - expanding its family of lithium battery chargers to create the ICL Series.

The new ICL900 is a 900W charger, designed to optimally charge lithium battery systems of any lithium-ion chemistry from 9 to 15 cells in series. Delta-Q's new lithium charger is suitable for use on any electric machine including floorcare machines, lift trucks, scooters, sports and utility vehicles.

Change that sign of the times...

* sign-of-the-times.jpgAs well as providing a broad range of anti-graffiti coatings, graffiti removers and cleaning products, Urban Hygiene boasts expertise is in the delivery of solutions that improve surface performance, durability, functionality, and sustainability.

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Recent UK News

The CSSA relaunches its website and starts new membership drive

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The 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.

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

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Morclean 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.

Contractor increases workforce visibility and boosts performance using Smarttask

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Apple 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

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The 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.

Contemporary venue sector wins for Cleanology

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London-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.

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.

Securing students' interest in FM

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Trigion 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.

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.

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