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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.
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.
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If you're a user of social media you'll probably have come across speculation regarding a split between the RAI (which launched Interclean, Amsterdam, in 1967) and global cleaning industry association ISSA - which, before the launch of the ISSA/Interclean brand in the late 1990s, had successfully organised the popular ISSA North America Conventions that took place annually.
The statements made by the two bodies are below and I'm happy to say that since receiving these, I've had contact with representatives from each, who assure me that both Interclean Amsterdam and ISSA North America are expected to grow and will continue to promote the global cleaning industry in all its glory.
I'm mentioning this here, since there's been talk of the shows suffering as a result of the split and I don't believe that this will be the case. The cleaning industry is enormous and one of the most important industries in the world. Whether ISSA and the RAI are working together or apart, they have both done and will continue to do a great job in promoting it and providing a platform for innovation, discovery and that all-important networking.
Long may they continue to do so!
In other news, the UK Government is holding a consultation on the recycling of plastic bottles, on whether we should pay a premium, which will be refunded when we return empty bottles or present them for recycling at a recycling facility. We need to identify how much that premium should be, in terms of encouraging the more reluctant recyclers amongst us to change our ways. Please make your views known at: www.consult.defra.gov.uk
If you find you're unable to get your views across on the Government's forms, there's also a campaigning opportunity at: www.speakout.38degrees.org.uk
I've written about the problems created by waste plastics many times over the years and mused over potential solutions. One suggestion was to start charging a refundable premium, as used to happen when I was a child. I'm still at a loss as to why that stopped. Reader John Rose wrote on our Facebook page recently: "Here in South Australia we have a collection refund scheme of 10c per container. People make or supplement livings out of collecting waste. You hardly see a deposit type container anywhere. Maybe the UK could do the same but at 10p..." See - it does work (although I think 20p is more likely to make an impact)!
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The name of the world-leading cleaning & hygiene show that attracts professional cleaning businesses from across the globe, has officially been changed from ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam, to Interclean Amsterdam. This follows the recent announcement that RAI Amsterdam and ISSA have come to the decision to end their alliance and pursue separate ventures.
The change to the show's title takes place with immediate effect - and becomes the brand name for all future RAI Amsterdam events for the professional cleaning industry. Interclean's goal is to create a cleaner, healthier living environment for all. And it will continue to be synonymous with the development of innovative products and solutions to overcome the cleaning and hygiene challenges of businesses everywhere.
In light of the announcements currently circulating in the industry, ISSA - the worldwide association for the cleaning industry - unambiguously rejects RAI Amsterdam's contention that their long-standing alliance has ended.
ISSA wishes that any conjecture on its role in this matter be put to rest. The association's leadership wishes to stress to its valued members, peers and stakeholders that the current allegations regarding the association's partnership and global family of ISSA/Interclean exhibitions have been carried out without its consent. ISSA does not support RAI's unilateral departure from its obligations, nor its choice to communicate directly to members of the association with direction counter to its contractual obligations.
"Hi Jan, Thank you for your message and checking the facts.
To answer your question:
We sent out a letter to all our Amsterdam exhibitors, that obviously also includes ISSA members to inform them. A separate letter was sent to the exhibitors in the Pavilion of the Americas in Amsterdam (all of them are ISSA members) informing them on the situation and reassuring them that their stand as booked via ISSA is still theirs and they will not have to worry about their participation in Amsterdam as the organisation was and is still done by RAI.
Hearty congratulations to all the finalists in the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2018, whose names have just been announced. A total of 57 finalists from 36 companies have made the list, in this latest edition of the long-running awards programme that recognises excellence in the cleaning industry.
The announcement follows the first stage of judging carried out independently by The British Institute of Cleaning Science. This year, the standard of entries across the 14 categories spanning healthcare, office, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, environmental and training sectors all exceeded expectations.
The results released in a slip and fall study report by CNA, a leading provider of insurance solutions and risk management services for businesses and professionals worldwide, reveal that tested floors in 50% of the surveyed sites failed to produce a dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) level above the minimum threshold of 0.42 (American National Standards Institute).
Ultimately, these findings suggest that many businesses' fall prevention programmes may overlook the effects of flooring selection and ongoing maintenance on slip resistance.
More than eight million tonnes of plastic are discarded into the world's oceans each year, putting marine wildlife under serious threat. Up to 80% of this is estimated to have been originally lost or discarded on land before washing out to sea, and plastic bottles are a particular concern - with figures showing just 57% of those sold in the UK in 2016 collected for recycling.
Starting July 2019, ISS will deliver integrated facility services to Deutsche Telekom at approximately 9,000 sites across Germany until 2029. Once fully operational, the partnership will become the largest contract within the ISS Group and it will cover several thousand buildings, antennae, towers, masts and other technical assets.
More than 6,000 employees will be working on the new contract, which, once fully operational, will amount to approximately 4% of 2016 Group revenue.
Clients and cleaning contractors looking for innovative equipment and methods that deliver better results can now consult a new guide focused on 'return on innovation'.
Future Market Insights is presenting value and volume analysis on various types of surface disinfectant chemicals, along with their use in various industries across key regions in the globe, in its new research publication.
'Surface Disinfectant Chemicals Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) and Opportunity Assessment (2017-2027)', covers weighted analysis on various key players participating in the global market for surface disinfectant chemicals. Key developments, trends, drivers and restraints also have been assessed and included.
Providing feedback on their motivation for membership, members of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association Accreditation Schemes for Distributors, Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and Industrial Cotton Mops universally cited their commitment to standards.
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Recent UK News
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founded in 2005, Reflekt has experienced strong year-on-year growth. Clients include the BBC, RAF, Cadbury, Merck Sharpe & Dohme and Exxon Mobil.
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.
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.
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