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International News

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam becomes Interclean Amsterdam - bringing back the popular brand name for the prestigious global event run by RAI Amsterdam

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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.

ISSA strongly refutes RAI's Unilateral Termination of Alliance

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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.

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

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Yesterday, 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.

AsepticSure disinfection system introduced to Nordic Region

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AsepticSure, 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

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Romania 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.

New Enziclean eats up dirt and odours from porous surfaces

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The 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.

New system cleans and disinfects narrow pipe interiors

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Said 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.

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

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Using 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.

Stainstop masonry floor protection keeps ground surfaces looking like new

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Stainstop 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.

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.

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The BBC's carrying a report on a New York-based cleaning company that's allegedly been penalising staff when they're unable to work because they're unwell, by both fining them and by preventing them from working in future. It's unclear whether the ban just relates to the contract the cleaner's failed to service because of illness, or whether the cleaner's no longer able to work for the company itself. Things are changing at the company though, because the client in question was angry at her cleaner's treatment and did something about it. That's refreshing, isn't it?

The report focuses on Polly Mackenzie, whose usual cleaner was unwell. Polly had hoped to reschedule through the app site operated by the company but was offered a replacement the following day, rather than her usual cleaner. She voiced her disappointment that although the company was supplying a replacement, it was banning the regular cleaner from working for her again "as a punishment". She complained and the ban was reversed, but she discovered that her cleaner had been fined £25 for not being able to work. Polly's account was credited with £5 'for the inconvenience' but she was clearly incensed at her cleaner's treatment.

She told the BBC that the fine meant the company had profited £20 from her cleaner's illness, (almost double what the company would have made, had the cleaner been able to work as planned).

Contacted by the BBC, the company denied that the cleaner had been banned but said she'd been automatically blocked by its system as she'd appeared as a 'no show'. It cancelled the fine and is now reviewing its policy regarding fees for emergencies such as sickness.

I just wonder how many good cleaners have lost their livelihoods for no good reason in the past - in many situations - because no-one's stood up for them. Perhaps this incident shows how important it is for the service provider to build a good relationship with the client, so they feel they're part of the same team...

No further news is available on the window cleaner who was seriously injured whilst working in London's Oxford Street on Tuesday. The man was apparently about to abseil down the four-storey building on which he was working with his son, when his ropes gave way. The Health & Safety Executive is investigating and I'm sure you'll join me in wishing him a full and fast recovery.

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This Week's News

Principle CEO goes undercover in Nantes

* Principle-CEO-Doug-Cooke.jpgDouglas Cooke, chief executive of Principle Cleaning Services - the London-based cleaning specialist, will be speaking at the French Federation's (FEP) conference in Nantes next week, on 22nd November, in his role as chair of the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA).

His presentation - 'Undercover Boss and Daytime Cleaning', brings a fun element to the serious issue of how to give the best possible service to clients in the most cost effective and productive way.

GreenZone on the way to green glory

* GreenZone-Green-Apple.jpgCongratulations to GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services which is celebrating winning a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

The contractor competed against more than 500 other organisations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and was delighted to be presented with its trophy and certificate at a glittering ceremony held in the Houses of Parliament on November 6th.

Glove allergies and their causes explained

* Glove-allergies.jpgMany of those involved in cleaning will at some stage need to don a pair of 'rubber' gloves. Unfortunately, as our picture shows, these can cause allergic reactions that will leave the user's skin damaged, sore and prone to infection.

Choosing the right glove is important and Gloves4U offers the following guide highlighting the different types of gloves (i.e. latex and non-latex) and their potential for creating an allergic reaction:

Diversey unveils new branding as independence inspires mission to improve global hygiene

* Diversey-new-Logo.jpgDiversey has launched a new brand identity, vision and values to ensure it remains modern and relevant to all of its audiences.

The result of extensive research with key stakeholder groups around the world, the new brand aims to be strong and distinctive to differentiate Diversey from its competitors in a global marketplace as well as support future strategic aims. It also reflects the scale of the company's ambitions under the leadership of president & CEO Dr Ilham Kadri.

Advanced Engineering launches FroZone for efficient sub-zero cleaning

* FroZone.jpgAdvanced Engineering, the UK manufacturer of ACR cleaning products, has added a new cleaner to its range - FroZone - specially developed for low-temperature cleaning.

Sub-zero refrigerators and freezers use a lot of energy, so keeping them at optimal performance is incredibly important. Even a small drop in efficiency can noticeably increase energy usage.

Consultation underway on implementing new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits

The Health & Safety Executive is consulting on the implementation of new and revised Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for 31 chemical substances - some of which are used in the manufacture of cleaning products - to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

The consultative document sets out HSE's proposals for establishing workplace exposure limits for the substances listed in the 4th Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) Directive 2017/164/EU, in order to implement it in Great Britain.

There's a new steam team at Knol

* Knol-new-range.jpgKnol UK has some exciting new developments and additions to its product range and now has much more to offer both existing and new UK dealers. There's now a new steam team and already it's making waves in the industry, with plans for further additions during 2018.

Launched this month, there are three major additions to the already well established range of steam cleaners and cleaning systems:

Bigbelly Bins are cleaning up Thurrock

* Bigbelly-Bin.jpgThurrock Council's Bigbelly Bin pilot has begun with 10 bins installed around the area as part of the Kent authority's 'clean it, cut it, fill it' initiative. The bins are solar powered, have an inbuilt self-compaction system to create extra capacity and are able to take litter and dog mess - like all the council's public bins.

The areas included in the pilot were chosen because they are remote and difficult to access on a daily basis, or where bins are regularly used and sometimes overflow. When Bigbelly bins get full, they send the waste department a message, saying they need to be emptied!

Water Management Society expands training on controlling waterborne pathogens risks

* Water-Management-Society.jpgThe Water Management Society has introduced a second module to its City & Guilds accredited training course, 'HTM 04-01 Water Hygiene Training: Managing and Controlling the Risk of Waterborne Pathogens in Water Systems'.

TCFM and Remploy partnership wins PFM award

* TCFM-Remploy-award.jpgTC Facilities Management, which provides a range of FM services to some of the UK's most recognisable companies and Remploy, the UK's leading disability employment specialist, have won the Partners in CSR (Charitable and Social Enterprise) category at the highly respected Premises & Facilities Management awards 2017.

The PFM awards recognise exceptional practice in the facilities management sector. The ceremony in London was hosted by BBC Presenter Jeremy Vine and attended by more than 600 people.

Horrific death of worker leads to heavy fine and suspended prison sentences

In July 2013, Karlis Pavasars was cleaning near a conveyor on a recycling line at Mid-UK Recycling, Barkston Heath. The recycling line was started up and the agency worker was drawn onto the conveyor, along the line through a trommel and into an industrial waste shredder.

The Health & Safety Executive investigation, found that the fixed gate that fenced the area off and prevented access to the conveyor had been removed for a number of weeks prior to the incident. This meant that workers could freely gain access to the area. Management was aware that the gate was not in place.

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Recent UK News

Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2018: finalists announced

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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.

Views sought on reward and return schemes for drinks containers

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UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has asked for views on the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return schemes for drinks containers.

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.

How to redefine your RoI through smarter innovation

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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'.

A commitment to standards: motivation behind members of CHSA's Accreditation Schemes

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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.

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.

Change that sign of the times...

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As 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.

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.

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