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International News

Glove allergies and their causes explained

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Many 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.

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

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

Advanced Engineering launches FroZone for efficient sub-zero cleaning

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Advanced 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.

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.

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I used to work with a chap who'd disappear off to the washroom every morning with a newspaper, which - no doubt - he'd read whilst in the loo as he was always gone for around half an hour. I wonder if he'd have stayed in there for as long, had he been faced with the view offered by the latest winner of the America's Best Restroom Award...

OdySea Aquarium's designers very cleverly placed the washrooms so that users are in a kind of observation tank but of course while you're staring at the fish, they're staring back at you and the thought of sharing with a huge shark such an intimate experience as using the loo may well encourage washroom users to speed up a little. Very clever!
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I was struck by the clever design of the washrooms in London's AquaShard when I visited, as the building's designers had gone to town in creating a room with a view. Having such memorable washrooms just adds to the experience but of course that only works if they're clean and well stocked - as these ones were. I'm not sure whether AquaShard was entered into the competition, but either way I'm looking forward to seeing who the winners are of this year's Loo of the Year Awards (www.loo.co.uk) in the UK. They'll be announced at a glittering ceremony on 8th December held in the West Midlands - not long now.

It's odd to be writing about stand-out washrooms today, having this week been sifting through various press releases written to coincide with World Toilet Day (19th November) which highlighted the lack of toilet facilities for millions of people on this planet. I applaud the actions of those who are working hard to redress this huge imbalance, just as I applaud those whose job it is to keep the facilities that are available, well stocked, clean and a pleasure to use. Decent toilets should be accessible to all, shouldn't they?

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This Week's News

World Toilet Organisation and supporters issue joint declaration to mark World Toilet Day

* WTO_Jack-Sim.jpgThe World Toilet Organisation, Lixil Group, Saraya and the Ana Blue Wing Program marked World Toilet Day (19th November) by issuing a joint declaration on sanitation and hygiene, outlining their joint commitment to support the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

OdySea Aquarium reels in 'America's Best Restroom' title

* OdySea-Aquarium.jpgThe public is hooked on the America's Best Restroom winner... Cintas Corporation has named the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona as the winner of its 16th annual America's Best Restroom Award - and yes that is a real shark in the picture!

Routine cleaning raises its game

* SpaceVac-camera.jpgThere's no excuse for low standards in high places when any cleaning team can vacuum high-level nooks and surfaces, says James White, managing director of Denis Rawlins.

It is not uncommon at business seminars, especially after lunch, for the eyes - and attention - of the audience to veer slowly but inexorably away from the PowerPoint presentation.

Nanopool GmbH to massively expand presence in China

Nanopool's high-performance, multi-functional surface coatings are protecting buildings and industrial facilities and considerably reducing cleaning costs in Europe, the US and parts of Asia. The German manufacturer is now gearing up for what it says will be "massive" expansion in the Chinese market.

"We consider China to be the market with the biggest growth potential in the high-performance coatings segment," says Nanopool's managing director, Sascha Schwindt.

ETS participates at FIS 2017

The European Tissue Symposium has confirmed its presence at FIS 2017 taking place at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham from 30th November - 2nd December. The annual conference of the Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) will gather scientists, microbiologists and other experts from around the world.

In addition to exhibiting on Stand 21 in Hall 3 throughout the event, ETS will be hosting a Symposium slot - 'Drying hands matters - is the risk worthwhile' - at 10.00 on Saturday 2nd December in Hall 1.

Emergency cleaners help Search & Rescue Helicopter Service control contamination risks

* Emergency-cleaners-help.jpgThe UK's Search & Rescue service operated by Bristow Group has commissioned an emergency cleaning specialist to provide decontamination services for its helicopters and bases.

CleanSafe Services' teams are now available 24 hours a day to respond to any urgent cleaning task the service needs its help with.

Coulson Ice Blast's IceStorm90 - 2017 R&D 100 Award Winner

* Coulson-Ice-Blast.jpgCoulson Ice Blast's IceStorm90 has been recognised as "One of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year" by R&D Magazine's 55th annual R&D 100 Awards.

The R&D 100 Award winning IceStorm90 is a non-abrasive blasting machine which uses ice as the blasting media.

Winter is coming; be prepared with Sweepertec

* Winter-Sweepertec.jpgWith Winter just starting to take hold, now is the perfect time to assure your access-ways, yards and sites are clear and safe. Thankfully the Sweepertec forklift sweeper attachment is as perfectly suited for snow and leaves as it is everyday dirty debris!

PVAmicro's PVA coating just adds to the performance

* PVAmicro-PVA-coating.jpgPVAmicro is a new generation of knitted, textile microfibre cloth with a patented PVA coating, which leaves nothing behind but clean, shiny surfaces. The cloth is especially effective on surfaces such as glass and stainless steel, where perfect, streak-free cleaning results are desired.

Bunzl completes acquistion in France; announces further expansion in Australia and Brazil

* Bunzl-gloves.jpgBunzl has this morning announced that the acquisition of Hedis, Comptoir de Bretagne and Générale Collectivités; announced in July, has been completed following clearance of the transaction by the French Competition Authority. The company has also recently acquired Interpath in Australia and entered into an agreement to acquire Talge (pictured) in Brazil.

Lanes wins drainage contract from Cambridgeshire police

* Lanes-wins-drainage-bid.jpgCambridgeshire Constabulary has awarded Lanes Group the contract to carry out planned and reactive maintenance on the drainage systems at all its police stations for the next three years.

The contract, offered by competitive tender, covers all drain and sewer blockage and repair work at 18 station buildings across Cambridgeshire.

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Recent UK News

Principle CEO goes undercover in Nantes

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Douglas 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).

GreenZone on the way to green glory

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Congratulations 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.

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

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Knol 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.

Bigbelly Bins are cleaning up Thurrock

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Thurrock 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.

Water Management Society expands training on controlling waterborne pathogens risks

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The 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

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TC 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.

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.

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.

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