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Easterseals' Gala honours Kaivac as Outstanding Community Partner

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Brighter Futures Celebration, Easterseals' annual awards gala, has recently honoured Kaivac as its 2017 Outstanding Community Partner. The Award is presented to a person or a company that has taken steps to remove barriers and provide opportunities for people with disabilities, facing disadvantages, and veterans.

New eco and bee-friendly ethical luxury collection from The Soap Co.

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Marking its second birthday, the award winning The Soap Co. has launched a new collection of luxury eco and bee-friendly hand and body products and cold processed soaps.

New low-cost solution for deep cleaning escalators

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Any cleaning team can now deep-clean escalators as well as take control of their routine maintenance cleaning with no need to call on specialist contractors or kit. REN Restore is a low-cost cleaning system for restoring the risers of escalators to pristine cleanliness - from RENclean.

Xeros announces new partner in United Arab Emirates

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Xeros has announced a partnership with Consolidated International Corporation Middle East to distribute and service its award-winning commercial laundry system in the UAE.

TAS Environmental Services makes Delmar Disposal second acquisition in 2017

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TAS Environmental Services, a Fort Worth, Texas-based environmental services provider, has announced the acquisition of Dallas-based industrial waste services provider, Delmar Disposal.

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

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The 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

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The 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

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There'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.

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.

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

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Coulson 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.

PVAmicro's PVA coating just adds to the performance

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PVAmicro 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.

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.

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I was worried about going into my weekend estate agency job last week as I'd been laid up with what appeared to be the flu and really wasn't feeling well, but as I was needed I reported for work, having resolved to touch as little as possible, to wash my hands after blowing my nose, coughing or sneezing and to disinfect all the equipment and key sets I'd touched, before leaving for the evening. 

As it turned out, I needn't have been concerned, since the entire team seemed to be suffering from the same affliction! I suppose it's not surprising, how quickly such bugs spread - particularly when so many of us are hot-desking these days. All it takes is one colleague to suffer a hygiene lapse and he or she can take the entire department down. 

I found myself about to unload the drainer when I decided I ought to wash my hands again before doing so, just in case... but how many others are that fastidious? Unsurprisingly perhaps, the latest survey by Initial Washroom Hygiene has revealed that it's the items we touch when making 'a cuppa', which are more likely to spread germs than, say, the toilet (which tends to be thoroughly and regularly cleaned), with extremely high bacterial readings taken on anything from the tea tin to the kettle, fridge door and cutlery drawer handle - you can see the full story below. 

Of course, it's not just coughs, colds and flu that can be spread when people aren't hygiene conscious - as those 'enjoying' a cruise on the 'Ovation of the Seas' have discovered this week. Apparently some 200 of them have been struck down with a stomach bug - bad enough when you're on dry land but surely so much harder to bear when on the open seas, surrounded by moving water... 

One of the passengers has shared on Facebook a video of corridors being sprayed by crew members wearing protective clothing, in an operation that has been going on day and night in an effort to prevent the bug from spreading to the other 5,600 people on board. The ship is to be thoroughly sanitised in Sydney, its next port of call. I only hope that new passengers boarding the ship at Sydney will take heed of the hygiene instructions they'll no doubt be given, and ensure that they're not responsible for a further outbreak once the ship leaves port...

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This Week's News

Ecolab's acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's paper chemicals business, quickly followed by RP Adam & Arpal Gulf (Arpal Group) acquisition

* Ecolab-Arpal-acquisition.jpgEcolab announced on Tuesday that it had acquired RP Adam (Arpal Group), the 126-year-old manufacturer of cleaning and disinfectant products based in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. This comes hot on the heels of the purchase of Georgia-Pacific's paper chemicals business.

Arpal Group has a strong footprint in long-term care and commercial catering sectors in the UK and Ireland, as well as the thriving hospitality sector in the Middle East. The UK operation employs 85 factory and field personnel and the UAE operation, based in Dubai, has 46 employees. Annual sales for the group are approximately $20 million.

Fancy a nice cuppa germs?

* cuppa-germs.jpgA new study released last week by Initial Washroom Hygiene reveals that office workers could be exposing themselves to more harmful germs than they think during their daily tea run.

Food Hygiene Ratings display drives up food safety compliance, confirms report

* Food-Hygiene-Ratings.jpgThe Food Standards Agency has this week published a new Science Report by its chief scientific adviser, Professor Guy Poppy.

Former cleaners take on boardroom roles

* Spotless.jpgCommercial cleaning company Spotless, has appointed two former cleaners as joint managing directors as part of its strategy for long term growth.

Nicola Barbour and Michelle Lamb will share responsibility for over 1400 staff across seven offices. They will each handle a £6m per annum portfolio.

Greyland's colourful new Premier Range cleans to the Maximum!

* Maximum-lineup.jpgThe latest line-up of powerful and effective premier cleaning chemicals from Greyland has a palette that not only bursts with colour, but also packs a powerful cleaning punch - hence the Maximum tag.

First colour off the palette is the Green-Maximum Biological Cleaner / Deodoriser 750ml spray bottle to remove organic staining and maintain a clean, odour free washroom. Green-Maximum may be used on all washroom surfaces, including floors and wall areas that might be contaminated with urine. To maintain an odour free washroom spray and wipe potentially soiled and contaminated areas regularly with Green-Maximum.

Keep bars and cellars clean and hygienic over festive season and beyond

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IICRC Calls for S400 non-voting section committee volunteers

* IICRC.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is seeking volunteers to serve as non-voting section committee members on the consensus body for the BSR-IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are now being accepted.

Wait, don't flush that!

* Southern-Trust.jpgWhat should be common knowledge on what is and is not appropriate to flush down the toilet is wreaking havoc on sewer systems everywhere. Southern Trust Home Services, southern Virginia's leading HVAC company, is sharing its two cents and giving a list of 10 items to never flush down the toilet.

"We see it all the time," says Ted Puzio, who owns the company. "People flush lots of things down the toilet and don't think twice about the consequence until their toilet doesn't work anymore. We've found a lot of interesting items in clogged drains and think it's important to encourage people to be more careful with what they flush."

Incentive FM consultancy secures major project with National Lottery operator Camelot

* Incentive-FM_Camelot.jpgIncentive FM Consultancy is currently delivering an intensive consultancy project for Camelot, the licensed operator of The National Lottery.

Incentive has appointed a new dedicated head of facilities management for Camelot to oversee the company's day-to-day FM operations and work with other members of the Incentive executive team on this assignment.

Boat cleaning operation damages cars parked nearby

* Boat-cleaning-damages.jpgA cleaning contractor is counting the cost of a job that didn't quite go according to plan last month...

Defence contractor Babcock accidentally splattered around 500 parked cars with a metallic substance while cleaning a boat at Scotland's Rosyth dockyard, and it is estimated that it will cost up to £150k to repair them...

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Recent UK News

Technology and sustainability key drivers of the UK contract cleaning market

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Following three years of marginal growth, the UK contract cleaning market accelerated between 2014 and 2016 in line with the economy, says AMA Research in its latest report on the market.

It warns that the current uncertainty means that this growth is unlikely to be sustained over the next few years, but says that looking forward, demand is likely to be relatively buoyant in the transport sector, while the retail, commercial offices and the government sectors are likely to provide fewer opportunities, at least in the short term.

HSE annual occupational health & safety statistics analysed

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In the UK, 12,000 lung disease deaths annually are estimated to be linked to past occupational exposures, according to latest Official Statistics, and 18,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems are self-reported as being caused or made worse by work.

These are among the conclusions, relating to occupational ill-health, of annual health & safety statistics recently published by the Health & Safety Executive.

Fulham Road renews with ISS UK

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Three NHS Foundation Trusts have awarded ISS UK major contract.

After a competitive procurement process, the Fulham Road Collaborative (FRC) has awarded a new five-year contract, worth more than £100m (842m DKK) over the contract term, to its existing provider, ISS Facility Services - Healthcare.

Production and jobs restored at Gelpack

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Vision Gelpack, the UK manufacturer of polyethylene films, liners and sacks for the local authority, waste management, janitorial, clinical and medical and other industrial sectors, has resumed production at its Hereford plant following the acquisition of the assets of Gelpack Excelsior by Visionscape Group.

Under the leadership of managing director Geoff Davis and other key former members of the UK management team, some 50 jobs have already been reinstated, with a further 20 positions planned by mid-2018. Six production lines have been recommissioned to cope with initial orders, with another six lines scheduled for a January start.

Emergency cleaners help Search & Rescue Helicopter Service control contamination risks

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The 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.

Lanes wins drainage contract from Cambridgeshire police

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Cambridgeshire 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.

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.

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