* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 26th April 2018 Issue no. 819

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Hero Wipes to launch new bloodborne pathogen antiseptic wipes for EMS providers

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The Hero Wipes brand has expanded its product line to tackle another threat faced by first responders: bloodborne pathogens.

With the launch of Hero Wipes EMS, first responders now have a wipe that effectively cleans and kills 99.9% of germs to reduce the risk of infection that bloodborne pathogens present. And, of course, if they are good for first responders, they are good for anyone who risks coming into contact with someone else's blood - such as cleaners.

Waxie Sanitary Supply names executive vice president

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Waxie Sanitary Supply has announced the promotion of Mike Midas to executive vice president for the Northern California, Pacific Northwest and Colorado regions.

Tissue & Hygiene Market Industry Trends & Outlook 2018, just released

The newly-released Global Tissue & Hygiene Market Research Report 2018 provides strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global tissue and hygiene sector.

Along with strategically analysing the key micro markets, the report also focuses on industry-specific drivers, restraints, opportunities and challenges in the tissue and hygiene market.

New software reduces cleaning rounds from 90 to 68 per day at Unilever HQ

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Opened in 2009, Unilever's headquarters in Germany is a striking feature in Hamburg's newly redeveloped harbour district. With offices and public areas, washroom visitor numbers can be as high as 5,000 on a weekday.

Kimberly-Clark announces strategic investment in its Mobile, Alabama Mill

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has approved a capacity expansion project at its Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility that will support K-C Professional's continued bath tissue category growth in North America.

"The Mobile team is excited about the role we will play in supporting the projected growth of the bath tissue category in North America as a result of this capacity expansion project," says Todd Visscher, mill manager for Kimberly-Clark 's Mobile operations. "This investment, the commitment of our employees, and the community support will together bolster Mobile Mill's competitive position within Kimberly-Clark."

Students launch self-cleaning fish tanks - using coconuts

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Two French entrepreneurs are revolutionising fish tanks with a product that uses half a recycled coconut and means an aquarium rarely has to be cleaned, having starting their business CocoPlant while studying at Université Paris-Saclay.

ISSA Oceania announces leadership change & staffing expansion

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The Oceania division of ISSA is preparing for a change in leadership. Kim Taranto, ISSA Oceania manager, is passing the mantle to Lauren Micallef, effective tomorrow. The move comes as Kim takes her leave to pursue a new career opportunity and Lauren - a dynamic executive who has risen through the ranks of product and business marketing, leading teams and launching nationwide programs in Australia - will likely prove a worthy successor.

No - not a bad back; just making aqueous ozone

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TC Cleaning machines is the exclusive UK importer for the TomCat range of floor cleaning equipment. Built in America on the banks of Lake Michigan, these machines are supplied by some 300 distributors in over 36 countries and we were impressed with the fact that the machine pictured here makes its own aqueous ozone as it goes along.


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Thomas Fairbairn EcoDepo's general manager Rory McAlinden had a lot to show off on the stand and we were really impressed with the clever thinking behind the many different waste and recycling bins on display.

Rotowash: proven technology still going strong

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John and I both know Rotowash from our earliest days in the industry and we were pleased to learn that nothing much as changed with this popular technology, apart from "a few tweaks" as we were told. Well - as the saying goes: "I it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Mira: delivering miracles?

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We loved the manoeuvrability of this piece of equipment, which as well as being able to clean efficiently in and around fixtures and low furniture thanks to its handle which can adopt just about any angle, was extremely light and easy to handle, as sales manager Simon Jackson ably demonstrated.

We weren't the only ones who'd been impressed by the Mira... Simon told us that the team had already taken 10 'really good' enquiries - and the show had only been open for about four hours!

Muck Muncher!

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Sure Chemicals designs, manufactures and supplies a full range of high quality products for industrial, commercial and domestic applications. Established in 1983, its success is based on its flexibility in the manufacture of products to suit specific needs and quantity requirements.

Touchless technology cleans wet areas, carpet and upholstery

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Prochem Europe is showcasing its new touchless cleaning technology for washrooms and other wet areas that also can be used on carpet and upholstery.

Outsource Support chooses SmartTask to better manage FM teams

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Outsource Support, a leading provider of facilities and support services in Ireland, has adopted SmartTask to better monitor and coordinate its cleaning and security teams.

Changes to marine litter composition includes 'dramatic' reduction in plastic bags, finds research

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Some 25 years of research from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has revealed changes in the composition of marine plastic litter, finding a decrease in the number of plastic bags found on the UK's seabed and suggesting that efforts may be able to tackle the marine litter challenge.

SOCMA: Proposed China tariffs to impact cleaning chemicals manufacture

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The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), whose members play an indispensable role in the global chemical supply chain, has today responded to an announcement by China that it plans to impose tariffs on billions of dollars in US exports, including chemicals, in retaliation to the recently proposed US tariffs on Chinese aluminum, steel and other products.

RAS shares its in-depth knowledge with foreign professionals

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After a series of training sessions conducted from August to September last year, which received acclaim from the Ascendas-Singbridge (ASB) senior management, the Restroom Association (Singapore) was invited to the ASB Forum in New Delhi on 21st March to share similar information about design, maintenance and education with other ASB professionals from countries such as Australia, China and India.

Satin Ellipse - the new premium dispenser range from Kennedy Hygiene, is launched

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Kennedy Hygiene Products, manufacturer of Ellipse range of dispensers, is launching the new premium product line, Satin Ellipse, this month.

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I said some weeks ago that it wouldn't be long before the rest of the UK's supermarkets followed Iceland's lead in pledging to eradicate unnecessary single-use plastics, but I'd had no idea just how far it would all go.

Announced today, the UK Plastics Pact is a trailblazing initiative and the first of a global network of such pacts, which will bring together the entire plastics packaging value chain behind a common vision and ambitious set of targets. It will stimulate innovative new business models to reduce the amount of plastic packaging and create a circular economy for plastics. It will also help build a stronger recycling system, where we take more responsibility for our own waste, and ensure plastic packaging can be effectively recycled and made into new products and packaging.

The immediate focus will be on identifying the priority projects that will deliver greatest impacts in the short and long term, such as overcoming barriers to increasing the amount of recycled content used in new packaging, developing reusable packaging and working with partners to overcome the issue of un-recyclable black plastic. I'm delighted to see how many organisations are involved and if yours is one of them, I'd love to hear from you.

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This Week's News

UK businesses make world-leading pact to tackle plastic pollution

* UK-plastics-pact.jpgUnnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

The UK Plastics Pact, launched today by sustainability expert WRAP, is a unique collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste.

Changing roles and responsibilities within British Cleaning Council announced

* BCC-changing-roles.jpgThe British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, has officially welcomed several new Council member representatives.

At a recent BCC meeting held at The Manchester Cleaning Show, the BCC's Chair Stan Atkins formally introduced Kim Phillips, (Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers), Stephen Bloye (British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education) and Ian Andrew (British Pest Control Association) as new Council representatives for their respective organisations.

Cleaning equipment market showing 'above-inflation' growth for 2018

* Cleaning-equipment-market.jpgA new report on the commercial cleaning equipment market from MTW Research has found that sales are exhibiting above inflation growth in 2018, though cleaning manufacturers and distributors face several challenges and shifting product trends.

The 270-page report suggests the cleaning equipment market has increased by 15%, boosted by product development - particularly in the powered cleaning machine market. And despite some predictions that Brexit may have represented a threat to the market in 2018, forecasts are positive with above inflation growth likely to 2022.

Amsterdam: the perfect place to become certified!

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ISSA is aiming to get you certified during next month’s Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. ISSA's Cleaning Management Institute will be hosting two training courses at the Rai exhibition centre:

Accredited Auditing Professional (AAP):  This course will qualify you to provide consistent and standard quality-assurance audits and will enable you to become part of an elite group of auditing professionals throughout the world. It will take place on 16th May from 09:00 – 15:00, Room D407 (Elicium)

Legal to work here?

* uCcomply.jpgHow often do employers of all sizes check if applicants have the right to work here, and how failsafe are their methods? With fines of £20,000 per illegal worker or imprisonment for the employer looming and over 8,400 producers of fake documents in Europe, it is easy for a busy recruiter to miss one fake, using traditional methods.

A new cloud-based solution from uComply provides your firm with a consistent process for 'Right to Work' and identifies the sophisticated fake documents either on its mobile or laptop system, for less than the price of a cup of coffee per candidate.

Matrix expands network

* Matrix-expands-network.jpgHaving recently acquired Matrix Cleaning Systems' previous Australian distributor, Abco Products has become the steam cleaning machine specialist's new distributor. With locations in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Abco can provide national coverage.

Offering some of the best known and popular cleaning & hygiene products and equipment and an extensive range of high quality consumables, Abco is a preferred and trusted supplier for several national business service contractors and facilities management services around Australia.

Eco-responsible cleaning products receive impressive endorsement

* Eco-responsible-products.jpgHydros Solutions International's ECO.3 range of eco-responsible cleaning products has been awarded top spot by The Good Shopping Guide in its assessment of ethical companies and products.

"This is great news for our customers as they now have a third-party review confirming our products are indeed safe, non-toxic and ethically produced," says the company's Brent Dunleavey.

Salisbury Group sets Gold Standard

* Salisbury-Group.jpgThe Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has awarded facilities services provider Salisbury Group, a prestigious Gold Award for excellence in health & safety practices. The Award recognises Salisbury Group's high level of performance, well-developed occupational health & safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

The internationally-renowned RoSPA Health & Safety Awards is the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

Waxie guides school to a sustainable waste diversion program

* Waxie-recycling-guides-Beulah.jpgIn a joint effort, EcoSafe national manager Jason Sanders, EcoSafe regional program manager Daniel Redick, and Waxie senior account consultant Jeff Kothe, worked alongside school staff to drive sustainability efforts at Beulah Payne TK-6 Elementary School in Inglewood, California. The partnership successfully eliminated waste through student education and streamlined waste management.

These efforts included a 'Free the Napkin' campaign in which designated staff, known as 'Eco Heroes', taught students to begin waste sorting efforts at the table. The Eco Heroes further ensured proper sorting by guiding students through the process at compost, recycling and landfill stations set up by Waxie and EcoSafe.

Are you ISO 45001 ready?' Embrace change now to help spearhead workplace safety

* ISO-45001-ready.jpgWith workplace safety presenting one the biggest challenges for modern industry, global certification firm Bureau Veritas is urging businesses to take up the mantel and ensure they are 'ISO 45001 compliant' ahead of time in order to help improve standards for all.

Published in March 2018, ISO 45001:2018 constitutes the world's first occupational health & safety international standard.

Weltec Biopower expands plant lineup in Northern Ireland

* Weltec-Biopower.jpgGerman biogas specialist weltec biopower is currently building three anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland. All three 500KW plants will shortly be completed and will go live in Summer 2018. Two of them are being set up in County Antrim in north-east Northern Ireland. Another plant is being built in Benburb in County Tyrone. Thus, Weltec will soon account for nine of a total of about 40 biogas plants in Northern Ireland.

British Safety Council warns UK businesses of Introducing robots in the workplace

Technology threatens the safety of employees in the workplace, claims the British Safety Council. In a recent report entitled Future Risk, the BSC has highlighted the potential risk that new technology and machinery will have on the UK workforce.

Greyland by name - but very colourful by nature!

* Greyland-colourful-trailer.jpgA colourful new fleet of long haul trailers has been delivered to Greyland, reflecting on the company's standing as one of Britain's leading independent cleaning chemical manufacturers.

The new trailers have been delivered in conjunction with ADD Express and Pall-Ex Group. The haulage contract means that not only will ADD Express deliver bulk orders on behalf of Greyland, but, as members of the Pall-Ex distribution network, they can also quickly and efficiently despatch anything on a pallet to any part of the mainland UK.

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Recent UK News

Manchester Cleaning Show exceeds 2016 debut

Last week's Manchester Cleaning Show has exceeded its 2016 debut, with 27% more exhibitors, 40% more floor-space and higher visitor numbers, reports the British Cleaning Council, which co-produces the event with Quartz Business Media. Held again at Event City in Trafford, the 2018 show attracted over 2,400 visitors - nearly 5% up on the first North West show in 2016.

Industry giants to become UK and Ireland's largest supplier of cleaning & hygiene products

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Diversey and Zenith Hygiene Group have announced the completion of the transaction by Bain Capital Private Equity which will combine the two companies, creating the UK and Ireland's largest manufacturer and supplier of cleaning and hygiene products.

I know my place

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Visitors of a certain age to the recent Manchester Cleaning Show could be forgiven for doubling up with laughter as they passed the Greyland stand.

FSA trials new technology for remote monitoring of food businesses

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New digital technology that is increasingly used by food businesses to manage hygiene practices could soon also be used to help environmental health officers monitor food businesses in real time, enabling them to detect food safety problems sooner and improve protection for the public.

Cleaning businesses need to take a systematic approach to support sustainable growth

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A lack of standardisation and business process is a clear barrier to building a valuable contract cleaning company according to Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask.

Principle awarded The Office Group contract

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Principle Cleaning Services has been awarded a new two-year cleaning services contract with The Office Group (TOG), a leading provider of flexible office space, meeting and co-working spaces.

Greyland: moving toward sustainability

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Greyland Chemicals' Richard Dyson told us that as part of its continuous strategy to be the 'best in class' in its market sector, it has been working with its bottle supply partner Alpla UK to develop and implement sustainable bottle packaging.

As a result, Alpla is shortly to introduce recycled polymer packaging to the industrial chemicals cleaning sector.

Businesses to have helping hand in 'all things compliance' with new learning academy

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With it becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to keep up with the volume of ever-changing regulation that they must adhere to, one compliance training expert is providing a much-needed helping hand with the launch of a learning academy.

Keeping the Great British Spring Clean sustainable

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RPC bpi recycled products has partnered with the Great British Spring Clean as its sole supplier of 100% recycled plastic refuse sacks for this year's campaign. The environmental charity is hoping to inspire and mobilise over 500,000 volunteers across the UK to go out and help clean up their local areas.

Social enterprise recognised at inaugural CSSA Innovation Showcase

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Clarity - The Soap Co. was given a Recognition Award for its social enterprise innovation at the inaugural Cleaning & Support Services Association Innovation Showcase 2018 - sponsored by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association. Held at The Brewery, London, last month, the event celebrated the cleaning industry's six most innovative products, services and initiatives.

Risks around grey fleet and how to avoid them

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It can be a tricky topic where businesses are concerned... However, the grey fleet - which refers to any vehicle used for making a work-related journey, which is not owned or leased by the organisation itself - can be managed effectively when the right steps are taken. With 12 billion miles driven each year in grey fleet vehicles, it comes as no surprise that employers are paying out over five billion pounds a year in mileage claims and car allowances.

Summer dining may mean more kitchen extract fires, warns Swiftclean

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Two kitchen extract fires in one Saturday in London demonstrate the risks of not regularly cleaning kitchen extract systems in accordance with TR/19, especially in warmer weather, says specialist building services provider, Swiftclean Building Services.

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Cleantex Africa
12-14th October 2022
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25-26th October 2022

Interclean China 2022
23-25th November 2022

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