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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:
"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.
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.
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.
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."
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My daughter served up a large nut roast last Wednesday evening and not wanting to lie down in bed too soon after eating, or strain my eyes trying to read a book in bed by lamplight, I did what many of us do and sat up with my laptop, clicking through a multitude of websites to read things that caught my eye on the previous website I'd visited. A bit of a 'magical mystery tour' if you like - some of it interesting, some inspirational and some making me think: "Well that's 10 minutes of my life I'm not going to get back".
Keeping an eye on the local election results I looked at various news sites to see the slant each publication/broadcaster was putting on the incoming declarations (it's incredible how the same news can look so different, depending upon the writer's political bias!) and ended up scanning down the other news to see what was going on in the world.
One headline that caught my eye covered the sacking of three refuse workers who'd been caught on CCTV mixing up residents' carefully sorted recycling. I clicked through to the story and was met with a banner ad showing a range of waste & recycling bins by Binopolis, sitting above the story.
I didn't read the rest of the article as I was too busy focusing on the inspired thinking behind the ad. I have to take my hat off to those who decided to use the bad news to show off its company's or client's great collection of bins. Brilliant! That's one brand I won't forget in a hurry!
Back in 2002, Cleanzine was the first e-zine launched into the UK's cleaning sector and our early advertisers showed some of that inspired thinking, supporting a new medium when the Internet was still in its infancy. Brightwell Dispensers, which celebrated its 70th birthday last year, has been with us continually since day one and like us, it's well-known in a lot more countries than it was back then. If you'd like to know just what we can offer for even a small outlay, do get in touch with John Austen to find out more - but not next week please, as we'll be at the Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. I'm told that all 13 halls at the RAi have been filled with exhibitors for our industry's most eagerly-awaited event. What an achievement!
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This Week's News
ISSA and Italian trade association for cleaning industry manufacturers, Afidamp FAB, have announced a new partnership focused on jointly developing and executing go-to-market opportunities for their members and the industry at-large, on a global scale.
This new collaboration is one step in a larger international expansion strategy for both associations. Under the joint project, ISSA and Afidamp will co-own the existing Pulire family of events, both exhibitions and educational events, as well as develop new options to help connect members and share knowledge across the worldwide cleaning industry.
Research that explores new ways for laundry detergents to improve their cleaning performance in lower wash temperatures has been honoured with the American Cleaning Institute Distinguished Paper Award, recognising the most outstanding research to appear in 2017 in the Journal of Surfactants & Detergents.
The award was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society, during a luncheon of the group's Surfactants & Detergents Division.
The UK's Professor Mark Wilcox MD, consultant microbiologist, Leeds Teaching hospitals, is to present highlights at Interclean 2018 in Amsterdam next week, from his latest research study into washroom contamination. The research has shown that hand drying methods can affect therisk of microbial contamination in hospital settings.
His presentation 'Hand drying - first do no harm', will take place on Thursday 17th May from 13.00 to 14.00 on the Interclean stage during the Symposium at RAI/Interclean 2018.
Commercial cleaning expert Cleanology has launched a one-stop-shop property maintenance service to help building managers deal with emergencies and keep properties in top condition. The new service offers 24-hour call out for a range of problems including plumbing, drainage, air conditioning, building works and electrical issues. Cleanology can also provide locksmiths and make buildings safe in the event of broken glass.
CEO Dominic Ponniah, says the move was an obvious next step for the company. "Cleaning operatives know buildings better than the people who work in them," he notes. "We are familiar with all the issues that premises may encounter and are often the first to spot a problem.
Water UK, the representative body for water and sewerage providers in the UK, has issued a statement in response to recent adverse press regarding the content, use and disposal of wet wipes. Speaking on Tuesday, the organisation's director of corporate affairs, Rae Stewart, said:
"Water companies spend billions of pounds every year improving water and sewerage services in this country, but our sewers are just not designed to handle these new wipes which clog up the system.
Specialist bathroom retailer, Bathstore, is taking a stand on promoting bathroom equality by launching 'Pants down for equality' - an all-day Looathon designed to highlight the conditions many disabled people face when using public toilets.
The campaign is launched in partnership with Sarah Brisdion, who helped bring the issue to public attention in December 2017 through her #ChangingPlaces toilet selfies. The Looathon, which will see Sarah sit on a toilet from 10:00 until 16:00 tomorrow, Friday, May 11th, will take place in Bathstore's Baker Street showroom in full public view.
A furniture manufacturer has been fined after exposing its employees to significant quantities of hardwood dust, a hazardous substance known to cause occupational asthma and nasal cancer. It was noted that the absence of a 'robust cleaning regime' had exacerbated the problems.
Luton Magistrates' Court heard how employees in Andrena Furniture's workshop were exposed to hardwood dust on a daily basis. One of the reasons for such high levels of the hazardous substance was found to be the company's extraction system, which when tested during an HSE inspection in 2016, was found to be inefficient.
The new Wecoline Allure microfibre concept is said to benefit from the optimal combination of cleaning with the best microfibre materials and a professional appearance. The materials in this new Allure line all come in anthracite and are in the trusted premium quality. "As a result," says the company, "the professional's complete equipment is at the same time the cleaning company's business card".
Wecoline Allure microfibre cloths, including a version with a scrubbing edge, come with trim in seven different colours to provide optimal support for colour-coded cleaning regimes.
Early bird registration is now open for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification's third-annual technical conference, which this year has the theme 'Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup'. Featuring a suite of expert speakers in the field of trauma and crime scene cleanup, the Las Vegas conference will offer attendees an inside look at what it takes to work in this niche field.
"This year's technical conference will provide an excellent networking and learning opportunity for those looking to diversify into and get involved with another area of cleaning and restoration," says Pete Duncanson, IICRC Chairman. "We're excited about our lineup of speakers thus far and look forward to introducing attendees to those considered leaders in this growing field."
Italian startup Clairy continues to raise funds for its second successful Kickstarter campaign for the smart indoor air purifier Natede, which, in the first half that ends 1st June, has already hit €500,000.
Until then, anyone anywhere in the world will be able to join the campaign and pre-order this natural and smart air purifier at a very discounted price on the future retail price. At first sight Natede is a plant holder; look closer and you can see that it's a beautiful and sustainable air purifier, designed and crafted in Italy. It also comes with its own stand, in pure fine wood.
Bunzl Canada has this week announced that its candidate was the winner of the annual Great Canadian Sales Competition in Toronto. The winner and runners up were announced at a gala evening attended by corporate sponsors and contest finalists.
Bunzl is one of the founding sponsors of the competition and said it is delighted to see its representative candidate, Herbert Bempah, selected as the winner and awarded the $7500 grand prize.
It may not be top of mind for hotel guests, but wastewater in hotels is serious business. With wastewater from kitchens, bathrooms and public areas to consider, hotels need a solution that is affordable, easy to maintain and, most of all, effective. For many, environmental impact is also a significant consideration.
To prevent blockages, many hotels are turning to biological drain products to 'clean' wastewater, but many of these solutions use solvents or free enzyme treatments which can damage the environment and don't prevent one of the biggest concerns, odour.
Having identified food safety in supply chains as an area for improvement, the Ministry of Health of Sarawak, Malaysia, invited Rentokil Initial to share on how data can be used to improve pest management during the Internal Audit Seminar. This was the second occasion Rentokil had collaborated with MOH in 2018 and rendered its expertise on pest-related issues.
The workshop that took place at the end of April broached topics that enabled food safety officers to glean invaluable insights in online pest management tools and hygiene practices that should be implemented to create a safer food production and management experience.
NanoTouch Materials, in Forest, Virginia, has used new advances in nanotechnology to create NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces, enabling healthcare facilities to achieve a higher level of cleanliness. NanoSeptic skins and mats turn dirty high traffic touchpoints, such as reception counters, door handles, and over-the-bed tray tables into continuously self-cleaning surfaces.
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