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International News

Cole & Wilson introduces Caretex professional laundry powders

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Cole & Wilson has introduced a range of Caretex Professional Powders; premium products that can be used across all types of laundry for outlets preferring a powdered detergent.

RAS awards first six-star washrooms to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

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The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is first to be awarded the six-star rating for adopting smart washroom solutions, reports the Restroom Association Singapore.

Mitie wins Ahlsell contract in Norway

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Mitie has secured a facilities management and property services contract with Ahlsell - a leading supplier of materials to the Nordic FM, plumbing, ventilation, electrical, tools and personal protective equipment market - to manage and maintain all its store locations in Norway.

Grate Seal solves school shower smells

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Grate Seal products are proving a hit with schools, leisure centres and multi-level buildings after being introduced to the UK market in December 2017 by Sanitaryware Supplies Company.

ISS wins two large hospital contracts in Turkey

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ISS Turkey has entered into two five-year integrated services partnerships in the healthcare sector with Kayseri Hospital and Elazi Hospital respectively.

The two contracts will have a combined annual revenue of around DKK 250 million.

Nanotera launches powerful plant-based surfactants for oil industry

Nanotera Group has introduced powerful, plant-based cleaning agents which it says perform at record times, to replace chemical and hazardous products currently used in the oil & gas industry.

To Hydrofinity and beyond...

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Xeros Cleaning Technologies, the developer of water-saving commercial laundry solutions for hotels and commercial laundries, is changing its name to Hydrofinity from July 10th.

Ukraine gears up for 16th International Cleaning Forum

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Ukraine is getting ready to welcome delegates to its 16th International Cleaning Forum which is being held from 2nd - 5th October, 2018 at the International Exhibition Center, Kyiv.

'Cleaning for a Reason' wins Silver in 'Power of A'

ASAE, the centre for association leadership in the US, has awarded its 2018 'Power of A' Award (Silver Level) to ISSA for its 'Cleaning for a Reason program' - a nonprofit organisation that partners with residential cleaners throughout the US and Canada to offer free in-home cleaning to help women who are battling cancer. It which works with more than 1,200 professional cleaning companies, and was adopted by ISSA last year.

One week left to nominate terrific toilets for America's Best Restroom contest

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Only one week remains to nominate your favourite washroom in America! Through July 9th, Cintas Corporation is accepting nominations for the 17th annual America's Best Restroom Contest.

Ideal Response appoints new senior technical manager

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Ideal Response has welcomed Gavin Smith as its new senior technical manager. Bringing more than 20 years' industry experience - including various roles at senior level - to the company, Gavin will be based at the company's Maidstone, Kent headquarters.

ECDC reviews risk posed by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in healthcare settings

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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae - the subject of an updated rapid risk assessment published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control - represent a risk to patients and healthcare systems, causing infections associated with high mortality due to the limited treatment options available.

Research shows polyurethane kitchen sponge helps keep E. coli at bay

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FXI, the producer of innovative foam products, reports that a groundbreaking study by Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a renowned professor of microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona, reveals that using a kitchen sponge made of polyurethane foam significantly reduces the spread of E. coli, decreasing the risk of infection by up to 90%, when compared to a traditional cellulose sponge.

CBRE Group to acquire majority interest in FM provider Ramot Group in Israel

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CBRE Group announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in the Ramot Group, a leading facilities management provider in Israel.

Tissue industry professionals from four continents to convene at Tissue World Istanbul

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Tissue World Istanbul, the international gathering of the tissue industry, will take place at the Istanbul Congress Centre from 4th to 6th September 2018.

Veritiv brings Reliable Brand products to Canada

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Veritiv Corporation, a North American business-to-business distribution solutions provider, is making its Reliable Brand of comprehensive facility solutions products, such as towel and tissue, bin liners, chemicals, floor pads, and hand hygiene products - available in Canada for the first time.

Georgia-Pacific announces agreement to sell European nonwovens business to Glatfelter

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Georgia-Pacific announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to sell Georgia-Pacific Steinfurt GmbH, the company's European nonwovens business, to Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of speciality papers and engineered products headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.

Family-owned company invests in electrostatic cleaning technology

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Operating for more than 55 years, family-owned City Wide of Southwest Connecticut has recently invested in the Clorox Total 360 System with a view to remaining proactive and better able to deal with cross-contamination and outbreaks of viruses such as influenza.

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This week we're running a piece on how rises in the statutory minimum wage in Canada are impacting on the cleaning industry there and in recent weeks we've covered the same issue from the Australian and British perspectives too.

The publication this week of details of salaries of the top earners at the BBC (or rather those whose salaries actually show in the books) made me cross - not only because they are, in a lot of cases, unjustified, and because the jobs are those, I'm sure, many of us would love to do and could perhaps do well - but also because the BBC's coffers are filled by forced contributions of £75.25 annually by the registered blind; many of whom can't see the TV at all! Cleaner at National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage rates or BBC presenter at six-figure salary (sometimes more) with all the trappings and the opportunity to do pantomime at Christmas?

There's no contest, is there? And look at the lifestyles enjoyed by many of the world's footballers, which are being reported on so widely at the moment. Footballers used to earn too little in a profession that forced early retirement, but with celebrity culture and the opportunities to earn money that this brings, the pendulum has swung too far the other way. Footballers' salaries have become so high that in many cases, cleaners can no longer afford to support their local team by attending games, since the ticket prices have been raised as high as possible to help pay the inflated salaries.

Life isn't fair, is it? Cleaners most of the world over should be paid more money and they certainly deserve to be paid more, bearing in mind what they have to do. But how do we manage it? The public are always slating the business of 'contracting out', saying that standards have dropped and prices have risen because of it. Facilities don't want to/feel they can't afford to pay more for cleaning, but if the cleaners don't earn enough, well - in my neck of the woods anyway - we, the taxpayers, have to top up their salaries, which isn't fair either. The contractors are saying they can't cover the increases because their contract prices are being squeezed by clients, as there's always a competitor offering to do it cheaper.

How do we raise the value of good cleaning, in the public's eye?

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This Week's News

Minimum Wage increases to impact Canadian cleaning industry

* Paul-Goldin.jpgIn January this year, the minimum wage in Ontario, one of Canada's most populated provinces, jumped from $11.60 per hour to $14.00 per hour, and that rate will increase to $15.00 per hour starting January 2019.

Virtual Building Service: a game-changer for building owners, FM pro's and developers

* Virtual-Building-Service.jpgBuilding owners, FM professionals and property developers all appreciate knowing in advance how buildings perform. Well-designed spaces and smooth people flows translate into better user experiences, higher rents and faster ROIs.

BCC welcomes BSA as new Council Member

* BCC-BSA.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 The Business Services Association as a new Council Member.

The BSA is the industry body for the UK's business services sector, supporting enterprise across both the private and public sectors.

Kaivac introduces any time/anywhere personal trainer

* Kaivac-PT.jpgKaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning systems, has announced the development of an entirely new technology: the KaiTutor - an 'any time/ anywhere' personal tutor that allows cleaning workers to access training information and 'best practice' techniques to improve their cleaning effectiveness.

Two new representatives join CHSA Council

* Caroline.jpgKimberly-Clark Professional has been re-elected and RPC bpi recycled products elected onto the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Council. The appointments were made at the AGM, held recently at the House of Commons, resulting in two new representatives joining the Council.

HSE 'Chemicals EU Exit' workshop being held next month

* HSE_Chemicals-EU-Exit.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive's Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) will be holding a one-day stakeholder workshop covering EU Exit and its impact on the Biocidal Products Regulations, Classification Labelling and Packaging, and Prior Informed Consent regulations as part of planning for a contingency scenario (no deal).

The workshop will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool City Centre on Wednesday 1st August, 2018.

Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' Forum focused on 'Facing the Future'

* AHCP.jpgThe Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' latest three-day Annual Education and Development Forum, which took place last month, was based on the theme 'Facing the Future'. Organised and managed in-house by the Midlands Branch and AHCP's business manager, the event turned out to be the best and most well-attended for many years.

UK Chancellor attends landmark healthcare agreement between Serco and Jeddah hospital

* UK-Chancellor_Serco.jpgSerco and Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH), accompanied by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, have this week announced a partnership agreement to transform facilities management and patient-facing services at the hospital in Jeddah over the next five years.

Serco has been working with this leading hospital group for six months to design a new integrated service methodology, developing plans for major efficiencies and service improvements.

Avidbots partners with Compass to bring robotic automation to Canadian FM market

* Avidbots-Compass-Canada.jpgAvidbots has announced that Compass Group has purchased the Neo self-driving floor cleaning robot to enhance cleaning productivity and performance for its clients. The initial deployment is through the Eurest Services facilities management company for its education-based clients with deployment to other business units in 2018.

Loo of the Year Awards Judging in progress

* LOTYA-winner.jpgThe Loo of the Year Awards inspection team members are now completing the inspection of thousands of 2018 Loo of the Year Awards entrants' washrooms throughout the UK, including many new entrants.

They are travelling thousands of miles by road, boat and aircraft and will have visited hundreds of towns and cities (including the Scilly Isles!) while inspecting every category of 'away from home' washroom.

Honeywell provides handy insights on avoiding workplace skin damage and irritation

* Honeywell-Whitepaper.jpgHoneywell Safety & Productivity Solutions has published a free whitepaper on sources and causes of skin damage and irritation for health & safety managers to consider when protecting workers' hands.

'Hand Protection: Understanding Skin Irritation in the Workplace' explores the risks involved in handling chemicals, provides an overview of the associated legislation and European standards and explains the role of personal protective equipment.

More needs to be done to protect workers' lives

* Safety.jpgThere were 144 work-related fatalities in Britain during 2017-18, an increase from 135 fatalities in the previous year, reported the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last week (see fatality_figures for details).

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Recent UK News

Expansion is coming to Selden...

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Selden Research tells us it is in the process of expanding its existing Buxton site and that the work - due for completion during September this year - involves the construction of a four-storey, 15,000sq.ft new administration centre, laboratory and customer training facility.

Dennis Goodwin joins Hako Machines

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Hako Machines in the UK has welcomed Dennis Goodwin as regional sales manager for the South of England.

Dennis brings with him over 25 years' experience in the specification and sales of floor cleaning machines and this, allied to his experience of managing field sales teams, will really help the business to enhance its position as a brand leader in the UK machine marketplace.

UBM EMEA announces record-breaking year for Facilities Show 2018

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Growing by significant margins, the Facilities Show 2018 attracted 7% more visitors than the 2017 event. Now in its 19th year, the Facilities Show continues to reaffirm its status as a leading global event for facilities managers as it successfully champions the industry.

Cleaning company goes for green

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Cleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions has once again been recognised by The Green Organisation for its commitment to the environment.

Plan for change: the message at the CHSA's House of Commons event

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'Plan for change' was the message from Jon Purdy (left of picture), EMEA director of customer experience at Kimberly-Clark, and Lord Jon Mendelsohn, formerly Labour's business and international trade spokesperson in the House of Lords, at the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's prestigious House of Commons event.

Washroom suppliers' merger may raise competition concerns

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The Competition and Markets Authority has found Rentokil's purchase of Cannon Hygiene may lead to higher prices and lower quality for businesses buying products and services for washrooms.

Chris Klopper

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We are sad to announce that the cleaning industry has lost one of its most well-known public relations professionals.

Chris Klopper, founder & CEO of Mulberry Marketing Communications, a PR and marketing communications consultancy Chris started in 1995 which now has seven offices on four continents, passed away on Sunday after a short illness.

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