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International News

ACI names toxicologist James Kim as associate vice president, science & regulatory affairs

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James Kim, Ph.D., DABT, M.H.S., a toxicologist with extensive scientific and research experience in the public, private and academic sectors, has joined the American Cleaning Institute as Associate Vice President, Science & Regulatory Affairs.

Brightwell Dispensers launches new Twin Micro Jumbo toilet roll dispenser

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Brightwell Dispensers now offers a new Twin Micro Jumbo toilet roll dispenser as part of the company's growing Modular range of jumbo toilet roll dispensers. The new Twin Micro Jumbo toilet roll dispenser is a very cost-effective unit to dispense and manage toilet rolls.

Minimum Wage increases to impact Canadian cleaning industry

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In 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

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Building 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.

Kaivac introduces any time/anywhere personal trainer

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Kaivac, 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.

UK Chancellor attends landmark healthcare agreement between Serco and Jeddah hospital

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Serco 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.

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

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Avidbots 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.

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The Food Standards Agency's Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker results, published this week, shows that we as consumers are progressively paying more attention to the hygiene standards of the establishments in which we eat and drink, as well as those from which we buy food and drink to consume elsewhere. I would hope that the tracking survey, which monitors changes in consumer attitudes towards food-related issues by questioning consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, reflects the feelings of those throughout the developed world, in as much as the more aware of the issues we become and the more vocal we are about them, the higher the standards we should enjoy.

The top food safety issues of concern for respondents were food hygiene when eating out (33%), chemicals from the environment (such as lead) in food (30%), food additives (29%) and food poisoning (28%). The top wider food issues of concern were the amount of sugar in food (55%), food waste (51%), food prices (43%) and animal welfare (42%). Concern about food safety in UK restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways was cited by 45%, while concern about food safety in UK shops and supermarkets was cited by 43%.

The most commonly reported ways of knowing about hygiene standards were via hygiene stickers / certificates and the general appearance of the premises (both 61%). And while we in the industry know that even if an establishment looks clean, it doesn't necessarily mean it's really clean and - importantly - hygienic, the fact that the wider public tends to trust the FSA's judgment means that premises able to display a five-star sticker on the door are going to do better than those that don't have a sticker at all.

The result that most surprised me is that only 82% reported that they were aware of hygiene standards in places they eat out at or buy food from - I would have expected it to have been more! Years ago, I tended to be put-off eating somewhere if it looked visibly dirty - now I make a point of checking out a place before even setting foot in the door. With an abundance of reviews all over the Web, a complaint about an establishment's lack of cleanliness means I won't use it, so it surprises me that 18% of people don't seem to be that concerned...

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This Week's News

Impact Products names Sylvia Lam strategic account manager, Western Region

* Impact-Products_Sylvia-Lam.jpgCleaning supplies and accessories manufacturer, Impact Products, has announced the addition of Sylvia Lam as strategic account manager, Western Region.

Working collaboratively with Impact's manufacturers' representatives, Sylvia will be responsible for key distributor account development, training and collaborative consuming customer work.

China Crisis: mixed recyclables ban will force businesses to rethink waste management and focus on value

* China-Crisis.jpgStephen Cameron, business development director at SWRnewstar, explores the implications that China's ban on the importation of mixed recyclables will have on the UK. In the wake of news that broke following the National Audit Office (NAO) report, the China ban places even more pressure on businesses.

Xeros makes major shipment of near-waterless washing machines to South Africa's drought-ridden Cape Province

X* Xeros-Water.jpgeros Technology Group, the UK-headquartered technology business and innovator of a near-waterless laundry system, and Fanute, a solution provider to the hospitality industry, have announced the shipment of 16 near-waterless washing machines to the drought-inflicted Cape Province region of South Africa.

Cape Town is just one region where drought has led to a permanent change in water consumption being legislated, creating increased demand for Xeros's sustainability credentials in geographic markets that can no longer ignore issues around water scarcity.

Bio-P pulls flush on odorous washroom smells

* Bio-P.jpgBio-Productions is pulling the flush on bad odours in public washrooms thanks to its pioneering Bio-P technology. The Sussex manufacturer has waged war on smelly bathrooms with its flagship devices, which effectively destroy odours, clean pipes and conserve water at the same time.

The Bio-P works by combining the company's renowned Biological Urinal Block products with an easy-to-fit cap that attaches to most urinals with no installation cost. 

Golden Line Green Care shares research into duct cleaning and indoor air pollution

* Golden-Line-Green-Care.jpgIndoor air quality is gaining more importance as air pollution becomes a global environmental issue and we learn more about the risks to our health, of living and working in a polluted environment.

Award-winning, Toronto, Canada-based cleaning company Golden Line Green Care has been carrying out research on duct cleaning and indoor air pollution and says that while, on average, people spend 90% of a day indoors, most don't acknowledge that indoor air pollution might be worse inside than outside. Yet research shows that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air.

Labour shortage 'a constant problem' for cleaning companies in Hungary

* Budapest-Cleaning-Show.jpgThe constant lack of a viable labour force is the main challenge facing the cleaning technology sector in Hungary, says Zoltán Paár, chairman of the Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ). Zoltán believes that the long-term solution should involve better training and the ability to charge more for cleaning services than is currently considered acceptable.

Nowadays it's very difficult to find cleaning staff in Hungary, due to the labour shortage and lack of training. Wages have almost doubled in the sector over the past few years, and most companies are struggling to keep up with the increased wage burden and the related charges, which together make up between 70% and 80% of their total expenses.

Becọ - good, clean fun!

* Beco.jpgAward-winning social enterprise, Clarity-The Soap Co. has launched a sister brand, Becọ - putting meaningful change for disabled and disadvantaged people firmly into the supply chain of organisations seeking to save water and do good.

Becọ is a Better Considered movement. Making things better:

BCC announces details of Resource Management Show to run parallel to Cleaning Show

* BCC-resources.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 announced details of a new trade show which will run alongside The Cleaning Show at London's Excel next year (19th - 21st March).

Called 'The Resource Management Show', the two-day event will be a platform for recycling and waste management equipment manufacturers and distributors, product suppliers and other related service providers, to promote their latest offerings.

DCA to boost professional standards with development grant from British Cleaning Council

* DCA.jpgThe Domestic Cleaning Alliance, the only UK trade association working exclusively on behalf of the domestic cleaning industry, has been awarded an £1,700 grant by the British Cleaning Council to kick-start two new professional development initiatives specifically for the domestic cleaning sector.

The first is a pilot staff retention workshop which will be designed to help owners of small domestic cleaning companies manage, incentivise and ultimately retain cleaning staff.

Survey reveals safety managers' confidence with workplace eyewash stations

* Safety-Survey.jpgFrom small particles like sawdust and cement chips to chemicals that cause burns, there are numerous workplace hazards that pose a risk to employees' eyes. A survey conducted among 124 safety professionals at the 2018 ASSP Professional Development Conference last month in Texas, reveals whether businesses are prepared for these difficult-to-avoid eye injuries.

Conducted by Cintas Corporation, a leading provider of workplace first aid and safety supplies, the survey found that just three in 10 safety managers are extremely confident that their eyewash station would properly function in the event of an emergency.

Study uncovers reason Danish cleaning workers retire early

* Danes-retire-early.jpgAn 11-year study of Danish female cleaning workers received little North American news coverage.

Riwal UK looks pretty in pink for breast cancer campaign launch

* Riwal-UK-pink.jpgRiwal UK is offering clients pink powered access as part of a year-long campaign to support research charity Breast Cancer Now, having repainted two of its most popular access platforms pink and named them 'Betty Boom' and 'Suzie Scissor Lift', to raise awareness about the disease on worksites and in public places up and down the UK.

Five per cent of all hire fees for the eye-catching machines will be donated to the charity - while employees have pledged to take part in more fundraising events during the year.

New FTA events to provide road map for new international logistics landscape

* New-FTA-events.jpgThe Freight Transport Association, the largest and most influential business organisation in the logistics sector, has launched a new series of events - the International Road Transport Operator Conferences 2018 - to help operators understand and adapt to the changing international regulatory landscape for road haulage.

The three one day events will be sponsored by Brigade Electronics, Navitrans and PTV Map & Guide.

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Recent UK News

The two Sussex companies keeping Brighton's i360 sparkling

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The British Airways i360 has been sparkling in the sky this Summer thanks to a pair of Sussex-based cleaning companies.

Awards win for Greyland

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Leading commercial and industrial cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has won the 2018 Caterbar Supplier Awards.

Promote your business at CHSA's Charity Pro-Am Golf Day

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, taking place on Thursday, 13th September, is the perfect opportunity to promote your business to manufacturers and distributors of cleaning and hygiene products.

Mitie celebrates 70th anniversary of the NHS

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Mitie's 435 NHS based employees recently celebrated their combined 6,650 years of service for the UK's biggest employer, to mark the National Health Service's 70th birthday.

HSE publishes white paper on workplace strees

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'Managing work related stress as part of a prevention culture' is a new white paper published as part of the Health & Safety Executive's HSL Health & Safety Updates program.

Soapbox: Kimberly-Clark on the advantages of drying with paper

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"With nearly 95% of adults not washing long enough to thoroughly clean the bacteria and viruses from their hands, Kimberly-Clark Professional invites you to discover 'The Disgusting Truth' about jet air dryers that force you to share bacteria and viruses.

Salisbury Group selected for £12bn Framework

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Salisbury Group announced this week that it has been appointed to the UK Government's new RM3830 Facilities Management Marketplace Framework Contract. In a competitive tender led by the Crown Commercial Service, Salisbury Workplace Services - part of the wider Salisbury Group - was awarded a place on both lots 1b and 1c.

Jon Horton joins Micronclean as export manager

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Well-known industry figure Jon Horton has taken up the position of export manager at Micronclean. Jon joins the organisation with not only a proven track record in sales to the cleaning & hygiene industry but also with a history of working in export markets, achieving strong relationships and sustained growth.

BCC welcomes BSA as new Council Member

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The 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.

Two new representatives join CHSA Council

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Kimberly-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

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The 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).

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

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The 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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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