*Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 9th August 2018 Issue no. 834

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International News

Impact Products names Sylvia Lam strategic account manager, Western Region

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

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

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eros 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.

Bio-P pulls flush on odorous washroom smells

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Bio-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.

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.

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With Cleanzine going out to 163 countries, I'm well aware that you may be working in far higher temperatures than we've experienced across the UK in recent weeks and now across continental Europe too. Much as I love the sun, those of us who aren't used to such heat, can find it difficult to work to our usual standards.

I'm doing a sit-down job and the only travel involves deciding which part of the garden I fancy that day and moving my office to it. Sitting under trees enjoying hardly any breeze, I've wondered how on earth those who have to travel or do physical work, are managing to cope.

I read somewhere that very high temperatures - while not exactly frying the brain - damage its function to the extent that we find it hard to focus and simple functions create a real drain on our energy. I get that, having struggled myself to complete the last few weeks' e-zines to the standard I'd like. It's taken so long and I've felt exhausted at the end.

How do delivery drivers, salespeople, service engineers and multi-site cleaning teams or managers cope on the roads, for even with air conditioning, they keep having to emerge from a cold cab or car into baking sunshine, then back into a stiflingly hot vehicle when it's time to move on. They're luckier though than those who have to keep opening and closing windows.

Commuters haven't had it easy, either, with melting road surfaces and train tracks. And once in the workplace there's smelly, noisy air conditioning to cope with or excessive heat and sweaty colleagues, who may be grumpy because they're hot too. This weather makes us lethargic or even sleepy and bad-tempered, yet we still have our deadlines and I can imagine how easy it is for those with a tight schedule to cut corners and jeopardise their safety and that of others. We need to learn to think and behave differently at times like these, don't we?

I've really been feeling for the cleaners, who I know are under pressure to complete what can be quite strenuous work and the penalties for not achieving sufficiently high standards can be enormous, with the potential loss of contracts and with this the means to earn a living. Having to travel to work on broken roads and railway tracks, doesn't exactly help.

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This Week's News

Motorway services user survey - most stop to visit washrooms, but are they clean?

* Motorway-services-survey.jpgTransport Focus has just released its 2018 report into the best and worst of England's 111 motorway services, following its survey of 9,600 motorists on their experiences. One purpose of the survey was to identify which aspects of the visitor experience most influence overall satisfaction and of course washroom facilities and their cleanliness have had a big impact, bearing in mind that most respondents - by a long way - cited the need to visit the toilet as the main reason for driving into motorway services in the first place.

Unprecedented three coordinated migrant worker strikes!

* Worker-strikes.jpgCleaners organised in the United Voices of the World (UVW) trade union are walking out over pay and unfair working conditions at three of the wealthiest employers in the UK.

At the time of writing, the strikes were due to take place at the Ministry of Justice and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th of August, as well as at several Health Care America locations at the end of August.

Two new videos highlight security challenges in cleaning

* Two-new-videos-highlight-security.jpgTwo new videos highlighting the security challenges facing businesses, and the importance of systems and procedures to protect facilities being cleaned, have been launched by secure commercial cleaning expert, Julius Rutherfoord & Co.

Security is an issue that every business, large and small, must take seriously to protect places, people and reputation. Figures indicate organisations are making significant investment in security, including protection against cyber-crime, with UK firms spending £1.8bn a year, according to recent research.

New appointments at RD Industries

* RD-Ind_Scott.jpgRD Industries, the Omaha, Nebraska-based manufacturer of closed loop chemical dispensing systems, has made two appointments to its senior team: Scott Neuhalfen (left) becomes director of quality and Stewart Auger (below) becomes vice president of global sales.

America's Best Restroom 2018 contest finalists announced

* Americas-Best-Restroom.jpgThe 2018 America's Best Restroom contest finalists have been announced and if you're interested in helping find the winner, you have until 18th September to cast your vote.

The lucky loo will take home the grand prize of $2,500 in Cintas products and services for cleaning or facilities management and a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights.

Bio-Productions: planting trees to support the environment

* Planting-trees.jpgBio-Productions has received word from the Green Earth Appeal team, which recently returned from overseeing the cleaning products manufacturer's joint campaign with The Green Organisation in Tanzania, that the important reforestation project there is now well underway.

Smarttask helps Stadium Support Services' standards soar at Farnborough Airshow

* Smarttask-Farnborough.jpgStadium Support Services, the specialist facilities management and cleaning company, has used SmartTask to monitor and coordinate its cleaning operation at the recent Farnborough International Airshow.

The company needed an advanced workforce management solution that would provide real-time visibility and control over its 100-strong team tasked with delivering 80,000 hours of cleaning services across the vast 770-acre site.

ISSA enters partnership with American Association of Cleaning Professionals

ISSA and the American Association for Cleaning Professionals jointly announced on Tuesday that the two organisations have entered into a partnership that will endeavour to better serve the owners and employees of small to midsize contract cleaning and restoration companies. The organisations will collaborate on content development, education, informational resources, membership sales and support, and co-produced events in the course of the partnership.

Canadian cleaning machine manufacturer to benefit from Government investment

* Canadian-cleaning.jpgExprolink, which manufactures and markets a full range of motorised outdoor sweepers and vacuum equipment, is one of five companies benefiting from at total $3.2 million investment by the Canadian government as part of its economic development plan for the Quebec regions.

The Government acknowledges that to remain competitive and support their growth, businesses need to regularly upgrade and modernise their production equipment and facilities.

Litterbugs fall foul of Malvern Council

* Litterbugs.jpgMalvern Hills District Council has been battling the litterbugs lately and it is determined to show residents what will happen if they're caught breaking the law.

In the first incident, in June, a woman was witnessed cleaning up after her dog defaecated in a public place but then throwing her collection bag under a car rather than disposing of it properly.

Star Platforms provide access to Concorde

* Star-Platforms-Concorde.jpgUK powered access company, Star Platforms, provided a Skyjack 6826RT diesel scissor lift on a next day dispatch to support a maintenance job carried out by one of its customers at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey.

Having previously worked on projects at Brooklands Museum, the Star Platforms customer was approached again to help with an exterior drywash of the retired Concorde G-BBDG. The contractor needed to ensure its team had the right tool to do the job and turned to Star Platforms for help in accessing the iconic aircraft to carry out maintenance work.

Budapest could become a regional hub of cleaning technology

* Budapest-show.jpgThe Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ) is organising its second trade show in Budapest.

The event, which will be held on 5th and 6th October 2018, is attracting international attention, which indicates that Hungary's capital could become the Central and Eastern European hub of the cleaning technologies profession in the near future.

Ready to tee off at the ISSA's European Golf Day?

* ISSA-golf.jpgIt's only a few weeks until the ISSA's European Golf day, which takes place on 22nd August at the Toft Hotel and Golf Course, in Bourne, Lincolnshire, so if you delay booking for much longer, you might just find that you're too late.

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Recent UK News

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

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Stephen 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.

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

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

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

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The 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 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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
14-16th March 2023

Cleaning Products Europe
19-20th April 2023
The Netherlands

'The leading conference in Europe dedicated to providing focused insights on new trends and innovations in the cleaning products industry.'


ISSA Pulire
9-11th May 2023
Milan, Italy

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
25-27th September 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

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