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International News

IICRC announces agenda for 2018 Technical Conference

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) has this week announced the agenda for its 2018 Technical Conference, taking place 27th - 28th September at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Now in its third year, the Technical Conference will offer attendees an inside look at what it takes to work in the niche field of trauma and crime scene cleanup. Attendees can earn up to 10 CEC credits (up to three on Thursday and up to seven on Friday).

The 2018 conference agenda is as follows:

Thursday, 27th September:

Kennedy expands Satin Ellipse range with two new feminine hygiene products

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Kennedy Hygiene Products, manufacturer of the Ellipse range of dispensers, launched the new premium product line - Satin Ellipse - in March.

The company has now expanded the feminine hygiene range by adding the Satin Intima Pedal with a capacity of 23 litres, in addition to the Intima Mini Satin with a 15-litre capacity. The Satin Intima bins come with a black protective lid insert.

ProTech XV high volume employee hygiene systems help keep the workforce clean

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Meritech's newest fully automated hand and footwear sanitising system, the ProTech XV, is a bi-directional walk-through system that can handle large numbers of employees entering and exiting production areas in large groups.

New e-guide explains how to select chemical protective gloves in six steps

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Honeywell has published the first in a two-part series of e-guides to help workers and health & safety professionals choose the right chemical protective gloves.

America's Best Restroom 2018 contest finalists announced

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The 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

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Bio-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.

Canadian cleaning machine manufacturer to benefit from Government investment

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Exprolink, 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.

Budapest could become a regional hub of cleaning technology

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The 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.

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.

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Welcome back to our first post-Summer Cleanzine. It seems like such a long time ago that I wrote my last leader - perhaps that's the sign of having had a good break! As is usual over Summer, I've gone from one festival to another without actually unpacking my car and I'm happy to say that while most have boasted a crowd that takes note of the mantra: 'leave no trace', there was one that had attracted a tiny minority of the wrong element and I was sorry to see rubbish and a couple of tents left behind for the hard-working volunteers to deal with.

If I can pack all my things and drive off with a bag of recycling on my lap as there's no room for it elsewhere, why can't everyone else? I've observed over the years, a measure of what I refer to as 'mob mentality' in as much as my fellow campers seem to be of one mind. When I say 'leave no trace' I mean that the only sign anyone's been around is bleached grass where tents were pitched.

Mob mentality at its best then, although working the other way, it's clear that if people see that others have left rubbish behind, they think it's ok to follow suit, when actually it's not. It's the same with graffiti, isn't it? Hence the need to clean it off quickly, or better still, prevent it from happening in the first place.

The pictures beamed around the world of the detritus left by Leeds & Reading Festival-goers, which included an estimated £1million worth of perfectly good tents, made me ashamed of the way some of us think it's ok to behave. I've seen how hard the on-site teams work & I know how tiring it is to dismantle and pack up a tent after a manic few days and little sleep, so I can imagine their despair at being faced with a jungle of tents and rubbish. Why do people do it? Something needs to be done to change people's attitudes to waste - not just at festivals but on our beaches and in other places we spend our leisure time too, but apart from extra policing and intrusive CCTV, how do we do that? Education? Fines? Security-type inspections? Future bans for offenders? I'm at a loss - as, no doubt, are the authorities.

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This Week's News

Hooper Services launches TSM Italy into UK Market

* Hooper_TSM.jpgPortsmouth-based family run business, Hooper Services, has expanded its range by exclusively partnering with TSM Italy - another family-run business. Ian Hooper, who in 1990 founded the company that takes his name, says his main aim is to save customers money without compromising on service or quality - hence the partnership.

Ian and the rest of the team strongly believe in building and maintaining long term relationships and establishing trust with suppliers, which continues all the way through to the customers and end-users, ensuring that they receive the best product with the support and guidance they need.

Vectair Systems launches new P-Screen triple action urinal screen

* Vectair-Systems-PP-screen.jpgGlobal manufacturer and supplier of hygiene supplies Vectair Systems has launched the first triple action urinal screen - incorporating dual fragrance delivery, an active 'enzyme protected' central core and the ultimate defence against splashback.

John Cornish joins Dolphin Solutions

* John-Cornish.jpgAfter 35 years in the field of dispensers and international sales, John Cornish, a familiar figure in the industry worldwide, has now moved to Dolphin Solutions in Bodiam, East Sussex.

"Dolphin manufactures some great products and offers superb customer service with short lead times as well as good, traditional values in doing business," says John. "It's a great opportunity to help in growing a company that has huge potential and an impressive management team, selling worldwide."

Can standing up all day harm your health?

* standing-up-all-day.jpgFor years, office workers have been warned against the dangers of sitting down at a desk all day, with claims of increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol being but a few supposed health risks of a sedentary job.

However, whilst being in a chair for hours on end might not be the best for your health, what about workers that have no choice but to stand for a living? Are there any harmful effects associated with this? If so, what can employers do about it?

We have mail: Marvin Klein of PortionPac Chemical Corporation, responds to last week's leader...

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... and starting off by tackling our industry's biggest challenge and opportunity. How do we lead industry, institutions and the public to do something that will help everyone and hurt no one?

Boels extends its presence in Great Britain

* Boels.jpgEuropean rental company, Boels Rental, forges on with its UK expansion. The latest acquisitions of Artisan Hire Centre and sister company SAS (Survey & Safety Equipment Hire & Sales), form a further step in its overall UK growth strategy to become a national hire company.

Artisan and SAS operate from nine depots across the southwest of England. These latest additions follow the acquisition of Supply UK Hire Shops (2017) and Already Hire (2018).

Solved365 enters franchise market

* Solved365.jpgSolved365 is a new franchise specialising in commercial cleaning. The franchise has spun out of Total Solutions Group; a multi-million-pound, independently-owned company which was launched by Sharmin Akter in 2014.

The concept behind Solved365 is simple. There is huge demand for Total Solutions Group's services right across the UK, so to meet that demand the organisation is offering exclusive franchise territories to ambitious franchisees who, with full training in Total Solutions Group's methods and procedures, will service both local and national account work under the Solved365 brand.

Veltia UK up 60% year on year so far

* Veltia-UK-up-60-percent.jpgSales have increased year on year for the national hand dryer supplier, Veltia UK. The company now supports more than 50 reseller partners, and continues its goal to not only supply quality hand dryers, but to train salespeople in these organisations to increase company revenues.

Mouro helps solve hygiene issues and remove odours at mosques

* Mouro.jpgMaintaining hygiene in a mosque can be something of a challenge because the building can be heavily used with, sometimes, thousands of people praying at the same time. High trafffic and odour are said to be the main issues when it comes to cleaning.

Turnaco Robotik has developed a technological solution to this problem, with what it believes is 'the world's first mosque carpet hygiene robot' - the Mouro.

Latest eguide looks beyond basics to simplify selection of chemical protective gloves

* eguide-to-chem-prot-gloves.jpgHoneywell has published the second in its two-part series of eGuides designed to help health & safety professionals confidently select the right chemical protective gloves. 'A Guide to Selecting Chemical Protective Gloves - Part 2' looks specifically at three key considerations for glove selection - task, environment and fit - and outlines steps that can be taken to help simplify the selection process.

Where the first eGuide explored the dangers posed by chemicals and how to select gloves based on the specific chemicals being encountered, the second eGuide focuses on how the task at hand can impact glove selection and how different environmental factors, such as temperature and moisture, can affect glove performance.

Mitie Landscapes strengthens NHS partnerships with a double win

* Mitie-Landscapes.jpgMitie's Landscaping business has been awarded two new ground maintenance contracts with the NHS in the South West of England. The contracts with Devon Partnership NHS Trust and South-Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust are together worth £675,000 over five-year terms.

For South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), Mitie will deliver a range of landscaping services across 72 sites in Gloucester, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall.

Fly tippers are under surveillance

* Fly-tipping.jpgNew CCTV cameras deployed across North Lanarkshire will be identifying fly tippers, who cause a hazard in communities and cost almost £900,000 a year to clean up. Anyone caught flytipping domestic waste faces a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200, and for serious offences this increases to £40,000 and/or two years in prison.

"We have invested £115,000 in fixed and mobile CCTV cameras to monitor locations where fly tipping is a problem," warns a council spokesperson. "We will also place large concrete barriers on sites we own to prevent vehicles gaining access to dump materials illegally, while new signs at key locations will highlight the penalties.

RPC bpi recycled products sharpens sustainability focus with important acquisition

* RPC-bpi-acquire.jpgRPC bpi recycled products has given a major boost to UK recycling and sustainability by acquiring the nation's leading recycler of rigid plastics, PLASgran. The acquisition marks a major step in RPC bpi recycled products' ongoing commitment to work towards a world where nothing goes to waste.

PLASgran recycles nearly 50,000 tonnes of rigid plastics, and a series of strategic investments in recent years has positioned the company, which is based in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, as a best-in-class recycler. PLASgran was launched in 1999 and is run by a management team led by Mark Roberts.

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Recent UK News

Facilicom UK appoints new director of operations

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Dedicated soft services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK, has announced the appointment of Peter Buff as its new director of operations.

Cromwell Polythene to speak about resource-efficiency of plastic at RWM 2018

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Cromwell Polythene is expecting a busy RWM - the UK's largest recycling & waste management expo, which is taking place this coming 12th and 13th September.

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

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Transport 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.

Two new videos highlight security challenges in cleaning

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Two 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.

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.

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