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International News

IEHA launches healthcare initiative at ISSA Show North America 2018

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IEHA, the 1,300-plus professional member organisation for those employed in facility housekeeping at the management level, has announced a new program initiative geared specifically to cleaning and maintenance professionals in healthcare facilities.

Tennant to improve coverage in China with acquisition of Gaomei Cleaning Equipment

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Tennant Company announced this week that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gaomei Cleaning Equipment Company, a privately held designer and manufacturer of commercial cleaning solutions based in China.

Goodway's new industrial descaling system boasts large capacity for high performance

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The GDS-100, is a portable, clean-in-place pump system ideal for descaling cleanings, used to remove limescale, calcium and mineral deposits, rust and other contaminants from HVAC and process manufacturing equipment.

Bullen announces new Spray N Roll and Spray N Go products

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Bullen Companies has announced the release of its new Airx Spray N Go and Spray N Roll pathogen control system. The new system includes a new Airx Spray N Go disinfectant cleaner and a new Spray N Roll II dual tip spray system.

IICRC acquires ICRA's Certification and Assessment Programs

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has announced that it has acquired the performance assessment and certification programs of the International Cleaning & Restoration Association as of August 31, 2018.

Idexx Pseudalert Test accepted as Global ISO Standard

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Idexx Laboratories, a global leader in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced that the Idexx Pseudalert method has been published as the International Organisation for Standardisation worldwide standard 16266-2 for the 24-hour detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water.

Drug resistant bacteria found in biofilm on 93% of critical care hospital surfaces can now be tackled

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Dry surface biofilm has been found to exist on 93% of all critical care area hospital surfaces and over 50% of these biofilms contain mutant germs which are resistant to antibiotics; resulting in healthcare acquired infections. The US Environmental Protection Agency has this week registered the first product to be effective against these biofilms.

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My daughters and I were attending a function a couple of weeks back & thanks to a miscommunication ended up in the wrong location. Upon realising our error, we decided that a visit to the loo might be a good idea before moving on and as we couldn't find a facility in the Staines central multi-storey car park where we'd stupidly paid to park for most of the day, we decided to call in at the library next door. And while I liked that it had a mini-museum, free wi-fi, newspapers and computers, I wasn't at all impressed that it didn't have a loo! Luckily the shopping centre did, but our lengthy trek made me wonder what on earth people do when the mall is shut? And a library without a public toilet? I really can't get my head around that one!

I know I'm always banging on about toilets and how many are closing down all over the UK, causing those with weak bladders, bowel/stomach issues, pregnant women etc to stay away from the areas that don't provide these essential facilities, but I wonder at the thinking behind the closures. Yes, I know washrooms cost money to maintain, that disposables use up budget and cleaners need to be paid... then there are issues of potential vandalism and drug-taking... but time and time again, savvy local authorities have proved that good 'away from home' toilets attract the public who'll shop, eat, drink, take part in activities and pay for entertainment and with it, parking.

As well as bringing money into the area, they help it thrive - as the judges of the soon-to-be-announced Loo of the Year Awards will attest (and if you haven't yet secured your ticket to this fun event, there's a link further down the page but do be quick, as there aren't many tickets left). It crossed my mind during our hasty exit from the Staines library that whereas free wi-fi used to attract custom to a facility that offered it, so many establishments are starting to do so that soon it will become less of a draw than the possibility of being able to use the loo. Crazy, isn't it?

In today's news we report that worldwide, some 4.5 billion people are still without access to a proper toilet. And while I grumble about the UK's public toilet closures, I do realise how lucky I am not to be one of those without any facilities whatsoever.

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This Week's News

Brightwell Dispensers appoints Rachel Halliday as business development manager

* Brightwell_Rachel.jpgBrightwell Dispensers has enhanced its sales team with the appointment of Rachel Halliday as business development manager.

Changes at the top for Diversey

* Ilham-Kadri.jpgDiversey has announced that Dr Ilham Kadri will be relinquishing her position as chief executive officer on 31st December, 2018, to take another executive role, which will be announced shortly.

Carlos Sagasta, chief financial officer, and Gaetano Redaelli, global president, Professional Division, have become joint deputy CEOs and in addition to their current roles, will be responsible for running the company until a successor to Dr Kadri is identified.

Cleaners in the spotlight: Thank Your Cleaner Day 2018

* Thank-your-cleaner.jpgCleaning is one of the most important industries in the world yet is often undervalued by those who benefit from the service.

Every day tens of thousands of skilled, hardworking cleaning staff are onsite to ensure premises, working and living environments are kept clean, safe and hygienic ensuring they are 'ready to go' for the next business day.

10th Anniversary of World MRSA Day - A call to action

* 10th-MRSA-Day.jpgWorld MRSA Day, October 2nd and World MRSA Awareness Month, October, are annual designated awareness dates and draw critical attention to the global public health crisis. 'The ongoing MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action' is this year's global theme.

In the US, 85% of all MRSA infections are acquired in healthcare facilities and campaigners are calling for immediate action from the US Congress and the production of public awareness programs implemented like there were for HIV/AIDS.

WHO calls for increased investment to reach the goal of a toilet for all

* WHO-toilet-for-all.jpgThe world will not reach the goal of universal sanitation coverage - where every person in the world has access to toilets that safely contain excreta - by 2030 unless countries make comprehensive policy shifts and invest more funds.

Cleaning products industry has $59 billion direct impact on US economy

* Cleaning-products-industry.jpgThe cleaning products industry has a direct impact on the US economy totaling $59.1 billion, supporting 64,000 jobs and including $8.3 billion of labour compensation, according to a new report released by the American Cleaning Institute.

The report, prepared for ACI by the Manufacturing Institute's Center for Manufacturing Research in partnership with Inforum, examines economic data from 2016, the most recent year where full data is available.

New deal delivers 80% of waste to energy

* Waste-to-energy.jpgMore than 80% of general household waste will be converted into energy in a new contract between North Lanarkshire council and Viridor Waste Management. The contract will see 64,000 tonnes of waste from homes and Household Waste Recycling Centres treated every year.

This material, which would previously have gone to landfill, will be treated at Viridor's new Energy Recovery Facility in Dunbar, where it is converted into energy.

ISS divesting Netherlands non-core cleaning portfolio to Dutch contractor CSU

* ISS-divesting-Netherlands.jpgISS is divesting its non-core single-service cleaning portfolio in the Netherlands to Dutch cleaning company CSU. The divestment concerns approximately 70 Dutch customers and, pending approval from the Netherlands Authority of Consumer and Markets (ACM), will see the transfer of around 2,200 employees to CSU.

Mitie Pest Control sold to Rentokil Initial for £40 million in cash

* Pest-control.jpgMitie Group announced on Monday the sale of the entire issued share capital of Mitie Pest Control to Rentokil Initial for £40 million, which will be paid in cash at completion, subject to any adjustment for final completion accounts.

Industry giants partner to offer premium smart washroom management system

* Industry-giants-partner.jpgKimberly-Clark Professional and Gojo Industries have announced that the two companies are partnering to offer a premium smart washroom management system in connected away-from-home washroom environments such as office buildings, airports and universities.

This industry-first partnership offers facilities managers the Kimberly-Clark Professional Onvation 'Smart Restroom' management system which features Scott towel and bath tissue, and Purell hand soap.

Another year of washroom judging completed

* Hal-Cruttenden.jpgThe Loo of the Year Awards inspection teams have now completed the inspection of thousands of 2018 Loo of the Year Awards entrants' washrooms throughout the UK. They have travelled thousands of miles by road, sea and air have visited towns/cities from Wick in Scotland to The Islands of Scilly and Londonderry in Northern Ireland to Lowestoft in East Anglia.

Early analysis of entry grading indicates some exceptional washrooms will be competing for the large range of awards available.

Mitie secures two-year extension with Vodafone

Mitie has been awarded a two-year extension to its existing facilities management contract with Vodafone UK. This extension, which begins on 1st April 2020, follows an initial six-year contract and involves such services as cleaning, waste, security, catering, energy management, project work, and planned & reactive mechanical and electrical maintenance across c. 1,250 properties across the UK, including data centres, corporate buildings and retail stores.

The initial contract period achieved substantial savings for Vodafone, reducing cost by over 15% of the contract value by changing the service design. Mitie will deploy its connected workplace technology to further increase efficiencies.

New Clorox Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odour Remover safely deals with body fluids

* Clorox-bio-stain.jpgStains and odors are a distraction for people everywhere, but odours from bio accidents like faeces and vomit actually make them concerned for their health & safety, tarnishing the reputations of commercial facilities more easily than other common messes, according to a new survey from Clorox Professional Products.

To help facilities address these tough messes, the manufacturer has developed Clorox Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odour Remover, an innovative one-step product that cleans, disinfects and deodorises surfaces and can be used for accidents involving the toughest bio soils such as blood, faeces, vomit and urine on both hard and soft surfaces.

'Get a Grip' on ladder safety

* laddercard.jpgThe Ladder Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, is urging ladder users - and those responsible for managing the safe use of ladders - to take a fresh approach to ladder training.

In a sector blighted by myths and misconceptions, 'Get a Grip' on ladder safety is a new campaign that aims to put ladder training at the top of the height safety agenda. When it's right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely, says the Association.

Essity and Fotografiska launch 'Hand to Hand' exhibition with Paul Hansen

* Essity-Fotografiska.jpgThe 'Hand to Hand' exhibition, which has opened at Fotografiska (the Museum of Photography) in Stockholm with pictures taken by the internationally award-winning photojournalist Paul Hansen, is the second time Essity and Fotografiska have presented a joint exhibition aimed at highlighting how hygiene and health affect people's wellbeing.

Riwal acquires Adam GmbH

* Riwal-acquires.jpgRiwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental specialist, has extended its depot network in Germany by acquiring rental company Adam GmbH.

Adam GmbH is a rental specialist of aerial work platforms, telehandlers and forklifts, founded in 1990 by current managing director Markus Adam. The company is based in Hanau, near Frankfurt, has 20 employees, two locations and operates a fleet of 110 machines, including scissor lifts, boom lifts and truck-mounted platforms.

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Recent UK News

Cleaning as a profession? No thanks!

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Cleaners have the 'unsexiest' job in Britain - with plumbers, accountants and taxi drivers close behind. The poll of UK professions, which quizzed 2,000 people, revealed that the cleaning profession was considered the most unsexy by nearly one in three Brits (28%). This is despite the industry contributing more than £24bn to the economy and employing more than 700,000 hardworking employees across the UK.

Putting some Wow into WCP

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Prochem Europe wowed professionals from both vertical and horizontal cleaning sectors at the annual Window Cleaning Page (WCP) Cleaning Show this year.

The company exhibited as part of the National Carpet Cleaners Association membership following the phenomenal success of the 2017 event, making this joint venture a must for everyone working in carpet and window cleaning, and related enterprises.

Comparison beach litter research to mark Recycle Week indicates a reduction in littering

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Results from a comparison beach cleaning and litter surveying programme by Cromwell Polythene as part of its 35th anniversary activity and to mark Recycle Week (24 September - 30 September) indicate levels of seaside rubbish have decreased.

Exclusive Matrix Cleaning Systems distributor deal for Carey Cleaning Machines in Ireland

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Matrix Cleaning Systems has announced that Carey Cleaning Machines has become its exclusive distributor for the Matrix Industrial and Commercial range of steam machines for Northern Ireland. The agreement also includes exclusivity for Southern Ireland for industrial machines.

Veltia's latest recruit is no stranger to the company

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Veltia has welcomed a new business development manager to the fold, in a relationship that almost comes 'tried and tested'. For Miles Davies is no stranger to Veltia, having worked in partnership with the hand dryer supplier for the past two years whilst with his previous employer Rentokil-Initial.

Jeff Bell steps down from CHSA Council after many years of service

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After many years of service, former Chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association and recently retired managing director of Deb, Jeff Bell is stepping down from the CHSA's governing Council.

ICMMA appoints new Secretariat

ISSA has announced additional support for the UK Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association.

Rob Shaw and Rachel Eastop of Rob Shaw Associates will provide secretarial support from now on, taking over from Hazel Langley. Rob has more than 14 years' experience providing scientific expertise on falls prevention to the UK regulator, the Health & Safety Executive, as well as commercial consultancy and training in the UK and overseas. Rachel has a strong professional background and proven track record of excelling in marketing and project management positions.

Winners of the CHSA's 2018 Undergraduate Bursary announced

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Two talented and hard-working young people - Krupa Solanki and Ellie Walker - have been named as the recipients of the CHSA's 2018 Undergraduate Bursaries, following the CHSA Council's decision earlier in the year to award up to two bursaries every year for the next five years.

Spectrum Hygiene moves after giving its customers a good roasting!

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Norwich-based Spectrum Hygiene has moved into a new 10,000 sq ft warehouse, moving from its previous 7,000 sq ft facility. With a current annual turnover of £4M for the company and its subsidiaries, the new warehouse is a pivotal factor in Spectrum's ambitious plans to increase sales by as much as 50% in the next two years.

So why give customers a roasting?

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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