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International News

Changes at the top for Diversey

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Diversey 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.

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

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World 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.

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

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The 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

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The 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.

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

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ISS 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.

Industry giants partner to offer premium smart washroom management system

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Kimberly-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.

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

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Stains 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.

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.

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Cleaning and waste disposal has certainly hit the headlines this week, hasn't it?

I think the story that's elicited the biggest reaction by far, is the news that Healthcare Environment Services has been stripped of its 15 NHS clinical waste disposal contracts in England following the discovery of what has been quoted as 'hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and organs piling up at facilities'. The contractor was found to have breached its permits at five sites and a criminal investigation has been launched.

Why on earth were things allowed to get so bad? Apparently, the Government became aware of problems back in July, and one of the sites in West Yorkshire, was found to be storing 350 tonnes of medical waste - five times more than the contract allows. And although the waste was stored securely, with body parts in refrigerated units, it should have been processed and disposed of within a certain timescale and it wasn't.

HES is reported to have blamed ageing infrastructure causing prolonged breakdowns, and green policies such as 'zero waste to landfill' policies, together with a reduction in the UK's high-temperature incineration capacity, for its tardiness in incinerating the waste. It's saying that the amount of waste produced by the NHS for incineration far outweighs the entire incineration capabilities of the UK. It also claims that anatomical waste only accounted for 1% of the overall tonnage involved, so once again the national press has sensationalised the story by conjuring up grizzly images of piles of stinking waste with body parts spilling out!

I understand that Mitie has stepping in to ensure the safe removal of this waste and knowing that the world will be watching, I'm sure it will go some way to redeeming the benefits of these services in everyone's eyes. However, if as HES says, the volume of waste that requires incineration is simply too great for our resources to handle, Mitie is going to face an uphill struggle.

Also facing an uphill struggle are the people of Liverpool, with the University of Liverpool and John Moores University joining several businesses and supermarkets by removing the City Council's contracted litter officials because they were issuing fines to those dropping litter, upsetting them and causing financial stress. I've often talked about the need to educate our young people not to litter. The sacking of litter officials because they're upsetting litter louts, is not the way to go about it!

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This Week's News

New head of Nilfisk in Europe, Middle East and Africa boasts global profile

* Steen_Nilfisk.jpgNilfisk has appointed Steen Lindbo as new executive vice president for Nilfisk in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Steen brings to the role more than 25 years' international experience from the power tool and hand tool industry, working for the US-founded company Stanley Black & Decker.

Surface disinfectant market to grow at a healthy CAGR of 10.40%

* surface-disinfectant-market.jpgThe global surface disinfectant market depicts the presence of a highly-fragmented structure, says Transparency Market Research on the basis of a newly published report. This is mainly due to a low entry barrier present in the market that has made it possible for innumerable players to progress in this sector

DuPont, 3M, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Henry Schein, and Johnson & Johnson Services are some of the key players operating in the global surface disinfectants market.

KCP champions Scott Clean workplaces to promote hand hygiene on Global Handwashing Day 2018

* ScottClean.jpgThis year Global Handwashing Day took place on Monday, 15th October and Kimberly-Clark Professional embraced the annual event's theme 'Clean Hands - a recipe for health' by supporting facilities managers with a range of tools to help them champion hand hygiene, health and wellbeing in the workplace in relation to snacking and eating.

CMS Berlin 2019: Record early bookings a year before launch day

* CMS-Berlin.jpgWith barely a year to go before CMS 2019 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. opens its doors, Messe Berlin is able to report keen interest from exhibitors. Early bookings by domestic and foreign companies are at their highest level since the fair's launch in 2001.

From 24th to 27th September 2019, the international cleaning trade fair will be taking place at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds in conjunction with the CMS World Summit 2019 (25th - 26th September).

Avmor celebrates Its 70th Anniversary by looking forward to the next 70 years

* Avmor-Mattie.jpgAvmor, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions, is celebrating its 70th year in business. And while the company proudly looks back on its founding and growth over the years, its president, Mattie Chinks, says the company is primarily focused on the future.

"We are always looking for ways we can better serve the needs and challenges of our end-customers, which have put so much trust and confidence in our company over the years," he says.

Gojo - 2018 finalist in 9th annual Responsible Business Awards

* Gojo-2018-finalist.jpgThis week, the Ethical Corporation honored Gojo as a 2018 award finalist for the Innovation of the Year award and the Responsible Business of the Year award.

The Ethical Corporation recognises breakthrough strategies that are pushing boundaries in corporate responsibility and sustainability to address emerging core challenges that are shaping the future of responsible business.

Cintas Xtraction floor mat captures dirt and water with ease

* Cintas-Xtraction.jpgSnow and salt don't stand a chance against Cintas Corporation's Xtraction floor mat, which has been rolled out across North America. The mat is the latest addition to Cintas's High Performance Series, a line of superior mats.

"Whether you operate a retail store, school, hotel or hospital, matting matters when it comes to keeping dirt and liquids from being tracked into your facility, and projecting a professional image," says John Engel, director of marketing - Facility Services, Cintas. "The Cintas Xtraction floor mat delivers on design, traction, durability and absorption to help businesses maintain cleanliness and brand image."

The increasingly important role of technology in the cleaning industry

* Future-Of-Industrial-Cleaning.jpgCleanhire, the St Helens, Merseyside supplier of industrial floor cleaning machines, argues the case for incorporating technology into your cleaning program...

Although a bit of traditional 'elbow grease' is still essential when achieving a clean environment, it is an undeniable fact that technology is playing an increasingly important role.

YPO joins CHSA as Accredited Distributor

* YPO-joins-CHSA.jpgYPO, the UK's largest public sector buying and procurement organization, has joined the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Accreditation Scheme for Distributors.

YPO's decision to join signifies the Scheme's importance to buyers of cleaning and hygiene products. Only by buying from Accredited members can purchasers and end users of these products be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box'.


Belfast weekend demonstrates benefits of wet cleaning

* Belfast-weekend-demo.jpgIn partnership with William Clements (Chemicals) and National Laundry (NLIE), laundry chemicals specialist Christeyns has run the second of its 2018 Wet Cleaning events. The two-day open house event, held at McCall Cleaners in Belfast, Northern Ireland, showcased Christeyns' innovative AquaWave concept in combination with premium National Laundry equipment.

Fragrance on the mind - how our sense of smell impacts our health and wellbeing

* Fragrance-on-the-mind.jpgWorld Mental Health Day, an event focusing on the theme of 'Scentimental: Fragrance on the Mind', explored the effect of scent on health and wellbeing.

Research into mental health and neurogenerative diseases is a growing field. This is why IFRA UK, a trade association promoting the safe creation, development and enjoyment of fragrance by its members, decided it was a timely opportunity to showcase some of the innovative research that is taking place particularly with links to one of our major, yet under acknowledged senses: our sense of smell.

Van Excellence launches calm solution for poor driver mental health

* Van-MENTAL.jpgSuicide is now the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Many who take their own lives struggle with mental health issues and suffer in silence for fear of isolation, ridicule or lack of support from those around them.

Van Excellence, an industry-led scheme promoting the safe and proper operation of vans, is launching a campaign to mark Mental Health Week in partnership with charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to address the stigma around mental health and raise awareness of the resources available for men - many working as drivers, who could be uncertain of where to obtain help and advice.

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Recent UK News

Brightwell Dispensers appoints Rachel Halliday as business development manager

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

Cleaners in the spotlight: Thank Your Cleaner Day 2018

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Cleaning 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.

New deal delivers 80% of waste to energy

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More 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.

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

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Mitie 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.

Another year of washroom judging completed

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The 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.

'Get a Grip' on ladder safety

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The 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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


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