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International News

IICRC seeks volunteers for new BSR/IICRC S530 and BSR/IICRC S590 Standards

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is seeking volunteers to serve on consensus bodies for the development of two new Standards: BSR/IICRC S530 Standard for Indoor Environmental Assessment for Suspected Molud Contaminated Structures; and BSR/IICRC S590 Standard for HVAC Cleaning and Decontamination in a Water Damaged Environment.

Trojan Battery Company acquired by C&D Technologies

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Trojan Battery Company has announced that it is to be acquired by C&D Technologies in a move that will combine two leading battery manufacturers with complementary product portfolios, to create one of the largest energy storage providers with over $1.0 billion of revenue, eight manufacturing facilities and a presence in every major region. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 60 days.

Unger floor cleaning system in comparative test

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Unger Europe tells us that its new erGO! was one of a number of floor cleaning systems put to the test by the Institute of Work Sciences & Ergonomics at the University of Siegen, Germany.

The study, led by Prof. Dr. Ing. Karsten Kluth, involved the ergonomic evaluation of floor cleaning systems to determine what - if any - stresses and strains were caused to cleaning personnel, through the various cleaning systems' different designs.

The little accident box - helping teachers survive children's classroom accidents

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Following the recent report by Ofsted head Amanda Spielman revealing that the number of children starting school without adequate toilet training has increased at an alarming rate, health and wellbeing specialist Aroma Care Solutions has come to the rescue for teachers across the country working with three- and four-year olds settling into school life.

ISSA heralds 2018's innovators

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The Team ISSA Welcome Reception was an occasion to not only renew business relationships for hundreds of cleaning industry professionals, but also to announce the winners of some well-deserved awards.

Wild about washrooms! Nature calls winner of Cintas America's Best Restroom contest

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Cintas Corporation has declared J N 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge, in Sanibel, Florida the winner of the 2018 America's Best Restroom contest.

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Over the past decade I've become quite a regular at my local A&E department, not because I'm unwell, but through taking various friends and family members and even my daughter's piano teacher - who'd suffered a stroke mid-lesson - for help from the experts whenever a medical emergency has arisen.

Despite it being long before the pubs closed, (which if you're one of our tens of thousands of overseas readers, has historically proved a busy time for UK A&E departments) Epsom General Hospital's emergency department was heaving yesterday evening and overnight. Having arrived in a sparklingly clean ambulance, we bypassed most of the queue and ended up in a treatment area crammed with patients and their families awaiting help from the nursing teams who were cheerfully rushing from one patient to another.

When I first joined the cleaning industry some 25 years ago, cleaners tended to be referred to as 'the invisible workforce', because they generally had to carry out their work when whichever building or area they were tasked with cleaning, was devoid of human traffic. Not so these days!

Over several hours, I was able to watch several team members from Mitie, weave their way around often-distressed groups of people, emptying bins, wiping surfaces and sweeping debris from the floors, as well as ferrying patients around in wheelchairs and providing security. They have my utmost admiration!

The work is difficult at the best of times but under these circumstances it must have been trying. I couldn't really find fault with anything they did; uniforms were clean and smart, gloves were worn, cross-contamination procedures were adhered to and sweeping and wiping techniques were admirable. Oh yes - and they smiled and engaged with staff and visitors!

The only negatives were that the bin was emptied (no doubt to schedule) when only half full, which meant that an orange plastic sack was used unnecessarily. As you know, I hate the unnecessary use of plastic and I hate waste, so I was willing the cleaner who was weighing up whether to change the bin or not, to leave it until later (I lost). What really got my goat though was the amount of rubbish he had to manipulate around whilst sweeping. How dare members of the public drop their litter around the A&E department to be cleaned up by the very people who are keeping the life-saving facility running? Talk about disrespectful!

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This Week's News

Doctor diagnoses 'serious health risk' from badly stocked washrooms

Dr Sally Ferguson, a Hong Kong registered doctor who visits the Macau Grand Prix every year, was dismayed to discover that there was no soap in 'the ladies' at the Lisboa Bend grandstand for an entire weekend at the recent meeting. She spoke to cleaning ladies about the "serious health risk" this posed, but says they laughed and shook their heads.

Dr Ferguson then spoke to those working on the food stalls who told her that this had been the situation for two years and that they had complained about it. A policeman drawn into discussions had said it wasn't a crime while the race organisers said it was the responsibility of the Civic & Municipal Affairs Bureau - and that the Bureau wasn't open on a Sunday.

Counting the cost of cleanliness

* Counting-the-cost.jpgSimon Biggs, Partner at Monthind Clean, East Anglia's largest independent cleaning company, looks at the return on investment of utilising the services of a cleaning contractor and how buyers should consider the wider impacts of a lack of investment...

"When we meet someone, we can subconsciously make up our mind whether we like them or not within a tenth of a second, and we are just as quick to decide whether or not we want to give our business to a company based on first impressions.

'Wipe-on Glass' offers permanent hygiene and protection from infection

* Wipe-on-Glass.jpgThe spin-off from the Leibniz-Institute for New Materials (INM) in Saarbrucken, Nano-Care Deutschland AG, has launched the third generation of ultra-thin coatings. 'Wipe-on Glass', it says, provides any kind of hard surface with a self-disinfecting performance for a period of from several months, to several years.

Simply wiped onto the surface, this robust and effective barrier against hospital germs, odour-causing bacteria, mould, fungi and yeast provides protection against the most substantial problem the 21st century faces: pathogen microorganisms.

Infax lands at another major US airport: Detroit Metropolitan

* Infax-lands.jpgInfax, the provider of innovative information technology solutions for airports and other public venues, announced this week the launch of its Trax SmartRestroom facility analytics system at Detroit Metropolitan Airport's (DTW) McNamara Terminal, a Delta Air Lines hub. The technologically advanced washrooms monitor traffic flow, send real-time data alerts to staff, and allow travellers to report any issues they encounter in the washroom, via an installed tablet.

Principle implements data-driven cleaning at Blue Fin Building

* Principle-Blue-Fin.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services, the London-centric cleaning and window cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous, iconic buildings in the Capital, has partnered with Essity UK to implement the Tork EasyCube system at the Blue Fin Building.

Principle, which has cleaned the 500,000sq.ft, 13-floor Southbank landmark since 2010, originally had pre-set cleaning rounds. However, these led to over-cleaning in some areas and under-cleaning in others, according to the company's general manager Victoria Jaramillo. Pre-set rounds also provided limited flexibility to cope with visitor traffic fluctuations, which average more than 10,000 washroom visits a day.

BICSc recognised internationally for initiative in raising cleaning sector's profile

* BICSc-recognised.jpgThe British Institute of Cleaning Science was recognised for its achievements in raising the reputation of the cleaning industry at the 2018 European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards in Berlin last week.

BICSc won the Award for its 'Initiative in raising the profile of the cleaning sector' in recognition of its commitment to promoting a career path in cleaning through professional standards and education.

'Toilets change lives' program on track to improve one million lives by year end

* Toilets-change-lives.jpgLast Monday, on World Toilet Day 2018, Kimberly-Clark renewed its commitment to its multi-national global sanitation program, 'Toilets Change Lives' which launched in 2014 with the aim of improving the lives of nearly one million people in need. The company says it should meet this aim by the end of the year.

'Toilets Change Lives' has actively pursued community-focused sanitation programs around the world through its products, partners and people, by leveraging the power of its well-known brands to bring greater awareness to the global sanitation crisis.

Mitie Waste Management wins five Green Apple awards

* Mitie-Waste-5-Green-Apples.jpgMitie Waste Management has won five Green Apple Awards - a gold, two silver and two bronze - for environmental best practice, working with clients at Network Rail, Parkdean Resorts, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and JLL. Its success highlights its expertise as well as the commitment of its people to go beyond client specification and deliver excellence to set a new bar for best practice.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and are established as the country's major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. Competition is tough, with more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice.

Billions of people have no access to safe toilets

* Nature-calling.jpgWorld Toilet Day, celebrated last Monday, is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water - which the world is currently not on target to meet.

This year's theme 'When nature calls', focuses on the building of toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems. Some 62.5% of the world's population do not have access to safe sanitation, with 4.5 billion people living without a safe toilet and 1.8 billion people potentially drinking water contaminated with faeces.

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Recent UK News

Soapbox: Fly tipping problems... a potential solution?

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Principle Cleaning Services' Doug Cooke responds to recent comments about fly tipping

"Making the public and companies aware that they have a legal duty of care to ensure their rubbish/rubble/waste material is disposed of by a licensed operator who's issued a waste transfer certificate, should be undertaken by local authorities and groups like Keep Britain Tidy. Very heavy fines can be handed down by the Courts for those caught, who don't comply.

Recycle Week 2018: 'the best ever'

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Congratulations to all the local authorities and organisations that got behind this year's Recycle Week, which turned out to be the biggest and best Recycle Week ever!

Clarity-The Soap Co wins in two categories at The Planet Mark Awards

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Clarity-The Soap Co won in both the Best Newcomer and Best Employee Engagement categories at the The Planet Mark Awards held at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre last month.

At a glittering ceremony, with keynote speaker Sir Tim Smit KBE = co-founder of the Eden Project - encouraging the audience to redouble efforts to inspire others to reduce their carbon footprint and develop more sustainable businesses, Clarity-The Soap Co was acknowledged as a social enterprise that is setting best practice in its sector and beyond for reducing its carbon footprint via a series of green initiatives.

Principle retains REM portfolio properties in five-year deal

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Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has retained its contract with Real Estate Management (UK) (REM) for three of its properties - The Shard, Park House, Oxford Street, and 48 Pall Mall.

Minster Cleaning Services roll out TemplaCMS to 26 franchises

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Founded in 1984, Minster Cleaning Services is a well-established franchised cleaning network, with 43 franchises and group revenue of more than £40m. The individual franchises (known as branches) are spread all over the country and range in turnover from £0.5m to over £2.0m.

Interserve Facilities Management fined for safety failings

Interserve Facilities Management has been fined after multiple safety failings at a laboratory site for the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge.

Hove Crown Court heard how, in September 2014, mains power was lost at the site which includes high containment laboratory facilities required to safely handle high hazard pathogens that are a serious risk to human health and the environment.

Gritting crews ready for Winter

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With temperatures having dropped rapidly in the UK over the past few days and snow and ice reported in many locations following an unusually mild Autumn, Thurrock Council's new fleet of specialist multi-purpose vehicles - which also carry out road maintenance work - have been used for gritting for the first time.

We have mail: business rates relief for public toilets... and an endorsement!

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Hi Jan

Having been involved, as Director of BTA and owner of Loo of the Year Awards, giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee in 2008 demanding changes that would require the Government to make a legal requirement on local authorities to provide adequate public toilets, I welcome the budget changes.

Soapbox: A good week for toilet talk

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By Yvonne Orgill, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association...

"It has been a good week for toilet talk. First we had the chancellor making numerous toilet jokes as he announced in the budget that owners will no longer pay business rates on public toilets. Then Microsoft founder Bill Gates unveils a futuristic toilet that doesn't need water by making a presentation with a jar of human faeces on show beside him.

Waste management company fined £650,000 plus costs after worker killed while cleaning

A waste management company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured while cleaning a large ballistic separator machine.

Aylesbury Crown Court heard how, in August 2016, a Viridor Waste Management employee climbed into the top level of the ballistic separator - a machine that sifts through and separates recyclable materials - to clean it, before it was suitably isolated from the power supply.

Campaign tells public not to 'toss' their litter

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A hard hitting campaign to target fly tippers and people who drop litter in North Lanarkshire is running on buses, signs and billboards. The campaign asks people to do the right thing, put litter in a bin or take it home and 'don't be a tosser' by dropping litter.

It supports the message used by charity Keep Britain Tidy in their UK-wide initiative to tackle the problem of roadside litter.

Looking lively! London Cleaning Show 2019 steps up a gear with loads that's new

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The Cleaning Show, one of Europe's fastest growing trade events dedicated to commercial cleaning, has announced more details of next year's three-day expo, which is taking place from 19th - 21st March at London's Excel - and there will be a lot going on...

A new Resource Management Show is set to run alongside main exhibition and conference, which will once again feature suppliers, manufacturers, training organisations and trade organisations that are all involved in the cleaning, facilities management and waste management sectors.

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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