*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 6th December 2018 Issue no. 849

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International News

'World first' has global health & safety implications

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Castor mounted units are used by many organisations within hygiene and cleanroom areas but by their very nature they can be hard to clean and can even spread germs.

Gloves are a potential barrier to hand hygiene, especially amongst nurses

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Rather than improving hygiene, glove use in healthcare settings can actually create a potential barrier to hand hygiene - especially amongst nurses, reports Healio this week.

Hospital curtains, lab coats and scrubs are turned into germ-fighting shields

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Soft surfaces have traditionally been one of the bigger challenges to sanitise in the healthcare environment. One study found that 92% of privacy curtains were contaminated with infectious bacteria within one week of laundering. Yet another study cites that as much as 60% of nursing and physician attire can be a source of nosocomial infections.

Increasing demand for natural fragrances will fuel aroma chemicals market

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A new report from Transparency Market Research says that the global aroma chemicals market, valued at US$3.85 billion in 2015, is estimated to reach US$6.57 billion by 2024, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.2% during the forecast period.

Unger erGO! floor cleaning system achieves top marks in University comparative tests

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As announced in Cleanzine at the end of October, Unger's erGO! floor cleaning system was one of a number of systems undergoing ergonomic evaluation by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Kluth of the Institute of Work Sciences & Ergonomics at the University of Siegen. 

Unger has now informed us that the system achieved significantly better results than the two competitor products tested in both analysis and practical use.

Greyland are all over floors!

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As a specialist cleaning chemicals manufacturer - they do nothing else - whether it's for hard floors or for carpets, Greyland has formulated a range of highly effective cleaning products that do just what they say they will do.

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.

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I generally know it's flu season because I start to receive press releases from chemicals manufacturers and industry trade bodies with advice on ways to avoid catching flu. They all have common-sense tips and I skim through them almost dismissing each idea as something I'd do automatically; I never get flu so I must be one of the more aware amongst us - or so I thought. It was only when travelling into London on Monday, feeling somewhat rough, that I really thought about what I was touching and how I could so easily become ill if I didn't follow the hygiene procedures I know so well. It's so easy to let things slip, isn't it? I must remember to put that travel hand sanitiser in my bag and remember to use it whenever I touch anything 'communal' or after I shake hands with anyone!

There have been several responses to last week's leader in which I discussed the dangers posed by the growing number of touchscreens we're now expected to share with others who may not be that fastidious about personal hygiene and two of them which happened to be posted on Facebook tie in with my feeling that perhaps we in the industry can become complacent about hygiene, since everything about it is so familiar.

Steve Sinnott of Heritage Tiling & Restoration said he's seen people on-site working on floors, then eating with their fingers, not having bothered to wash their hands.

Stephen Munton, from the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, posted: "It was seeing visitors of The Cleaning Show not washing their hands after using the loo which had me reeling... If people with an interest in cleaning & hygiene take no interest, then where is the hope?"


Just this morning I've had a reminder from the Cleaning & Support Services Association's John Findlater that with a deadline of 17:00 on 21st December, there are only 13 working days left to submit applications for the CSSA Contract Cleaning Awards.

In a market where so many people find they are competing on price, differentiation is crucial and an Award (or few) to boast about, ensures that you stand out from the crowd.

These Awards - run by the UK Cleaning Industry for the UK Cleaning Industry - are free to enter and the application is relatively straightforward. Download an entry form at: www.cssa-uk.co.uk

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This Week's News

UK cleaning solutions provider Holchem acquired by Ecolab

* Ecolab-Holchem.jpgEcolab has acquired Holchem Group, the UK-based supplier of hygiene and cleaning products and services for the food and beverage, foodservice and hospitality industries.

Holchem operates in the UK and Ireland, and the company's 2017 sales were approximately £43 million.

Do you have something to say to the cleaning industry?

* New-US-show.jpgBring your expertise to the inaugural Clean Buildings Expo, the new event for the commercial cleaning industry. The organisers are looking for speakers who can bring insight and inspiration to an audience of in-house cleaning managers, executive housekeepers, facilities managers and building service contractors.

You can submit presentation ideas in lecture, panel, or case study format, and select from one of three tracks: Cleaning Operations, Staffing and Management, and Trends and Technology.

CHSA accredited distributors achieving over 97% compliance

* CHSA-distribution.jpgThe results from the 2018 audits of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Accreditation Scheme for Distributors mean their customers are guaranteed 'what's on the box is what's in the box'. An average of 97.5% of relevant products across all accredited distributors are from CHSA accredited manufacturers.

The audits, conducted by the CHSA's independent inspector, indicate an average of 98.6% of all soft tissue at accredited distributors' warehouses is from members of the Accreditation Scheme for Manufacturers of Soft Tissue. For plastic sacks, 92% of all relevant products is from members of the Accredited Manufacturers of Plastic Refuse Sacks, while the figure for Mops is an almost perfect 99.9%.

IICRC seeks volunteers for creation of Leather Cleaning & Maintenance Standard

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR/IICRC S340 Standard for Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of Leather Furnishings.

BSR/IICRC S340 Standard for Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of Leather Furnishings establishes a procedural standard for the professional cleaning and maintenance of leather furnishings. It is intended for use by professional cleaners, upholstery manufacturers, retailers, distributors, industry suppliers, specifiers, homeowners, property and facility managers, housekeepers, insurance companies and others.

Tennant to host open day in January

* Tennant-open-day.jpgTennant Company, one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of professional cleaning machines and services, is opening the doors to its UK office for what promises to be an exciting open day early next year.

Taking place on the 30th January, the event will enable guests to view a selection of new products currently available, a showcase of the latest innovations being developed, live demonstrations and an exclusive showcase of what products and innovations lie ahead from Tennant.

Hoppecke launches new HF premium chargers

* Hoppecke-charger.jpgWith the launch of its new trak | charger HF premium series, Hoppecke Industrial Batteries says it is pushing the boundaries of technological innovation to provide modern logistics operations with a sustainable and flexible way of managing their energy needs.

High quality reactive current compensation accommodates precise charging times enabling Hoppecke's new chargers to deliver a significant reduction in energy consumption which, in turn, enables businesses to minimise their CO2 emissions.

Hotel hygiene issues need to be investigated, says China's tourism ministry

* CHINA-Hotel-hygiene.jpgChina's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has urged local tourism departments in Beijing, Shanghai, Fujian, Jiangxi and Guizhou to carry out an investigation along with the country's health authority on the recent hygiene issues at high-end hotels, according to a recently released statement.

The China Global Television Network reports that the ministry has also decided to dispatch an ad hoc investigation team to the hotels which have been criticized for poor hygiene, after some budget hotels were also found to have potential hygiene issues.

Curated for difference-making: First IWFM conference launched

The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management has this week announced a new national summit for the profession that will replace ThinkFM and operate simply as the IWFM Conference.

The new conference is a timely opportunity for workplace and facilities practitioners and others professionally involved in providing productive and meaningful employee experiences to help the profession stride forward into important new territory: realising its potential to impact on organisational performance.

Donations are in the bag for British Heart Foundation

* Donations-in-the-bag.jpgTC Facilities Management has created a national charity partnership to help the British Heart Foundation achieve its aim of beating heartbreak forever. The partnership commenced six weeks ago and has set its sights on raising £5K of funds for the charity that conducts groundbreaking research in to heart and circulatory diseases and their causes.

Heart and circulatory diseases kill one in four people in the UK, causing heartbreak in every street.

How your workplace can help tackle the plastic problem

* workplace-plastic.jpgPlastic. It's a hot topic; kick-started into the UK's mainstream consciousness by the BBC's Blue Planet 2. Now, hardly a week goes by now without another headline image showing  oceans and beaches overrun with plastic debris.

This increased focus on plastic is having a positive impact. Legislation is changing, and now lots of organisations are taking steps to tackle the problem and enjoy the benefits.

Printing company fined after employee suffered crush injury

A printing company has been fined after an employee suffered a crush injury whilst cleaning machinery.

Northampton Magistrates' Court heard how, in January 2018, the employee was cleaning a rotating roller on a production line at a site in Kettering. The cloth the worker was using got caught and she was drawn into the rollers. She suffered an amputation to her right-hand middle finger and two other fingers were fractured, with some degloving of the skin.

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Recent UK News

Enforcement patrols help keep the lid on litter

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More than 800 fines have been issued to litter louts around East Hampshire over the last 12 months. East Hampshire District Council is committed to keeping the district's streets clean and free from litter with regular litter enforcement patrols - residents and visitors can be fined £80 for discarding litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum.

Lanes Group helps reduce flood risks on Manchester roads through planned gully cleaning

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Drainage engineers from Lanes Group are helping reduce the risk of localised flooding on Manchester roads through a comprehensive programme of planned gully cleaning.

Tackling work-related stress

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Tackling work-related stress is one of Health &Safety Executive's health priorities - and if it's something you are also taking action on, then take a look at HSE's website for information and guidance on the right approach to take.

Counting the cost of cleanliness

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Simon 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...

Principle implements data-driven cleaning at Blue Fin Building

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Principle 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.

Mitie Waste Management wins five Green Apple awards

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Mitie 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.

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.

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