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Do you have something to say to the cleaning industry?

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Bring 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.

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.

Hoppecke launches new HF premium chargers

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With 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.

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

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China'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.

'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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LEADER-PIC-13THDEC.jpgMembers of our police force often (allegedly) refer to burglars and other criminals as 'slippery customers' but the term took on a whole new meaning this week when an intruder was rescued from a Californian restaurant's grease vent, in which he'd been stuck for two days. This picture, courtesy of the BBC, shows how dirty these vents can become and the fact that when clogged with grease they become a fire hazard, means they should be regularly cleaned. Also, being seen to have a vent in such a state as this, can't be that good for business! If you're involved in this type of cleaning and don't normally show potential new clients images of dirty vents, this one could be a good conversation starter!

Elsewhere this week the conversation has been about huge UK-based contractor Interserve, which seems to be handling its predicament sensibly with the help of a new scheme set up by Government to prevent a repeat of the chaos caused by Carillion's collapse early this year. The scheme requires public services suppliers to draw up plans to ensure continuity of services when things go wrong - and, where necessary, to enable another provider to step in and do the work.

On Monday, when Interserve revealed that it was in negotiations with lenders to give them shares in the business, which has debts of c.£650 - £700m, its share price plummeted, making the business worth just £10m. It's reportedly also trying to sell a business in the Middle East.

The Government is confident Interserve can turn things around, saying the company is taking the action early on that Carillion should have taken to restructure its balance sheet and improve its robustness, and that, unlike Carillion, it does not need new money; it simply needs to turn its debt into equity. One Minister told the Financial Times though that unlike Carillion, many of Interserve's contracts are "straightforward facilities management contracts, cleaning offices and staffing reception areas so easy to take in-house". Little does the Minister concerned know about cleaning and FM then! It's not just so the Minister doesn't have a rude awakening though, that I say I wish Interserve well and hope it's able to quickly return to its former position as one of the UK's leading contractors.

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This Week's News

ISS focus on key accounts in fewer markets will lead to 100,000 job losses

* ISS-strategy.jpgISS has revealed plans to cut 50% of its customers and some 100,000 jobs - representing a fifth of its global workforce - as it concentrates on key accounts and core services and leaves 13 countries that were among its least profitable markets: Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania. These represent just 12% of ISS's group revenue and 8% of operating profits.

The exit from non-core services will be concluded by divesting a number of business units across the group - entirely consistent with ISS's strategy of recent years.

ACI welcomes new FDA rulemaking for food handler antiseptic products

* ACI.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute has welcomed a proposal by the Food & Drug Administration to create a separate regulatory category for antiseptic products used in food handler settings.

The agency announced that it is formally seeking to 'obtain data, information, and comments that will assist the Agency in assessing the safety and effectiveness of food handler antiseptic drug products (i.e., antiseptic hand washes or rubs intended for use in food handling settings) for over-the-counter (OTC) human use'.

Maltese bedroom start-up wins European Business Awards

* European-Business-Awards.jpgWith 12 companies, a training college and 2,500 staff servicing the cleaning, hospitality, care, property, security, call centre and logistics sectors, Ozo Group is Malta's leading outsourcing company with a reputation for excellence across industry. Turnover this year is expected to be €18,000,000 and with a new European Business Award under its belt, it is hard to imagine that the company started life from anyone's bedroom - yet that is exactly what happened.

"It was 1996 and I was just one-year-old at the time," explains Fabio Muscat, the group's CEO. "The cleaning industry was starting to get some hype and my father, Mario Muscat, began by upholstering carpets. Back then, he did all the cleaning himself and ran the business out of my bedroom!"

JD Wetherspoon awarded overall Loo of the Year Awards trophy

* JD-Wetherspoon-LOTY.jpgJD Wetherspoon is the only entrant to have been awarded the overall Loo of the Year Awards Trophy for the third time in the Awards program's 31-year history.

IEHA Sustainability Professional Credential now includes waste audit

* IEHA-Sustainability.jpgIEHA, the 1,300-plus member healthcare/hospitality cleaning sector organisation that was founded in 1930 and merged with ISSA in 2017, says its IEHA Sustainability Professional (SP) Credential now requires applicants to demonstrate practical competencies in waste management reduction and process improvement.

The revisions to the IEHA SP Credential now requires applicants to:

Biodegradable, non-toxic aircraft cleaning chemicals to witness widespread demand

* Biodegradable-non-toxic.jpgGiven the expanding aviation industry combined with a significantly high number of passengers opting for air travel, the demand for aircraft cleaning chemicals has been observing a steady growth trajectory in recent years.

Global passenger traffic increased by 7.6% in 2017 - more than the average annual growth over the last 10 years according to the International Air Transport Association, and this is a key factor driving the global demand for aircraft cleaning chemicals, since aircraft fleet sizes are expanding to cope with the increased passenger numbers.

Prochem Europe announces IICRC course accreditation approval for CEC

* Prochem-Europe-IICRC.jpgProchem Europe tells us that all its training courses are now accepted by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) as Continuous Education Credit (CEC) courses.

The IICRC is a US based standards and certification body for the cleaning & restoration industry and has a global presence with offices in the UK, Australia and Japan.

Facilicom UK clinches contract with Dell

* Facilicom-UK-Dell.jpgDedicated soft services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK, has secured the contract to service the Dell office portfolio across the UK. The company is one of the world's largest technology corporations, employing over 100,000 people around the globe.

Facilicom will be responsible for the cleaning and janitorial servicing of over 350,000sq. ft space across Dell's seven-location office portfolio in the UK. This includes the Head Office in Bracknell with its VIP client showroom; the new high profile London office in Aldgate, and additional support offices in Brentford, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Ecocleen expands UK operation with new head office and network growth

* Ecocleen-expands.jpgEcocleen has strengthened its nationwide infrastructure with the opening of a new headquarters and the expansion of its franchise network.

The commercial contract cleaning provider has relocated to Howbery Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, while four regional directors have joined the business to boost the company's presence in Essex and the south east of England.

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Recent UK News

UK cleaning solutions provider Holchem acquired by Ecolab

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

Tennant to host open day in January

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Tennant 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.

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.

Donations are in the bag for British Heart Foundation

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TC 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.

How your workplace can help tackle the plastic problem

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Plastic. 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.

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.

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