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International News

Nilfisk TrackClean simplifies management of cleaning fleet

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How do you track performance when you have multiple cleaning machines in different locations? What systems can you put in place to monitor the equipment, optimise performance and minimise cost? Fortunately, technology is available; it is tried, tested and will provide the transparency you need 24/7 to lower the total cost of cleaning and improve profitability.

Here, John Brill, sales director for Nilfisk, tells us how he sees the TrackClean fleet management system working in practice...

Newly launched pH neutral spray takes the heat out of oven cleaning

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Say goodbye to greasy grills and odorous ovens with the help of Bio Productions' new Neutral Oven Cleaner, which offers a non-corrosive and non-caustic solution to even the most stubborn grime and comes without the usual nasty odours one might expect when using a hard-hitting oven degreaser.

"Oven-cleaning might not be the most glamorous job but it is one of the most crucial," says managing director, Angela Gill. "It is especially important to get it right when it comes to cleaning with chemicals in food preparation areas, and we're confident that our Neutral Oven Cleaner is up to the challenge."

Ecoray UV technology helps Grande Brio 35 achieve ultra-hygienic finish

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Available in both mains and battery versions, the TSM Grande Brio 35 walk-behind compact scrubber dryer has the option of being fitted with the innovative, autonomous Ecoray system, which uses ultraviolet energy to tackle any microorganisms left behind after cleaning.

ISS and Vattenfall sign seven-year partnership

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ISS and Vattenfall have entered into one of Sweden's and the Nordic countries' largest agreements for facilities management services, a flexible outcome-based partnership designed to deliver on the parties' mutually developed vision and objectives.

Understanding effective cleaning: methods... measurement... management...

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The Cleaning Industry Research Institute tells us that the theme of its 2019 Science Symposium, 'Understanding Effective Cleaning', was adopted as the topic last month at a combined meeting of CIRI executive committee and Science Advisory Council members.

SAC chair, Steven Spivak, Ph.D., is spearheading the selection of the symposium's technical agenda. "This theme reflects CIRI's core competency," he says. "Methods, measurement and management are critical elements required for effective cleaning, including disaster restoration. Those attending the 2019 symposium will gain a new and deeper understanding of these concepts that collectively define effective cleaning and restoration.

New nanoseptic self-cleaning surfaces address travellers' hygiene issues

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With a flurry of news reports about germs in airports and hotels, travellers are more concerned about cleanliness than ever so it follows that businesses need to become more aware of their responsibilities too.

NanoTouch Materials' new self-cleaning surfaces address these concerns and particularly so its new launch - a self-cleaning film for touch screens that can turn any airport check-in kiosk or in-flight screen into a continuously self-cleaning surface.

HealthSpace and Visionstate to target audit segment of facilities management

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HealthSpace Data Systems and Visionstate have agreed to utilise HealthSpace's current suite of mobile audit applications and extend them for use within the facilities management space.

Visionstate's product suite includes Internet of Things devices that help track cleaning, maintenance and supply utilisation. Its WANDA device is installed in both public and private facilities such as hospitals, airports, shopping centres, arenas and office buildings.

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

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ISS 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.

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This week sees the launch of the 2019 Loo of the Year Awards and while the Awards do a brilliant job in raising standards as well as awareness of the need for decent facilities, there are still many people who need to use a toilet but struggle to be able to do so. Surprisingly, one group likely to experience problems is the workforce! Now I would have expected employers to be savvy enough to realise that an employee needing to use the loo is going to be a lot less productive than someone who's comfortable, but clearly this isn't always the case. Some employers just don't have adequate facilities while others are placing draconian restrictions on when their employees are able to use them.

One example discovered by trade union Unite regards bank workers forced to urinate in a bucket, (I'm assuming this was only temporary and hoping that there were hand washing facilities nearby)! Unite has also found that women in particular are denied what it refers to as 'toilet dignity'.

The Union cites the case of one lorry driver who asked to use the facilities before unloading her delivery. She was refused as she was considered a security risk - despite having just transported bonded freight in a 40ft trailer to the company and having her own company I.D., drivers licence, CPC Card and a digital tachograph card. Luckily the company next door allowed her to use their facilities, but sadly, although her lorry was watched by the original company's security guard in her absence, she met with hostility upon her return and was threatened with her bonded freight being classed as 'unknown' and requiring a second complete X-ray and its associated costs. This treatment and the denial of basic human needs, is unacceptable.

Unite is now asking people to report workplace toilet issues so it can name and shame employers and - through negotiations - persuade employers to make improvements. I'm thinking that Unite might be persuaded to sponsor a Loo of the Year Award for 2020 - perhaps for 'Most Improved Workplace Toilets'? I'm also wondering whether it might wish to collaborate with the Awards organisers to expose the issues delivery drivers and other people having to visit a site or company, experience when they ask to use the toilet? Perhaps by working together, we could further raise awareness of the need to provide facilities and thus improve standards for more people everywhere.

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This Week's News

Major new development in the fight against fatbergs

* Fine-to-flush.jpgThe fight against fatbergs received a major boost this weerk with the publication of a new official standard identifying which wet wipes can be flushed down toilets safely.

Manufacturers of wipes will be able to feature an official water industry 'Fine to Flush' symbol on their packaging if they pass strict scientific tests.

Who assesses how effective you are?

* Loo-of-the-Year-Awards.jpgMany readers of this publication will be aware from attending the prestigious 2018 Awards Event, or reading the 2018 Loo of the Year Awards Results Brochure, that there were National and UK/Republic of Ireland winners from all market sectors.

These included first time and single-entry entrants and providers from small camping and caravan sites to town councils and cafes to major national companies and large local authorities.

Christeyns Food Hygiene launches unique hygiene verification product

* Christeyns-Food-Hygiene.jpgIt goes without saying that food manufacturers and processors at all levels need to ensure the protection of the products they make from contamination. To do this, regular monitoring needs to be carried out to check for food spoilage microorganisms and food poisoning pathogens.

Christeyns Food Hygiene, a specialist in food and beverage hygiene, has recently entered a sole distribution partnership for a brand new and unique hygiene verification tool - FreshCheck.

Principle celebrates 30th birthday

* Principle-30th.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services, the London-centric corporate cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, is celebrating its 30th birthday.

Founded in January 1989 by Douglas Cooke, the company's executive chairman, Principle remains an independent family-owned business. Today, the company has a turnover of £54m and employs over 2,200 people. Its core values of people, quality and innovation are still at the heart of the business.

Still 10 months until Hygienalia+Pulire yet 80% of space already booked

* Hygienalia-Pulire.jpgThe fifth edition of the Hygienalia+Pulire tradeshow is still 10 months away yet more than 80% of the total exhibition space has been already booked. With a theme of 'Get moving', the event will take place at the Casa de Campo exhibition centre, in Madrid, Spain, from 12th through 14th November 2019.

The big rendezvous for the cleaning, professional hygiene and laundry sector of the Iberian Peninsula, Hygienalia+Pulire is expanding this year with an increased covered exhibition area and more exhibitors than ever.

AirPHX technology confirmed in reducing HAI and GCBR

* AirPHX.jpgEffective on both airborne and surface pathogens, airPHX technology provides continuous infection control for the healthcare industry and is said to offer a cost-effective alternative to existing infection control protocols. Using a proprietary application of atmospheric cold plasma, airPHX is both scalable and affordable, and has been proven effective on 30 common HAI pathogens including bacteria, viruses and protozoa.

The manufacturer has confirmed successful results from deployment of its patented non-thermal plasma technology in two live hospital environments.

Camfil welcomes Clean Air Strategy's focus on IAQ

* Camfil-welcomes-Clean.jpgFollowing the launch of the Government's Clean Air Strategy (14th January), Camfil welcomes its recognition of the effect of Indoor Air Quality on people's health.

The document outlines a range of recommendations that focus on reducing exposure to particulate matter (PM), the very smallest of which cause the most damage.

ASTM Standard for cleaning & disinfecting cannabis cultivation facilities, under discussion

* ASTM-Standard.jpgDr Bernie Lorenz, PhD, chief science officer at ProKure Solutions in Phoenix, Arizona, US, is leading the effort as a technical contact for a new ASTM International Standard that may revolutionise cleaning and disinfecting protocols for indoor and greenhouse cannabis cultivation facilities.

The emergence of a post-prohibition cannabis industry has begun, and with it the rapid evolution in best practices for safely growing, packing, and selling cannabis. Like food and medical safety standards before it, the cannabis industry is in tremendous need for the standardisation of cleaning and disinfection protocols to ensure consumer health and safety.

Monthind celebrates another year of exceptional growth

Monthind_Simon-Biggs.jpgEast Anglia's largest contract cleaning company, Monthind, has enjoyed another successful year of business growth and is looking forward to starting the New Year on the same track.

Simon Biggs, Partner at Monthind Clean, explains: "We have secured a number of large contracts across a range of industry sectors over the past year, demonstrating our ability to offer a variety of services to meet sometimes challenging requirements.

Council backs Government moves to reduce waste

* Reducing-waste.jpgWest Sussex County Council has welcomed the Government's new Resources & Waste Strategy that was published just before Christmas - particularly the ambition to reduce and recycle plastic and food waste - and says it is looking forward to seeing the outcomes of a number of consultations to be undertaken in the next few months.

"What we do know, is that we will need to continue to work in partnership with our District and Borough Councils, through the West Sussex Waste Partnership (WSWP), to drive forward challenging opportunities to tackle waste and improve performance," it says.

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Recent UK News

Faster cleaning for major new pool complex

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One of the UK's largest public swimming pools is to be cleaned using Prochem-supplied scrubber dryer technology. The opening of a new leisure centre in Morden Park, Surrey, sees in a major upgrading of wet area floor management geared to improving cleaning outcome with decreased user downtime.

UK's The Cleaning Show announces the first ever 'Window Cleaning World Cup'

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Terry 'Turbo' Burrows (pictured), still officially the world's fastest window cleaner after over 20 years, is officially challenging window cleaners from across the globe to try and take his crown at the UK's Cleaning Show expo in London in March.

CHSA'S 2018 inspection results prove exceptional conformance to Accreditation Schemes

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's analysis of the 2018 performance of its Accreditation Schemes shows exceptional conformance in all areas.

The results make it clear; if buyers of cleaning & hygiene products want to be certain that 'what's on the box is what's in the box', they need to look for the CHSA Accreditation Scheme marque.

Warm welcome for new products provides perfect 50th birthday boost for Arrow Solutions

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One of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and maintenance chemicals is celebrating its 50th birthday in style, after securing substantial business from the aerospace industry for its new impregnated wipe products.

Don't let clogged gutters lead to bigger problems

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Gutters that are filled with leaves, grass and other debris quickly become blocked and lead to internal building damp and mould problems - or even worse, irreparable damage to the property and stock which in turn could lead to higher insurance premiums.

UKATA calls for greater asbestos awareness in the public sector

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A leading authority for asbestos training provision in the UK, the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), is urging all public sector employees to be asbestos-aware in order to better manage the 'ticking time-bomb' in thousands of public buildings.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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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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