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International News

RB and Diversey to partner in North American industrial and institutional cleaning market

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RB, (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser) and Diversey have this week announced a strategic alliance in the North American industrial and institutional cleaning market.

Healthcare Cleaning Forum MENA Regional Conference program announced

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Interclean Istanbul will welcome an exclusive first to its exhibition halls when the show opens on 10th April - the Healthcare Cleaning Forum MENA Regional Program.

An exciting addition to this year's edition of the region's leading professional cleaning and hygiene event, the forum will bring together top experts and professionals from the healthcare sector to explore the key challenges facing healthcare cleaning.

Prochem waves wand over quicker cleaning

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The cleaning accessories offer from Prochem Europe has been expanded with the introduction of the Powermate 1200 extraction power wand - and feedback from the marketplace has been unequivocal.

See Morclean's new ThermaSteam at The Cleaning Show: Stand A15

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Steam cleaning is an economical and environmentally-friendly process for the safe and effective cleaning of a number of different surfaces. The new ThermaSteam trailer-mounted industrial steam cleaner from Morclean, is a revolutionary, heavy-duty cleaning system built to effortlessly remove graffiti and chewing gum without the use of harmful solvents or chemicals.

Prototype beach microplastics cleaning machine now ready for trial

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Hawaii Wildlife Fund, with the help of countless volunteers, has been cleaning Hawaii's coastlines for 15 years and just reached a milestone of recovering 500,000 pounds of plastic, including bundles of nets and line. Its efforts have been frustrated by an abundance of microplastic debris which is the most difficult to collect and remove from the beach because it takes so much time.

All this could soon be about to change...

Brandon Burton named IICRC standards chairman

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has this week announced Brandon Burton as its new standards chairman, taking over from longstanding standards chairman Howard Wolf on 1st January 2019.

DuPont to expand industrial biosciences research capabilities in the Netherlands

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences officially broke ground this week on its new site at the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary facility will utilise modern biotechnology to make industrial processes more efficient and products more sustainable.

Christeyns Food Hygiene launches unique hygiene verification product

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It 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.

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

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The 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

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Effective 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.

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

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Dr 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.

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.

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If you read my leaders regularly you're probably aware that I'm a bit of a hippie at heart and that one of my passions is Planet Earth and our need to look after our environment. Nature is all about balance though and sometimes I wonder at the decisions made by those in power, which leave me confused at the thinking behind them. Take clean air zones... yes, they're a great idea but if in establishing them you're preventing people from working or you're adding to pollution by preventing them from getting from A to B by the shortest route, then you could end up doing more damage than good. Just where do you draw the line?

While I hate traffic pollution, I was pleased to learn last Friday that the Taxpayers Alliance has won its campaign in Southampton, to prevent commercial vehicles from being charged £100 a day for the privilege of driving through the city. The TPA argued that in reality, it was just another unjustified attack on businesses and taxpayers. I have to agree. Just look at our industry... people travelling to and from their place of work in their vans, window cleaners, cleaning team leaders collecting colleagues on the way to work, those servicing equipment, onsite trainers, distributors and manufacturers making large deliveries etc. Just think of the impact! 

Do those in charge ever think things through properly and look at the real consequences of their decisions?

And with several councils now considering introducing Workplace Parking Levies once more (a tax on businesses that have the temerity to offer parking places for their staff!) and public transport in such a mess, I sometimes wonder whether someone, somewhere, wants us all to down tools...

Finally, while I try to stay away from politics when writing, I felt swayed to congratulate Leeds-based Pland Stainless, which manufactures a lot of the products you'll find in commercial kitchens, local authority washrooms and cleaning cupboards. Why? Well with all the negative press Great Britain's been receiving as a result of the Brexit battle, which has led many of us to question whether we're capable of getting anything right, seeing a British manufacturer celebrating its Centenary has warmed the cockles of my heart. The celebrations included a tour by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and presentation of long service awards during a special luncheon, with a home-baked (but very professional) celebratory cake taking centre stage on the dining table. 

British manufacture and tradition at its best then!

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This Week's News

CSSA announces shortlist of 2019 Awards program winners

* CSSA-finalists.jpgThe Cleaning & Support Services Association has revealed the finalists in its second UK Contract Cleaning Awards program. The winners will be announced on 20th March during an Awards Ceremony sponsored by ICE - the UK's largest independent provider of cleaning machines - at ExCel London, during The Cleaning Show. Those on the shortlist are as follows:

The Corporate Social Responsbility Award (being championed and judged by The British Cleaning Council) will be awarded to the company, team or individual that has done the most to further CSR within the UK cleaning sector within the last year:

Greyland celebrates its 20th anniversary

* Racking1.jpgBorn in the very last years of the 20th Century and now thriving in the 21st Century, leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland is one of those literal 'rags to riches' success stories that warms the heart:

CMS Berlin and InnoTrans extend an invitation to the Mobility Cleaning Circle

* CMS-Berlin.jpgMesse Berlin has announced an exclusive networking event for senior executives at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019 (24th - 27 September). On 25th September, following the outstanding success of the first event in 2017, the Mobility Cleaning Circle will again take place.

Messe Berlin will make use of its industry expertise as the organiser of the international trade fairs InnoTrans and CMS Berlin to bring together national and international decision-makers for discussions on 'Cleaning in the Mobility Sector', with invitations extended to international transport companies and their buyers.

Hyge Kickstarts wet wipe and toilet paper revolution

* HYGE.jpgHyge is revolutionising personal hygiene with its biodegradable wet wipe on a roll. With a modern design that fits seamlessly on existing toilet paper holders, Hyge says the product delivers a superior clean to its inferior toilet paper counterpart and is better for the environment.

The Michigan-based startup has launched a Kickstarter pre-order campaign running through 7th February, 2019, to bring Hyge to the consumer market later this year.

2019 IWFM Awards are Go! - "Dazzle us with your brilliance," say judges

* 2019-IWFM-Awards.jpgEntries have opened for the 2019 IWFM Awards, the workplace and facilities management profession's most prestigious event and the first since the launch of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management last November.

The Awards were first established in 2001. Now in their 18th consecutive year they are expected to continue to attract outstanding entries which demonstrate the difference this industry makes to business, the economy and society in the themes of People, Innovation and Impact.

Five star reviewed Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning course: NCCA training date

* Five-star.jpgThe National Carpet Cleaners Association is running a three-day comprehensive training course in professional carpet & upholstery cleaning from 14th through 16th February 2019.

A two-part entry level training course that has been awarded five stars and rated as "excellent" by 100% of reviewers, it is ideal for both newcomers to the cleaning industry and experienced professionals. Attendees will learn from impartial training on a wide spectrum of carpet and soft furnishing cleaning equipment and techniques.

Lord Mayor visit marks start of Centenary celebrations for Pland

* Pland.jpgThe Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, visited Pland Stainless in Leeds this month to mark the start of the manufacturer's Centenary celebrations and present some long service awards.

Pland products are largely designed for the washroom, healthcare, sanitaryware, laboratory, education, catering, janitorial and secure accommodation marketplaces, although a growing proportion of the business involves bespoke products to both commercial and retail markets.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust look to ISS and the Future

* Oxleas-NHS-Foundation.jpgAfter an extended period of competitive dialogue with a number of potential partners, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services, Healthcare, a five-year contract, with an overall worth of approximately £40m, to provide a wide range of soft services, including cleaning, catering, housekeeping, security and associated services.

This is the first time that the Kent-based Trust has been able to take the opportunity of testing the services across its whole estate. ISS will be welcoming more than 250 new staff members into its Healthcare team.

BNP Paribas awards three-year Crown Estate contract to Principle

* BNP-Paribas.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, has been awarded a three-year contract with BNP Paribas Real Estate.

Principle will provide cleaning, window cleaning, pest control, waste management and washroom services to The Crown Estate St James's Portfolio, which comprises 34 buildings of office, retail and restaurant space.

Bunzl Canada brings Intelligent Restroom Management System to grocery industry

* Bunzl-Canada.jpgBunzl Canada announced yesterday that its IoT-based washroom monitoring system, WandaNext, has been installed in two busy grocery stores in the greater Toronto area.

"First-to-market innovations that not only help maximise operational efficiencies but truly improve and enhance customer experience are a strategic imperative for forward-thinking grocery and other retail businesses," said John Howlett, president, Bunzl Canada.

Mitie flying high with £17m contract extension for London Gatwick Airport

* Mitie-flying-high.jpgMitie has expanded its relationship with London Gatwick by winning a five-year extension to its contract worth £17m, which includes a new agreement to maintain electrical services. The facilities management and professional services company has been working with Gatwick for the last seven years and will now maintain the relationship until at least late 2023.

Gatwick, which is the UK's second largest airport, will benefit from Mitie's expertise in large-scale FM services including building and plumbing services, cleaning and looking after flooring, fire doors and drainage.

Partnership aims to clean up campsites and trails across America

* Cleaning-campsites.jpgAirstream, maker of the iconic Silver Bullet travel trailer, has announced that public campsites across the US will be tended to after the partial Government shutdown thanks to the Campsite Cleanup Campaign, a partnership between Airstream and the National Forest Foundation (NFF).

The NFF is the nonprofit partner of the US Forest Service, supporting 193 million acres of National Forest and Grasslands across the country. During the partial shutdown, the US Forest Service was unable to maintain the 193-million-acre National Forest System that contains 5,100 campsites, hundreds of campground washrooms, and thousands of miles of scenic byways and trails.

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Recent UK News

EU Exit: Guidance for businesses that use chemicals

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To ensure that the UK will continue to be able to monitor and evaluate chemicals to reduce the risk posed to human health and the environment if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29th March, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has issued a reminder of the actions those involved in the chemicals business may need to take.

Cleaning Show free-to-attend conference - new speakers announced

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New speakers have been announced for the free-to-attend, three-day conference running alongside The Cleaning Show:

* Syed Ahmed (pictured), CEO, Savortex will discuss the Internet of Things and how it can benefit the cleaning industry. Syed will show how IoT can help identify the hidden risks in buildings that humans can't - in terms of energy, waste and resources.

WhiffAway at The Cleaning Show: Stand F12

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WhiffAway Group, a world leader in waterless urinal technology, will be exhibiting at The Cleaning Show at London's ExCel from 19th to 21st March 2019 on stand number F12.

Major new development in the fight against fatbergs

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The 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.

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.

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