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International News

Manuela D'Agata is ISSA's new international education & certification director

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ISSA has appointed Manuela D'Agata as its new international education & certification director. Manuela joins ISSA's international team, which also includes Alexandra Adams, international programme coordinator, and Frances Ball, business development manager UK & Ireland.

Registration now open for EFCI's 2019 Conference

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The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 2019 Conference will take place on 28th June 2019 in Brussels under the title 'Cleaning and Facility Services: shaping the industry for the future'. Registration is now open and special early bird rates, providing a 20% discount, are available until 20th March.

Partnership will advance technology and software platform to combat HAIs

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UV Partners, (developer of the UV Angel Technology platform) and Surfacide, are unveiling their integrated advanced disinfection software at the 2019 Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS19) conference this week. This new software offering will allow for a combined disinfection data portal with advanced analytics capabilities.

Electron Mini-Bowser is a real Demon when it comes to eradicating dirt

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The cleaning market has changed dramatically over the last 10 years as end users require greater pressures and cleaning performance. With the cost of fossil fuels escalating out of control the demands have moved towards economical power systems that still provide the cleaning performance. Demon has looked at these problems and towards the future and has now developed a revolutionary concept in the Demon Electron Mini-Bowser.

Mayo Clinic study reports 47% reduction in C.diff infection rates using room disinfection technology

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Wanting to ensure that its robust infection prevention strategy and protocols were the best possible, the Mayo Clinic conducted a controlled study to evaluate the effectiveness of Xenex Disinfection Systems' pulsed xenon ultraviolet light room disinfection technology.

Vectair launches new aerosols in North & Latin America with 'Airadicate' odour neutraliser

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Aerosols, while a traditional method, still play a big part in the reduction of bad smells and are a popular, economical choice as an air freshener solution, globally. Their general reliability has been known for many years, although other non-aerosol aircare products have risen in popularity through the years, making aerosols seemingly 'old'. It's out with the old and in with the new at Vectair Systems though...

CMS Berlin 2019: Focus on startups and newcomers

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For the first time at CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning.Management.Services startups and newcomers will be represented in their own display section at the fair.

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Cleaning - or several different aspects of it, has been in the news a lot this week...

Tuesday saw the first ever coordinated action by four trade unions, against outsourcing, together with High Court action aimed at improving the lot of those employed on outsourced contracts. Read more about #CleanUpOutsourcing below.

There was, for a while at least, hope for Birmingham residents when refuse workers suspended their strike action in favour of peace talks. Unfortunately, the two sides failed to reach a deal to end the action - brought over what the Union says were 'secret payments' and the blacklisting of refuse workers. The strike was due to resume today.

Interserve, which holds many huge UK public sector contracts including hospital cleaning, published its full-year figures yesterday. These show losses of some £111m on top of the debts already accrued. Its proposal to spend some £76m on restructuring advice hasn't gone down well with some major shareholders, so there could be trouble ahead. I hope things can be worked out as there's a lot at stake and the contractor has enjoyed a good reputation and has a number of Award wins under its belt. I'd like to share its latest restructuring announcement with you, but because of Cleanzine's global circulation (to 163 countries) we could get ourselves into trouble by divulging information to readers the law bars from seeing it, so please visit: www.interserve.com - where you may (or may not, depending upon where you live!) learn more about the company's plans.

Try as I might I can't find any information about the brand/s of vacuum cleaners being used to remove hundreds of pounds worth of cash from several of London's parking metres. Whatever you might think about the thefts, you have to agree that equipment's doing a great job and I wonder whether some enterprising manufacturer or other may at some stage use this story of incredible vacuuming power in its marketing material.

Finally, it's only a couple of weeks until the cleaning show and if you haven't booked your stand in the hope of getting a cut-price deal, it's not happening! Show sales director Vanessa Van Santen Smith agrees that offering last minute deals is the worst thing a show organiser can do; it undermines the brand and destroys trust. There are still a couple of stands available so don't miss out on exhibiting your wares at this busy show! See the ad below for details.

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This Week's News

Bring us 'in house' say #CleanUpOutsourcing marchers

* Bring-us-in-house.jpgOn Tuesday, hundreds of London workers downed tools and marched on Parliament to demand the end of outsourcing and what they claim is the insecurity, discrimination and low pay it causes.

#CleanUpOutsourcing - organised by trade unions including the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, United Voices of the World, the BEIS L&S PCS and the RMT - coincided with High Court action taken by the IWGB against the BEIS and the University of London, aimed at improving the employment rights of an estimated 3.3 million workers in outsourced roles.

Lost and frowned!

* Lost-and-frowned.jpgUsed sex toys, positive pregnancy tests and dirty knickers are some of the items hapless cleaners might expect to find when tidying an apartment block in Magaluf this summer, but what about on a bus?

The three shocking discoveries made the top 10 list of the worst items to greet staff from Cordant Cleaning when sprucing up buses across the UK during the past year.

Infection control products come into the spotlight for healthcare facilities

* Infection-control-prods.jpgTechnology within healthcare facilities has had to significantly improve to reduce infections. Despite the advancements, though, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that on any given day, one in 31 hospital patients has a Healthcare-Acquired Infection.

Thus, infection control products have come into the spotlight in order to keep hospital facilities documented and maintained, as well as to protect the safety of the public.

'Lock out tag out' procedure can save maintenance and cleaning workers' lives

* Lock-out-tag-out.jpgHazardous energy should be safely isolated prior to any maintenance or cleaning work taking place on machinery, electrical or industry devices. To ensure that accidental re-energisation does not occur - which in turn could lead to injury or fatalities - a 'lock out tag out' procedure should be in place.

'Lock out tag out' is a safety procedure which, when followed correctly, ensures that machinery is shut off completely, any stored energy is safely isolated, and accidental start-up cannot occur.

C. diff rates reduced with bundled approach as part of infection reduction program

* rates-reduced.jpgA new manuscript has been accepted by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons which examines C. diff in adult surgical patients.

The paper, 'Multidisciplinary Approach and Clostridium difficile Infection in Adult Surgical Patients', discusses the multidisciplinary program that Duke University Medical Center implemented to reduce its C. diff rate.

Seeking the CHSA's 2019 Undergraduate Scholars for potential bursaries

* Seeking-CHSA-Bursaries.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched the search for its 2019 Undergraduate Scholars; up to two will be awarded this year, the second in the CHSA's five-year commitment to the programme.

The sons and daughters of CHSA members, who on 1st September 2019 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year, are eligible to apply. The successful applicants will be awarded a maximum of £4,500, receiving the Bursary in three installments, £1,500 at the start of each academic year or for the first three academic years even if the degree is four years or longer.

Cleaning green - Birmingham cleaning company goes electric

* Cleaning-green-Birmingham.jpgWe Clean, Birmingham's thriving, privately-owned commercial cleaning company boasting such clients as Brindleyplace, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Assay Office, MG Motors and Gateley, has taken delivery of its first three electric cars as part of a green commitment to go all-electric with its commercial car fleet.

The three British-built Nissan Leaf electric vehicles will be used throughout Birmingham by We Clean's contract managers.

Bio-Productions shortlisted for two Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

* Bio-Productions-GDB-shortlist.jpgBio-Productions has been shortlisted in two categories for the 2019 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. The Burgess Hill-based company, led by managing director and local business advocate Angela Gill, is in the final three in both the Manufacturer of the Year and the Employer of the Year categories.

The Awards celebrate innovation and inspiration by companies that have made a significant contribution to the Gatwick Diamond region, recognised as one of the hothouse economies in the UK. The winners will be presented their awards by the comedian Marcus Brigstocke at the 11th Gatwick Diamond Business Awards dinner on 21st March at the Effingham Park Hotel.

Ecolab contributes nearly $17 million to communities in 2018

* Ecolab-contributes.jpgEcolab continued its long-standing commitment to supporting communities in 2018 through several initiatives, including corporate giving, grants to nonprofit organisations, in-kind product donations and employee volunteerism, with a total impact of nearly $17 million.

In 2018, Ecolab also continued support for its global philanthropic partners, The Nature Conservancy and Project WET, through the company's Solutions for Life program, which enhances Ecolab's mission to conserve water and improve hygiene throughout the world.

Anago's latest franchise awards mark beginning of 30 year celebrations

* Anago.jpgInternational commercial cleaning franchise Anago Cleaning Systems has launched its 30-year celebrations with the announcement of its annual franchise award recipients at its annual meeting and convention - a three-day strategy session and celebration among the company's 43 master franchise owners.

"Our Masters are both very accomplished and very competitive, so to win one of these awards proves that these professionals are executing at the highest levels," said Adam Povlitz, company president and CEO. "Through such high achievement, these award winners bring pride to themselves, as well as to Anago and our almost 1,600 unit franchises."

Zero waste shop opens on Keele campus

* Zero-waste-shop.jpgKeele Students' Union has launched an ambitious new venture aimed at cutting plastic pollution across the University. The Zero Waste Shop is one of the first student-led outlets in the country selling products that have no packaging.

The enterprise, which is based within the existing Keele SU shop, will be open to all, offering students, staff and visitors an alternative way to shop.

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Hospital Hygiene

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Our weekly updated Hospital Hygiene features current developments and product solutions cleaning and hygiene industry manufacturers are coming up with. Read More.

Recent UK News

Latest Norovirus outbreak figures in hospitals show marked improvement over last year

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The latest Health Protection report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), shows that currently we are making improvements in combatting the virus.

Mind the gap: how the transport sector can meet targets to reduce avoidable waste

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UK train companies are forever warning us to 'Mind the Gap'. But are they doing enough to close another gap that presents a different challenge altogether: the rail sector's performance gap against targets to minimise waste? Despite committed obligations to reduce waste - and to meet the 90% recycling target set by the DfT - many train operators are some way from their destination, argues Dan Brown, Corporate Sector Director, SWRnewstar...

Cleaning up

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Jamie Wright, managing director at Incentive QAS, discusses how his life was shaped by the cleaning industry and how his company changed the way it worked, to improve on its success...

Campaign aims to SCRAP fly-tipping in Norfolk

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Norfolk has launched the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign which aims to fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county and cut the annual £1m clear up cost. The campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier - either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.

Local MP impressed by one stop operation at eco-friendly manufacturer

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Sir Nicholas Soames MP paid a visit to Burgess Hill-based manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cleaning products, Bio-Productions, on Friday. Accompanied by the company's managing director, Angela Gill, he was given a tour of the company's offices and laboratory on the Victoria Business Park, where he had the chance to see the factory's production line first-hand.

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Territory Sales Manager 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a successful Manufacturer of Cleaning Equipment to extend its' sales team with the appointment of a Territory Sales Manager.

The role will require a highly motivated and sales-driven professional, who will be able to demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm, in order to manage and grow an existing business portfolio of accounts through Wales, The Midlands and parts of Lancashire.

Clarity-The Soap Co. new recruitment drive signals bright future

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As 2019 gets underway, social enterprise Clarity-The Soap Co. (founded in 1854) announces that it has recruited new personnel in key positions as it implements a revised operating strategy to help ensure another phase of sustainable growth under chief executive, Nigel Lewis. Says Nigel:

UK Contract Cleaning Market '£95m Boost for 2019'

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A new report from MTW Research suggests the contract cleaning market is set for £95 million growth in 2019, despite Brexit uncertainties sustaining pressure on companies and dampening volume growth.

The 140-page report forecasts more than £450 million growth for the contract cleaning market in the next few years, with longer term optimism strengthening after a challenging period of trading in 2018.

CSSA announces finalists for Training and Environmental & Sustainability Awards

The Cleaning & Support Services Association has revealed the companies that have made it onto the shortlist for both its Training Award and the Environmental and Sustainability Award, in the Association's second UK Contract Cleaning Awards program. Those with a chance of winning are:


Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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