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International News

Infection control products come into the spotlight for healthcare facilities

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Technology 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.

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

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Hazardous 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.

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

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A new manuscript has been accepted by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons which examines C. diff in adult surgical patients.

Ecolab contributes nearly $17 million to communities in 2018

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Ecolab 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.

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

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International 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.

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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* LEADER-PIC-7thMar.jpgWorking across both the cleaning and the kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms industry, it's something I've often been asked about and ended up in discussion over, but I've never thought about delving into the past to get the answer... I'd always thought it was a matter of opinion. But no.

Thanks to Australian consumer group Choice, whose researchers have taken the trouble to look at the 128-year-old patent for the traditional toilet roll and holder, the issue has now been solved. Choice uncovered the patent from September 1891 with images depicting the paper going up and over the roll, rather than underneath it and down beside the wall.

"We have a conclusive answer to the controversial question of whether to hang your toilet paper over or under the roll," says the group. "At risk of permanently losing members, we're here to answer it once and for all: over is the correct method. Perforated toilet paper was invented in 1871 by Seth Wheeler. He subsequently re-patented his invention in roll form in 1891. His patent application includes detailed diagrams that clearly show the paper going up and over the roll, not under. So placing your toilet paper overhand is using this wonder product precisely as its creator intended."

And yes - I've been doing it wrong all my life, but I put that down as much to always having had small bathrooms as I do to anything else. And no, I'll probably not change!

Most people have said to me that they hang the paper in the same way as their parents did; some however, like it going down the wall to prevent the end from tickling their legs or to prevent dust build up on the exposed sheets, while others don't do it this way for fear of having users contaminate the wall as they touch it to tear off a sheet. Some contractors I've spoken with have said that although the dispensers they use are designed for the roll to go up and over, they deliberately put the roll in upside down to reduce waste, as it's more difficult to let the roll run free that way - clever that!

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This Week's News

Cleaning Show adds more sparkle in 2019

* Cleaning-Show1.jpgThe Cleaning Show, the UK's biggest cleaning, hygiene & waste management exhibition, is set to be bigger and better than ever before. The three-day event at London's Excel (19th - 21st March 2019), is set to be packed with exhibitors from around the world, leading industry experts and thousands of visitors who are involved in the cleaning, waste management and facilities management sectors.

Some of the highlights and themes this year include:

Cleaning Show 2019 announces more big name exhibitors, sponsors & details of conference programme

* Cleaning-Show-seminars.jpgThe Cleaning Show (Excel, London 19th - 21st March 2019), one of Europe's biggest trade events dedicated to commercial cleaning, has announced a raft of both new and returning exhibitors.

Tennant, the US-based global manufacturer of floor and outdoor cleaning machinery is set to return to the show after a 10-year gap, while carpet cleaning equipment firm Host Von Schrader will be making its debut at the event - indeed it is one of the sponsors of the Carpet Cleaning Village. Other new names include several software companies and app developers such as Adonai7, Blue Rock Systems and Squeegee.

BICSc launches 'BICSc Lab' business resilience event with Rubbermaid

* BICSc-Lab.jpgLast year saw a series of negative headlines from cyber-attacks to high-profile business failures. The fallout from these stories shaped a number of responses affecting the cleaning industry, and this year promises to be an important time for business resilience, especially with Brexit on the horizon.

For this reason, the British Institute of Cleaning Science is delivering its first 'BICSc Lab' event dedicated to business resilience in association with Rubbermaid Commercial Products. The event will take place on 15th May at QE2 Centre in Westminster, London, and is open to all industry professionals.

The female social enterprise entrepreneur bringing social change to the cleaning industry

* Camilla_Soap-Co.jpgTo mark International Women's Day - 8th March 2019, meet the multi award-winning Camilla Marcus-Dew, head of sustainable growth at social enterprise, Clarity-The Soap Co., bringing products with social purpose to the cleaning and hygiene sector...

Camilla is the co-founder of the luxury, ethical The Soap Co. brand and is one of many committed and dynamic women in the fast-growing social enterprise sector, worth some £60bn annually.

Interclean Istanbul 2019 set to deliver a diverse outlook on the industry

* Interclean-Istanbul.jpgFollowing the vibrant second edition of Interclean Istanbul in 2017, the 2019 edition of the region's showpiece professional cleaning exhibition returns to Turkey for yet another exciting get-together.

On 10th April, Interclean will arrive in Istanbul once more to bring cleaning and hygiene professionals together from around the world. The last exhibition attracted more than 2,000 visitors from over 80 countries - and the 2019 show will build on that to offer delegates an ever-more complete regional outlook on the industry.

Ideal machine for cleaning and sanitising any area with floor drainage

* Idrofoam-rinse.jpgThe electrically-powered IdroFoamRinse200 is ideal for cleaning non-carpeted areas that do not require vacuuming before cleaning and which have drains in the floor, such as washrooms, saunas, swimming pools, showers, gyms, changing rooms and camping grounds.

The machine can spray foam and rinse continuously, since it takes the water used in the process directly from the facility's water supply (as opposed to having its own tank), so downtime tends to be dictated by the machine's user, rather than the machine itself.

Removing graffiti gently and without harming the environment

* Removing-graffiti-gently.jpgLarge cities pay up to one million euros a year to have graffiti removed from public areas. And it is estimated that smaller cities pay up to 200,000 euros a year at least. Municipal decision-makers, service providers and employees of housing associations are looking for an easy, reliable, gentle yet environmentally-friendly method of removing unwanted graffiti.

With its Tornado ACS, Systeco is offering an integrated, all-in-one solution based on the vacuum-blasting method. The unit uses a blasting agent specially selected for each surface, which is applied to the area to be cleaned. The paint particles are removed from the substrate and separated from the abrasive by a filter. The abrasive can then be used on the surface again to remove the paint.

National Carwash Solutions partners with Vacutech Vacuum Systems

* National-Carwash-Solutions.jpgNational Carwash Solutions, the US-based global provider of car wash systems, cleaning solutions and maintenance services, has formed a strategic partnership with Vacutech Vacuum Systems, a company that works with customers in commercial and industrial operations who require specialised vacuum systems - including car wash operators.

National Car Wash Solutions boasts such car wash industry brands as MacNeil, Ryko, TSS and CleanTouch.

Avica UK extends ordering time to 19:00 for next-day delivery

* Avica-UK.jpgAvica UK customers can now order up to 19:00 Mondays - Thursdays for next-day delivery, and up to 19:00 Fridays for Monday delivery, choosing from a range of over 14,000 cleaning, catering and healthcare products held in stock. With the acquisition of Noble Express in 2018, Avica UK now offers an impressive and increased range of over 8,000 catering products alongside its already popular cleaning and healthcare ranges.

Customers will continue to benefit from Avica UK 's well-established affiliation to Jangro and will receive a personal service at all stages of their order, with designated customer account managers and a bespoke fleet of low emission Avica UK delivery vehicles.

Minster Cleaning Services nominated for major franchising award

* Minster-Cleaning-Services.jpgMinster Cleaning Services has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year Award at the BFA HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on 27th June.

Minster Cleaning Services began in 1982 and has been a BFA Full Member since 1992. The company has branches across the UK and employs more than 5,000 people. Half of Minster franchisees have each built up businesses with sales of more than £1million and the top branches have each achieved annual turnover in excess of £2million.

TCFM and BHF partnership shortlisted for important cleaning award

* TCFM-BHF.jpgTC Facilities Management tells us it is delighted to have reached the finalist stages of the Corporate Social Responsibility category, Cleaning & Support Services Association awards 2019, for its work with the British Heart Foundation; the charity that conducts groundbreaking research in to heart and circulatory diseases and their causes.

The winners will be announced next month at an invitation-only lunch event, taking place during the Cleaning Show on Wednesday 20th March, 2019, in London.

Mitie recognised as a UK Top Employer 2019

* Mitie-employer.jpgMitie has become the only UK Facilities Management company to receive Certified Top Employer UK 2019 recognition from the Top Employers Institute. The award recognises Mitie's dedication to providing the very best working environment for employees.

The certificate is awarded to organisations of the highest calibre that have worked hard to create, implement and progress their people strategies. Top Employers lead the way in 'people-first' HR practices, and Mitie has qualified amongst a prestigious list of peers.

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Recent UK News

Bring us 'in house' say #CleanUpOutsourcing marchers

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On 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.

Lost and frowned!

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Used 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?

Seeking the CHSA's 2019 Undergraduate Scholars for potential bursaries

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The 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.

Cleaning green - Birmingham cleaning company goes electric

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We 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.

Bio-Productions shortlisted for two Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

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Bio-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.

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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Events & Exhibitions

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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


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