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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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Did you see the BBC news coverage earlier this week with pictures of refuse collectors urinating on wheelie bins in a Wakefield alleyway? The photographer, reporters and all the people I've spoken to about it, were aghast at the discovery that these workers - employed to help keep our neighbourhoods clean - have been dirtying it by answering the call of nature.

My first thought was that the workers are urinating against the bins as a result of a combination of what appear to be very tight schedules and the ongoing closure over many years, of our public toilets. This means that there is nowhere for them to go even if they had the time to stop and use a toilet without throwing their schedules into disarray... Any refuse collectors I see, are working far, far quicker than they used to years ago when wheelie bins first came into use and refuse collection was seen as quite a 'cushy' job apart from the early starts. My next thought was that perhaps they're not running to complete their rounds because of the tight schedules but rather because one or more of the team is desperate to get back to the depot to use the toilet as there are none open anywhere near their rounds anymore!

Either way, I daresay that this practice is going on all over the country and nothing is going to prevent it.

Steve Bowman, who installed cameras outside his home in a bid to catch fly-tippers and who captured the men in action (but no fly-tippers as far as I'm aware) said he was disgusted. Wakefield Council said it was investigating and would "take appropriate action".

While Mr Bowman is seeking an apology from the council and a guarantee that it won't happen again (and I agree with his point that householders have to handle these bins too & that it's unhygienic if they're covered in urine) I can't imagine that the council can really do much other than ask the workers to use the fence instead, because it's a human right to be able to go to the toilet when the need takes us - within reason obviously!

Just what is the answer to this dilemma, I wonder?



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This Week's News

TVH anticipates Brexit outcome with massive new warehouse in the heart of the UK

* TVH-UK.jpgTVH, one of the world's largest suppliers of material handling, industrial and agricultural equipment parts and accessories, has acquired (whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations) a massive new warehouse right in the centre of the UK.

Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections

* Hospital-cleaning-trial.jpgA major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits.

The cleaning bundle costs approximately AUS$2,500 per 10,000 bed days to implement and is broadly applicable to cleaning in any hospital.

Interserve workforce and supply chain must not be ignored, as company stands on cliff edge

* Interserve.jpgThe wellbeing of Interserve's 45,000 UK workforce and its supply chain are being ignored, as the company totters on the brink of administration, warned the UK and Ireland's largest union, Unite, yesterday.

Interserve has thousands of Government contracts and an extensive construction sector. The heavily indebted company has produced a controversial rescue plan, however many of Interserve's existing shareholders are opposing the plan and have forced a vote on the deal which will take place tomorrow.

Dr Joey DeCourcey discusses indoor air quality at Cleaning Products Conference Europe

* Indoor-air-paper.jpgThis week, Allergy Standards' senior scientific officer, Dr Joey DeCourcey, is at the Cleaning Products Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, making a presentation on 'Allergens and the air that we breathe'.

Dr DeCourcey is reinforcing the importance of healthier indoor environments and giving insights into the testing process whereby cleaning products can be assessed for suitability for use in environments frequented by asthma and allergy sufferers. He is explaining how reducing exposure to inhalant indoor allergens through a multifaced approach can improve asthma control and is also advising on the best ways for manufacturers to engage with allergy-aware customers.

Cardiff company is leading the fight against antimicrobial resistance

* Cardiff-company.jpgAt the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this January, Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued the stark warning that our growing resistance to antibiotics could prove as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare.

This bleak proclamation followed the World Health Organisation's announcement last year that superbugs- drug-resistant bacteria and pathogens-pose one of the most dangerous and imminent threats to human health across the world. So, what is causing our increasing resistance to antibiotics, what's behind these so-called superbugs and, most importantly, how can we prevent these startling forewarnings becoming reality?

Vectair Systems helps create immersive environments with new SensaMist scent diffusers

* Vectair-Systems-air-difuser.jpgIn April 2019, Vectair Systems - a leading technological innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare & scent products in a number of sectors worldwide - will launch its new range of scent diffusers with advanced atomiser technology, designed to bring the magic of scent to interior spaces.

Scent is an important emotional influencer, and in addition to fragrancing an environment as a solution to mask unpleasant smells and odours, nowadays it is common to experience fragrance as a user 'experience' in a location. 

ISSA partners university to create online supply chain management program

* ISSA-supply-chain-mgt.jpgISSA's Cleaning Management Institute has partnered with Marquette University to develop an online training course that introduces the seven critical areas of supply chain management.

Introducing the new Showa 6110PF biodegradable nitrile glove

* Showa-glove.jpgGlobus Group has enhanced its popular single-use disposable gloves range with the introduction of the Showa 6110PF new biodegradable nitrile glove.

Using Showa's Eco Best Technology (EBT) the 6110PF provides the same physical properties as traditional nitrile gloves - durability, texture, fit, chemical resistance and performance - along with the same shelf life; but with one added dimension.

What you need to know about DINs: advice regarding disinfectants marketed in Canada

* DINs.jpgSome Canadian facilities managers and cleaning contractors report that there is often confusion as to what is recognised as an independently verified disinfectant in Canada. This confusion extends to the US and other manufacturers exporting disinfectants to Canada.

However, according to a new White Paper prepared by Avmor, a leading Canadian manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions, this should not be an issue and can be very easily addressed.

ISS and T-Systems enters partnership on strategic platform for IoT

* ISS_T-Systems.jpgISS and T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, have signed a three-year strategic partnership on a platform for Internet of Things (IoT). During the next six-months, ISS will collaborate with T-Systems to build a strategic roadmap of IoT services to be implemented for a three-year contractual term.

In 2018, ISS successfully deployed IoT sensor technology at customer sites in more than 18 countries around the world. Approximately 20,000 sensors were installed at various customer sites to enhance customer experience outcomes such as occupancy, wellness and indoor climate control amongst others.

Affinity Water appoints Facilicom UK to service 16 sites across the portfolio

* Affinity-Water_Facilicom.jpgDedicated soft services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK, has secured the contract to service multiple Affinity Water sites across the UK. The company is the UK's largest water-only supplier, providing on average 900 million litres of water each day to a population of more than 3.6 million people.

Facilicom will be responsible for the daily and weekly cleaning of 16 Affinity Water sites, including the HQ at The Hub in Hatfield, through to water testing labs and operational sites for engineering, water sourcing and distribution/pumping across Essex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey.

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Recent UK News

Cleaning Show adds more sparkle in 2019

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The 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.

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

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The 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.

BICSc launches 'BICSc Lab' business resilience event with Rubbermaid

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Last 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.

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

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To 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...

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

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Avica 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.

Minster Cleaning Services nominated for major franchising award

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Minster 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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