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International News

Cleaning and facility services professionals share expertise at EFCI's 2019 Conference

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Delegates and speakers from several EU Member States gathered during the European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 2019 Conference last month, to exchange views on innovation in the cleaning and facility services industry and on the challenges to come. The event was hailed very successful in terms of the relevant sessions and quality of the presentations.

CMS Purus Innovation Awards: 11 finalists revealed

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The 11 entries that have made it through to the final round of this year's CMS Purus Innovation Awards, have been revealed. Chosen by a panel of eight judges who deemed them the best out of the 65 entries submitted, they will be presented on a special display at CMS Berlin 2019, which is taking place from 24th to 27th September at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

Novaerus joins Clean Hospitals collaboration to help raise standards

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Novaerus, an Irish company specialising in air disinfection using patented ultra-low energy plasma, has joined the Clean Hospitals collaboration between manufacturers from the professional hygiene industry, representatives from academia, key opinion leaders and hospital management, which aims to raise industry standards and increase the visibility of environmental hygiene in patient care.

Richard Sudall joins the team at WoolSafe

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The WoolSafe Organisation is pleased to be strengthening its team with the appointment of Richard Sudall as head of international sales. Richard has been in the cleaning chemical industry all his working life and been a customer of WoolSafe for many years.

Unger's growing Stingray family really speeds up indoor window cleaning

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Unger has now further developed the award-winning Stingray indoor cleaning system with Stingray QuikPads - three-layer disposable pads (cleaning layer, absorbent core and attachment layer) that can be changed at lightning speed to help provide fast and easy hygienic cleanliness.

CMS Berlin 2019: Combined Newcomers stand is fully booked

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Newcomers are on the march at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019. From 24th to 27th September, for the first time, new and innovative companies will be displaying a wide range of products and new technological developments on a combined stand sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics. The area in Hall 6.2 is currently already booked up.

IWFM and FMA: 'a collaborative alliance for excellence' says outgoing IWFM chairman

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The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management and the Facility Management Association of Australia, are to join forces in the pursuit of workplace and facilities management excellence. The trans-continental alliance will connect FMA's 2,000 strong membership to IWFM's community of 17,000 workplace and facilities professionals, already represented in 80 countries.

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If you're a regular reader of my leaders you'll be well aware that my commitment to making things last - and also to recycling - goes back decades. I keep a couple of drawers at home for things I feel may come in handy one day and these bits and pieces have often been used for some Heath Robinson repair that's lasted way longer than the original item did. And while my 'hoarding' (well I don't call it that!) has sometimes caused frustration at home, everyone's grateful when we don't have to throw out something we love, since I've been able to save it, using something I wouldn't have thought about going out and buying, but which just happened to be tucked away in a drawer.

I've often amalgamated bits of vacuum cleaners which has caused some laughter when people have seen my machines - especially as many of us can be more concerned about the aesthetics of an appliance than we are its functionality. Not me!

As you might imagine, it really made my day to learn that European Cleaning Machines & Materials Recycling (www.ecmr.nu) has just passed something of a milestone by managing to recycle a total of 1,000 tonnes (1,000,000Kg) of cleaning machines and materials since it launched in 2013. What a marvellous achievement!

ECMR set out to be a forerunner in the field of sustainability - especially in the cleaning industry. "We look beyond the production line: we are focused on closing the recycling loop, collecting machines and materials from throughout the industry with the aim of achieving 100% recycling," it says. "By closing the loop, we prevent e-waste." The organisation collects not only machines but also other products from our industry, such as dispensers, so that materials such as aluminium, iron and plastics are returned to the production process. What were previously thought of as 'end-of-life' materials can be given a second chance through recycling, reusing or refurbishing.

"The urgency for a climate-friendly industry has never been as high as it is today," it says. "Raw materials are running out, resources are being exhausted - and, on the other hand, e-waste is piling up. We believe that sustainability is also a form of hygiene. By looking beyond the production line, we are aiming for a sustainable, closed economy."

Well done EMCR and here's to the next 1,000 tonnes of materials you save from entering landfill!



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This Week's News

'Licenced to clean' - BICSc opens new training suite in Northampton

* Licenced-to-clean.jpgThe British Institute of Cleaning Science is playing a leading role in addressing the cleaning industry's skills shortage with the opening of its brand new 'BBS Training Suite' in Northampton.

The opening ceremony took place earlier this month at Moulton Park in Northampton, and was officially opened by BBS managing director, Mike Fletcher FBICSc, while national chair, Sue Robinson FBICSc, cut the ribbon on the new BICSc headquarters.

Man's vehicle seized for fly-tipping is a first for borough

* Fly-tipping-poster.jpgThurrock Council says it is continuing to take a no nonsense approach to fly-tipping after a man who dumped garden waste at the roadside became the first person in the borough to have a vehicle seized for the offence.

ISSA Show Canada 2019 proves to be an industry hit

* ISSA-Show-Canada-2019.jpgThe premiere of ISSA Show Canada is now one for the books and, by all accounts, the exposition proved to be an outstanding success. The show made its debut at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, 11th to 13th June, 2019.

"It's been four years since the last major sanitary maintenance and cleaning exposition was held in Toronto," says ISSA Canada executive director Mike Nosko. "By partnering with the REMI Network (Real Estate Management Industry) and IFMA (the International Facility Management Association), we have taken this trade event to the next level and are making great strides in our efforts of uniting the industry."

HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures

* HSE-annual-fatalities.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19 as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2017. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers).

There has been a long-term reduction in the number of fatalities since 1981. Although 2018/19 saw an increase of six workplace fatalities from 2017/18, the number has remained broadly level in recent years.

The future of Health & Safety: New software company aims to make everything digital

A new health & safety management tool is said to be about to 'revolutionise' how businesses approach health & safety in the workplace by providing a 'one stop shop' for firms. The online software, launched by Protecting.co.uk, offers savvy business owners a number of tools to help them protect their business.

Helping businesses tackle the required legal documentation they need to stay compliant in their day-to-day operations, the software will allow firms to generate unlimited amounts of crucial documents such as risk assessments, method statements in just minutes.

New published study: LightStrike robot kills C.auris on hospital surfaces

* New-published-study-LightStrike.jpgCandida auris (C.auris) is an emerging, often multi-drug resistant, fungus that causes serious and often deadly infections in healthcare settings. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently issued a warning about C.auris, terming it a "serious global health threat."

Nearly 700 C.auris cases have been reported in the US thus far, but hospitals overseas have been battling the deadly pathogen for quite some time. The Netcare Hospital Group, which operates the largest private hospital network in South Africa, was the first and is the only hospital group in South Africa to utilise Xenex high intensity, broad spectrum mobile disinfection robots that have been proven effective against viruses and bacteria which can threaten patient safety.

Phs and Mitsubishi Electric launch quiet revolution in hand drying

* Phs-and-Mitsubishi-dryer.jpgWashroom services provider phs Group has formed a partnership with Mitsubishi Electric to launch a revolutionary new hand dryer.

The phs Whisper XL is a high-speed hand dryer with cutting-edge technology to make it one of the quietest dryers in its class with eco-friendly low running costs. The air-curtain design dries hands in as little as nine seconds; up to four times quicker than many warm air dryers. Thanks to high-efficiency motors and air ducts, air flows from the dryer smoothly and quietly, generating a low operating sound as quiet as just 56 decibels.

Just what the doctor ordered

* Kaivac-bags.jpgKaivac's vacuum-powered trash compactors are perfect in all settings, but especially hospitals.One hospital housekeeper empties up to 200 rubbish bins per day, pouring the contents of each into a large rubbish liner.

Mitie secures extension to clean Scotland's best loved landmarks

* Mitie-landmark.jpgMitie has expanded its relationship with public body Historic Environment Scotland (HES) with a five-year cleaning contract worth £4.4 million. Having held the long-term contract with HES since 2010,

Mitie will continue to provide a range of specialist cleaning services to HES's estate of over 50 historic buildings and ancient monuments such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Melrose Abbey.

European Ladies Tour player, Sian Evans, to join PGA golf pros at CHSA event

* Tour-player-Sian-Evans.jpgEuropean Ladies Tour Player and Kings Hill Professional, Sian Evans, will be taking part in the upcoming Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's charity golf day at Rudding Park, Harrogate.

Sian, who has won a place on the European Ladies Tour for the first time, is attending as one of the golf professionals - alongside those from the Yorkshire Professional Golf Association.

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Recent UK News

Meet the OBE recipient who's dedicated his career to preventing falls from height

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They may not realise it, but anyone who has ever climbed a ladder, ascended a mobile access tower or used any other type of equipment to work at height has good reason to thank Glaswegian Peter Bennett, 59. Plenty of those in this industry then...

Design for recycling and an integrated approach: messages from CHSA's plastics conference

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Two dominant messages emerged from the recent Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association conference on plastics. First, products, packaging and processes need to be designed with recycling in mind. Second, an integrated approach, from the start to the finish of the supply chain, is crucial if recycling is to be increased.

Investigation continuing into foods linked to listeria infections in UK hospitals

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Good progress is being made in the continuing investigation into the food supply chain, to identify the source of the listeria strain linked to the recent hospital cases - which have so far resulted in two deaths. The Food Standards Agency is leading the investigation, with the support of Food Standards Scotland and local authorities.

Restoring the splendour of your floors

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Paul Hillman, managing director of Farnborough-based CleanKing, shares his thoughts on floor cleaning and maintenance. One of Paul's teams has recently delivered a fantastic floor restoration and clean for Homebase which received incredibly positive feedback. Other 'big brand' clients include Boots and The Range...

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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