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International News

ISSA Show Canada 2019 proves to be an industry hit

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The 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.

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

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Candida 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."

Phs and Mitsubishi Electric launch quiet revolution in hand drying

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Washroom services provider phs Group has formed a partnership with Mitsubishi Electric to launch a revolutionary new hand dryer.

Just what the doctor ordered

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Kaivac'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.

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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Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it won’t only be Extinction Rebellion flying pink drones around Heathrow Airport during peak holiday time; there will also be strikes at several UK airports – mainly over pay and conditions – unless an agreement between the various parties can be reached soon.

Both sets of disruptions have had ample coverage in the press and while most people are arguing that it’s selfish to pick peak season; causing maximum disruption and a public outcry is far more likely to get results, isn’t it?

There are several groups of workers involved in the various strikes planned and without becoming too political I think I can safely admit that I have sympathy for one group – the frontline staff such as cleaners who don’t get paid nearly enough for the work they do and who don’t generally enjoy the same respect as other workers.

Pilots, for example, are said to be considering strike action but at a reputed £200K a year and the perks and kudos that come with the job, surely that’s a reasonable salary? They’ve been offered a pay rise of 14.5% over three years - including an inflation-busting 4% increase this year, but they’re not happy.

Heathrow Airport says it’s offered a 4.6% rise to 70% of its frontline workers, with the remaining workers receiving at least 3.2%, but when one considers that this rise would amount to just £3.75 a day for the lowest paid, it’s clearly not fair, is it? The Unite union, of which many of the cleaners are members, says the planned strikes follow the rejection of an 18-month pay offer amounting to 2.7% and frankly if I had a cleaning job at the airport I’d probably be wanting to strike too. Compare the offer to that accepted by Heathrow Airport's CEO John Holland-Kaye, who reportedly received a pay increase from £2million to more than £4.2million between 2017 and 2018, and you can see why the low paid workers aren’t happy, can’t you?

Surely what the decision-makers should be doing is considering a flat rate increase across the board? After all, when the low paid earn so little and the best paid earn so much, a percentage increase only exacerbates the problem for the worst off, who will continue to struggle financially whilst cleaning up after those who enjoy a lifestyle that seems to be ever moving out of reach…



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This Week's News

IICRC standards director elected president of Society for Standards Professionals

* IICRC-standards-director.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification's standards director, Mili Washington, has been selected to serve as president of the Society for Standards Professionals Board of Directors.

"For the past eight years, Mili has helped secure the Institute's position as a standards leader in the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry," says Pete Duncanson, IICRC chairman. "We're proud to see her knowledge, hard work and ability to lead recognised beyond our organisation."

White paper demonstrates efficacy of self-disinfecting device on shared equipment

* White-paper.jpgProximity Systems, which provides healthcare furniture and technology, has released a white paper demonstrating the efficacy of its UV-Clean self-disinfecting device. After a month-long clinical study, the company announced that its no-touch disinfection unit had been proven to be effective at reducing bio burden on computer workstation keyboards included in the study.

The white paper explains that the study took place at HCA Houston Southeast in both its Neuro Unit and Intermediate Medical Care Unit.

British Cleaning Council welcomes new chair and new deputy at 2019 AGM

* BCC-chair-deputy.jpgThe British Cleaning Council which represents over 20 national trade associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, officially elected a new chairman and deputy chair at its recent Annual General Meeting.

Paul Thrupp, currently the Council's deputy chair and operations director at OCS, was voted in as the new BCC chairman. He will also continue to represent the Federation of Window Cleaners on the Council. Paul succeeds Stan Atkins who stepped down after two years at the BCC helm. Stan will remain a member of the BCC in his role as Council member for the British Institute of Cleaning Science.

InnuScience takes the lead with its IoT product monitoring system

* InnuScience.jpgFast-growing InnuScience believes it may be the first cleaning product manufacturer in the UK to launch an Internet of Things (IoT)-based product monitoring system. Its system - Connected Cleaning - works by monitoring product usage, which is then reported on a monthly basis against the budget per site. A key benefit of this system is to allow the proactive management of any deviations from budget that could potentially occur.

Now an established global leader in commercial cleaning systems based on biotechnology, the company can achieve the upfront results of strong chemical products by using biological actives - fermentation extracts, enzymes and microbes - to create a residual cleaning action that boosts standards.

Camfil warns over air quality measurement

* Camfil-warns-over-air.jpgMeasuring larger particulate matter - so-called PM10 and PM2.5 - to determine the health impact of poor air quality is missing the point, according to a leading air quality expert.

Peter Dyment, technical manager of filter manufacturer Camfil, said the basis for measurement of harmful particulates should be on PM1 (particulate matter that is 1 micron or smaller in diameter).

ISS divests activities in Estonia

ISS hasdivested its activities in Estonia, as part of its long-term strategy of focusing on its core business in markets with significant future demand for integrated facility services and markets of importance for global Key Account customers. ISS will continue to support the global and regional key accounts in Estonia.

The buyers of the business in Estonia are Estonian and international private investors.

Vaclensa launches dedicated HORECA team

* Vaclensa-HORECA.jpgFollowing a number of progressive changes within the company's internal structure, and an increase in customers from the restaurant, leisure and food service sector, Vaclensa has launched its very own HORECA (Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes) team.

Working with customers ranging from national restaurant and pub chains to holiday parks, this new division of four sales people and 16 service technicians has a dedicated product range of professional machines highly suited to the particular needs of these environments such as wet and dry vacuum cleaners, carpet cleaners, steam cleaners and leaf blowers.

Steamatic Restoration & Cleaning is launch customer of Coulson Ice Blast's IceStorm45

* Steamatic-Restoration.jpgSteamatic Restoration & Cleaning - the carpet cleaning, duct cleaning and restoration franchise which operates in 20 countries and has over 160 franchise territories worldwide, has signed on as official launch partner for Coulson Ice Blast's latest innovation - the IceStorm45.

Coulson Ice Blast just released its latest innovation in its IceStorm product line, and with the new IceStorm45, delivers its first mass-market offering of the smaller redesigned technology.

Fleet-cleaning partnership helps DPD polish zero-emission credentials

* Fleet-cleaning-DPD.jpgParcel delivery company DPD has appointed eco-friendly car wash company Dropless.co.uk in an innovative, new partnership. Water-free vehicle cleaning service Dropless will be responsible for ensuring the fleet vehicles at DPD's all-electric Westminster parcel depot remain spotless.

DPD Westminster was the UK's first all-electric parcel depot and is part of a network of zero-emission DPD micro depots in London. The parcel giant uses a fleet of electric trucks, vans and micro-vehicles for both incoming parcels, and last-mile deliveries, to provide a completely emission-free service.

New and improved IWFM Awards boasts a bumper crop of finalists

* New-IWFM-Awards.jpgThe finalists for the Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management Awards 2019, which builds on the heritage of the British Institute of Facilities Management Awards, were announced yesterday.

The IWFM annual Awards put the spotlight on individuals and organisations driving innovation and delivering exceptional results in the profession. And this year's ceremony introduces new categories and promises an updated entertainment offering and an exciting after-ceremony experience.

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Recent UK News

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

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The 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.

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.

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