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International News

Exclusive offer for Cleanzine readers: Two free tickets to CMS World Summit 2019 in Berlin!

We're delighted to bring you a special offer from our friends at CMS Berlin: a free ticket, for two lucky readers, to the CMS World Summit 2019, taking place for the first time at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019. 

IICRC standards director elected president of Society for Standards Professionals

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The 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.

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

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Proximity 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.

InnuScience takes the lead with its IoT product monitoring system

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Fast-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.

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.

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

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Steamatic 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.

New and improved IWFM Awards boasts a bumper crop of finalists

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The 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.

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.

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I often grumble about the lack of respect some members of the general public have for our cleaners - and I don't just mean about not acknowledging them as they go about their work, or perhaps getting in their way and forcing them to stop and wait for us rather than allowing them a few seconds so they can finish the bit they're cleaning! I mean the way so many seem to think it's ok to leave rubbish around rather than binning it, and leave taps running in washrooms or toilet cubicles strewn with wet toilet tissue and not bothering to flush or even check that the seat is clean and dry before leaving. Cleaners are there to help make our lives better, aren't they? Don't they deserve better treatment?

Likewise, healthcare professionals. I often read about ambulance crews being attacked and their vehicles raided while they're attending patients; but it's not only those that are isolated who are in danger. The incidences of staff being assaulted inside our hospitals are rising too. Statistics say that 200 nurses report an assault every day in England alone.

I'd thought it was at UK thing with a general lack of discipline and the ability of offenders to hoodwink the Courts into letting them off with the equivalent of a slap on the wrist. I'd rather the louts be punished severely enough that they'll think twice before repeating the offence.
But it's not just the UK. World Health Organisation figures show that globally, those working in healthcare facilities are at risk. Between 8% and 38% suffer physical violence at some point in their careers and of course cleaners are at the receiving end not only physically, but also through having to clean up after an attack. It's just not good enough, is it?

After a series of serious incidents in hospitals in New South Wales, Australia, the Health Services Union is stepping up its 'Are you safe in your hospital' campaign. It's backing up its call for extra security staff and greater powers to deal with problem patients, with a four-hour strike today which will involve some 22,000 staff including paramedics, administrators, cleaners and security staff. I hope the Australian government and others around the world find a solution to the growing problem of assaults on staff. Working in healthcare - whether as a nursing professional or a cleaner - is hard enough as it is, without the worry (or reality) of being assaulted or verbally abused by those they're trying to help.



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This Week's News

International Safety Awards 2020 are launched; new categories added

* International-Safety-Awards-launched.jpgFor the 2020 edition of the International Safety Awards, the British Safety Council has launched new categories of Awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations that campaign to transform health, safety and wellbeing.

The Awards - an internationally recognised accolade for safety excellence and reaching their 62nd year in 2020, recognise and reward organisations that have demonstrated a true commitment to achieving high standards of health and safety during the 2019 calendar year. Last year, over 500 organisations from a wide range of industries, countries and continents won an International Safety Award.

Visible light disinfection technology can be used within general lighting systems

* SpectraClean.jpgLighting innovation specialist, Hubbell Lighting, has commercially launched a series of visible light disinfection SpectraClean luminaires.

Based around developments in the disciplines of lighting science and microbiology, they combine white and narrowband 405 nanometer (nm) visible light to meet ambient and task lighting requirements, while providing a continuous, unobtrusive disinfection option for commercial applications.

Ultimate washroom style in three easy steps

* Modulo.jpgDudley Industries has launched a new modular 'Behind the Mirror' hand hygiene solution to its global washroom offering. Modulo is a new cabinet system that provides a flexible and easy-to-install solution for stylish washrooms.

With space so often at a premium in washrooms, careful consideration must be given to every detail. Modulo is a convenient solution that provides a choice of hand-washing and drying options housed in a cabinet cleverly concealed behind a mirror.

Winners of the CHSA's 2019 Undergraduate Bursary announced

* Winners-CHSA-bursary.jpgTwo talented and hard-working young people - Maisey Woodisse and Timothy Young - have been named as the recipients of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2019 Undergraduate Bursaries.

Applicants were assessed by a judging panel, led by CHSA vice president and treasurer David Garcia, according to need, worthiness, endeavour, and overall performance.

We have mail:

Almar Industrial Services' Alan Reed has some interesting points to make regarding the safety and longevity of cleaning machinery, following my Leader in last week's Cleanzine...

Hello Jan,

An interesting article indeed as your leader on this week's publication. Speaking as a very proud Numatic dealer for well in excess of 30 years now - I've just finished the apprenticeship apparently!!

I always advise to use genuine manufacturers' parts for repair of vacuums, both for safety - the highest priority of course in all respects plus of course correct operation of the machine. Just imagine using spurious or pattern parts in one of Numatic's H type vacuums designed for asbestos and carcinogenic dusts - well would you want to use it if its repaired with spurious parts? I wouldn't even join the queue behind you.

Collaborative efforts further drive sustainability in the nonwovens sector

* Collaborative-efforts.jpgSince the creation of the Veocel brand in 2018, Lenzing has adopted a new brand strategy focusing on a collaborative engagement with businesses and consumers alike, to drive sustainability in the nonwovens industry.

So far this year, Lenzing has launched significant collaborations with brand partners, including the Dutch brand Sweeps and Seazons in China, to drive brand awareness and sustainable ingredient for nonwoven applications worldwide.

Spill control product specialist fined following incident which left worker scarred

Spill control product specialist NPS Worldwide UK has been fined after an agency worker suffered a life-changing injury to her hand when it was caught in a rotating fan blade.

Manchester Magistrates' Court heard how, in October 2017, the 34-year-old had been working her second shift at the company's Oldham site. While removing a blockage inside the filling machine she had been operating, her fingers became caught in an unguarded rotating fan. She lost parts of all of her fingers on her right hand, sustained extensive scarring to her stomach following an unsuccessful attempt to generate new skin growth to save her fingers, and continues to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the incident and the injuries sustained.

Christeyns Food Hygiene launches advanced membrane cleaning range

* Christeyns-Food-Hygiene.jpgChristeyns Food Hygiene, a chemical specialist based in Warrington, has introduced a new portfolio of cleaning products to tackle the complex cleaning of membranes in the dairy and beverage industries.

Working with sister companies within the Christeyns group, Christeyns Food Hygiene has developed a range of specially blended products that are able to effectively clean plant equipment with minimal use of chlorine.

Dog mess enforcement action stepped up in London

* Dog-mess-enforcement.jpgAs part of the Cleaner Havering campaign, the authorities stepped up enforcement action around the disposal of dog mess and reiterated strongly that residents are required to pick up after their pets.

Mitie launches dedicated careers portal specifically for veterans seeking a new career in FM

Mitie is furthering its commitment to veterans, reservists and families of those working in the armed forces, by launching a series of new initiatives focused on supporting these employees and pledging to recruit more individuals from the armed forces community into the facilities management profession.

As a proud signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, Mitie has already committed to support those who currently serve or have served in the armed forces and already employs hundreds of veterans and reservists. To build on this commitment and encourage more individuals from this community to join the business, Mitie has launched a dedicated Armed Forces Careers Portal for those with a military background to explore potential career opportunities at Mitie.

Dallas Zoo partners with Kimberly-Clark Professional to keep nitrile gloves out of landfills

* Dallas-Zoo.jpgFor staffers at the Dallas Zoo, nitrile gloves from Kimberly-Clark Professional help ensure quality and safety when they care for and feed more than 2,000 zoo animals.

Through Kimberly-Clark's RightCycle Program, the zoo also has expanded the overall impact of its sustainability efforts by providing a safe, renewable way to dispose of these gloves.

The Cleaning Company partners with new children's hospice in London

* The-Cleaning-Company-hospice.jpgThe Cleaning Company has expanded its healthcare client base to include another specialist children's hospice in Greater London, having been contracted to provide cleaning services for the newly opening Noah's Ark Hospice in High Barnet.

Noah's Ark Hospice provides clinical, practical and emotional support to babies, children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families living in North and Central London and Hertsmere. The hospice is soon to be opening The Ark in Barnet which aims to complement the community-based services and this is where The Cleaning Company will be providing its own services.

Corporate Clean helps Bradley University shine

* Corporate-Clean-helps.jpgCorporate Clean, a family-owned professional cleaning company in Peoria, Illinois, is helping Bradley University put the finishing touches on its Business & Engineering Complex - the latest addition to Bradley's campus - ensuring that the new academic building is in perfect condition to unveil to students, faculty and the local community.

With white glove standards, on-the-job supervision and reasonable pricing, the contractor has made a name for itself over its 30 years in the local cleaning industry. Its professional cleaners have addressed multiple jobs for high-profile clients, with Bradley University - its newest client - now amongst them.

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Recent UK News

New managing director takes the helm at Phs Wastekit

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Phs Wastekit has appointed a new managing director as it seeks to expand its offering to create a whole service solution to waste management. Jason Smith joins Wastekit with 16 years' experience across the plant and tool hire industry and in retail management.

New proposals for action on litter and fly-tipping

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Plans have been announced by North Lanarkshire council in Scotland to create a new taskforce aimed at cleaning up communities. The Environmental Improvement Taskforce will tackle the scourge of litter and fly-tipping, which blights communities.

Schools in pioneering environmental green audit campaign with Keep Britain Tidy

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Children all over Britain will be given a hands-on role in challenging the confusion around what can and cannot be recycled as part of a groundbreaking environmental audit with Keep Britain Tidy.

Arcus FM selects Bsquare to help develop distributed intelligence solution for retail FM

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Bsquare Corporation a provider of intelligent devices and systems, has announced an agreement with UK facilities management provider, Arcus FM, to develop a distributed intelligence management solution to serve Arcus's growing portfolio of clients.

Facilities Show sees further growth for its 2019 edition

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The Facilities Show had one of its most successful years yet, consolidating its status as a leading global event for cleaning and facilities managers, with the 2019 edition seeing further visitor growth.

Jangro announces award winners

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The UK's leading cleaning and janitorial suppliers gathered together recently to celebrate the best in the industry at the annual Jangro Supplier Awards. The 2019 winners were revealed at a glittering ceremony, which took place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Coventry.

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

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The 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.

Camfil warns over air quality measurement

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Measuring 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.

Vaclensa launches dedicated HORECA team

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Following 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.

Fleet-cleaning partnership helps DPD polish zero-emission credentials

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Parcel 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.

'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.

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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