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International News

International Safety Awards 2020 are launched; new categories added

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For 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.

Visible light disinfection technology can be used within general lighting systems

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Lighting 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

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Dudley 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.

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.

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When technology replaces human workers, it has an interesting psychological effect... For while people generally prefer to see jobs go to people rather than to robots, when it comes to their own jobs, they say they'd prefer to be replaced by a robot! New research from Rotterdam School of Management, reveals that people experience more negative feelings when they're replaced by another person than when they're replaced by a robot. However, while comparing one's abilities to a robot may be less of a concern to people's self-worth in the short run, robotic replacement is perceived as more threatening to people's economic situations in the long run.

"This is the first paper to explore the psychological correlates of technological unemployment," says Stefano Puntoni, the university's professor of marketing. "As more occupations are affected by automation, this is an increasingly important topic. People realise that the differences in abilities between robots and themselves might not be short-lived; but permanent - indicating skills obsolescence. We hope that, particularly in times when policymakers are discussing strategies to support workers displaced by technology, our work encourages more research on the psychological consequences of technological unemployment before technological progress disrupts specific jobs and occupations."LEADER PIC 8TH AUG.jpg

The researchers say their findings can help develop programmes to cope with any negative consequences of intelligent machines replacing workers. These can help to reemploy jobseekers and reduce any mental and physical health issues that result from replacement. They say workers who attribute their job loss to automation would benefit from resources dedicated to upgrading skills and retraining.

Singaporean manufacturer Lionsbot is marketing its humanised robots by showing someone who appears to be an ex-cleaner controlling a robotic 'cleaning team' via a mobile app and looking very happy to do so! The company has created its robots to be engaging; injecting them with personalities via their emotional responses, such as through their expressive eyes and voices. "Our robots embody Singaporean traits... friendliness, diligence and efficiency which are reflected via the interactive features and high productivity," it says. Will this make it even easier for people to accept these new cleaning teams as worthy replacements I wonder?

As technological progress is expected to affect millions of workers in a wide variety of occupations in the coming decades, it's important for the stability of society that we understand potential threats to the psychological wellbeing of affected workers, and how this transition will affect their long-term economic prospects. This new research could not have come at a better time...

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This Week's News

New head of Canadian sales for Kaivac

* Canadian-Kaivac.jpgKaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning System and the OmniFlex Crossover cleaning system, has just hired Drew Bunn to be its Canadian director of sales.

Drew, who lives in the Toronto area, says his first focus marketing Kaivac products will be to Canadian schools, airports, universities, and foodservice facilities.

ISSA's new 2020 board members announced

* ISSA-2020-board.jpgISSA Board members for 2020 have been announced. The Board will be led by incoming ISSA president Ken Bodie of Kelsan (pictured), and comprises:

* Vice president/president elect: Steve Lewis, Golden Star
* Executive officer: Brendan Cherry, Bobrick Washroom Equipment
* Manufacturer director: Christine Vickers Tucker, Clorox Professional Products
* Distributor director: Ailene Grego, Southeast Link
* Director Canada: Amir Karim, Polykar

China's waste ban creates growth opportunities for circular economy in developed countries

* China-waste-ban.jpgFollowing China's ban on solid waste, including plastics, hardware, ships, scraps of stainless steel, titanium and wood, countries are considering localised circular economy for domestic waste recycling needs, reports Frost & Sullivan, which says that the plastic recycling market is especially likely to experience high growth due to investments in new technologies, driving the $37.60 billion market towards $39.89 billion in 2019.

Overall revenues in the global waste recycling market are expected to increase from $354.7 billion in 2018 to $376.9 billion in 2019, and the volumes generated are set to grow from 29,493.7 million tonnes to 30,190.0 million tonnes during the same period.

UV-Clean unit demonstrated its ability to eliminate 99.99% of C. diff and MRSA

* Proximity-Systems-UV.jpgProximity Systems has released the results from recent NSF International testing that demonstrates the efficacy of the company's UV light disinfection unit, UV-Clean.

Emitting low-intensity ultraviolet C light, UV-Clean eliminates 99.99% of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) endospores from keyboards.

Social enterprise that creates jobs for the disabled, to supply one of Scotland's leading hospitality providers

* The-Scotsman.jpgIn a major win for social enterprise The Soap Co., The G1 Group in Scotland is to use its luxury, cruelty-free bath and beauty products across its full hotel portfolio in Scotland, including at the iconic The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh.

The G1 Group is Scotland's largest and most diverse hospitality group. Lesley Welsh, chief operating officer, explains why The G1 Group has switched soap for social good:

Bog Standards: survey reveals importance of washroom design in hospitality sector

* Bog-Standards.jpgWashrooms leave a lasting impression, reveals a new survey and report on the UK public's attitudes towards washrooms in hospitality establishments.

Formica Group commissioned the report to better understand what makes a bathroom good or bad, asking 2,000 respondents for their most common toilet bugbears and their best and worst experiences. The report also includes top tips for designing the perfect washroom.

AHCP National Training & Development Forum - tickets selling fast!

* AHCP-National-Training.jpgTickets are selling fast for the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' National Training & Development Forum - the UK's leading healthcare cleaning conference, and the ultimate meeting place for anyone who works within the healthcare cleaning environment, who wants to keep up to date with the latest practices, network with fellow professionals, find out about new technologies and innovations, meet new suppliers and hear from an inspiring array of top level speakers.

Meet the 2019 BICSc Annual Awards finalists....

* BICSc-2019-awards.jpgThe finalists for this year's British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards have been announced. The judges say that applications were of an extremely high standard and to have made it to the finalist stage is an achievement in itself.

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit: key lessons

* Sustainable-cleaning-summit.jpgThe North American edition of the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit took place in New York in July. Senior executives discussed pressing sustainability issues facing the detergents & homecare industry. Some of the key points made were...

* Need for positive vision. In his opening keynote, Professor Steve Cohen from Columbia University called for a positive vision for sustainability. "Sustainability is not about a denial...trying to make people feel guilty for theirconsumption is a losing strategy," he argued. "The way forward is a sustainable lifestyle whereby we (consumers) pay more attention to the environmental impact of our products and services.

Facility services contractors gather for Global Executive Summit in Berlin

* Facility-services-contractors.jpgThe World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBCS) is hosting the premier event for executives of the world's leading facility services contracting firms in conjunction with the CMS Trade Show in Berlin on 27th September, 2019.

This powerful one-day summit will provide insights, training and networking, in addition to access to hundreds of CMS trade show exhibitors showcasing the latest technology.

Fast fix for problem drains

* Fast-fix-drains.jpgBad odours and the possibility of an easy way in for vermin such as rats and mice are familiar drain problems faced by facilities managers and caretakers in commercial environments such as kitchens, care homes, hospitals, hotels, laundry rooms, spas and more. There's now an easy fix though!

A 'bin-win' situation for previously unrecyclable plastics

* A-bin-win-situation.jpgTo help people at this year' British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, to recycle previously unrecyclable plastic, sponsor Barclays partnered with innovative UK business Recycling Technologies, whose system helps revellers recycle troublesome plastics such as bags, crisp packets and bottle caps.

Special recycling bins were installed to support the festival's already strong recycling efforts, with staff helping to direct festival-goers to the 25 recycling points.

Calderdale & Huddersfield Solutions achieves CIMS recertification with Honours

* CIMS_Lynn-Webster.jpgCalderdale & Huddersfield Solutions (CHS), part of Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, has recently recertified to the Cleaning Industry Management Standard with honours designation. The recertification is valid for the next two years. The initial certification was achieved in 2017.

CIMS, developed by ISSA, is a comprehensive management and operations standard for cleaning organisations worldwide, and a game-changer for facilities managers and cleaning business owners working in a competitive marketplace.

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Recent UK News

Winners of the CHSA's 2019 Undergraduate Bursary announced

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Two 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.

Dog mess enforcement action stepped up in London

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As 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

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


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