Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 12th September 2019 Issue no. 885
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Jangro launches Enviro water soluble sachets
Specially designed to minimise landfill burden and reduce the use of plastic by avoiding the use of traditional plastic bottles, the sachets are 100% biodegradable and phosphate free and they offer many other benefits:
Bunzl Canada opens new distribution facility in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
Cintas's Restroom Finder App helps users avoid 'stinky stalls' when nature calls
ISSA appoints Dennis Goodwin business development manager for UK, Ireland and Middle East
London-based CleanCloud named 2019 SaaS Awards winner
CleanCloud, the point-of-sale software solution which transforms dry cleaners and laundromats by giving them the digital infrastructure they need to streamline their processes and procedures, beat competition from the likes of rankingCoach and Applauz to come top in its category.
How to use a smartphone to detect Norovirus...
Diarrhoea-causing C.diff bacteria adapts to improve spread in hospitals
Easy-peazy, lemon squeezy: A new era of sanitary and sweet-smelling floor cleaning has arrived
Renowned UK chemicals manufacturer Bio Productions is getting rave reviews about this addition to its portfolio of environmentally-sympathetic alternatives to traditional harsh chemicals.
CMS Practice Forum 2019 - an overview
New head of Canadian sales for Kaivac
ISSA's new 2020 board members announced
* Vice president/president elect: Steve Lewis, Golden Star
China's waste ban creates growth opportunities for circular economy in developed countries
UV-Clean unit demonstrated its ability to eliminate 99.99% of C. diff and MRSA
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.
Bog Standards: survey reveals importance of washroom design in hospitality sector
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.
Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit: key lessons
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I had my computer fixed this week and in talking to the technician as he worked, discovered that the once easy upgrades to RAM or the replacement of hard drives are unlikely to be possible in future because the parts which used to be easy to remove and replace are now soldered in. I had loved this brand because I had felt that in producing computers which could seemingly go on forever, the company was bucking the trend of producing cheap, throwaway products that end up polluting our environment - and instead marketing something far more sustainable.
We went on to discuss the damage our heavy consumption of new goods is doing to our planet and both felt that these days, if we have the technology to lengthen a product's life, then we should be using it. After all, it's the only responsible thing to do, isn't it?
I don't normally mention individual companies in my Leaders but I have to make an exception this week, having been inspired by the presentation by Arcelik's CEO Hakan Bulgurlu, at this week's IFA exhibition in Berlin. The company has produced a washing machine with a built-in microplastics filter, which will prevent some 90% of the microplastics that normally leech out in the wash, from entering our water systems. What inspired me so much was not the technology itself (which was certainly impressive), but the fact that the company is offering to share it with its competition, for the good of the planet.
"Today sustainability is a way of life; it is a business model," he said. "As responsible leaders in businesses, we have to change our act."
Is this the sort of gesture that could be extended to the competition by an enlightened manufacturer of cleaning equipment, who might have come up with something special, I wonder? Just imagine the press coverage that would result... Not to mention the positive impact the sharing of great ideas can have on the planet.
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This Week's News
'Clean hands for all' this Global Handwashing Day
Skin and surface hygiene specialist, GOJO Industries-Europe Ltd, advocates making hand hygiene second nature to everyone
Handwashing is an effective and affordable way to prevent infection and save lives. As a skin and surface hygiene expert, Gojo Industries-Europe is a great supporter of Global Handwashing Day (Tuesday 15th October 2019).
CMS World Summit 2019: Crash course for the future
On 25th and 26th September the focus of the CMS World Summit 2019 will be on the challenges, opportunities and risks facing the global cleaning industry.
Taking as its main theme 'Inject Innovation', the two-day conference will gather the cleaning industry's decision-makers and creative thinkers from all over the world in Berlin.
Sanitising solutions from Kennedy Hygiene
Kennedy Hygiene's sanitising range offers innovative solutions for ultimate toilet and urinal hygiene, designed for preventing malodours, extending the life of washroom ceramics and piping, providing maximum hygiene for the end user and pleasant washroom experience.
All the company's sanitising dispensers have been designed with ease of service and end-user satisfaction in mind; and are complemented by high performance consumables.
Winning ways to reach zero waste
Every smart company is interested in reducing its footprint on the earth by developing ways to reduce waste and preserve resources for future generations.
It's the right thing to do-and it is good business: research proves today's purchasers want to buy from companies that practice sustainable processes in their day-to-day business.
Council fined for Hand Arm Vibration failings
Dacorum Borough Council has been fined for exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to Hand Arm Vibration, caused by excessive use of power tools. The employees were all part of its grounds maintenance and street care team, looking after the public spaces in Hertfordshire.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive, found that the council had neither adequately planned its working methods nor trained or informed employees on the risks to their health. Furthermore, the Council did not limit the duration or magnitude of exposure to vibration and failed to put in place suitable health surveillance to identify problems at any early stage.
Our Future Is Clean: ACI announces bold industry goals to shape a cleaner, healthier world
The American Cleaning Institute has published its 2019 Sustainability Report, which details its new strategy calling on the cleaning products industry to take bolder, collective action to achieve a cleaner world.
Grounded in the key aspirations we all have for our society, ACI's sustainability strategy aims to unite industry efforts for greater impact across four critical goals:
How to deal with the customer that wants it for less
Sometimes, a prospective customer is interested in hiring a cleaning contractor, but they ask if the contractors can do it for less. In other words, they want a better price. This is not uncommon, says Ron Segura, president of Segura Associates, who consults with large and small cleaning contractors in North and South America.
If you are placed in such a situation, Ron offers the following tips on how to handle it:
Musculoskeletal disorders one of most commonly reported causes of occupational ill health
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most commonly reported causes of occupational ill health in Great Britain.
They include disorders of the back, upper limbs and lower limbs, the former two being the most common. MSDs are prevalent in all sectors but agriculture, fisheries, logistics and transport, construction and health and social care have significantly higher than average rates.
West Middlesex University Hospital renews contract with ISS Healthcare
West Middlesex University Hospital, part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has renewed its contract with ISS Healthcare, worth more than £40m over the full five-year period.
The contract, which has already commenced, will see ISS provide a full range of soft FM services, including: healthcare cleaning, pest control, window cleaning, waste management, linen and laundry, patient and retail catering, non-emergency patient transport, portering, switchboard and security. ISS will also be investing in innovation and technology, to support service delivery across the site.
Woman's hospital invests in electrostatic disinfection system to advance patient safety
In a continued effort to protect its patients from contagious bacteria, viruses and healthcare-associated infections, Woman's Hospital has announced its recent investment in the Clorox Total 360 system.
Founded in 1968 as one of the first women's specialty hospitals in the US, Woman's Hospital is Baton Rouge's only women's hospital and a leading provider in family-centered health services.
Chem-Dry receives multiple industry awards and 'top franchise' recognition
International carpet & upholstery cleaning franchise, Chem-Dry, has been recognised as one of the top franchise brands in Entrepreneur Magazine's 2019 Franchise 500 Ranking and Franchise Help's 2019 Franchise Awards.
Mitie secures IFM contract extension with Lloyds Banking Group
Mitie has today announced that it has been awarded an extension to its contract to provide integrated facilities management services to Lloyds Banking Group (LBG).
Mitie has been delivering IFM services to LBG since 2012 under a transformational partnership and this agreement extends the partnership through to the end of 2024. The extended contract represents a step change from a traditional input-based service model, to an output-based model, where the payments received by Mitie are determined by the outcomes delivered (i.e. payment-by-results), thereby ensuring that the interests of both Mitie and Lloyds Banking Group are completely aligned. The extended contract is expected to generate revenues of approximately £170m per annum.
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