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International News

Jangro launches Enviro water soluble sachets

Jangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has extended its Enviro range with innovative cleaning and sanitising products housed in 'smarter' packaging - 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

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Bunzl Canada has announced the opening of a new, state-of-the-art distribution centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec.

Cintas's Restroom Finder App helps users avoid 'stinky stalls' when nature calls

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As Summer winds down and students head back to school, Cintas is reminding everyone about its free mobile restroom-finder app, 'Got to Go', which allows users to find washrooms in their vicinity and rate them based on cleanliness.

ISSA appoints Dennis Goodwin business development manager for UK, Ireland and Middle East

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ISSA has announced the appointment of Dennis Goodwin as its new education and certification business development manager. Dennis will be responsible for the development, marketing and sales of ISSA training, certification, and education programmes in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East.

London-based CleanCloud named 2019 SaaS Awards winner

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London-based CleanCloud, which serves 5,000 users in more than 70 countries, has been named the Best SaaS Product for Small Non-US Businesses in the 2019 SaaS Awards.

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...

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University of Arizona researchers have struck a balance between sensitivity and affordability, with a new method for identifying Norovirus - and you do not have to be a scientist or an engineer to run the device; analysis will be achieved automatically by a smartphone app, so all you have to worry about is loading a sample of water onto the chip.

Diarrhoea-causing C.diff bacteria adapts to improve spread in hospitals

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The gut-infecting bacterium Clostridium difficile is evolving into two separate species with one group highly adapted to spread in hospitals, according to new research published in Nature Genetics. Often found in hospital environments, C.diff forms resistant spores that allow it to remain on surfaces and spread easily between people, making it a significant burden on the healthcare system.

Easy-peazy, lemon squeezy: A new era of sanitary and sweet-smelling floor cleaning has arrived

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Only scratching the surface with traditional gel cleaners? Put the zest back into your floor cleaning with Bio-Productions' Lemon Floor Gel!

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

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A programme of practically oriented lectures, delivered by cleaning industry professionals and targeting professionals, will be taking place in Hall 6.2 in the Berlin Exhibition Grounds as part of CMS Berlin 2019 (20th - 27th September).

New head of Canadian sales for Kaivac

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Kaivac, 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.

ISSA's new 2020 board members announced

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ISSA 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

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Following 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.

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

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Proximity 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.

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

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Washrooms 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.

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit: key lessons

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The 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...

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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."
Speaking of the technology, he said: "This is one of the most important innovations to come out of Arcelik. We are prepared to share this technology with anyone interested in using it. I invite and challenge our competition to use this innovation in any way they wish. We need to act. Change begins today, right here."

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

* GOJO-HANDWASHING-DAY.jpgSkin 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

* CMS-World-Summit-2019.jpgOn 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

* Sanitising-solutions.jpgKennedy 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

* Winning-ways-with-waste.jpgEvery 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

* Our-Future-Is-Clean-ACI.jpgThe 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

* How-to-customers.jpgSometimes, 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

* msd-signposting-chart.jpgWork-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.jpgWest 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

* Womens-hospital-invests.jpgIn 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

* Chem-Dry-awards.jpgInternational 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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Recent UK News

Soapbox: Going 'All In' on the Resource & Waste Strategy

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Will Keer, corporate account director, SWRnewstar, argues that the Deposit Return and the Extended Producer Responsibility schemes will be far more successful if careful thought is put into their design and implementation and that consistency is key...

Social enterprise Beco wants you to steal its staff

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Beco, the social enterprise soap brand, is taking a new approach to business, calling on competitors and UK employers to take a stand when it comes to recruitment.

FSA publishes latest annual report on local authority food law enforcement

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The Food Standards Agency has published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the year ending March 2019. The information, provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activities carried out across the three countries.

Prolong lifespan of commercial kitchen appliances with proper cleaning

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Beckie Hatton, product manager at Home Appliance Care, shares her top tips for cleaning commercial kitchen appliances to improve their lifespan.

NIC continues to strengthen relationship with Sainsbury's

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NIC Services Group has been awarded a new multi-million pound contract of additional business with supermarket chain Sainsbury's.

This additional business is the award of further stores across the UK, further cementing NIC's already strong and growing partnership with Sainsbury's.

New guide to water system disinfection: Protecting the sectors where clean water matters

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The WCS Group has launched a new guide to water-based disinfection control, highlighting the different methods of preventing bacterial proliferation and their pros and cons; ideal for facilities managers, building services and health & safety professionals responsible for safe water used in processes, as part of HVAC systems, process and potable water.

It pays to keep those floors and steps clean and dry...

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We worry so much about employee safety that we tend to forget just how much money is paid out to non-employees who may slip & injure themselves on a spillage that hasn't been cleaned up. In news that broke just after our last Cleanzine had been broadcast, the BBC carried a story about a commuter who had been awarded £27,602 for a 'possible pigeon poo slip' at London's Paddington station.

Birmingham University researchers say new antimicrobial coating could be key in fight against HAIs

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.

Genting casino site uses smart technology to save 1.5 million litres of water annually

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For businesses with large property sites, there are many concerns when it comes to the day-to-day running of buildings. From planned refurbishments and maintenance to cleaning contracts and energy use, each cost needs to be optimised and balanced against customer experience.

Banner Chemicals UK adds Northern Powerhouse Export Champions Award to Queen's Award for International Trade

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Banner Chemicals UK, a member of 2M Holdings group, has this year been given both the Queen's Award for International Trade and the Northern Powerhouse Export Champions Award, by UK Government's Department for International Trade - in recognition of significant export growth.

Breckland fly tipper and illegal waste carrier face fines

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Breckland Council is showing residents it expects them to adhere to waste regulations by issuing fixed penalties to two men who broke the law; one of whom was fined £300 for illegally dumping waste in Thetford while the other was fined £300 for illegally collecting household scrap metal and storing it in a residential car park.

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