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International 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).

Sanitising solutions from Kennedy Hygiene

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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.

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).

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'Mia recycles' is a series of short videos produced to help West Sussex residents cut the confusion of recycling. It's a brilliant idea and although I have no idea how much it will have cost to make the series; if it is watched, remembered and acted upon it will limit damage to the environment and help keep the Landfill Tax part of the Council Tax down, so residents will either be better off financially, or they'll be able to enjoy better facilities (well, in an ideal world, anyway)! What's not to like about that?

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The videos follow Mia around the home as she educates her family on which items can and cannot be recycled in the bathroom, the kitchen and on a takeaway night. Mia will be ending the series by visiting the Ford Materials Recycling Facility to show what happens to recycling once it has been collected. Again, seeing what happens to things we recycle is more likely to encourage us to do the right thing, as by being invited into the MRF we're being given ownership, as it were.

The videos can now be watched via www.westsussex.gov.uk with a new video added every Sunday until 6th October. If you're responsible for your local authority's waste collection and recycling, it might be worth taking a look.

Won't it be wonderful when, one day, we're all going to be following the same recycling procedures, wherever we are?

Recycle Week 2019 takes place next week from 23rd - 29th September. The theme is: 'Recycling. It's in our own hands' and you can find out more at www.wrap.org.uk

In 2018, people were motivated to care about plastics in a way they never have before. Sustainability is firmly on the agenda and the public is looking to organisations to help solve major environmental issues. That makes Recycle Week a greater opportunity than ever to change people's recycling behaviours while gaining positive publicity and building your organisation's reputation.

2019 is the year of the environmental activist. We've seen this through protests and marches. From Greta Thunberg to Our Planet and Sir David Attenborough - environmental concerns have never been so front of mind for the nation. Let's capitalise on this as it's a golden opportunity for us to inspire and support citizens to take action and make recycling the new norm.



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This Week's News

Vikan launches complete concept for facilities cleaning segment

* VikanFM-19thSept2019.jpgVikan, a global leader in hygienic cleaning tools, is launching a complete concept - including training, dedicated tools and pre-configured trolleys - to help facilities management setups improve their cleaning operations.

The concept is based on the insight that cleaning staff are critical to more efficient, profitable operations, and that better tools and knowledge are required to unleash the full potential of these vital employees.

Germany is Europe's largest cleaning market - and here's why

* Thomas-Dietrich.jpgWith only a short time to go before CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning.Management.Services. opens its doors, the non-commercial sponsors of the international cleaning trade fair have emphasised the economic importance of the cleaning industry.

Figures published by the German Federal Guild Association of the Cleaning Trade (BIV), Bonn, the Cleaning Systems Trade Association in the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, Frankfurt/Main, and the Hygiene Industry Association (IHO), Frankfurt/Main, reveal that Germany remains Europe's strongest market for the cleaning industry.

Kärcher closes gap in sweeper portfolio, with launch of new MC 250

* Kaercher-MC250.jpgWork freely, swiftly and for longer with the new MC 250 sweeper from Kärcher. Combining speed with ultimate operator comfort and outstanding sweeping performance, Kärcher's latest addition to the municipal range is perfectly designed for the cityscape.

Featuring a spacious and comfortable two person cab, all-wheel steering system for easy manoeuvrability and large waste container to keep you on the road for longer, this machine enables users to complete any municipal cleaning task with excellence and ease.

A new approach to window cleaning

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Faster, more cost effective, windows stay cleaner for longer... Robotic Cleaning Systems (RCS), a new start-up company with the latest robotic equipment is now carrying out cleaning assignments throughout the UK.

Working at height is one of the most dangerous occupations, accounting for the most frequent cause of accidents in the workplace with more than 28% of deaths and a further listed 43,000 non-fatal accidents caused by working at height, according to the Health & Safety Executive.

Free-to-attend WISH event will focus on leadership in waste & recycling industry

* WISH-event.jpg'Health & safety worker engagement & leadership in the waste & recycling industry' is a free-to-attend WISH event aimed at managers, supervisors, safety representatives and operatives from all areas of the industry. It will include speakers from the industry and the Health & Safety Executive.

At the heart of the event will be facilitated table discussions, where delegates can talk freely about their experiences of leadership and worker engagement in their workplaces, explore good practices and discuss barriers to effective implementation.

Distributors wanted for RiserShine - the innovative tool making cleaners smile!

* RiserShine.jpgOne of the first things you see when entering many shopping centres or public facilities also happens to be one of the most unpleasant challenges many cleaners face on a daily basis.

We're talking about escalator risers - the notoriously notched upright sections of a moving stairway that seem to attract every imaginable type of grime and put it on display for all to see:

Cromwell's sustainable street scene a success at RWM 2019

* Cromwell-sustainable.jpgCromwell Polythene, which supplies products for the capture and containment of materials for recycling, had a very resourceful RWM 2019 (11th -12th September at Birmingham NEC). Introducing its street scene stand, it showcased ways to sustainably separate and collect materials for recycling, and revealed a number of additions to its range.

The new stand made a big impression at the show, featuring kerbside options for recycling, including bags for collecting textiles, and clear and colour tinted sacks made from recycled polythene.

Hand-arm vibration exposure calculator and publication updated

* Hand-arm-vibration-chart.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has made updates to a hand-arm vibration (HAV) publication and tool. HSE's HAV exposure calculator helps estimate and record workers' exposures to HAV and compare them with the actions values in the regulations as part of a HAV risk assessment.

It includes drop down vibration magnitudes for common tools from HSE's HAV database that can be used to make cautious estimates of exposure before representative in-use data for specific tools is available.

TVH continues sponsorship of FLTA awards

* TVH-FLTA.jpgTVH, a global player in the materials handling, industrial and agricultural equipment sectors and one that also supplies a myriad of spare parts for scrubbers and sweepers from some of the biggest manufacturers in the industries, has announced that it will again sponsor the Fork Lift Truck Association's Awards for Excellence 2020 - the most prestigious annual event in the materials handling industry.

As was the case in 2019, TVH will be the sponsor of the Environment Award, or the 'Environment Archie'.

Cordant extends relationship with c2c in new 10-year deal worth £30 million

* Cordant-C2C.jpgc2c, the train operating company owned by Trenitalia that operates and manages stations and trains from London Fenchurch Street to Southend, has extended its established relationship with Cordant Cleaning with the award of a new deal worth more than £3million a year.

The contract will run until 2029 when c2c's train franchise next comes up for renewal.

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Recent UK News

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.

Musculoskeletal disorders one of most commonly reported causes of occupational ill health

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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

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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.

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).

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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