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International News

Vikan launches complete concept for facilities cleaning segment

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Vikan, 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.

'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.

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I suppose that as a journalist, I shouldn't be saying that I never believe anything I read in the press - well not without thorough investigation from several sources, anyway! However, I'm going to take this image that's doing the rounds on Facebook at face value, for the purposes of the comment I'm about to make.

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An ex-cleaner pointed out to me the difference between companies such as Amazon and the small cleaning companies working hard to keep their clients happy whilst ensuring that any employees can earn a good living and that taxes are being paid, but which the system seems to pin down so they're unable to ever be anything other than a small business or get beyond the 'one man band' stage.

I've always been of the opinion that each of us should earn enough for the work we do, to be able to enjoy a reasonable standard of living. I support the growing band of companies paying what is known as a 'living wage' and only wish there were more of them. I am aware though that the burden it puts on employers to pay over and above what is legally required, is sometimes more than they can afford.

Speaking to some of the smaller cleaning contractors as well as those involved in domestic cleaning, I've discovered that many face a sticking point... They're working at full capacity and because they're doing a good job, they're approached by potential new clients to whom they've been recommended. They want to take on the extra work, but the cost of employing one or more new members of staff and paying them a living wage - when added to the extra administration and equipment the new contracts will demand as well as all the extra taxes involved - means it's just not worth expanding the business since it will create a loss rather than produce a profit.

It's a difficult one, isn't it?



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This Week's News

CMS 2019 kicks off

* CMS-2019-kicks-off.jpgOn Tuesday, CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning.Management.Services. opened with its traditional showcase of the cleaning industry's products and services at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

The international cleaning trade fair is taking place for the tenth time and with around 450 exhibitors from 25 countries has once again attracted a record number of participants.

CMS Berlin 2019: CMS Purus Awards 2019 presented

* CMS-Berlin-Purus.jpgKenter, Husqvarna, Hako and Adlatus are the winners of this year's CMS Purus Innovation Awards (PIA) 2019. An independent panel of experts chose four outstanding innovations from exhibitors at the CMS exhibition in the categories Large Machines, Small Machines, Equipment and Digital Tools and Systems.

Four manufacturing sites hit Zero Waste to Landfill status as Berry bpi group continues its circular agenda

* Berry-bpi-plastic-waste.jpgBerry bpi group continues to show leadership in waste management and now has four sites that have achieved Zero Waste to Landfill status.

The business, which is the UK's largest producer of refuse sacks and the largest polythene recycler in Europe, had already been accredited at three of its UK manufacturing sites.

Category: Large Machines:

* Kenter.jpgKenter Bodenreinigungsmaschinen Vertriebs- und Service GmbH - Comac C 85 NSC

The Comac C 85 NSC floor cleaner from Kenter is a genuine game-changer. Unlike conventional machines, in which the water has to be changed 20 to 30 times a month, the on-board treatment unit with its innovative five-chamber system, only requires one change of water per month.

Category: Small Machines:

* Husqvarna.jpgHusqvarna Deutschland GmbH - Husqvarna Automower 535 AWD

The Automower 535 AWD from Husqvarna can operate on extreme gradients of up to 70%, while ensuring that the highest safety standards are also maintained.

Category: Equipment:

* Hako-dust-stop.jpgHako GmbH - DUST STOP

A highly effective concept, and in their evaluation of the Dust Stop the panel of judges kept asking themselves the same question: "Why did no one think of this before?"

Category: Digital Tools and Systems:

* Adlatus-robotics.jpgAdlatus Robotics GmbH - adlatus teams 2020

Adlatus Teams 2020 is a man-machine interface, supported by AI, that creates a team comprising a human facility manager and his autonomous robot assistants. The intelligent networking of the systems enables an extensive range of cleaning tasks to be undertaken by variable cleaning fleets. This can significantly boost productivity, especially when large areas are being cleaned.

With Adlatus Teams an efficient division of labour can be achieved: working largely on their own, the robots can tackle time-consuming and strenuous work, while the human members of the team monitor the various processes and can focus on those tasks that cannot be carried out robots alone.

CMS Berlin 2019: Lots to discover

* CMS-2019-Practice-Forum.jpgPractice Forum: Digitalisation is the dominant theme at CMS Berlin:

Speaking at the CMS Practice Forum on day one of CMS Berlin, Johannes Bungart, managing director of the National Guild Association of the Building Cleaning Trade, said: "The first day of the fair confirmed that for almost every exhibitor digitalisation is the dominant theme at CMS."

On the one hand the discussion here in Berlin was on how processes were changing, what companies' digital strategies were, and how robotics, automation and sensor systems could effect changes, improve efficiency and create transparency. On the other hand, 90% of the work undertaken by companies in Berlin was on existing buildings.

Clean ideas

* Auconic-Clearbot_142.jpgAt CMS Berlin 2019, the Newcomer Stand, which is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, features German start-ups in the cleaning industry.

For Fabian Forst, general manager of the Auconic company, a visit to CMS two years ago was the starting point for the development of a cleaning robot. His ClearBot prototype has been designed for working at height to clean building facades. It provides for thorough cleaning while also conserving water.

* res-bona-clean-stick_142.jpgThe invention by Martin Konietzky of res-bona International GmbH is already finding use in Austria in regional trains as well as in nursery schools. With a tip made of rolled up cellulose his WC Sauber Stab (Clean Stick) has been designed to clean toilet bowls, where it can subsequently be flushed away. The plastic rod by which it is held uses silver-ion technology to prevent any contamination by germs.

* Heinz-Kersten-Geysir_142.jpgHeinz Kersten has developed the three-component Geysir hot water / hot steam system as an environmentally friendly means of clearing weeds from paths. A single rod or a number of them are used to carry out this treatment, depending on the size of the area. Water at a temperature of 110 degrees C destroys the protein structure of the plants and inhibits their growth, without the need for pesticides.

Sustainable, including the packaging:

* Tana-chemie.jpgEnvironmentally friendly ingredients are used in the products from tana-Chemie, the winner of the German Environmental Award 2019 and one of the Werner & Mertz Professional brands. However, the efforts to protect the environment begin with the packaging, and the bottles containing this cleaning product are composed exclusively of recycled plastic made from yellow refuse bags.


Principle workforce enjoys 30th birthday celebrations

* Doug-and-co.jpgCongratulations to London-centric corporate cleaning specialist, Principle Cleaning Services, which celebrated its 30th birthday recently with a party for the workforce.

Tork Paper Circle: Recycling paper towels

* Tork-Paper-Circle.jpgWith its Tork Paper Circle, at CMS 2019 Tork is presenting a recycling service for paper towels. Used towels are collected in special waste bins and then processed at the Tork plant to make new hygiene products. In July 2019 the Essity hygiene brand received the Environmental Technology Award of the Land of Baden-Württemberg for its innovation.


Automated glass cleaning by drone:

* Window-Cleaning-Drones-WC3D.jpgThe drone travels tirelessly up and down the large window. Propelled by four rotors, it presses a cylindrical brush against the surface of the glass, which it cleans with pure water. "It can easily tackle 50 to 100sq.metres per hour," says Yves Bianga of WC3D. He has been working in a team led by Marcus Fritsche since 2012 to automate the glass cleaning process.

For the past year they have been offering this service, using drones, and have been successfully applying robot technology to fulfil cleaning contracts in the Dresden area.

Ashtead Technology appointed rental partner by Drain Doctor

* Ashtead-Technology-partners.jpgAshtead Technology has been appointed as the Preferred Rental Partner for the CCTV inspection equipment needs of Drain Doctor, the UK's largest drain clearance and emergency plumbing company.

Massive cost of 'binertia'

* Massive-cost-of-binertia.jpgHomes and businesses across the UK are storing rubbish and old junk that is wasting space, rent and rates, according to research by Censuswide for Skoup, a new 'pay-as-you-throw' service for surplus clutter and waste.

Research by Skoup indicates that homes and business are wasting space and money on storage for bulky items that they'll never use, such as sofas, filing cabinets, old equipment and general junk that cannot be recycled at the kerbside.

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Recent UK News

A new approach to window cleaning

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High rise window and facade cleaning with none of the usual health & safety problems...

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.

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

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'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.

Cromwell's sustainable street scene a success at RWM 2019

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Cromwell 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.

Hand-arm vibration exposure calculator and publication updated

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The 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.

TVH continues sponsorship of FLTA awards

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TVH, 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.

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.

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14-17th May 2024

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27-29th May 2025
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