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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.

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I'm not the only one who takes pictures of places and things that have been inadequately cleaned as Lynn Webster's (Lynn Webster Consultants, www.lwc-ltd.co.uk ) Facebook post revealed yesterday... She was "feeling disgusted" and her comment that: "Yes Leeds Bradford Airport is still filthy & I've not even dared visit the toilets!" probably prompted a similar thought from all who read it: "Avoid them if you can!"


Rather than just posting on Facebook, Lynn does the right thing by complaining to the powers that be and confesses to having written several letters outlining her concerns, to no avail. Perhaps if more of us complain about poor standards, those responsible for the facility will take notice. The consensus amongst those who've seen the Facebook post is that the poor cleaning in this case is down to lack of budget, with several saying: "you get what you pay for."

As one wrote: "We all want cheaper airfares, and the airport is a commercial enterprise that needs to make a profit, so what gets cut to achieve those cheaper fares? Non-essential repairs and essential daily maintenance services! I bet the few cleaners they've got are stretched to the max!"

Lynn rightly points out that as the airport is an entry point into our 'Northern Powerhouse', it's not creating the best first impression - and of course that's the thing about cleaning. If a place is dirty, it's very off-putting and you're likely to avoid it in future if you can. Unlike an airport though, many places don't get a second chance, so you need to get it right all the time.

Historically, contract cleaners have tended to play their cards close to their chests. When I've questioned some about why they don't want to share news of their successes they've said it's because the competition will know when the contract's up for renewal and alert them to the opportunity to bid for it. My response has always been that if you do a great job, the client's not likely to go elsewhere - but then if someone else is prepared to offer the same standards for a smaller budget, you may just lose the work.

I wonder how many contractors out there see a dirty facility as a sales lead, and use the bad experience to create what could potentially be a new contract for their company? As sales leads go, obvious poor cleaning is quite an opener, isn't it?



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This Week's News

Mitie kicks-off new Army Rugby Union sponsorship deal

* Mitie-Rugby.jpgMitie has announced a new sponsorship deal with the Army Rugby Union (ARU) elite teams, for two years with the option to extend to three. Kicking-off from the beginning of the 2019/20 season in September, the sponsorship covers the Union's four Elite Teams: the Senior Men's XV, Senior Women's XV, Academy (under 23s) XV and Masters (over 35s) Teams.

Ladder Association responds to recent HSE prosecution

* Ladder-Association.jpgA recent prosecution at Carlisle Magistrates' Court has again highlighted the importance of ensuring that work at height is properly planned and managed - and more specifically, that equipment provided for work at height is fit for use.

The Court heard that an employee suffered a serious elbow injury after falling two metres from a ladder when it failed while he was inspecting a steam leak at height at the chemical company's Workington site.

Industrial cleaning market worldwide is projected to grow by US$15BN

* Industrial-cleaning-market.jpgThe industrial cleaning market worldwide is projected to grow by US$15.9 Billion, driven by a compounded growth of 4.1%, according to a new report. Chelating agents, one of the segments analysed and sized in this study, displays the potential to grow at over 4.4%.

The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this sector to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$13.8 billion by the year 2025, chelating agents will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth.

CMS Berlin 2019: Cleaning summit - a polished performance

* CMS-Berlin-2019-polished.jpgCMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning.Management.Services., ended on a bright note. The organisers and supporting associations of the International Cleaning Trade Fair were thoroughly positive in their assessment of this event.

Some 25,000 industry representatives from 80 countries, who included around 21,000 trade visitors from every branch of the cleaning industry, attended between 24th and 27th September in search of information about the current range of products and services for commercial cleaning. This represented an increase of more than 10% compared with CMS 2017.

Mobility Cleaning Circle an important platform for global dialogue

* Mobility-Cleaning-Circle.jpgThe Mobility Cleaning Circle at CMS Berlin 2019, gathered more than 80 high-ranking representatives of the cleaning and transport sectors from all around the globe.

According to Matthias Steckmann, director of Mobility & Services at Messe Berlin, the aim of this exclusive networking event was to discuss the synergies that existed between the two industries in order, amongst other things, to ensure that travel passengers enjoyed clean and pleasant trips. He emphasised that this year's event was placing an even greater focus on practical solutions.

2019 BICSc Annual Awards, Showcase & Exhibition Celebrates outstanding excellence

* 2019-BICSc-Annual-Awards.jpgThe British Institute of Cleaning Science announced the winners of one of the industry's most prestigious events last Thursday at Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa, Northamptonshire.

The Showcase & Exhibition commenced in the morning with a lighter and brighter approach, which included a series of insightful Keynotes and members of 'Team BICSc' delivering 'Great at 58', a look back through the decades of the Institute.

New advice helps protect safety and health of window cleaners who use water-fed poles

* Paul-Thrupp.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has welcomed the publication of groundbreaking advice for window cleaners on how to reduce the risk of injury when using telescopic water-fed poles.

The leaflet, entitled 'Window cleaning poles: how to do it and look after your body', is the result of a research initiative and could greatly improve the safety and wellbeing of workers who use water-fed poles when cleaning high windows.

Coor acquires Swedish cleaning company Norrlands Miljövård

* Coor-acquires-Swedish-co.jpgNordic facilities management services provider Coor, has signed an agreement relating to the acquisition of award-winning Swedish cleaning company Norrlands Miljövård, which has annual sales of some SEK 250 M and 500 employees. The acquisition increases Coor's geographical spread in Sweden and contributes to Coor's cleaning competences.

Chem-Dry carpet and floor cleaning announces Lebanon Master Franchise agreement

* Chem-Dry-Carpet-and-Floor.jpgChem-Dry, the world's largest carpet and floor cleaning franchise, has signed a Master Franchise agreement for Lebanon with Beirut-based entrepreneurs Maha Hijazi and Camille El Zeinaty.

2019 Loo of the Year Awards sponsors announced

* LOTY-Trophies-display.jpgThe sponsor line-up for the 2019 Loo of the Year Awards has been announced and the sponsors are:

* Signo Nano-Care UK - the supplier of Wipe-out 365; the newest generation of self-disinfecting surface treatments that ensures all surfaces stay clean.

* IHS - the sole supplier of the exclusive BioShield range of innovative and specialist cleaning and disinfecting solutions of the highest quality to both the cleaning industry and consumers. 

RAS certifies first convention & exhibition centre under the Happy Toilet Programme

* RAS-certifies-convention-centre.jpgThe Restroom Association Singapore has certified its first convention & exhibition centre under the Happy Toilet Programme.

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre contacted RAS to express its interest in participating in the HTP in mid-June.

Sodexo connects its financing to action to prevent food waste

* Sodexo-food-waste.jpgIntegrated facilities management and foodservice operations provider Sodexo, has renewed its €1.3 billion revolving credit facility (RCF) which now incorporates a pricing adjustment based on Sodexo's performance towards its goal of preventing 50% of the food waste and food losses from its operations by 2025.

Northwell now using PurpleSun UV technology to disinfect operating rooms

* Northwell-PurpleSun-UV.jpgNorthwell Health hospitals are now using a patented form of ultraviolet technology to reduce pathogens in the environment that present the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

This new light-based technology, developed by PurpleSun, has been rolled out at two Northwell hospitals - Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco and Staten Island University Hospital's (SIUH) north campus - to enhance disinfection in operating rooms and the equipment within them.

Kärcher launches new MC 250 sweeper

* Sweeper2.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.

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Recent UK News

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

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

Principle workforce enjoys 30th birthday celebrations

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

Ashtead Technology appointed rental partner by Drain Doctor

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Ashtead 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'

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Homes 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.

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).

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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