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International News

Northwell now using PurpleSun UV technology to disinfect operating rooms

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Northwell 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.

Hoppecke converts lead-acid trucks and equipment to lithium-ion with ease

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With the launch of its next generation technology Hoppecke Industrial Batteries is making it even easier as well as highly cost-effective for logistics operations to convert their fleets or cleaning contractors to convert their large cleaning machines from lead-acid to lithium-ion batteries.

Carl Software develops useful prototype for maintenance

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Carl Software, of the Berger-Levrault group, has developed a product innovation that is set to revolutionise the daily lives of maintenance technicians: an augmented reality headset that facilitates maintenance work.

IICRC announces 2020 Board of Directors

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has announced the election of four members to its 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Elections were held during the IICRC's October Shareholder meeting in Las Vegas last month.

Tennant Coatings launches Eco-MVR 100 moisture mitigation flooring system

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Tennant Coatings, manufacturer of cutting-edge industrial floor and wall coatings and a division of floor cleaning machine manufacturer Tennant Company, has launched a 'next generation' moisture mitigation system, the Eco-MVR 100, which provides advanced protection against the deleterious and costly effects of Moisture Vapor Transmission (MVT).

New equipment is powered by van on tick-over

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Morclean has announced the arrival of its new 2019 product concept - test and trail from its dedicated R&D unit.

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

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The 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%.

CMS Berlin 2019: Cleaning summit - a polished performance

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CMS 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.

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For many years I've been saying that cleaning's a thankless task and while many of us in the industry are doing everything we can to encourage a healthy interaction between the general public and those doing the cleaning, we're not making anything like the headway our hardworking cleaners deserve.

Cleaners have to endure all types of abuse; from the physical and verbal (I can imagine how frightening it must be to be a lone cleaner at the mercy of some of the yobs I read about and see at large myself!) to the abuse of the facilities they're about to clean or have already cleaned.

Why do some members of the public think it's OK to leave rubbish all over the place for others to clean up, who'll drop food or leave it smeared over seats without any attempt to clean it up themselves, or even vandalise equipment and overturn rubbish bins?

Yesterday was 'Thank your Cleaner day', set up to recognise the hardworking cleaners who often work outside office hours, which means that as they're out of sight, they're out of mind too. I love the initiative, which is gaining attention and has consequently spread through much of the world. The idea that we can honour our cleaners on their own special day is an excellent one and as far as I'm concerned we really can't do enough to make them feel special.

But in terms of the name, I think we should be thanking our cleaners every day, don't you? I go out of my way to smile at and chat to any cleaners I come across, as they go about their work. I feel it's the very least I can do. I do hope you do the same and encourage others to follow suit, as it must be soul destroying for our cleaners to feel ignored by the very people they spend their working hours keeping safe and healthy, don't you think?



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This Week's News

EFCI participates in EU Tripartite Social Summit stressing relevance of services' industry perspective

* EFCI-EU-Summit.jpgThe European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry (EFCI), represented by its president  Juan Díez de los Ríos and its director Isabel Yglesias, took part in the Tripartite Social Summit yesterday on the theme 'Progressing on the social and economic dimensions for a competitive, fair and sustainable Europe'.

It is the first Social Summit to discuss a topic directly linked to climate change and its impact on the economy.

Water UK responds to Advertising Standards Agency ruling on Kimberly-Clark t/a Andrex

* Water-UK-Fine-to-Flush.jpgCommenting on the announcement that Kimberly-Clark is going to seek official 'Fine to Flush' approval for some of its wipes, Water UK director of corporate affairs Rae Stewart said:

"Water UK is very clear - wipes manufacturers should not label or sell products advertised as 'flushable' if they don't pass the official 'Fine to Flush' standard.

PW-Aroma introduces Scentaura fragrance diffuser range

* PW-2diffusers.jpgAir-freshening innovator P-Wave has launched a new fragrance diffuser range under its recently created PW-Aroma brand. Produced in partnership with manufacturer Carpex, Scentaura fragrance diffusers are ergonomically designed, discrete and user friendly.

"Ideal for anyone looking to offer an upmarket experience in their venue, the new PW-Aroma Scentaura fragrance diffuser range features advanced micro-diffusion technology, operates silently, and creates a perfect ambiance of subtle fragrance," says P-Wave sales & marketing manager Mark Wintle.

Polaris Introduces new range of EuCertPlast refuse sacks

* Polaris-EUCertPlast.jpgThe pressure on the world to reduce the amount of plastic we use; specifically single-use plastic, continues. For nearly 30 years Polaris has supplied refuse sacks manufactured from recycled plastic.

The source of the refuse sacks and the material that is used in the manufacture of these sacks has now taken a step forward with the introduction of a range of sacks that will carry the EuCertPlast certification.

Bio security: Cleaning ATM machines and internal surfaces

* Bio-Security-Cleaning.jpgA survey recently carried out to determine contaminations found on ATM machines and money revealed 19 separate bacteria strains on ATM machines. These included; Bacillus, Micrococcus, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, Aeromonas, Pseudomonas, Enterobacter, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Alcaligenes and E. coli.

Kimberly-Clark recognised for sustainability leadership by EPA SmartWay and Ethical Corporation

* Kimberly-Clark-recognised.jpgKimberly-Clark earned the SmartWay Excellence Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency for leadership in environmentally responsible shipping as well as two Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards for its social impact programs, 'With U She Can' and 'Toilets Change Lives'.

Anago Cleaning Systems officially opens new headquarters

* Anago-Cleaning-Systems.jpgAnago Cleaning Systems recently opened its new headquarters location in Florida's Pompano Beach to accommodate corporate growth and increasingly efficient operations.

The building was officially opened in a recent ceremony featuring Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin and city Chamber of Commerce officials.

Mitie goes for gold with top CO2 reduction rating

* mitie_co2.jpgMitie has been recognised for its success in reducing the carbon emissions of its fleet, by being awarded Gold Certification by Masternaut. Across its whole fleet, Mitie cut CO2 by 770 tonnes - the equivalent to planting almost 800 trees.

2M Holdings crowned With Queen's Award by Her Majesty The Queen's representative

* 2M-Holdings.jpgHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Representative, The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and the worshipful Mayor of Halton, attended the 2M Headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire, last month to present the 2M Group with the Queen's Award for Enterprise, International Trade 2019.

Rosemor shares escalator/travellator cleaning expertise

* Rosemor-TV.jpgRosemor had a successful Pulire Verona this year, showing off its escalator and travellator cleaning and maintenance equipment which is keeping installations around the globe, clean and hygienic.

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Recent UK News

Stephen Harrison steps down as chairman of the CHSA after five years of service

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After five years leading the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, Stephen Harrison, managing director of Harrison Wipes, has stepped down as chairman of the Association. Lorcan Mekitarian, sales director of RPC bpi group, took over as Chairman of the Association at the meeting of its governing Council held yesterday.

Announcing the CSSA's 2020 Innovation Showcase

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The hunt for the industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives is on! The Cleaning Support Services Association's 2020 Innovation Showcase celebrates the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives.

Taking place every two years, the Innovation Showcase is again backed by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association which is sponsoring the event.

Coming clean: The dirty truth behind UK offices

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GCC Facilities Management, which provides commercial cleaning & office cleaning services across the UK, recently surveyed over 650 members of the public workforce to gain an understanding on how often their workspaces and equipment are cleaned.

Ladder Association responds to recent HSE prosecution

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A 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.

2019 BICSc Annual Awards, Showcase & Exhibition Celebrates outstanding excellence

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The 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

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The 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.

2019 Loo of the Year Awards sponsors announced

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The 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. 

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.

Events & Exhibitions

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11-12th September 2024


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South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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