Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 17th October 2019 Issue no. 890
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Northwell now using PurpleSun UV technology to disinfect operating rooms
Hoppecke converts lead-acid trucks and equipment to lithium-ion with ease
Carl Software develops useful prototype for maintenance
IICRC announces 2020 Board of Directors
Tennant Coatings launches Eco-MVR 100 moisture mitigation flooring system
New equipment is powered by van on tick-over
Industrial cleaning market worldwide is projected to grow by US$15BN
CMS Berlin 2019: Cleaning summit - a polished performance
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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
The 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
Commenting 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
Air-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
The 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
A 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 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 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 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
Her 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 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
Announcing the CSSA's 2020 Innovation Showcase
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
Ladder Association responds to recent HSE prosecution
2019 BICSc Annual Awards, Showcase & Exhibition Celebrates outstanding excellence
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
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
* 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
Principle workforce enjoys 30th birthday celebrations
Ashtead Technology appointed rental partner by Drain Doctor
Events & Exhibitions
National Floor Safety Institute
Interclean China 2023
Clean Eurasia Expo 2023