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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.

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

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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'.

PW-Aroma introduces Scentaura fragrance diffuser range

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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.

Polaris Introduces new range of EuCertPlast refuse sacks

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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.

Bio security: Cleaning ATM machines and internal surfaces

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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

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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

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

Rosemor shares escalator/travellator cleaning expertise

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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.

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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Recent Facebook posts in groups local to me about the growing menace of overnight thefts from work vans took on more importance thanks to a press release I received for use in Cleanzine's sister publication, Kbzine. The release concerned a campaign aimed at stamping out tool theft from vans and the statistics left me aghast: 37% of us say we've fallen victim to this type of theft, while 65% know someone who has.

It occurred to me that it's not just tradespeople who'll be affected, since cleaners won't be emptying their vans of equipment and chemicals overnight, will they? I wondered how much is lost to our already tightly-run contracting teams through theft; not only thanks to missing equipment - which has to be replaced - and the resulting higher insurance premiums if claims are made, but also the inability to provide the contracted service because there's no equipment available to use.

Small business insurer, Simply Business, which protects over half a million clients, is calling on the Government to implement greater fines for those convicted of theft from work vans, as well as tighter regulations on the selling of second-hand tools and equipment. It's launched a petition with the aim of attracting 100,000 signatures for the measures to be debated in Parliament: www.petition.parliament.uk

Some 60% of those surveyed believe there need to be greater sentences for thieves, while 55% believe there should be greater fines for those convicted; 28% reckon the sentence should be five years in prison and 5% believe a £10,000 fine should be imposed. Half of us also believe there should be greater funding for police and police presence on the streets, 32% want to see greater restrictions on the selling of second-hand tools, and a further 30% believe there should be more CCTV in place. In addition, 20% want to see more street lights installed to deter thieves.

Simply Business suggests that to thwart thieves, you and any employees try and park in busy, well-lit areas, preferably in view of a CCTV camera, with sliding or rear doors against a wall or sturdy fence so it's difficult for them to be opened. And if you do become a victim, a record of the serial numbers of your equipment - which should be permanently and visibly marked with your company name and contact details, could well hamper a potential black market sale. It will also help dealings with your insurer and possibly even reunite you with your stolen goods.



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This Week's News

Lorcan Mekitarian sets out his agenda as Chairman of the CHSA

* Lorcan-CHSA.jpgSetting out his agenda for his tenure as chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, Lorcan Mekitarian, sales director Bpi Recycled Products, (part of Berry Bpi Group) focused on the CHSA's respected Accreditation Schemes and the need to address the big issues facing members.

"The CHSA Accreditation Schemes guarantee standards in the cleaning and hygiene sector," he said.

Cintas crowns Nashville Zoo 'America's Best Restroom'

* Cintas-crowns-zoo.jpgMembers of the public were not monkeying around when it came to choosing their favourite washroom. Cintas Corporation has this week named Nashville Zoo in Nashville, Tennessee, the winner of the 2019 America's Best Restroom contest.

As this year's winner, Nashville Zoo will get to properly crown its golden thrones with prizes from Cintas.

International partnership will bring new scrubber dryer technology to the UK

* Hooper-s-d.jpgA new international partnership in scrubber dryers has been formed, which will see some of the most revolutionary new cleaning equipment become available to the UK market.

Distributors wanted for newly enhanced SlipStop - the shopping centre safety essential

* SlipStop.jpgShopping centres, railway stations, airports and public buildings are already benefiting from SlipStop, the innovative all-in-one leak catcher and warning sign that earlier this year won the Cleaning Show Innovation Award.

Now, UK-based SlipStop manufacturer IIC Products has rolled out an added innovation that enhances the safety levels of the product even further - liners with an integrated absorbent pad which soaks up as much as 2.5-litres of liquid.

New cleaning system with lifetime warranty on vacuum motor conserves water, chemicals and labour

* New-cleaning-system.jpgKaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning system, will be introducing the UniVac - a new no-mop cleaning system - at the ISSA Trade Show being held in Las Vegas next month. This smaller, more versatile version of Kaivac's award-winning Dispense-and-Vac cleaning system, conserves water, chemicals and labour and the vacuum motor comes with a lifetime warranty.

Built for cleaning and degreasing floors in commercial kitchens and restrooms, the machine can also be used to clean floors in warehouses, fitness gyms or even for flood and salt pick-up.

New waste & recycling webinar series starts soon

* waste-webinar.jpgThis November, WRAP is kicking off a second webinar series for local authorities, designed to help make waste and recycling collections more efficient. They will cover the plastics recycling landscape in the UK; training for crews and communications.

Webinars will range from bite-size 20 minute sessions, to more in-depth, one hour-long discussions.

Pollution damages health of street cleaning crews and other outdoor workers

* Clean-air.jpgNew research from King's College London proves that people are needlessly suffering thanks to air pollution levels which are higher in nine major English cities than they are elsewhere.

The research shows that hospital admittances related to cardiac arrests, strokes and severe asthma attacks increase during key periods when pollution is at its greatest.

Phs wins contract to supply every school and college in England with free period products

* Phs-period-contract.jpgWashroom and hygiene services firm phs Group will supply every school and college in England with period products in a bid to create period equality as part of the Department for Education's plans to create period equality for all.

The Government is funding the initiative which will provide free products for young people across secondary schools, primary schools and colleges in England.

Glasgow Science Centre chooses Veltia Quiet Mark accredited V fusion hand dryer

* Glasgow-Science-Centre.jpgVeltia's V Fusion Quiet Mark-accredited warm air hand dryers are gracing the washrooms at Glasgow Science Centre, where they are helping visitors dry their hands quickly without subjecting them to excessive - and potentially damaging - noise levels.

Attracting over 420,00 participants each year, Glasgow Science Centre, located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, is a great family attraction that presents science and technology in unique and inspiring ways. It has lots of activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained for hours. There are two acres of interactive exhibits, workshops, science shows, activities, a planetarium, Glasgow Tower and an IMAX cinema.

IWFM partners with tech giant to explore opportunities from smart workplaces

* IWFM.jpgThe Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management has begun a research and development collaboration with Microsoft to explore a shared vision for the role of technology in high performing workplaces.

A new programme themed around connected and smart workplaces will see the two organisations collaborate on new research that could influence workplace performance.

From green to pink in aid of charity

* BIO-PRODUCTIONS-PINK.jpgA company with green credentials has changed its colour for the month of October, with a special emphasis last Friday as staff at Bio Productions arrived for work clad from tip to toe in pink to mark breast cancer awareness.

From the production team to the board room, workers at the Victoria Road firm threw themselves behind the cause and raised more than £100 from their efforts.

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Recent UK News

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

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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.

Mitie goes for gold with top CO2 reduction rating

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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.

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. 

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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