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International News

Cintas crowns Nashville Zoo 'America's Best Restroom'

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Members 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

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A 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.

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.

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It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was talking about how cleaning could be a thankless task, carried out by dedicated and often highly-trained professionals who are regularly ignored or even abused by the general public. I didn't mention the dangers though...

The lengths cleaners have to go to, in order to keep us safe and able to enjoy a clean and hygienic environment, were really brought home to me watching a video filmed this week of a team of window cleaners whose platform had become loose in high winds and was swinging them around violently, breaking windows as it hit the side of Edmonton's Stantec Tower. The impact was so violent that one of the team became dislodged.


Thank goodness he had a safety harness which prevented him from plummeting to the ground below! My heart was in my mouth as I watched him swinging beneath the platform, dreading that the force with which it hit the building would swing him into a window, where on his way out he'd no doubt have sustained nasty (and possibly fatal) injuries from the broken shards he would be dragged back through.

Trainer Lorraine Larman ([email protected]) tells me she's carrying out a lot of working at height risk assessments and that work needs to be done in too many cases to bring safety up to standard for these vulnerable workers. If you're in any doubt about how crucial it is to get it right, watch the video! worker-rescued-from-suspended-scaffolding

The Health & Safety Executive's latest statistics have just been released and in reading them, I was pleased to see that the UK is doing pretty well when it comes to reducing workplace-related deaths, sickness and injury and indeed is doing better than many of its European counterparts. My view is though that any workplace-related 'mishap' - however minor, is one too many and something we should all be doing our best to eliminate. That European social partners in industrial cleaning, EFCI (European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry) and trade union UNI Europa, have mentioned the need to improve safety in their newly-released joint statement on the impact of digitalisation on employment in the sector, pleases me a great deal. You can read both reports below.



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This Week's News

European social partners in industrial cleaning adopt a joint statement on digitalisation

* EFCI-BREAKING.jpgThe European social partners in industrial cleaning, EFCI - European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry - and the trade union UNI Europa, have this week adopted a joint statement on the impact of digitalisation on employment in the sector.

The Social Partners acknowledge that a successfully-lead digitalisation transition may provide an opportunity to enhance professionalism and innovation in the industry, to the benefit of all involved.

IICRC seeks volunteers for the development of three new Standards

* IICRC.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers for the development of three new industry Standards:

The BSR/IICRC S230 Standard for Professional Inspection of Flooring Subfloors and Substrates; The BSR/IICRC S410 Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning and Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment; and the BSR/IICRC S760 Standard for Professional Restoration of Structures and Items Damaged by Wildfire Smoke.

BCC to help shape future labour market enforcement strategy

* BCC-future-labour-market.jpgThe British Cleaning Council is to be consulted on national strategy for labour market enforcement for 2020/21.

Matthew Taylor, who was responsible for the independent Taylor Review of modern working practices, was appointed interim director of Labour Market Enforcement in August 2019.

Self-cleaning nanotechnology improves wellbeing

* Self-cleaning-nanotechnology.jpgNanoTouch Materials says that its line of self-cleaning surfaces back up its support for corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) initiatives as well as United Nations sustainable development goals, since one of the main initiatives concerns health and wellness in the built environment.

Those responsible for the buildings we use, says the company, are racing to offer innovative new approaches in this category.

Team Group acquires Robinson Solutions

* Team-Group-Robinson-Solutions.jpgTeam Group has announced that it has acquired Robinson Solutions, with effect from 18th October 2019.

"Bringing these two great companies together will bring exceptional value to our customers and offer more opportunities for our employees as we continue to expand worldwide," said Clint Griffin, CEO, Team Group.

New sales director sweeps Charles Bentley & Son towards growth

* Steve-Law_Charles-Bentley.jpgBrushware and homeware specialist Charles Bentley & Son has brushed up its senior management team with the appointment of a new sales director.

Steve Law has been appointed to the new role, bringing a wealth of home and garden experience to the company, having previously worked for Irwin Tools, HallsBeeline Stanley, Hamilton Acorn, Fiskars and Amefa.

How hi-vis garments can last 50 washes instead of 25

* hi-vis-jackets.jpgDid you know that most hi-vis garments only have a maximum life of 25 washes, with many losing their reflective properties after just five washes?

That means if hi-vis clothes are washed twice a week; they will no longer comply with current EN ISO 20471:2013 standards in just 12 weeks.

Mitie celebrates electric vehicle milestone in Edinburgh - but calls for additional infrastructure

* Mitie-EV-Edinburgh-Castle.jpgMitie has delivered the 100th and 101st electric vehicles (EVs) to join its fleet to two contracts in Edinburgh.

A first for both Edinburgh Castle and Fife College, Mitie colleagues at each site have received their brand new fully electric vans, which will be used every day as part of their roles.

OCS continues to roll out mental health training

* OCS-mental-health-training.jpgMore than 500 members of the OCS workforce have taken part in Mental Health First Aider and Mental Health Champion training since OCS launched the scheme last year.

The Mental Health Champions course was devised by HR & Training managers Juraj Kecso and Dharminder Singh. As MHFA England-qualified instructors, they have trained nearly 300 people across the UK and Ireland between them - on top of their day jobs.

Health and safety statistics 2019

* Health-statistics-2019.jpgPublished online yesterday, the latest statistics on work-related health & safety reveal that the UK consistently has one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU, lower than other large economies and lower than the EU average.

Non-fatal injuries in the UK were at a similar level to other large economies in 2013. UK rates of work-related ill health resulting in sick leave were lower than most other EU countries.

Urinal cakes take on new meaning for Bio-Productions

* Urinal-cakes.jpgThe team at Bio-Productions went all out this week in the Burgess Hill Business Park Association’s ‘Awesome Autumn Battle of the Bakes’, which took place at The King’s Church, raising £310 for charity. Eight members of the company joined in with the baking completion across all three categories.

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Recent UK News

Lorcan Mekitarian sets out his agenda as Chairman of the CHSA

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Setting 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.

New waste & recycling webinar series starts soon

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This 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

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New 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.

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

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Washroom 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.

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

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Veltia'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.

IWFM partners with tech giant to explore opportunities from smart workplaces

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The 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.

From green to pink in aid of charity

A 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.

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.

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