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International News

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

The 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.

IICRC seeks volunteers for the development of three new Standards

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The 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.

Self-cleaning nanotechnology improves wellbeing

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NanoTouch 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

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Team 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.

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

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Did 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.

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.

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With yet another General Election coming up in the UK and the threat of a protracted strike by South Western Railway staff in the lead up to and over the holiday period, there's a lot of discussion about whether Labour's idea of renationalising our public services is a good one or not. Those who oppose the idea tend to mention the many strikes decades ago which created so much misery; my view is that people who feel they need to strike, will do so, whoever employs them. Those who work for such huge organisations are in a far better position to hold everyone to ransom and can thus do more damage than those working in less important sectors, so perhaps the historical strike action had more to do with potential impact than it did ownership - unless of course, the strike leaders were trying to bring down the Government...

One sector that I strongly believe should come under the national remit rather than being handled locally is that of waste collection and disposal. It's such a mish-mash and one I've grumbled about previously - mainly because of the confusion about what can and cannot be recycled and how the rules differ from one area to another.

Learning this week that Havering Council in West Sussex is following a number of other local authorities by bringing in identity checks at its Household Waste Recycling Sites, reminded me of another reason why the disjointedness of these crucial services is such a bad idea.

The council's surveys have shown that an average of one in 10 people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex - and because of this, from December, only West Sussex residents will be able to use the Council's 11 HWRSs "in a bid to save local taxpayers £250,000 per year".

The press release says: "It's thought the high number of people travelling across county boundaries is down to tougher restrictions imposed by neighbouring authorities." Well yes, of course it is! And people wanting to use their nearest facility which may just happen to be run by a different local authority, as opposed to driving what may be several miles in heavy traffic to the one they're supposed to use.

The waste still has to be dealt with and taxes saved by one neighbourhood will create higher taxes for those living elsewhere. Judging by the condition of the UK's roads, which would certainly benefit from having fewer vehicles using them (and which are also under the remit of different councils), I think the whole system would benefit from a total overhaul to create a more balanced and consistent service for all.



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This Week's News

Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2020 finalists announced

* Golden-Service-Awards-2020-finalists.jpgThe finalists have been announced for the 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, which recognise excellence in the cleaning and facilities management industry. Many congratulations go to all of the 66 finalists, coming from 32 different companies.

ACI'S Richard Sedlak to retire after 42-plus years

* Richard-Sedlak.jpgRichard Sedlak, the American Cleaning Institute's executive vice president of technical & international affairs, is retiring from ACI at the end of 2019 after more than 42 years at the Association.

As of 1st January, 2020, Dr James Kim, ACI's associate vice president, science & regulatory affairs, will lead the Institute's technical and regulatory department.

P-Wave introduces its most plastic-lean, splash-eliminating urinal screen

* P-Wave-Slant6.jpgAir-freshening innovator P-Wave has delivered a new angle on splash prevention and a major step forward in terms of urinal deodorising technology with the launch of its new Slant6 urinal screen.

The new screen is said to feature more fragrance than any other 30-day screen on the market while also using less plastic, and it is 100% recyclable. Slant6 is easy to install and fits more urinals than any previous design from P-Wave and features an 'anyway-up' design, ensuring correct installation every time.

Ignore the 'treatment risks' at your peril

* professional-cleaner.jpgIf you operate as a cleaning contractor then one of the most important things to look out for in your public liability insurance wording is 'treatment risk'. This is a crucial extension to a public liability insurance policy that protects anyone who uses chemicals, solutions or any form of treatment to help clean someone's property.

If you clean carpets or soft furnishings then you are at risk of them becoming discoloured or even shrinking and without the 'treatment risks' extension to your policy (which isn't usually provided) then you are without cover!

Intelligent hand washing solutions for optimal hygiene

* Intelligent-hand-washing-solutions.jpgKennedy's soap dispensers and consumables accommodate every hygiene need, including commercial and industrial, high and low traffic environments. Contemporary and elegant, the dispensers are complemented by environmentally-friendly consumables.

Offering innovative solutions for ultimate washroom hygiene, while making servicing fast and easy, the hand hygiene consumables range includes luxury cosmetic soaps, regular soap lotions, foaming soaps, industrial hand cleansers, anti-bacterial soap, Ecolabel soaps and antibacterial hand gel.

Christeyns Food Hygiene tackles biofilm detection

* TBF-IMG.jpgChemicals specialist Christeyns Food Hygiene has launched a biofilm detection product to aid safety and quality in the food supply chain.

According to a report published by the European Food Safety Authority and the European centre for Disease Prevention and Control in December 2018, there were 5,079 foodborne and waterborne outbreaks reported in 2017 - an average of 100 such outbreaks per week, some of which affected several countries.

A masterclass in keeping your workplace healthy & productive

* masterclass-for-health.jpgCold and flu viruses can live on hands for up to an hour, spreading from person to person and costing businesses a small fortune every year. Bunzl Canada is staging a 20-minute webinar next Wednesday, 13th November, which will cover the practical steps to building and implementing an effective hand hygiene program to keep your facility healthy and productive.

Renowned expert in the science of hand hygiene, Jim Arbogast, PhD, and cleaning, hygiene and sanitation expert David Smith, ESP, will share:

MetaShield's Nanoprint advanced coating reduces fingerprints and smudging by 70%

* Metashield.jpgMetaShield has announced the launch of Nanoprint, an anti-fingerprint nanotechnology-based coating which reduces the appearance of fingerprints and smudges by as much as 70% on a variety of products and surfaces, improving their day-to-day appearance and increasing their cleanability while decreasing maintenance time and costs.

A cost-competitive coating compared to alternative products in the marketplace, the thin film provides added flexibility and durability that OEMs and application developers can apply with a simple, one-coat spray.

Italian beach cleaning machines don't just like to be beside the seaside

* Italian-beach-cleaning-machines.jpgBeach cleaning machine manufacturer Metaljonica, which has been making its machines for 20 years and selling them all over the world, is launching a new self-propelled crawler machine that is also ideal for cleaning sandy areas such as golf course bunkers, riding stables, racetracks, playgrounds, beach volleyball courts, etc.

But that's not all...

Ladder safety made simple

* Ladder-safety-made-simple.jpgGerman Master Roofer Udo Heyl suffered two accidents whilst working from ladders before developing the LeiKoSi system for quickly and safely securing the top of a ladder. Unlike other devices of this nature the safety attachment can be fixed in place on the ground using folding bars, in seconds and by following just a few simple steps.

It locks securely in the gutter, flat roof profiles or in window or railing parapets, providing a reliable way of securing straight, extending or cable ladders.

CSM transforming cleaning business with help from Smarttask

* CSM-Cleaning.jpgGlaswegian-based CSM Facilities Management has dramatically improved visibility and control over its cleaning operation with the adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask.

Following a period of rapid expansion, the company needed to replace existing paper-based systems, so that it could better monitor and coordinate a team of 150 cleaning operatives that work across Scotland.

Kärcher steps in to clean historical Lorain - Carnegie Library

* Karcher-Carnegie-Library.jpgKärcher is about to undertake a preservation cleaning project at the Lorain library in Cleveland, Ohio, which was built in 1912.

"As a cleaning specialist, Kärcher has been actively involved in supporting the preservation of historical monuments and buildings, free of charge, for over 30 years with our Cultural Sponsoring program," says Kris Cannon-Schmitt, VP marketing professional.

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Recent UK News

BCC to help shape future labour market enforcement strategy

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The 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.

New sales director sweeps Charles Bentley & Son towards growth

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Brushware 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.

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

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Mitie 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

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More 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.

Health and safety statistics 2019

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Published 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

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The 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.

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.

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