*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 14th November 2019 Issue no. 894

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International News

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

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Richard 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.

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

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Air-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.

Intelligent hand washing solutions for optimal hygiene

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Kennedy'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.

Christeyns Food Hygiene tackles biofilm detection

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Chemicals 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.

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

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MetaShield 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.

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.

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With our general election looming, the politicians have been out in force trying to persuade as many members of the general public as possible, to vote for them. And this time around the stakes seem to be higher than ever before, with our continued membership of the European Union still in the balance and accusations of dirty dealings being flung around like the contents of a food processor without its lid. 

I don’t know exactly where the photocall was held, but the sight of our current Prime Minister Boris Johnson appearing to spread mucky water around the entrance of a branch of Specsavers, with a filthy mop, had me thinking… 

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And yes, the thinking went beyond the idea that the filthy state of the mop might have been missed and that Boris - or indeed everyone – “should have gone to Specsavers"! 

If you’re reading this from one of the 163 countries in which Cleanzine is received, which doesn’t have a Specsavers, it’s a leading High Street brand where we have our eyes tested by technicians who use chemicals, medical paraphernalia and high-tech equipment to detect poor vision and potential eye disease, before passing us onto colleagues who help us select the most suitable spectacles. i.e. the first part similar to a hospital environment and the second a store that wants our business and need to display an enticing entrance. It operates mainly in the UK, Ireland, Australasia and the Nordic countries and boasts more than 2000 branches.

The idea that such cleaning equipment is thought ideal for a photoshoot that’s likely to be beamed around the world, worries me. Does a contractor look after the cleaning on a global level? Are there country-wide or area-wide contracts or is it left to those who manage each branch to either employ a local cleaner or do the work themselves? Whatever the answer, something needs tightening up, don’t you think? And what a missed opportunity for a photoshoot! The only party that came out looking good was Bentley, which I’m assuming supplied the safety sign…



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This Week's News

Jangro's E-learning platform awarded CPD status

* Jangro-LMS-CPD-accreditation.jpgJangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has announced that its innovative training system, The Learning Management Solution has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

11 key modules have gained Continuous Professional Development certification. These are Carpet Care; COSHH Awareness; Colour Coding & Infection Control; Floor Care; Health & Safety; Housekeeping; Kitchen Hygiene; Manual Handling; Sharps Handling; Washroom Hygiene; and an Introduction to Cleaning.

Global window vacuum cleaner market to reach revenues of over $1.4 billion by 2024

* Global-window-cleaning-vacuum.jpgAccording to Arizton's recent research report, 'Window Vacuum Cleaner Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2019-2024', the market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of more than 10% during the forecast period.

Key highlights offered in the report include:

Cromwell Polythene launches scented, antimicrobial tiger sack for clinical waste

C* Cromwell-tiger-stripe.jpgromwell Polythene, an expert in sacks, bags and speciality products for the capture and containment of waste and recyclables is launching a scented and antimicrobial tiger stripe sack. The new product is part of its Sansafe and clinical waste management range.

The tiger stripe sack incorporates Biomaster silver antimicrobial technology, added during the film extrusion process.

CSSA's 2020 Innovation Showcase now open for applications

* CSSA-2020-Innovation-Showcase-Applications-Open.jpgThe Cleaning & Support Services Association is now inviting applications for its 'Innovation Showcase', whereby businesses and organisations operating within the cleaning industry can put forward their innovative products or services to a 'Dragon's Den' panel of judges.

All entrants will be invited to present to the Dragons Den teams on 22nd or 23rd January 2020.

Tork launches new cleaning management software for smarter cleaning routines

* Tork-tablet.jpgTork is entering the software industry by releasing what it believes to be some of the market's most advanced cleaning management software - Digital Cleaning Plans.

The cleaning management software includes functions for planning, communication, administration and follow-up and can be used by both mid-size and small-scale cleaning companies.

Social enterprise, Clarity & Co. reinvents itself on its 165th anniversary

* social-enterprise-Clarity.jpg2019 marks social enterprise Clarity & Co.'s 165th anniversary. Having been founded in 1854 as Clarity Employment for Blind People, this year has seen the organisation adopt a new name and undertake a major organisational rebranding with the launch of a revised logo, updated manifesto and accompanying video featuring many of Clarity & Co.'s employees (www.youtube.com).

´╗┐Air-Scent to acquire Sani-Air Associated Products

* Air-Scent-International.jpgProfessional aircare specialist Air-Scent International, has acquired Sani-Air Associated Products to further its global position in the commercial air freshener market.

Air-Scent International invented the first fan-operated air freshener in 1946 and has since become one of the leading providers of ambient scenting diffusers, molecular odour neutralising products and the highest quality essential oil refills.

IWFM to help profession 'navigate turbulent times' at 2020 Conference

* IWFM-conference.jpgThe Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management has launched its 2020 national conference, announcing the theme of 'navigating turbulent times', which will see expert speakers tackle four of the sector's - and the world's - greatest challenges.

Cintas Ontario location earns California VPP Certification for safety

* Cintas-150-Ontario.jpgCintas Corporation, which provides a wide range of cleaning, hygiene and safety products and related courses, has announced that its Ontario, California rental facility services location has received California Voluntary Protection Program Certification (VPP) certification from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Ecoppia's cloud-based robotic solar panel cleaning solution chosen for 400-plus MWp in India

* Ecoppia-India.jpgEcoppia, the developer of fully autonomous, water-free, photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, has been chosen by Fortum to deploy its field-proven platform across different projects in India, totaling 427 MWp of production capacity.

Eco-friendly InnuScience sponsors Awards

* Eco-friendly.jpgFast-growing InnuScience, an established global leader in commercial cleaning systems based on biotechnology, tells us it was delighted to be the sponsor of the 'Chef of the Year' award at the recent Food Made Good Awards held in London.

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Recent UK News

Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2020 finalists announced

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The 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.

Ignore the 'treatment risks' at your peril

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If 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.

CSM transforming cleaning business with help from Smarttask

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Glaswegian-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.

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.

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