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International News

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

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According 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.

Cromwell Polythene launches scented, antimicrobial tiger sack for clinical waste

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romwell 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.

Tork launches new cleaning management software for smarter cleaning routines

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Tork 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.

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

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

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.

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As you're reading Cleanzine I can probably safely assume that you're one of the lucky ones who can access a decent toilet when you need to and wash your hands afterwards. Sadly, more than four billion people aren't as lucky and have to put up with the most appalling unsanitary conditions, with some not only unable to use a toilet but also having to source drinking water from a contaminated supply. I was about to say that it doesn't bear thinking about, but of course it does and on November 19th each year - World Toilet Day - we do tend to think of those whose needs aren't being met.

There's a story below about how Saniflo is helping kit out refrigerated trucks that are no longer used for transport, with bathroom facilities so that they can be used to accommodate the homeless. That's a wonderful gesture and I'm hoping that as the years go on, more companies will use their resources to help those in need lead more comfortable lives. Not that I'm advocating the use of trucks as homes... we really should be doing better, shouldn't we?

I was discussing toilets with friends and one mentioned the four-year old girl who was hospitalised with constipation after her school removed toilet tissue from the cubicles and installed a dispenser out in the main washroom area. Children were told to guess how much they might need and take just that amount with them into the cubicle. This left them too afraid to go to the toilet in case they ran out of tissue.

It reminded me of my early skiing trips to Eastern Europe when toilet attendants would hand out a few sheets for a small charge to those entering the washroom, which was pretty degrading for those of us not used to the concept. But we always had our own stash anyway - as, no doubt, will the pupils at the school here. The headteacher has defended the move, saying it was to prevent tissue blockages. I think it's going to have the opposite effect and that the school will discover fairly early on that this type of controlled usage will create greater waste and more blockages, as children take more sheets than they need, 'just in case'...



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This Week's News

Firmenich proves malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis

* Firmenich-malodour-control.jpgMarking World Toilet Day, Firmenich - founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895 and now arguably the world's largest privately-owned perfume and taste company - released pioneering research demonstrating that malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis.

The four-country study, released at the Global Sanitation Economy Summit 2019 in Pune, India, found that effective malodour control significantly increased the use of shared toilets.

Saniflo supports charity that makes obsolete trucks into homes for up to 12 people

* Sanicompact-emergency-accommodation-truck.jpgAnnual World Toilet Day may spawn many jokes and can be a haven of comedy for all of us that take sanitation for granted. But behind the hilarity is a serious initiative that we all should all aspire to support.

Celebrated on 19th November every year, World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

The facts are stark:

DEAL Program announces 2019 Award Winners at ISSA Show

* DEAL-Program-2019-Winners.jpgEach year, Sustainability Dashboard Tools presents the DEAL Program Awards to distributors throughout North America and Europe that have taken significant steps to reduce consumption and operate more sustainably and efficiently.

The 2019 Award winners were announced and presented yesterday at the ISSA North American convention in Las Vegas.

Global steam cleaner market expected to grow considerably over coming years

* global-steam-cleaners-mkt.jpgThe global steam cleaner market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6% during between 2018 and 2024, according to a new report that cites changes in our attitude towards 'green cleaning' as one of the reasons why.

The awareness of the need to decrease usage of harmful chemicals and their presence in runoff water is seen as a major factor for the growth of the global steam cleaner market.

Hygienalia+Pulire pulls in more visitors and exhibitors than ever before

* Hygienalia-Pulire-visior-record.jpgThe 5th edition of Hygienalia+Pulire - the Spanish trade show for the professional cleaning and laundry sectors, attracted 6,264 visitors: almost 20% more than the previous edition.

Making up the show were 140-plus companies taking up some 5,000sq.m of floorspace, which produced a much bigger showcase compared to previous editions.

Registration now open for Midlands/North's largest cleaning & hygiene event

* Registration-Manchester-show.jpgRegistration is now open for the Manchester Cleaning Show, taking place at EventCity on 25th and 26th March 2020.

Now firmly established, the Show is the region's largest cleaning & hygiene event offering an invaluable opportunity to meet with suppliers, make new connections and gain knowledge about the key challenges affecting the industry.

Dust extraction specialist launches new range of industrial vacuum cleaners

* Dust-extraction-vacuums.jpgDustcontrol UK has officially launched its new and upgraded range of powerful Tromb vacuum cleaners.

The trio of new additions to the Tromb family include the DC Tromb 400 dust extractor, DCF Tromb pre-separator and the combined DC Tromb Twin dust extractor and pre-separator.

Bio-Productions helping to raise funds from rubbish for Air Ambulance

* Bio-Productions-Air-Ambulance.jpgEver the eco-warrior, green cleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions is encouraging everyone in the company to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).

You might be forgiven for thinking that empty crisp packets are worthless trash only fit for the bin, but for the Air Ambulance they are a valuable commodity.

Karcher and Brain Corp create tech-partnership for autonomous stand-on vacuum cleaner

* Karcher-Brain-Corp.jpgKarcher and San Diego-based AI and robotics company Brain Corp, have created a partnership to bring autonomous floorcare solutions to market.

Karcher has a simple innovation philosophy: innovation is what benefits the customers. In partnering with Brain Corp, the company is introducing solutions to benefit users in a variety of industries.

Dairy farm fined after employee permanently blinded by disinfectant chemicals

Beechdean Farm, of North Dean, Buckinghamshire, has been fined following an incident in which an employee was permanently blinded by corrosive chemicals used in cleaning.

High Wycombe Magistrates' Court heard that in August 2017, an employee was cleaning the walls of the dairy farm using a corrosive disinfectant DM CiD, which contains potassium hydroxide.

Fighting back against fly-tippers: one council's 'joined up approach' a huge success

* Flytippers.jpgOne Friday last month, Thanet District Council enforcement officers teamed up with Kent Police's Rural Task Force for a day of action, targeting suspected fly-tippers.

The joint operation saw officers carry out enquiries, collate evidence, arrest people suspected of fly-tipping and seize vehicles.

Mitie boosts new Fife College contract with sustainability credentials

* Mitie-boosts-Fife.jpgMitie has secured a five-year contract with Fife College, with the option to extend for a further two years. The contract includes the provision of cleaning and waste management services.

Mitie will undertake a range of cleaning services across five of Fife College's main sites.

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Recent UK News

Jangro's E-learning platform awarded CPD status

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Jangro, 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.

CSSA's 2020 Innovation Showcase now open for applications

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The 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.

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

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2019 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).

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

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The 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.

Eco-friendly InnuScience sponsors Awards

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Fast-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.

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.

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