* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 9th January 2020 Issue no. 900

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International News

Tilted toilet seat aims to improve business efficiency

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Latest Industry research suggests that an average person spends around 25% greater time in workspace lavatories then necessary and it is estimated that in the UK alone, extended employee breaks cost industry and commerce £4billion per annum.

The current state of healthcare hygiene

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Hospitals and other healthcare centres contain those who are most vulnerable to disease as well as high concentrations of patients with infectious conditions. Therefore, it is essential that no corners are cut when it comes to hygiene - if procedures are not carried out properly, it could have catastrophic effects on patients in vulnerable states.

Healthcare Cleaning Forum - the secret epidemic of HCAIS

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Despite advances in medicines and treatments, there's one simple fact that has never changed: prevention is better than a cure. It is the reason countries invest in vaccines. However, hospitals are struggling to tackle the silent epidemic of healthcare-associated infections.

CSC 2020 Opens Registration: invitation to go 'Beyond Green'

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Registration for the 2020 edition of the Canadian Sustainability Conference and Expo is now open for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.

Themed ‘Beyond Green’, the fourth edition of the popular event takes place 7th and 8th April at the Delta Toronto Airport Conference Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Report indicates growth of no-water urinal installations worldwide

A November 2019 study indicates that the global market for no-water/waterless urinals is expected to expand by 8% in the next eight years.

Pipe-dream solution for Tata becomes reality

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A pioneering Cardiff-based biosciences research company has developed an eco-benign solution that will prevent blockages in the Tata steelworks' pipe system saving the Port Talbot company time and money.

Redesigned dry steam machines are a breeze to service

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Introducing the new look industrial iS mobile dry steam units from OspreyDeepclean... Ideally suited for heavy duty cleaning and sanitising; the units have been redesigned for ease of use by the operator and for easy access for maintenance and servicing.

Hako offers dimensions in professional cleaning technology

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Available with working widths of 108 and 123 cm and equipped with a 260-litre tank, the new Scrubmaster B260 R provides a cleaning performance of up to 8,600sq.m/hr and complements Hako's ride-on scrubber-drier family.

Refresh Foam Soaps: choose your fragrance or go fragrance-free

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SC Johnson Professional's Refresh Foam Soap line contains formulations designed to elevate the handwashing experience. Available in a range of new signature fragrances and fragrance-free options, just one pump removes over 99% of dirt and germs when used properly.

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Welcome to our first Cleanzine of the new decade. So much has happened since our last broadcast... the world seems to be on something of a precipice, doesn't it, what with the frightening escalation of tensions affecting the Middle East (and potentially beyond), unusually severe weather conditions in many parts of the world and the Brexit agenda - under pressure to be finalised by the end of this month - likely to have severe implications on our cleaning services. Naturally, the world's prayers have been focused on Australia and its need for rain. What a catastrophe to have to deal with and please may it never happen on this scale again!

At the turn of the year, it's customary for us make resolutions to change our lives for the better in some way. And that can go for our businesses too... Why not resolve to improve your company's profile by telling the 100,000 other Cleanzine readers around the world, something about your company: what it does, what it's trying to do, or the products it makes or distributes?

You may perhaps not be involved in the provision of cleaning services and equipment at all, but instead buy or specify these goods and services, or even own or manage a building with a cleaning problem you need help solving. You may have a success story that would help others. One thing we each have in common is that we're all involved in cleaning and hygiene somewhere along the line, but naturally we're each engaged in different parts of the process. What you or your company does may be of vital interest to another, if it saves them time, money, or helps them be more effective.

I often see snippets in LinkedIn and Facebook and many of those contain before and after shots, or videos of cleaning in progress showing a huge difference being made. However proud of these achievements you may be, news of them will only reach your own network - and that of course is if anyone in your network happens to be scrolling at around the same time as you're posting (social media fatigue, anyone?). Sending your stories and videos to Cleanzine gives you a much greater chance of having them seen by those that matter, so do please resolve to get those stories and pictures rolling in to us - not just once but whenever you have something to say.



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Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

Estimating and bidding for success

* ISSA-Logo.jpgTo accurately prepare a workloading plan for a contract cleaning tender there are several fundamental elements which need to be assessed.

Building plans must be reviewed, usually in conjunction with a physical site assessment to identify any cleaning tasks which may not be apparent on the plans and to determine areas where cleaning is impractical.

Samsic rebrands UK operations

* Samsic-CEO.jpgCoventry-based building support services contractor Regent Samsic is to rebrand as Samsic UK.

TidyChoice 2019 Housekeeper of the Year

2019-Housekeeper-of-the-Year.jpgMaria Helena Fernandes, a South West London resident, has won the 2019 Housekeeper of the Year Award.

Larry Lopata joins Vectair Systems as vice president of sales for North America

* Larry-Lopata.jpgLarry Lopata has been announced as the vice president of sales, North America, for Vectair Systems, responsible for growing existing relationships and seeking new industrial distribution, with specific focus in the jan-san channel.

Larry's core responsibilities will be managing and growing Vectair's trade sales through industrial distribution, through the management of Vectair's regional sales directors and manufacturer's representative network, growing existing relationships in the company's current channels and identifying new prospective partners in distribution in both the US and Canada.

Are washroom cleaners valued?

* LOTY-washroom-cleaners.jpgThe Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards are a unique and integral part of Loo of the Year Awards but relate specifically to the cleaning staff that look after facilities, rather than the washrooms themselves.

Mike Tofari joins Vectair Systems as vice president of business development

* Mike-Tofari.jpgVectair Systems has announced that Mike Tofari has joined the company as vice president of business development for North America.

Mike's core responsibilities will be focusing on and growing the US business through identifying new OEM and national private brand opportunities, as well as identifying and securing key end user accounts.

Hygiene Specialist announces ‘Excellence’ Award recipients

* UMF-Nationa-Hygiene-Specialist-Award.jpgUMF Corporation has announced the recipients of the company's 10th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence award, which acknowledges the important contribution of environmental services departments in hospitals and long-term care facilities across the US.

Environmental Service Aides Elida Gardella and Lourdes Rosenwasser of Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, New York, are this year's recipients of the award.

Protect health with Kennedy's antibacterial solutions

* Protect-with-Kennedy.jpgBe prepared against the winter viruses with Kennedy Hygiene’s sanitising solutions…

The company’s hand sanitising gel is effective against MRSA and Winter germs, and combined with the ultra-hygienic automatic soap dispenser Savona Auto, it provides maximum hygiene.

AfterClean InstaClear and AfterClean ContinuFresh

* AfterClean-Products.jpgQuestion: What do you get when you bring together a fast moving consumer goods innovator, a project management accountant and a shared interest in the environment?

Answer: the owners of AfterClean, a Somerset-based company that produces a range of products to immediately neutralise bad odours and deliver long-lasting fragrance on demand. 

Diversey acquires AHP Intellectual Property from Virox Technologies

* Diversey_pathogens.jpgDiversey has acquired the global intellectual property rights related to Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide technology, from Virox Technologies.

AHP is a globally patented blend of commonly used ingredients that produces exceptional potency as a germicide and superior performance as a cleaning agent.

InnuScience makes training for housekeepers a h-app-y experience...

F* InnuScience-hospitality-app1.jpgast-growing InnuScience UK, which has helped pioneer the use of smartphone training apps for the past five years with the vision of making training simple and enjoyable, has launched a new hospitality training app.

The information-packed app features a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) quiz to be used for the training of housekeepers as well as a training video for users of the InnuScience Trio Kleen programme in a housekeeping environment. It is available to be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play Store.

Phs Group transforms customer waste into energy with new Viridor partnership

* PHS-Viridor.jpgWashroom services Phs Group has announced a new partnership with Viridor which will divert customer waste from landfill into power generation.

LaCerta sums up key marketing trends for 2020 that will impact cleaning industry

* LaCerta_Carly.jpgWhat key marketing trends do cleaning and hygiene companies need to be aware of? Carly Bishop from LaCerta Marketing says:

"The first is that brands are focusing on 'customer experiences' - also known as CX. Companies need to adapt the way that they approach the sales process, and instead aim to provide fantastic customer experiences.

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Recent UK News

Brexit planning: consider your commercial contracts

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By Karen Holden, award-winning solicitor and founder of A City Law Firm

In the wake of the recent election result which saw the Conservatives gain a large majority in the House of Commons, prime minister Boris Johnson has again promised to deliver Brexit and in his words, "get Brexit done".

Internal senior management promotions reinforce Truvox's focus on innovation

Two internal promotions within the senior management team at Truvox International will bolster the global floorcare specialist's focus on innovation into a new decade. Company strategy and day-to-day management will be led by Gordon McVean, (pictured left) appointed to the role of executive director (as announced in Cleanzine's pre-Christmas issue).

Christeyns welcomes new managing director

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Neil Jones joins hygiene specialist Christeyns UK in a dual role as managing director of High Peak cleaning chemicals manufacturer Clover Chemicals, and Christeyns Food Hygiene, based in Warrington.

Valuable legacy for Truvox as MD retires and internal appointment continues focus on global innovation

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David Overell, the current managing director of global floorcare manufacturer and supplier, Truvox International, will retire at the end of 2019.

During his tenure, emphasis on constant innovation and advanced manufacturing techniques have kept Truvox at the top of its markets and resulted in increased turnover.

Intu awarded Overall Loo of the Year Awards trophy

Intu, which owns some of the best shopping centres in the UK, has been awarded the Overall Loo of the Year Awards Trophy in the 2019 Loo of the Year Awards.

BCC welcomes ESA to the fold

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The British Cleaning Council has grown even bigger... with the trade body representing the UK's resource & waste management industry the latest to join. The Environmental Services Association has around 100 members, two-thirds of whom deliver recycling and waste services, and is working with members to make the circular economy - where all waste is eliminated and resources are reused - a reality.

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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