*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 23rd January 2020 Issue no. 902

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International News

Packaging: Becoming greener through innovation

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by James Woollard, managing director at Polythene UK

Wherever you look in the news, environmentalism is present. Flicking through the pages of a print newspaper or scanning online news outlets reveals daily stories looking at the environmental crisis and the ongoing changes to the planet.

For instance, as an indicator of the growing emphasis on climate change, Time person of the year for 2019 was 16-year-old Greta Thunberg; the youthful face of the campaign to combat the 'climate emergency' - a state of affairs that's been highlighted by such luminaries as Sir David Attenborough.

Prochem training recognised for NCCA membership level upgrade

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Associate Members of the National Carpet Cleaners Association can now elevate themselves to Member level upon completion of Prochem's Stain Removal training course.

Advancing through the NCCA's four membership levels is dependent upon members attending a recognised qualification in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning at base level and then progressing over time with additional training and industry experience.

RAS unveils plans for higher Happy Toilet standards

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At the 11th LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony held to commemorate World Toilet Day, the Restroom Association of Singapore supported Singapore's bid to become a smart nation by adopting holistic Detect, Feedback, Eliminate & Clean (DFEC) smart solutions for its Happy Toilet Programme.

Mitie takes first IFM step in pharmaceuticals with GlaxoSmithKline

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Mitie has been awarded a five-year contract with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Manufacturing Supply Chains, the science-led global healthcare company, following a competitive tender.

The contract is worth around £150 million over five years, with an option to extend the contract for up to two years.

Heavy-duty foaming hand cleanser has true grit

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SC Johnson Professional's Solopol GFX is thought to be the world's only heavy-duty foaming hand cleanser with grit.

Consistently called the best hand cleaner for grease removal by those who use it, Solopol GFX transforms heavy-duty hand cleaning liquid into a rich, cream foam that washes away quickly and completely.

Cintas Signature Series now offered in 11 colours

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The Cintas Signature Series line of designer washroom accessories offers businesses a stylish alternative to the industrial look of standard commercial washrooms.

Originally available in nine vibrant colour choices, the Signature Series is now available in 11 colours, with the new addition of True Blue and RealTree Edge Camo.

New Battery Industrialisation Centre powers up with additional cash boost

Coventry is set to receive millions of pounds in extra funding to make sure the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre is a world leader for years to come.

Currently under construction, the Centre will be a cutting-edge research facility that will facilitate the scale up and manufacture of the batteries that power the electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and autonomous vehicles of the future.

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

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Larry 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.

Mike Tofari joins Vectair Systems as vice president of business development

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

Hygiene Specialist announces ‘Excellence’ Award recipients

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UMF 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.

Protect health with Kennedy's antibacterial solutions

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Be 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

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Question: 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?

Diversey acquires AHP Intellectual Property from Virox Technologies

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Diversey 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.

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

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What 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.

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.

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Prior to John and I launching Cleanzine in 2002 I worked with the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service providers, organising its Annual Conference. Even prior to ‘austerity’, it was difficult for some whose remit was to provide the best cleaning services possible, to persuade management that the comparatively small amount required to attend, would be money well spent. I recall many in-depth conversations with members about the planned content, who needed to hear that at least one speaker would be specifically addressing subject matter deemed crucial to their own particular council.

I had to chuckle then while working on a release last week, when I came across something I could really have done with myself, two decades ago. It said: “Eager to attend CSC 2020, but need to convince your boss? Download and personalise the 'Why Attend' letter.” Naturally, I clicked the link…

“Need help convincing management of the benefits of attending? We've got you covered! Just fill in the blanks to personalise this letter, and it will be hard for anyone interested in promoting the professionalism of your team and facility to say no!” The letter beautifully outlined all the features and benefits before revealing the potential costs. By the time costs were addressed, the decision-maker would already have been convinced that it was imperative the employee attend! Part of it read:

“The conference features scientists and other subject-matter experts focused on cleaning, infection prevention and control and sustainability as well as three outstanding motivational keynote speakers. Presentations will cover best practices, current trends, new innovations and technologies, practical tactics and other valuable information I can share with staff to improve our company's performance and productivity and enhance our sustainability, infection prevention and cleaning for health efforts. In addition to two full days of education, the conference features numerous networking opportunities with other industry professionals, which will allow me to make new business connections and clients, share ideas and learn new ways to meet business challenges from other leaders in our industry. Also, it will help me gain a better understanding of the needs of companies in the area. A final component is an expo featuring 90-plus of the industry's leading manufacturers that will be showcasing the newest innovations available, products and services that may increase productivity by allowing our staff to work smarter, faster and more efficiently while assuring we are up to date on the ever-evolving marketplace.” 

Lisa Veeck, who put this all together, is a genius! I only wish I’d known her two decades ago…



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This Week's News

Procter & Gamble's Robert Bartolo receives 2020 ACI Distinguished Service Award

* Proctor_Rob-Bartolo.jpgDr Robert Bartolo, director - Global Product Stewardship at Procter & Gamble, is the 2020 recipient of the American Cleaning Institute Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award. Dr Bartolo is being recognised for his exceptional contributions to the cleaning products industry and to ACI and the honour was presented at the 2020 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.

Rob Bartolo joined Procter & Gamble in 1988 and over the past 31 years has held a wide range of leadership roles, including regulatory affairs, environmental safety, microbiology, product safety and statistics.

Collaboration will deliver complete smart waste solution

* Smart-bins.jpgSmart waste management through the installation of smart waste bins is expected to improve the efficiency of waste collection, transportation and recycling of waste. As sensor-enabled bins communicate the level of waste in them, they can reduce the number of trips haulers need to make, lowering costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Prochem - revived 45!

* image004.jpgForty-five years since it started supplying carpet and upholstery cleaning solutions and equipment, Prochem Europe stands as one of the UK market's principal innovators…2019 saw that ethos take material form in the company's new research and development laboratory facilities at Chessington along with recent investment in new labeling and filling technology. Alan Tilley managing director says:

"The extra lab space means we can work on a growing number of new formulations and increase our work on environmental and sustainable product development."

Infection control program reduces bacteria by 95% in athletic training rooms

* University-Hospitals-Sports-Medicine.jpgUniversity Hospitals Sports Medicine researchers, in partnership with Gojo, found that an Infection Risk Reduction Program implemented in participating athletic training rooms reduced the overall amount of bacteria present by 95%, including completely eliminating the presence of influenza and multidrug-resistant organisms, such as MRSA.

The study, published in the January 2020 issue of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) national publication Sports Health, concluded that a program which modifies hygiene behaviour by connecting products, people and education can yield impactful infection control results and benefits.

Forum Pulire 2020: dates and new location confirmed for fifth edition;

* Forum-Pulire.jpgFollowing the conclusion of the latest successful Pulire trade show, ISSA Pulire Network Srl has announced the dates for the forthcoming fifth edition of Forum Pulire, an international congress dedicated to the theme of cleaning and integrated services.

Forum Pulire 2020 will be held on 13th and 14th October in Palazzo Regione Lombardia, a prestigious venue in central Milan that is home to the Regional Government of Lombardy.

Nearly a third of domestic cleaners have thrown in the towel with their own client

* Nearly-a-third.jpgNew research from Direct Line for Business reveals that one in three domestic cleaners - approximately 279,000 individuals - have had to sack at least one of their clients during their cleaning career.

The two most common reasons for terminating a relationship with a client are their property being simply too dirty to work with, and tardy payments.

Think you know everything about slips and trips and falls prevention?

* Preventing-slips-and-trips.jpgSlips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions.

Slips and trips can happen for a number of reasons, but all too frequently people jump to conclusions about why they happen rather than looking for the true cause, or assume that it is 'just one of those things' and do nothing.

Mitie accelerates electric vehicle rollout with 250th vehicle delivered to Heathrow Airport

* Mitie-accelerates.jpgMitie has reached another landmark in its electric vehicle rollout, having taken delivery of its 250th EV. The Nissan e-NV200 van will be based at Heathrow Airport and joins the 200 electric cars and 49 electric vans already in Mitie's fleet.

The milestone 250th electric vehicles demonstrates Mitie's business-leading commitment to switch 20% of its small van and car fleet to electric by the end of 2020.

Team Software acquires UK-based Innovise

* TEAM-Software-Acquires.jpgTeam Software, which provides technology solutions for contractors in the North American cleaning and security markets, has acquired Innovise, the UK-based technology innovator specialising in software for security guarding, cleaning and facilities management businesses.

This acquisition brings together Team’s dominant position in North America and Innovise's established market leadership in the UK to create a global technology leader providing holistic business solutions for firms in the security, cleaning and facilities management industries.

Salisbury Group takes flight with Civil Aviation Authority

* Salisbury-Group-CAA.jpgThe Civil Aviation Authority has awarded a total facilities management contract to Salisbury Group. The deal is for a minimum of five years and is worth over £8 million.

It was the result of a robust and rigorous procurement process via the Crown Commercial Services RM3830 framework.

Ladder Association responds to recent HSE prosecution

* Ladder-Associatio.jpgA recent prosecution has again highlighted the importance of ensuring work at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by a competent person.

Mini wet wipe dispensers offer added protection

* Mini-wet-wipe-dispenser.jpgWet wipes from Addgards' new mini wipe dispenser will not only clean your hands, surfaces, desks and equipment, they'll also disinfect - killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

Most workspaces are shared and we all know how quickly and easily harmful viruses such as the flu and the common cold can spread in the workplace.

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Recent UK News

Estimating and bidding for success

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To 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

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Coventry-based building support services contractor Regent Samsic is to rebrand as Samsic UK.

TidyChoice 2019 Housekeeper of the Year

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

Are washroom cleaners valued?

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The 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.

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

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ast-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.

Phs Group transforms customer waste into energy with new Viridor partnership

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

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.

Events & Exhibitions

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16-18th October 2024
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18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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