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International News

Study shows increased hand hygiene at top 10 airports can reduce spread of coronavirus by 37%

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As coronavirus spreads across the globe via infected travellers, authorities are attempting to contain the outbreak and avoid a pandemic.

Beijing strengthens disinfection of used train berth bedding

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The China Railway Beijing Group says it has strengthened disinfection operations of used train berth bedding with high-temperature sterilisation and disinfectant and prolonged washing time amid the current coronavirus epidemic.

British company delivers 9.5 tonnes of infection control products to Chinese hospitals

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UK infection control company GV Health has delivered 9.5 tonnes of infection control equipment and healthcare disinfectants for use by medical staff in Chinese hospitals.

ACI to 'stand and deliver' on four strategic pillars

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A new strategic plan approved by the American Cleaning Institute Board of Directors will allow the association to be more agile, more forward-thinking, and better position ACI for the long term, said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO..

Airdri launches Air Purifier to flush away washroom bacteria

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Airdri has added a new air purifier unit to its portfolio, to tackle washroom bacteria and eliminate odours.

Complementing its range of hand drying solutions, the Airdri Air Purifier uses custom thermal convection technology to kill airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, as well as eliminating bad odours caused by bacteria, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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EFCI, The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry, has welcomed the Irish Contract Cleaning Association as a member. Established in 2000, the ICCA is the representative body for the professional commercial contract cleaning industry in Ireland.

Cintas shows appreciation of school custodians in nationwide contest

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Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its seventh-annual Custodian of the Year contest, which honours the best-of-the-best amongst school caretakers. Nominations are being accepted at www.custodianoftheyear.com until 2nd March, 2020.

Celebrating global achievements and elevating attention for innovation

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The Amsterdam Innovation Award returns once again, with the 13th edition of the prestigious event set to take place at Interclean Amsterdam 2020.

New product offers clean bill of health for gyms

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Environmentally-friendly manufacturer Bio-Productions has announced the launch of its new Ultimate Gym Cleaner, which represents a fresh era for keeping all surfaces in the gym spick and span and squeaky clean.

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Am I the only one whose hackles rise when I hear the term 'low skilled workers' in regard to the UK Government's future immigration policy, being officially announced today, knowing that this also covers cleaners?

Even ignoring the Coronavirus outbreak (yes - someone has to clean the facilities where the quarantined and the sick or deceased are housed and if they get it wrong, woe betide us all!) proper cleaning takes some real skill and thorough training and it saddens me that this is rarely acknowledged. Not all cleaners take their lives into their hands as they go about their work, but many of them do.

I reckon that instead of referring to workers in this sector as being low skilled, we should say it how it is and call them 'low paid'... for certainly they're paid too little for a job most of us have paltry knowledge of and far too little respect for - and one most of us wouldn't choose to do ourselves.

Is the cleaning industry going to be in trouble if the points system being announced isn’t challenged and changed? Yes, I think it is. And we'll all suffer as a result. There's an interesting analysis further down the page which backs this up.

I received a notification from Malvern Hills District Council this week, which said: "We are attempting to make bin collections today (Tuesday) so if it is your scheduled collection day leave your bins out as usual and will do as much of the area as possible. We will try and complete all collections but flooded roads may make that impossible. Current advice is leave your bin out in its usual place and we will get to it as soon as we can. Our crews are also supporting the clean-up effort in Tenbury. We have staff and vehicles helping to clean pavements and collect appliances, debris and other items from affected businesses and homes."

Seeing the devastation caused by the recent storms and heavy rains over huge swathes of the UK, it never occurred to me that the normal, day-to-day cleaning operations might still be underway, on top of everything else that now has to be dealt with (see, I do it too...)! I take my hat off to everyone involved in helping those whose lives have been turned upside down, to find some normality once more.



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This Week's News

Data shows post-Brexit immigration plans will hurt UK cleaning sector

* Data-cleaners.jpgThe Government's post-Brexit immigration plans are aimed at reducing the number of what it says are low skilled workers entering the country. Along with the farming, catering, nursing and care sectors, it is highly likely that workers in the gig economy will be excluded from the ‘skilled’ category.

The proposals are likely to intensify the fall in immigrants coming to the UK to work. According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, EU net migration is now less than half the level it was at its peak and more workers from Eastern European countries are leaving than arriving. This trend is already impacting on the UK cleaning sector.

Four signs you are at risk of occupational asthma in the workplace

* Four-signs-Occupational-asthma.jpgEmployees working in industries where exposure to irritating substances is common, should look to these four signs from industrial disease experts to minimise the risk of contracting occupational asthma.

There are currently 5.4 million people in the UK suffering from asthma, a condition that causes a sufferer's airways to become irritated and constricted, making it harder to breathe. It is now more important than ever to understand how your job role or working conditions can affect your health.

Facility Inspiration Event to take place at Interclean Amsterdam 2020 exhibition

* Facility-Interclean.jpgOn 12th, 13th and 14th May facilities and hospitality managers can once again take part in the Facility Inspiration Event at the Interclean Amsterdam international exhibition.

The Facility Inspiration Event is being organised by Interclean and the facilities consultancy organisation, Atir.

Why sponsor the 2020 Loo of the Year Awards?

* LOTY-Trophies-display.jpgFor 33 years the Loo of the Year Awards have been acknowledged and respected as the standard for washrooms throughout the UK and in all market sectors. Increasingly businesses understand that excellent washrooms are an attraction and not just a cost.

High quality washrooms that meet the needs of customers, visitors and staff must not just satisfy users’ basic needs but also be very clean, hygienic and meet the needs of the various types of users expected - males, females, babies and children, as well as those that need special accessible facilities.[

Famous name joins Templa

* Templa-famous.jpgIn a flying start to 2020, Templa says it is delighted to welcome Principle Cleaning, one of the UK's largest and best-known cleaning/facilities management contractors to the Templa family.

With annual turnover approaching £60m and close to 2500 staff, Principle provides cleaning, window cleaning and grounds maintenance services to some of London's most recognisable buildings.

Sales are increasing for waterless urinals and new study tells us why

* waterless-sales-increasing.jpgRecent studies have indicated that the market for no-water or waterless urinals is expected to grow considerably during the next 10 years.

However, what these reports do not indicate is why the market for these products will be increasing.

Say goodbye to washroom odours

* bio_pro_bio_blocks.jpgWant a washroom solution that cares about you, your customers and the environment? For 35 years Bio-Productions customers have used the manufacturers tried, tested and trusted products to eradicate their washroom odours at source.

Bio-Productions' Pro-Biotic urinal Bio Blocks, containing special bacterial cultures that clean and deodorise urinal traps and pipes, have proven to be a foolproof washroom solution for thousands of companies across the UK, Europe and as far afield as Australia. Not only are they suitable for use in public buildings, schools, colleges, pubs and clubs, but they also facilitate great water savings on a daily basis.

New Verge soap dispenser and faucet sets harmonise and elevate washroom aesthetics

* Verge-Spectrum.jpgBradley Corporation, known for its state-of-the-art hand washing solutions, has introduced a new line of matching Verge soap dispensers and faucets. 

These complete sets offer cohesive and striking designs that further enhance the sophisticated look of Verge washbasins and work seamlessly with any other basin.

All round multipurpose sanitiser-cleaner meets EN13697 standards

* Bacta-Care.jpgBacta-Care Sanitiser-Cleaner is EN13697 tested and regulated in dirty conditions.

Facilicom UK launches new helpdesk portal for clients

* Facilicom_an-Hein-Hemke.jpgFacilicom UK has launched a new online helpdesk portal to help customers and cleaning operatives work harmoniously together.

The contract cleaning and services provider has teamed up with Innovise to be the first to trial the software specialists new workforce management and service delivery web portal, which will seamlessly connect customers with Facilicom.

The Nilfisk Liberty SC50 helps staff make the grade

* Liberty-SC50.jpgA little over a year ago, STMA became the first high school in the USA to welcome the Nilfisk Liberty SC50, an autonomous scrubber dryer, onto its cleaning crew.

'Plymouth's worst fly-tipper' jailed after three years on the run

* Flytipper-jailed.jpgA Plymouth man who fled to Ireland after committing a year-long fly-tipping spree has been jailed.

Dubbed ‘Plymouth’s worst fly-tipper’ by the press for dumping rubbish collected from people’s homes in the countryside, Martin McDonagh, 26, caught a ferry to Ireland shortly before he was due in court in February 2017 and was sentenced in his absence to 20 months in prison.

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Recent UK News

Greyland leads the way in sustainable plastics use and calls for further UK investment in the sector

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Industrial and commercial cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has increased the amount of recycled polymer in its bottles, bringing the overall percentage of recycled material used, to an unprecedented 31% in the UK, up from 'just' 25% in 2018/19.

Principle puts sustainability at the top of its agenda

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Principle Cleaning Services, London's award-winning cleaning specialist, has put sustainability firmly at the top of its agenda, with an objective to become the most sustainable cleaning company in the UK.

Exciting new conference programme announced for Manchester Cleaning Show

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Organisers at the Manchester Cleaning Show 2020 have unveiled an exciting conference programme for this year's event, as numbers registering to attend continue to exceed expectations.

New survey of house cleaners reveals cleanest and most respectful nations

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A new survey of over 3,000 London-based independent cleaners reveals attitudes towards home cleaning and cultural differences. Cleaners were asked to vote on the most respectful, least respectful and cleanest nations as well answer questions on the cleaning habits of customers.

Audit results show exceptional conformance to CHSA Accreditation Schemes in 2019

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Members of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Manufacturing and Distributor Accreditation Schemes achieved high levels of conformance to the demanding standards of the Schemes, according to the analysis of the 2019 audit results.

Tidy Green Clean shows outstanding potential for serious growth in 2020

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Tidy Green Clean, the environmentally-friendly cleaning business that operates on a franchise model, has started 2020 in an outstanding position for serious growth.

New Visusafe range improves workplace safety and protection

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Improved levels of workplace safety and protection are provided by the new Visusafe range of barriers, column protectors, flexi delineators and speed reduction bumps from industrial visual communication solutions specialist, Beaverswood.

Spirit of community - Brayborne's campus cleaning for Central Beds College

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Managing the cleaning of schools and colleges demands the regular balancing budget against outcome - and then determining the most effective solutions for an educational environment. In most cases, this is an ongoing process that consumes too much time.

Facilicom UK appoints new director of sales and marketing

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Contract cleaning and services provider, Facilicom UK, has appointed Lucy Lott as its new director of sales and marketing. Lucy joined the team in January, bringing with her over 20 years in the cleaning and FM industry, having previously held roles with ISS, Carlisle and Carillion.

BICSc & BBS launch conference to inspire industry professionals

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On 23rd April, The British Institute of Cleaning Science and BICS Business Services will host Clean2020 - a one-day conference aimed at inspiring cleaning industry professionals.

Biffa opens £27.5m County Durham plastics recycling plant and announces new £7m facility

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Biffa has opened its new £27.5m state of the art PET plastic bottle recycling facility in Seaham, County Durham. Investment in the new facility, which is amongst the most modern and technically advanced of its kind in the world.

Cromwell Polythene expands recycling expertise

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Recycling specialist, Cromwell Polythene, is expanding its operations following the purchase of Moorgreen Flexible Packaging from Duo Plastics.

Christeyns proud to continue partnership with state-of-the-art laundry business

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Laundry chemicals manufacturer Christeyns says it is proud to have contributed in the creation of the new Swiss Laundry purpose-built facility in Papworth, Cambridge.

BCC works to reduce injuries in the cleaning sector

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The British Cleaning Council is calling for its members to share information on musculoskeletal disorders and injuries suffered by cleaning sector colleagues in the workplace.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
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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