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International News

Facility Inspiration Event to take place at Interclean Amsterdam 2020 exhibition

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On 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.

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

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

Say goodbye to washroom odours

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Want 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.

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

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

All round multipurpose sanitiser-cleaner meets EN13697 standards

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

The Nilfisk Liberty SC50 helps staff make the grade

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A 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.

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.

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Shortly before last week’s broadcast I received a press release from the British Cleaning Council expressing similar concerns as I have over recent months, regarding the potential damage Britain will face if we prevent overseas workers from taking up low-paid jobs such as cleaning, which we can’t seem to fill locally.

The BCC drew attention to research it published last year, showing that migrants – earning an average of £8.42/hour - make up 19% of the cleaning workforce. The research also predicted that 93,000 new cleaning jobs would be created by 2024. “Well you can’t get the staff these days” isn’t going to cut it if people become ill or suffer injury because of poor cleaning…

This isn’t the only industry to be worried. In my role writing for the kitchen, bathroom & bedroom industry, I received a statement from Damian Walters, CEO of The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation. Damien believes the policy has the potential for “adding enormous pressure to the industry” leading to "catastrophic consequences" and he’s urging Government to work with Trade Associations to better understand the "grass-root challenges" faced. He’s written to The Prime Minister expressing his concerns.

In his letter, Damian states that whilst the "majority of tradespeople in the UK are highly skilled" they may not themselves meet criteria set around formal qualifications, indicating that those overseas may not either. He says that there is not enough labour to deliver against the demand of both targets and need. This applies to the cleaning industry too, doesn’t it? And cleaners aren’t going to be paid the minimum set out by Government either, to earn their place here, are they?

Damian believes we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure immigration policy is launched from a solid, informed platform, and that Trade Associations can play an integral role in supporting the Government to achieve a balanced policy which accepts that hardworking people from across the globe don’t necessarily arrive with paper qualification, but perhaps do possess the skills required to fulfil the need.

I recall how difficult it used to be to recruit and retain good cleaners and the impact this had on hygiene and cleanliness everywhere. I do hope we can avoid a similar scenario in the future and that those in the industry whose businesses rely on foreign labour will do all they can to let the PM know that the whole thing needs a rethink – and fast.



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This Week's News

BCC 'worried and concerned' by proposed post-Brexit immigration rules

* BCC-window.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has said it is 'very worried and concerned' about the 'huge' possible impact of Government proposals to introduce an 'Australian-style points-based' immigration system from 2021.

The BCC, which is the industry body for the cleaning sector, fears plans to restrict visas for lower-skilled, lower-paid overseas workers will cause serious labour shortages in the cleaning sector, which is one of the largest industries in the UK, worth £49.9bn and employing 914,000 people.

Nationwide class action filed against Ecolab

McCune Wright Arevalo filed a class action lawsuit against Ecolab on 20th February in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota on behalf of three plaintiffs, alleging they sustained personal injuries through use of its defective and unreasonably dangerous products - OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner and the OxyCide Dilution Management System.

The complaint seeks to represent a nationwide class of current or former hospital employees exposed to OxyCide cleaning products.

EFCI launches project to help the industry achieve digital transition success

* EFCI-skill.jpgEFCI, the European cleaning and facility services industry, officially launched the 'SK-Clean: Digitalisation in the cleaning sector - Supporting the skills transition for cleaning agents' project, last Friday.

The project, which will last until August 2021 and is likely to have strong implications for EFCI members, is the first EU-funded project to be fully led and coordinated by EFCI.

Hospital sees immediate monthly cost savings with infection prevention program

* Baptist-hospital.jpgUMF Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance, color-coded cleaning products, partnered with Baptist Easley Hospital, a member of Prisma Health, providing a comprehensive PCPLUS program in support of ensuring safe patient environments.

With PCPLUS, the world-class hospital was able to cut its monthly laundry management costs in half, support infection prevention, decrease environmental impact, and free up capital.

Bunzl announces acquisitions in Brazil and Denmark

* Bunzl-acquires.jpgBunzl, the specialist international distribution and services Group, has this week announced two further acquisitions in Brazil and Denmark.

Medcorp, a distributor of healthcare related products based in Sao Paulo, was acquired at the end of January. It is principally engaged in the supply of a broad range of consumable medical products, particularly those used for dialysis and vascular access. Customers include leading private hospitals and clinics in Sao Paulo and redistributors elsewhere in Brazil. Revenue in the year ended 31st December 2019 was R$57m (c.£11 million).

OCS Group marks 120-year anniversary with 'Partnership Made Personal' and full brand refresh

* OCS-120.jpgAs the company hits the milestone of its 120-year anniversary, OCS Group has announced the launch of 'Partnership Made Personal'. The new brand promise encompasses the Group's values and enshrines its commitment to work in partnership with customers to help them achieve their goals and improve the experience of their customers.

'Partnership Made Personal' is being launched alongside an exciting and modern brand refresh that will see a new look and feel, more reflective of its values and priorities, rolled out across the business.

iVo simplifies cleaning with new backpack vacuum/tubvac combo

* iVO-image1.jpgWhile the concept of battery backpack vacuums is nothing new to the cleaning industry, the size and weight of these units have often made them less than accessible to some cleaning operatives. Until now!

Focusing on the core purpose of being portable and allowing cleaning without restriction, iVo has released a new backpack machine that is light weight, extremely powerful and quiet and which features an exceptionally long run time of up to one hour.

Georgia-Pacific and Bast Fibre Technologie agree global licensing deal for nonwoven sustainable fibre applications

* Georgia-Bast.jpgCanada-based Bast Fibre Technologies and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a global licensing agreement for a suite of patents related to the application of intact plant-based bast fibres in a variety of nonwoven products and processes.

Within the terms of the agreement, under licence from Georgia-Pacific, BFTi will develop, process and market the next generation of sustainable nonwoven fibres aiming to lead the industry in the transition away from synthetic materials toward all-natural, better performing solutions.

Demon’s Tornado Electron mini-bowser offers power and economy

* Demon-mini-bowser.jpgThe cleaning market has changed dramatically over the last 10 years as end users require greater pressures and cleaning performance. With the cost of fossil fuels escalating out of control, the demands have moved towards economical power systems that still provide the cleaning performance.

Demon has looked at these problems and towards the future and has now developed a revolutionary concept in the Demon Electron Mini-Bowser.

Trash Can Cleaning USA launches program for municipalities to clean residential and business bins

* Trash-can-cleaning.jpgTrash Can Cleaning USA, said to be the largest bin cleaning service in the US, is launching a new program for municipalities. The service cleans residential and business rubbish containers and recycling bins using a specially designed truck.

Previously, customers could order cleaning on-demand or on a subscription basis. Now, entire cities can make the service available to all residents, offering a solution to potentially serious urban hygiene problems.

UKHA launches Hospitality Expo 2020 event

* Hospitality-Expo-20.jpgThe UK Housekeepers Association has launched the first-ever UKHA members Hospitality Expo 2020 event, in conjunction with events and awards organiser, MEG Events.

Hospitality Expo is aimed at procurement managers, general managers and housekeepers from hotels across the country and is free. It will take place at the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, on 26th and 27th April 2020.

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Recent UK News

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

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The 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.

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

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Employees 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.

Why sponsor the 2020 Loo of the Year Awards?

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For 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

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In 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.

Facilicom UK launches new helpdesk portal for clients

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Facilicom 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.

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

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

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.

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