Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 5th March 2020 Issue no. 908
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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.
EFCI launches project to help the industry achieve digital transition success
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
Facility Inspiration Event to take place at Interclean Amsterdam 2020 exhibition
Sales are increasing for waterless urinals and new study tells us why
Say goodbye to washroom odours
New Verge soap dispenser and faucet sets harmonise and elevate washroom aesthetics
All round multipurpose sanitiser-cleaner meets EN13697 standards
The Nilfisk Liberty SC50 helps staff make the grade
Study shows increased hand hygiene at top 10 airports can reduce spread of coronavirus by 37%
Beijing strengthens disinfection of used train berth bedding
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It was supposed to have been a big week for me three days at the Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms exhibition in Birmingham, for Cleanzine's sister publication, KBzine, and a further day celebrating the successes of our hard-working cleaners at the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards. Sadly it never happened as I've been laid up with something that feels like flu. At least it's not Coronavirus though!
We're carrying a Soapbox today written by a London commuter (links to our industry mean they've asked to remain anonymous) who's highlighted some of the issues we face in trying to follow official advice about washing our hands and preventing the spread of germs. The whole Coronavirus thing has created enormous awareness with regard to cross-contamination and how to prevent it. But what if the facilities aren't in place, to be able to do what we're supposed to be doing?
For a lighter-hearted look at the subject (and I know from tweets, social media posts, emails and phone calls that many of you are finding the drama being created by mainstream media a bit excessive) take a look at the short video on our Facebook page. It had me in stitches.
As I've said many times, without the hard work of our cleaners, life as we know it wouldn't exist. That's in ordinary situations. The global spread of Coronavirus has meant that the work of our cleaners has taken on even more importance and I've seen many reports about buildings being shut down for deep cleaning. I can imagine the people involved must be exhausted by now but it's going to get worse before it gets better. Perhaps there will be greater respect for the cleaning workforce in future, from the general public who may now be aware that a cleaner's job is highly important and that those involved need to be properly trained.
So! celebrating cleaners. My hearty congratulations to all of you who either won a Golden Service Award yesterday or who was highly commended. Indeed, congratulations to all the finalists. I know how tough a competition it is! I'm just sorry I wasn't able to be there to celebrate with you.
For the winners, please (click here). There will be more comprehensive coverage including news of all the highly commended companies, in next week's issue.
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This Week's News
Washroom etiquette and the spread of Coronavirus
Mike Bone, managing director, Loo of the Year Awards. offers some tips on washroom etiquette – always important, but currently even more so. He also provides some useful information on the best fittings to have in a washroom, to help prevent cross-contamination…
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, there are everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
East Anglia's leading independent cleaning company celebrates 45th Anniversary
2020 marks a major milestone for Monthind Clean as East of England's leading independent cleaning company is celebrating its 45th anniversary.
Monthind Clean was founded in 1975 by Christine Beedle, (who in 1998 was awarded an MBE for her services to the industry) before being bought by Tony Clarke in 2000, by which point the company had built up 850 members of staff and boasted a turnover of £3.5 million.
IICRC appoints Michael Dakduk president and chief executive officer
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC), the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning, inspection and restoration industries, has appointed Michael Dakduk president and chief executive officer.
Michael was previously executive vice president and director of government relations at Career Education Colleges & Universities (CECU), a national organisation serving post-secondary career education schools, staff and students. Prior to that role, he served as executive director of Student Veterans of America (SVA), a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veteran groups on college campuses around the globe.
Vectair's pioneering Fragrance Technology granted US Patent
Vectair Systems has welcomed news that its multi-phasing fragrance technology has been awarded with a US Patent for its innovative approach to tackling fragrance fatigue.
The company has been award US Patent reference US 10,517,979 B2 and the invention is summarised on the USPTO website as the following:
Soapbox: The commuters’ roulette
(Name withheld upon request)
"Wash hands frequently"… "Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues"… "Throw away used tissues (then wash hands)” and "If you don't have a tissue, use your sleeve")…
Apparently, these measures to help prevent someone from catching and spreading the Coronavirus cannot really apply when using public transport in the UK. Just take my daily commute into London for example...
I board the train, sometimes having to use a touchscreen ticket machine first, press buttons to open train doors and sometimes have to hold onto something on the train when there are no seats. Either way, I usually pass the time by reading the news; meaning touching my phone again and again.
Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2020 nominees announced
The Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2020 nominees have been announced. From the latest robotic and connected technology to developments in sustainable cleaning, a strong list of candidates will compete to win the prestigious event at Interclean Amsterdam 2020.
The Amsterdam Innovation Awards is always a hotly anticipated event - and with 86 entries this year's is no different. All eyes in the professional cleaning and hygiene industry will be on the winning entry and the organisation that developed it.
New Lavender-Maximum Floor Gel joins Greyland's Maximum eco range
A specially formulated cleaner for removing even the heaviest deposits of oil, grease and grime from floors and other hard surfaces, new Lavender-Maximum offers great results whilst being eco-friendly. It smells pleasant too.
Ideal for commercial and retail outlets and other heavy-traffic areas in particular, as well as for use in general cleaning, this latest product to join Greyland's Maximum eco range is suitable for use on linoleum, PVC, sealed wood, cork and most hard surfaces. It is easy to use and a little goes a long way.
BCC warns of 'severe shortage of staff' in London cleaning and tourism industries
The British Cleaning Council has warned that new immigration rules proposed by the Government for next year will cause 'a severe shortage of staff' in the cleaning and tourism industries in and around London.
It is highlighting figures from The Labour Force Survey Apr-June 2019 which show that, in London, 62% of the cleaning industry workforce was born overseas. The average figure for foreign-born workers in the industry as a whole, is 23%.
4ocean’s harbour plastic pollution skimmers to maintain multiple marinas
4ocean has announced a partnership with Safe Harbor Marinas - the world's largest owner and operator of marinas, which will see Safe Harbor installing 4ocean's Harbor Skimmers at several of its 97 (and growing) locations with the intention of nationwide deployment over time.
In an effort to minimise ocean plastic pollution, Safe Harbor will install and utilise 4ocean's latest technology-the 4ocean Harbor Skimmer-as part of its pilot program to remove plastics and other pollution from marinas and harbours.
Seeking the CHSA's 2020 Undergraduate Scholars
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched the search for its 2020 Undergraduate Scholars. 'Would be students', who are the sons or daughters of CHSA members' employees and on 1st September 2020 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies, are eligible to apply.
The successful applicants will be awarded a maximum of £4,500, receiving the Bursary in three instalments, £1,500 at the start of each academic year or for the first three academic years if the degree is longer.
FM provider Samsic relaunches in UK
International facilities services provider Samsic has completed a review of its UK operations with a rebrand to complement Group identity and the appointment of a new management team.
One of Europe's largest providers of business and facilities services with revenues exceeding €2.7 billion, Brittany-based Samsic operates in over 25 countries with 93,000 staff and 30,000 corporate and institutional customers.
NIC featured in the 1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies 2020
NIC Services Group has been featured in the Financial Times 1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies.
This highly-regarded list identifies Europe's fastest growing companies with the strongest organic and sustainable turnover growth.
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Data shows post-Brexit immigration plans will hurt UK cleaning sector
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Why sponsor the 2020 Loo of the Year Awards?
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.[
Facilicom UK launches new helpdesk portal for clients
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
Greyland leads the way in sustainable plastics use and calls for further UK investment in the sector
Principle puts sustainability at the top of its agenda
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