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International News

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

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EFCI, 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

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UMF 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.

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.

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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.jpgMike 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

Monthind_Simon-Biggs_142.jpg2020 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

* IICRC-Michael.jpgThe 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

* V-Air-SOLID-MVP.jpgVectair 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

* Interclean-Innovation-nominees-announced.jpgThe 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

* Lavender-Max.jpgA 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

* Shortages-in-London.jpgThe 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-Plastic-Pollution.jpg4ocean 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

* Seeking-scholars-CHSA.jpgThe 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

* Samsic-rebrand.jpgInternational 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.jpgNIC 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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Recent UK News

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

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The 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.

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

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As 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.

UKHA launches Hospitality Expo 2020 event

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The 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


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16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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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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