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FROM THE ORGANISERS... "In view of the recent developments as a result of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its exhibition committee, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the cleaning & hygiene industry, Interclean Amsterdam will be rescheduled. The new dates will be confirmed by 20th March.
The Love Recycling research initiative is bringing together professionals involved in recycling, waste management, cleaning and sustainability initiatives – including facility managers, procurement officers and C-Suite executives.
During the well-known TV show UnoMattina, journalists from the main national broadcaster spoke about Idrobase and the fight against the spread of Coronavirus and other pathogens.
Micro Clean helps to reduce the soiling caused by flood damage and reduces the need for replastering.
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:
This highly-regarded list identifies Europe's fastest growing companies with the strongest organic and sustainable turnover growth.
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 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.
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BREAKING NEWS: Interclean Amsterdam new dates announced as 3-6 November 2020
In last week's Leader I discussed some of the issues the Coronavirus was creating for supply chains - or rather, the general public's reaction to the perceived potential shortages of essentials, which Coronavirus has unleashed! I also talked about our need, globally, for more and better-trained cleaners to ensure that our public buildings, healthcare facilities, workplaces, transport systems, leisure and entertainment facilities and shops can be kept as hygienically clean as possible.
What a difference a week makes!
Now, many countries have brought in measures which means we're in lockdown (although 'safekeeping' might be a more acceptable term). And although countries are at different stages of this enforced isolation, most of us are facing travel restrictions, school closures, workplaces being shut in favour of home-working and potentially for some of us, a ban on leaving our homes for anything other than essential trips. Thus, so many buildings, transport systems and other facilities which a week ago needed a deeper clean, no longer need regular cleaning because no-one's using them.
Healthcare facilities meanwhile, are under siege, as are our shops as consumers swarm through them to strip shelves of goods that shouldn't really be in short supply, but which are, because of the panic that's been created. Friends of mine working in the NHS are having to buy their own facemasks that aren't really efficient (i.e. cycle masks) but which are all they can get as somehow all the efficient ones are out of stock. Today I've read about ambulance teams having to share one mask between two people! How on earth can this be considered acceptable?
Some governments are asking manufacturing businesses to switch operations to ensure the supply of essentials. It occurred to me that with consumers unable to buy hygiene items such as cleaning chemicals, toilet tissue and hand soap, while janitorial suppliers are losing so many regular customers with all the workplaces and other buildings and facilities having been shut down, that the professional cleaning supply chain could perhaps benefit from a temporary switch to supplying consumers or retail outlets, instead of supplying facilities and the professionals who clean them. Could this be a viable solution to our supply chain problems or am I being naive?
You'll be aware that many of our industry events have been cancelled/postponed because of Coronavirus and we'll continue to post updates on our Facebook page as we get them. Let's hope we can all get together again soon... In the meantime, do stay safe!
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The Cleaning Industry Research Institute a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the development and dissemination of unbiased, peer-reviewed research for the professional cleaning and disaster restoration industries, will now host its upcoming Symposium exclusively via live stream.
From a desktop, tablet or mobile device, attendees will be able to attend the full-day plenary event, which will explore pandemic preparedness and the coronavirus from multiple angles. This includes strategies for training frontline workers, communicating with stakeholders during a pandemic, cleaning measurement and a deep dive into disinfection.
In the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, EFCI, the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry, is calling on national authorities to take into consideration the special needs of the cleaning sector as well as the needs and difficulties cleaning agents and companies are currently undergoing.
As announced as Breaking News in Cleanzine last week, the Manchester Cleaning Show, previously scheduled for 25th and 26th March this year, has been postponed due to the ongoing international Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The Show, which is the North of England's premier cleaning and hygiene event, will now take place on 15th and 16th September 2020 at the same venue, Event City in Greater Manchester.
In response to reports from Freight Transport Association’s members that commercial drivers are being refused entry to businesses toilet facilities due to COVID-19 concerns, Sally Gilson, head of skills policy at FTA, comments:
"FTA is urging businesses to drop their bans on commercial drivers using their toilet facilities, following reports from FTA members that this is occurring across the nation."
The Health & Safety Executive says it has been receiving reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. “Preventing access is against the law; equally it's not the sensible thing to do,” it says.
“Drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.”
Warrington based Christeyns Food Hygiene, which manufactures and installs food and beverage hygiene solutions, stresses the importance of reducing the risks of contamination from hard surfaces as combating Coronavirus continues to be top priority throughout the food chain.
As Covid-19 (novel Coronavirus) cases are increasing and further research into the virus is conducted, evidence is emerging that infectivity on hard surfaces can remain for up to several days in the right conditions.
Cleaning companies, delivery businesses and pharmacies, for example, have been inundated with new inquiries and additional work as the crisis has worsened, something which has also meant a brighter spot for companies that supply these sectors…
Cleaners, porters and catering staff have been staging a protest outside Lewisham hospital this week, claiming that ISS had reneged on promises to pay them wages owed; promises made as a result of the cleaners having previously downed tools over missing pay.
When GMB Union learnt of the crisis, representatives met with ISS director Nick Clarke, who suggested it could take up to another week to sort out the pay issue and who said that no managers had been affected by the pay crisis.
Aqdot, the Cambridge-based supramolecular company, is moving into the US market after agreeing a partnership with Essential Ingredients to distribute its patented malodour product, AqFresh, throughout North America.
The technology is highly effective at capturing volatile organic compounds and malodour molecules.
The contract originally commenced in 2014 to provide waste and cleaning services with the goal of reducing both the cost and carbon footprint of the services, and now covers managing cleaning, catering, landscaping, pest control, gritting, window cleaning, waste management, feminine hygiene management, reception and security services across 162 sites.
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"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.
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