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International News

EFCI calls for safety and free movement of cleaning personnel in fight against Covid-19

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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.

Interclean Amsterdam to be rescheduled


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.

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Greyland launches Maximum Eco range

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In what may be seen as a game-changing move, leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has followed on rapidly from major product and production developments already this year, including a significant increase in the amount of UK recycled polymer used in its bottles, and has now placed itself firmly in the forefront of environmental concerns with the launch of its Maximum Eco range.

Safe cleaning and disinfection when confronted with COVID-19 infections: how hospitals can ensure they are equipped

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An independent institute has confirmed the efficacy of Meiko cleaning and disinfection technology, which means it is possible to safely clean and disinfect almost all hospital utensils that could be contaminated - even for faecal-oral transmission.

Idrobase Solutions feature on RAI 1 TV channel

RAI 1, the main Italian television channel, has featured Idrobase and in particular the company’s products that can help the fight against Coronavirus.

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.

Flood damage to your property? Bio Productions has the perfect solution!

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As you may already know, Micro Clean is a versatile biological stain and odour digester. However, Micro Clean is also an incredible solution for flood damaged properties. We have heard that a lot of properties have needed stripping down and replastering once they have been dried out…

Micro Clean helps to reduce the soiling caused by flood damage and reduces the need for replastering.

IICRC appoints Michael Dakduk president and chief executive officer

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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.

Vectair's pioneering Fragrance Technology granted US Patent

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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:

Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2020 nominees announced

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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.

4ocean’s harbour plastic pollution skimmers to maintain multiple marinas

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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.

NIC featured in the 1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies 2020

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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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You'll see a news item below which outlines events in much greater detail, but it should go without saying that it brought a huge smile to my face to see the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corby, sing the praises of our cleaners to his fellow MPs as well as anyone else who, like me, had one eye on the BBC's Parliament channel! For once, our Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was in full agreement.

I try to avoid tweeting unless I have something hugely important to say but the statements made, certainly warranted a tweet on this occasion. When I later received a press release from the British Cleaning Council - clearly as delighted as I was that our nation's cleaners were being lauded in Parliament, I posted it on Facebook and am pleased to see that it has been shared several times by some of our industry colleagues in what used to be referred to as the 'Eastern Block', and that these shares have also been shared and commented on by many others. The comment from InfoClean su: “Boris is smart. Be like Boris” made me chuckle!

So the word is spreading: if it weren't for the cleaners, the world would be in a much worse situation than the one it's currently in! Well done not only to those in the frontline, but also those of you who are having to think on your feet and deploy cleaning staff from a contract that has suddenly lapsed because the building’s been shut down, to another which desperately needs all hands on deck. Logistically, it would be difficult under normal circumstances, but to have to do it when many of the staff (and possibly you, yourself) are either unwell or self-isolating, must be a nightmare. And it's not just the staff but all the equipment and disposables that need to be on site at the right time too. Well done everybody – wherever you are in the world – for all you’re doing to keep us all safe.

In the UK there’s been a call for those who’ve previously worked for Network Rail, to get in touch with management if they’re in a position to be able to return to work to cover staff shortages. I certainly hope Transport for London does the same and that those crammed into the early morning tubes can enjoy a safer journey in future. These people are of course considered essential workers; many of them will be cleaners. 



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This Week's News

'Extraordinary' role of cleaners praised in Parliament

* Extraordinary-Parliament.jpgBoris Johnson, and Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute in Parliament yesterday to the 'extraordinary' role of cleaners during the Coronavirus crisis. The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Labour Party were taking part in Prime Minister's Questions when Mr Corbyn praised the 'unsung heroes' of the public sector who 'keep us safe' during the outbreak.

He went on to add: "I'd like to pay special mention to one group that are hugely ignored, forgotten and decried as unskilled workers - cleaners. All around the country and in this building, (they) are doing their best to keep our places hygienic and safe."

Essential services and key workers: Statement from the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association

“Following discussion, the Government has confirmed that those involved in the production and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products are classified as key workers.

It is our understanding that Government is avoiding precise definitions to avoid a key sector being missed.

New Emergency Preparedness Pack will help businesses respond to Covid-19 risks

* Bureau-Veritas.jpgAs the UK enters a three-week period of significant restrictions over the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, safety and compliance expert Bureau Veritas has released a new Emergency Preparedness Pack to help businesses respond rapidly to the growing risks of this global pandemic.

The 15-page document has been created to help businesses identify and address the risk factors that coronavirus presents to their employees, business operations and service users.

UK cleaning industry is 5% of workforce as sector's income rises at double the rate of UK economy

* UK-Cleaning-industry-report.jpgNew research by the British Cleaning Council has revealed that there are approximately 1.63 million workers in the industry, making up around 5% of the UK workforce.

This total, calculated for the first time by including cleaning workers employed by businesses and organisations in non-core cleaning industries such as cabin crew who clean planes at turnaround and shopworkers who clean the store, gives a true picture of the scale and importance of the sector.

Are staff being asked to work on non-essential cleans?

Cleaning staff contracted by WeWork through Jones Lang Lasalle in New York, have been instructed to continue to go into work during the Coronavirus pandemic and must use their paid time off or limited sick leave if they become ill, according a story in the Guardian newspaper.

The publication claims to have had sight of ‘an internal document’ provided to cleaning staff on how to respond to inspectors who visit WeWork office buildings to ensure that essential work is being carried out.

Water Jetting Association suspends training to counter Covid-19 health threat

* Water-Jetting-Association-training.jpgThe Water Jetting Association has suspended all water jetting training to counter the health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus. Its Ruling Council has based its decision on Government social distancing guidelines and planned legislation, designed to protect people against the virus.

FSA’s new food business guidance in response to Coronavirus outbreak covers cleaning and waste disposal

The Food Standards Agency has today published advice for food businesses in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. The new guidance has been developed with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and covers a range of areas including good hygiene practice, cleaning and waste disposal as well as the management of employee sickness and social distancing for specific food business settings.

Plea from handwash manufacturer to use refills

* Plea-reuse-containers.jpgGood hand hygiene is vital for curbing the risk of infection and the transmission of viruses at any time, but because the demand for hand soap has increased substantially thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the need for product containers has also grown.

With lockdown and people having to self-isolate and work from home potentially slowing up the supply of containers, one manufacturer is asking customers to order refills rather than complete new bottles of product.

A little silver lining: CHSA chocolates bring cheer to staff and parents at children's hospital

* CHSA-Rocking-Horse-Charity.jpgIn a little silver lining to the enormous challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association put a smile on the faces of staff and parents at the two children's hospitals in Sussex when they donated boxes and boxes of delicious chocolates.

"We had bought the chocolates for our Gala Ball, which has been postponed in light of the Coronavirus," explains David Garcia, vice president of the CHSA. "Instead of letting them go to waste, our secretary, Linda Belcher, came up with the idea of giving them to Rocking Horse, the charity raising funds for the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital.

Sheremetyevo Airport implements extensive set of measures to contain Coronavirus spread

* Sheremetyevo-Airport.jpgSIA JSC, the manager of Sheremetyevo International Airport, is taking what it says are unprecedented measures to prevent the importation and spread of Covid-19 infection in the territory of the Russian Federation.

Army may be deployed to collect refuse

ADVICE.jpgCouncils may well end up calling in the army to clear rubbish and empty bins, thanks to staffing crises in waste departments. Derby City Council despite cancelling its brown bin collections in the city last week, says it is struggling to maintain its blue recycling bin collections.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, city council cabinet member for waste services and Street Pride, told Derbyshire Live: "Officers are working extremely hard to ensure we continue to collect general waste. We're talking to colleagues in the private sector, and are plugging into our Local Resilience Forum which has representation from the army - no options are off the table.

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Recent UK News

Manchester Cleaning Show postponed until September, due to Coronavirus crisis

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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.

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.

Soapbox: The commuters’ roulette

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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.

BCC warns of 'severe shortage of staff' in London cleaning and tourism industries

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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.

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