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International News

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.

Plea from handwash manufacturer to use refills

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Good 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.

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.

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Strange times we're living in, aren't they? I'm sat here chuckling to myself as for only the second time in the 20 years I've lived in my house, I'm aware that there's a woodpecker about. Whenever I hear its surprisingly loud tapping on next door's dead tree, I rush to the window to see if I can spot it. 

I've just done the same thing, having heard a plane fly over! I didn't at the time think that it may be the last time I'll see one above me (I live in the bit where planes circling to land at Gatwick or Heathrow just avoid one another overhead) but who knows what's going to happen in the future - or not, as the case may be?

Last Thursday something else unprecedented happened when the nation's cleaners were lauded in Parliament - a statement repeated in various forms by heads of state all over and in the European Parliament too.

That evening something else odd happened in the UK. Residents from all over, stood outside their homes and workplaces, at windows or on balconies, clapping and cheering for the NHS and other care workers for putting their lives at risk to look after us. Tonight, when we're all out there again, I'm going to be applauding the cleaners, too. I do hope you'll join me...



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This Week's News

EFCI outlines cleaning industry's urgent needs in Coronavirus crisis

* EFCI-medical.jpgWhile European institutions are unanimously calling for solidarity and collaborating to develop an EU-level response to the common challenge, EFCI, the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry, is calling on decision-makers at EU and national level to provide the sector with the necessary tools to continue developing its crucial role throughout the crisis and to ensure the continuity of its companies for the duration of the outbreak as well as after it ends.

On 18th March, the Association published a first statement to address the urgent need for national and European authorities to:

Highly adaptable system improves productivity

* Wessel-Werk.jpgTime saving, high level of area output and performance are essential factors for an efficient work process in commercial and industrial cleaning environments. With its multifunctional product line, Wessel-Werk supplies several vacuum cleaner nozzles that adapt optimally to complex cleaning environments and achieve a broad variety of cleaning requirements.

ClickBrush is equally suitable for dry, wet and upholstery cleaning. Due to a quick-change click system and various attachments with different working widths, the nozzle can be adapted to the area of application and the space which is to be cleaned in just a matter of seconds.

IICRC phases out OSHA 10-hour General Industry Training HST Equivalent for Master Designations

* IICRC-hodge.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is no longer accepting OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training or equivalent for the Health & Safety Technician course for Master Designations.

This change takes effect 1st November, 2020.

Why Governments advocate soap and water as a primary defence in fight against Covid-19

* Paul-Twiss.jpgBy Paul Twiss, marketing director at InnuScience

General cleaning products:

While Governments advocate soap and water as a primary defence in the fight against Covid-19 it's 'business as usual' for InnuScience's biotechnological products.

Live Online courses launched to support learning during Coronavirus pandemic

* Live-online.jpgThe British Safety Council has developed a series of Live Online courses to help remote workers continue their health, safety and environmental training and learning as the nation changes its working habits to meet the threat of Coronavirus.

The courses will be delivered live online by the same tutors who deliver British Safety Council face-to-face training.

Remote fever scanning solution launched to help safeguard frontline workers

* Digital.jpgDigital Barriers, a leading provider of edge-intelligent surveillance and security technologies, has announced the release of a real-time remote fever scanning solution that adds remote monitoring to this capability. Fever scanning cameras help safeguard frontline workers against potential infection.

The addition of Digital Barriers' government-grade remote monitoring enables this to be carried out without the need for close human contact, thereby cutting the risk of transmission.

Concerns mount about supply chain interruptions… do you have a plan b in place?

* Concerns.jpgRight now, most of the supply chains serving the professional cleaning, packaging, and related industries have not been seriously impacted by Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

However, that could change very quickly, according to Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing and packaging for Afflink, a sales and marketing organisation with more than 300 distributor-members throughout the US.

CHSA donates £5,000 to Grief Encounter despite cancellation of Gala Ball due to Coronoavirus

* CHSA-Donates.jpgDespite having to cancel its annual charity Gala Ball, which was to take place in April, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is donating £5,000 to the Chairman's Charity, Grief Encounter.

Every year, thanks to the generosity of members and their guests, the CHSA raises thousands of pounds for the Chairman's Charity at its Gala Ball - in 2019 the CHSA raised £8,000 for Grief Encounter. The social distancing essential to tackling the coronavirus meant this year's Gala Ball has been cancelled so the CHSA took action.

Manufacturer donates over 186K units of hygiene supplies to Clean the World to fight Covid-19 spread

* L-Occitaine.jpgClean the World Foundation, a leader in global health dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and global sustainability, received a sizable donation of close to 200,000 hygiene products from L'Occitane en Provence, a global manufacturer and distributor of natural beauty and wellbeing products.

The donation included much needed hygiene supplies including: 74,000 (50ml) bottles of shampoo, 40,000 (50ml) bottles of conditioner, 12,000 (50ml) bottles of shower gel, 33,000 (50ml) bottles of body lotion, 27,400 (50g + 75g) bars of soap.

Jangro celebrates Ruby Anniversary

* Jangro-40th.jpgThis year marks a milestone birthday for Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, as the business celebrates 40 years of success in the cleaning and facilities management industry.

The Jangro concept was founded in 1980 by Bryan Squires, now Jangro's honorary life president, by drawing together five like-minded independent distributors. In the past four decades, Jangro has become a dynamic force in the cleaning supply industry. Today it is the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, with 46 strategically located distributors that provide national coverage with a local, fast and reliable delivery service.

Hygiene specialist puts plans in place to ensure vital supplies for the frontline

* Chemical-General.jpgBradford based Christeyns UK, which manufactures and supplies a range of detergents and hygiene chemicals, has put procedures in place to ensure continued supply of much needed hygiene products.

"Our first line of action has been to protect our staff and families, many of whom are now working from home," states managing director Nick Garthwaite. "However, as a key supplier, supporting the healthcare sector and hygiene in food and beverage production, it is crucial that we ensure supply is available for our customers as needed."

Six steps janitorial suppliers should take now to be stronger when rebound arrives

Six-steps.jpg"There is case after case where companies stopped advertising and stopped marketing in a downturn and never resurfaced." Many in the professional cleaning industry report that they are swamped right now, with end-customers asking them to help them sanitise their facilities.

However, at the same time, they realise that much of our world has come to a virtual standstill, and no one knows when some semblance of normality will return.

National Living Wage increase raises income of low-paid workers

* National-living-wage-rises.jpgThe National Living Wage increased yesterday (1st April) to £8.72, giving a pay rise to thousands of workers at the frontline of the UK's response to Covid-19. This rise follows recommendations made to the Government by the Low Pay Commission in the Autumn.

It means the rate reaches the target of 60% of median earnings, originally set by the Government in 2015.

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Recent UK News

'Extraordinary' role of cleaners praised in Parliament

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Boris 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.

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

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As 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.

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

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New 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.

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

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The 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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