*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 9th April 2020 Issue no. 913

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International News

EFCI outlines cleaning industry's urgent needs in Coronavirus crisis

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While 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.

Highly adaptable system improves productivity

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Time 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.

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

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The 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

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By 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.

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.

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I've come across so many companies and individuals who've bent over backwards to help in the Coronavirus effort, but it was quite by chance that I discovered that our own Numatic (known throughout much of the world for manufacturing the smiling Henry tub-vac) has switched production to churn out face masks and face shields for the protection of frontline workers instead. It's also working on a ventilator design and is even offering to loan additional cleaning equipment for use in frontline healthcare environments, to help ensure that the required extra-hygienic standards are maintained. Well done everyone at Numatic!

I'm sure that Numatic isn't the only company in our industry to be going that extra mile to help us pull through this crisis and I'd love to share news of your efforts with my readers, if you're doing something you feel deserves recognition. And do remember that Cleanzine is read in 163 countries, so I'm not just talking about the British effort here...

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This pandemic has certainly brought out the best in some people, as well as the worst in others, hasn't it? I can remember thinking, back when there was a rush on hand gel and liquid soap that left all our shops emptied of the stuff, that as well as being incredibly selfish, it was stupid too, since however clean your own hands are, if everyone else's hands are dirty and thus likely to be spreading all types of germs, your own likelihood of picking up those germs are even greater. Now we have an issue with discarded gloves... people are using them when they go out and shop, but instead of putting them away safely when they leave the store, they're discarding them wherever they see fit, for someone else to have to pick up. With cleaning teams in some areas decimated through illness or self-isolation, what are the chances of the teams tasked with collecting these potentially contaminated gloves, also handling the culprits' dustbins, I wonder?

Photographer Dan Giannopoulos has turned recording these discarded gloves into a project, there are so many of them (and I can see there's even a discarded mask - how disgusting! You can see Dan's work at www.bbc.co.uk



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This Week's News

Employers in critical industries urged to issue letters to cleaners as proof of critical and Key Worker status:

* Employers-urged.jpgEmployers of cleaning staff operating in critical industries have been urged to provide them with written proof that they should be treated as critical and Key Workers. The British Cleaning Council made the call to help remove confusion over what Government guidelines on dealing with Coronavirus mean for cleaners working in critical industries.

The Republic of Ireland has explicitly named cleaners as essential workers if they are supporting essential industries. The British Cleaning Council is calling on the UK Government to follow and is campaigning for official recognition of the vital role of all cleaners in fighting the Coronavirus.

Strategies for Safety: ‘Covid-19 Clinical Implications and Best Practices’ seminar

* Strategies-for-safety.jpgKeeping healthcare professionals safe during the Covid-19 outbreak requires both knowledge and proper planning. Owens & Minor is staging an important and informative webinar tomorrow, reviewing the impact on hospital staff, as well as the evidence-based infection control strategies necessary to mitigate transmission.

Combining expertise, common sense and data specifics, this webinar is designed to help ensure both the continuity of clinical operations and the ultimate safety of those working in hospital environments

Greyland steps up

* Greyland-van.jpgWith the global Coronavirus pandemic raging, and despite the general lockdown in force, there are some firms that are now busier than ever.

Cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland has seen an overall increase in demand of 300% from its distributor network, whilst demand for liquid soap and specialist sanitisers for the NHS and care home market especially, has grown tenfold.

Introducing the new look Provap Evo Vac

* New-Look-Provap.jpgThe Provap Evo Vac from OspreyDeepclean has undergone a mini makeover!

The original healthcare cleaning machine is still just as effective for sanitation and decontamination but has been redesigned to be more user-friendly.

Vectair supplies NHS Nightingale Hospital at Excel

* VECTAIR-Excel-Nightingale-trim.jpgVectair Systems says it is proud to supply the new NHS Nightingale Hospital with soap and instant hand gel as part of the fight against coronavirus.

Vectair Systems is helping to distribute and deliver urgent supplies to the frontline during the coronavirus crisis, with almost a thousand of its Sanitex MVP Soap refills arriving at the NHS Nightingale Hospital last week.

In Good Hands: EFCI launches social media campaign to support sector and voice its needs in fight against Covid-19

* In-good-hands-EFCI.jpgEFCI - the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry - launched a two-week, pan-European social media campaign to give wider visibility to the role the cleaning sector is playing in the fight against the Coronavirus; also voicing the specific needs and concerns of the industry in the context of the current crisis.

The campaign takes its motto from ANIP-Confindustria's Italian campaign (#InBuoneMani).

SOAPBOX: Covid-19

* Cleanology-team.jpgCleanology chief executive Dominic Ponniah looks at an extraordinary month as the effects of the coronavirus crisis took hold - and looks ahead to when it will eventually end…

“It is hard to believe that just a month ago, the cleaning industry was celebrating success at the Golden Service Awards. And today we are on the front line of a war against a virus.

From Henry and Hetty to healthcare essentials: Numatic delivers in Coronavirus response

* Numatic-CV-response.jpgTeams from Numatic International, (known globally for its smiling Henry, George and Hetty vacuum cleaners and mops) are working on several projects to support the Government and the NHS in the fight to save the lives of as many people as possible.

“Face shields are now in full production and available for delivery,” says the Somerset, UK-based manufacturer.

Coronavirus cleaning taskforce launched by phs Group

* Coronavirus-phs.jpgHygiene services firm phs Group has launched an emergency-response cleaning service for organisations affected by Coronavirus. Premises which have had a case of Coronavirus can be deep cleaned and sanitised by the emergency taskforce from phs Interclean, the specialist cleaning division of phs Group.

Reported cases will be treated with the utmost urgency and aimed to be cleaned within 24-48 hours of commission.

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Recent UK News

Live Online courses launched to support learning during Coronavirus pandemic

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The 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.

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

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Despite 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.

Jangro celebrates Ruby Anniversary

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This 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.

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

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Bradford 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.

'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

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
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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