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International News

Introducing the new look Provap Evo Vac

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The 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.

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.

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With so much bad news around at the moment it's easy to forget that the Coronavirus is forcing us to make many positive changes in our lives, isn't it?

I write this from my garden, directly under the area that both Gatwick and Heathrow aircraft circle high above whilst queuing to land and am happy to say that a plane overhead is now as likely to make us stop and stare as the newly arrived Spotted Woodpecker and - incredibly - the Red Kites which by rights shouldn't be anywhere near us.

I'm sharing my home with a daughter and her friend - both of whom are working in highly sensitive fields that require complete privacy and which normally take them around the country. They're managing perfectly well here and the group meetings and even group training sessions my daughter leads are running like a dream. I wonder how many others who are normally on the road or railways daily (or flying too often for business) are happily home-based in a less polluted environment with more hours in the day (as they're not having to travel) and are a lot less stressed to boot?

I hope lessons are being learnt about our need to travel less for work and that there will be a rethink over Heathrow's planned extra runway as well as much of the high-speed rail link that's decimating so much of our countryside and forcing people from their homes. Yes we badly need to connect up some places to the network but let's be sensible about it!

Another positive is our focus on hygiene. I've always felt disturbed by the surveys which reveal that so many people don't bother washing their hands after visiting the WC. I've been in this industry proper for almost 30 years now and things haven't improved. I'd wondered whether respondents were winding up the surveyors but having carried out a secret survey myself whilst filming for the BBC some years back, I realised that this wasn't the case.

Results from a survey carried out in the US last week show, encouragingly, that not only are more people now washing their hands a lot more frequently than they used to, the majority are planning to continue the habit once this pandemic has passed. While of course this will stand us in good stead for the next one, it will also prevent a lot of the infections that many of us might have picked up in the meantime, because of poor hygiene.



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This Week's News

Could UK's rotting waste replace pandemic with the plague?

* drone-pic-fly-tipping.jpgGovernment urged to upgrade recycling workers to critical status and reopen council tips

Mountains of waste are being flytipped in epic proportions across Britain, as warnings are raised that the Government risks replacing the coronavirus pandemic with a plague if councils keep recycling and waste tips shut during the lockdown.

Security company, the VPS Group, has called on the government to list waste disposal staff as critical workers, require councils to reopen their tips, and allow households to include waste disposal as an essential trip.

Call for Government to draft in window-cleaners to fight Coronavirus

* WINDOW-CLEANERS.jpgBritain’s window cleaners should be employed in a nationwide rolling programme of sanitisation to fight the Coronavirus, according to the Federation of Window Cleaners. The FWC is calling for Government to launch an initiative like the schemes operated by other countries, to disinfect problem areas during the pandemic.

The virus can live on surfaces such as door handles and street furniture for some time, meaning people can be at risk of catching it every time they touch something outside their home.

A permanent change for the better in handwashing practice?

* Bradley-hand-washing.jpgIn the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, Bradley Corporation conducted its Healthy Hand Washing Survey to gauge the impact the virus has had on American's hygiene habits.

The survey found the majority of Americans are following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) hand washing guidelines.

Sitemark launches Covid-19 Workplace Hygiene Programme

* Sitemark.jpgSitemark, the independent benchmarking service for the facilities management industry, has this week launched a workplace hygiene programme in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The programme has been developed to enable businesses to maintain clean and hygienic buildings so that building users remain safe and healthy.

Fourth emergency service rises to Coronavirus challenge

* Orbis-Protect.jpgA 'staggering' jump in demand for decontamination services to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic has today been revealed by specialist cleaning and security company Orbis Protect.

The six-fold month-on-month increase for March was reported by the Uxbridge-based firm which is now braced for requests to more than double again throughout April as Covid-19 maintains a stranglehold on the UK economy.

Business as usual, interesting Coronavirus info and some great products ready for delivery!

* M2-Ultra.jpgWrennalls Group's Shaun Bradbury says that despite the UK being in lockdown, his company is still very much operational and indeed it is 'business as usual', with some great products available and ready for delivery.

"Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning that they are RNA viruses which are surrounded by an outer coating comprised of a lipid bilayer (water-insoluble fatty coating)," explains Shaun.

Paying attention to drains during the Covid-19 Pandemic

* Pay-attention-to-drains.jpgOne of the things we learned from the SARS epidemic that began in 2002, is that many people in Hong Kong contracted the SARS virus by inhaling contaminated air. This air was released from dried out drainage pipes of a large apartment complex in the city.

What happened was the water in the P-shaped traps below drains dried up. When that happened, sewer gasses containing the germs that cause SARS were released into the building and were inhaled.

Optimal offers free empty premises utility monitoring to reduce costs during Coronavirus crisis

* OPT_emptybuildings.jpgOptimal Monitoring, an award-winning specialist in utility monitoring, has launched a unique offer to help businesses minimise empty building energy spend during the Coronavirus outbreak.

During these unprecedented times, Optimal is providing an empty building monitoring service, free of charge, using its game-changing EMMA AI solution. This offer is being provided as a gesture of goodwill to help businesses control and reduce financial commitments so funds are not wasted on unnecessary utility consumption.

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches WypAll Reach Centrefeed System

* KC-Wypall.jpgKimberly-Clark Professional has launched the WypAll Reach Centrefeed System providing a versatile light-wiping solution for all types of cleaning tasks, including mopping up a spillage, cleaning windows and wiping handrails.

The system has been designed to be portable and convenient, and to reduce consumption and waste by over 20% compared to traditional blue rolls improving both operational and cost efficiencies for facilities managers.

Tennant UK launches 'Instant Assist' live-video service support

* Tennant-Instant-Assist.jpgCustomers who need immediate technical support for their fleet of Tennant and Vaclensa cleaning machines can now use the company's latest innovative service support tool 'Instant Assist'.

Free Field Service Software now available to small businesses

* INTELLISERVE.jpgYorkshire-based software specialist Intelliserve has announced that its field service management software is now free for tradesman and business owners with fewer than five employees.

The app allows companies to manage their jobs, create custom checklists, generate quotes and invoices and manage staff.

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Recent UK News

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

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Employers 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.

Greyland steps up

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With 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.

Vectair supplies NHS Nightingale Hospital at Excel

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Vectair 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.

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

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Teams 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.

Coronavirus cleaning taskforce launched by phs Group

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Hygiene 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.

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.

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