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International News

A permanent change for the better in handwashing practice?

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In 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.

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

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Wrennalls 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.

Paying attention to drains during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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One 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.

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.

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You may recall that back in January we ran some news along with a fundraising campaign, when we discovered that ill-health was forcing an ex-contract cleaner to auction his George medal for bravery. In case you missed the coverage, Ronnie Russell - who'd thwarted an attempted armed kidnap on Anne, the Princess Royal, back in the '70s - was being forced to sell the very special medal he'd been awarded by Anne's mother, Her Majesty the Queen, for his bravery. The idea was that we'd raise whatever Ronnie had hoped the sale of his medal would bring, so he wouldn't have to part with it. After all - it is truly a 'one-off', isn't it?

Ronnie's ex-employer www.exclusivecontracts.co.uk read in Cleanzine of his plight and held a board meeting to see if the company could do anything to help. As a result, Exclusive took part in the auction and bid £32,000 with the intention of returning the medal to Ronnie.

The bid was eventually unsuccessful as the medal sold for £50,000, but Exclusive made Ronnie a supplementary payment anyway, and asked him to speak at the company's annual dinner, too. Having interviewed him in the '90s, I can vouch for the fact that it will be a lively and interesting after dinner speech so everyone there will be in with a treat. Exclusive also said that if Ronnie ever gets into difficulties of any sorts, to let them know. Isn't that wonderful and if only more ex-employers were so caring!

This week Ronnie emailed us to say: "I want to give you massive thanks for all your efforts toward raising the money and taking the time to ensure that I received it. Fate intervened as we now know, with the Auction House committed to achieving the best possible price on the day. The actual amount was more than my wildest dreams would allow me to imagine.

"It's with this in mind that I intend to donate the crowd funding monies (£2,500) to the NHS - namely Captain Tom for his magnificent efforts. I hope this meets with your approval and that you understand why I've reached this decision."

So, what could have been such a horrid tale with a Princess kidnapped and never seen again, has, through one man's bravery, turned out so well. As I write this, Captain Tom's fundraiser (www.justgiving.com ) has reached more than £28.35 Million, with donations coming in from all over the world. Smiling? So am I!



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This Week's News

Lives of cleaners 'put at risk' due to lack of Coronavirus testing

* BCC-logos-2019.jpgThe lives of cleaners working on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus are potentially being put at risk because they are not automatically entitled to testing, according to the industry body for the sector.

The British Cleaning Council is calling for cleaners who are supporting critical industries to be treated in the same way as other key workers when it comes to testing.

Covid-19 Response & Recover Virtual Conference: industry's first virtual conference & expo set for 30th April - and admission is free!

* Covid-19-RR.jpgAs the world stands on the brink of reopening after the worst pandemic of modern times, the questions top-of-mind for all facilities managers and business owners are: "How do we respond to-and recover from Covid-19?"

The answers can be found at the Covid-19: Respond & Recover Virtual Conference, North America's first and only virtual educational conference and expo focused on the pandemic as it relates to healthcare/infection-prevention, commercial cleaning and facilities management. The virtual event takes place next Thursday, 30th April, 2020, 10:00 to 5:00 EST, and registration is free for attendees.

Proven technology updated to minimise contamination potential

* Osprey-Fogger.jpgOspreyDeepclean has been supplying innovative steam cleaning technology for many years. The efficacy for use to remove healthcare-acquired infections - including viruses - was scientifically proven more than a decade ago and is very relevant in today's world.

Joint Statement on Covid-19 impact to Industrial Cleaning & Facility Services sector and necessary measures to protect it

* EFCI-Frontline-Heroes.jpgUNI Europa (the European Trade Union Federation for seven million service workers) and EFCI (European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry) are the Social Partners in the European Sectoral Dialogue Committee for Industrial Cleaning (the Industrial Cleaning SSDC).

Today they have issued a joint statement regarding the Covid-19 impact to the Industrial Cleaning & Facility Services sector and the measures deemed necessary to protect it:

Vanguard releases recipe and production SOPs for its new terpene extract hand cleaner, for free download in fight against Covid-19

* Vanguard.jpgVanguard Scientific has announced the release of the company's formulation and Standard Operating Procedures for a new terpene-extract hand cleaner.

The Vanguard Scientific-created hand cleaner takes guidance from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention-provided recommendations for alcohol-based hand sanitiser and adds powerful plant-derived compounds, known as terpenes, that may boost the mixture's antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral effects.

Flow Waterjet repurposes operations to produce high-grade face shields

* Flow-Waterjet-Repurposes.jpgFlow International Corporation, developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet cutting systems, has repurposed its operations to produce face shields for medical workers, first responders and workers in essential businesses to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

The company is ramping production rapidly to where it will be producing more than 50,000 units per week by the end of this month. Flow does not expect to make a profit from this effort.

Coronavirus cleaning solutions from FM provider Samsic UK

* Coronavirus-Samsic.jpgA Coronavirus Environmental Deep Clean programme has been launched by facilities services provider, Samsic UK.

Covid-19 has impacted thousands of businesses, both having to stay open whilst ensuring the health & safety of building users, and looking to safely reopen after site closure comes to an end.

AkitaBox ‘DeepClean Assurance’ Software helps safe ‘Return to Work’

* AkitaBox.jpgBuilding management software solutions specialist AkitaBox, has announced that it will release AkitaBox DeepClean Assurance, a cloud-based software application which drives cleanliness best practices in buildings and enables people to make a safe return to work.

Ecocleen targeting franchise network expansion following record levels of growth

* ECOCLEEN.jpgEcocleen, a leading commercial contract cleaning provider, is creating a host of new franchise opportunities within the UK following a record year in 2019, which saw the company grow by over a third.

As a result, Ecocleen has created seven new franchise territories across England and Wales, each with an established client base and operational infrastructure.

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Recent UK News

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

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Government 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.

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

Britain’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.

Sitemark launches Covid-19 Workplace Hygiene Programme

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

Fourth emergency service rises to Coronavirus challenge

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

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.

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