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International News

Proven technology updated to minimise contamination potential

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OspreyDeepclean 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.

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.

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With the world's focus firmly fixed on the Covid-19 virus pandemic, maintaining perfect hygiene has been at the forefront of everyone’s minds. However, national waste company BusinessWaste.co.uk notes that while people are following the advice of healthcare officials, the resulting waste may not be doing much good for the planet – and with every single bottle of liquid soap and hand sanitiser being snapped up as soon as they’re unloaded at point of sale, the company reckons there will soon be an extra 10 million empty bottles ending up in already stretched landfill sites in the UK alone.

Plastic bottles are one of the most commonly recycled waste products, but it’s important that they’re recycled correctly. And while this is a simple process, even I, (who thought I knew it all when it came to recycling) wasn’t aware that I should have been removing lids before recycling bottles as they’re of a different grade plastic and will need to be recycled separately – or that the bottle pumps are removed as they are not currently recyclable in the UK!

Didn’t I read somewhere earlier that these are in short supply? Shouldn’t we then, be launching a scheme to deliver them to a central point for return to the manufacturers that need them? Refilling these bottles is a better option though, to reduce the need to manufacture more plastic, which could otherwise end up in a rubbish tip. How often do you see refill packs in mainstream stores these days? No – neither do I… Soap manufacturer Carex has apparently just launched a scheme which aims to get people to reuse their existing soap bottles, by selling refill pouches that can eventually be recycled through local Terracyle collect points, (which can be found online) and I hope this is a success. I also hope we’ll soon see the rise of more ‘zero-waste’ shops, where we can take our own containers and reuse them to stock up on whatever we need for our homes.

“You can also buy bars of soap, which are just as effective at keeping your hands hygienically clean and have the added benefit of often not coming in plastic packaging,” says BusinessWaste.co.uk , “Plus you’re bound to have a stash laying around from years of Christmas gift sets from your nan.”

Yes – I must confess that we’ve dug ours out at home and are gradually (finally!) using up our supply…



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This Week's News

IICRC opens nominations for 2020 Board of Directors

* IICRC.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is now accepting nominations for its Board of Directors, which is a volunteer board serving to represent the interests of Registrants across the globe while leading the direction of the organisation.

Nominees should possess industry knowledge and experience, be willing to contribute to the mission and ideals of the IICRC and be available to serve a three-year term. Submissions are due by Saturday, 30th May.

Vinci Facilities’ Paul Cottam joins Mates in Mind Board of Trustees

* Vinci-Paul-Cottam.jpgMates in Mind recently appointed Paul Cottam, a director of Vinci Facilities, as a Trustee Board Member.

Steve Hails, Chair of the Mates in Mind Board of Trustees says of Paul’s appointment:

Industry body calls for all cleaners to be included in priority list for Coronavirus testing

* BCC-testing.jpgThe British Cleaning Council is calling for all cleaners to be to be included in the expanded first wave of testing for Coronavirus for 'essential workers' announced last week.

Last Thursday, the Government launched an online testing scheme which it said was designed to allow 'all essential workers' in England to register for tests if they or a family member were suffering virus symptoms.

Coronavirus - the impact on the cleaning & hygiene supply chain

* Coronavirus.jpgThe Coronavirus is having a significant impact on the cleaning and hygiene supply sector, creating what is likely to be the most challenging environment members have ever experienced, says the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association.

The fragility of the supply chain combined with unprecedented demand for certain products and significantly reduced production capacity presents challenges. Supply-side shortages are expected in biocides and virucides, gloves, disposable polythene aprons and non-woven cleaning wipes.

Greyland launches Spray & Wipe ULTRA, full virucidal disinfectant cleaner

* ULTRA-750ml.jpgLeading independent cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland has launched Spray & Wipe ULTRA, a full virucidal disinfectant cleaner tested to eliminate both Coronavirus and MRSA after 1 minute.

Available in the new, unique, 40% UK recycled polymer containers (no other manufacturer can offer this) in both 5L and 750ml trigger spray bottles, Spray & Wipe ULTRA is bactericidal, yeasticidal, and virucidal having been tested to EN 1276 (inc. MRSA), EN 13697 (inc. E. coli), EN 16615 (yeasts), and certified to EN 14476 (inc. Norovirus, Influenza, and Bovine Coronavirus (BCOV) as a surrogate for other members of the Coronavirus family including MERS-CoV.

A true war effort: Selden converts facility to maximise on production of anti-viral portfolio

* Selden-Lab.jpgWhen the sheer scale of the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic became clear, companies in this industry were faced with a choice: ‘keep calm and carry on’ or join what has often been dubbed ‘the war effort’.

Buxton, Derbyshire-based Selden took the decision to do everything it could to manufacture the maximum amount of product that would make a real difference.

Prochem reports increased demand for Microsan

* Microsan.jpgDue to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Prochem Europe has seen increased demand for its D500 Microsan biocidal cleaner.

Originally developed in the 1980's for the HBV, HCV and HIV blood-borne viruses, the Microsan formulation is also effective against Coronavirus (Coronaviridae family including MERS-CoV) and is approved to EN14476 for use on hard washable surfaces.

Colleagues down tools as two cleaners at Ministry of Justice die from suspected Covid-19

* MoJ.jpgUnited Voices of the World Union members at the Ministry of Justice walked off the job on Tuesday, International Workers Memorial Day, in response to two of their colleagues dying from suspected Covid-19.

The cleaners claim they have been forced to work throughout lockdown despite repeatedly complaining of inadequate PPE, to their employer OCS Group.

Take part in Interclean Amsterdam Online 12th - 15th May

* Interclean_Robert_Stelling.jpgThe current Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the world and as the people become more focused on hygiene and cleaning, knowledge transfer has become even more crucial.

To facilitate this knowledge transfer, Interclean Amsterdam has created an online programme that will run from 12th - 15th May. The Interclean Amsterdam Online programme consists of webinars, live interviews and expert sessions which are free to attend.

Cardiff biosciences company develops surface sanitiser product in fight against Covid-19

* Genesis-Bio-Emma.jpgPioneering biotechnology company, Genesis Biosciences, has seen a huge increase in demand for its new natural anti-microbial surface sanitiser, supplying tonnes of product across the entirety of Europe since the beginning of March.

As the world tries to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, companies have rapidly been developing solutions and making them widely available to help in the fight.

Alabama Custodian crowned 2020 Cintas Custodian of the Year

* Howell-Winner.jpgCintas Corporation has crowned Howell Beasley of Albertville Kindergarten & Pre-K the 2020 Cintas Custodian of the Year.

Howell will receive a $10,000 cash prize and his school will receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products, along with a comprehensive training and development package from ISSA, valued at $20,000.

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Recent UK News

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

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The 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.

Coronavirus cleaning solutions from FM provider Samsic UK

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

Ecocleen targeting franchise network expansion following record levels of growth

Ecocleen, 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.

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.

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