Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 30th April 2020 Issue no. 916
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Proven technology updated to minimise contamination potential
A permanent change for the better in handwashing practice?
Business as usual, interesting Coronavirus info and some great products ready for delivery!
Paying attention to drains during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Introducing the new look Provap Evo Vac
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
The 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
Mates 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
The 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
The 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
Leading 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
When 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
Due 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
United 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
The 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
Pioneering 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
Cintas 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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