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International News

Soapbox: Disinfection vs Decontamination - why dry steam vapour cleaning is crucial to fighting COVID-19

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Says Thomas Stuecken, Osprey Deepclean:

"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.

SOAPBOX: Covid-19 and PPE Equipment: Do they conform?

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Paul Wonnacot, managing director and president at Vectair Systems, writes:

Question: what do Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic and (amongst others) the UK have in common?
Answer: all have been duped into purchasing unsafe, non-conforming and dangerous Protective Safety Equipment (PPE) needed for essential workers in the fight against coronavirus.

The category winners of the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020

The first day of Interclean Amsterdam online, Innovation Day, revealed the category winners of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2020.

As the current pandemic is impacting the world and as the people become more focused on hygiene and cleaning, it has become even more crucial to highlight all the great developments and innovations in our industry.

Cleaning “key” for lockdown exit strategy: a sectorial approach is needed, says new Guidance

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An EU-produced, Joint European Roadmap providing a common framework for European and national authorities to phase-out Covid-19 containment measures, recognises the key role cleaning and disinfection have to play.

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With the end to lockdown picking up pace I was pleased to learn that our garden centres are deemed more necessary than many other retail outlets and as such have finally been allowed to open properly. With food shortages and long queues at food outlets earlier this year persuading so many people to grow their own food instead, it struck me as rather short-sighted that this type of facility wasn't allowed to remain open (with the correct safeguarding in place, of course!) so people could buy essentials such as compost, seeds and plug plants; feel fairly confident that they'd at least be able to feed their families, and give those who were furloughed something useful and rewarding to do. I realise people were able to buy online but as in other areas, there were supply chain issues which in many cases don't appear to have been resolved.

I support my local garden centre which is run by a charity to provide employment for those suffering from mental ill-health and like many garden centres it provides lightweight plastic & cloth wheelchairs for customers who don't normally use them but who'd struggle to get around such a place without one. Sadly these aren't yet available as the staff aren't sure how to sanitise them to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus (if you have any tips on how best to clean things like this, I'll happily pass them on). They're also worried about safety regarding the cafe and toilets and these will remain shut for the foreseeable future.

Are we going to see further and faster demise in public toilet provision all over, I wonder?

All this led me to ponder on some of the more difficult cleaning situations, and whether we should even be thinking about opening some facilities until we can be sure that proper cleaning and sanitising regimes are in place and that there is a continuous supply of disposables, chemicals, equipment and properly trained manpower to keep them safe. Take gyms and other sporting centres for example: I can't think of a better breeding ground for germs, with their high-use equipment and users breathing heavily while getting hot and sweaty! My daughter's a climber and has always complained about how filthy her hands become on the man-made rocks and crevices when she uses indoor centres. These, she claims, are impossible to clean properly. Your thoughts on this particular dilemma would be helpful too...



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This Week's News

HSE lifts red tape to kickstart logistics operations safely and effectively

* HSE-LIFTS-RED-TAPE.jpgWith logistics movements key to the future recovery of the UK's economy, the Freight Transport Association has campaigned successfully for the Health & Safety Executive to amend its Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations reporting guidance to avoid penalising businesses unfairly as they restart or scale up their operations under the Coronavirus pandemic.

It's official: Westminster is full of rats!

* Westminster-rats.jpgIt's official, the City of Westminster is full of rats! The London borough had more rodent call-outs in the last year than anywhere else in the capital, according to data from home services firm Fantastic Services.

Westminster - home to the Houses of Parliament and a breeding ground for the nation's politicians - also saw the most pest-control call-outs of any kind, while the east London borough of Newham is London's cockroach and bed bug capital.

UK Government joins WHO and CDC in confirming safe use of hand dryers during pandemic, following industry campaign

* hand-dryer-safety.jpgThe UK Government has joined global health experts, including the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in approving the use of hand dryers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This follows a campaign from the hand drying industry requesting Government to update its official guidelines.

CHSA calls on Government to specify employees of manufacturers and distributors of cleaning & hygiene products as eligible for priority testing

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has written to the Health Secretary, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, asking that those working in the manufacture and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products be eligible for priority testing for the Coronavirus.

Anyone over the age of five who exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 - a temperature, cough and the loss of the sense of taste and smell - is now able to secure a test for coronavirus. Essential workers in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can apply for priority testing through www.gov.uk These tests are prioritised over those made available to the wider public through the NHS.

Workplace washroom cleaning and sanitising made easy, with Powertec

* Santoemma-Powertec30.jpgAs many of us start returning to work, washroom hygiene in our places of work has become even more important. Santoemma says its Powertec system offers the ideal solution for workplace washroom cleaning and sanitising and that when used with the Sani-Clean chemical, a thorough daily clean and sanitise operation is guaranteed.

Keeping ourselves and others safe and well - the science behind surface wiping

* wiping-surfaces.jpgCurrent conditions have changed our daily lives in a short period of time. Now more than ever we all want to know that we are doing everything we can to keep ourselves and our colleagues and visitors safe and well.

To ensure we can do this requires understanding the science behind surface wiping and cleaning, says Kimberly-Clark Professional.

Demon Sanitiser and Tornado P2 Mini-Bowser with Sanitiser Head

* Tornado-sanitiser.jpgDemon takes great pride in its capability to engineer machines to the needs of clients, and the company has recently developed a new sanitising version of one of their most popular pressure washing units.

Demon's latest version of the Tornado P2 Mini-Bowser with sanitising head has been designed for ease of use and efficiency when sanitising large outside areas in response to the current demand for sanitising in the UK.

Ecocleen makes sanitisation and specialist deep clean investment

* EcocleenSanitisation1.jpgEcocleen, the commercial contract cleaning specialist, has expanded its sanitisation and specialist deep clean capabilities with the adoption of advanced electrostatic spraying machines.

The company has invested in a range of portable and handheld sprayers, which are designed to effectively disinfect a wide range of premises in a fraction of the time and cost previously needed. 

New handguard reduces germ transfer from surfaces workers can't avoid touching

* Touchsafe-door-handle.jpgA compact antimicrobial handguard to help prevent the transfer of viruses and bacteria, including Covid-19, from everyday touchpoints such as door handles, touchscreens, keypads, switches and push buttons, has been launched in time for us to to get back to work.

Bunzl Canada's smart restroom system raises bar on hygiene compliance

* Bunzl-Smart-Restroom-System.jpgBunzl Canada has launched of two new system components to enhance the capabilities of its advanced, IoT-based restroom monitoring system, WandaNext.

The new components include a mobile application and IoT alert button to broaden the system's applicability to varied facility sizes and types. The WandaMobile application enables environmental cleaning teams to efficiently document cleaning activities from their mobile devices.

Cromwell Plastics Recycling donates half a tonne of plastic film to community fundraiser for NHS gowns

* plastic-film-manufacturing.jpgCromwell Polythene's manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, has donated 500 kilos of blue polythene film to a fundraising partnership of volunteers and marine businesses making personal protective equipment for the NHS.

The film, manufactured at the Alfreton based manufacturing and recycling plant, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, will be made into approximately 5,000 disposable plastic gowns for Southampton General Hospital.

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Recent UK News

HSE reminder on water systems safety during lockdown

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The Health & Safety Executive has reminded building occupiers, businesses and other duty holders restarting operations after the shutdown to review their water systems' maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella.

CHSA warns buyers to beware of profiteers capitalising on unprecedented demand

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is warning all buyers of cleaning and hygiene products to beware of unscrupulous profiteers capitalising on the unprecedented demand for these products.

Samsic calls for greater user engagement in post-Coronavirus workspace management

As part of a strategy to help businesses begin to navigate through the changed landscape of post-Covid workspaces, Samsic UK has rolled out a programme enabling users to participate in real-time environment hygiene control.

Growth continues for Tidy Green Clean

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Tidy Green Clean, the environmentally-friendly cleaning business that operates on a franchise model, is continuing 2020 with its commitment to growth, with the appointment of two new regional directors, including its first in England. Alex McCarthy is the regional director for Northern England and Callum Cruickshank is regional director for Aberdeen West.

Biosciences research company deals with bleach influx into water supply

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As members of the public 'reach for the bleach' to rid their homes of germs following the Covid-19 outbreak, an increasing amount of chemical-based products are making their way into the communal water supply, subsequently reducing the overall water quality.

Clean Sweep works around the clock in Covid-19 battle

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One South Wales cleaning company has pulled out all the stops to do its bit to help the nation's fight and the NHS's response to Covid-19.

New Master for the WCEC focuses on the fight against Coronavirus

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The chairman of a business which has been repivoted to make hospital gowns for the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic has been appointed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.

Mitie builds on environmental commitments by joining EP100

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Mitie has signed up to the EP100 commitment. By joining the initiative, Mitie has committed to double its energy productivity - measured by the amount of energy used per pound of revenue generated - over the next 25 years (from baseline year of FY18/19).

However, based on current targets to improve its energy productivity, Mitie anticipates meeting this goal significantly sooner.

Washrooms and the spread of Covid-19

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"You can also catch the virus if you touch a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes".

The Coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces such as toilet cubicles, WCs, washbasins, hand-dryers and entrance door handles. How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from.

Events & Exhibitions

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19-22nd September 2023
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7-9th November 2023
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