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International News

We have mail: Cleaning and Sanitising awkward objects and surfaces

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Hi Jan and John,

As an avid reader of, advertiser in, and contributor to Cleanzine, I have noticed the call for help at the bottom of Jan's Leader editorial (28th May). There is a simple answer to all the problem items and surfaces mentioned for sanitising: steam cleaning.

GP Pro releasing advanced tech to manage and measure heightened hygiene protocols

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In direct response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, GP Pro, a division of Georgia-Pacific and a leading provider of advanced dispensing solutions for commercial facilities, will soon release Kolo Hygiene, an innovative new feature of its Kolo Smart Monitoring System specifically designed to help facilities successfully manage, monitor and measure heightened cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting practices.

IICRC opens nominations for Inaugural Hall of Fame Awards

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification(IICRC) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Hall of Fame Awards. The deadline for nominations is June 30th.

The Hall of Fame awards are open to all past and present IICRC constituents who have at least 25 consecutive years in the inspection, cleaning & restoration industries.

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'.

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A reader sent me a screenshot of an article in this week's Metro, headed: "Cleaner called Winston rids Churchill statue of vandals' 'racism' graffiti". Wonderful headline - I'd have loved to have written that! Looking at the picture though reminded me of how I felt upon learning that there's been a far higher percentage of UK BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) Covid-related deaths than one would initially expect: that this is because they're often involved in frontline work - much of it underpaid & often largely unappreciated. And while I'm on the subject, in dozens of visits to various hospitals with several family members over the past 10 years, I can't recall us having been looked after by a consultant, doctor or nurse who's not been part of this group, so yes - frontline in that sector too.

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Our weekly claps for the NHS have in some way shown our appreciation for our nurses, doctors and consultants, so let's appreciate for a moment the important job this present-day Winston is doing to keep his namesake as well as many other monuments and historic buildings pristine...

Winston Churchill's statue overlooking Westminster Palace in London's Parliament Square - daubed with graffiti during recent Black Lives Matter protests, has been saved on many occasions thanks to the skills of 59-year old Winston, who’s worked for conservation specialist DBR since 2006. Winston, (who still doesn't want to reveal his surname) and his colleagues use steam and a mixture of mild chemicals to clean graffiti and other mess from statues and building facades and as we in this industry know, the work requires specialist skills that most of us don't have, to avoid the risk of causing permanent damage.

Governments all over the world are talking about the 'new norm'. I'm hoping that the new norm (when we find out what it really entails) includes a huge and ongoing appreciation for the fabulous work Winston and others like him are doing.



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This Week's News

Position Paper on Coronavirus and Electric Hand Dryers in Public Washrooms

* EHA-Position-Paper-CV19.jpgWhile the world experiences the Coronavirus pandemic, it is good to see improved hygiene standards being implemented in public buildings, and that hand dryers are contributing to fulfil these standards in an efficient and sustainable manner.

The electric Handdryer Association's position paper demonstrates its continued commitment to hygiene, sustainability and efficiency in the face of the ongoing pandemic, and explains how hand dryers are not only key in the fight against coronavirus, but also for long-term economic business survival and sustainability.

Honeywell to introduce fast, affordable UV cleaning system for aeroplane cabins

* Honeywell-UV.jpgHoneywell and Dimer has announced a partnership to bring an ultraviolet cleaning system to airlines that, when properly applied, significantly reduces certain viruses and bacteria on aeroplane cabin surfaces.

Purvin Patel appointed new CEO of ISS UK and Ireland

* Purvin-Patel_ISS.jpgPurvin Patel has been appointed as the new CEO of ISS UK and Ireland (UK&I) with immediate effect. Matthew Brabin will step down from his role as CEO.

Purvin joined ISS as the CEO of ISS India in 2014 and has since then successfully led the strategic transformation through the implementation of the ISS Way strategy. The growth rate within Key Accounts in ISS India has steadily increased during his period as the CEO and has witnessed high people engagement and improved financial performance.

Cleaning and maintenance vacancies spike to support the UK's return to work

* Cleaning-vacancies-spike.jpgWhile vacancies in the UK dropped in the week following the Prime Minister's easing of lockdown restrictions, dipping 10% week-on-week, the uptick in maintenance and cleaning roles during this period indicates an attempt to get Britain working again.

That's according to the latest real-time statistics from the global network of job boards, Broadbean Technology.

Delta-Q launches new battery charger for electric vehicles and machines

* Delta-Q-new-charger.jpgHaving found significant market success with its IC Series chargers rated from 650W to 1200W, Delta-Q Technologies has set its sights on lower power applications with its new 350W RQ350 sealed charger for electric vehicles and industrial machines.

Greyland Spray and Wipe Ultra Disinfectant has ‘huge impact on cleaning industry’

* Alex-Dyson.jpgIn this statement from Alex Dyson, Greyland Commercial Manager, “From not existing, the new Greyland Spray and Wipe Ultra Disinfectant has had huge impact on the Cleaning industry since its launch in early March 2020.

Trading patterns are very hit and miss at the moment, with different pressures hitting UK Cleaning chemical manufacturers on a daily basis.

HotelAVE says post-Covid protocols could cost hotel industry billions annually

* Hotelave.jpgHotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE), the US hotel asset management company, has released its latest projections which offer significant insights to the anticipated costs that hotel owners and operators can expect to incur as they prepare to reopen.

Post Script, hotelAVE's operational efficiency division, estimates that new cleaning protocols could potentially cost the US hotel industry alone as much as $9 billion on an annual basis, based on factors such as the increased frequency of cleaning guest rooms and public spaces, new supply costs and reopening expenses.

LaCerta launches Marketing & Technology Summit for cleaning, hygiene and FM sectors

* TEAM-SUMMIT.jpgSet to take place in 2021, the Marketing & Technology Summit will be the very first one-day event tailored specifically towards marketing professionals, senior leaders, owners and influencers in the cleaning, hygiene and facilities management industries.

Marketing is constantly evolving, and the ever-changing technological landscape now means a marketer's role encompasses more than ever before.

Concerns mount about dry floor drains spreading Covid-19

* Concerns-re-dry-floor-drains-Covid.jpgThe Lancet, one of the world's most respected medical journals, has reported concerns that Covid-19 can spread via plumbing systems in both homes and commercial facilities.

"By [their] very design, plumbing systems are a harbinger of pathogenic microorganisms which, under some circumstances, have the potential to enable airborne transmission of viruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV-2), which causes Coronavirus disease (Covid-19)," it reports.

Gojo takes significant steps to expand capacity to meet demand

* Gojo-production.jpgGojo is continuing to take significant steps to expand its capacity to meet exponential increases in demand for Purell sanitiser, soap, wipes and surface spray, as more and more businesses and institutions reopen with a sharp focus on cleanliness and hygiene.

By running its facilities 24/7, working with its existing suppliers to dramatically increase raw materials and component supplies and by implementing creative partnerships with other companies that have directed bottles and caps its way, the manufacturer is producing more than twice what it did before the pandemic started across all of its operations.

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Recent UK News

CHSA calls on CMA to investigate unscrupulous traders

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has written to the Competition and Markets Authority requesting that it investigate possible profiteering by unscrupulous organisations capitalising on the exceptional demand for cleaning and hygiene products.

British Cleaning Council asks to meet minister to discuss key industry issues

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The British Cleaning Council has written to the Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets to ask for a private meeting to discuss a number of issues that are key to the cleaning sector and the recovery from Coronavirus.

UK littered with bottles of urine due to public toilet closures

With public toilets as well as loos in pubs and shops being closed during the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been an outbreak of what has by some been described as 'fly peeing'.

HSE lifts red tape to kickstart logistics operations safely and effectively

With 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!

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It'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.

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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
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National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

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Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
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7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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