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International News

Position Paper on Coronavirus and Electric Hand Dryers in Public Washrooms

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While 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.

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

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Honeywell 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.

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

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Having 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.

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

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Hotel 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.

Concerns mount about dry floor drains spreading Covid-19

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The 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.

Gojo takes significant steps to expand capacity to meet demand

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Gojo 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.

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.

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Shortly after last week’s broadcast, a reader sent me a link to an article in a national daily newspaper that prompted an immediate post from me on Cleanzine’s Facebook page: 

"Oh my word... someone's just sent me this article, which either represents poor journalism or genuinely echoes ridiculous advice to leave the toilet seat up when flushing! With traces of Covid-19 having been found in the faeces of people who've died from it, the centrifugal force created by flushing will cause potentially virus-carrying droplets to settle all over the bathroom. The advice to: "Leave the lid up to reduce the number of people needing to touch it to lift the seat up and down" has me wondering whether the expert wants us to flush with the seat down before lifting it for the next user, or whether he's telling us to leave it up while flushing. From this report I'm just not sure what was really said, but knowing the science I'm aware that the lid should be shut for flushing. The confusion amongst readers who don't know the science, could well cost lives..."

I never did get to the bottom of the writer's intentions, but reading through the readers' comments I realised I wasn't the only one confused by his words and that even more importantly, other readers aren't convinced that we should be flushing with the lid down.

This isn't a battle of the sexes thing but down to hygiene - important all the time but in these days of Coronavirus-related fears, even more crucial. I do hope the facilities that feel they've saved money/time and/or are providing more hygienic facilities by fitting toilets without any lids whatsoever, have a change of heart and bring their facilities up to standard without delay.

And although this industry is our work, the knowledge of the difference cleaning makes to our safety should be in our blood. If you come across anyone who thinks it's OK to flush with the lid up, please do have a word!

And talking of toilets, when are we going to see our public toilets opening up again and how are we going to keep them safe for everyone to use? Chatting to the British Toilet Association's Ray Martin at the height of lockdown I learnt that he's campaigning for important changes to be made to public toilet provision to promote confidence and prevent the spread of Coronavirus. These will be costly but I agree with Ray that something needs to be done as a matter of urgency since safe, hygienic public toilets are a basic human right.



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This Week's News

HSE Safety Alert issued on use of face masks designated KN95

* HSE-ppe-face-masks-KN95.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has issued a safety alert about the poor quality of face masks claiming to be of KN95 standard.

£1.5m Textiles Projects Grant Fund re-launched by WRAP in response to Covid-19

WRAP is making its £1.5 million textiles grant fund more accessible and has streamlined the application process so that funds can be allocated more quickly. The deadline£for applications - published as Thursday 18 June - no longer applies. Applications will now be assessed on a rolling basis until WRAP closes the scheme (or all funds are allocated).

The grants are intended to support projects that provide innovative ways for textile waste to be recycled or reused, keeping it out of landfill or incineration so that it remains a valuable resource. The money is part of Defra's £18m Resource Action Fund, set up to support key priority policy areas.

770 mile challenge for phs staff

* 770-challenge.jpgStaff from hygiene services firm Phs Group are on a mission this month to raise hundreds of pounds for a mental health charity. While they may be based at different locations across the company, seven members of the team have signed up to take part in June One Ten - an initiative to run 110 miles each across the month of June.

Between them, they aim to clock up more than 770 miles and raise more than £600 for the Mental Health Foundation, a national mental health charity using research, evidence-based information and community programmes to help prevent mental health problems.

Unger Black Series: Improved limited edition of a top seller

* Unger-Limited-Edition-Black-Series.jpgBreathtaking design, high quality: Unger is releasing some of its top sellers for window cleaning in a strictly limited special edition. The Limited Edition Black Series is available now.

All Black Series products have been optimised and are offered in premium quality. The ErgoTec window squeegee has been equipped with the exclusive action rail. The power squeegee rubber is suitable for year-round use and has particularly good sliding properties and durability.

Merco consolidates time & attendance requirements with SmartTask

* Merco.jpgMerco, the Salford-based contract cleaning company, has used SmartTask to consolidate its time & attendance requirements across more than 100 customer sites in North-West England and North Wales.

As a result, the employee scheduling and workforce management software has helped to streamline and automate operational processes - including timesheets, payroll and contract compliance - freeing up 22.5 hours of administration time each month.

Slip-resistant products from Arlon Graphics now available

* Slip-Resistant_Arlon.jpgUpgrade your regular floor and carpet graphic and reduce slip hazards with Arlon's approved EN 14041 slip-resistance products, Series 3420 Matte and Series 3510 Matte.

Designed to extend the life of printed images, these slip-resistant overlaminates will add outstanding definition while providing excellent protection on any interior floor and carpet surface. This is all you need for your regular graphic to become a safe and outstanding visual, ready for the spotlight it deserves.

High-performance Propelair toilet launches £3.2M funding campaign

* HIGH.jpgThis week the UK manufacturers and patent holders of the world's lowest-water-flush toilet Propelair are launching a £3.2M funding round, including via investment platform Seedrs.

Trax Analytics provides smart washroom technology at Atlanta International Airport

* Trax.jpgTo help one of the busiest airports in the US return to pre-pandemic traffic and run cleaning operations more efficiently, Trax Analytics, the data-driven provider of innovative information technology solutions for airports and other public venues, has announced a full expansion of its smart restroom solution throughout Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

The Trax Analytics software and mobile application will operate in tandem with the current facility manager and other airport implemented initiatives, to monitor airport staff location performance and ultimately connect the washrooms, workforce and the facility together.

New contract aims to ensure clean buses for Cornish residents

* Cormac.jpgCormac Fleet & Facilities Management teams are maintaining and cleaning buses on the new Transport for Cornwall bus network, as part of a new contract.

Cornwall Council recently awarded the eight-year contract for Transport for Cornwall, to Go Cornwall Bus - a subsidiary of national company Go-Ahead - to deliver a network of Council-subsidised local bus routes which are essential to local residents. TfC delivers around half of bus services in Cornwall.

Cintas spotlights superhero EVS technicians during nationwide awards program

* Cape-awards.jpgCintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its first-annual C.A.P.E. Award (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience), which recognises Environmental Service (EVS) technicians in acute care facilities as superheroes. Nominations are being accepted at www.CintasCapeAwards.com through 21st August, 2020.

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Recent UK News

Purvin Patel appointed new CEO of ISS UK and Ireland

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Purvin 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.

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

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While 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.

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

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In 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.

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

Set 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.

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.

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