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International News

Unger Black Series: Improved limited edition of a top seller

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Breathtaking 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.

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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I was delighted to receive a detailed response to last week’s leader (concerning conflicting advice on safe behaviour in public toilets) from renowned toilet expert Susan Cunningham, whom I met whilst serving on the inaugural Council of the British Toilet Association more than 20 years ago.

Susan, like me, believes that this is all very serious and she’s gone to the trouble of producing a crib sheet which she hopes Cleanzine’s readers will add to and/or comment on, so between us we can offer a helpful source of reliable information during and after the pandemic, which can be regularly updated in the same way as our long-running Hospital Hygiene feature.

Please take the time to read her email below and think about what she says. Cleanzine would welcome the chance to provide a platform for a public toilet forum. Perhaps you feel you have a perfect way of keeping public toilet users safe and would like to share it? Or perhaps you’ve tried/seen something that didn’t work, or which worked initially but then failed for some reason or other? Please do share your news and ideas - from whichever of the 163 countries on our circulation you’re reading this from – since after all, this is a global issue.

Of real concern to me is the confession Susan received from ‘high up’ a couple of weeks back, indicating an awareness that due to lockdown relaxation, those now able to travel further afield would probably need to avail themselves of the public toilet facilities, and that the advice for us to ‘stay local’ wasn’t just down to the potential for us to encounter Coronavirus, but also because of the restrictions on facilities that are open. “These include toilets, which largely remain closed because of the issue of the current required level of cleaning and the difficulty of ensuring the public maintain social distancing," said the statement!

I understand that local authorities have since been warned that they should be prepared for visitors, but surely this should all have been planned for long ago, with strict Government guidelines on exactly what needs to be done and how. Public toilets are a necessity, not a choice. The fact that those making the decisions think that being within five miles of home negates the need for someone to use a public toilet, really doesn’t instill much confidence in the powers that be's knowledge of our behaviour and potential health issues - and indeed their expertise, does it?



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This Week's News

Research: Key detergent polymers pose low risk to surface waters

* Research.jpgNewly published research conducted by the American Cleaning Institute, Integral Consulting and Procter & Gamble indicates that an important ingredient used in detergents and cleaning products poses a low ecological risk to waterways.

The study, ‘Environmental risk assessment of polycarboxylate polymers used in cleaning products in the United States’, is published in Chemosphere and is now available via open access.

BCC announces the election of two new directors

* Delia-Kim.jpgTwo new directors have been elected to the board of the British Cleaning Council. Delia Cannings (pictured left), national lead for education & training, the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, and Kim Phillips (pictured right), chair of the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers, both regularly represent their trade associations at the BCC.

"I warmly congratulate Delia and Kim on their election as directors,” says BCC Chair Paul Thrupp. “They are both highly talented and experienced people who will add real value and more balance to the BCC board."

Interserve's Support Services division to merge with Mitie

* INTERSERVE-MITIE_alan-lovell.jpgInterserve Group and Mitie have announced a proposed merger of Interserve Support Services (comprised of Interserve's facilities management operations in the UK and overseas across both public and private sectors) with Mitie for a combined consideration of £271m, comprising £120m cash and a 23.4% shareholding in Mitie to be held by/on behalf of Interserve's shareholders.

Manufacturers must rethink global operations in face of Covid-19 - study

* Manufacturers-rethink-Covid-19.jpgManufacturers must redesign and reform their Global Supply Chains or Global Production Networks (GPN) if they want to survive and prosper in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new study reveals.

The virus's impact demonstrates that global manufacturing concerns must switch from large production sites in a single location, such as China, to numerous smaller facilities around the world to reduce business risk.

TCFM gives workers instant access to 50% of their pay as soon as they have earned it

* TCFM-WagestreamApp.jpgTC Facilities Management has partnered with Wagestreamto enable colleagues to instantly access up to 50% of their pay as soon as it is earned. The company has launched Wagestream, through its partnership with Innovise, because it provides genuine financial wellbeing support, and a lifeline to help deal with unexpected expenses and relieve financial stress.

Wagestream allows colleagues to access, or 'income stream', a percentage of their earned wages any day of the month for a small fee of £1.75 per transfer. There are no loans involved and therefore no interest is charged.

Autonomous cleaning through innovation: ICE launches Co-Botics portfolio

* ICE-Cobotics.jpgICE tells us it is ‘very excited’ to have launched its Co-Botics line – something it says is the industry's first comprehensive range of autonomous cleaning machines, from a small vacuum to a large sweeper and scrubber dryer.

“We believe based on recent events that cleaning will change in the future - sanitising, infection control and measurement will be key areas that we will all need clarity and comfort around to ensure clean and safe environments,” says the company.

We have Mail: Safety of public toilets

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Thank you for once again introducing the issue of the availability and safety of public toilets. You may not be aware that a BSI Committee has been addressing this issue and trying to ensure that sensible, accurate information is available to the providers of sanitary facilities during these very difficult times.

I am a member of that committee, which most recently conducted the revision of BS 6465 Part 3 (Sanitary installations) Code of practice for the selection, installation, and maintenance of sanitary and associated appliances, which was published in March this year.

New ultra-compact class consummate for cleaning confined areas

* Hako-Scrubmaster.jpgWorking areas such as restaurants, canteens, sanitary facilities or small retail shops with confined, choc-a-block floor spaces or furnished with tables and chairs are a real challenge for cleaning technology equipment.

With its compact dimensions, 33cm working width, eight-litre capacity (each) solution and recovery tanks and a flexible operating handle, the new Scrubmaster B/E8 provides superior results exactly in those areas that cannot be accessed by conventional scrubber dryers.

KT and Hyundai accelerate digital transformation with smart robots

* KT-Hyundai.jpgKT Corp., South Korea's largest telecommunications company, has signed strategic cooperation and investment contracts with Hyundai Robotics and Hyundai Heavy Industries to speed up joint development of intelligent service robots including those for the cleaning and foodservice industries, technological research in autonomous driving, and smart factory solutions.

Customers can shop in confidence with Jangro

* Jangro-trading-responsibly.jpgAs the pandemic continues to fuel unprecedented demand for cleaning & hygiene products, the UK Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association recently advised buyers against purchasing from new, unethical, and profiteering companies. Following this recent warning, Jangro, one of the first distributors to be accredited by the CHSA's Accredited Distributors Scheme, is reassuring customers that it is committed to quality, reliability and prices.

Triton introduces essential handwash units

* Triton-T30i.jpgThe Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more rigorous hygiene processes and frequent handwashing in the workplace, as well as in the home.

In response, the UK's renowned manufacturer of showers and water-heating solutions, Triton, has introduced two new handwash units - the T30i and T30iR - to provide an improved offering for commercial environments.

New ultra-portable surface sanitisation solution aids continuous cleaning applications

* Goodway-BioSpray.jpgGoodway Technologies is launching BioSpray-5, a lightweight, ultra-portable surface sanitisation system that helps to improve the overall safety and wellbeing of occupants by effectively disinfecting surfaces against bacteria and viruses quickly.

This solution is ideal for applications where continuous cleaning is required; there is a need to turn around space quickly, and areas where sensitive electronic equipment is present.

Industry donations help children’s specialist healthcare Trust reopen safely

* Provap-Evo-Vac.jpgThe James Hopkins Trust, a respite centre for very severely disabled and life-threatened children who live in Gloucestershire, has recently been faced with the challenge of reopening its doors as the Covid-19 situation comes under control.

The Trust has been delighted to recently receive donations from Thomas Stuecken, chairman at OspreyDeepclean and Ron Gore, managing director at Barrier Healthcare. Thomas was able to donate a new steam cleaning machine and fogging devices along with Greyland chemicals Spray and Wipe Ultra disinfectant.

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Recent UK News

HSE Safety Alert issued on use of face masks designated KN95

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The 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).

770 mile challenge for phs staff

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Staff 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.

Merco consolidates time & attendance requirements with SmartTask

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Merco, 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.

High-performance Propelair toilet launches £3.2M funding campaign

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This 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.

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'.

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