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International News

Research: Key detergent polymers pose low risk to surface waters

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Newly 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.

Interserve's Support Services division to merge with Mitie

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Interserve 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

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Manufacturers 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.

Autonomous cleaning through innovation: ICE launches Co-Botics portfolio

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ICE 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.

New ultra-compact class consummate for cleaning confined areas

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Working 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.

KT and Hyundai accelerate digital transformation with smart robots

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KT 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.

Triton introduces essential handwash units

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

New ultra-portable surface sanitisation solution aids continuous cleaning applications

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Goodway 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.

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.

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The issue regarding public toilet provision (or lack of) has clearly touched a nerve – not just in this industry but amongst the wider general public. The consensus appears to be that there’s a lot needing to be done to ensure that public toilets are available for those who need to use them and also that providers should be doing all they can to ensure that every establishment is safe, clean, hygienic and well stocked.

There have been a lot of positive responses to the idea of an ongoing Public Toilet Forum in Cleanzine so that’s something we’re going to be going ahead with. To kick off, Susan Cunningham of www.publicinconveniences.org.uk has provided us with her first draft of a proposed Hygiene Ratings System for public toilets which you can see here. Like Susan, I hope it will provoke some reader reaction, and, with this, some fresh ideas. 

Further support comes from the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, which has welcomed a letter from Ministers to local councils, calling for more public toilets to be opened. The trade body warned that a lack of facilities could be a brake on the country’s economic recovery and I agree with everything said.

In their letter, Simon Clarke MP, Minister for Local Government and Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for the Environment, said: “Public hygiene is of the utmost importance, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and enabling residents to access toilets safely is vital. Handwashing is an important activity to help prevent the spread of the virus. Closed toilets may also impact disproportionately on certain groups who for health reasons rely on access to public toilets to be able to leave their homes. They can also make life difficult for young families and people who work outside.”

The BMA’s CEO, Tom Reynolds, said of the letter: “I’m pleased to see Mr Clarke and Ms Pow recognise the importance of public toilets as a vital part of our infrastructure. At the moment there is a shortage of public toilets and handwashing facilities, so it is time for Local and National Government to consider investing in provision. Any other course of action could prevent people from going back to town centres or leisure venues, creating a brake on the national recovery.” 

I talked in a previous Leader about some of the positives to have come out of this pandemic – such as fewer planes, less traffic and less pollution. I hope one day to be able to add ‘better public toilet provision’ to the list…



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This Week's News

Janitorial services explore technologies such as foggers and ozone in wake of Covid-19

* Janitorial-services.jpgResearchAndMarkets.com’s new report on the janitorial services industry reveals that as more countries reopen their economies, demand has increased for janitorial services to carry out cleaning of commercial spaces reopening after prolonged closure, and that some janitorial services companies are exploring using technologies such as disinfecting fogs or mists and ozone machines to destroy virus particles.

EZ-San hygiene range: Vectair launches four new products for North American market

* EZ-SAN-Range.jpgVectair has announced the launch of its EZ-San hygiene range. Available in North America, The Caribbean and Latin America, the range is designed to optimise hygiene on the go. As more and more public spaces look to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown, the company hopes public hygiene standards can improve.

The EZ-San hygiene range consists of FDA Approved instant hand sanitisers, together with a universal dispenser stand & XL bottle securing bracket that are of US manufacture:

We have mail: What price long-term relationships?


As businesses adapt to new cleaning processes and to ensuring that they are prepared in protecting their staff, yesterday saw me out delivering another batch of our sanitiser trolleys. With the option of two nozzle types and variable pressure, they can deliver droplets down to 20 microns - and with a 25-litre container and a battery that lasts for almost a day, they combine portability with productivity.

Cleaning and disinfecting/sanitising with Hako: Solutions for increasing hygiene standards

* HAKO-Antibac.jpgThe Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for exceptional cleaning and hygiene for commercial enterprises, industrial companies, hotels and restaurants, as well public facilities.

To comply with the most stringent hygiene requirements in floor and surface cleaning now and in the future, Hako scrubber-driers can be used to carry out disinfection tasks in addition to conventional cleaning.

PSP introduces range of disinfecting fogging guns to UK in fight against spread of Covid-19

* PSP-fogger.jpgPSP has added a range of disinfectant fogging guns to its cleaning and disinfecting product offering.

The Low Volume Fogger, Medium Reach Fogger and High Reach Fogger, manufactured by Arkansas-based Lafferty Equipment, use compressed air to project a fog of finely atomised disinfectant spray that combats airborne and surface pathogens such as the coronavirus.

WAMITAB wins End-Point Assessment Organisation approval for Healthcare Cleaning apprenticeship

* wamitab.jpgThe Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board has been approved by the Education Skills Funding Agency to offer End-Point Assessment for the new Level 2 Healthcare Cleaning Operative apprenticeship.

The Healthcare Cleaning Apprenticeship was approved in February 2020 and has been welcomed by key industry bodies: Association for Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP), Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA), British Cleaning Council and WAMITAB, who have played an active role in its development.

British Toilet Association makes national and international headlines

* BTA_Raymond-Martin.jpgThe British Toilet Association has made national and international news with managing director Raymond Martin being interviewed by over 50 sources from the UK and World news media about all aspects of public toilet provision and cleaning.

It started when Raymond was quoted in an article by The Sunday Times on May 24th, about the future of public conveniences following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cintas donates 100,000 face masks to Matthew 25 Ministries

* Cintas-masks.jpgCintas Corporation has donated 100,000 facemasks to Matthew 25 Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organisation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the US. The facemasks will be distributed to organisations on the front lines of Covid-19 prevention, containment and treatment.

Helping industries keep employees' hands ready for business

* Helping-industries.jpgIn response to the pandemic, Ecolab has increased its production capacity seven fold in Europe to provide customers with critical hand sanitiser and surface disinfectant solutions to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

As businesses across Europe are reopening and welcoming employees and customers back, Ecolab is introducing two new hand sanitisers to help meet demand, putting customers' business in safe hands.

Pest management partnership: characteristics of a good pest management company

* pest-man.jpgPatricial Hottel, BCE, writes…

A successful partnership between a pest management firm and a food facility can span decades. When the right pest control company is selected and retained over the course of years, the seasoned knowledge can reap multiple benefits in the prevention of pests. But how do food facilities know if a pest control company is the right fit for them?

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Recent UK News

BCC announces the election of two new directors

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Two 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.

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

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TC 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.

We have Mail: Safety of public toilets

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Hi Jan,

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.

Customers can shop in confidence with Jangro

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As 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.

Industry donations help children’s specialist healthcare Trust reopen safely

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The 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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