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International News

Interclean to become hybrid event in November

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Interclean has just announced its inaugural hybrid event. Interclean has extended the physical event, taking place from 3rd - 6th November at RAI Amsterdam to a combination of online and offline making it possible for everyone to join, taking in mind global government and company restrictions on travelling and large gatherings.

Secure Clean Building Services releases guidance on Coronavirus and cleaning

Secure Cleaning Building Services, a contract cleaning company serving the midwest US, has just authored a new guidance entitled, 'Cleaning in the Post-Coronavirus Environment'.

New Shield Guard range certified effective against coronavirus

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Shield Guard from Healthguard Hygiene has been officially certified effective against the Novel Coronavirus, one of the first two products in the UK to be EN 14476A:2019 tested and approved.

'SafeDistance,' diminishes workplace woes while protecting employee health

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A study has found that almost half of the UK workforce (47%) are nervous to go back to work and be in close proximity with others, as the Government continues to loosen lockdown restrictions.

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

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ResearchAndMarkets.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

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Vectair 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.

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

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The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for exceptional cleaning and hygiene for commercial enterprises, industrial companies, hotels and restaurants, as well public facilities.

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

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

Cintas donates 100,000 face masks to Matthew 25 Ministries

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Cintas 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

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In 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.

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Just as throughout the world of work each job varies a great deal, cleaning jobs can be worlds apart in terms of responsibility as well as the cleaning task itself. Throughout this pandemic my concerns have been with the cleaners who really are what you'd consider to be frontline workers: those involved in cleaning our supermarkets, transport systems, pharmacies, hospitals, washrooms etc. as well as those who've had to empty our bins and sort their contents at the refuse and recycling centres... 

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Pressurised and responsible jobs at the best of times but when those involved may be cleaning up after someone with Covid-19, even more so. If they don't get it right, lives are at stake.

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Cleaners - often on very poor pay, really have had to take their lives into their hands and many are still doing so. Once again I take my hat off to them and breathe a sigh of relief that it's not me having to do the job - and not just because cleaning's moved on since I became a British Institute of Cleaning Science-qualified cleaner almost 20 years ago, but because I'm not brave enough.

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On the other hand, you have cleaners such as these in our pictures, (courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020) who are making ready for the partial opening of Buckingham Palace and some of its exhibitions today. Quite some cleaning job eh? Just imagine the damage a stumble could do! Recalling the Jenga-like mess I sometimes made when adding new styles to the window display at a shoe shop in which I worked as a teenager, that's not a cleaning job I'm brave enough to do either!



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This Week's News

Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people to be compulsory in new public buildings

* Changing-Places-toilets.jpgMore than 250,000 severely disabled people in the UK will have greater access to public places after the Government moved to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in new buildings. Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for severely disabled people, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers.

A major change to building rules in England will require thousands of large (12sq.m) and well-equipped accessible toilet facilities to be designed and built into new public buildings, from next year.

Diversey announces Philip Wieland as ongoing CEO

* Diversey_Philip-Wieland.jpgDiversey has announced the appointment of Philip R. Wieland as ongoing CEO of the company, effective immediately.

An experienced industrials distribution and services executive with deep operations expertise, Philip has served as Interim CEO and a member of the Board of Directors since January 2020. He was previously the chief financial officer.

Deep cleans: Star league team's ground gets the Exclusive treatment

* Deep-cleans.jpgSoft services provider Exclusive Contract Services helped rising football stars Wycombe Wanderers get match fit on their journey to the Championship.

In just nine hours Exclusive's Specialist Services Team sanitised the Wanderers' stadium and home ground Adams Park before The EFL Play-Off semi-final game. Wycombe won 6-3 on aggregate which set the team on course for the League One final at Wembley against local rivals Oxford United.

Affix Labs launches long-lasting surface treatment to kill the coronavirus

* Affix-lab-launches.jpgChemical binding expert Affix Labs has created what it says is the first long-lasting surface treatment proven to kill Covid-19.

Si-Quat combines a safe and well-established disinfectant and a proprietary chemical binding technique, so that the active ingredient can kill viruses, including Sars-COV-2.

Portable UV tech now sanitises phones and other small items in minutes

* Portable-uv-tech.jpgInvisibleShield has announced the InvisibleShield UV Sanitiser, designed to kill 99.99% of the most common surface bacteria found on mobile devices and other frequently touched items by utilising ultraviolet light. The UV Sanitiser also sanitises other personal items such as keys, credit cards, earbuds, and more.

The US Centre for Disease Control estimates that 80% of common infections are transmitted by hands while another study found an 82% overlap between bacteria on test subjects' fingers and their phones.

FM leaders call for strategic partnerships and performance-based contracts to drive innovation

* FM-LEADERS.jpgThe vast majority of FM leaders across the EMEA region believe that technology suppliers should offer performance-based contracts to improve the success rate of innovation projects within facilities management and commercial cleaning.

New research from SoftBank Robotics EMEA, reveals that 89% of supply side and 78% of demand side FM leaders think that performance-based contracts are positive for the cleaning industry.

Dual-functionality social distancing products launched by phs Greenleaf

* Dual-functionality1.jpgHorticulture services company phs Greenleaf has launched a new range of products to support businesses to implement social distancing and hygiene measures. The new products include portable 'freewall' plant dividers, hand sanitising units, directional signage, bins and planting with built-in dispensers - all combining practicality with aesthetics.

The new concept brings a fresh, green design to the functional objects now needed for everyday life to provide hand sanitising stations, create queuing systems, keep people a safe distance apart and direct customers through one-way routes.

Two new machine developments mark BICMA's 25th anniversary

* 25-years-BICMA.jpgMayen-Koblenz-based BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH, part of the W+D Group since 2018, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a big way.

The company specialises in baby and adult nappies and feminine hygiene products, earning itself an excellent reputation globally over the past decades. But is not resting on its laurels; the highly innovative workforce - with the support of W+D as a strong partner - has expanded the product portfolio twice over.

Portable cooling tower fill cleaner reduces infection risk and improves efficiency

* TFC_Mini.jpgGoodway Technologies has added the TFC-JR - a portable solution for cleaning cooling tower fill - to its line of cooling tower fill cleaners.

The small and lightweight chemical applicator is simple to use ideal for contractors and higher volume users and has been manufactured because of the popularity of the original all-in-one version amongst facilities managers.

HSE issues Waste & Recycling eBulletin

* HSE-e-bulletin.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has issued an eBulletin in which it urges waste management companies not to forget to control other serious health & safety risks when running their businesses, while taking measures to reduce the chances of Covid-19 infection.

Many waste companies are reporting lower than usual levels of sickness absence at the moment. Conversely, they are having near misses with a high potential for a serious accident and there is a perception that the workforce may be forgetting the 'basic' risks in their focus on Covid-19.

More hygiene and occupational safety in production plants

* More-hygiene.jpgWherever production takes place, cleaning is required. And the cleaner the factory, the safer the employees. Mewa offers textile cleaning cloths and oil collecting mats in a full-service system, which can significantly reduce accidents at work.

The German company, with over 100 years of experience, has been a global leader in textile management since 2011. Small and large industrial companies from a wide range of industries, rely on its sophisticated, sustainable and cost-effective system. Indeed 2.6 million people in 21 countries use its cleaning cloths in their work every day.

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Recent UK News

New scheme will evaluate effectiveness of asymptomatic testing for people in high-contact professions such as cleaning

The UK Department of Health has launched a pilot to evaluate the effectiveness of testing people without Coronavirus symptoms, who work in high-contact professions such as cleaning, taxi driving and retail, to see if there is demand for testing amongst these kinds of workers, and how they are affected by the virus.

Manchester Cleaning Show 2020 announces further postponement

The organisers of the Manchester Cleaning Show 2020, originally due to have been held in March and postponed until September because of the pandemic, has now been rearranged for October 14th and 15th, 2020. A statement posted on the British Cleaning Council’s website said:

BCC publishes industry-backed myth-busting guide to cleaning and hygiene terms

The industry body for the UK's cleaning & hygiene sector has published a guide to cleaning terms to help the UK economy reopen safely following the Coronavirus lockdown.

Be safe, don't fall, stay alive!

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As the lockdown eases and people begin returning to work, the No Falls Foundation is urging workers to 'Be Safe, Don't Fall, Stay Alive!' Dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by the life-changing consequences of a fall, the charity is keen to ensure that height safety remains a priority despite the understandable pressures to kick-start the economy.


Dear Jan,

We've been following your articles and in particular Susan Cunningham's letter, with interest, over public toilet safety now that the UK lockdown is starting to ease.

Soapbox: Principle Cleaning Services' Douglas Cooke says we need to think again about industry gatherings in 2020...

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"Over the years, Principle Cleaning Services has won numerous awards, dating back over 20 years! With the Covid-19 crisis, we have decided to devote all our energy and resources into supporting our staff and clients.

We have, therefore, decided not to enter any awards or attend high profile functions and this includes trade shows, for the rest of 2020 at least. We believe our approach is responsible and appropriate given the current pandemic and economic climate."


PUBLIC TOILET FORUM:- We have Mail: Susan Cunningham

Hello Jan,

I was delighted to read your latest issue of The Cleanzine as you managed to cover so many aspects of the important topic of public toilets.

Thank you for including a link to my first draft for a proposed Hygiene Ratings System for public toilets. Judging by my post, you will be receiving some very interesting letters from your readers. Also, in case you haven't received a copy, here is a link to the BSI guidance "Safe Working during the Covid-19 pandemic - General guidelines for organisations July 2020 Version 2" (issued 2nd July).

PUBLIC TOILET FORUM:- We have Mail: additional thoughts on toilet rating system

Dear Jan,

Having read the article in the Cleanzine on 2nd July, I would like to build on the letter from Susan Cunningham, based on my many years of buying and sourcing cleaning contracts for large companies. The principles she proposes are sound, particularly in displaying the basic information/standards to reassure facility users.

PUBLIC TOILET FORUM:- We have Mail: Paul Wonnacott

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Hi Jan

I hope this mail finds you well?

Following your lead article last week, I personally wrote to Susan Cunningham commending her on the continued efforts she is making, as well as offering whatever help and assistance our organisation can provide, in promoting her quest for Toilet Hygiene Standards.

Mitie to provide services at a further seven Coronavirus Regional Testing Centres

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Mitie is building on its support for Britain's efforts against Coronavirus by providing services for a further seven Coronavirus Regional Testing Sites. The Centres are based across England and Wales at Ashford, Deeside, Ebbw Vale, Gloucester, Newbury, Ramsgate and Salisbury and are in addition to those located at Bournemouth, Inverness, Llandudno, Penrith and Perth.

Incentive QAS pays tribute to frontline staff

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Cleaning specialist Incentive QAS has distributed more than 800 wellbeing packs to its staff all over the UK.

We have mail: What price long-term relationships?

Hi Jan,

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.

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