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SOAPBOX: Coronavirus is easy to kill... with a little common sense

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When lockdown started, we all joked about how big the party was going to be when it ended, but of course that hasn't happened; partly because lockdown is being only gradually eased, but also because of widespread fear.

Hospitality sector needs to heed new cleaning techniques

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With hotels, restaurants and cafes all gradually reopening to the public, establishing a thorough cleaning regime now is crucial for the safe return of guests.

Cleaning companies are adopting new technology to cope during Coronavirus

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Cleaning companies have faced huge challenges during the response to Covid-19. Whilst some areas of the sector have seen businesses totally shut down, many have been scrambling to keep up with demand, having to adopt new standards and new ways of working.

WoolSafe approval for cleaning and sanitising solutions

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Two of the primary cleaning and sanitising solutions being used in Coronavirus-related 'deep cleans' have been approved by The WoolSafe Organisation for use on wool carpets, fabrics and rugs: Prochem’s Microsan and Clensan.

Savortex responds to Covid-19 with launch of revolutionary new 'smart' hand sanitiser

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Savortex has announced the launch of its 'Smart' Hand Sanitiser, a cleverly-designed hygiene product that will help restart the office economy in a post-Covid environment.

Kärcher strengthens municipal vehicle offering with acquisition of Max Holder GmbH

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Max Holder GmbH, popular manufacturer of compact, multi-functional municipal and viticulture vehicles used globally, has been acquired by Kärcher.

Second phase begins: Investigation into impact of Covid-19 on commercial recycling

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Rubbermaid Commercial Products begins the second phase of its Love Recycling study with a survey investigating what impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on commercial recycling so far in Europe and its potential ramifications.

Diversey announces Philip Wieland as ongoing CEO

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Diversey has announced the appointment of Philip R. Wieland as ongoing CEO of the company, effective immediately.

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

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Chemical 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.

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Today I've gained an insight into the issues our refuse collectors face when emptying household bins and it's made me realise that my support of fortnightly collections has been misguided. 

I stayed overnight at my daughter's. She lives in a mews-style development with parking bays in the middle. Bin lorries can't be driven in so collectors have to drag bins quite a way along narrow pathways for emptying. Thanks to shrubbery, it's difficult to see anything that's lower than waist-height and this morning bins weren't collected along the back where my daughter lives. With fortnightly collections and her bin full of cat litter from an unexpected kindle of kittens, it couldn't go another two weeks, so I grabbed it and wheeled it in search of the bin lorry. What a job! Just tipping the thing was tough enough but to have to manoeuvre it along pathways - some of which were blocked by badly parked cars - was really difficult. It was heavy, too.

In checking neighbours' bins to see if they'd been emptied, I encountered some stuffed so full that the lids wouldn't shut; one had maggots not only inside but crawling around the rim. Today's lesson has made me rethink the whole idea of collection schedules...

With fortnightly collections, bins left out for emptying are often overflowing, potentially smelly, may have maggots and are likely to be heavy. Likewise recycling bins and boxes. These will be packed to the brim with food cartons and drinks cans that may not have been washed properly. Although these are less likely to have maggots, they will attract flies - as well as wasps in Summer.

The extra difficulties encountered by those making fortnightly collections means the round takes a lot longer, the job is more unpleasant and there will be health and hygiene issues - and fly-tipping - when bins are deliberately (and quite rightly, in my opinion) not collected because they're overflowing or too heavy. I can picture the detrimental effect this will have on the operations that follow, such as those carried out at civic amenity tips and recycling centres.

Weekly collections eliminate these problems, but require more fuel and man-hours. I'm sure councils will have carried out analyses of the costs and am interested to learn why some have continued - or reverted to - weekly collections while others are sticking to fortnightly, and others, I believe, still collect only once every three weeks. Does the local environment, politics or staffing come into it, I wonder?



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Jan Hobbs

This Week's News


ETS_Fanis-Papakostas.jpgDear Jan,

I was interested to read the article in Cleanzine on a proposed Toilet Hygiene Rating Scheme, and to follow the subsequent correspondence on the matter. The European Tissue Symposium (ETS) sees this as an interesting initiative.

A certified scheme, with a certificate or badge that is recognised by owners and operators as well as the general public, could offer important guidance as to the hygiene levels required to maintain optimal health & safety - and, of course, it is particularly timely in these times of pandemic.

Marc Wolpers is new vice president sales hygiene at W+D/BICMA

* Marc-Wolpers.jpgMarc Wolpers has taken over the position of vice president sales hygiene at W+D. Reporting directly to the management, Marc is managing the entire sales department of the W+D Hygiene Solutions division and thus manages both the W+D sales team and sales for BICMA Hygiene Technology in Mayen.

Bed bugs secure $1.18m investment for UK AI firm

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This investment reflects Spotta's huge potential in global markets in hospitality, farming, forestry and other sectors to solve the £320 bn ($400 bn) problem of insect pests while dramatically reducing pesticide use.

Cleanology up for national award recognising service industry entrepreneurs

* Cleanology_Dominic-Ponniah.jpgCommercial cleaning, facilities management and support services provider Cleanology has proved its talent for innovation, ethics and environment by beating other companies to the shortlist for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Judges, including Cath Kidston and Go Compare founder Hayley Parsons, chose Cleanology from others in the London and East of England region.

Winners of CHSA's 2020 Undergraduate Bursary announced

* CHSA-Bursary-winners.jpgThree talented and hard-working young people - Sidney Beckles, Garry Richford and Anya Squires - have been named as the recipients of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2020 Undergraduate Bursaries.

Sidney, whose mother works for Comax UK Healthline, is motivated and ambitious. She volunteered at a care home whilst taking her A' levels, valuing the opportunity to engage with a range of different people. Going to King's College London to study Philosophy, she intends to use the bursary to fund extracurricular learning and development opportunities.

Splashback, urinals, and the Covid connection

* Splashbax-Klaus.jpgThe World Health Organisation reports that Coronavirus can spread in an infected person's urine. Referred to as 'viral shedding', this means that if traces of contaminated urine become aerosolised and inhaled, the disease can infect others in the washroom.

The setting in which this is most likely to happen is around urinals.

What a Fantastic idea! Prochem distributor provides NHS workers with free cleaning

* Prochem-NHS-free-cleaning.jpgProchem distributor and home-services company, FantasticServices, has been rallying to support NHS staff nationwide by donating two hours of cleaning free of charge and giving preferential rates to all frontline NHS workers. Now, the company is looking to expand this offer to all key workers in the UK.

"We all owe an enormous debt to the selfless NHS workers who are saving lives as they fight daily against Covid-19," says Fantastic Services CEO and co-founder Anton Skarlatov (pictured left).

Partnership produces premium performance rechargeable antimicrobial micrillon micro-denier fibres

* Micrillon-pellets.jpgUMF Corporation, which researches and develops high-performance products, programs and training for infection prevention and commercial cleaning, has announced its partnership with Universal Fiber Systems, the US manufacturer of synthetic filament-based and specialty fibres.

Micrillon is a rechargeable, broad spectrum, antimicrobial polymer additive that can be incorporated into fibres, as well as films, injection moulded and extruded plastics, and charged with chlorine molecules.

Chris James steps down from WAMITAB CEO role

* Chris-James_WAMITAB.jpgFollowing the announcement on 22nd July 2020 regarding the closer integration of the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB) into the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), Chris James has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of WAMITAB.

Since 2017, WAMITAB has been part of the CIWM Group, whose chief executive Sarah Poulter will be taking forward the integration plan for the two organisations in consultation with both trustee boards.

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Recent UK News

PUBLIC TOILET FORUM: We have mail - Public toilets: the Ratings Bill and the good Guidance from Wales!

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Hi Jan,

Thank you for drawing attention to the Government's move to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in new buildings.

BCC works with Director of Labour Market Enforcement to fight worker exploitation

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The British Cleaning Council has held a virtual meeting with the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, as part of its drive to ensure the voice of the cleaning & hygiene sector is heard at the highest levels.

Bus operator sets out the future for hygienic bus travel

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Following rigorous research and testing of various products that have come to the market since the Covid-19 pandemic, NAT Group has confirmed its updated cleaning product line-up and procedures to ensure that all Welsh Government regulations are adhered to, and exceeded.

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

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More 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.

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

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Soft services provider Exclusive Contract Services helped rising football stars Wycombe Wanderers get match fit on their journey to the Championship.

HSE issues Waste & Recycling eBulletin

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The 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.

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.

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