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

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Marc 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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Investors have rewarded the commercial success of Spotta's smart pest systems with a $1.18 million seed funding round.

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.

Splashback, urinals, and the Covid connection

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The 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.

Partnership produces premium performance rechargeable antimicrobial micrillon micro-denier fibres

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UMF 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.

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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“It never rains but it pours” is a saying we have in the UK which describes how, when one thing goes wrong, other things seem to go wrong too, so effectively, there’s a deluge of bad things all happening at roughly the same time.

In recent years the meaning has shifted a bit to encompass events that one might normally consider to be good, but which, when an event is ongoing, all becomes a bit much (i.e. too much of a good thing). This may explain why people have been using it to describe the weather this year; which has in some parts of the world broken records in terms of temperatures reached and the duration of hot spells. Where I live in Southeast England, we’re complaining about the searing heat and lack of rain, as opposed to the normal: “What’s happened to Summer?”. Parts of Scotland and Wales have suffered flooding though, which means that once again cleaning teams will be forced to show how adaptable they are by switching from Covid-related cleaning and sanitising operations to flood restoration work.

Most of the sanitising operations depicted by mainstream media, show operatives in head-to-toe PPE, brandishing a sprayer in what looks like a spotless environment. This doesn’t give the general public a great idea of what’s involved since it’s no good sanitising until everything’s been cleaned – but the cleaning part’s never shown, is it?

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I had to chuckle at a story told by RAMS FM’s Rob Sutherland, whose sanitising team turned up at a university’s kitchen in London a couple of weeks back, to discover that somebody had turned off all the fridges and freezers at the start of lockdown. Before the team could get on with the general cleaning and sanitising they’d planned for, they had the added pleasure of scraping out the decomposing food and maggots from the appliances as well as the stores!

If only mainstream media showed more pictures like these… perhaps then the general public might start to realise what a tough job cleaning can be, and start to treat our cleaners with the respect they deserve - all the time.



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This Week's News

Dubai Mall is first shopping centre to achieve GBAC STAR

* Dubai-Mall.jpgThe Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, along with 14 additional facilities around the globe have achieved GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

There are currently more than 3,000 facilities in 66 different countries undergoing the process of earning accreditation.

Loch Lomond Whiskies donates Shield Guard sanitiser to keep European Tour golf safe

* Nick-Winstone_Healthguard.jpgAn award-winning Scottish luxury whisky brand, a prestigious golf tour, and a Northamptonshire manufacturer of sanitising products. Ordinarily, these would have little in common, but 2020 has been no ordinary year.

Now Loch Lomond Whiskies has donated more than 1000-litres of Shield Guard hand sanitiser, made with alcohol produced at The Loch Lomond Distillery, to the European Tour UK Swing and this is a story, not just of doing good, but of innovation and agility when faced by an unprecedented challenge.

PUBLIC TOILET FORUM: Bureau Veritas welcomes new Changing Places rule as 'another positive step' for accessibility

* ACCESSIBILITY.jpgWith recent changes making it compulsory for many commercial buildings to design changing places toilets for severely disabled people, Bureau Veritas has welcomed the move as another positive step for accessibility and inclusivity.

From 21st January 2021, Changing Places facilities should be provided in a wide range of assembly type non-domestic buildings, applicable to new build and change of use projects according to a recent update to Part M of the building regulations.

Secure sanitation the sustainable way, with TomCat

* sanitise-package.jpgWith the Coronavirus pandemic running rampant we cannot afford to take any chances with our cleaning equipment or processes and TomCat's floor cleaning machines will help cleaning contractors go that extra mile in terms of both hygiene and sustainability, whilst cutting costs.

TomCat's new on-board Zer03+ system - which now comes with the Suds system included in the package on the company's pedestrian and ride-on scrubber driers, offers the best of both worlds. It produces on demand, unlimited amounts of aqueous ozone from plain tap water- which, like chlorine, is a powerful oxidiser - so there is no chance of degradation or dilution of the product as is experienced with some other chemical free systems.

Sanitise vehicles by nebulisation at 50 microns

* Sanificazione_auto_EN.jpgA new accessory available from Santoemma enables the company's dense foam extractors to be used to sanitise vehicle interiors without overwetting, by nebulising a sanitising chemical at 50 microns.

The very fine particles settle evenly on all surfaces - even the most hard-to-reach ones, including air conditioning ducts - and remain moist for just long enough to ensure that everything is sanitised.

New dispenser stand offers real flexibility

* S-C-Johnson-sanitise-stn.jpgOffering an alternative solution for facilities where wall-mounted dispensers are not feasible, this new dispenser stand is designed to be used with any SC Johnson Professional manual or touch-free dispenser.

The stand includes strong suction cups that adhere to most flat surfaces such as reception desks, nursing stations, countertops and other locations suitable to serve customer, patient or caregiver needs.

Bristol cleaning businessman up for major franchising award

* Bristol-businessman.jpgWith a background in financial services both in the UK and internationally, Damon Brown gave that all up to run his own cleaning services franchise, and has not looked back.

Now, he has been shortlisted in the Transformation category at the British Franchise Association’s HSBC British Franchise Awards, taking place at the Vox, Birmingham, on 30th November.

Kaivac introduces 'finish-friendly' hospital-grade disinfectant to help fight Covid

* morrison-tom-kaivac.jpgIn its ongoing effort to help cleaning professionals protect the health of building users - and keep businesses open and operating - Kaivac has just introduced KaiSan II.

According to Tom Morrison, vice president of marketing for Kaivac, KaiSan II is a no-rinse, hospital-grade disinfectant, effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens including:

Clarion calls Samsic to offices in Central and South-East England

* Clarion-Samsic.jpgThe UK's largest provider of affordable housing, Clarion Housing Group, has appointed Samsic UK to provide cleaning services to its offices in Central and South-East England.

The contractor is supplying 70 directly-employed staff to clean 26 of the organisation's offices.

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Dear 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.

Cleanology up for national award recognising service industry entrepreneurs

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Commercial 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

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Three 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.

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

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Prochem 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.

Chris James steps down from WAMITAB CEO role

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Following 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.

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.

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