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International News

Ambius revolutionises health & safety for businesses with Hygiene360

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Business leaders are faced with an onslaught of new decisions to keep their customers and employees safe from the spread of Covid-19.

Ambius, known for its commitment to helping organisations promote healthy spaces through interior landscaping and scenting solutions, launched Hygiene360, a suite of full-service solutions that tackle the spread of germs on surfaces, person-to-person and in the air.

Indoor air should be the key factor in combating viruses

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The effectiveness and predictability of combatting the pandemic can be improved by direct changes to indoor environments. Advanced indoor solutions can reduce the risk of a virus spreading by up to 90%, depending on the premises. However, even simple means are worth trying.

Nilfisk’s latest launches respond to increasing demand for autonomous cleaning

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Nilfisk has announced the launch of two high-performance additions to its portfolio of autonomous solutions.

CMS Berlin 2021 is gearing up to go

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The Coronavirus pandemic has made it clear to the world how important cleaning and hygiene are. It has also placed the spotlight on the building cleaning trade, an industry that is vital to the economy.

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In last week's Cleanzine we featured Cromwell Polythene's litter pick for Keep Britain Tidy's 'Great British September Clean' and I've spent more time than I probably should have done this week, wondering whether the folk of Sherburn in Elmet, near Leeds, and those in Alfreton, Derbyshire, (where the various teams were working) are rather different from those in other parts of the UK. Why?  Simply because 'hundreds of cigarette butts' made up the majority of the litter, rather than the discarded face masks I expected to read about. According to the listings, there wasn't even one mask. Keep Britain Tidy's 2019 litter survey found that cigarette butts accounted for 66% of all items. But everything's changed since then, hasn't it?

I've lost track of the rules (well who hasn't?) but around much of the UK - well, in those areas where we're still allowed out, we generally have to wear masks some of the time. I see people out in the parks and countryside wearing them. If you're wearing a mask, you can't smoke. And if you're one of the thousands who've tested positive for Covid, you probably shouldn't be smoking anyway, should you, mask wearer or not?

Rarely do I see discarded cigarette butts. I do, however, see loads of used disposable masks lying around & I despair of the mentality of those who think it's OK to drop them.

I also despair of the apparent ignorance of those making the rules. I'm not sure whether this one's still valid, but where's the logic in having to wear a mask in a bar, pub or restaurant when you're not drinking or eating, but being able to remove it when you are. And once you're finished, put it back on again (is that between sups of your drink, or food courses I wonder?). To fiddle around with your mask, taking it off then putting it on again, having touched surfaces in a public place, could be folly indeed. Doesn't anyone in Government think these things through?

As someone who abhors wearing a mask I avoid situations that require me to do so. As soon as I put one on, I feel as if I've masked my brain and I won't go into the impact that has but let's just say I'm surprised my local Co-op doesn't turn off the lights & pull down the shutters when they see me coming. My goodness do I admire those who manage to wear them whilst working - particularly if the work's physical, as in cleaning!



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This Week's News

Raimondo Raimondi elected president of RCM

* Raimondo-Raimondi_RCM.jpgRaimondo Raimondi has been unanimously elected as the new president of RCM SpA. He succeeds of Roberto Raimondi, who has been president since 1983.

Redwigwam waives fees so cleaning and FM businesses can hire flexible workers in run-up to Christmas

* Cleaning-for-free.jpgThe UK's biggest flexible working community is waiving its fees to help businesses in the cleaning and facilities management sector recruit the workers they need to meet the demands of the new surge in Coronavirus cases and facilitate business continuity and resourcing in the crucial Christmas period.

Redwigwam is allowing companies to use its AI-powered online platform to find the workers they require and they will only have to pay the workers for the jobs they hire them for.

No Falls Foundation appoints health & safety advisor

* NO-FALLS.jpgFollowing his retirement from the Health & Safety Executive on 30th September, Ray Cooke has agreed to serve as the No Falls Foundation's first Health & Safety Advisor.

Ray joins the height safety Foundation after 35 years with HSE, latterly as HM principal inspector and head of the construction sector regulatory support team in the building safety & construction division.

New report details cleaning products industry’s response to pandemic

* New-report.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute has released a new report: ‘Rising to an unprecedented challenge: The cleaning products industry’s response to Covid-19’.

Middle East Cleaning Technology Week moves to September 2021

* Middle-East-Cleaning-Technology-Week-cancelled.jpgMiddle East Cleaning Technology Week, the region's leading exhibition for the commercial cleaning & hygiene industries, will be moved to September 2021, joint organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East (MFME) and VIS have announced.

The 6th edition of the three-day event was originally rescheduled to run in January 2021, but will now take place from 28th - 30th September 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Cintas celebrates 2020 Custodian of the Year winner

* Cintas-celebrate-Howell.jpgEach year, Cintas Corporation hosts the Custodian of the Year contest, which shines a spotlight on hardworking custodians/caretakers across the US.

In partnership with ISSA and Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Cintas crowned Howell Beasley of Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K as this year's winner. The celebration took place during a pep rally following Albertville High School's homecoming parade on 1st October.

Cleaning operatives win praise as industry assesses the effects of Coronavirus

* Cleaning-operatives-win-praise.jpgThe cleaning & hygiene industry has been assessing the huge impact of Coronavirus and the lockdown on different sectors, businesses, and operatives. A British Cleaning Council audit of members last month shows that organisations and individuals are having to adapt rapidly to the major changes brought by the virus.

A consistent theme throughout is praise for the dedication of the operatives who have been doing vital work protecting the health and wellbeing of others and keeping key industries going since the pandemic began.

Jangro launches digital cleaning wall charts for hospitality sector

* Jangro_Hospitality-chart.jpgAs lockdown restrictions continue to loosen and hospitality outlets emerge from their enforced hibernation, they must be extra vigilant when it comes to cleaning and hygiene.

To assist with this enhanced focus on infection control, Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has extended its award-winning, innovative range of digital wall charts.

InnuScience unveils RSG product range

* InnuScience-MultiKleen.jpgBiotechnology-based cleaning systems specialist InnuScience, has introduced its RSG (Ready Set Go!) range of products that can be used wherever there is a water source and which include a simple integration with a portable dilution system.

A dispensing nozzle allows easy dispensing of the full range while the closed loop system ensures accurate dilution and eliminates risk of mixing products.

Goodway expands surface sanitation system solutions with addition of BioSpray-10-C

* Goodway-BioSpray-10-C.jpgAs Covid-19 and other seasonal viruses continue to drive demand for effective cleaning and sanitation solutions, Goodway Technologies is expanding its line of surface sanitation systems with the addition of BioSpray-10-C - a portable, lightweight system that is ideal for facility and commercial use, such as classrooms, office buildings and clinics. 

“There continues to be extremely high demand for sanitation solutions that improve the safety and wellbeing of the occupants and it’s coming from every industry,” says Tim Kane, president and CEO of Goodway Technologies.

11th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award recipient announced

* National-Hygiene-Specialist-Excellence-Award.jpgUMF Corporation has announced the recipient of the company's 11th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, acknowledging the important contribution of environmental services (EVS) departments in healthcare facilities across the US. This year's recipient is Hosea Jackson, a custodial services manager for Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Singaporean toilet association ensures coffee shop facilities are clean and hygienic

* RAS-latest.jpgWith life starting to get back to some sort of normality in Singapore, RAS, - the Restroom Association (Singapore) – has been stepping up its essential services.

In September, 20 training sessions on toilet cleaning and assessment were conducted for more than 150 coffee shop operators and cleaning attendants, with more sessions planned in the months ahead.

SWC wins Lloyds Pharmacy contract

* SWC-wins-Lloyds-Pharmacy.jpgSpecialist Window Cleaning (SWC), has added another household name to its growing client portfolio. One of the UK's leading pharmacists, Lloyds Pharmacy, has appointed SWC on a significant two-year cleaning contract.

The well-established window cleaning solutions leader will be providing internal & external window cleaning, fascia and signage cleans, as well as adhoc reactive callouts to over 1,000 Lloyds Pharmacy sites across the UK after a delayed start during lockdown.

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Recent UK News

An Exclusive solution

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National contract cleaning service provider Exclusive Services Group has appointed Dave Emmerson to the role of solutions director, to support the Hatfield-based contractor's growing use of emerging cleaning technologies and help manage its ambitious sustainability targets.

2020 Loo of the Year Awards event cancelled

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Because of Covid-19 restrictions on the numbers of attendees at events in England, the 2020 Loo of the Awards event, including Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards - planned for Friday 4th December 2020 - has been cancelled.

Working safely while meeting demand during pandemic

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Matrix Cleaning Systems, leading UK steam cleaning machine manufacturer, has - like many other suppliers - had to make many changes to the way it maintains production to meet the global demand for its key products.

Keep a lookout for latex

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With the increased use of personal protective equipment during the pandemic, there is the potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing latex, warns the Health & Safety Executive.

Litter pick for Great British September Clean reveals multiple waste types being discarded

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Cromwell Polythene and its manufacturing and recycling division, CPR Manufacturing, have undertaken a voluntary litter pick for Keep Britain Tidy's Great British September Clean (11th – 27th September).

It's a 'thumbs up' from Cleanzine for winners of this year's BICSc Awards!

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Nearly six months have passed and Covid-19 continues to dominate pretty much everything we do, and whilst the British Institute of Cleaning Science has had to cancel the Annual Awards Dinner, which would have taken place this week, the team wanted to mark the event by recognising just some of those who have played a part in what continues to be a heroic cleaning effort.

Kärcher Professional strengthens UK team with marketing director appointment

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Kärcher Professional UK has strengthened its team with the appointment of James Gordon as marketing director UK & Ireland.

The move will help the leading global cleaning brand to drive the Professional arm of the business across the UK territory to generate growth and awareness.

Manchester Cleaning Show moves to Sept 2021: virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event...

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The Manchester Cleaning Show – due to take place next month – has been postponed until September 2021 because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

A virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event, on 14th and 15th October.

CHSA reacts to Manchester Cleaning Show postponement

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Speaking about the postponement of October's Manchester Cleaning Show and its replacement with a virtual event to be held on 14th - 15th October, Lorcan Mekitarian, chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, said:

"We are sorry there will not be an opportunity for the sector to come together in one place this year, but completely understand the British Cleaning Council's decision."

Mitie / Interserve merger investigation launched by CMA

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The Competition & Markets Authority has opened an investigation into the anticipated acquisition by Mitie Group of Interserve FM (Holdings), which was announced in June of this year and was expected to complete by the year end.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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