Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 22nd October 2020 Issue no. 941
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ACI survey finds decline in handwashing practices since beginning of pandemic
Raimondo Raimondi elected president of RCM
New report details cleaning products industry’s response to pandemic
Middle East Cleaning Technology Week moves to September 2021
InnuScience unveils RSG product range
Ambius revolutionises health & safety for businesses with Hygiene360
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
Nilfisk’s latest launches respond to increasing demand for autonomous cleaning
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For many years we've used a local Asian takeway which is so popular, that whilst waiting to collect our food, I've often heard staff telling people ordering by 'phone that they'll have to wait two hours for delivery. I can imagine the sighs of frustration at the other end, but since the food's so good, customers are rarely put off. Although I could never quite pinpoint why, the place never struck me as being wonderfully spotless; but it was OK - and since there was an unobstructed view through to where the food was cooked and packed, I felt reasonably safe frequenting it and watching the men prepare our meal. While I wasn't surprised to learn that the establishment hadn't fared well in the Food Hygiene Ratings scheme, we continued to use it and since it didn't seem any less busy (and with local social media groups you can't bury bad news however hard you try!) it appears that I wasn't alone in my confidence.
Until Covid, that is. We hadn't eaten out at all - or bought a takeaway, since the Coronavirus started making news, but following an 'all hands on deck' day in the garden, we were too exhausted to cook and decided to order in. Did we use our usual takeaway? No. We ordered from one that also offers tasty food but which has regularly boasted a Five Star Hygiene rating - and this was mentioned in the restaurant review I subsequently posted.
It took me back to one of the very first Leaders I wrote, many years ago. A new friend joined our crowd's regular jaunt to London's Battersea Show Palace, where, a couple of times nightly, the bar was shut to enable the staff (all actors 'between roles') to climb onto it, to perform 20 minute bursts from West End shows. So committed was the place to putting on an extravaganza that it even installed an indoor racetrack so staff could perform Starlight Express.
It wasn't so committed to keeping its washrooms clean though and our new friend soon announced that much as he loved the place, he'd never return as the loos were so filthy. I remember thinking: "But you're a bloke. Why the interest in toilet hygiene?" I based my Leader on the damage dirty washrooms can do to a venue's reputation (and thus its profits).
Since then I've learnt that washroom hygiene (and actually hygiene in general) is every bit as important whatever your gender - and particularly so in this day and age.
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This Week's News
Enormous global demand for cleaning & hygiene products increases M&A activity
The pandemic has thrown the spotlight on the cleaning and hygiene industry like never before, causing major shifts in mergers & acquisitions activity, reports Clearwater International.
At the start of the pandemic, demand for cleaning & hygiene products was naturally focused on keeping hospitals, care homes and other essential services as safe as possible. However, with many offices, factories and schools open again, stricter hygiene measures have only accelerated the need for cleaning products to limit the spread of the virus.
Over 75% of people feel unsafe returning to work thanks to poor hygiene
A recent survey about how Covid-19 has affected perceptions of cleanliness and hygiene in the workplace shows that confidence is low in these early stages of businesses getting back to work.
The survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Professional- showed that three out of four people in the UK do not feel safe going back to the workplace, while 86% said they would avoid a location if they didn't think it was Covid secure.
What have we learned about the virus, so far?
by Adrian Gee-Turner, Sterling Presentation Health
“As the pandemic has progressed, our understanding of the virus that causes Covid-19 has grown, and this has influenced the guidance on transmission-prevention measures such as face masks, social distancing, hand washing and disinfection.
New swab testing service launched as Covid-19 is found to survive 28 days on surfaces
Responding to the latest research showing that Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 28 days, health & safety authority Bureau Veritas has developed a new swab sampling service.
Giving employers peace of mind of knowing their workplaces are Covid free, the new offering involves Bureau Veritas's highly-qualified occupational hygienists swab testing various surfaces on business sites in line with MDHS 97 - Methods for Sampling Surface Contamination.
ISS awarded Platinum sustainability rating from EcoVadis
Facilities management specialist ISS earned a platinum rating in the EcoVadis Sustainability Rating 2020-21, maintaining its position in the top 1% of all assessed companies for the second year in a row.
EcoVadis evaluated ISS based on 21 sustainability criteria in four themes: environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. One of the specific comments from the assessment is that 'The company demonstrates an advanced sustainability management system that covers all four themes under review.'
Airthings launches Mould Risk Indication for its award-winning Wave Mini
Airthings, the Oslo, Norway-based creator of award-winning indoor air quality and radon monitors, has officially debuted a new capability to its existing air quality monitor, Wave Mini. All Wave Mini devices - including those already in use, will now include mould risk indication.
This Airthings-made algorithm uses existing sensors and historical data to inform of the likelihood of mould growth in an indoor location. With a strong connection between mould exposure and a variety of respiratory health effects, protecting health from dangerous mould damage has never been simpler or more affordable than with Wave Mini.
Hydro Systems introduces RiteFlex handheld dispensing system solutions
Hydro Systems has introduced its new family of RiteFlex portable dispensing products. The patent pending product range features a handheld
"Handheld dispensers offer numerous benefits, including versatility and the convenience of being ready to use without installation, training or additional equipment," said Matt Hayas, global product manager, Hydro Systems.
New I-minute anti-coronavirus spray heading for £1 million in sales
Continuous investment in production equipment, together with forward planning, innovation and efficiencies, plus rapid reaction to customer demand, have staved off the worst of the effects of the current virus-induced Lockdown and subsequent downturn.
How to keep customers & staff safe with new technology
LED Direct is helping in the battle against Covid-19. A family run business in Sheffield, LED Direct has developed a new product that can change the way we sanitise rooms and even the air.
Since the old adage, 'necessity is the mother of invention' still rings true, there have been notably creative ways that organisations and governments around the world have responded to the public health crisis. One of the most innovative measures is the use of UV lighting to combat the spread of the virus.
David Johnston MP enjoys quick lesson on escalator & travelator cleaning
David Johnston, Member of Parliament for Wantage, visited Rosemor International in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, last month, where he was treated to a demonstration of Rosemor's range of escalator and travelator cleaners, by Rosemor's managing director Efi Rosen.
First edition of Nonwovens Circular Forum closes to great acclaim
With over 100 delegates from across the nonwovens and related industries in attendance, the first edition of EDANA's new Circular Nonwovens Forum successfully created a new platform for discussion on sustainability and circularity within the nonwovens sector.
Nonwovens manufacturers, their suppliers and converters are increasingly focused on finding circular economy solutions and this gathering was established to explore this trend in depth with key technical actors, business leaders and decision makers.
Rats! Key components of rodent prevention explained
As one may suspect, there are multiple components in a rodent management program, including sanitation, vegetation management, rodent resource reduction and pest exclusion. As well as focusing on the crucial elements in preventing rodent intrusion and exclusion, this article will discuss the common areas for rodent entry and some of the tools and techniques used to keep these pests out.
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