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International News

ACI survey finds decline in handwashing practices since beginning of pandemic

As we commemorate Global Handwashing Day today (October 15th), the American Cleaning Institute reports a 14-percentage point decline in frequent handwashing since the start of the pandemic, according to a new national survey.

Raimondo Raimondi elected president of RCM

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

New report details cleaning products industry’s response to pandemic

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The 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

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Middle 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.

InnuScience unveils RSG product range

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Biotechnology-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.

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.

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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

* Enormous-global-demand.jpgThe 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

* KC_returning-to-work-trim.jpgA 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?

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“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

* SWAB-TESTING-SERVICE.jpgResponding 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

* ISS-awarded-Platinum-sustainability-rating.jpgFacilities 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-Mould-Risk-Indication.jpgAirthings, 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-RiteFlex.jpgHydro Systems has introduced its new family of RiteFlex portable dispensing products. The patent pending product range features a handheld
dispenser available in single and dual flow, and a foamer/sprayer.

"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

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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

* Airflow.gifLED 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

* Rosemor-MP-visit.jpgDavid 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

* Nonwovens-Circular-Forum.jpgWith 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

* Rodent-Prevention-Explained.jpgby Patricia Hottel, BCE

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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Recent UK News

Royal visit for green cleaning pioneer

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Bio-Productions, an industrial cleaning product manufacturer with an award-winning record for producing environmentally-responsible products for customers across the globe, welcomed HRH The Princess Royal on a tour of its Burgess Hill, Sussex, facility.

Do you have the retail floor cleaning blues?

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Retail cleaning can be challenging, and back of house areas are no exception. Dust, combined with oil and grease from food units renders cleaning difficult.

Time constraints make it hard to have a separate sweep and scrub process.

Bio-D launches new laundry service trial

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Ethical cleaning company Bio-D has launched a much-anticipated laundry service across the UK for its 20-litre containers.

Working collaboratively with selected wholesalers to return, refill and reuse the containers, the trial will create a closed-loop system - further reducing the amount of plastic used by the company and helping to contribute to a more sustainable society.

Mini Savona: The economical, compact and elegant soap dispenser

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The Mini Savona is the latest addition to Kennedy Hygiene’s hand washing range.

A compact and elegant dispenser, it provides a large amount of soap in a single dose, making it an ultra-economical choice for hand washing, as it cuts waste by negating the perceived need by users, to dispense several doses to collect what they consider to be an adequate amount of soap.

Bruntwood launches new FM business

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Commercial property specialist Bruntwood, is expanding its service offering with the launch of a new facilities management business, Unify, which will provide fully integrated FM services encompassing cleaning and specialist cleaning, energy, mechanical and electrical repairs and maintenance.

No Falls Foundation appoints health & safety advisor

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Following 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.

Cleaning operatives win praise as industry assesses the effects of Coronavirus

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The 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.

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).

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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


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