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International News

CIRI to host ‘Covid-19: the second wave’ webinar series

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In its ongoing effort to provide cleaners and disaster restoration professionals with the latest research related to Covid-19 and protection of the built environment, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute will host ‘Covid-19: the second wave’ a three-part webinar series beginning Thursday, 12th November.

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.

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Many countries have been forced back into lockdown in some form or other but in the UK things seem to be a bit different from how they were last time. OK, it's the first day for us, but everyone I speak with says the roads during rush hour were as busy today as they were last week and that public transport systems were busy too. I'm wondering whether this is because our workplaces are now fairly Covid-safe or if it's because so many of us have now had enough of the enforced isolation and all it brings, and have decided to ignore Government advice about staying at home.

Either way, the constant rule changing must cause havoc amongst the cleaning teams, who will no doubt feel responsible for their clients' safety but may not be aware from one day to the next whether the cleaning services will be needed the following day and if they are, to what extent. Already these teams will have had to learn new procedures, often using different products and equipment, and I understand that many have had to cover locations they don't normally clean and take on extra shifts too. Adaptability has become as much a part of the job as expertise in the task at hand and I can imagine that the work - not just for the cleaners but their management teams too - must be exhausting.

Another way the pandemic has affected our sector is through the cancellation of our events... Conferences and exhibitions and the like. I think I may have mentioned recently that John Austen and I presented the idea of a virtual exhibition more than a decade ago and while back then it excited us, I've only recently realised that the logistics of running a virtual show must, in reality, be daunting. I've congratulated our cleaning teams many times over the years and now I extend my congratulations to everyone who's had to move from organising a show with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors, to staging a virtual exhibition instead.

And while it's always wonderful to win an award for a new product or innovation, I'm sure the grinning faces, cheers and loud applause of audiences as the awards are announced and presented, are sorely missed - along with the photographic evidence. The Interclean Innovation Awards have been announced this week (see below). If you're a winner or finalist, I'm applauding you from my home office. I realise it's not quite the same but...



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This Week's News

Leobot wins Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020

* LEOBOT-WINS-INNOVATION-AWARD.jpgThe third day of Interclean Amsterdam Online, the Show's first-ever 100% virtual event, started with the announcement of the winner of the Amsterdam Innovation Award.

The overall winner - out of a total of 86 entries - of the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020 is Leobot by Lionsbot.

European social dialogue: SSDC's plenary meeting devoted to Covid-19

* EFCI.jpgLate last month, EFCI (the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe) and its members took part in the plenary meeting of the Industrial Cleaning Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee.

The meeting was an occasion for UNI Europa's and EFCI's secretariats and members to jointly analyse the impact of Covid-19 on the sector and discuss future actions to advocate for the cleaning sector's needs and essential role during the second wave of the pandemic.

Cleaning and FM industries pay tribute to Patrick Jongbloet

* Patrick-Jongbloet_BCC.jpgMembers of the cleaning, hygiene and facilities management sectors have been paying tribute after popular colleague, Patrick Jongbloet, passed away.

Patrick had a variety of roles connected to the FM and cleaning & hygiene sectors over a number of years so was well-known in the industry.

Hunt for CSSA's 2021 Innovation Showcase award winners is now on

* CSSA-2021-Innovation-Showcase.jpgThe Cleaning & Support Services Association's 2021 Innovation Showcase, which celebrates the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives, has been launched with the help of sponsor the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association.

The deadline for entries is 31st December 2020.

Forum Pulire 2020, a growing event

* Forum-Pulire-2020.jpgThe new digital version of this unique multidisciplinary congress attracted 45% more public than the 2018 edition, with 729 participants from 26 nations.

The event covered the themes, designing for cleanliness in hospitals, restaurants, hotels and schools, innovative distribution and the calling of leadership, women in the working world, welcoming and belonging, and happiness.

UK prepares for giant lockdown fatbergs

* lockdown-fatbergs.jpgWith our nation starting yet another lockdown today, BusinessWaste.co.uk is urging closing businesses not to throw oil and grease down the drain and for households to think about what they flush down the toilet.

The organisation is warning that, as many restaurants, pubs, and cafes prepare to close for the month-long lockdown, business owners worried about their uncertain future may look to save a few pounds by illegally pouring waste down the drains.

Spotta puts bed bugs to the test

* SPOTTA.jpgIn its first year of operation, Spotta's Bed Pods have reduced the amount of bed bug incidents discovered by hotel guests from 50% to just 3.3% in its customers' properties.

The 'always-on' monitoring service uses AI-driven recognition technology to identify insects and provide real time alerts. The Bed Pod enables hotels, other accommodation providers and their pest control partners to identify occurrences of bed bugs and treat the problem early, limiting the damage pests cause.

Clean N Coat offers combined solution to 24/7 cleaning and sanitising

* Clean-N-coat.jpgFinnish manufacturer Affix Labs’ new ‘Clean N Coat’ surface cleaning product, is applied in the same way as other cleaning products but has the added benefit of leaving but an almost invisible, ultra-thin, anti-microbial coating that actively protects surfaces for up to seven days.

In tests, the coating lasted for over 300 touches.

New act at Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre group receives rave reviews

* Purehold-handles.jpgAndrew Lloyd Webber's theatre group has announced a range of hygiene measures across theatres, to make the West End more Covid-secure and help protect staff and visitors in preparation for when the West End eventually reopens again.

These measures include the installation of Purehold's hygienic door handles. with the group announcing in The Guardian newspaper recently:

Meet Billy

* Meet-Billy.jpgBilly is an electronically-controlled industrial compact steam cleaner, specifically designed to clean and sanitise food facilities such as restaurants, bakeries, pubs and lounges, grocery stores, butcher's shops and delicatessents, as well as hotels and transport systems, where it can sanitise up to 600sq.m/hr.

£400 penalty for Rowlands Castle fly-tip

* fly-tipper-fined.jpgAn investigation into a fly-tip in Rowlands Castle has led to a £400 penalty charge being paid. The tip containing garden waste and household rubbish was found on an unlit rural road last month.

East Hampshire District Council's investigation led Environmental Enforcement Officers to a resident in Havant who had paid someone to take their waste away and dispose of it.

Procurement Excellence recognised with CIPS certification for Mitie

* CIPS-Mitie.jpgMitie has been awarded the Procurement Excellence Programme certification by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) at standard level, demonstrating its commitment to maintaining a responsible, sustainable and professionally-managed supply chain.

This is the most prestigious accreditation available from a global procurement professional body to procurement teams, with only around 350 companies in the world having achieved certification.

Significant win for Incentive QAS

* INCENTIVE-QAS.jpgIncentive QAS, the cleaning arm of the Incentive FM Group, has secured a significant contract amidst unprecedented pressures within the sector.

After 12 months of a delayed and competitive tender, Incentive QAS is now the chosen partner for 65 mixed-use properties across London and the South East of England for a leading property management company.

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Recent UK News

Greyland’s Richard Dyson elected to CHSA Council

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Greyland CEO, Richard Dyson, has been duly elected by its members to the Council of the CHSA at its Annual General Meeting held in October.

IWSA members 'doing their bit'

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The Independent Washroom Services Association was founded on the principles of collaboration and support and that is being demonstrated strongly this year.

Jangro LMS offers safe training solution amidst pandemic

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Infection control measures have forced the cancellation of many events this year ,however, even with Coronavirus prevention protocols that are currently in place, cleaning industry staff can still learn and develop their skills, thanks to the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS).

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.

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.

David Johnston MP enjoys quick lesson on escalator & travelator cleaning

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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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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


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