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International News

British-made residue-free aerosol effective against Covid-19

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An anti-viral and anti-bacterial aerosol spray developed in South Wales has been proven to kill the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - which causes Covid-19 - and it can disinfect areas up to 100cu.m.

Zero products: A true force of nature for all your cleaning needs

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The development of high performing cleaning chemical formulae, while respecting both nature and people, has always been Sutter Professional’s mission. Designed to meet your cleaning needs without damaging the environment, the portfolio includes a comprehensive range of Zero products, which do not require CLP (or hazard) pictograms because they are safe to use and kind to the environment.

It's just sanitiser - isn't it? All sanitisers are not created equal – says Bunzl Canada

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Since the start of the pandemic, more companies than ever before have been producing and selling hand sanitisers. With so many new brands on the market, it is important to choose a product that kills germs effectively, and is both pleasant and safe to use.

New antimicrobial coating treatment kills & protects against coronaviruses and other harmful germs for up to a year.

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Biotech and microbial control company, Zonitise, has launched an antimicrobial surface treatment proven to kill harmful bacteria and viruses including TGEV coronavirus - the model virus for SARS COV 2, for up to 12 months after one application.

Cobotics, a real step change for the cleaning and hygiene industry

The cobot Leobot, a collaborative robot that works side-by-side with cleaning operatives, won the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020. Out of a total of 86 submissions in four different categories, it was a cobot that took the prize home.

Egholm launches four winter upgrades to powerful utility machine

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In December last year, Danish-manufacturer Egholm introduced the new City Ranger 3070 to the market which is now followed up by four efficient ‘Winter’ attachments - a snow sweeper, snow plough, snow V-plough and salt and sand spreader.

Face mask laboratory tests show light-activated dye can destroy human coronaviruses

Using the natural forces of air and light, scientists have unveiled a potent and versatile new ‘weapon’ in the war against human coronaviruses.

CovGuard SHyCoCan: a breakthrough innovation against coronavirus in enclosed spaces

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Covguard Shycocan is a breakthrough innovation now available to defend against coronavirus within enclosed spaces. The device, launched by BV Consulting, is designed to disarm, disable and protect against Covid-19, providing real-time protection in buildings.

New data reveals consumer confidence in business cleanliness

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Findings from a recent US national survey has unveiled strong consumer confidence in business cleanliness, with two-thirds of Americans (65%) saying businesses are cleaning enough.

ISSA recognises 2020 Industry Achievement Award Winners

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ISSA has announced its 2020 Achievement Awards honorees, who have been recognised during the ISSA Show North America Virtual Experience, which is underway now.

A glance into the future - Interclean Amsterdam Online

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The first-ever Interclean Amsterdam Online, which took place from 3rd – 6th November 2020, marked the shift of rethinking our future. The pandemic is changing the world and the way to digitalisation is taking the lead and is moving us forward.

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Having watched the video last week of three refuse collectors dancing around bins while performing their new charity single, it came as a shock to learn that some of Surrey’s teams are being abused by members of the public. I’ve written about this before but it was ages ago and as I hadn’t come across any new reports, I’d hoped it had been a small pocket of nastiness that had been dealt with. Apparently not. And having since carried out research over a wider area, it’s not just a local problem.

Although it’s clearly much improved since the days the binmen (as they were called) had to collect our static bins from wherever they lived - back gardens too - and carry them out to the truck before manually hoisting them high to empty them, it’s still not the best job and it saddens me that those who do it can be abused by the very people they’re serving. Add to that the worry over what might be lurking on bin handles and the need to be especially careful at the moment, and I can imagine how stressful the job must be.

I felt some of that stress this week when calling the care home my mother was moved into for assessment two weeks ago following a dementia blip and fall which had led to a hospital stay. Two staff members had tested positive for Covid along with one resident who’d been taken into hospital as a precaution. Yesterday it was three staff and five residents – one of whom isn’t well. I KNOW how careful staff are in this home (it’s the first time anyone there has tested positive for Covid) and I feel their pain at having to test each week, then worry about having to provide care – and cleaning – for vulnerable people before going home to their families at the end of their shift. I’ve been lauding the frontline workers throughout the year, but it was only this week that the enormity hit me of what they’re having to do, along with just how frightened they must be. I can hear it in the voices of those charged with looking after my mum…

Whatever your personal thoughts might be on this pandemic, there really is no room for complacency, is there, when our frontline workers are putting their own lives on the line, shift after shift, to look after us all so well? For whether they come into contact with Covid or not, the fear factor must surely be taking a toll on their health.



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This Week's News

Taski Intellispray technology for business wins Innovation of the Year & Most Innovative Equipment awards at ISSA North America 2020

* TASKI_IntelliSpray-hotel.jpgIntelliSpray technology, developed by Taski, has beaten a field of highly innovative competition to win the ISSA Innovation of the Year and Most Innovative Equipment awards.

Chosen by cleaning professionals around the world, these prestigious accolades were awarded at the ISSA North America exhibition and conference in November, after over two months of voting that considered criteria including impact, practicality, sustainability, profitability and originality.

APPG will give cleaning & hygiene industry a voice in Parliament

* APPG.jpgThe British Cleaning Council is sponsoring the creation of an All-Party Parliamentary Group to represent the cleaning & hygiene sector in the Houses of Parliament. The aim is to give the industry a voice in Parliament, allow it to influence discussions, debate and pose questions and to influence ministers and the Government.

The BCC has been working to attract prominent MPs to join the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the industry, particularly those who represent constituencies where cleaning & hygiene sector businesses are based and particularly SMEs.

Electric hand dryer association concerns over EU EcoDesign Directive

* EHDA-concern.jpgThe electric hand dryer Association, the official body that represents the global hand dryer industry, has shared its concerns over the potential legislative measures resulting from the EcoDesign Directive, when it comes to energy efficiency and labelling.

Interserve colleagues and customers welcomed to Mitie

* Interserve_Phil-Bentley.jpgThis is a landmark month for the facilities management industry as Mitie and Interserve Facilities Management combine forces.

The enhanced Mitie Group creates a business which combines public and private sector expertise with industry-leading technology and sustainability credentials. Mitie is determined to deliver best in class for both its colleagues and customers.

IWBI, ISSA and GBAC align to deliver streamlined solutions in fight against SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19

* Associations-align.jpgThe International Well Building Institute (IWBI) and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, have launched a joint strategic initiative to accelerate the uptake of best practices that strengthen the role of buildings in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 and other infections.

New self-sterilising technology launches

* Osmotex.jpgOsmotex Steriliser Technology is said to be able to make textiles and personal items virus and bacteria free and the manufacturer has now launched the first series of masks for early adopters at the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

With the Covid-19 outbreak and other virus infections, the market for sterilising facemasks and personal items is increasing and Osmotex considers its solution a real breakthrough.

Santoemma system safely sanitises ambulances, using dry fog 7 micron technology

* Ambulance-cleaning.jpgAmbulance interiors require regular and comprehensive cleaning and sanitising. The work though is demanding and needs to be carried out as quickly as possible, as vehicles can be in constant use and teams have to react rapidly to emergencies, which may interrupt cleaning operations.

The presence of life-saving objects and electronic instrumentation, means that sanitising chemicals cannot be sprayed in liquid form.

Restoring consumer confidence in the washroom

* P-Wave-restoring-confidence.jpgThe Coronavirus has turned everyone's attention towards health and hygiene - with a particular focus on safety in the washroom. Consumer perception of cleanliness and hygiene has had a major impact around confidence when considering returning to work or eating out.

The washroom toilets are often the first or last place to be visited at any venue and represent one of the most important opportunities to give customers a positive experience.

Ecolab hand and surface disinfectants proven to kill Covid-19 in 30 seconds

* Ecolab-Skinman.jpgIndependent testing has confirmed the efficacy of a suite of Ecolab hygiene and disinfectant products against the virus that causes Covid-19. Ecolab's Skinman Soft Protect FF, a high-quality, alcohol-based hand rub, and surface disinfectant Sirafan Speed, were both proven effective against the virus in this testing coordinated through Dr Brill & Partner GmbH and carried out by the Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany.

According to several scientific studies, SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to survive several days on skin and on surfaces. Frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and proper hand hygiene have been identified as critical measures to help stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Franchise implements vigorous at-home cleaning programme

* Franchisor-Chris-Wootton.jpgIn May, when the UK was preparing to exit the first lockdown, domestic cleaning franchise Poppies had already developed a strategy to ensure cleaners could manage the new way of working and clients understood the benefits.

Incentive FM lands another retail contract

* INCENTIVE-FM-RETAIL.jpgIncentive FM has been appointed to manage the facilities at The Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City, in a contract that marks a series of wins in the retail sector for the company during 2020. Working across an area of 230,000sq.ft, the 18-person Incentive FM team will deliver cleaning, security, high level cleaning, and washroom services.

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Recent UK News

Challenge: Build Covid-19 Mass Test Centre. Deadline: 11 days. Achieved: 10 days

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When University of London, Goldsmiths College, famed for its creative departments (former graduates include Britain's richest living artist Damien Hirst, and film director Sir Steven McQueen), needed to erect a Covid-19 Mass Test Centre quickly in time for students return, it naturally turned to its FM company CK Facilities Management for help and advice.

2020 Loo of the year Awards

In September, Loo of the Year Awards advised that as a direct result of Covid-19 restrictions on the numbers of attendees at events, the 2020 Loo of the Awards event, due to take place tomorrow, had been cancelled.

Key workers at North London care home strike

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Cleaners and care workers at Sage nursing home in North London, who for some months have been calling for better wages, as well as parity with NHS sick pay and annual leave, may be about to down tools.

Firms advised to combine compliance inspections to avoid Coronavirus delays

As the pandemic continues to disrupt business operations worldwide, Bureau Veritas is advising businesses to combine compliance inspections where possible, so that one assessor can inspect multiple-sites in accordance with Covid-secure guidelines.

Lockdown boosts rat population to 150 million

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The population of rats in the UK has increased by 30 million in a year to 150 million - boosted by quiet urban areas and plentiful waste food. There are now thought to be 2.2 rats for every person.

GP surgery calls in design experts to help keep staff and patients safe

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A Yorkshire Dales doctor's surgery has updated its waiting room to help keep its staff and patients safe. Reeth Medical Centre, near Richmond, has had its seating reupholstered with an easy-to-clean, antimicrobial surface to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Training is key to keeping a Covid-free Space

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Commercial cleaning specialist Incentive QAS has urged the sector to prioritise training amidst the pandemic. Last month saw Channel 4 send a team of scientists around the UK to test more than 170 surfaces throughout six towns and cities as part of ‘Dispatches: How Safe Is It Going Out?'

A ‘Hard Day's’ work for Vaxinol: Fab Four get Prochem Microsan treatment

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Liverpool's most famous sons got special attention when the city authorities upped their contingency for halting Covid-19's spread.

Jangro offers tailored solutions to support catering businesses

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The catering industry has been fundamentally threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic, with tighter restrictions set to stay in place for the foreseeable future.

99Point9 Hygiene appoints industry expert to its board

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99point9 Hygiene, the technology company producing the automated door handle disinfecting system approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency, has announced the appointment of Keith Baker to the company's board with immediate effect.

53 million disposable face masks sent to landfill every single day

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The UK is binning an incredible 53,000,000 disposable face masks every single day, with reports that many face masks are ending up being carelessly discarded in the street ending up in streams and rivers.

"If you walk around any street now you will see disposable face masks being blown around with leaves in the gutter - they are the new cigarette butt - people are simply chucking them after use,” remarks Charlotte Green from waste company TradeWaste.co.uk

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