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International News

ISS Denmark and Danish Defence negotiating possible termination of partnership agreement

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ISS Facility Services A/S and The Danish Ministry of Defence Estate Agency are to commence negotiations on a possible termination of the existing service contract between the two.

BSCAI announces 2021 board of directors

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The Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) has announced the installation of its newly elected officers and directors.

Essity to acquire Australian hygiene company Asaleo Care

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Following December's announcement, Essity has now agreed with hygiene company Asaleo Care, which began life 1n 1932 as the British Australian Paper Company, to acquire the remaining 63.8% of its shares. Essity currently holds 36.2% of the shares.

New technology keeps commercial spaces ultra-clean and promotes confidence and reassurance in a Covid world

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Open World Technology Group (part of SIA Holding) has developed Velvet2030, a complete sanitising solution to keep viruses, bacteria and odours at bay, to help businesses clean-up their buildings and reassure their staff and customers that they are working in an ideal and safe environment.

Covid-19 driving unprecedented growth for antimicrobial industry

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IDTechEx has recently launched ‘Antimicrobial Technology Market 2021-2031’, a market research report covering additives and coatings that imbue surfaces and products with the ability to remove microorganisms such as bacteria, virus, and fungi.

Deactivate handheld disinfection device; proven to destroy SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces in 30 seconds

Xenex Disinfection Services has announced the launch of Deactivate, a high-powered, handheld LED device designed to quickly disinfect surfaces in confined spaces.

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I’ve never been one for Valentine’s Day; my view is that if someone loves you, they should be inclined to demonstrate their affection every day. Having them push the boat out just because it’s 14th February, feels akin to the insistence that seats on the Board should be fairly equally distributed between men and women along with the different ethnic groups and gender representations. If you’re a member of the board, surely you should be there on merit and for no other reason. Imagine being anything other than a straight white man and being offered a seat on the Board! I won’t say you’d be forever wondering if you’re there as the ‘token representative’ but the thought’s likely to cross your mind and make you feel you need to prove yourself, isn’t it?

Another thing that frustrates me about Valentine’s Day is that in conventional couples, one partner feels pressured into buying red roses and taking their other half out to dinner. That’s regardless of whether their partner likes red roses over all other flowers… we’ve been conditioned to think that it has to be red roses. The prices rocket and dinner is eaten (or used to be, prior to Covid) in a restaurant crowded with other couples, which is anything but romantic. What do you do though?

John and I had a chuckle this week over a press release sent in from divert.co.uk, (a UK-wide, on-demand rubbish collection service) pushing the ‘ultimate Valentine’s gift’ – the chance to become a refuse collector and ride in a refuse truck. “The bonus is that we will also teach your partner the importance of taking the bins out!” it promised... “Experience the ultimate driving thrill with this bin truck driving blast. Is your partner bored with their normal car? Or perhaps they simply want to live out that childhood fantasy of being a refuse collector? Then this experience is the perfect chance to go for a ride - along with one of our drivers, and experience the life of a refuse collector in one of our famous purple trucks. After the tough decision of what to pack in your lunch box, you can buckle up and enjoy the thrilling miles. Sit back and help co-pilot the lorry and take on the challenging straights and turns - and if you're lucky, your driver may let you use the hydraulics and tip the rubbish out!"

Now that’s a Valentine’s gift with a difference, don't you think?



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This Week's News

New fellowship program answers crucial need for hygiene science focus and rigour

* Simon-Sinclair_RGHI.jpgThe Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute was set up as a catalyst for change and has now launched its fellowship programme which intends to create a new generation of scientific leaders dedicated to the field of hygiene.

Covid-19 has brought hygiene - and more specifically the role it can play in our health - into sharp focus and further reinforced the fact that prevention is better than cure. However, despite hygiene being the preventive component of the global fight against infectious diseases, it has languished as a minority scientific and political interest for decades.

BICSc adds healthcare skills to the Cleaning Professional's Skills Suite

* BICSc-Healthcare.jpgAt a time when the healthcare sector is under immense pressure, the British Institute of Cleaning Science, known for its clear approach to raising standards within the cleaning industry, has adapted and launched Healthcare Cleaning Skills.

Minimising risk of Legionella should remain a top priority for facilities managers

* Minimising-risk-Legionella.jpgWhile many facilities are focusing on the proper precautions for preventing the spread of Covid-19 and maintaining a healthy and safe work environment, Goodway Technologies is sharing a reminder to be proactive in reducing the risk of a harmful bacteria that continues to impact facilities - Legionella.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, health departments in the US alone reported 10,000 cases of Legionnaires' disease in 2018. In 2021, the US has already seen outbreaks in a hospital, senior living centre and an apartment complex.

Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2022 is open for sponsors

* Golden-Service-Awards-2022.jpgWith 2020 and the pandemic putting cleaning and hygiene at the top of the agenda across all sectors, the cleaning industry has never been more important or more valued.

The Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2022 is now open for sponsors, with exclusive packages to suit all budgets, and the opportunity to show your commitment and support to industry colleagues who have achieved amazing results in very challenging times.

New handheld electrostatic device helps professional cleaners fight Covid-19

* New-handheld-electrostatic-device.jpgProfessional cleaning companies can now further enhance their cleaning regimes to protect against the threat of Covid-19 with a new handheld electrostatic fogger.

Bradley Corp. finds handwashing diligence on the decline amidst pandemic

* Bradley-US-handwashing.jpgUnfortunately, as the pandemic has worn on, Americans seem to be backsliding on their handwashing habits.

According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey conducted in January, 57% of Americans are washing their hands six or more times a day. That’s quite a drop off from the 78% of Americans who were washing that frequently when the survey was conducted in April of 2020.

Ensuring hygiene worker safety through certified PPE

* Certified-PPE.jpgASAP Innovations outlines threats to PPE supply, the cost of fake PPE, and how those operating in the hygiene sector can identify fraudulent products...

The past year has seen a raft of stories pertaining to the supply of essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and while the majority of this focus has been on the impact to the healthcare sector, there are many other industries that rely on PPE to protect staff. This is according to leading glove and face mask manufacturer, ASAP Innovations, which outlines how critical it is that those working in the hygiene sector remain protected from fake PPE, supply shortages and regulatory changes.

Rat warning for closed businesses

* Rat-warning.jpgNumbers of rat infestations in empty and closed buildings in the UK has reached "biblical levels" as pest controllers warn landlords and building owners to check premises for infestations well before lockdown restrictions ease.

"The big worry is that when shops, restaurants and offices are unlocked in preparation for openings over the next few months, business owners are going to discover fairly advanced infestations of rats and mice," explains Jenny Rathbone from Pest.co.uk

British breakthrough GermErase kills SARS-Cov-2 in 30 secs; provides protection for a month

* GERMERASE.jpgGermErase, a new brand at the frontline of protecting against Covid-19, infections and superbugs, has launched its first product range, guaranteeing the highest levels of protection against pathogens for up to a month.

Imperial Cleaning announces exclusive partnership with PRO-Techs Technology

* Imperial-cleaning.jpgElite commercial and residential cleaning services provider, Imperial Cleaning, has announced that it will enter into a strategic partnership with PRO-Techs USA, a provider of antimicrobial surface protection.

PRO-Techs is an EPA-registered nanotechnology that creates a barrier shield with a 99.9% effectiveness in preventing the growth of bacteria and microorganisms, providing long-lasting antimicrobial protection on porous and non-porous surfaces, with a durability of up to 90-days.

ICE Cleaning scores cleaning contract with West Ham United

* ICE-Cleaning-West-Ham-United.jpgFast-growing industrial, domestic and commercial cleaning expert ICE Cleaning is now the official cleaning contractor of West Ham United.

From a local cleaning company to a national business, ICE Cleaning has acquired an array of high-profile clientele, including the NHS, Warner Bros and Nando’s. During the beginning of the pandemic, ICE Cleaning featured in both The Telegraph and The Times for working tirelessly to help British businesses manage the risk of Coronavirus in the workplace, through the creation of the ICE Shield which offers surface protection for up to 28 days post-clean.

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Recent UK News

Covid-19: How to keep your cleaning staff safe

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It's fair to say that organisations all over the world have upped their cleaning game over the past year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

How are we doing? CHSA webinar addresses mental wellbeing in the pandemic

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Everyone is facing challenges in the pandemic, from isolation to anxiety. In the cleaning and hygiene sector these are compounded by working on the frontline to keep workplaces clean and safe, and maintaining the supply of essential cleaning and hygiene products. The pressure is intense.

All-Party Parliamentary Group for cleaning & hygiene industry inaugurated: 53 MPs join 'highly-credible' group

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the cleaning & hygiene sector was inaugurated on Tuesday.

Representing the interests of the sector in Parliament and influencing MPs, ministers and Government, it has attracted 53 MPs and three Members of the House of Lords, making it one of the bigger and most credible APPGs.

Christeyns UK managing director retires; Clover Chemicals managing director named as replacement

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Bradford based Christeyns UK managing director Nick Garthwaite is retiring from his role at the specialist hygiene chemical manufacturer after 10 years at the helm.

Logistics UK urges Sunak to support supply chain skills in the budget

The logistics industry needs Government support in the 2021 Budget to ensure the continued health of the UK's supply chain, according to business group Logistics UK (formerly the Freight Transport Association).

Public loos - 'A national embarrassment' claims BMA

With the public making more use of the great outdoors during the pandemic, focus on public spaces and amenities has never been greater. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association chaired a roundtable discussion recently on the provision of public toilets and what needs to change across the UK.

Beware of hot air in new ventilation guidelines

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The Government's recommendation that all new buildings which are not dwellings will require specialist systems to help to reduce the spread of airborne diseases such as Covid-19 doesn't go far enough, according to a leading infection mitigation specialist.

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