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International News

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

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The 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.

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

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While 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.

New handheld electrostatic device helps professional cleaners fight Covid-19

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Professional 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

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Unfortunately, as the pandemic has worn on, Americans seem to be backsliding on their handwashing habits.

Ensuring hygiene worker safety through certified PPE

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

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

GermErase, 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.

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’m ashamed that in this day and age, so many adults in the UK rely on our growing numbers of food banks to feed their families. But that’s not all we’re doing wrong… Did you know that in some counties, food waste makes up almost half of the average household general waste bin?

I was delighted to learn from the West Sussex Waste Partnership that it’s working with food partnerships across the county to encourage residents to share their surplus food, to help those in food poverty whilst reducing wastage. Can we have more of this please?

Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been significant changes to food behaviours in the UK which have been unfortunate for many. Sustain UK estimates that 8.4 million people are living in food poverty, with BAME (black, Asian & minority ethnic), disabled and older people worst affected. Pre-lockdown, in 2019-20, a record high of nearly two million people in the UK used a food bank, according to the Trussell Trust. The numbers are estimated to have increased hugely due to the pandemic, so redistributing food would help those struggling with their household budgets while cutting waste – along with the cost of waste collection, which will benefit us all.

One excellent scheme that spans more than 50 countries, is OLIO, which connects communities with each other and local food businesses, so surplus food can be shared and not discarded. All users need do is simply snap a photo of their spare items and add it to the app. Those living nearby can request anything that takes their fancy. The food, which is always offered for free, is shared when it’s nearing its sell-by date, or if it’s spare home-grown fruit or vegetables, or when residents are going away and will not use it. Created to try and prevent food waste and help reduce greenhouse gases (food waste is one of the world's largest emitters) the app has enabled over 1.6 million items to be shared. Community fridges are another great idea… Located in a public space, spare food is dropped off at these fridges by small businesses, to be rescued and shared amongst those who need it. Then of course there are the Food Banks, which are widely used...

The situation we’re in is far from ideal, but the more we can do to prevent waste by sharing our surplus food, the quicker we’ll all be back on our feet. Now all we need to do is get the message out and expand the schemes that have proved to work.



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This Week's News

UK hand sanitiser market has become a 'Wild West', risking fatalities among young and vulnerable, says NHS supplier

* Invertu.jpgThe safety of children and vulnerable adults is under threat from a wave of unsafe, mis-sold and under-regulated alcohol-based hand sanitisers, without any Government acknowledgment of the alternatives, according to a leading UK manufacturer.

One year later: Lessons learned from Covid

* Wilson_Afflink.jpgWe are now one year into the pandemic, making this an excellent time to reflect on an exceedingly-difficult 12 months. What can be learned from this experience?

Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing for Afflink, a membership-based sales & marketing organisation for the professional cleaning, packaging, office supply, and foodservice industries, says that: "The past year has also been 'a once-in-a-lifetime' moment for manufacturers, distributors, and service providers to learn and better understand how their companies operate and what changes can be made so they operate more effectively."

Why isn't UV disinfection being used more in the fight against Covid-19?

* Richard-Little_uv.jpgRichard Little, managing director, Jenton International, asks why UV air disinfection is not being used in the fight against Covid-19 - especially when there is a convincing argument, backed by sound evidence - for using it to improve air in a range of buildings and work environments.

Braehead Shopping Centre chooses Pebble Plug & Play hand dryers to solve washroom challenges in 2021

* 3Pebbles800.jpgBraehead Shopping Centre is one of Scotland's leading shopping and entertainment destinations. The centre also prides itself on its accessibility, with plenty of disabled washroom facilities, sensory aids, changing rooms, 650 designated parking spaces and a dedicated Shopmobility service.

During a washroom refresh in 2021, Braehead Shopping Centre decided to procure new hand dryers. The Pebble hand dryer became the clear winner due to its elegant streamline design and low noise levels, as well as the solutions it offers to washrooms in high footfall venues.

Latest testing success for Greyland against SARS-CoV-2

* SpraynWipe-Ultra2.jpgLeading independent cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland has announced that Spray & Wipe Ultra, its multipurpose antiviral surface cleaner launched last year, has now been tested against the SARS-CoV-2 virus using the NEN 14675 Standard Method.

British Safety Council calls on Government and HSE to strengthen and enforce Covid Secure workplace rules

* British-Safety-Council.jpgThe latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that Covid deaths are higher among low-paid and manual workers in England and Wales, underlining the need for stronger Covid Secure workplace rules to protect workers and for enforcement when rules are broken in the workplace.

Sadly, almost 8,000 workers have died where it is believed that the cause was directly due to Covid. Workers whose jobs involve regular exposure to Covid-19 or working near others, continue to have higher Covid-19 death rates.

New features for Jangro's e-learning platform

* NEW-FEATURES-JANGRO-E.jpgJangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has made several enhancements to its innovative training platform, The Learning Management Solution.

The site now features badges, enabling users to track their progress, as well as an update to the COSHH module to make it even more user friendly.

Deep cleaning: Prochem's WoolSafe sanitising system provides the answer

* prochem-pre-spray.jpgEven though offices, restaurants and public buildings have inevitably seen a decrease in footfall over the past six months, demand for carpet and upholstery cleaning has continued unabated with deep cleaning in huge demand.

Cleaning companies have used this time effectively to implement rigorous cleaning regimes for clients in both commercial and domestic sectors: with more of us working from home, residential carpets have taken a battering and require a refresh, if not restoring.

67,742 litres of sanitiser, 300,000 disposable gloves & over 280 workplace deep cleans: the story of one cleaning company's pandemic experience

* Electrostatic-sanitisation.jpgIt's been 12 months since the outbreak of Covid-19 and cleaning companies all over the world are still operating at maximum capacity, ensuring that key workers have safe and hygienic offices, factories, schools and medical facilities in which to operate.

Lightowler, the Hull-based cleaning, painting and facilities management firm, has been operating for over 160 years but a pandemic presented a unique new set of challenges the team had never experienced.

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Recent UK News

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

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At 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.

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

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With 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.

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.

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