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International News

One year later: Lessons learned from Covid

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We 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?

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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It was apt that the Loo of the Year Awards launched this week, when ‘wild toileting’ was covered in the Guardian newspaper. Wild toileting has become a growing movement during the pandemic – and it doesn’t surprise me one bit.

It’s only been a year but seems like a lifetime ago that I was chatting to the British Toilet Association’s Raymond Martin about the impact the pandemic would have on public toilet provision. As Ray told me what was needed to keep toilets open whilst also making them safe, I wondered how those responsible would find the labour and budget required. As a long-term complainant about the damage – often deliberate – people can inflict on our away-from-home facilities, my feeling was that service providers were on a hiding to nothing. I expected most facilities to shut down – and indeed many did, making it impossible for the public to comfortably enjoy what little outside entertainment they were allowed to have. Hence the rise of wild toileting, (which, in case you’re wondering, could be referred to as a natural aftermath of al fresco dining). But while dining out in the open is unlikely to offend anyone, urinating and defecating behind a bush or the like, most certainly will - and it’s a health hazard too. So what do we do?

* LEADER-PIC-4th-March.jpgI’ve long been a fan of the compost loo and feel that now is the time for those who should be providing public toilets to get digging and woodworking. Most of us have become used to carrying hand sanitiser around and I’m assuming that those taking exercise (and sometimes more!) in public spaces are also carrying their own toilet tissue. These very basic of toilets don’t require water and are easy for users to keep clean themselves. All that really needs be supplied is a huge box of wood shavings and some scoops so people can sprinkle the shavings down the hole to keep flies and smells at bay, and a bin for non-disposable products. I’ve been using these compost loos on and off for years and know just how good they are. The waste can even be used as fertiliser and more (but more of that another time)!

Details on the LOTY Awards follow – and remember, an inspection offers not just a potential win but a great way of learning what you might be doing wrong…




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This Week's News

New dates for this year's Cleaning Show announced

* New-dates-Cleaning-Show.jpgThis year's Cleaning Show has been moved to 2nd, 3rd and 4th November following the Prime Minister recently setting out the 'road map' for the UK Coronavirus lockdown easing.

The 2021 edition of the nation's premier cleaning & hygiene event will take place at London's Excel as previously planned.

Display evidence of your company's standards

* LOTY-2021-launches.jpgThe cleanliness, maintenance and management of washrooms has never been more important than now, during the Covid-19 epidemic.

When customers and staff need to satisfy a basic human need - using the loo - they need to know the washrooms they use meet their needs, and importantly they should not use washroom facilities in premises that do not.

Is Purelight the future of infection control?

* Purelight-hosp-env.jpgHospitals and other healthcare facilities are now looking to new technology to stop the spread of infection in the ongoing battle against Covid-19. Unlike conventional cleaning this method uses an entirely hands-free approach and is delivered through beams of UV light.

ViroGuard: Cleantec Innovation's sanitiser and disinfectant range gets a new look for 2021

* VIROGUARD.jpgNow a permanent group of products in its portfolio, Cleantec Innovation's ViroGuard range was launched in April last year in direct response to market demands for high performing and trustworthy sanitising and disinfection products.

ISS and Barclays extend successful global facilities partnership

* ISS-Barclays-global-partnership.jpgISS has agreed with Barclays to extend their eight-year partnership whereby ISS delivers Integrated Facility and Workplace Services across the Barclays portfolio in more than 30 countries until 2025.

ISS has worked with Barclays since 2012, providing an integrated Facility Services solution in UK & Ireland, Europe, the Americas, Middle East, India and Asia Pacific, and the next phase of the contract is designed to create tangible value for the Bank, its global workforce and for ISS.

Performance Food Group and WestRock launch sustainability initiative

* Sustainability-Initiative.jpgPerformance Food Group, (PFG), and pizza box manufacturer, WestRock, are working together to deliver Sustainable Choices - a pizza box recycling educational program - to pizza box customers, and pizza consumers across the US.

The foundation of this project is a WestRock study, which was reviewed and endorsed by members of the American Forest & Paper Association. The study was designed to determine whether grease or cheese contamination levels typically associated with pizza boxes, impact the finished product quality of the corrugated cardboard.

Apprenticeship schemes flourish at phs

* Apprenticeships-phs.jpgMore than 150 people have signed up to boost their skills as part of the apprenticeship programmes offered by facilities services provider phs Group.

The apprenticeship programmes are designed to nurture talent, upskill individuals within the company and boost career progression. Over 120 employees have enrolled in a phs apprenticeship over the last 12 months, with 30 more already scheduled to start in 2021.

NSS reports continued growth and bolsters senior team

* NSS.jpgSpecialist services provider NSS, has reported a 20% increase in revenues following a series of significant contract wins across the facilities management, retail, industrial and ecommerce sectors.

On the back of this growth, NSS has named Malcolm Fyall as group operations director - a newly created role - with immediate effect and Mark Seager will replace Malcolm as operations director of the cleaning division.

Clenetix partners with Airthings for Business to improve indoor air quality

* Clenetix-PJS.jpgCleaning software specialist, Clenetix, has partnered with Airthings for Business, a global company that provides digital technology to improve indoor air quality.

With this new integration, Clenetix users can access live air quality data about virus risk, CO2, temperature, humidity, airborne chemicals, radon, light, occupancy, mould risk and air pressure levels.

Cromwell Polythene continues to invest in UK manufacturing and recycling operations

* Cromwell-Polythene.jpgCromwell Polythene continues to strengthen its UK recycling and manufacturing operations, to help businesses protect themselves and the environment during the pandemic.

The family-run company, which has been in operation for 38 years, has seen increased demand for its range of essential products to help prevent the spread of infection.

New waste management system aids safety and recycling at international packaging company

* NEW-WASTE-MANAGEMENT-SYSTEM.jpgA new racksack system from Beaverswood is improving the collection and segregation of waste at the UK and Ireland's largest independent suppliers of industrial packaging and food service products.

Zeus Packaging (UK), a specialist in distribution and manufacturing - supplying a diverse range of products to a wide range of markets both globally and in the UK, recently invested in 50 new hard-wearing racksacks at its 97,000sq.ft headquarters in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

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Recent UK News

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

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The 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.

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

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Braehead 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.

Latest testing success for Greyland against SARS-CoV-2

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Leading 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
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7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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