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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.

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There have been many changes since I joined this industry 29 years ago. I'd say that those having had the most impact are automation - and particularly the Internet of Things; better training, which has led to greater professionalism; and now, thanks to Covid-19, improved knowledge amongst the general public, of the importance of good cleaning. When our first lockdown started just over a year ago, I wrote of my expectations that cleaning would soon be perceived to be more important and that the public would quickly gain more respect for those doing the work.

Thanks to my job, I'm always aware of cleaning, yet I was surprised at being involved in intense family discussions about which supermarkets appear to be the safest to visit because of what's been put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Like everyone, I'm looking to see how clean an establishment is, but now it's not because I have an eye for a story but because my family's personal safety could potentially be seriously impacted if we make the wrong decision about where we shop.

Seeing the results of two surveys (featured below) this week, didn't have me surprised at how many people say the cleanliness of an establishment is now more important than it was a year ago, but how few. In one, taken in the UK, 88% want to see organisations implementing stringent hygiene regimes, but only 87% say the hygiene of places they visit is now more important to them than before the pandemic - I would have expected that to be nearer to 100% - but at least we're moving in the right direction. In another, 60% of North Americans say they'd take a pay cut to enjoy better workplace air quality and hygiene - a figure which I suppose depends on the disposable income and aspirations participants have, along with how dirty their current workplaces might be, (but either way, cleaning has taken on more importance for many of them).

I could always guarantee in the early days that a handful of my weekly pile of press releases would refer to a facility - and its level of cleaning - being a shop window for the business itself and while I could see that, I couldn't argue too much about cleaning schedules being loosened when budgets were tight. "Cleaning's always the first to go," I was told. Now it appears that the opposite is true. If you want people's business, ensure your cleaning's faultless and for good measure, make a point of letting your customers know of all you're doing to keep them safe.




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This Week's News

NIC repeats last years listing in 'Top 1,000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies'

* NIC-Services-Group.jpgNIC Services Group, which provides facilities management services across the UK and Ireland, has been listed in the Financial Times top 1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies for the second consecutive year. This list identifies Europe's fastest growing companies with the strongest revenue growth.

"To be included for the second consecutive year is a fantastic achievement for NIC and all our dedicated team," says John Spencer, NIC Group chairman. "This recognition is a significant accolade for the business in what has been an incredibly challenging year and reflects the substantial growth the business has seen over recent years.

First ever national poetry competition celebrates key workers

* Poetry-Competition.jpgClean for Good, an award-winning, ethically conscious cleaning business, has launched Poetry for Good, the first ever nationwide poetry competition calling for entries that celebrate the vital role of the UK's key workers.

From teachers to delivery drivers, and from office cleaners to nurses, the UK's millions of key workers have been keeping our nation safe, well and on the move over the past year. But key workers serve our nation like this every year, often on a low pay and rarely being offered the recognition they deserve. Poetry for Good aims at making a contribution to raising the profile of their work and recognising their value.

New ride-on Scrubmaster B400 R series cleans extra-large areas with ease

* B400-warehouse.jpgProduction facilities, logistics halls and warehouses are constantly increasing in size, bringing new application requirements with them.

The demands on professional indoor cleaning in terms of area coverage and performance are growing with every additional square metre.

Innovations in antimicrobials: IDTechEx report highlights start-ups developing new methods to eliminate microbes

* Innovations-Antimicrobials.jpgAntimicrobial technologies are used around the world in response to the pandemic, since surfaces and products protected by antimicrobial technology can continuously inactivate and kill harmful microorganisms such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

IDTechEx has recently published a research report covering the antimicrobial market, examining the technologies, innovations, and opportunities.

Not just health workers and cleaners but all those who support their work, need key/essential worker status, says BCC

* frontline-industry.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has expanded on its major initiative to achieve 'key and essential worker' status for employees in the cleaning and hygiene sector.

"As everyone is now aware, the BCC has been very keen to get Government recognition of the significant contribution that the cleaning & hygiene sector makes to the current fight against Covid-19 and for cleaning operatives to be recognised as key and essential workers,” says BCC chairman Paul Thrupp.

More than half of Britons say UK businesses could do more to keep them safe from Covid-19, survey reveals

* COVID-safe.jpgMore than half (53%) of Britons believe UK businesses could be doing more to improve the hygiene of their premises and keep people safe from Covid-19, according to a new survey.

Commissioned by hygiene and pest control technology company Pelsis Group , the survey of 2,007 people across the UK is believed to be the first to quantify how the pandemic has shifted the nation's attitude towards hygiene.

Scholarships empower small and women-owned businesses in the fight against Covid-19

* Kimberly-Clark-Scholarships.jpgAs the world faces ongoing pandemic-related uncertainty, Kimberly-Clark Professional continues to empower essential heroes working behind the scenes in the cleaning industry to help keep people and businesses as safe as possible.

Last year, in collaboration with ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, (a Division of ISSA) Kimberly-Clark Professional donated $500,000 to fund specialised scholarships for the GBAC ‘Fundamentals Online Course: Cleaning & Disinfection Principles’, to provide critical training to small and women-owned businesses around the world. This expansive effort has now touched six continents and hundreds of cities, from New York to New Delhi.

Lockdown toilet tissue venture cleans up with £1 million sales forecast

* toilet-paper-venture.jpgAn environmentally friendly toilet tissue business rolled out since lockdown hit is set for £1 million of sales in its first year.

Award-winning Tanki, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is both glue- and plastic-free and as well as for household use, is also aimed at the maritime and leisure market.

Mitie helps businesses breathe easy with new UV air disinfection service

* UVC-Disinfection-System.jpgMitie has launched a new air disinfection service, in partnership with Luxibel, using ultraviolet light to help eradicate bacteria, viruses, funghi and mould from indoor air.

Study shows 60% of North Americans would take pay cut to have better workplace air quality and hygiene

* Air-quality-over-job.jpgA new survey of US and Canadian workers revealed they would take a lower-paying job if it ensured good air quality, greater hygiene and health-conscious colleagues.

The survey, commissioned by Ambius, which helps creating smarter, healthier spaces globally through hygiene, plants and scenting services, found that 60% of workers would take a lower paid job if it had a healthier working environment than their current job, with 35% of those saying they already had found a new job with better hygiene practices.

Anabas announces change in ownership

* Anabas-craig.jpgMark Cooper, founder and chairman of Anabas, has sold the business to Armonia, a French facilities management provider. Anabas, which was set up by Mark in 2004, delivers a range of facilities management services to high quality corporate office spaces.

The deal will allow Anabas to grow and be even more successful. It provides increased financial strength while Anabas colleagues will benefit from increased opportunities for training, career development and promotion. The move also provides EMEA service delivery for Anabas's customers that require it and delivers increased service specialisms in areas where Anabas doesn't currently have an offering.

Bunzl makes further acquisitions in UK, Netherlands and Canada

* BUNZL-ACQUISITIONS-UK.jpgBunzl, the specialist international distribution and services group, has completed three further acquisitions in the UK, the Netherlands and Canada.

In January, the company acquired Deliver Net, a healthcare distributor to care home groups in the UK, with 2020 revenue of £20 million. Deliver Net is closely aligned with Bunzl's existing care home business in the UK which is expected to support Deliver Net's expansion into additional product offerings such as care home equipment.

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Recent UK News

New dates for this year's Cleaning Show announced

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This 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.

Apprenticeship schemes flourish at phs

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

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

A 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.

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.

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