* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 15th April 2021 Issue no. 964

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International News

ACI welcomes Matthew Bisenius as Director, Government Affairs

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The American Cleaning Institute has announced the appointment of Matt Bisenius as director, Government Affairs. Matthew will be responsible for the development and implementation of ACI legislative and targeted regulatory policy with respect to federal issues, laws and standards.

Pilot study demonstrates that hand drying method can have significant impact on transmission of microbes from hospital toilets to wards

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A pilot study to investigate whether microorganisms that remain present on poorly washed hands can be transferred beyond the washroom environment to clinical and patient areas has found that drying hands with paper towels as opposed to jet air dryers results in lower rates of virus contamination on hands and clothing.

New antimicrobial laundry product kill germs on fabrics uses same technology as Covid-killing spray

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A new laundry product that eliminates germs and odour-causing bacteria on clothes between washes, reducing the spread of disease and keeping clothes and other laundry fresher and safer for longer, provides up to one month's (or five wash cycles) protection against bacteria and germs on laundry.

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Years ago, I told friends that, blessed with a computer incorporating a good sound system, a decent Internet connection and everything I'd need for survival, (food, water, shelter, health etc.) I'd happily live alone on a sunny desert island for a year. Swap the desert island for Southeast England and over the past year-and-a-bit, these things have largely been the focus of my life - and, I'm sure, the lives of millions around the world, since many of us have been confined to our homes. I've done OK but it's blindingly clear that I'd be speaking very differently had I been without the Internet. The ability to connect with others around the globe, to discover new music ignored by our national and local radio stations, share experiences and viewpoints and be able to read/watch news and engage in comment via outlets other than our own country's newspapers, has made a huge difference to how many of us view the world as well as how we behave. It's a real blessing, don't you agree? 

One occasional guilty pleasure is watching Parliament in action (often to background music transmitted from Paradise in California - no adverts and a choice to support through donation)! Indulging yesterday, my ears pricked up on hearing Gareth Davies MP, ask Prime Minister Boris Johnson, if the Government was doing all it could to tackle littering - bearing in mind that there are now so many fed-up members of the public out collecting litter. If you're a long-time reader of my leaders, you may recall my first mention of Boris Johnson a good decade ago when he'd had to dodge an apple core thrown from a car he was cycling behind, and how he'd scooped it up and thrown it back into the car, (I'm assuming he then cycled away rapidly, unknowingly shrouded by the admiration of all those who witnessed the drama). Yesterday, Boris made it clear he's still angered by litter and that as well as an increase in on-the-spot fines, money's being spent on new bins as well as awareness campaigns. His suggestion though that we should "tick off" those we see littering and instruct them to pick up what they've dropped, is way out of touch. Yes - most of us would love to do that, but the potential repercussions are too frightening!

If you're reading this from one of the 160-plus non-UK destinations in which Cleanzine's received, please tell me: Is there a litter problem where you live and if so, how is it tackled?




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This Week's News

Global Biorisk Advisory Council responds to updated CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting against COVID-19

* Global-Biorisk-Advisory-Council-CDC.jpgThe Global Biorisk Advisory Council(tm) (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, today released clarification around revised guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to cleaning and disinfecting for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The CDC's latest guidance noted that "cleaning with products containing soap or detergent reduces germs on surfaces by removing contaminants and may also weaken or damage some of the virus particles, which decreases risk of infection from surfaces." ISSA and GBAC wish to emphasise the critical importance that cleaning and disinfecting surfaces must not only reduce exposure to COVID-19, but to other pathogens as well.

WoolSafe approved Covid killers

* WoolSafe-covid-killers.jpgThroughout the pandemic, the spotlight has understandably been focused on cleaning and hygiene to try to contain the spread of SARS CoV-2. Unfortunately, there has been another casualty of the last year; interior textiles, carpets and rugs.

Much harm is being done to interior textiles from sanitising and disinfecting products formulated for hard surfaces which are sprayed, wiped and fogged by untrained operators onto soft furnishings.

Tennant UK appoints new operations supervisor

* tennant-appt.jpgTennant UK has appointed Paul Knowles in the newly created role of operations supervisor, from his previous position as product demonstrator. The operations team working from Tennant UK's Northampton warehouse and workshop will report directly to Paul.

In his new role Paul will focus on continuing to transform the Tennant Northampton operation function into the company's Centre Of Excellence for rental machines, by driving quality, productivity and profitability of the rental operation, in addition to managing the workload of the workshop team for both reactive and planned work, support the warehouse & demonstration teams with general operational issues and have responsibility of the daily transport planning for demonstrations, rental machines and general logistics requirements.

MPs and Peers to be briefed by leading cleaning & hygiene sector figures

* MPs-briefing.jpgSome of the most prominent figures from the cleaning & hygiene sector will brief MPs and Peers next Tuesday, 20th April about how to restore people's confidence in using work and public spaces following the pandemic.

The key session is being run by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the UK Cleaning & Hygiene industry and is entitled 'Cleaning & Hygiene's Role in Restoring the Public's Confidence Post-Covid in Using Work and Public Spaces'.

Antimicrobial Technologies - IDTechEx discusses how they work

* Antimicrobial-products-by-technology.jpgAntimicrobial technologies such as coatings and textiles containing silver and copper are helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring that whatever they touch, whether that is a door handle or their own mask, is free from live SARS-CoV-2 particles.

But how exactly do these antimicrobial technologies work? How can a silver, copper or even polymeric coating kill microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, or in the case of COVID-19, viruses?

New CPD set to help with effective specification of toilets & urinals

* New-CPD-cisterns.jpgWell known toilet solutions manufacturer Fluidmaster, has launched a new CPD module focusing on specification of urinals and toilets. 

Ideal for anyone involved in the design, planning or installation of washrooms, bathrooms or public conveniences, the CPD is available this month and investigates important themes including product choice, sustainable water management, public health, regulations and legislation.

Battery analytics: getting the best out of batteries

* Battery-analytics.jpgFinnish company Akkurate writes…

“With countries all around the world pushing to transition to cleaner energy, batteries are definitely part of the equation. Households can generate their own energy, for example using solar panels on roofs and in gardens and store excess power in their own battery - behind-the-meter.

One day left to vote in the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest

* Cintas-Custodian.jpgVoting for the 2021 Custodian of the Year contest hosted by Cintas Corporation closes on Friday, 16th April. The top 10 finalists include a diverse group of committed school custodians and the lucky winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize along with $5,000 in products and services for his or her school from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

The winner's school will receive a comprehensive training and development package from ISSA, valued at $20,000.

Covid-secure measures help facilitate West End theatre reopening - 19th May

* Covid-secure-theatres.jpgLondon's Theatre Royal Haymarket has implemented a raft of Covid-secure measures that will enable the theatre to reopen on 19th May. The auditorium and access areas are now fogged with Nemesis eH2O, an anti-viral disinfectant, before every performance, and visitors temperature checked on arrival.

A video has been created to demonstrate the fogging process, and theatre manager Mark Stradling says: "We have made every effort to minimise the possibility of viral transmission and the video was created to provide reassurance to our customers.

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Recent UK News

Waterlogic UK and Ineos Hygienics’ new strategic partnership offers touchless hand sanitiser dispensers.

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aterlogic, global designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of purified drinking water dispensers, has formed a partnership with global healthcare brand INEOS Hygienics, to add contactless hand sanitising solutions to its existing quality hydration and hygiene products for UK businesses.

Becky Wall appointed managing director of Loo of the Year Awards

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Becky Wall has been appointed managing director of Loo of the Year Awards. She succeeds Mike Bone, who became chairman at the same time, (1st April) and who will continue to be involved in Loo of the Year Awards activities.

Christeyns UK supplies water saving equipment for Eton College

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Laundry chemical and engineering specialist Christeyns UK has helped Eton College in Windsor meet its environmental goals with a new water filtering system.

New business development role for Tidy Green Clean Aberdeen North

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Tidy Green Clean Aberdeen North has appointed its first business development executive, Scott Melville.

Coronavirus: 30% of workers claim they may refuse to go back to work unless employers provide assurances on air quality

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Research released this week by Rentokil Initial has found that concerns about catching Coronavirus in the air have risen since the end of 2020. More than one in four (26%) Brits are worried about airborne transmission, a 19% increase from when Rentokil Initial conducted the same survey back in November 2020.

City nurseries see sickness fall after tackling indoor air quality with phs

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Air quality specialists at phs Group has released the results of an air purifier trial at four nurseries across the country.

CHSA launches new brand: 'Our Standards. Your Guarantee'

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has announced the launch of a new brand. It follows the CHSA's achievement of its strategic aim of every member being Accredited… ‘Our Standards. Your Guarantee’.

Principle unveils Safe Space video in preparation for return to the workplace

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Principle Cleaning Services, which launched Safe Space at the end of last year in conjunction with Hygiena and Gem Scientific, has unveiled a new video to illustrate how Safe Space protects people in the workplace.

L'Occitane contract award for Indepth

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Indepth Managed Services has been awarded a contract with international retailer, L'Occitane en Provence, to deliver window cleaning services to 85 of its retail stores across the country, plus daily cleaning services at its UK head office in London and flagship store on Regent Street.

The National Carpet Cleaners Association achieves CPD status for carpet and upholstery training course

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The National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) takes a step further in raising the standard of professional recognition and development for its members training in the care of soft flooring and upholstery.

Jangro introduces new deep cleaning resources

Two new resources are now available to help ensure shared spaces, such as education and catering establishments, are cleaned effectively.

Samsic's 13 million steps for children's charity

A team of 40 working for Samsic UK and subsidiary JPC Cleaning has raised over £5000 for children's charity Rainbow Trust by walking over 13 million steps in a month.

Strong role models are key to the advancement of women

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Earlier this month on International Women's Day, women in the cleaning industry were advocating the benefits of strong role models and sharing of experience. But at the end of the day, they say, success comes from hard work and excellence at work.

Textile Services Association is warmly welcomed to BCC membership

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The Textile Services Association has joined the British Cleaning Council as an associate member, becoming the 22nd member of the BCC, in a move which benefits and strengthens both organisations.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


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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