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International News

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

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The 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.

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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Today is Earth Day - a movement started 51 years ago to raise awareness of the issues our planet faces and drive action that supports it by helping prevent further damage (www.earthday.org). And while I'm not a climate change supporter as such, bearing in mind that the planet has experienced extreme weather cycles for eons, I’ve long been concerned that the damage we're inflicting is exacerbating our situation. The sooner we all change, the better. 

As you may know, John and I also work in the kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms sector, where we’ve witnessed over the past 10 years or so a growing movement amongst our industry colleagues to promote water-saving and energy-saving products. I’ve said for years that one day the world will be fighting over its water supplies – and with the programs being promoted today by our global leaders to reduce our carbon emissions, energy’s going to become very expensive so we’ll need to find ways to use a lot less of it. One of our colleagues, Yvonne Orgill, now heads up the Unified Water Label Association and although she was specifically addressing her comments (below) to the KBB sector during a recent conference, I couldn’t help but notice the parallels and wondered whether we in the cleaning sector are doing all we can to conserve water and energy. Yvonne said: 

"We believe everyone has a part to play in making responsible water-saving choices. If those involved in designing, manufacturing, selling, installing and purchasing water-using products, all work together to help each other, and consumers understand the issues around water scarcity, then we can drive home the message that for the sake of the planet we must use water wisely.” Other speakers and delegates discussed the need to work together and be creative in meeting this challenge, with the consensus being that it’s necessary to be bold if we’re to help our customers understand the impact of their consumption, and nudge them towards positive behaviour change. 

The cleaning industry’s long been notorious for not pushing for change quite hard enough and I feel we could be doing more to market products that help conserve water and energy whilst protecting our planet in other ways. I know companies are manufacturing these products, but in my book, we all need to take responsibility for pushing their use. With our sector having risen through the ranks and now being seen as one of the most important there is, surely it’s the perfect time to take the lead and promote what’s right rather than what’s easiest to sell.




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This Week's News

Vectair Systems appoints Cory Powell as senior vice president of sales

* Vectair_Cory-Powell.jpgVectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products, has welcomed Cory Powell to its leadership team, as senior vice president of North American sales.

Founded over 30 years ago, Vectair Systems now delivers sanitary and scent solutions to more than 100 countries. Vectair's well-known brands like Airoma, P-Screen, Wee-Screen and V-Air Solid feature in high-class facilities around the globe.

Tennant UK strengthens industrial sales team

* Tennant_Wendy.jpgTennant UK welcomes Wendy Adams as a new regional account manager to its industrial sales team where she will be helping customers based across the West Midlands.

CMS Berlin 2021 launches digital offer, with next live event scheduled for 2023

* CMS-21.jpgAs a result of the ongoing pandemic, CMS Berlin has decided to stage a digital event this year, with the next live event taking place at the Berlin exhibition grounds in 2023, right on schedule.

"As Europe's leading international trade fair for the cleaning & hygiene industry, we not only want to present customers with cleaning industry products, innovations and solutions, but also provide a platform for face-to-face meetings", says Heike Hemmer, project director for CMS Berlin. "Following in-depth discussions with our supporting associations we jointly agreed to reschedule the next in-person CMS Berlin for 2023."

Americans continue to use public washrooms during pandemic but want touchless fixtures

* Americans-want-touchless-fixtures.jpgAccording to a national survey by Bradley Corp., half of the US population have continued to use public washrooms throughout the pandemic. Just 13% said they completely avoided using them while 50% visited them just as they always had.

Another 37% said they were uncomfortable about using them but had, at times, done so when when necessary.

Senior promotion at Denis Rawlins following strong year

* Denis-Rawlins-appt.jpgDenis Rawlins has bolstered its senior leadership team with the promotion of Werner Du Plessis to the role of sales director for the UK.

ISSA and Informa Markets solidify partnership in India

* ISSA-India.jpgISSA and Informa Markets are launching a new event for the Indian global cleaning and facilities management industry. The ISSA Conference India is scheduled for October 21st & 22nd, 2021, at the Westin Mumbai Garden City in Mumbai, India.

"ISSA is very happy to further expand our strong global partnership with Informa Markets by offering the ISSA India Conference," says Dianna Steinbach, ISSA vice president of International Services.

Infection risk in care homes drops 41% thanks to robots

* Infection-care-homes.jpgIn a UK Government-funded trial, robots were used to clean the floors in 25 care homes and the results showed that pathogen levels dropped by 41% in just three days.

The trial used advanced ATP testing equipment, commercial robotic vacuums and antiviral surface cleaner.

Introducing telemetry in our market’s top selling machine!

* telemetry-tubvac.jpgThe humble tub vacuum has been a staple machine within our industry for many years and is by far and large the most sold machine across all sectors.

Over time, the tub vacuum has seen various design modifications and some additional features but fundamentally this machine has been the same for over 40 years - until now.

Sage Automation lands South American export deal for its sanitisation system

* SAGE-sanitizit.jpgSouth-Australian manufacturer Sage Automation will this month begin exporting US-developed Sanitizit systems to Chile. The Sanitizit system is used to quickly sanitise shopping and luggage trolleys, wheelchairs and hospital gurneys by spraying a fine disinfectant over the item.

The industrial automation company partnered with the US developer of Sanitizit to manufacture the systems at its Tonsley advanced manufacturing facility in Adelaide, South Australia at the end of last year.

Westminster showcases upcycled electric refuse collection vehicle at SMMT Electrified 2021

* Westminster-eRCV.jpgWestminster City Council and Veolia have showcased one of their upcycled electric refuse collection vehicles at the high profile 'SMMT Electrified 2021' parade in central London.

Hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in central London late March, the parade demonstrated the latest vehicles and technology leading the drive to reduce emissions and create a carbon neutral transport system in the UK.

Wetrok Drivematic Deluxe ride-on scrubber-drier suits large areas

* Wetrok-Drivematic.jpgWhen it comes to floor cleaning in train station concourses, logistics centres or car parks, you need a cleaning machine with extra power. The new Wetrok ride-on scrubber-drier Drivematic Deluxe has been designed exactly for this purpose.

This high-endurance powerhouse leaves nothing to be desired in terms of operating efficiency and comfort.

Riwal adds Norway to JLG distributorship

* RIWAL-NORWAY.jpgJLG Industries, global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, has announced the appointment of Riwal as its distributor for Norway, with Karel Huijser, JLG EMEAIR's vice president and managing director, saying:

"We are excited to extend our partnership with Riwal in Norway. Its presence in the country and knowledge of the market, will contribute to further growth of our products and service in the region."

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Recent UK News

Tennant UK appoints new operations supervisor

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Tennant 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.

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

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Some 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.

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

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Well known toilet solutions manufacturer Fluidmaster, has launched a new CPD module focusing on specification of urinals and toilets. 

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

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London'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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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