* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 29th April 2021 Issue no. 966

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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.

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Two webinars taking place this afternoon cover important issues affecting our sector and may well end up changing old habits. One I’m attending, which starts at 14.30 British Summer Time and is headed up by one of the microbiologists at the Probiotic Group, will offer a chance for cleaning industry professionals to hear first-hand from experts in their field, about what’s happening currently as well as in the future, regarding microbiology in cleaning (register at https://lnkd.in/dPnx_4q ). This webinar is timely, bearing in mind recent news from the science community about there being little likelihood that we can catch Covid-19 from surfaces, along with the growing concern, globally, about the overuse of chemicals not only since the pandemic began but for some years now. I recall covering in Cleanzine in 2014 a scary report about the damage our increasing antibiotic resistance could inflict on us unless we changed our ways, but the pandemic has exacerbated our situation not only in terms of medical interventions but with the over-zealous (and, I have to say, sometimes ridiculous) use of cleaning chemicals too, which can mean that the cleaning process itself could have a negative effect on people’s long-term health. I’m looking forward to learning more about some of the alternative products and methodologies…

Kicking off at 14:00 BST (I’ll be joining John Austen at this one when the other ends – register at https://hopin.com/events/tissue-paper-the-smart-choice ) ‘Tissue Paper, the Smart Choice’ covers a topic that’s been a bit of a bugbear of mine, since the start of the paper towel versus warm air hand dryer battle in the early 1990s. My view has always been that overflowing bins full of used, warm and damp, germ-laden paper towels can be as much of a hazard as some in that sector were making out the hand dryers to be – i.e. thorough hand washing and cleaning protocols have a huge part to play in all this - and I’ve remained firmly on the fence ever since. Keen to see how Covid-19 might have affected things though, I’ll be following that webinar with interest too, especially as it covers redefined approaches and practices as a result of the pandemic. Structured around hygiene & safety, sustainability and consumer insights, it will close with a panel discussion where scientists, sustainability professionals and HORECA specifiers will respond to audience questions posed both directly and online.

There’s clearly a lot to be learned today, so here’s hoping you can join us at one or even both of these important events.




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This Week's News

Jangro helps shape future of sustainability

* Jangro-future-of-sustainability.jpgJangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, is delighted to be part of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s new sustainability committee, which was recently formed to focus on how the sector can adopt more environmentally-friendly processes and systems.

CIRI white paper presents new research on importance of health-based cleaning and disinfection

* CIRI-white-paper.jpgIn its ongoing effort to provide the cleaning and disaster industries with the latest research related to the science of cleaning and the restoration of the built environment, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) has  announced the availability of its new white paper, ‘Contact transmission of infectious disease agents: the science and implications for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces’.

European PPE demand to increase pressure on post-Covid supply chains

* European-PPE-demand.jpgDemand for Personal Protective Equipment is expected to outstrip supply for some time to come, but for longer-term reasons unconnected with the pandemic.

This is according to ASAP Innovations, a leading manufacturer of medical PPE, which states that over the next year buyers should ensure they have a reliable supplier in place.

SoftBank Robotics EMEA signs strategic partnership in UAE

* SoftBank-Robotics-UAE.jpgSoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with Jacky's Business Solutions, a leading B2B solutions provider in the UAE.

Under the agreement, Jacky's will now offer Whiz, Softbank Robotics EMEA's first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its facilities management and cleaning contractor clients.

Matrix Cleaning Systems partners with Sterile Response in The Bahamas

* MATRIX-BAHAMAS.jpgThe pandemic has seen many businesses experience ups and downs. Sterile Response, a professional cleaning company based in The Bahamas, was able to thrive and provide top-notch cleaning, sanitisation and decontamination services to multiple clients in Nassau.

Although the company was only formed in 2018 and promoted the benefits of operating in a clean environment, Covid-19 compounded the need for hygienic cleaning services and exponentially increased demand for the company's services.

West Lancashire cleaning business celebrates 25-year milestone

* Poppies.jpgWest Lancashire business owner, Chris Wootton, is celebrating a huge milestone as his domestic cleaning franchise business Poppies - which via its membership of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance is a member of the British Cleaning Council - reaches its 25-year anniversary.

Having launched in April 1996, Chris has grown the business and the team of staff to now deliver over 2,500 hours of cleaning every month to homes across West Lancashire, with Poppies' 22-strong network turning over more than £5 million annually.

Churchill Group's Charlotte Parr signs on to support APPG for UK Cleaning & Hygiene Industry

* Churchill-Group_Charlotte-Parr.jpgChurchill Group, one of the largest independently owned soft service providers in the UK, has announced that Charotte Parr is working to support the work of the recently formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the UK cleaning & hygiene industry.

The APPG exists to promote the importance of cleaning and hygiene to everyone in the UK, a cause about which Charlotte is both knowledgable and passionate.

Auto Pod: The new automatic reserve paper roll dispenser

* KENNEDY-Auto-Pod.jpgThe Auto Pod provides a hand drying experience with its automatic paper delivery via capacitive sensing: single-use paper portion - the paper self presents; and automatic paper follow-on feature - for presenting paper in advance of the next operation.

MAG appointed exclusive UK distributor of ozone generators proven to inactivate Covid-19

* MAG-distributor.jpgOne of the UK's leading suppliers of commercial laundry solutions, MAG Laundry Equipment, has been appointed exclusive UK distributor of Ecozone Technologies’ ozone generators, parts and technical support.

MAG was chosen for the role by the global manufacturer, after it was impressed by the firm's industry experience and extensive customer network, as well as its proven success in introducing Ecozone's Super ActiveO product.

PCMC adds virus-killing wet wipes machines Rx200 and Mako Clipper to nonwovens lineup

* PCMC-wet-wipes-machines.jpgPaper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) has announced that its wet wipes folding machines the Rx200 and Mako Clipper are now available with high-content alcohol, measuring as much as 70%.

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Recent UK News

Tennant UK strengthens industrial sales team

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Tennant 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.

Senior promotion at Denis Rawlins following strong year

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

Infection risk in care homes drops 41% thanks to robots

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In 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.

Westminster showcases upcycled electric refuse collection vehicle at SMMT Electrified 2021

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Westminster 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.

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.

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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