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International News

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

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Demand 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.

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.

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I’ve mentioned supply chain issues in my Leaders several times since the pandemic began, so read with interest a report on the future of supply chain operations, released this week by GlobalTranz. Although it was based on the US market, I can see that the points made are relevant to the global marketplace so thought I’d share them here.

Many of us will have experienced shortages in supply, both as consumers and in our businesses. Although lots of the issues that created these have been ironed out, the report highlighted potential future blips as well as expected increases in shipping rates (leading to higher product prices for those further along the chain). We’re also likely to experience driver shortages, with those testing positive for Covid-19 unable to work. The report suggests that companies adopt ‘supply chain resilience’, which involves rethinking your inventory, bringing the supply chain closer to your customers with new and flexible warehousing wherever possible and the use of supply chain optimisation software. It predicts that the warehouse of 2021 and beyond will be as much of a technology centre as an inventory centre, and that to support a shift toward warehouse technology, companies will require employees with a higher education level in warehouse operations, including IT specialists and engineers with robotics backgrounds. This, it says, is thanks to the increasing amount of data collection and automation being deployed within warehouses and fulfillment centres. Simultaneously, with the increase in talent with a background in data science and robotics, there will be a need for supply chain professionals with the oversight and expertise to manage overall operational efficiency and connect the tech to the larger supply chain picture. As someone who was around when ‘Just in Time’ morphed into ‘Lean’ manufacturing, I’m also wondering whether organisations will once again start stockpiling parts and products, so they can ride out any temporary shortages in supply.

Another item in today’s broadcast draws attention to colour-coding in cleaning. I used to chat to the British Institute of Cleaning Science’s Colin Hasson at length over this in the early-90s and neither of us could understand why – in an industry with a high turnover of staff, there wasn’t a nationwide system which would give us all the confidence that cross-contamination could be kept to a minimum through colour-coding of products and equipment. Back then we thought that by now legislation would be in place but sadly it’s not. I hope this changes soon and that a system can be put in place globally, rather than just nationally. It makes sound sense, after all...




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This Week's News

Countries lift ban on electric hand dryers in public washrooms

The electric Hand dryer Association (eHA), the official body that represents the global hand dryer industry, chose yesterday - World Hand Hygiene Day, to point out the importance of proper hand hygiene and welcome several countries' decisions to lift bans on electric hand dryers in public washrooms and workplaces.

In a press statement, the eHA said:

Virtual Summit recommends ventilation and single use towels as key to safety in ‘new normal’

* Virtual-Summit.jpgProfessionals working in the procurement and catering industries across Europe joined the virtual summit, 'Tissue paper, the Smart Choice' last week to learn how to make their businesses safe and hygienic in the post-pandemic era.

The free-to-join summit was tailored to the needs of purchasing decision makers in the HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant & Catering) and hospitality sectors, and structured around three tracks - Hygiene & Safety, Sustainability and Consumer Insights. It offered delegates a wealth of sound advice on new approaches to make their businesses safe and viable in 2021 and beyond.

Lowering Covid risk with smart ventilation

* Covid-Vaisala-HVAC.jpgAs countries emerge from the pandemic, it will be interesting to see what the 'new normal' looks like. Will workers return to their offices full time? Or will there be a new preference for more flexible hours and for hybrid working (home + office). Either way, there will be a new, heightened responsibility to account for microbiological hazards such as Covid-19 in the provision of safe indoor environments.

In this article Anu Katka, an indoor environment expert from Vaisala (Finland), examines the role ventilation systems will play in protecting people in offices and other workspaces from future microbiological threats. She also explains why the reliable measurement of carbon dioxide will be critically important because it is the best measure of effective ventilation.

BBI Solutions facilitating fast action to tackle Legionella risk

* BBI-Solutions.jpgBBI Solutions has created a bespoke mobile solution for the what it believes is the world's first and quickest on-site Legionella test.

The rapid Hydrosense test comes at a critical time as many buildings such as offices, schools and commercial properties reopen in accordance with the easing of restrictions.

Using its patented Novarum technology, the company has developed a mobile app-based test reader and customisable data storage system solution for Hydrosense, a pioneer in the rapid testing industry committed to making widely available, fast, easy to use, accurate testing for Legionella SG1, the most dangerous strain of Legionella bacteria.

Washroom solutions provider's FIGured out a more sustainable, eco-friendly approach

* bamboo-sugarcane.jpgInnovative washroom systems manufacturer FIG Products has harnessed the Earth's natural resources - Bamboo and Sugarcane - to produce more sustainable, eco-friendly and hygienic washroom products with a full range of dedicated away-from-home dispensers.

Most people are familiar with the current focus on bamboo tissue paper and sustainability, but through careful research, investigation and innovation, FIG decided to go one better.

Deal secures use of coating effective against SARS-COV-2 for global transportation industry

* Anti-Covid-coating.jpgMillions of people rely on public transport infrastructure every day and it will be crucial to the opening of economies after Covid-19 lockdowns around the world. Yet many viruses and bacteria, including the SARS-COV-2 virus, can survive for up to three days on some surfaces, meaning regularly touched areas in public spaces have the potential to be cross contamination hotspots.

Help is at hand thanks to a deal between Finnish company Affix Labs and seat manufacturer Franz Kiel GmbH.

New solution package helps meet increased office hygiene demands

* New-solution-Tork1.jpgWith increased hygiene expectations of public places, the role of our facilities managers has never been more essential to maintaining hygienic spaces. According to a recent study by Essity, following Covid-19, seven out of 10 employees expect their employer to provide extra cleaning rounds.

This proves that a new hygiene standard is here to stay.

Grab the rally towel! Pittsburgh custodian crowned 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year

* Custodian-2021.jpgAnd the winner of the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest is... Mr Heiry! With over 70,000 votes, Cintas Corporation crowned Mike Heiry of North Allegheny Intermediate High School the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year.

Nearly 800 students congratulated Mike with a surprise hybrid ceremony held virtually and in the school's auditorium. He was celebrated with the marching band's drumline and posters created by the student government organisation.

Bulk HOCL disinfectant readily available from Centrego

* Bulk-HOCL-disinfectant.jpgAs business, retail and entertainment venues get back to work, there has been a surge in demand for larger volumes of environmentally-friendly and effective solutions for disinfection, cleaning and fogging.

Dust extraction specialist achieves ISO certification on occupational health & safety

* Dust-control.jpgDustcontrol AB has been officially certified according to ISO 45001 on Occupational Health and Safety, further highlighting its commitment to provide a reduced ecological impact and safer working environment.

According to the International Labour Organisation, more than 7,600 people die from work-related accidents or diseases every day, underlining the importance of implementing health & safety regulations that systematically collaborate, plan, support, examine and improve working environments.

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Recent UK News

Jangro helps shape future of sustainability

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Jangro, 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.

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.

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