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International 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.

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

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Professionals 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.

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.

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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

GS Yuasa celebrates 40 years of battery production in South Wales

* GS-Yuasa-40.jpgSince being established 40 years ago in 1981, GS Yuasa Battery Manufacturing UK has produced over 85 million batteries at its Ebbw Vale production facility, employing over 360 skilled workers from around the local area to do so.

GS Yuasa, which manufactures batteries for floor cleaning machines, has facilities in many parts of the world.

Kingdom Services Group buys Facilicom Cleaning & Trigion Security

* KINGDOM-SERVICES.jpgKingdom Services Group has completed the purchase of Facilicom Cleaning Services and Trigion Security Services in a move that will bolster the firm's cleaning and security credentials and significantly increase its market share.

Kingdom, one of the largest national and privately-run companies in the UK and India and one that specialises in cleaning, environmental protection, security solutions and recruitment, has bought the two businesses from the Netherlands-based Facilicom Group.

Christeyns celebrates 10 years of engineering expertise

* Christeyns-10.jpgSpecialist hygiene chemicals manufacturer Christeyns is celebrating 10 years since it first began designing and producing dosing equipment to support its range of laundry and hygiene products.

Today the company has a new engineering facility in Budapest, Hungary (pictured), which develops a range of high-tech equipment for many of the company’s markets around the globe.

Call for nominations for US 2nd Annual National Guest Room Attendant Excellence Award

* Call-for-nominations.jpgNominations are open for the second annual Guest Room attendant (GRA) Excellence Award, acknowledging the contributions of GRAs at hotels across the US.

Sponsored by UMF Corporation, the Award takes on even more importance in a year that upended the hospitality industry. GRAs serve as the first line of defence in cleaning and disinfecting guest rooms and common areas in hotels, and their role has been crucial as the world battles the pandemic. Nominations are open through 31st July, 2021.

BCC responds to viral news, regarding note from cleaner about ill-treatment

* BCC-statement.jpgYou may have seen the story in the news recently about the cleaning worker's resignation note that went viral. The BBC covered the story at: www.bbc.co.uk The British Cleaning Council’s chairman Paul Thrupp has released a statement about the story, as follows:

"We were disappointed to hear that this industry colleague had allegedly been shown so little respect in her workplace. On behalf of the BCC, I have written to this lady's family so that we can highlight her great work and thank her on behalf of the cleaning & hygiene industry.

New survey finds confidence in supply chain operations

* New-Survey-Supply-Chain.jpgA new survey by GlobalTranz, which provides logistic technologies for shipping companies, and Edelman, a data and communications firm, finds that most US supply chain organisations are optimistic about their business performance and that of the industry in 2021.

The study noted that last year, many supply chains were "overburdened" due to Covid-19 and had difficulty meeting product demand.

We need to talk about colour coding for cleaning and hygiene, says BICSc

* BICSc-colour-coding.jpgJust one of the many standards that the British Institute of Cleaning Science is best known for is colour-coding, with the Institute having been recommending the use of colour-coded cleaning and janitorial equipment for more than 25 years.

“Whilst many organisations do follow our recommended guidelines - is this enough to make a real difference?” it asks. “The UK has legislation in place for food preparation, which is there to stop the spread of cross-contamination. We have been asking why there isn't any legislation when it comes to cleaning.

Celebrating One Year Anniversary of GBAC Star Facility Accreditation

* Global-Biorisk-one-year.jpgIn the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, launched its GBAC Star Facility Accreditation to assist facilities in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from infectious disease risks.

One year later, over 1,900 facilities in more than 80 countries across six continents have earned accreditation, and more than 3,000 facilities are in the process of pursuing accreditation.

O2 and Rentokil Initial sign innovative partnership to welcome fans back safely to live events

* 02.jpgRentokil Initial has announced a Specialist Hygiene Services Partnership with The O2 Arena in London. The deal, brokered by AEG Global Partnerships, will help provide enhanced health & safety measures at the venue, which welcomed the first live audience in over a year this week, for The BRIT Awards - part of the Government's Event Research Programme.

Central to this agreement is the installation of Viruskiller air purification technology, which is proven to kill 99.9999% of viruses, including Coronavirus.

Introducing the next step in data use & cleaning solutions

* Spectro.jpgAfter running several pilots last year, Dutch company Spectro has now officially launched the 'Internet of Spectro', taking the next step in effectively and efficiently using data in the provision of cleaning solutions. Its Internet Modules, Spectro Technical Service and Spectro App play a big role in the technology.

Mitie strengthens partnership with NHS Trusts

* Mitie-NHS-Herts.jpgMitie has won four contracts, two to deliver facilities management and two to provide catering services for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. These services were previously managed by Interserve Facilities Management but were renewed following Mitie's acquisition of Interserve in November 2020.

The new contracts will be for five years, with the option to extend for an additional two, and will see Mitie provide services for 75 buildings, including mental health facilities and inpatient units, in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Norfolk.

New state of the art facility signals lockdown success in hygiene solutions

* Orca-Hygiene.jpgA purpose-built manufacturing facility has been opened in Perthshire by chemicals and cleaning specialist Orca Hygiene, as a result of its decision - during the first phase of the pandemic - to turn its manufacturing capability into the production of urgently needed sanitiser.

By December the by rapidly growing UK hygiene firm had developed an entire product range of cleaning concepts for professional use, and had even launched a sustainable 'bag in a box' solution.

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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.

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