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International News

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

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

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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The emergence and spread of Covid-19 caused huge changes in our lives both personally and professionally - and, in many cases, in our values. In the early days we were faced with shortages of crucial items; later we read about numerous cases of Personal Protective Equipment not being fit for purpose – unacceptable in normal circumstances but something that doesn’t bear thinking about in a Covid world... The need for cleaning products to be able to do their job without fail and for cleaning staff to be thoroughly trained in their correct use, became crucially important. People started to appreciate quality over cheaper prices; there was too much at stake not to.

I’ve received news today from the UK’s Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association saying that membership applications have soared as companies seek the CHSA’s Mark of Approval, conferred as membership of the Association. It acknowledged that as demand rocketed in the pandemic, the unscrupulous made the most of the opportunity, creating new businesses overnight, claiming expertise, knowledge and product excellence. “To gain credibility, many applied for CHSA membership, only to find gaining admittance is demanding,” says CHSA chair Lorcan Mekitarian. “Membership is a stamp of approval, so we’re thorough in our process of assessing new members. We access marketing claims and request test data to support these claims and obtain trade references from customers and suppliers. Once we’re satisfied with these the Independent Inspector visits to conduct an audit to inspect all products being offered for sale. Only after all the checks are complete is membership granted. Accreditation guarantees that the products are fit for purpose and ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’. Our members prize this and buyers and end users can rely on it as a mark of approval. Maintaining this standard is at the heart of everything we do.” Lorcan says many applicants fell at the first hurdle, while others have not been able to comply with the relevant Accreditation Scheme’s specifications to trade ethically and sustainably; to provide quality, fit for purpose products; and to make sure what’s on the box is what’s in the box. There’s no relaxing, either, with members audited each year.

The CHSA’s manufacturing members include multinationals with a global footprint and major UK-based independent manufacturers. With us all now so aware of the need for products to be fit for purpose, and that the ‘buy cheap, buy often’ option only works when there’s continuity of supply, I’m wondering whether there’s any mileage in the CHSA expanding its scheme to include major overseas manufacturers that don't necessarily have a global footprint?




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This Week's News

Principle appoints sustainability manager

* Principle-Sustainability-Manager.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services has appointed a sustainability manager. Arthur Toso joins the company after working as environment and sustainability advisor for a facilities management firm, responsible for environmental and waste management and sustainability performance tracking.

Prior to this, he worked and studied in Brazil and the US.

Post Covid-19 crisis can lead to a new period of rapid growth and prosperity

* Article-Wars-recession.jpgSimon Sear, CEO and founder of Studio 44, the consultancy that helps senior business leaders create step-out growth, disrupt markets and transform their culture and ways of working, writes…

* Transformative change: Environmental, social and technological trends are converging, leading to rapid, disruptive and transformative change. Leaders need to be ready to act
* COVID legacy: Organisations can harness innovative approaches taken during the pandemic to meet the challenges ahead, from experimentation in working practices to shifts in mindset
* Tipping point: Society has reached a tipping point on an appetite for environmental sustainability, while new technologies are also supercharging the pace of change.

UK cleaning & hygiene industry urged to support apprenticeships bid

* Cleaning-industry-apprenticeships.jpgA group of employers who have come together to represent the cleaning & hygiene sector are calling for industry support by the 24th May deadline for an accredited training provision in the format of an apprenticeship scheme for the sector.

The employer group, comprising major companies from the sector along with supporting stakeholders, has formed an Apprenticeship Trailblazer group.

Aircraft cleaning and sanitising market: Covid-19 focused report

* Aircraft-Cleaning-Sanitizing-Market.jpgThe aircraft cleaning and sanitising market is expected to grow by USD 1.56 billion during 2021-2025, according to Technavio Research, whose new report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of the pandemic on the aircraft cleaning and sanitising market in optimistic, probable, and pessimistic forecast scenarios.

'Aircraft Cleaning and Sanitizing Market by Application and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2021-2025' says that the aircraft cleaning and sanitising market will witness a Neutral impact during the forecast period owing to the widespread growth of the pandemic. As per Technavio's pandemic-focused market research, market growth is likely to increase in 2021 as compared to 2020.

London calling!

* TomCat-dem.jpgLondon beckoned once again with the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of oscillation. With variable scrubbing pressure and oscillation speed TomCat's Sport can be set up to clean efficiently using only water.

US BSCAI Executive Management Conference 2021 sets new attendance record

* BSCAI-Conference-2021.jpgThe recent Building Service Contractors Association International successfully marked the organisation's return to in-person events by welcoming a new event-record number of building service contractors and industry experts together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In-person registration sold out in advance of the event with a turnout that established a new benchmark for this annual event.

Excel Dryer UK research finds public are looking for more unified, efficient washroom experiences in facilities and public spaces they visit

* Excel-Mobile-Showroom.jpgExcel Dryer UK recently conducted a research study into the components that make up a five-star washroom user experience. Speaking with members of the public across a variety of topics, Excel Dryer gained insight and understanding into what creates comfortable experiences for them when they use public or shared washrooms.

Excel Dryer also spoke to washroom operators to gauge what they thought the public wanted and what their plans were for their washrooms in the future.

Exclusive Services Group achieves GBAC STAR accreditation to Covid-19 disinfection

* Exclusive-Services-Group.jpgAccreditation to the GBAC STAR Facility Program on cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention has been made to UK cleaning contractor Exclusive Services Group. The performance-based accreditation is designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff and their building.

The program relies on GBAC's comprehensive training, which teaches protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations such as coronavirus.

Revised ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration

* Revised-Standard-Published.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has published a newly-revised, ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration (5th edition, 2021). It describes the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when performing water damage restoration in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, and the systems and personal property contained within those structures.

Water damage restoration consists of the following components for which procedures are described in this standard:

PASMA training continues during pandemic

* PASMA-training.jpgAs restrictions start to ease across the UK, employers are being reassured that PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' & Manufacturers' Association) training is safe to do and widely available.

If cards have lapsed over lockdown or new workers are using scaffold towers without one, now is the time to book them on a course.

Kaivac Introduces the SIMPLE System

* Kaivac-SIMPLE-System.jpgKaivac has released the SIMPLE system for cleaning washrooms. The system is presented in video format on the Kaivac website and can apply to other spray-and-vac cleaning systems. 

"The SIMPLE system can also be used in most any commercial restroom," says Kaivac’s Matt Morrison. "It helps ensure proper restroom cleaning and sanitation as more people return to the workplace.

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Recent UK News

GS Yuasa celebrates 40 years of battery production in South Wales

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Since 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.

Kingdom Services Group buys Facilicom Cleaning & Trigion Security

Kingdom 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.

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

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You 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:

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.

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