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

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Simon 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…

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.

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I've always been one who'll find a use for something that no longer serves its original purpose, rather than just dump it, and I encourage others to do the same. I often think though, how much better things might have been, had the original item not been produced in the first place.

It’s disgraceful how less than half of the UK’s waste plastic is actually recycled, with thousands of tonnes being incinerated locally or sent to landfill and some 3.5 Olympic swimming pools-worth every day, shipped overseas for others to deal with – an ideal illustration of the term to ‘sweep something under the carpet’. Turkey receives 38% of it; Malaysia takes a lot too, and although legislation says it must be recycled, a new Greenpeace investigation has found more evidence of it being just dumped or burnt in the open air – a hazard to health and the environment. If this waste can’t be recycled, we’re clearly producing too much of it!

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Now I have no idea whether the two are linked but in the Western world there’s a huge rise in the practice of replacing real lawns with plastic grass. Dozens of specialist firms now market fake grass and the global market, valued at $2.5bn (£2bn) in 2016, is forecast to show a staggering rise to $5.8bn by 2023. Surely this flies in the face of just about every environmental concern going! As Paul Hetherington from the charity Buglife, says: “It blocks access to the soil beneath for burrowing insects, such as solitary bees, and the ground above for soil dwellers such as worms, which will be starved of food beneath it. It provides food for absolutely no living creatures.”

I blistered my feet on some that had got overly hot (so generally it’s not good in hot countries then) but as you might imagine, I’m concerned that it needs cleaning, too, (think water, chemicals, equipment/batteries needing to be charged, fuel for transport for cleaning teams etc). At some stage, it will need replacing, too - potentially via landfill. There’s a petition at: 

petition.parliament.uk/ aiming to get the stuff banned and I hope there’s similar in other countries too, so you can help raise awareness of the damaging impact fake grass will have on our planet and everything inhabiting it.

Photo courtesy of Lucy Nicholson/Reuters. 



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This Week's News

Sebastian Volders joins ISS as Global Head of Growth in the Life Sciences and Manufacturing Segment

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This is a position he will share with Nicole Ballard, who was recently appointed to drive growth in these strategically important industry segments for ISS.

What did the professional cleaning industry learn from Covid?

Stephen_Ashkin.jpgNow that we are inching our way out of the pandemic, Steve Ashkin, CEO of The Ashkin Group and Sustainability Dashboard Tools, conducted a LinkedIn poll, asking his connections what they felt the professional cleaning industry learned from Covid-19.

Respondents were given four answer options to select from:

Partnership enables facilities to safely reopen with help of innovative air testing technology

* Air-Testing-Technology.jpgSpecialitiy US building maintenance and restoration company Corporate Care, has partnered with Inspirotec to introduce AirAnswers, an innovative air sampling device that monitors commercial indoor air quality and verifies airborne health & safety protocols.

Corporate Care's expertise in cleaning, remediation, and data reporting strategies, merged with the AirAnswers groundbreaking technology, will deliver businesses and customers greater peace of mind while dining, shopping, going to school or returning to work.

Powerful cleaning disinfectant approved as a medical device

* Powerful-cleaning-disinfectant.jpgHypochlorous acid has for many years been used as a powerful disinfectant and, in particular over the past 18 months, has seen its use explode as a gentle but powerful alternative to traditional quat-based products.

But now hypochlorous acid has gone a step further with a product, manufactured by Aqualution Systems, now being approved as a Class 2a medical device further proving HOCl's efficacy as one of the most powerful and safe biocides available.

Mitie welcomes new director of cleaning services

* Mitie-Director-Cleaning-Services.jpgMitie has appointed Lorraine Davis as director of cleaning services. With the pandemic demonstrating the importance of cleaning in keeping the nation running safely, Lorraine will be responsible for leading the direction of Mitie's cleaning business.

This appointment builds on Mitie's investment in industry leading cleaning innovations and its commitment to drive best practice to ensure it continues delivering exceptional cleaning services for its customers.

Decitex - Smart textiles' new microbre mop comprises 100% recycled materials

* DECITEX.jpgThe new Ultimate 3D Infinite is a short-life microfibre mop, eco-designed with 100% recycled material and certified by the Nordic Swan ecolabel.

The perfect marriage between textile innovation and respect for the environment, it is the ideal solution to the needs of hygiene & health professionals.

New BCC report gives fascinating insights into one of the country's biggest industries

* BCC-Report2021.jpgNew research released by the British Cleaning Council today has cemented the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector's position as one of the UK's top 10 industries.

The BCC's research report for 2021 gives a highly-detailed picture of the sector. The latest, revised figures show that the industry contributed £55.5 billion to the UK economy in 2018 - a slight rise on previous figures - with turnover soaring in a sector with tens of thousands of businesses.

Prochem training stays on-screen

* Prochem-training-online.jpgThe UK's largest commercial provider of training for professional cleaners, Prochem Europe, is to continue providing an online alternative to its classroom-based One-day Carpet and One-day Upholstery training courses when lockdown comes to an end.

"With many people starting up new cleaning businesses, demand for training is at a high, but due to the lockdown it has been hard to get to a classroom to learn," says sales & training manager, Phil Jones.

New disinfection blue light system brings hope to hospitals' antibiotic resistance fight

* disinfection-blue-light-system.jpgAntibiotic resistance (AMR) and surgical site infections (SSI) currently pose a significant issue and increasing threat for hospitals. This innovation provides a safer operating room environment by reducing SSIs and helps to reduce the development of the AMR of microbes.

Halton, a technology leader in ultra-clean ventilation systems, integrates disinfection blue light to eliminate microbes from surfaces while being 100% safe for the staff and patients.

Phs Aeramax air purifiers proven to eliminate coronavirus surrogate

* phs-AERAMAX.jpgFor months, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers and 'healthy building' scientific advocates, have recommended portable air cleaners using HEPA filtration for protection against Covid-19.

However, Fellowes, the manufacturer of Aeramax, wanted to put this to the test. As it is not yet possible or ethically responsible for labs to aerosolise Sars-CoV-2 for airborne testing in a large test chamber environment, (the Coronavirus which causes Covid-19) researchers were tasked with using a valid surrogate virus.

Glasgow gets Bigbelly boost

* Glasgow-Bigbelly.jpgGlasgow City Council has replaced 21 Large Capacity 360-litre litter bins lining one of the city's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares with only 12 Bigbelly solar compacting units.

Prior to a solar compacting bin trial in 2018, the council's collection teams were emptying 25, 160-litre traditional litterbins on the city's popular Buchannan Street 438 times a week. To prevent bins from overflowing and to ensure that the street was kept clean at all times, the area was constantly patrolled by collection operatives who often emptied bins that were not full.

Keep driver testing at top speed, Logistics UK urges DVSA

* Driver-testing_Logistics-UK.jpgThe Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency must maintain its rapid programme of vocational driver tests, according to business group Logistics UK, if it is to overcome the backlog of outstanding tests which threatens to derail the UK's highly interconnected supply chain, due to a shortage of drivers.

Speaking after a meeting with new DVSA chief executive Loveday Ryder, Logistics UK's chief executive David Wells was encouraged by progress made so far by the agency, but warns that there is still much work to be done:

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Recent UK News

Principle appoints sustainability manager

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Principle 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.

London calling!

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London 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.

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:

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