Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 27th May 2021 Issue no. 970
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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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Sebastian Volders joins ISS as Global Head of Growth in the Life Sciences and Manufacturing Segment
ISS A/S has appointed Sebastian Volders as Global Head of Growth in its Life Sciences & Manufacturing segment.
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?
Now 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
Specialitiy 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
Hypochlorous 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 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
The 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
New 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
The 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
Antibiotic 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
For 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 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
The 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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