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IICRC opens nominations for Hall of Fame Awards

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame Awards. The deadline for nominations is 30th June.

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

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ISS A/S has appointed Sebastian Volders as Global Head of Growth in its Life Sciences & Manufacturing segment.

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

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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.

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Keep Britain Tidy has one of the most prominent public-facing profiles of the British Cleaning Council’s 22-strong membership – a fact proven by the take up by some 160,000 volunteers of its challenge to ensure the success of the ‘Great British Spring Clean 2021, which has left 1.15 million miles of British outdoor spaces cleaner and greener. The Association says it’s seen a huge interest in taking part in this annual event, from people who are new to litter picking – but it may not just be the desire to improve the environment that’s spurring everyone on. Around 80% of volunteers have said taking part improved their mood and 43% said it made them feel less isolated. No doubt these benefits helped them persuade others to join in. Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, says: “Clearing away the litter that blights our streets, parks and beaches has a massive benefit for our environment but it’s good for us too - improving our health and wellbeing, removing thousands of tonnes of litter pollution and creating a cleaner country for everyone to enjoy”.

The Association points to an article by campaign partner The Daily Mail, featuring Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at Public Health England, who litter-picked in Oxfordshire. Professor Newton said: “Being outside in green spaces - particularly if there’s a reason to be there - has surprisingly strong health effects, especially when doing something for the greater good.” He said the litter-picking experience was “very rewarding,” adding: “I was astonished at how much litter I found at the roadside so close to where I live. The verges looked fairly clear when driving past but the more I looked the more I found.”

As a child I don’t recall ever seeing litter; we were taught not to drop rubbish almost as soon as we could walk and residents took pride in their local environment. Later, travelling overseas, I felt that the same standards were in play, but in more recent years I’ve noticed that the litter blight isn’t confined to the UK and when I’ve brought up the subject previously, you’ve told me litter’s a growing problem almost everywhere. Are there campaigns similar to our annual ‘Spring Clean’ in your neck of the woods and – perhaps more importantly – do you think we should be relying on volunteers to collect litter that shouldn’t actually exist? Prevention or cure… What are your thoughts?



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This Week's News

Clean Air Day: Time to breathe

* Clean-Air-Screenshot.jpgClean Air Day, being marked today, is an opportunity to improve public understanding of air pollution, build awareness of how air pollution affects our health and explain the actions we can all take to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.

See the short (90 second) animated video explainer on the British Safety Council's Time to Breathe campaign, which is calling for outdoor workers, such as street cleaners and refuse workers, to be protected from the dangers of air pollution. The video makes clear why reducing exposure to toxic air has never been so urgent.

Tennant UK appoints robotic cleaning expert

* TENNANT-ROBOTIC-EXPERT.jpgTennant UK has welcomed Andrew Jones into the role of AMR deployment and service expert to support customers in driving efficiencies and allow their employees to perform high-value tasks alongside their AMR Robotic Floor Scrubber.

Forming part of Tennant's AMR Expert Team, Andrew will also work closely with the Tennant UK demonstration team to ensure all face-to-face and on-site customer demonstrations of the AMR range are delivered professionally, offering a live expert to answer any technical questions and clearly demonstrate first-hand how the Tennant AMR range can help customers drive efficiencies and create a clean and safe facility.

Egholm set to grow in the UK market

* Egholm-CR2260-sweeper.jpgEgholm A/S is a family owned; family run company with deep roots in the West of Denmark. Founded in 1989 by the Egholm brothers, the company has a vision to become the leading manufacturer of utility machines in Europe.

Egholm is a specialist at producing high quality, multi-functional utility vehicles incorporating green maintenance, winter maintenance and street cleansing. True four-in-one/365-day machines that greatly reduce the number of vehicles required across a fleet.

Mid-year 2021: ACI making ‘critical connections’ with regulators on priority industry issues

* Mid-Year-2021-ACI.jpgThroughout 2021, the American Cleaning Institute has focused significantly on enhancing ‘critical’ regulatory connections with the new leadership to ensure the ACI is out in front on priority policy issues impacting the cleaning product supply chain.

Speaking at her State of the Association address at ACI's Mid-Year Meeting, Melissa Hockstad, ACI president & CEO, said:

Critical surfaces made safer

* Critical-surfaces-made-safer.jpgUnsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases - ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Every year an estimated 600 million people fall ill from contaminated food, resulting in 420,000 deaths and $110b in productivity lost.

The short efficiency period of traditional sanitisers (such as chlorine) used on food production surfaces is a major weakness in the food sanitisation process, as the sanitisers regularly need to be reapplied to the contaminated surfaces.

CHSA offers a warm welcome to Socius

* CHSA-Socius.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association tells us it is delighted to welcome the Socius Network into the Association. The Network was welcomed on board after each of its 18 members successfully passed the initial audit conducted by the CHSA's Independent Inspector.

The Socius Network is an association of well-respected and established independent distributors of non-food consumables to the foodservice industry. The Network was founded in April 2008. Between them, its members have over 25 locations covering the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Disinfection and safety experts team up to help businesses stay safe and clean

* WELSH-and-ITALIAN.jpgAs businesses reopen after lockdown with an increased focus on cleanliness and hygiene, two Swansea-based businesses have teamed up to help business owners be confident they are creating safe spaces for staff and customers.

eRAYS is a new franchise headquartered in Swansea, which carries out disinfection of business premises using state-of-the-art UV-C disinfection robots. It also provides its customers with expert advice on how to keep spaces safe and hygienic.

Morclean’s new steaming and fogging device looks sure to be a winner

* Morclean-steam-fogging-device.jpgMorclean's new Vision CMF Steam Pro Compact steam cleaner and Vision SF Steam Pro fogging device incorporates the latest steam cleaning technology.

The two-stage steam and fogging process has proven efficacy against the various strains of Coronavirus, many other types of virus and bacteria, making it an effective weapon in the fight against infections and cross contamination.

'Make a Splash!' partnership improves access to sanitation and hygiene for underserved communities

* Make-a-Splash.jpgGoing to the toilet, washing our hands - these are daily routines that we easily take for granted. For most of us, sanitary facilities with clean water are a matter of course, but many across the globe are facing a different situation.

Two billion people lack basic sanitation, 673 million practice open defecation regularly and 40% of the world's population do not have access to handwashing facilities and soap at home.

University of Glasgow: Three-year cleaning contract ensures student health & safety

* University-Glasgow.jpgStudents at the University of Glasgow can rest assured that safety is a top priority as the campus signs a new deal with Scotland-based cleaning service provider, Perfect Clean.

With a three-year contract, the cleaning works will ensure complete student safety across all living spaces, common areas and bathrooms, including entrance halls and staircases where footfall is high.

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Recent UK News

Cleanology's fair pay campaign pays off

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Cleanology's long-term commitment to fair pay in the cleaning industry has resulted in a win at the Living Wage Champion Awards.

Business cleans up with major growth in sweet 16th year

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A prominent North Wales business has broken the mould with a refreshing approach to the cleaning industry.

Face-to-face training is returning to Prochem Europe's Training Academy

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Prochem Europe is to reinstate its face-to-face training sessions at its Chessington, Surrey, Training Academy.

New 'super' tax relief being missed by many warns phs Wastekit

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Businesses in are being urged not to miss out on a new temporary tax relief initiative by the UK Government, which allows them to claim back 130% of the cost of waste equipment such as balers and compactors.

Kent school adds Prochem misting system to anti-Covid cleaning programme

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A leading Kent special educational needs school is keeping Covid-free with regular treatments of Prochem antimicrobial solutions using the company's new M500 Micro-Mist surface disinfecting system.

Bothongo Hygiene Solutions £5 million in sales in first year

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A fast-growing hygiene company has celebrated its first year in business by smashing the £5 million sales barrier and launching more than 100 new products.

Mitie welcomes new director of cleaning services

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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