*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 22nd July 2021 Issue no. 978

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International News

A cleaner and safer return to office work

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People will be concerned about cleanliness as they return to post lockdown work-life but observing some simple steps goes a long way to ensuring a smooth and safe transition, says Jim Roberts, product manager at visual communications specialist, Beaverswood…

New Clean-a-Card offers rapid and effective automated hotel key card disinfection

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The pandemic has posed never-before-seen challenges for the hospitality industry, requiring owners, managers and brands to take new precautions to keep guests and staff safe. Despite our enthusiasm to travel again, we are more conscious than ever before about sanitation, safety, and cleanliness.

Proper maintenance of HVAC systems helps tackle IAQ concerns in a post pandemic world

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Goodway Technologies, the industrial HVAC maintenance product specialist, is reminding facilities managers how critical the correct maintenance of an HVAC system is to indoor air quality.

What is the difference between sales reps and distributors?

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"Sales reps and manufacturers' reps are similar - however, they are not the same as distributors," says distributor-membership organisation Afflink's Michael Wilson...

Eco-friendly equipment that eliminates up to 100% of bacteria and viruses and 99.99% of Covid-19 now available in Brazil

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For over a year, the huge DownTown Condominium office and retail centre has served as the Brazil pilot site of R-Water's eco-friendly device, widely used in the US to clean and disinfect surfaces in facilities such as hospitals, restaurants, sporting facilities and more - and which, in certain applications, is applied via drones.

Erdemil France joins the Brightwell Dispensers Group

Erdemil has joined the Brightwell Dispensers Group and rebranded to Brightwell Dispensers SAS. With its new 6000sq.m manufacturing facilities and headquarters in Bussy-Saint-Georges, near Paris, Brightwell Dispensers SAS continues to operate with the existing management team in place.

Submissions now open for ISSA Pulire Verona's 'Product of the Year'

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Submissions are now open for the 'Product of the Year ISSA Pulire 2021', a competition designed to draw attention to and reward the development of innovative solutions, ideas, and designs in the industry.

CIRI expands membership eligibility

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute has expanded its membership eligibility for individuals to contract cleaners, in-house cleaning professionals, disaster restoration professionals, consultants and others with interests in common with the related industries and their affiliations.

Global Hygiene Summit to take place in Singapore in 2022

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Covid-19 has brought hygiene - and, more specifically, the role it can play in our health, into sharp focus and further reinforced the fact that prevention is better than cure.

ISS signs five-year IFS contract with Equinor

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ISS Facility Services in Norway has announced an agreement with energy company, Equinor, to deliver services to its office sites.

Customise your clean with new WypAll Wettask System

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Introducing from Kimberly-Clark Professional the improved wipe to complete the WypAll Wettask Roll Wiper Dispenser System… This system is designed for maximum control of both hygiene and cost efficiencies.

Hydro Systems unveils enhancements to HydroMinder range of car wash dispensers

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Hydro Systems has introduced updates to the low pressure float valve of its HydroMinder dispensers for car wash applications.

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Cleaning's a tough job at the best of times but finding yourself running a cleaning company during a pandemic must have been something of a minefield - and it's not getting any easier, is it? As predicted, there are serious supply chain issues and these are becoming worse. In the UK, we're having to deal with the disastrous 'track & trace' system which 'pings' your phone if you've been in contact with someone who's tested positive for Covid via a dodgy testing system that often achieves false positive results. The 'pinged' are instructed to isolate for the 10 days following contact with the person who's tested positive.

This system, (understandably dubbed the 'pingdemic') is causing enormous problems by suddenly decimating the workforce - hence the worsening supply chain issues. And with workplaces starting to fill again and cleaning teams needing to regularly service these facilities, (which are demanding more thorough cleaning to prevent the spread of infection) logistically it's becoming a nightmare for those organising the service provision.

During lockdown we all knew where we stood and could plan ahead... Just imagine a cleaning crew collected via mini-bus from various pick-up points and taken to the job. One's pinged and the rest have to isolate for 10 days. How do you deal with that? Last week part of the London Underground was shut down when a control room worker tested positive and some lines are closing early because of staff shortages, preventing cleaners who rely on the service from getting to and from work. Can it get any worse? I daresay it will...

If that's not soul-destroying enough, imagine finding that someone's stolen a vehicle and parts from your yard overnight? Thank goodness for CCTV in RAMS FM's case and let's hope the culprit's caught before he manages to offload his booty!* CZ LEADER PIC THEFT.jpg

The Summer Olympics officially opens tomorrow and I’m sure I’m not the only one who recalls the Noravirus outbreak at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018, which swept through the athletes’ village. I do hope that the cleaning regimes in place in Tokyo will keep everyone safe, since the outcome, if they don’t, is likely to be a lot worse this time around.



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This Week's News

New chairman and deputy elected to BCC

* Chair-Dep-BCC.jpgThe British Cleaning Council - the voice of the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste sectors, officially elected a new chairman and deputy chair at its recent Annual General Meeting.

Jim Melvin, who has served as deputy chairman of the BCC for the past two years, has taken over the chairmanship from Paul Thrupp.

The role of surface and hand hygiene in keeping communal areas safe

* Gama-Workplace-Cleaning.jpegThe Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenges of communal spaces in the context of the transmission of infectious diseases.

Co-workers often spend long period of time in close proximity, usually with limited access to hand and surface hygiene materials.

Top tips webinar for winning entries to the 2022 Golden Service Awards: sign up now

* GSA-Webinar.jpgThe Kimberly Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2022 has opened for entries. This year for the first time, all entrants are invited to attend a free 'How to Enter' webinar on Thursday 29th July at 10.30.

Participants will learn first-hand how to maximise the chances of winning a coveted Golden Service Award from the 19 categories across key sectors healthcare, education, offices, retail and manufacturing.

The great job reassessment

* The-Great-Job-Reassessment.jpgThere is considerable discussion about the problems cleaning contractors and others in the professional cleaning industry are now having finding workers.

However, according to Matt Morrison of Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning system, there is more going on than we may realise.

One word to describe the past 15 months. Challenging - would you agree?

* Pure-Washroom.jpgVickie Pugh, sales director at Pure Washrooms, a leading washroom service provider for facilities across the West Midlands, reflects on the pandemic and why Pure chose to look outside of the business to make a difference, selecting three charities to support this year.

"Like most business owners we had to act fast to adapt to meet the changing needs of our clients throughout the pandemic - all the while making sure we kept our colleagues safe. We are immensely proud of how our team pulled together," she says.

America's Best Restroom Contest finalists announced: vote for your favourite now

* US-Best-Restroom-Contest-finalists.jpgCintas Corporation has announced the 10 finalists for the 2021 America's Best Restroom contest.

Betco announces new program for grouted floors

* Betco-floors.jpgAsk anyone in the industry which floors are the most difficult to keep clean, and many would say grouted stone and tiles - until now. Betco's new Stone, Tile, and Grout (STG) turns back the clock on grimy, stained floors and keeps them looking legitimately brand new.

Royal Parks cleaners vote for strike action

* Royal-Parks.jpgContracted-out staff at Royal Parks will take strike action later this month in an attempt to have their contracts brought into line with those of directly employed Royal Parks staff.

They say that Just Ask Estates, which has a contract to provide toilet cleaning services for the parks, has refused to recognise or engage with their union.

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Recent UK News

Wave of WFH fatigue hits the UK, but employees still concerned their offices aren't Covid-secure

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With Covid-19 restrictions set to end on July 19th, more than half (52%) of British people currently working from home say they are ready to return to the office and are thus considered to have ‘Work From Home’ fatigue, but more than a third (35%) are still concerned their offices aren't Covid secure, according to new research from Mitie.

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches the Golden Service Awards 2022

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched the Golden Service Awards 2022, the leading cleaning and FM industry awards event, with a 'save the date' for Thursday, 26th May 2022, to be held at the InterContinental London Park Lane.

Launched more than 30 years ago by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the Golden Service Awards 2022 will be open for entries from 20th July 2021.

ICE Cleaning celebrates substantial growth

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Industrial, commercial and domestic cleaning services organisation ICE Cleaning, has expanded its management team with a series of senior appointments to support its substantial 700% business growth between 2020 and 2021.

Sasse secures further 5-year contract extension with Edinburgh Airport

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The last 18 months have been an incredibly challenging time for the aviation industry with passenger numbers falling through the floor.

Caple supports management buy-out for waste management business

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SME credit fintech Caple has supported the management buy-out of Serious, a sewage, grease and waste-water management company, with a £1m long-term unsecured loan.

Jangro starts spreading the festive cheer

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Jangro is getting into the festive spirit by launching its annual Christmas Supplies Catalogue.

With the Government's roadmap setting out an end to restrictions long before December, Christmas 2021 is set to be busier than ever, with many companies, organisations, and families and friends, intending to make up for last year with festive celebrations and parties throughout the season.

Why we need to embrace health technology in the fight against Covid-19

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By Graham Mimms - co-founder of Safe Surface Sensor

Coronavirus has immeasurably reshaped the way we interact with the world. Whether that be with friends, colleagues, or day to day services, as a society we have become increasingly conscious of the need to maintain rigorous hygiene standards if we are to avoid viruses such as Covid-19 tearing through society.

Excel Dryer UK launches XLERATORsync: A revolutionary leap in washroom technology that elevates hygiene, safety and efficiency to new levels

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Excel Dryer UK has announced the launch of XLERATORsync, a washroom solution that combines soap, water and air with a custom washbasin in a single location.

The XLERATORsync dryer is the latest innovative deployment of Excel Dryer's cutting-edge technology. Beneath its modern exterior, the dryer houses technology developed with NASA rocket scientists to ensure optimal hand drying performance.

BigChange mobile tech helps protect cleaning workforce at Clearground

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Cleaning and facilities maintenance company Clearground is using workforce management technology from BigChange to improve health & safety across its nationwide operation.

Committed to cleaning up waste, Cromwell tracks trash trends

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Cromwell Polythene, which supplies products for the capture and containment of materials for recycling, is passionate about reducing waste.

As part of this commitment, it recently held a litter picking activity and is also conducting research into dog waste specifically.

Mitie wins new contract with East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

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Mitie has won a new seven and a half-year contract to deliver services for Lister Hospital and Hertford County Hospital, two of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust's hospitals. The contract is worth £4 million a year and has the option to extend for up to two and a half years.

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