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International News

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

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The 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.

The great job reassessment

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There 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.

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

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Cintas Corporation has announced the 10 finalists for the 2021 America's Best Restroom contest.

Betco announces new program for grouted floors

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Ask 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.

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.

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I touched last week on supply chain issues and although the UK Government’s tried to address these with changes to the regulations, its stance hasn’t gone down well with the British Safety Council, which boasts an international membership in more than 60 countries. The Council argues that the relaxation of the rules earlier this month, regarding how long lorry drivers can work, (as a temporary fix for the severe shortage of heavy goods vehicle operators) is compromising safety standards and is not the solution needed to address the issue. It believes that the relaxation of these road safety laws is adding more pressure on drivers who are already exhausted - and that this is unreasonably jeopardising road safety. “Over-tired drivers coming home from long shifts pose a real hazard to themselves and other road users,” warns its chief executive Mike Robinson. "Driver safety must not be compromised. It’s appalling that Government has ignored the views of the logistics industry, which has collectively condemned this measure on safety grounds."

In case you’re unfamiliar with the changes, HGV drivers are allowed to drive for an additional one hour/day, (from nine to 10 hours). Drivers can also undertake two 11 hour shifts/week. The temporary extension is due to end at midnight on 8th August 2021, but you know how these things go… it’s highly likely that it will be extended or perhaps even made permanent. While it’s clear we need to up transport hours, achieving this by increasing current drivers’ pressures (whose bosses are unlikely to give them a choice) isn’t the best way to do things – especially as these drivers will need to stay mentally alert enough to interpret and ensure they don’t fall foul of the ever-changing requirements regarding vaccinations and isolation periods! Years ago I overstretched myself on a marathon drive… I felt fine but realised when I was abruptly woken by a sudden swerve of my car, that I hadn’t been fine at all. It taught me a valuable lesson and one that the Government should already understand.

Business group Logistics UK has welcomed Government commitment to simplify training and deal with the backlog of some 25,000 drivers waiting to be tested, (yes - 25,000!) but is unhappy about the unfulfilled ‘promise’ made in 2018 to provide 1,500 extra overnight parking spaces in safe and secure locations for legally mandated rest stops. I’m assuming that toilets and showers are all part of the plan as these are badly needed too, with so many more public toilets seemingly permanently closed because of Coronavirus.



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This Week's News

Airdri Group appoints new head of business development

* Airdri-appoints.jpgOxford-based hand dryer manufacturer, Airdri, has welcomed Joe Pearce to its senior team as head of business development, to lead the company's sales team, identify and develop new areas of growth and improve profitability within existing revenue streams.

Prior roles for Joe have included national account manager at Mattel, sales and training partner at Dyson and sales director at Annabel Karmel.

'Crisis' in public toilet provision across the UK: Campaigning organisation calls for more Government funding and legislation

* Crisis-in-public-toilets.jpgThe British Toilet Association is calling for improved legislation and more Government funding to address the current 'appalling' lack of public toilet provision.

Public toilets are in 'crisis' and rapidly vanishing, it says, with many of those that remain displaying totally unacceptable levels of cleanliness and hygiene and the Covid-19 pandemic has only made the situation worse.

Territory Account Manager


Selco Hygiene Supplies, a long-stablished janitorial hygiene supply company is looking for an experienced self-motivated sales person to represent the company in England & Wales.

This exciting position offers the successful candidate a chance to be their own manager, with a good basic salary, plus commission, and a rare opportunity to earn share options.


Business spending in response to the pandemic, broken down by categories

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To find out, the virtual bookkeeper, DEXT, analysed its internal data and cross referenced its findings with the UK's Covid-19 timeline.

Built-in antimicrobial technology leaders become a united powerhouse

* built-in-antimicrobial.jpgMicroban International is bringing together its Microban and Ultra-Fresh brands and technologies under a single umbrella.

Following the initial acquisition of Thomson Research Associates in 2016, Microban International will now completely harmonise the two organisations, as they unite to operate as a single company under the Microban International name.

ISS launches ‘science of cleaning’ research project

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WCEC hosts its first live event since pandemic's start

* WCEC-hosts.jpgThe Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners’ first Court Luncheon of the year was held in the City of London at at Glaziers Hall on 2nd July – the WCEC’s first live event since the start of the pandemic in February 2020.

There might have been far fewer attendees, but every one of them was delighted to be able to convene in person, as the WCEC took its first cautious step in returning to a situation resembling normal.

Q Performance launches quality cleaning solutions for foodservice industry distributors, manufacturers and operators

* Q_performance.jpgThis month, Q Performance debuts its comprehensive product line of industrial chemical solutions, designed for the highest-quality cleanliness throughout the foodservice industry.

From the manufacturing facility to the warehouse, the distribution centre to the restaurant, Q Performance says it provides cleaning product procurement services to help customers maintain the highest standards of cleanliness - 'because clean is quality'.

Truvox International's Multiwash takes centre stage in Theatre Royal Plymouth reopening

* Truvox-Multiwash.jpgThe Theatre Royal Plymouth reopened in May after nearly 20 weeks of enforced closure due to Lockdown 3.0. As it prepared to reopen, the theatre's level of cleanliness and hygiene was the highest priority, alongside ensuring the confidence of cast, crew, staff and visitors.

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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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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