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“Owing to a devastating pandemic, keeping public spaces clean has shifted from being a background routine to a forefront concern. This jolt in priorities has been especially felt by anyone managing industrial facilities.
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The UK Cleaning Show, initially postponed because of Covid, is starting to shape up nicely with lots planned for the event, which is now scheduled to take place at London's ExCel centre from 2nd - 4th November this year.
There's an excellent line-up of speakers, who'll cover such subjects as:
Researchers from Hiroshima University Hospital in Hiroshima, Japan, recently published a study confirming the efficacy of LightStrike pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection technology on surfaces contaminated with the superbug vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE).
This is the 45th peer-reviewed and published study validating Xenex Disinfection Services' patented pulsed xenon UV room disinfection technology, and the third published study verifying LightStrike's efficacy against VRE, a deadly pathogen that can live on hospital surfaces for days to weeks.
Freedom Day - a day many of us had been anticipating for a long time, whether that would have been a sense of excitement or fear. It was a turning point in our relationship with the virus but unfortunately Covid won't disappear overnight as the restrictions have. There is still plenty we should do to minimise our risk of catching the virus or spreading it to other people. Val Edwards-Jones, microbiologist, gives her opinion:
"It's important to think about the likelihood of bumping into someone who is infectious. We are at very high numbers of cases even though they are starting to flatten a little, I'd still recommend being cautious, especially within crowded areas.
UV-C air purifiers have been used for years to eliminate airborne pathogens in healthcare settings. Due to the pandemic, they are also being used to protect health in schools, offices and all types of commercial facilities. These standalone units can be easily moved from one room to another, allowing them to protect occupant health wherever they are needed.
As versatile as these systems are, some building owners, facilities managers and cleaning professionals are new to this technology. Further, many have heard unsubstantiated myths about UV-C air purifiers.
Meanwhile in London, some are still using brooms for sweeping. It was great to showcase the alternative, and productivity gains the Xtrema sweeper can provide; the labour-saving over the course of the contract can be quite substantial!
Ozone Clean has had a very interesting past 18 months with the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. “Due to the anti-viral properties of ozone, demand increased dramatically,” says the company’s Mark Powell.
“We have been faced with many challenges and obstacles that we have overcome so as to support the increased demand from organisations to use ozone in the protection of their staff as well as domestic environments – including the Help a Hero – Make a Visor’ campaign.”
CWS International GmbH, the German based services group, has acquired Specialised Sterile Environments (SSE), an Irish company specialising in Cleanroom cleaning, decontamination and hygiene services to the Irish Pharma and Medtech industry.
This further expands CWS's international portfolio in cleaning and decontamination services in the highly specialised cleanroom segment and contributes to the company's sustainable growth strategy. SSE Cleaning has been sold by its former owner and founder Mary Connell. The deal was closed on 31st August 2021 for an undisclosed sum.
Aricasa, a leading manufacturer of professional brushware operating in the sector for over 80 years, is looking to the future and becoming IGEAX - new brand identity that combines tradition and innovation… the result of an improvement that represents the excellence of brushware made in Italy.
“IGEAX is the result of the wish to reflect in its name the evolution towards a global transformation, through the elaboration of a new brand identity, which has led to a new naming, a new logo and a new pay-off,” says Gianluca Bignotti, CEO of IGEAX.
With the help of AKW's logistics partner, XPO, and global relief agencies, the machines have arrived at the Vitasta Health Care Trust in Bantalab Jammu, India, where they will be used to help treat patients struggling with coronavirus complications.
Angela Gill, managing director of Bio-Productions, has become a Freeman in the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners this month, after taking an oath at a special ceremony in London. Angela took her oath recently after being nominated by one of her clients.
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is a membership organisation and one of 110 livery companies in the City of London. It follows many City traditions and aims to encourage and maintain high standards of practice and integrity in the environmental cleaning industry.
The company will provide a 24/7 cleaning operation across the iconic, 21.5 acre estate, using a dedicated workforce to deliver flexible and sustainable cleaning services.
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Recent UK News
The British Institute of Cleaning Science is naturally delighted to announce that the 2021 BICSc Annual Awards will be going ahead. They will take place on Thursday, 30th September 2021, at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham, from midday - 17.00.
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.
ISS worked closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement in the development of the recently published National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021.