*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 11th November 2021 Issue no. 992

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International News

ICE - Autonomous cleaning and sustainability solutions

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Our market leading product range and offer is constantly evolving to stay ahead of the game and meet customer needs, and this year our innovations are bigger than ever. At the Cleaning Show 2021 we will be presenting a whole host of innovative and sustainable solutions!

New strategic partnership will expand US distribution of odour control range

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Fragrance Delivery Technologies and Supply Source Enterprises have formed a new strategic partnership to expand the distribution of FDT products in the US.

New team forms to support Italy's cleaning industry and public health & safety

Given the persistence of the pandemic, the Cleaning & Services Interassociative Team (TIPS) has been formed to bring together the main associations representing Italy's professional cleaning sector: those representing cleaning and those for the manufacturers and distributors of professional cleaning equipment.

Sodexo appoints Philip Leigh as UK & Ireland healthcare CEO

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Sodexo has announced the appointment of Philip Leigh as CEO healthcare for the UK and Ireland following the departure of Stuart Winters who has been appointed CEO for Sodexo's healthcare business in the US.

Microban International appoints new president and senior directors

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Microban International, a global leader in antimicrobial additives and odour control solutions, has appointed Michael Ruby as president of the corporation and Graham Harvey as senior director of business development for the Global Built-in business.

IICRC announces its 2022 board of directors and executive committee

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification recently elected its 2021-2024 IICRC board of directors and 2022 executive Committee. Carey Vermeulen, (pictured) is now chairman of the board.

Christie to mass produce CounterAct with Care222, a safer, filtered far-UVC disinfection technology for use around people

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As we prepare for a post-pandemic world where reducing pathogens and viral spread is essential, global visual technology company Christie has announced the mass production of its Christie CounterAct line of commercial UV disinfection products with patented Care222 far-UVC light technology.

Experienced and international sustainability profile to join ISS

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Tracy Nilsson will join ISS as Global Head of Sustainability on 1st January 2022.

With the hire of someone with an experienced international profile who has spent most of her career working with sustainability, ISS is substantially strengthening its contribution to both its clients and society in general.

Cintas offers five essential tips to help businesses protect floors during Winter

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Day-to-day foot traffic can wreak havoc on a facility’s floors, especially during periods of inclement weather when snow, ice, salt and sand can be tracked throughout the building. To help businesses protect floors during the harsh winter months, Cintas Corporation offers five essential tips…

RNG plant manufacturer announces Bristola as US service partner

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German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower has announced the agreement of a service partnership in the US, with Bristola, based centrally in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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Last week we ran a news item issued by the British Cleaning Council, revealing that the UK's cleaning & hygiene industry is suffering severe staff shortages with the rate of vacancies having increased dramatically. It warned that this could hamper the nation's recovery from Covid-19. I believe things are about to get a lot worse and it's not just the UK that concerns me.

Regular readers of my Leaders over the past two decades will know that I've always championed our cleaners, saying that if they ever all downed tools, our entire system would collapse. Since the pandemic began, I've referred to them as frontline workers. Now I fear that, as a vital part of both our care system and our National Health Service, they may shortly leave those sectors in droves thanks to our government's insistence that care and NHS workers can only remain in employment (care workers from today and NHS workers from April 2022) if they're 'fully vaccinated' - whatever that may mean in the future - against Covid-19. I assume this will also mean cleaning staff.

I know this is going to be controversial but I feel very strongly that when faced with the option of 'jab or job', many of those whose role it is to clean up after the rest of us and make our environment safe, will simply down tools and find work elsewhere, where they still have a choice over what chemicals are introduced into their bodies and how often. Currently, in the UK at least, there are plenty of jobs available for those used to physical work who are prepared to work and are used to unsociable hours.

I'm aware that in some other countries there's already a requirement for all workers to be fully vaccinated and in others, all workers in companies over a certain size - but because of what appears to be a block on workers' reactions to these edicts, I can't tell too much about the effect this is having, in various parts of the world. When it comes to the UK and our beleaguered care system and NHS though, I fear that my predictions about the system collapsing without a dedicated and experienced cleaning workforce, may be about to be realised, and I'm very frightened about how things will eventually pan out.

If you run a cleaning business in a country where workers must be fully vaccinated, has it impacted on your ability to provide your services and if it has, have you found a solution you care to share please?



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This Week's News

Microban International announces a new range of antiviral technologies

* Microban-antivirals.jpgMicroban International has announced a new range of antiviral technologies that are proven to reduce viral loading on products and surfaces.

Microban has long been a trusted partner in a wide range of sectors - from consumer and healthcare to industrial and construction - and this announcement adds to the versatility of the company's technology portfolio.

Brightwell Dispensers acquires CT Dispensing Systems

Brightwell Dispensers, the global manufacturer and designer of premier dispensing systems, has acquired its Spanish stockist CT Dispensing Systems. Both companies are well-established and well-known brands and have been sharing a close partnership for over 25 years.

CT Dispensing Systems will continue to operate under its own name for the foreseeable future, retaining its existing management team and administration functions.

Jangro raises £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support

* JANGRO-McMillan.jpgJangro is delighted to announce that it has reached its fundraising goal for MacMillan Cancer Support. The independent janitorial distribution network has been working in partnership with this worthy charity since 2013 pledging to raise £100,000 to help it support people living with cancer.

Jangro members have undertaken many varied fundraising initiatives in a bid to meet this target. Sponsored walks, cycle rides, triathlons, marathons, raffles, auctions, and coffee mornings have all contributed to raise this incredible sum of money.

2021 Cintas S.H.I.N.E. Award names housekeepers who are key to guest satisfaction & safety

* Cintas-Shine-Award.jpgCintas Corporation has announced the grand-prize winner and runners-up of the 2021 Cintas S.H.I.N.E. (Star Housekeepers In a New Era) Award.

The grand-prize winner, Miriam Rodriguez Alvarez, a housekeeper at Best Western Plus Villa Del Lago Inn in Patterson, Calif., won the $5,000 cash prize and her property will receive a comprehensive product, training and consultation package from Cintas and its business partners.

As part of COP26, NCH Europe releases sustainability guide

* NCH-COP26.jpgAs part of COP26, NCH Europe has released a sustainability guide to industrial products, highlighting the company's continuing drive towards better products for a healthier planet.

Across industrial operations, there are many products and processes that contribute to ecological decline. Whether it's the type of waste they create, the energy and resources that they use or the suboptimal performance of a product that creates waste, industrial products have an associated ecological cost.

HSE's 'Risk-reduction through design' Award 2021-2022 needs your nominations

* HSE-Risk-reduction-design.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors are asking for nominations for their 'Risk-reduction through design' Award, which highlights the important contribution design changes can make to reduce risks of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

Traction gained as GS Yuasa's new motive battery range hits the market

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Designed for use in applications ranging from floor cleaning machines to forklift trucks and materials handling equipment, the 24, 48 and 80-Volt solutions utilise GS Yuasa's specialist 2 Volt traction cells to offer high performance and minimal maintenance.

Matrix 4.5 & 8 bar ranges achieve CB Certification, reaching international markets in a single step

* Matrix.jpgMatrix Cleaning Systems has demonstrated the quality in design and performance of the Matrix range of machines manufactured in the UK, with a number of its 4.5 bar pressure Steam Cleaner models joining the 8 bar machines boasting CB Certification.

CB Certification is an international system for the mutual recognition of test results and certificates relating to the safety of electrical and electronic components, operating equipment and products on the basis of a multilateral agreement between participating countries and certification organisations.

AiDash launches new Intelligent Sustainability Management System at COP26

* AiDash.jpgAiDash, a leading provider of satellite and AI-powered operations, maintenance and sustainability platform, launches its Intelligent Sustainability Management System at COP26.

AiDash developed ISMS, which will help companies achieve their sustainability goals - including the 10% biodiversity net gain by 2030 - over the past nine months, working closely with the National Grid Partners Innovation team.

Idrobase Group's nebulisation at Expo2020 Dubai

* Idrobase-Dubai.jpgItalian Idrobase Group has been a consolidated point of reference in the nebulisation sector for years, in the United Arab Emirates.

Throughout the country are widespread various solutions including fog makers for disinfection, nebulising lines for cooling and furnishing accessories from the Enjoy Your Life line, which now illuminate and cool  one of the most prestigious 7-star hotels.

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Recent UK News

WCEC launches Chartered Practitioners' Register to entire cleaning industry at Cleaning Show 2021

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It has been a long wait, but finally UK cleaning and Facilities Management professionals have been able to convene in person at one of the major calendar events of the UK’s environmental cleaning industry - the Cleaning Show.

Terry Burrows retains window cleaning crown

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The Window Cleaning 'World Cup', held at The Cleaning Show in London's ExCel centre this week, saw Britain's Terry 'Turbo' Burrows crowned the Winner. He's pictured here with (on left, in second place) Darren Ansbro of DA Components, Cleveland, and, (right, in third place) Ashley Mackintosh of Northampton-based Mackintosh Clean. Our congratulations to all three & well done, everyone who took part.

Industry leaders delighted as apprenticeships bid clears first hurdle

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Delighted cleaning & hygiene industry leaders have welcomed a decision to give the green light to develop detailed proposals for an accredited industry-wide training programme and apprenticeship for the sector.

'Severe' cleaning & hygiene staff shortages could hit Covid-19 recovery, warns industry body

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The UK's cleaning & hygiene industry is suffering 'severe' staff shortages with the rate of vacancies having increased dramatically, according to a new survey of the industry by the British Cleaning Council, which warns that the recruitment problems could hamper the nation's recovery from Covid-19.

Nielsen puts shine on new International Training Centre with £100K investment

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One of the UK's leading manufacturers of specialist cleaning products for the automotive sector has completed a £100,000 redevelopment of its International Training Centre in Derbyshire.

Guaranteeing health and hygiene for RSPCA

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In February 2020, before the first Coronavirus lockdown was announced, Vincent Sherard-Bornshin, chief executive officer of RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District, realised that hygiene was suddenly going to become paramount for his organisation's premises.

Keep Britain Tidy's Ocean Recovery Project collects a record 1,000+ broken bodyboards

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Over the 2021 Summer holiday season, 1,082 snapped plastic bodyboards were recovered from south-west beaches by environmental charity and British Cleaning Council member's Keep Britain Tidy's Ocean Recovery Project. The boards, collected from Croyde Bay, Fistral beach and Bude, are just a small percentage of the boards that go to waste each year.

Deadline extended for entries into top awards

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The deadline for entries for the 2022 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards has been extended - you now have until 12th November to showcase your company's ability to go the extra mile in unprecedented times and support the continual raising of standards across the cleaning and facility management sectors.

CSSA hosts first ever live Clean Start Event to attract young talent to the industry

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Members of the Cleaning & Support Services Association attended a live Employers Engagement Day in October to promote the Clean Start initiative for the first time at a live event.

10 tips for successfully scaling your cleaning business

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By Chris Wootton, managing director of Poppies, the domestic cleaning business that is a member of the British Cleaning Council’s Domestic Cleaning Alliance

Principle wins Crick Award for supporting 'World Class Science'

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Principle Cleaning Services has won an award for its outstanding work at the Francis Crick Institute (the Crick), the biomedical research centre in London which is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, Imperial College London, King's College London, the Medical Research Council, University College London and the Wellcome Trust.

Meeting in the GreenZone!

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The latest contractor to take up the offer of bespoke training from Prochem, London-based GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services specialises in commercial and tenancy cleaning, specialist and window cleaning, as well as waste management.

Loo of the Year Awards 2021: New date and venue

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"Unforseen circumstances" mean that the St John's Hotel, Solihull - the regular home of the annual Loo of the Year Awards for many years now, is no longer able to accommodate the Awards this coming December.

Jangro welcomes Wessex Cleaning to its network

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has confirmed a new addition to its membership. Wessex Cleaning Equipment & Janitorial Supplies joins Jangro as the 47th member in its network, which has distributors strategically located all across the country.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
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