*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 6th January 2022 Issue no. 998

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International News

SoftBank publishes a study on the effects of air quality through the deployment of cobotics

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Given the ever-increasing focus on the quality of the air we breathe, especially heightened over the past two years, SoftBank commissioned a study to establish what effects the simple task of vacuuming has on airborne particulates.

Kimberly-Clark Professional names Ehab Abou-Oaf new president

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Ehab Abou-Oaf, currently managing director of Kimberly-Clark's Middle East & Africa business, has been named president, Kimberly-Clark Professional, effective 1st January, 2022. He will be responsible for the company’s business-to-business operations globally, reporting to Mike Hsu, chairman and chief executive officer.

Cleaning industry firm gives insight into business recovery from the pandemic

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It is well known that cleaning can sometimes be an under-appreciated industry, however when the pandemic hit, this service was even more fundamental to the functioning of all kinds of organisations. Businesses had to implement deep cleaning practices at high speed. Schools, shops and offices all introduced new cleaning measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and keep their services running.

ACI and Trades unveil new factsheet on role of enzymes in detergent products

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The American Cleaning Institute - in collaboration with International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products, Association of Manufacturers & Formulators of Enzyme Products, and the Household & Commercial Products Association - developed a factsheet on the role of enzymes in detergent products.

Form, function and social consciousness: how hand dryers are adapting to the needs of modern consumers

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Matt Anderson, founder and director of Velair, writes…

Hand dryers are changing.

To the casual observer, the industry’s physical innovations go without saying. The form factor of the hand dryer has seen considerable advances in recent years, with some manufacturers opting – for instance – for ‘hands in’ designs whereby the user’s hands are placed inside a cavity rather than hovering underneath a device.

Propelair’s water-saving toilet launch will help boost Middle East’s sustainability drive

Propelair, UK designer and manufacturer of what is claimed to be the world's lowest-water-flush toilet, has entered the Gulf market through a partnership with Dubai-based bathroom and kitchen solutions provider Aquaforce.

EFCI calls for more flexible approach to EC's minimum wage proposals

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The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry is calling for a more flexible approach to the European Commission's minimum wage proposals, presented in October 2020 and subsequently discussed by the European Parliament and the European Council.

Jangro ramps up sustainability with new product range

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, tells us it was excited to launch a brand new range of cleaning products at The Cleaning Show 2021, helping its customers to make more sustainable purchases and reduce their carbon footprint.

Truvox International launches new Multiwash Pro

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Truvox International is launching a new, redesigned range of its Multiwash scrubber dryers.

"Our Multiwash II has been the benchmark for scrubber dryers for many years, and we are delighted to be launching the new Multiwash Pro range," says Truvox International executive director, Gordon McVean.

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I'm sure I'm not the only one returning to work this week after the holidays, wondering what this coming year will bring. Just as Cleanzine, (seen as 'alternative' media when we launched in Spring 2002) was able to bring you breaking news rather than 'news' several weeks or months after it had happened and even videos of work being carried out, the alternative media that's surfaced in more recent years, covers news which, for some reason or another, mainstream media doesn't. I'll probably lose some friends by saying so, but I can't help but admire the spirit of those who are taking to the streets in many parts of the world, demanding a less hysterical approach from our leaders and particularly with regard to what appears to be illogical and random discrimination against those who aren't considered to be fully vaccinated. If those in the cleaning industry ran around like headless chickens too, where on earth would we be?

In my final Cleanzine Leader of 2021 I talked about the worrying effect the 'no jab, no job' mandate would have on our health and other care services since a crucial part of these - the cleaning and other 'soft' services - will no doubt also be covered by the mandate. I warned that those providing these services, who choose not to be (or who are unable to be) vaccinated, will leave our industry in droves, causing everything to stop functioning. Yesterday, I received a press release from the British Cleaning Council, which although less political, voiced similar concerns about the shortage of cleaning staff and potential 'burnout' caused by increased workloads for those being asked to fill the gaps. Delia Cannings, deputy chair of the BCC, warns that we are starting to see cracks in the healthcare sector, with shortcuts, slip ups and accidents increasing thanks to rising staff absences due to sickness, self-isolating or fatigue. She says many highly-experienced cleaners are choosing to leave the profession citing their roles as undervalued and the risk factors as too high. I must say, I can't blame them.

For many months now, lots of local councils have withdrawn their garden waste removal services because of staff shortages and some have extended periods between recyclable and landfill waste collections, but already this year, several councils have been forced to suspend refuse collection services altogether.

Worrying times ahead for our industry then - and for the general public too, who now more than ever are relying on our cleaners to keep our environment safe.



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This Week's News

Healthcare, hospitality and other cleaning staff facing 'burnout' due to severe staff shortages

* Healthcare-cleaning-workers-burnout.jpgIndustry leaders have warned that cleaning staff in healthcare, hospitality and other parts of the sector are facing burnout because of increased workloads due to the pandemic and severe staff shortages.

ACI mourns loss of former ACI board member and Distinguished Service Award winner Dale Steichen

* Dale-Steichen.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute is mourning the passing of Dr Dale Steichen, a longtime researcher and scientist in the cleaning product supply chain who was the 2017 recipient of ACI's Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.

Dale spent more than 30 years in the industry, working for Clorox Company for 11 years -managing product, process and packaging development, and then for more than two decades in various roles for AkzoNobel, including vice president of research and development. He received his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from UCLA.

Planet-saving systems dispense sugarcane & bamboo consumables

* Bamboo-dispensers28.jpgLeading the way in sustainable away-from-home systems, FIG products is still thought to be the only manufacturer to offer sugarcane & bamboo consumables in a dedicated range of washroom dispensers.

The company has just made what appears to be the world's first bamboo dispensers, which completes its offering as probably the most sustainable system on the market. Available in a twin toilet roll dispenser, compact hand towel dispenser and soap dispenser, the bamboo dispensers make a huge statement wherever they are installed.

EvaClean Infection Prevention launches global expansion strategy

* EvaClean_Global.jpgThe pandemic spotlighted the cleaning industry's critical role and became a catalyst for the adoption of new technologies and developments, such as advanced electrostatic spraying systems combined with superior NaDCC chemistries.

EvaClean’s expertise in that field led to such demand that the company says it is now prepared to tackle Covid-19 and all its variants on a global scale, along with every other contagious pathogen.

Sodexo contract director, Tony Eleftheriou, awarded MBE

* Sodexo_Tony-Eleftheriou.jpgSodexo says it is is proud to announce that its contract director for Cyprus, Tony Eleftheriou, has been awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to the British military in Cyprus.

Training is an essential new year resolution for cleaning businesses

* Jangro-TRAINING.jpgIndependent janitorial distribution network, Jangro, is urging cleaning businesses to make training a priority for 2022 in order to uphold standards and keep spaces clean and safe.

With end-users' expectations of cleanliness and hygiene currently higher than ever, ensuring that professional cleaning staff receive high quality and relevant training is essential to maintain excellence.

Popular industry figure back in the business!

* Andrew-Cawthorne.jpgFrustrated by Covid-19 travel restrictions, at 67, Andrew Cawthorne has left retirement behind and started a new company specialised in washroom and PPE.

Award winner: an infection prevention hero

* Award-winner-CrystalFosterUMF.jpgUMF Corporation has awarded Crystal Foster its 12th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, 2021. Crystal, who works at Beacon Hill - a senior living community in the Chicago suburbs - was nominated by Beacon Hill facilities director Emmanuel Griffin, who believes she exemplifies the key tenets of the award, which acknowledges the invaluable contribution of the unsung heroes staffing environmental services (EVS) departments in healthcare facilities across the US.

Ecoserv group makes key senior management appointments

* ECOSERV_Dees.jpgEcoserv Group has expanded its senior management team as part of its ambitious growth strategy and to support its diversification into new service areas.

Dees Maharaj and Kevin Dippenaar have joined the company as chief sales officer (CSO) and finance director respectively to support Ecoserv's business development, operational diversification, corporate governance and future acquisitions.

PHS goes into 2022 with celebrating several awards

* PHS-FOUR-WINS.jpgPhs Group has been recognised through a series of high-profile award wins for its Welsh team's resourceful response to supporting customers throughout the pandemic.

In November, customer experience lead John Hall was jointly crowned Support Person of the Year at the 2021 Welsh Contact Centre Awards. John was nominated for the award by his peers in recognition of being an outstanding role model, enthusiastic ambassador and problem solver, as well as the driving force behind two of phs's service-improving projects.

Cleaning industry leader awarded MBE

* MBE.jpgA leading figure in the UK cleaning & hygiene industry has been congratulated after being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year Honours 2022.

Kim Phillips is a director at the British Cleaning Council, national chairperson of BCC member the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Organisations (ABCD) and head of catering and facilities services at Rotherham Council.

Kindred to champion social value in schools

* Kindred-senior-team.jpgKindred is a radical refresh of a trusted name in UK educational cleaning. Formally Ridgecrest Cleaning Services, established in 1988 and a company already well respected in the education sector, the team at Kindred have relaunched the company to reflect a new approach to cleaning in the sector, with the emphasis squarely on social value.

Why Kindred? Simon Wrenn, Kindred's managing director explains:

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Recent UK News

Biosciences company welcomes new 'Greenwashing' Code

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With an increasing number of commercial and household cleaning products making misleading environmentally responsible claims, Genesis Biosciences has welcomed the Competition & Markets Authority's new 'Green Claims Code'.

Ice Cleaning delivers mould remediation services for London Museum Of Water and Steam

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Following an extended period of closure due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, London Museum of Water and Steam appointed Ice Cleaning to provide a specialist mould remediation service to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and safety were achieved for returning visitors.

Chloe the robot joins Sodexo cleaning team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

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Sodexo's cleaning team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, part of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, has a new recruit of the robot variety who has been named Chloe by young patients on the children's ward.

New appointment at Rainbow sees 30 years of technical experience return to the team

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Rainbow International’s Technical Manager Ron Rookledge has returned to the business after a brief hiatus – bringing back a wealth of experience and knowledge, bolstering Rainbow’s technical offering.

Genesis Biosciences sweeps the board at Cardiff Business Awards

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Genesis Biosciences is celebrating after triumphing at this year's Cardiff Business Awards, winning two award categories as well as the coveted Cardiff Business of the Year.

BCC calls for industry APPG to urgently make progress on key issues... Crisis meeting called to discuss next steps...

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The British Cleaning Council has urgently called on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the cleaning & hygiene industry to drive progress on key issues affecting the sector.

Events & Exhibitions

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11-13th December 2024

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18-20th March 2025
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27-29th May 2025
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