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International News

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

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The 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.

Planet-saving systems dispense sugarcane & bamboo consumables

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Leading 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.

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.

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I don't know how many years ago it was that I shared news here, that some staff employed to clean the UK's Home Office, not only didn't have the necessary work permits, but also didn't have leave to even be in the UK. I recall arguing, though, that it was wrong to expect employers to police the system and potentially receive heavy fines if they failed to do so properly, since they didn't have the resources or expertise to be confident in detecting fraudulent work visas. I've always felt that the responsibility for checking the validity of work permits, should rest with immigration and employment specialists - in the same way as our DBS/criminal record checking system works.

Almost a decade on, I learn that another senior official has been caught employing somebody she shouldn't, to do her cleaning. On this occasion, Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, is in trouble after a cleaner was found working illegally at her home. Going one stage further than being what's termed an 'illegal immigrant', the young woman concerned, believed to be from Nicaragua, had even been issued with a deportation order!

The PM revealed that she'd been assured by the owner of the company employing the cleaner, that everyone had the required work permits. It must be embarrassing to be put in such a position but the PM has even more egg on her face, since a focus of her leadership has been on eradicating the 'black economy'. In her inaugural speech last November, she appealed for people to take personal responsibility in fighting organised crime, calling it a "shamefully well-integrated part of the economy".

I recall learning, during my early days in this industry, that a major benefit of outsourcing services such as cleaning, is that by putting the service in the hands of experts rather than trying to handle it yourself, a more thorough and efficient job will be done, allowing you to concentrate on your core business. Surely the Swedish PM has more important things to do than investigate her cleaner's right to work and surely others in the country have better expertise? I hope she's able to use this experience to highlight her argument that more must be done to combat fraud and that it's taken seriously enough to get some more efficient systems in place in order to do so. I know some would consider working 'cash in hand' to offer perks, but a young cleaner working illegally in a strange country is being exploited, and in my view, deserves better.



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This Week's News

Bupa and NHS choose virus-killing air purifiers that can be used in occupied spaces

* AirxproX.jpgAirxPro air purifiers are being used within NHS vaccination centres and by Bupa, to protect staff, patients and visitors, having received full certification from a Government-audited laboratory. Safe to use in occupied areas, they boast a virus removal rate of 99.97%.

The units are offered in five different versions, with the size of the machine dictated by the volume of air purification required. The concept remains the same across all models, whereby polluted air is drawn into the rear of the unit, where it is filtered and cleaned using a combination of negative Ion particles.

Vitalacy adds SmartBadge to hand hygiene monitoring portfolio

* Vitalacy.jpgDesigned to fit behind a healthcare provider's ID badge, Vitalacy's new SmartBadge captures and delivers individual-, unit- and facility-level hand hygiene performance data to hospital leaders responsible for quality, safety, and infection control and prevention.

The latest addition to the Vitalacy Patient Safety Platform, this entry-level device enables healthcare systems to meet the Leapfrog Group's hand hygiene standards at a competitive price point. The SmartBadge provides a cost-efficient, yet accurate and effective way of improving hand hygiene compliance, which research studies have linked to lower healthcare-acquired infections.

New robot does more than just clean beaches

* More-than-just-clean-beaches.jpgOcean clean-up specialist 4ocean has teamed up with marina manufacturer Poralu to produce a beach cleaning robot with a difference.

Almost silent, a fraction of the size and lighter in weight than normal beach cleaning machinery, it was built with care for the environment and wildlife in mind and is 100% electric, running on 2 x 12-volt batteries assisted by solar power to charge the batteries and operate the accessories - so no harmful emissions to worry about.

Biomaster boosts hygiene on trains and buses

* Biomaster-trains-and-buses.jpgPassenger comfort specialist Train Bits & More (TBM) has partnered with Biomaster to offer bus and train operators greater product protection against bacteria on mass transit systems. Biomaster antimicrobial technology can now be built into coatings for handrails, seat handles and arm rests supplied by TBM to fleet operators across the UK.

Addmaster is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polygiene - the product Biomaster is offering antimicrobial protection for on hard surfaces found in consumer products, public spaces as well as in hospital environments and more.

Global health & hygiene market growth forecast to 2025 now available

* global_health_and_hygiene_market.jpgThe 'Global Health & Hygiene Market (Personal Care, Consumer Tissue & Professional Hygiene): Insights & Forecast with Potential Impact of Covid-19 (2021-2025)' report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

New child-friendly hand-dryer should help allay some youngsters' fears

* kids-dryers.jpgA leading UK hand-dryer manufacturer has just launched an ultra-quiet, customisable hand-dryer aimed at primary schools, soft play centres and any venue aiming to make their washroom facilities more child-friendly.

Oxford-based Airdri has released the new Kiddi Quad, one of its quietest models to date, just as its research has uncovered that 38% of UK children are scared of hand-dryers; a higher percentage than are frightened of the dark, monsters, ghosts, nightmares, sharks, doctors and 'bad guys'.

Transporting goods from/to the EU? Prepare now for ‘EU posting of drivers’ portal

* Travelling-to-the-EU.jpgFrom 2nd February, the EU is introducing new rules which mean that if you operate loaded goods journeys in and between European Member States (cabotage or cross-trade) and some other countries including the UK, you may need to register information digitally about your journeys on a new EU web-based portal.

This will include details of the operator, driver, driver employment details, dates of travel and the vehicle used, before the journey commences.

Credit Suisse and Euromonitor to discuss cleaning product industry trends at upcoming ACI Convention

* ACI-Convention-2022.jpgExecutives from Credit Suisse and Euromonitor International will bring informed perspectives from both the financial and consumer sectors to answer our ‘burning’ questions during a special session at the American Cleaning Institute’s upcoming Industry Convention.

‘Wall Street to Main Street: Cleaning Products in the Post-Covid Era’ will take place on 3rd February, during ACI's Convention Week, 31st January – 5th February, 2022, at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

ISS and HPE extend partnership agreement for further five years

* ISSHewlettP.jpgISS A/S has extended its partnership agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The contractor has delivered integrated facility services to HPE globally since 2008 and will now continue to do so until at least August 2027, in HPE's offices and production sites across 51 countries and more than 170 sites.

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Recent UK News

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

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Industry 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.

Sodexo contract director, Tony Eleftheriou, awarded MBE

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Sodexo 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

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Independent 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.

Ecoserv group makes key senior management appointments

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

PHS goes into 2022 with celebrating several awards

Phs 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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