Cleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 17th April 2014 Issue no. 619
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Joint Commission International (JCI) is providing the Targeted Solutions Tool (TST) for hand hygiene at no additional charge to JCI-accredited healthcare organisations, to help improve patient care and reduce health care-associated infections.
According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research*, the global demand for chelating agents was valued at USD 3.59 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 4.48 billion in 2019, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 3.2% from 2013 to 2019.
John Laws of the Australian Cleaning Contractors' Alliance, tells us that from Monday the organisation will be moving to 6/69 Bruce Avenue, Belfield NSW 2191.
The Bullen Companies has announced the addition of Jack Collins to the sales team. Jack brings considerable industry experience to this role with a successful track record across all product categories and with both major manufacturers and wholesalers.
When the Environmental Public Health Amendment Bill came into force in Singapore on Tuesday, cleaning businesses were reminded to submit their applications for cleaning business licences soon or risk not having a licence by the 1st September 2014 deadline.
A new report published by Transparency Market Research, reveals that the global demand for the nanocoatings was valued at USD 1.45 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 6.75 billion in 2019, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 24.7% between 2013 and 2019.
The Airdri Group has opened a new facility in Guangzhou, China as part of a strategy to substantially grow its business within the region. This facility will become part of the hand dryer and elevator safety system manufacturer's international network, which includes bases in the UK, USA and Germany. Further operations in key markets are under active consideration by the Airdri board.
On any given day, approximately one in 25 US patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information is an update to previous CDC estimates of healthcare-associated infections.
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The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence issued new guidelines yesterday in an attempt to reduce the incidences of healthcare acquired infections – saying it’s unacceptable that one in 16 people pick up a bug in the nation’s hospitals, that 5,000 patients die each year as a result of a superbug and that infections such as MRSA and C. difficile contribute to another 15,000 deaths annually.
Although data shows that England has one of the lowest rates of infection in Europe per in-patient treated, and Department of Health figures show that MRSA and C. difficile rates are the lowest ever since mandatory surveillance began, the fact that some 800 patients a day pick up an infection from the staff themselves or from dirty equipment, is unacceptable, isn’t it?
Checking into in my local health centre last week, I used a touch screen computer to let the receptionist know I’d arrived. Then sitting down in the waiting room, I thought about all the ‘nasties’ on the magazines set out for people to read, and on the children’s books and toys provided to keep the little ones amused as they wait, as well as on the arms of the chairs and the handles of the doors to the consulting rooms. I didn’t notice any hand gel available for our use and nor did I see any signs warning us about the dangers of cross-contamination. I did, however, see lots of slightly dark greasy patches around the walls where people rest their heads while waiting to see their GP’s, which didn’t make me feel very comfortable!
Sadly, with so little money available for regular, thorough cleaning of every surface in the healthcare environment, and healthcare professionals so overloaded with work that sometimes some of them neglect to wash their hands between treating different patients, I can’t help feeling that we’re going to end up fighting a losing battle when it comes to really making an impact on healthcare acquired infections…
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Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals can follow simple actions to bring down infection rates in the NHS, says The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Around 300,000 people get an infection while being cared for within the NHS in England each year. These healthcare associated infections include pneumonia and infections of the lower respiratory tract (22.8%), urinary tract infections (17.2%) and surgical site infections (15.7%) [i].
Officials at Clearstream, who previously spoke out about MRSA’s prevalence in athletic facilities, are now warning of the infection’s spread to communities.
Historically, MRSA infections were relegated to sick patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities, but the ever-resistant bacteria is now present within communities and increasingly infecting otherwise healthy children and adults. In a 2013 report released by the US Centers for Disease Control, researchers established a 10% per year rise in MRSA infections in children from 2005 - 2010, and the proportion of those cases involving community-associated MRSA jumped by 55%.
Newly published research in the Journal of Food Protection, shows that the use of antibacterial soaps can reduce the spread of harmful bacteria (which often leads to foodborne illness) more effectively than using non-antibacterial soaps.
The research, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Food Protection (Vol. 77, No. 4, 2014, pp. 574-582), used new laboratory data, together with simulation techniques, to compare the ability of non-antibacterial and antibacterial products to reduce the risk of the infectious disease shigellosis, which is often spread during food preparation.
The Red Dot Design Awards are an internationally recognised product accolade. Previous winners include high-profile brands such as Mercedes, Apple, Bosch and Issey Miyake. This year, a panel of 40 international experts discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries, awarding select designs with quality and innovative strength, the coveted Red Dot quality seal.
Asset Skills Training will offer specialist and bespoke training in all areas of FM, cleaning, housing, property, building maintenance and parking. The programmes have been designed by a team with years of experience in working alongside large and small businesses and organisations.
Kaivac, of Hamilton, OH USA, has announced that it has recently partnered with Denis Rawlins (Rawlins) as its representative in the UK. Rawlins has over 40 years of experience working with commercial cleaning equipment.
Kaivac, originator of the revolutionary No Touch Cleaning System, considers this an important step in its renewed commitment to support the UK market. "There has been a tremendous demand from British customers for easier access to Kaivac products for some time now," says Marc Ferguson, International Business Development Manager at Kaivac.
When it is so widely known that hot water cuts through grease and kills germs more quickly and effectively than cold water - no one does the washing up or bathes in cold water by choice - it is perhaps surprising that more people haven't yet applied the benefits of hot to their professional cleaning.
Karcher though, is offering those that haven't tried this technology, a useful incentive... up to £250 cashback on all HDS hot water pressure washers purchased from April until the end of June.
Validate is a new service from the Waste Management Industry & Training Advisory Board (WAMITAB), specifically designed to assess employees who have developed sufficient knowledge and skills to perform their job to the correct standard. Officially launching on 1st May, Validate is a modular programme that assesses the competence of operatives in the workplace.
The company has acquired Santiago, Chile-based Tecno Boga SA, a leading supplier of own label protective footwear, principally to distributors. Revenue in the year ended 31 December 2013 was CLP20 billion (c. £23 million).
Available in Italian and in English: the complete range of professional pressure washers Idrobase, both hot and cold water, as well as Dinamica and Energetica semi-professional pressure washers and the new agricultural line with Country and Traktor.
Earth Day, which this year falls on Tuesday, April 22, is certainly a time to focus on the health of our planet - all the more serious this year with the release of the United Nations Climate Change 2014 report. Even with such a sobering report though, it can also be a time to enjoy the day, argues Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group.
As the steady integration of these Northwood owned companies continues, other changes are being introduced.
A group of Sub-Saharan African leaders have pledged to work harder to reach 325 million people on the continent that do not have access to safe water and 644 million who have to get by without basic toilets.
Around 20 countries, including 14 from Sub-Saharan Africa, have promised to provide all citizens with access to safe water, basic toilets and hygiene by 2030. Further, 16 Sub-Saharan African leaders have promised to eliminate open defecation in their countries by 2030.
Over the years the awards have become one of the UK's foremost business awards schemes that focus on the environment and sustainability, and they're now affectionately known as the 'Green Oscars.'
As part of its ongoing commitment to providing affordable first class aftersales support for its widespread customer base, Industrial Floorcare Machines (UK) has announced that it has entered in to a strategic partnership with newly formed 1st Fix Machine Solutions, to provide complete aftersales service and breakdown repairs, supplementing its own in-house engineering resource.
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Awash with cash, 114 of the UK's leading cleaning equipment & materials companies face a strategic dilemma, according to a new report from industry analyst Plimsoll Publishing, which says that an abundance of unused cash is "sitting on these companies' books."
However David Pattison, senior analyst, advises that this "cash asset" needs to be out to work. "It sounds strange, but putting this cash to good use for the development of the company can be a very difficult problem," he says. "Just letting it sit in the bank - although comforting, is not going to have a huge benefit on the business.
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Aimed at those selling washroom products and those involved in facilities management and/or contract cleaning, the objective of training programme is to provide an intensive day of immersive Katrin training for small groups of people.
The programme includes the chance to understand the industry history, to look at today's product sets and to look forward to the innovation of the future.
Employees of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, have been offered a pay increase from 1st April 2014 under which the majority of them (those on salaries starting at £14,880 per annum) would receive an uplift of 1%, with those on lower salaries receiving a slightly higher increase. It will affect over 1 million employees and has not gone down well with the trade unions, whose leaders are suggesting that strike action needs to be taken.
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