Cleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 24th April 2014 Issue no. 620
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Officials at Clearstream, who previously spoke out about MRSA’s prevalence in athletic facilities, are now warning of the infection’s spread to communities.
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.
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.
Bullen expands its outside field sales force
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.
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.
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.
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It’s many months since I last received information about Electrolux’s ‘Vacs from the Sea’ initiative, whereby the company manufactured a striking range of vacuum cleaners from plastic waste that had been floating around in the sea. This pollution really worries me and as a keen recycler, I loved the idea of what Electrolux was doing to highlight the problems our oceans – and all that live in it – face, while showing what can be achieved in terms of product design using recycled materials. I was naturally disappointed that I appeared to have exhausted all my options when it came to covering the initiative in my Cleanzine musings…
I’m delighted to see then, that 19-year-old Boyan Slat has taken up the ‘ocean clean-up’ baton, with his network of floating booms and processing platforms that can be dispatched to garbage patches around the world to salvage the waste. Instead of moving through the ocean, the anchored ‘arrays’, as they are known, span the radius of the patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms forces plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it is separated from plankton, filtered, and stored for recycling.
It’s estimated that the clean-up process will take about five years.
You can learn more here and no doubt learn more about the possibility of sponsoring this wonderful initiative here
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This Week's News
As many as nine out of 10 teachers believe that good hand hygiene routines in primary schools can reduce sickness and absenteeism among staff and pupils, according to a survey commissioned by Kimberly-Clark Professional.
Meanwhile, two thirds of teachers questioned said they would like more time to teach children about good hand hygiene and other life skills, and 54% said they had worried in the past 12 months about absenteeism caused by short term illness and its potential impact on children.
Decitex of France, which specialises in the development of intelligent and innovative textiles for use in professional cleaning, has announced a new contract with the National Health Service Supply Chain. Following numerous introductions and tests in some of the largest NHS hospitals across Britain, it was Decitex's precise knowledge of this market that helped the company secure the contract.
A total of 26 Decitex products will be listed by the NHS Supply Chain, including single- as well as short-and-long-term usage solutions adapted to hazardous areas, such as operating theatres and isolation rooms.
Respected names from the business, manufacturing, institutional and academic worlds met last month at the second edition of Forum Pulire, the two-day event held in Milan, which examined the most topical issues in the world of professional cleaning and integrated services... An industry composed of more than 23,000 companies and 500,000 employees with about 11 billion euros in revenue between production, distribution and services...
Legionella Control International has launched a nationwide series of short but concise 'Breakfast Briefings' to get facilities managers up to speed following major changes to the HSE's ACOP L8 and HSG274 Part 2 (Hot and Cold Water Systems) Guidelines.
The regulatory changes affect any company or organisation providing hot and cold water at their premises and should be clearly understood by all duty holders, health & safety managers and business owners responsible for the management of risk systems and compliance to legal requirements.
The global market for biosurfactants is expected to reach USD 2,308.8 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Escalating preference towards the use of bio-based products - particularly in Europe and North America, is expected to increase biosurfactant penetration. In addition, stringent regulatory policies are further expected to augment the biosurfactant demand over the next six years.
The Restoration Industry Association has announced that Ashley Easterby of Brisbane, Australia-based Network Restorers, is the latest winner of the Martin L. King Award. The RIA has also announced changes to its Executive Committee and Board.
RIA presented its highest individual industry honour, the Martin L. King Award, to Ashley Easterby at its recent 69th Annual Convention and Industry Expo in Orlando, Fla. Amongst his achievements, Ashley was able to create a strong network because he convinced restorers in the Australian market that they would receive mutual benefit by working together, and he convinced insurance carriers to give the group a chance.
At the Eurogastro 2014 International Food Service Trade Show, the J-Cloth 3000 took home the prize for 'Best Product: Wipes and Detergents'. The prize celebrates the J-Cloth 3000's superior cleaning capabilities and marks a successful entrance into the Eastern European market.
Last month, Ecocleen Services acquired PW (Lincs) Holdings. This strategic acquisition now extends Ecocleen's national commercial cleaning operations into pest control, (Pestforce) window cleaning/specialist exterior cleaning (Washforce) and Locksmiths/Light Security (Lockforce), enabling Ecocleen to offer customers a broader portfolio of solutions.
Ecocleen has seen tremendous growth over the last three years and Managing Director, Sean Taylor explins: "This acquisition is a massive step forward for the business and is really exciting. All the services will continue to operate within their specific brands under the banner of ESL Multi Service Group.
The company, which recently scooped the Irish Small Firms Association (SFA) Business Awards for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, has moved to Stradavoher Retail Park, Thurles, having outgrown its base in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.
Despite continuous campaigns, some Malaysian food businesses seem unconcerned about hygiene rules - especially those that are operating makeshift stalls by the roadside and under flyovers. The fact that there aren't any proper drainage or waste collection systems only serves to make things worse...
Rubbish piles up beside the monsoon drains, while drinks cans and polystyrene boxes litter the roadside. As a result, there is often a stench.Surprisingly, food for sale is often left uncovered, exposing it to flies and dust; but perhaps more surprisingly, the conditions don't seem to deter the customers!
Innovative 'reverse mentoring' programmes have older employees sharing their knowledge with younger workers while learning about technology and social media.
Sodexo Canada's commitment to attracting and retaining highly skilled older employees has been recognized with a 2014 Employers Award for 50 Plus Canadians from the Workplace Institute. The company was one of only three employers to receive the award in 2014.
Van users have been asked how much they would spend, to save 10 minutes. "We all know that time is money," says Steve Clarke, group marketing manager for The Fuel Card Group, "but sometimes saving a few minutes is not worth the long term cost. Just ask anyone who has been caught employing an unlicensed driver..."
The courts have imposed fines in the high hundreds of pounds during recent weeks, but this leniency has typically been in reaction to a 'Guilty' plea and a lack of aggravating factors. An employer would have no grounds for optimism if an unlicensed driver were held responsible for an accident.
Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), the founder of the Wellcome Trust, was one of the most fascinating men of his time.
A businessman, collector and philanthropist, he was born in the American Wild West but ended his days as a Knight of the British Realm. The Foundation is dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health.
Amazon Filters, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of industrial water filtration products, has been awarded approval status for its stainless steel housings by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme. This follows on from approval for its SupaGard and SupaSpun II cartridges.
Amazon Filters is one of a few companies capable of providing both cartridges and filter housings that are WRAS compliant and are also unrivalled in offering a system with a 20 bar working pressure.
Following the ancient traditions of the City Liveries, Issa K. Tahhan was installed as Master for the year ensuing, along with the Installation of Maureen Marden as Deputy Master, Timothy J. Doyle as Senior Warden, and Philip Morrish as Junior Warden.
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Recent UK News
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].
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, 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.
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.
As the steady integration of these Northwood owned companies continues, other changes are being introduced.
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.
Not only did the event bring together more than 120 industry professionals from across 50 different companies in the cleaning products market for a fantastic 'off-stage' networking opportunity, but the thought-provoking presentations delivered by the line-up of leading experts led to highly engaging discussions and market impacting revelations.
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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