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International News

World Health Organization Ebola situation assessment: "What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans"

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The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.


Soapbox: Sanitation Canada... What would happen if it came here?

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Marc Ferguson, international business development manager for Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch and OmniFlex Cleaning Systems, which are sold in Canada, writes about the global spread of epidemics


Fast-casual restaurants and healthcare facilities will help US janitorial and housekeeping cleaning suppliers grow, finds Kline

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Stringent sanitising rules within a growing number of assisted living facilities and nursing homes, as well as in acute care settings such as hospitals, drive growth of the janitorial cleaning products market in the US.


ETS to reveal new hand drying research data and findings at Eunetips and HIS Conference 2014

The European Tissue Symposium (ETS) has announced that it will be presenting new study results at Eunetips and the HIS (Healthcare Infection Society) Conference 2014, taking place respectively 15th - 16th and 16th - 18th November, 2014 in the Lyon Convention Centre in France.


New range of range of steam cleaners with self-descaling boilers comes to UK

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Chris Lloyd - owner of Cleaning Equipment Services for over 17 years and son of ex-Rentokil Initial managing director Peter Lloyd, has joined forces with Chas Kent - one of the steam cleaning industry's longest serving specialists,to form Steam Clean Systems; a company believed to supply the UK's only range of steam cleaners with self-descaling boilers.

Delhi's 'ban' on waterless urinals needs a rethink, says expert

The failure to correctly maintain the 800-plus waterless urinals in the city of Delhi has led to their unpopularity and upcoming ban, according to one manufacturer, who argues that there should be a rethink on the decision.

Vattenfall and ISS Sweden sign contract for nationwide collaboration

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Swedish energy company, Vattenfall, has chosen ISS as sole provider of integrated facility services at all 250 offices and plants in Sweden. The new Nordic agreement will run for two years with the option to extend for a further two years.

Window washers brought to safety after getting stuck outside 17th floor of building

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Two window cleaners were brought safely down from where they had been stranded for several hours on a faulty platform 17 storeys up a Californian building last Wednesday, following the combined efforts of the California Occupational Safety & Health Authority, Tractel scaffolding and the Orange County Fire Department.

CaterWaste launches BioBear food waste processors and wins Award

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CaterWaste, manufacturing and supply specialist of wet and dry food waste recycling equipment, has launched its 'BioBear' range, claimed to be the most technologically advanced recycling equipment within the catering industry. The launch took place at the Food Hospitality Ireland Show in Citywest where the BioBear was named 'Overall Product of the Show.'

Selling recycling to a sceptical public

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People with a negative view of recycling are more likely to change their attitude after seeing positive messages about the benefits. That's the main finding of recycling research commissioned by PR agency Ceris Burns International and undertaken by Mindlab International.

Fatboxx - the advanced solution for safe recovery of used fats and cooking oils

Restaurants, cafes, hotels and food manufacturers use huge amounts of cooking oil and fats every day - and these need to be collected in a safe and environmentally-friendly way. That's why Fatboxx, available in the UK from Peter Ridley Waste Systems, is taking the sector by storm. These valuable resources can now be collected simply, for safe recovery, with no fuss or mess.

Georgia-Pacific Professional brings its success in medical solutions to dental community

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Georgia-Pacific Professional is a leading provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels and tissue for a wide range of away from home applications. Building on the success of its product lines in healthcare, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, surgical centres and medical practices, the company is introducing its healthcare products and solutions to the dental community.

New powder coating SmartProtec improves hygiene of cold rooms

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Viessmann, which claims to be the only manufacturer of modular cold rooms to offer antimicrobiotic powder coating, is strengthening its cold room hygiene package with the development of a new powder coating for all surfaces of exterior and interior walls, floors and ceilings.

Biomethane for France: Weltec receives order for biogas project with gas processing

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French agriculture has a wealth of raw and waste materials that are suitable for biogas plants. However, only half of the available materials are currently used for energy production. Thus, ambitious development plans have been drawn up: By 2020, the biomass share in the field of renewable energies in France is to rise to about 50%.

Sodexo shortlisted for company of the year in European Diversity Awards

Sodexo is on the shortlist for company of the year at the European Diversity Awards taking place tonight.

Lunch at your desk? Health risk of germ-infested workspaces...

Eating lunch at your desk could expose you to germs that might result in food poisoning.That's one of the many risks we take both at work and at home because we're not aware of the health risks we're taking every day, says a leading British cleaning company.


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Vectair's VP of Sales: Tom Valentino

It was with huge regret and great sorrow that Vectair Systems announced the death of Tom Valentino, their North American VP of Sales and Marketing.

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A reader sent me a Daily Mail article yesterday which gave tips on how we can avoid picking up germs in public washrooms. I’m not sure if it was produced to coincide with Global Handwashing Day, which happened to be yesterday, but it certainly brought home the need for us all to thoroughly wash and dry our hands before leaving the washroom – and if we’re able – not touch the exit door when we leave.

Reading the comments that followed, it’s clear that some readers have an OCD about picking up washroom germs… many won’t touch anything unless it’s with toilet tissue or a hand towel and someone even confessed to flushing the loo with his foot – and no, he wasn’t referring to those with a foot flushing mechanism but the handle set into the cistern, so he must be a contortionist! Others mentioned using a sleeve, which I found odd as it means they’ll be carrying dirt and germs around with them, rather than avoiding them! Others said they don’t bother washing their hands because a few germs don’t do anyone any harm and if we don’t build up our immune systems we’re more likely to become ill.

There’s a link to a video too, which enforces the message, warning us that there are more germs on the toilet tissue dispenser than the toilet seat and that women shouldn’t put their bags on the floor. It even discusses the ‘sneeze effect’, whereby flushing the loo sets off this rushing, centrifugal action that sends miniscule particles and droplets of faeces and urine flying from the toilet bowl and into the surrounding air – as well as your mouth and lungs.

I first wrote about the sneeze effect 10 years ago and I thought it was common knowledge – which is why I’m surprised that so many washrooms no longer have seats on the individual toilets, so we can close them before we flush.

Is this to save the cost of the sanitary ware I wonder, or to save time on cleaning? If it’s the latter, it’s a false economy, for while it may mean there are fewer surfaces to clean, everything will be a lot dirtier than need be.

Please get in touch either by emailing me or posting a comment on our Facebook page.


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This Week's News

Global hand dryer market expected to reach USD 930.8 million by 2020

New market research, 'Hand Dryer Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020', published by Transparency Market Research, reveals that the global hand dryer market is expected to reach a value of USD 930.8 million by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 11.4% from 2014 to 2020.

In 2013, total volume shipment of hand dryers was 2000 units and it is expected to reach 4376.8 thousand units by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 12% from 2014 to 2020. A growing demand for eco-friendly appliances and greater concern over hygiene have led to the growing demand for hand dryers. In 2013, the Asia Pacific market imported more hand dryers than any other region.


A vibrant international community converged on ISSA/Interclean Istanbul

* ISSA-Turkey.jpgThe first edition of ISSA/Interclean Istanbul, held late last month at the Wow Convention Centre, was deemed a success by all parties involved, reports the ISSA.

The show was truly an international gathering with 28% international visitors from 70 countries. With 100 leading brands and a high level conference, the event offered an international networking platform for the cleaning industry in Turkey and the Middle East and played a vital role in finding solutions for the region's cleaning related challenges. The next edition of the show is scheduled for 2016.


ETS honours Global Handwashing Day by announcing winners of its Cartoon Contest

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The winners' announcement coincides with the release of the updated consensus statement and the celebration of the Global Handwashing Day, which took place yesterday.

The winning graphic designs will be exhibited in Bologna and showcased on a dedicated Facebook page. In the months ahead they will also feature as part of a wider social media roll-out stressing the importance of good hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infection and promoting good health.


Soapbox: The shocking truth about clinical waste sacks

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As outrageous as it sounds, many of the clinical waste sacks being used by hospitals and other healthcare establishments in the UK are not compliant with the United Nations requirements for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods.

The United Nations have set universal standards governing the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous goods, in order to ensure safe transportation and ultimately to protect people from infection by harmful diseases, including the potentially deadly Ebola virus.


Top safety accreditation for Cynergi Cleaning & Support Services

* Cynergi.jpgCynergi has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Employing 275 people, Cynergi is principally involved in the contract cleaning and support service sector, specialising commercial premises and manufacturing industries and with a £3 million turnover. Cynergi's most recent clients have included major players such as Warner Music.


RAS features its Happy Toilets on National Environment Agency's mobile app

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RAS first conceptualised and launched an online map locator of Happy Toilets called the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Map in 2009, in its bid to encourage more Happy Toilet participation. As well as locating the Happy Toilets, users can view photos of the facilities on the map.


It's all coming out in the wash: Laundry giants Girbau & Lavatec announce collaboration agreement

* Girbau-collaboration.jpgLavatec Laundry Technology and Girbau Group have entered into a collaboration agreement which will enable both companies to take advantage of one another's manufacturing capabilities.

The collaboration agreement allows both Girbau and Lavatec to complete their product ranges with products manufactured by the other - Lavatec industrial products manufactured for Girbau and vice versa.


Don't slip up on safety!

* Karcher-washroom.jpgAccounting for 1.3 million lost working days annually, the Health & Safety Executive estimates that slips and trips in the workplace cost UK employers £512 million per year - yet the simple act of implementing an effective cleaning regime can drastically reduce the risks, helping to protect both your employees and your business.


Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners honours the outstanding achievements of our forces

* WCEC-Military-awards.jpgThe prestigious surroundings of Fishmongers' Hall, occupying an enviable position on the River Thames in central London, was a fitting venue for the WCEC Military Awards Ceremony, which took place recently. This annual event recognises the work and achievements of Environmental Health Technicians (EHTs) from the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), the RAF Environmental Healthcare and the WCEC's affiliated Cadet Units.

Promoting and maintaining health and the prevention of disease are the main tasks of EHTs - which is vital for military units, wherever they are in the world.

Two new cleaning/FM contractors join the Templa CMS fold

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With an annual turnover of £5m and £1.5m respectively, both companies focus primarily on cleaning, but also offer landscaping, property maintenance and janitorial supplies as part of their soft FM delivery.


Wellingborough Norse wins two major building cleaning contracts

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Southfield School and Latimer Arts College, both in Kettering, have awarded cleaning contracts to Wellingborough Norse which will start at the beginning of November this year. Both agreements are for an initial three-year period and are jointly worth around £900k over the life of the contracts.

Twinkle Clean reaches 1,000th customer

* Twinkle-Clean.jpgTwinkle Clean, which offers both commercial & domestic cleaning such as event cleaning, end of tenancy and builders' cleans, window and carpet cleaning, office cleaning and rubbish removal, believes it is South London's fastest growing cleaning company.

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Office Based Service Manager

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About Elan Sales

Elan are the sole U.K importer for the FactoryCat brand of industrial battery powered floor cleaning equipment manufactured by the R.P.S corporation in the US. We also operate a successful hire business across the south of England dealing with contract cleaners, end users and specialist floor preparation companies.

The Position

We are looking for a mainly site based manager to look after the service and hire divisions for existing customers and to expand?both divisions, working with the M.D and sales team.

The Candidate

Should be hard working and diligent, with a solid background in the commercial/industrial cleaning equipment sector. Be a good coordinator, be able communicate well with customers and colleagues. We are looking for either an experienced service manager or field engineer who wants to progress into management, the salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Contact Mr Dean Smith
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Strategic Account Manager

A world-leading manufacturer of industrial and domestic cleaning equipment, Nilfisk-Advance now has a vacancy for a Strategic Account Manager with a remit of Contract Cleaning and Healthcare accounts.

We are looking for someone who has a strong sales background, and from within the contract cleaning and healthcare industries would be ideal. Man-management experience and strong negotiation skills are a must-have.

Reporting to the Sales Director, the principal responsibilities of this role include:

- The development and creation of new accounts to fulfil our contract cleaning and healthcare strategy.
- Making proposals based upon full P&L analysis and in line with Group pricing strategy.
- Proactively seeking, establishing and maintaining client relationships within the specified segments.
- Providing pre and post-sales support to clients including demonstrations, quotations, installations, operator training etc.
- Achieving sales growth and customer satisfaction through close co-operation with marketing, operations and customer service
- Participating in Company processes e.g. administrative procedures, attending sales meetings, planned training sessions etc.

This role has a national remit and so candidates who are based fairly centrally would be preferred.

If this role sounds like a match to your skills and experience, please submit your CV in reply along with salary expectations to

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Recent UK News

BBS latest firm to sponsor November conference

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The British Cleaning Council has announced a further major sponsor for its conference in November: BBS. This addition of the commercial training arm of the British Institute of Cleaning Science, brings the number of sponsors for the event up to eight, with Kimberly Clark Professional being the lead sponsor.


i-Clean launches waste management arm

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Best-practice benchmarking specialist i-Clean, has expanded its Efficiency Reviews to include Waste Management to meet the broader needs of its customer base.


Keep Britain Tidy celebrates Diamond Jubilee with special awards programme

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To mark its 60th birthday, Keep Britain Tidy has announced the charity's Diamond Jubilee Awards.

These awards offer a great opportunity for organisations and individuals to promote and celebrate the great work they are doing to make a difference. The award winners will be announced at a landmark awards ceremony at the stunning Lutyens Crypt, Liverpool on 12th February, 2015.


New school characters for Vectair's Sanitex MVP soap and surface care dispensers

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Hand Hygiene has always been highly important in the education sector, especially amongst children of nursery, primary and early secondary education age - although it can be difficult to get the message across. One of the best ways to promote healthy hand hygiene amongst youngsters is to educate them in a fun way.


The Cleaning Show 2015: Activity increases with just six months to go

With just six months to go until The Cleaning Show opens its doors, the organisers have revealed that virtually all stand space has been reserved, with new companies signing up and existing exhibitors extending their space allocation. Additional space is currently being negotiated.

BICSc rolls out red carpet for Annual Awards 2014!

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The British Institute of Cleaning Science has been recognised for promoting cleaning industry standards for over 53 years. This year the Annual Awards Dinner and Golf day rolled out the red carpet for a Hollywood themed 'sell out' event to recognise and reward those that have excelled in maintaining high standards via training and assessment across the industry.

Specialist sees jump in enquiries from London-based construction firms on dust control measures

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Following a concerted awareness campaign by the Health & Safety Executive about dust control requirements, and with an additional announcement from the Mayor of London on the introduction of mandatory Supplementary Planning Guidance (which aims to reduce the impact of construction and demolition dust), dust extraction specialist Dustcontrol UK, has seen a surge in enquiries from London-based construction companies, looking for information on the best control measures to implement in order to meet the required air quality standards.

We have mail: on mould

"This piece is essentially not quite accurate, there are over 10,000 recognisable moulds and perhaps over a million are not yet classified, so saying all mould likes cellulosic materials, should be clarified.

Soapbox: "Beggar Brussels!"

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writes Robin Chater, Secretary-General of the Federation of International Employers

"Europe is failing its next generation because neither the European Union, nor national governments are able to tackle over-regulation and the grey economy.

How sympathetic cleaning techniques helped restore four storey Victorian building

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When bespoke building and shopfitting expert Oakland Projects was renovating and modernising a four-storey Victorian house in West London it was quickly decided that the frontage of the building required specialist attention.

Morclean's machines move into Milton Keynes

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Another delighted customer arrived at Morclean's premises earlier this month to take delivery of his new Morclean trailer-mounted wheelie bin wash machine.

Beating off tough competition to seal the deal, Morclean's director Peter Morley handed over the keys on the new machine to Milton Keynes based cleaners, Cleaner Bins MK - a company setting up a franchise operation that specified the machine in its corporate colours - black and yellow.

Harrison Wipes sponsors IoD 'Aspirations in Business 2014' for Essex schools

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Harrison Wipes has announced its sponsorship of the 9th Annual Institute of Directors 'Aspirations in Business 2014' event. The event is focused on inspiring and encouraging the next generation of Essex students, aged 16 - 19, to become the business leaders of the future.

One in four UK businesses think their marketing isn't performing

Almost a quarter (24%) of UK based businesses believe that their marketing isn't performing as it should be, with a third of these (33%) complaining that the difficulty of making an impact with the advertising they do, is the biggest barrier to success.

Events & Exhibitions

Pulire Clean Middle East
21-23rd October 2014
Dubai, UAE

CleanExpo / Pulire
21-23rd October 2014

ISSA/Interclean North America
5-7th November 2014
Orlando, Florida


Clean India Show
27-29th November 2014


Loo of the Year Awards
5th December 2014
St Johns Hotel


ISSA/Interclean Latin America
25-27th February 2015
Mexico City

The Cleaning Show
10-12th March 2015


Cleaning Expo
24-26th March 2015
Birmingham, UK


ISSA/Interclean CEE
22-24th April 2015


GZ Toilet Expo 2015
9-11th May 2015
International Portable Toilets & Public Health Facilities


19-21st May 2015
Verona, Italy

CleantexPulire 2015
28-30th July 2015
10th edition of this show.

Higiexpo 2015 Brazil
4-6th August 2015
Sao Paulo


CMS Berlin
22-25th September 2015
Cleaning. Management. Services.


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