Cleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 5th December 2013 Issue no. 602
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"The steam cleaning sector has rapidly developed in the past years, and shifted from mainly consumer appliances to better and broader solutions for the professional market, witnessed also by the expanding number of steam cleaning manufacturers exhibiting at ISSA/Interclean," explains ISSA/Interclean manager, Rob den Hertog.
This annual programme provides cleaning-industry distributors and end-customers-including building service contractors and in-house service professionals-the opportunity to choose which innovations in five categories deserve to take home the awards.
Banana Products says of its Banana Cone - voted a 2013 ISSA Innovation Award Visitors' Choice Winner: "What grabs your attention better than the patented Banana Cone? The old ones have turned themselves into a commodity which people ignore every day. They all have the same purpose which is to prevent injury!
The portable disinfection device uses pulsed xenon to deliver ultraviolet light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy deadly bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores.
A new online tool has launched with a promise to slash the cost of producing risk assessments and method statements by as much as 90% and relieve the headache of compliance. Hands HQ makes health and safety documentation easy and is suitable for the millions of contractors and peripheral industry businesses that are required by law to complete risk assessments and method statements as part of their daily routine.
The cloud-based tool takes the pain and expense out of managing health & safety. It's claimed by the manufacturer to be the fastest and simplest process available on the market and one that was developed specifically to be used on site, on the commute and between jobs. It can be accessed from any computer, tablet or mobile device, helping to keep employees safe and jobs on time.
Known as the Underwater Tank Cleaning Robot, the machine will suck out sludge and sediment from the bottom of reservoirs and water tanks, eliminating the need for them to be drained first.
These professional cold water pressure washers are equipped with the ergonomic RED 50 Comfort Line spray gun and have a cannon lance designed to quickly switch from pin jet to cone jet.
For global services provider Sodexo, this recognition has become somewhat of a mantra as it serves a broad spectrum of clients across education, health, senior living, business, sports & leisure and government agencies in 80 countries around the world.
Sinead, project manager for Ryans, is getting ready to sky-dive for the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre in Thurles, north Tipperary.
"I'll be sky-diving in tandem with one of the experts so I'm sure I'll be fine - the important thing is that it's for our chosen charity at Suir Haven and it's certainly a very worthwhile cause," says Sinead.
The six experts, working in hospitals and universities in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK, have signed an eight-point consensus - Hand drying: an important part of hand hygiene.
To coincide with World Toilet Day on Tuesday of this week, Better Bathrooms compiled a list of what the staff feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world and as well as being unusual they're all currently completely free of charge to use. At 15,190 feet above sea level, Saint-Gervaise-Les-Bains on Mont Blanc has specially designed toilets for use in extreme conditions. These 'dry' toilets are waterless and chemical-free, instead utilising a worm-composting system to deal with the waste.
Tacony Corporation, a leading manufacturer of sewing machines, home and commercial floor care equipment, ceiling fans and lighting, as well as a wide spectrum of professional cleaning tools and equipment, has recently hired James Young to be the company's new Director of National Accounts.
UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), has launched its revised UL 175 Standard for Sanitary Paper Products, to coincide with the ISSA trade show in Las Vegas.
Held since 1999 under the patronage of the Moscow City Government and the Moscow City Department of Trade & Services, ExpoClean brings together all the participants of Russia's cleaning industry.
"The Moscow show was, for us, a huge success," he enthuses. "The customers who take the trouble to attend these shows - sometimes having driven or travelled by other means for more than three days - are here because they're looking for something!"
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While it’s never a good time for people to have Norovirus, remembering a cleaning exhibition I attended at a very smelly sports stadium in Newcastle in the 90s, I couldn’t help feeling that had things been timed differently…
Five Las Vegas schools are currently undergoing ‘precautionary cleaning’ following their hosting of a youth football tournament, during which around 100 players and accompanying adults succumbed to Norovirus - 18 of them so badly that they had to be taken to hospital. The outbreak occurred within days of the ISSA/Interclean exhibition – which also took place in Las Vegas – which is where the timing issue mentioned earlier, comes into play.
Astute stand representatives at the Newcastle exhibition used the smelly stadium to their advantage; showing potential customers how good their products and equipment were at cleaning, disinfecting and making everything smell sweet in even the most offending areas (at least one won a contract as a result).
No doubt had the Norovirus outbreak occurred at the same time as the Las Vegas show, some of those exhibiting would have hotfooted it along to the five schools involved, armed with the products and equipment they were trying so hard to promote at the show, to demonstrate their attributes in a real life situation. The job would have been done in double quick time and the schools could have spent what they’d have saved on the additional cleaning, on something else that the students might appreciate!
And talking of appreciation… John Austen has been in Australia for the past fortnight and I was sat appreciating the wonders of the Internet last Thursday, when having sent my leader only 10 minutes previously, I received my copy of Cleanzine via email. As I mused over how much easier things are these days than they used to be when I began my journalism training towards the very end of the typesetting era, I clicked open my issue only to find the previous week’s leader at the helm! Of course a very quick email to John (you can imagine the type of thing – as well as his reply!) allowed him to replace the old leader but if you were one of those who, like me, received the version with the old leader, you can read what you missed on our Facebook page…
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This Week's News
Principle Cleaning Services has been awarded the external and internal cleaning contract for Standard Chartered Bank's headquarters at 1 Basinghall Avenue, London. As part of the contract, Principle Cleaning staff will carry out daily office cleaning, general periodic tasks, window cleaning, washroom services, landscaping, waste management and pest control.
A modern, 39.69m high, architectural designed building with 10 floors - two of which are below ground, the building incorporates a curtain wall of glass and stone as a facade. Prior to construction of the building, archaeological excavations carried out on the site unearthed the remains of outstanding examples of Roman glass.
The New Grout Shield Restoration System is a revolutionary new way to clean and restore old grout, making any tiled area look brand new again. Grout Shield recolours and seals grout so that it is no longer porous and therefore protects it from future stains, mould and mildew, making it extremely easy to clean and maintain.
Currently, if a tiled wall or floor is stained, you can either achieve some level of short term fix with a bleach-based cleaner, or spend a lot of time, money and effort, regrouting . Either way the grout remains porous and will continue to attract stains. Grout Shield offers a new and better third alternative - clean, restored and sealed grout, that looks great, stays clean, protects from mould and what's more, is easy to do.
Manufacturing engineer Will Hayes, through his own small company, has designed and manufactured the stylish uBin to encourage responsible recycling of rubbish in offices, schools, universities, hospitals and other typical working environments. That in itself is commendable enough, but the fact that the uBin is actually made from UK sourced post-consumer plastic.... That's old water bottles, yoghurt pots, coffee cups etc to you and me - has helped it win the 'EPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product' Award 2013 too.
Moe than 150 companies from the world of plastic manufacturing submitted products for the EPRO Best Recycled Product 2013 but Will's uBin, already proving successful in the marketplace, was the only UK product to be nominated as one of the three finalists. The others were from Germany
Figures from PwC research this year indicate that sick days cost UK business £29 billion annually - and of course the global cost is many times that amount. It is no surprise that having healthy staff in your organisation leads to lower absenteeism, improved productivity, increased morale and better staff retention. But what can be done to reduce the business bill for being ill?
A study into the financial performance and value of the UK's top 792 commercial cleaning companies highlights five things owners and directors must do in 2014.
* Learn from the successful
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Trust (NNUHT) has renewed its facilities management contracts with Norse Commercial Services. The three-year contract (with the option of a further two year extension) is worth over £1.1 million a year to the Norwich based FM provider.
Norse has been the incumbent supplier since 2005. The agreement includes a wide range of facilities management services - cleaning, building maintenance, mechanical and engineering works, catering, portering, waste services, grounds maintenance, car park management and security.
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Lonza's Hygiene and Preservation business offers a comprehensive line of highly effective disinfecting products for use by school janitorial and cleaning service personnel to combat Norovirus, a leading cause of serious stomach illnesses. Lonza disinfecting wipes, sprays and liquid disinfectants act quickly to eliminate Norovirus as well as other pathogenic bacteria and viruses on multiple surfaces ranging from school desks and stairwell handles to cafeteria tables and other high-touch areas.
The US Center for Disease Control notes that about 50% of all food-related illnesses are caused by Norovirus. In addition, the CDC reports that people infected with Norovirus can shed billions of highly-contagious particles and only a few are needed to spread the d
Commonsense tells us that cleanliness is a key driver of customer retention and an effective means of adding value in the retail sector. Now a new report from Emprise Services argues that retailers should use cleaning services strategically to enhance the customer experience and increase brand loyalty, whilst driving operational cost savings and efficiencies.
The retail sector is still facing some tough trading conditions with a squeeze on consumer spending set to intensify. As in-store spending still dominates, with 83p in every £1 being spent offline, retailers can use cleaning as an effective means of competitive advantage, particularly if they focus on making the shopping experience offered in their stores superior to their competitors.
The British Cleaning Council Conference, which took place last week at the CBI Conference Centre, London, was based on the theme 'Future Proofing the Cleaning Industry'. Delegates were treated to a team of expert speakers giving presentations on future-related topics ranging from the environment to start-up technology to staff retention, while workshops enabled delegates to learn new skills to take back to their businesses.
Distinguished journalist Oliver Kamm of The Times chaired the event, which kicked off with a presentation by Alex Depledge, co-founder of Hassle.com, a new market entrant that uses smart phones to revolutionise the way consumers choose domestic cleaners. Her fascinating presentation including flexi-working, the sharing economy and unlocking technology to innovate.
Innovative BioDefense (IBD), manufacturer of the Zylast line of broad-spectrum, persistent antimicrobial products, announced yesterday an exclusive relationship with Australian-based Picketts Health, to provide a modification of its proprietary lotion and antiseptic sanitiser for use in Picketts Health's patented Orbel hand sanitiser applicator.
IBD has delivered a pilot production batch and is currently fulfilling Picketts' first orders. Picketts Health has committed to the purchase of $1.5 million in product from IBD during the first year, with a projection to increase to $4 million in the second year. The first markets the company plans to target are the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and China.
ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, has announced the 10 winners of the 2013 Best Customer Service Awards, selected for their exemplary customer contact at the show, by ISSA/Interclean North America 2013 exhibition visitors.
Distributors, building service contractors and in-house service providers who attended ISSA/Interclean, held in Las Vegas, NV, last month, used the show's app to cast their votes for the awards, based on which companies' staff best met their needs, answered questions, offered solutions, or provided outstanding interaction during the event.
The British Safety Council, (which despite its name provides training and certification to anyone, anywhere in the world) has achieved the highest pass rate among UK and international providers of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment's Associate Certificate in Environmental Management. New figures issued by the IEMA, show that in the first nine months of 2013, 82% of British Safety Council candidates studying for the IEMA Associate Certificate achieved a pass.
"We are delighted to have achieved the highest pass rate for the IEMA Associate Certificate, which provides delegates with the knowledge, understanding and skills to improve their organisation's environmental and sustainability performance," enthuses John Phillips, director of products & services at the Brit
Cleaning Products Europe 2014 is taking place at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester, UK from 25th - 27th March and will consist of an interactive pre-conference workshop, two full days of high level presentations, insightful panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities. Discounted Early Bird tickets are available but the offer expires 20th December, so if you're planning to attend it's worth booking now.
The conference programme will once again be supported by key players from throughout the cleaning products industry, including representatives from Unilever, P & G, the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association and Mintel to name a few, and will continue to explore topical themes of innovation, collaboration and communication throughout the industry. As a new addition for 2014
One of the problems contract cleaners often encounter is a lack of customer interaction. Usually, when a contract cleaner hears from the customer, it's due to a problem. Making matters worse, this lack of interaction also makes it easy for clients to move on to another vendor with a lower bid.
It is important for contract cleaning business owners to be conscious of customer communication and encourage feedback. When clients believe that the contractor cares about the facility's best interests, price becomes a secondary issue.
International campaigning organisation, Cruelty Free International, runs the international accredited scheme for companies that have ensured their entire production chain is free from animal tests. The Leaping Bunny logo is awarded to companies that meet the criteria and can prove that their products have not been tested on animals... And the latest brand to be certified free from animal testing – and thus able to use the Leaping Bunny logo - is Soluclean.
Soluclean boasts a large range of products, from washroom cleaners and degreasers to disinfectants and carpet cleaners.
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Recent UK News
HSS Hire Services Group, the UK's leading national supplier of tools, equipment and related services, has acquired Premiere FCM (TecServ), the specialist provider of maintenance services for cleaning machines, from Premiere Products Group.
The acquisition will accelerate HSS's growth in the cleaning sector - adding a national fleet of engineers famous for their 'first fix' record and bringing a new dimension to Reintec, HSS's own cleaning equipment service known for its stand-out range of green machines and unique service proposition.
According to the Daily Echo reporter, the decision has also been welcomed by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, which had claimed that Medirest's review included "proposals that were not agreed with the Trust."
An Oldham-based tissue manufacturer has been fined for safety failings after an employee lost the tops of two fingers in machinery. Rose Tissues, which processes and prints kitchen roll and toilet tissue at its plant on Sefton Street in Hollinwood, was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive following the incident in May 2012.
Trafford Magistrates' Court heard the 35-year-old employee from Oldham had been trying to stop paper sticking to a seven-metre-wide print roller by attempting to clean it with a cloth while the machine was operating. As he did this, the cloth became trapped between two rotating rollers, dragging in his right hand with it. He spent four days in hospital undergoing surgery to his hand, but lost the tops of two fingers.
The proposed merger of Asset Skills, CSSA and the FMA is part of a vision to create a new and consolidated industry body. Following the unanimous votes in favour of the merger by members of the CSSA and FMA, the board of Asset Skills is to vote at the end of November.
Disposables UK demonstrated in its submission how, over the past year, the company has overcome difficult trading conditions to grow the business, win new contracts, develop new products and improve operations, in order to beat numerous finalists and scoop the award.
Kew is one of London's most popular visitor attractions, recognised as one of the most eminent centres for research and conservation in plant biodiversity in the world.
Laundry provider JTM has devised a customised single programme washing machine for residents living at Mascot House, a scheme run by Tees Valley Housing on Westgate Road in the city.
For use against MRSA, Salmonella Typhinurium and Listeria Monocytogene, the hermetically sealed pouches keep the soap content bacteria free and with a new nozzle on each pouch, the possibility of cross contamination is kept to a minimum.
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Cleaning Expo Scotland
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