Cleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 24th July 2014 Issue no. 635

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International News


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Armchem International appoints new senior vice president of sales

South Florida’s Armchem International, the 30-year-old business-to-business provider of more than 50,000 speciality industrial and maintenance products to more than 25,000 customers worldwide, announced this week that it has named Gregory Langston as its senior vice president of sales - a newly created position. 


Newly opened European Logistics Centre brings Kaivac closer to its customers

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2014 is proving to be an exciting year for Kaivac, Inc. as it has been successfully expanding operations in Europe and the Middle East over the last 12 months.

Recently, the company finalised the opening of its logistics center in Rotterdam.


Discomatic powers in to UK

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An award-winning new machine - labelled the powerhouse of cleaning machines because it is so compact - has been welcomed by the UK market for its innovative features.


European Tissue Symposium to present at ISSA/Interclean Istanbul 2014

ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, has announced that it will be part of the seminar programme of ISSA/Interclean Istanbul that will be held on 24th and 25th September 2014.


Cromwell goes for a new line up

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Cromwell Polythene is relaunching its extensive range of pedal, square and swing bin liners as part of a deliberate policy to distance itself from those unbranded 'brown box' products, which are often manufactured to a lesser specification.

Follow Vectair on Pinterest!

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We are all becoming increasingly social online, so Vectair has added a Pinterest page to its other communication channels (Facebook, Linked In and YouTube) to share news, views and pictures with its friends and customers.

Pinterest is a place for people to collect ideas for projects and interests.

Vectair's boards include 'urinals with a difference', 'worst whiffs' and 'toilet humour', as well as information on and images of the company's products and its exhibition stand designs.

The unlikely place that says a lot about your restaurant

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By Chicopee Europe

What do you think is the most representative aspect of your restaurant from a diner's perspective? A popular or special dish? A characteristic element of the decor that sets the tone of their dining experience? Your front of house staff? The head chef?

Chemicals manufacturer Stepan Company to acquire P&G sulfonation production facility in Brazil

Chemicals manufacturer Stepan Company, through its subsidiary in Brazil, yesterday reported that it has reached an agreement with Procter & Gamble do Brasil SA's to acquire its sulfonation production facility in Bahia, Brazil - subject to approval by the Brazilian antitrust authorities and by the Industrial Development Superintendence of Bahia State, as well as other customary closing conditions. The facility is located in the northeast region of Brazil and has 30,000 metric tons of capacity.  

Global Water & Wastewater Treatment Chemicals Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019, TechSci Research Study, now available

Wastewater from industries such as power, paper and pulp, chemical processing, metal and mining is one of the major contributors to the rising water pollution. As a result, new regulations for maximum limits of pollutants are being passed, globally, depending on the industry and type of pollutant.

American Water Chemicals, delivers antiscalant to world's largest water reuse reverse osmosis plant

After two years of intense R&D work and three years of pilot testing, American Water Chemicals has made its first full scale delivery of AWC A-110 antiscalant to the Orange County Water District (OCWD). The district had experienced numerous silica scaling incidents which had forced it to resort to the use of hazardous ammonium bifluoride (ABF) as a membrane cleaner.

SteriBin fights harmful bacteria

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Leafield Environmental has designed and manufactured a SteriBin with 'no touch lid' pedal operation and an optional antimicrobial additive which acts as a barrier against germs and bacteria.

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I often carry information about workplace health & safety but rarely do I feature anything about that essential part of just about any business – driving. Those that have to drive as part of their job, whether as someone physically working on a contract who drives from job to job, the area manager, delivery driver, maintenance technician or field salesperson and the like – each of them has an important part to play.

Those of us that drive no doubt do our best to do so without endangering ourselves, other road users or members of the public but as an employer, how much attention do you pay to making sure that your team members that spend time on the road on your behalf do so safely? Do you keep a check on them and make sure they’re aware of the dangers and taking sufficient breaks while on the road, or is it a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’?

Writing as someone who many years ago was reprimanded by my then managing director for having taken the decision not to drive from the South East to somewhere ‘up North’ in torrential rain when the windscreen wipers of my company car had stopped working, I wonder whether it could be the latter…

Remember, you have a duty of care to all your employees, whether they’re under your roof throughout the working day or not.

An item further down the page warns of the need for drivers to be aware of the blind spots, which contribute to thousands of accidents – some fatal - globally each year. Technology is available that provides drivers with a better view of what’s going on around them, but if that’s going to break the budget, the very least you can do is draw attention to safe driving behaviour and assure your employees that sensible driving is more important than, say, fitting more appointments or miles into the day than can safely be managed, or perhaps, an extra few £s worth of commission in the pay packet.

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This Week's News

Study provides new perspective on concept of HAIs

More than 80% of hospitalised patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalisation, suggesting that settings outside of the hospital may play key roles in the identification, onset and possible transmission of the disease, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

The study provides new insight into the contagious and potentially deadly infection also known as C. diff, a bacterium most often associated with hospitals and other in-patient healthcare settings. It is one of the first to accurately identify a larger population of patients with C. diff by examining them in an outpatient setting as well as in the hospital and thus provides a different perspec


REC JobsOutlook: Jobs boom at risk from growing skills shortages

UK employers are twice as confident about the economy as they were this time last year and many intend to take on more staff in coming months. But this jobs boom could be at risk from growing skills shortages, according to July's JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation), released yesterday.

According to employers surveyed in June, a third predict a shortage of engineers to fill permanent (32%) and temporary (34%) technical and engineering jobs. When looking at the three month rolling average of 600 employers' responses the figures remain high, with a fifth of employers (22%) predicting difficulties recruiting permanent candidates in the sector and a quarter of employers (26%) seeing the same problems in respect of temporary roles.


Accepta launches new Biofilm Management System to combat waterborne diseases

* legionella-bacteria-mid.jpgIn light of recent outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease and Pseudomonas, the control of bacterial proliferation is more critical than ever it is essential for operators to take a proactive, preventative approach to biofilm management.

Accepta has reinforced its status as a global chemical technology specialist with the launch of the innovative new 'BioSentinel' Biofilm Management System, which automatically monitors, predicts and controls the presence of biofilm in water systems to offer complete peace of mind over water safety standards.


French university students' waterproof toilet tissue dispenser wows competition judges

* SCA-portable-toilet-paper-dispenser.jpgAs SCA and its brands prepare to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race - thought to be the toughest sailing competition there is - the company challenged industrial design students all over the world to develop a product that will protect Team SCA's toilet tissue from the seawater and other very wet environments.

Following an extensive review process, a waterproof dispenser designed by a team of five students from ENSAM University in Paris, was declared the winner.


Blind spot awareness training is crucial, warns IOSH

* Truck-Driver.jpgThe Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is urging businesses to educate their fleet managers and at-work drivers about the risks of failing to check blind spots before carrying out a manoeuvre.

"It's vital that companies ensure their workers are fully aware of their responsibilities to act in a safe and shrewd manner every time they get behind the wheel," warns IOSH senior policy & technical adviser Phil Bates.


Portable 'Natural Cleaner' sanitises rooms in 30 minutes

* med_frontside.jpgThe ENC7Plus Natural Cleaner is a portable and environmentally friendly, high performance machine that will sanitise and restore air quality in every living and working area.

Hotels, homes, offices, schools, factories, restaurants, coffee houses and clubs, toilets and washrooms, keep fit centres, surgeries, waiting rooms - these are just a few places where the unit will make a noticeable impact.


Latest FSA public attitudes tracker results, reveal greater concerns about hygiene

* restaurantfood.jpgThe results from the Food Standards Agency's 'Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker' for May 2014 have been published, revealing that the top three food safety issues of total (i.e. spontaneous plus prompted) concern for respondents were food hygiene when eating out (36%), food poisoning (28%) and the use of additives in food products (28%). The top wider food issues of total concern were food prices (51%), the amount of sugar in food (48%), and the amount of salt in food (47%).


Sodexo employees in 36 countries mobilised to fight hunger

* Sodexo-feeding-kids.jpgMore than 33,000 Sodexo employees in 36 countries donated and collected enough food for 815,000 meals and raised funds to fight hunger and malnutrition during the global site services provider's annual Servathon in April and May. Altogether, Sodexo employees volunteered more than 82,100 hours to help their local community members have enough food to eat.


Kier continues the fight against litter in Essex

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Nviro's Isle of Wight Council cleaning contract extended by three years

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The new contract is testament to Nviro's expertise and the results it has already achieved for the council, having provided cleaning and maintenance services for a large number of its buildings for the last five years.


How to go from toddler to teenager in online marketing

* Elliot-Adams.jpgElliot Adams, communications manager at Yelp, explains the best way small businesses can use their online profile to attract and maintain customers...

"Creating a full website may not always be right for every business, but maximising social media and review sites really goes a long way in building online awareness. A business with an effective online presence is far more likely to get customers through the door. 

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Recent UK News

West Berkshire Community Hospital - complex by nature

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By their very nature, hospital service infrastructures can be complex, incorporating legislative and innovative ways of providing services at best value. Corporate change over the last few recessionary years has also impacted this structure at hospitals such as West Berkshire Community Hospital.


Swiftclean welcomes changes to duct cleaning standard

Gary Nicholls, managing director of Swiftclean Building Services, and a member of the Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES) Steering Committee responsible for TR/19, has welcomed its recently unveiled changes.


Competitive edge is sharpened at Britaniacrest Recycling

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Britaniacrest Recycling is a family business, established in 1993 to provide an affordable and professional skip hire and waste management service in West Sussex and East Surrey.


'Changing Perceptions' - a stronger future for the cleaning industry

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The British Cleaning Council's annual conference will take place on Thursday 6th November at Dexter House in London, with the focus this year on changing perceptions in the cleaning industry.


REC/KPMG Report on Jobs: Record rise in starting salaries as permanent candidate availability plummets

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs - published on Tuesday - provides a most comprehensive guide to the UK labour market, drawing on original survey data provided by recruitment consultancies. 


Truvox International has moved premises

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Truvox International has moved to new premises in Southampton, UK. The move is a reflection of the company's continuing success and a response to a growing demand for its floorcare equipment from customers across the globe.

Masslinn cloth system helps NHS Trust

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Healthcare providers are reporting increasing needs for new methods of cleaning to combat the spread of infection.

Incentive FM adds key contract to fast growing shopping centre portfolio

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Incentive FM, has further extended its relationship with property management company Jones Lang Lasalle, after having been awarded a million pound contract for Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool.

TC facilities management extends FM service into two more Tesco DCs.

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Effective 14th July, TC facilities management will manage the cleaning, catering and security services in Tesco's Livingston & Widnes Distribution Centres. This builds upon TC's recent successes with Tesco Avonmouth DC, in the South West and Middleborough DC in the North East.

Building Futures Group announces wide range of initiatives to support UK cleaning industry

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The Building Futures Group, the trade association for the UK cleaning industry, has this week announced access to a six-figure budget for its members to develop industry-led training and development opportunities. This is in addition to discounts on its current training offer which has been developed by a range of industry experts for members.

Events & Exhibitions

Cleaning Expo Scotland
3-4th September 2014
Inaugural event for the cleaning industry in Scotland
SECC, Glasgow, Scotland

Expo Scot

Pulire Asia Pacific
18-20th September 2014
Bangkok, Thailand
Pulire Asia Pacific

ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
25-27th September 2014
A new ISSA/Interclean event for Eurasia in Turkey

Ausclean Pulire 2014
14th October 2014
Melbourne, Australia

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

CleanExpo / Pulire
21-23rd October 2014
CleanExpo Moscow

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

ISSA/Interclean North America

Clean India Show
27-29th November 2014

Clean India Show

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


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

Cleaning Expo
24-26th March 2015
Birmingham, UK

ISSA/Interclean CEE
22-24th April 2015

ISSA/Interclean CEE

Higiexpo 2015 Brazil
4-6th August 2015
Sao Paulo



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