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Cleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 17th April 2014 Issue no. 619

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International News

Joint Commission International launches new tool to help hospitals reduce infections

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.

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Despite CDC report, some hospitals winning war on superbugs

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According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, ongoing efforts are needed to combat infections impacting hospital patients and more work is needed to improve patient safety.

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Global chelating agents market expected to reach USD 4.48 Billion in 2019

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.

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Jet water-fed pole systems officially launches in UK

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A high-quality, reliable, water-fed pole system that is said to offer outstanding results to professional window cleaners, has been officially launched in the UK by Jet Systems - a new company that aims to provide premium and innovative water-fed pole systems which offer greater value for money than the leading competitors.

Taking the lid off America's trash cans

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On average, Americans send about half of their waste to landfill. Focused on spreading awareness about this eye-opening issue, The Glad Products Company sponsored award-winning photojournalist Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio's newest photo series, a project called 'Waste in Focus', that takes a real life, moment-in-time look at what eight families around the country are recycling, composting and sending to landfill in a recent week. It's a timely project, coinciding with as New York City's announcement that it is to expands household composting.

ACCA moves to new home

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.

There will be a new telephone number (02 9642 5075) but the email and website addresses will remain the same.

Zero landfill for mixed waste!

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Following increased demand and requests from customers for landfill diversion, a zero landfill service for mixed waste is now provided by Lowmac Recycling of Irvine, Ayrshire. For more than 40 years, Lowmac Recycling has been responsible for managing the waste of local authorities, industrial and commercial customers. A complete solution for most types of waste is offered including: collection, reclamation, recycling, secure shredding, plant hire and baling of residue material for refuse derived fuel.

Innovative use of waste provides fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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SC Johnson has announced that its innovative use of renewable energy in Indonesia cut more than 13,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year.

Russian road maintenance association calls for regulation on development and use of anti-icing materials

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RosZimDor, a Russian Association of Winter Road Maintenance formed recently to bring together all sides concerned with combating snow and ice, has announced a drive towards a federal set of standards and regulations of anti-icing materials, the way they are used and how they are developed nationwide.


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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.

An answer to the perennial question: Is it safe to go in the pool?

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Sanitary-minded pool-goers who preach "no urinating in the pool," despite ordinary and Olympic swimmers admitting to the practice, now have scientific evidence to back up their concern.

New Legionella logbook software offers opportunity for streamlined risk management

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Legionella Control International has announced the launch of a new legionella risk management software system, LegionellaSafe. The innovative electronic logbook is a state of the art, user-friendly software solution that delivers considerable management, regulatory compliance, safety performance and cost benefits to its users.

All Singaporean cleaning businesses will soon have to be licenced

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.

Global nanocoatings market expected to reach USD 6.75 billion in 2019

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.

Soapbox: What cleaning professionals need to know about pre-sprays

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Doyle Bloss, marketing director for US Products, argues that for pre-spraying to work properly, you need to know what you're doing...

When in Rome...

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More than 100,000 people pass through Rome Airport every day, so what do the facility's managers use to cater for all those parents and their children? Vectair Systems' Babyminder of course!

Airdri expands Asian presence with new Chinese facility

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.

New label range for chemical drums launched in time for GHS regulation deadline

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CILS has developed the 8100GHS range of thermal transfer and laser computer printable self-adhesive colour labels to help meet the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemical drums and containers.

'Progress made but must try harder' say reports released today on HAI prevention

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.

Soapbox: The biggest game changer to hit our industry

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Stan Doobin, President of Harvard Maintenance, discusses what he believes the 20th Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors means to the industry

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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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This Week's News

Healthcare professionals must redouble hygiene efforts to reduce unacceptable and avoidable' infection rates, says NICE

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].

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Deadly bacteria invades US communities—MRSA infections jump 55%, warns Clearstream

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%.

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Study demonstrates that antibacterial soaps can reduce risk of foodborne illness

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.

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Initial wins prestigious Red Dot Design Award

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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.

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New industry body 'The Building Futures Group' launches training arm

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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.

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Denis Rawlins to represent Kaivac in the UK

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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.

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Switch on to the benefits of hot: Karcher HDS pressure washers - now with added cashback

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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.

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New work-based programme supports employers by assessing workplace competence

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.

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Bunzl acquires businesses in Chile, the US and New Zealand

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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).

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New Idrobase Group catalogue 2014 is available

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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.

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Stephen Ashkin says: This Earth Day it's time to party!

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Leonardo now available to Peter Grant customers

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As the steady integration of these Northwood owned companies continues, other changes are being introduced.

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African leaders commit to delivering safe water, basic toilets and hygiene to their people

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.

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Supporting sustainability through entrepreneurship

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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.'

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IFM (UK) announces strategic partnership with 1st Fix Machine Solutions

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Recent UK News

Surplus cash: what to do with it?

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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Prochem catalogues 40 years in the business

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Prochem Europe stamps its 40th year in the professional cleaning technology and solutions sector on the cover of the company's latest product catalogue and price list.

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Rainbow International never left high & dry thanks to discount fuel cards

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Wherever calamity strikes, Rainbow International is soon on the scene to help with clearing-up and restoration operations. The disaster recovery and specialist cleaning expert, known around the world, now has 80 branches covering the UK.

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Cleaning Products Europe 2014 'the best ever'

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Cleaning Products Europe 2014, which took place in Manchester last week, has been judged 'the best ever' by many of those that attended.

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.

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Recycling your food waste is easier than you think!

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Restaurants, hotels, pubs, cafes and takeaways that recycle their food waste find that doing the right thing and helping the environment doesn't need to take up additional time or space, or create hygiene issues... and it could even save them money!

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Katrin Academy - a real success

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The Katrin Academy will be two years old in May, and Metsa Tissue is pleased to say it's turning out to be a real success.

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.

Affordable Cleaning Services relocates to revamped local premises

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Successful Bristol-based cleaning company, Affordable Cleaning Services, has announced a move to a landmark local property, which it is refurbishing as part of a several hundred thousand pounds facelift.

UK local authority employees' pay offer may lead to country-wide strike action

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.

The Cleaning Show 2015: some big names confirm attendance

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Some leading cleaning industry companies - including Numatic International, Prochem Europe, Reintec, Selden Research, and Hydro Systems - have now signed up to exhibit at The Cleaning Show 2015, which makes its move to ExCel, London next year. It will take place from 10th -12th March.

Tax breaks offered with water saving scrubber dryer can compare to 28% 'cashback'!

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As well as doing a great job and helping to conserve water, Taymec's Floormec Commander Eco scrubber dryer is something of a bargain, in as much as it offers the possibility of what could be considered a 28% cashback.

Principle's window cleaners now at the height of their profession!

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Principle Window Cleaning has been awarded its latest window cleaning contract for Searcy's, at the very top of the Gherkin - one of London's tallest buildings. The contract is for the cleaning of the windows and blinds on a two- monthly and six-monthly basis with the main part being the underside of the apex roof which is accessed via a cradle that comes out of the floor.

Nviro's gone to Specsavers!

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Contract cleaning and FM specialist Nviro has secured the contract to clean the Hampshire-based training and support offices of Specsavers, one of Britain's most popular high street brands. Specsavers is a partnership of nearly 2,000 locally-run businesses, committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing care, so clean and well-functioning support offices are crucial to its success.

Washroom consumables at Redwood Care Homes maintaining quality care

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Redwood Care Homes is a care home group of 13 homes in and around the Midlands, with its head office in Stourbridge. As with all organisations, as the recession started to bite, the company was looking to better control costs in all areas, without impacting on the level of care provided.

Events & Exhibitions

CleanExpo Krasnodar
16-18th April 2014
CleanExpo Krasnodar

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
6-9th May 2014
The Netherlands
Interclean Amsterdam

Commercial Cleaning & Hygiene
19-21st May 2014
Co-located with Middle East Waste & Recycling, and FM Expo.

Dubai World Trade Centre


Cleanexpo Novosibirsk
28-31st May 2014

CleanMET Asia 2014
2-4th June 2014
International Cleaning Management & Environmental Technology Exhibition and Conference


CleanMET Asia

CleanMET Asia
2-4th June 2014
International Cleaning Management & Environmental Technology Exhibition and Conference



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

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

Clean India Show
27-29th November 2014

Clean India Show

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


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