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International News


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Nettuno nets a new sales manager

Darío Hernández Calvo is the new Sales Manager for Nettuno Ibérica.

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Soapbox: Why British and Irish Hospitals have banned bleach

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By Michael Gately, CEO of Medentech. Medentech is based in Wexford, Ireland with offices in New Jersey, USA

StarStream: changing the way we use ultrasonic cleaning

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Heralded as one of the most important developments in ultrasonic cleaning in decades, a new piece of technology that uses only cold water and ultrasonic bubbles has the potential to revolutionise cleaning in the healthcare industry and beyond.

Paint packs power to kill bacteria

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New Paint Shield has become the first US Environmental Protection Agency-registered paint found to continuously kill difficult-to-treat, infection-causing bacteria.

Serenus Biotherapeutics brings Xenex disinfection robots to Africa to help battle pathogens including Ebola.

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Serenus Biotherapeutics has entered into an agreement with Xenex Disinfection Services to bring the Xenex pulsed xenon Full-Spectrum ultraviolet (UV) room disinfection system to Africa, where it will be used to combat such pathogens as Ebola (pictured).

ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration published

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification announced yesterday that it has published a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015).

When 'easy' is better...

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The PW-H28 is one of the latest additions to IPC's range of hot water, high pressure cleaners that has been conceived in close collaboration with IPC clients, who are demanding a simple, compact machine that is easy to use and economical, while being efficient and offering the performance users would expect from a professional machine.

New Matrix Steam Mop Kit offers simple, effective cleaning

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Matrix Cleaning Systems' new Steam Mop Kit is designed to provide users of its UK-built machines with even more versatility in cleaning.

Nilfisk acquires North American high pressure cleaner specialist Hydro Tek

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Nilfisk Group has acquired Hydro Tek, the California-based manufacturer of high pressure cleaners.

Toto Washlet sales top 40 million units globally

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Toto, a plumbing industry leader with annual sales of some $5.1 billion, announced last week that it has achieved a major global milestone with its popular Washlet line of personal cleansing systems.

Networking and innovation in The Netherlands

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The RAI has published its latest update and guidance on what to expect from the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 show. Taking place from 10th - 13th May 2016, the show is dedicated to the theme 'Networking and Innovation' and will include some exciting new features and innovations in the way the exhibition itself is staged.

Collaboration and conference will improve science - and understanding - of cleaning

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) have formed a public trust to develop and disseminate cleaning and restoration science. The collaboration of the leading US-based technical, certification and standards-writing organisations serving the cleaning and restoration industries will begin with a joint technical conference and symposium taking place from April 10th through 11th, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Discover Stingray - a safe and simple way to clean indoor surfaces!

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Recent research indicates that when cleaning indoor surfaces, such as windows, mirrors and elevators, cleaning professionals face two key challenges - efficiency and safety - especially when working at height. Current tools and methods require time consuming rearranging of furniture and electrical equipment for safe access or to reach high or unusually positioned windows.

After the party a thorough cleaning: Citymaster 1600 acts as 'modern elf' in Dresden's summer nights

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When the sun sets in Dresden and the enchanting street lights lined up along the River Elbe illuminate the streets from 'Kaethe-Kollwitz-Ufer' to 'Terrassenufer', where the world's largest fleet of paddle steamers is moored, on to the 'Altmarkt' and then further along on 'Augustusbruecke' and into the 'Neustadt', the already romantic city of Dresden appears even more beautiful...

Diversey Care honours winners for 'Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility' at Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2015

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Sealed Air's Diversey Care division sponsored and presented the 'Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility' at last week's 16th annual Worldwide Hospitality Awards. Club Med and NH Hotel Group shared an award for their joint corporate initiatives, while Gaviota Group received an award for its individual initiative.

New Matrix brushes and nozzles ensure your colour coding systems go full steam ahead!

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British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix is offering you the opportunity to enhance your colour coding systems, with the launch of a range of nylon detailed brushes in a choice of red, blue, yellow and green - as well as in black.

New acquisitions on three continents for Bunzl

Bunzl has completed three further acquisitions, this time of companies in Spain, New Zealand and Brazil. The first two are engaged in the distribution of cleaning & hygiene products and equipment while the third sells a wide range of protective equipment and clothing.

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When I joined the industry in 1992, one of its biggest and most active organisations was the Cleaning & Support Services Association – and as successful as it already was, over the years it grew in size and stature, soon becoming THE association to join if you were to convince prospective clients that yours was a professional company and not one of the many ‘cowboy’ organisations that damage the industry’s reputation.

I was sad to see it announced in May 2013 that it was to become part of the Building Futures Group along with the British Institute of Facilities Management, Asset Skills and the Facilities Management Association but realised that with so many different associations representing our industry, this might help us present a united front and thus be taken more seriously by those that doubt the importance of cleaning.

In September that year, the BIFM announced its withdrawal, leaving the others to go ahead and launch the BFG in the Spring of 2014. In December, the CSSA also announced its withdrawal.

My personal view is that the cleaning part of the group – rather than growing in stature because it had become part of a larger body, became ‘swallowed up’ in the mix. Whereas prior to the merger I would receive press statements heralding the industry’s successes and fighting its corner when it was slated for being useless, things suddenly went very quiet.

Cleaning is often referred to as the ‘Cinderella industry’ and while I wouldn’t refer to the other groups involved in the merger as the ‘ugly sisters’ of pantomime fame, you can probably see where I’m going with this, can’t you?

Anyway, over the past year, there have been ever louder and more insistent rumblings about the BFG’s alleged failure to embrace the CSSA membership, which has resulted in many CSSA members becoming disillusioned and simply drifting away.

Today, a meeting is taking place in the City of London to gauge support for a relaunch of the CSSA with a view to re-establishing the importance of the contract cleaning industry as a large employer of people, a significant taxpayer and contributor to this nation's wealth and health.

As it’s ‘press day’ John and I can’t attend, but we will be there in spirit and are hoping that we’ll soon be able to announce that Cinderella has returned to the ball…

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This Week's News

Hydrophobic coatings market and surfaces forecast to 2023 examined in new research report

* Hydrophobic-slips.jpgLow-performance, semi-commoditised hydrophobic materials have been used on building surfaces for years. However, the most innovative self-cleaning building products - windows, tiles and wall panels - have tended to use hydrophilic technology.

A new report reveals that new superhydrophobic technologies will catch up with hydrophilic products and by 2021 the construction industry will account for more than $724 million in hydrophobic coatings and surfaces - and thus have an impact on those whose job it is to clean them.

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Recycling & Recovery International Trade Fair to analyse circular economy from all perspectives

* serr.jpgAccording to estimates from the European Commission, if all of the applicable legislation concerning waste management were to be implemented, more than 400,000 jobs would be created in the European Union, of which 52,000 would be in Spain.

The 5th Recycling & Recovery International Trade Fair, SRR, which will be held from 15th to 17th June 2016, at Feria de Madrid, Spain, is designed to encourage everyone to take waste management seriously.

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Workers at 15 US airports join pre-Thanksgiving Day nationwide fast for $15 and union rights

* seiu.jpgAccording to a University of California-Berkeley Labour Centre report detailing the stunning rise of poverty jobs at US airports, 37% of cleaning and baggage workers live in or near the poverty level, and on Tuesday, ahead of the busiest travel day of the year with US citizens trying to make it home for Thanksgiving Day today, members of the Service Employees National Union - including those that clean the airport terminals and aircraft, embarked on a 24-hour fast.

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New waterless urinals can save washrooms 87,000 litres of water per unit a year

* Waterless-urinals.jpgArmitage Shanks has launched a new range of energy- and cost-efficient waterless urinals, which are easy to install and maintain.

This line of urinals is accompanied by a new collection of circular stainless steel water troughs, ideal for busy washrooms where there is a need to increase throughput.

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European tissue industry launches multilingual hand-hygiene hub

* European-Tissue.jpgThe European Tissue Symposium has launched a new website, which offers a one-stop-shop for information and sound science. It will prove invaluable for anyone looking for details on the most hygienic way to dry hands following a visit to the washroom.

www.europeantissue.com is aimed at facilities managers, the HORECA sector and the scientific, cleaning and healthcare communities as well as the wider public.

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Werner & Mertz Professional receives international award for exemplary sustainable product design

* Werner.jpgCongratulations to Werner & Mertz Professional for winning the 'Cradle to Cradle Products Innovator Award', for its well-known brands Frosch and Green Care Professional.

Winners of this respected international award are selected by a jury of internal and external experts affiliated with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit organisation with headquarters in San Francisco.

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See the dramatic effects fragrance has on the way we feel

* Glade.jpgIf you have ever denied the importance of a washroom smelling clean as well as looking clean, or the impact a particular smell might have on the productivity of your workforce or the way your customers will perceive your business, a new initiative by S C Johnson should convince you otherwise...

The company is inviting visitors to explore their emotions at The Museum of Feelings, an interactive experience built to showcase the beautiful connection between scent and emotion.

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CHSA launches new website

* chsa-website.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's (CHSA) new website is now live.

Run by its members for its members the CHSA represents all the major manufacturers and distributors supplying cleaning and hygiene products into the UK and Ireland. The new website clearly communicates the CHSA's three primary activities:

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Timely review wins cleaning contract plus London Living Wage for staff

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The contract will commence 1st January 2016.

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Brentford FC upgrades laundry

* Brentford_FC_Girbau.jpgThe laundry at Brentford Football Club's training ground operates seven days a week throughout the 10-month season, catering for 120 players with three sets of kit each.

Its old laundry was cramped and its machines were getting old, so the club decided to invest in a new state-of-the-art laundry. Girbau worked closely with the club on the design of the new laundry, conducting a site-survey of the converted brick-built former tractor-shed and recommending an installation design with a mix of machines to meet its needs.

'Down Under' discovers advantages of waste-to-energy

* WELTEC-Oz.jpgThe ground has been broken for one of Australia's most innovative biogas projects. In the next 14 months, German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower and its project partner Aquatec Maxcon will establish a biogas plant in a Melbourne suburb.

The 1 MW plant for the anaerobic digestion of organic waste will be one of the first of its kind 'Down Under'.

Working at height specialist receives unexpected reward for paying London Living Wage

* Living-Wage.jpgWorking at height expert, CAM Specialist Support, has been presented with the London Borough of Lewisham's Employer of the Year award for its commitment to its staff, including paying the London Living Wage.

The award was presented to Matt Johnson, managing director, by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, when he visited CAM, along with council colleagues, as part of Living Wage Week.

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Recent UK News

What's trending in FM in 2016 and beyond? Have your say in next Wednesday's industry debate

A webinar to explore what the future holds for the facilities management industry in 2016 and beyond, jointly hosted by FM software provider Service Works Group (SWG) and Facilities Show, will take place at 11:00 next Wednesday, 25th November 2015.

OCS Group to boost Channel Islands TFM service with acquisition of Meadowcroft

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OCS Group has acquired Guernsey-based Meadowcroft, a third generation family-owned building services provider, in a deal it says will boost its offer of Total Facilities Management to Channel Islands businesses and property owners.

Soapbox: Definitive Guideline on health & safety and corporate manslaughter offences

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The British Safety Council has welcomed the Sentencing Council's newly published Definitive Guideline on health & safety and corporate manslaughter offences, which will come into effect on 1st February 2016 and will apply to England and Wales. The BSC says the document presents a strong argument for focusing on prevention and good governance. Neal Stone, the organisation's deputy chief executive, writes:

CHSA Gala Ball 2016 - book your place now

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The date has been booked for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2016 Gala Ball - 20th May - and places are already going fast. Held annually in the Spring, the Gala Ball is incredibly popular amongst members, providing a way for them to celebrate the achievements of the Association in the company of their partners and colleagues.

'Manual Handling for Assessors': HSL training course taking place in London next month

Taking place near Marble Arch, London, on 2nd December, the Government-run 'Manual Handling for Assessors' course will equip you with the knowledge to recognise, assess and reduce manual handling risks in your organisation.

Head office award for TC Security Services

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TC Security Services, part of TC Facilities Management (TCFM), has been awarded the contract to provide manned guarding services to a prime headquarters building in Maidenhead, Berkshire. TC Security Services will be responsible for the total security and protection of the 67,777sq.ft building.

Pallet Trucks UK puts safety first as harsher penalties are introduced for health & safety breaches

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Pallet Trucks UK is urging businesses to put safety first, as the Sentencing Council launches new guidelines that could see harsher penalties for the most serious health & safety offences.

British Cleaning Council dismisses Ofsted claims that cleaning devalues apprenticeships

The cleaning industry has reacted angrily to claims by Ofsted Chief, Michael Wilshaw, that cleaning should not be offered as part of an apprenticeship.

It comes in the wake of a recent Ofsted report that criticised the quality of apprenticeships, claiming low level skills such as cleaning are potentially devaluing the apprenticeship brand.

Office Bacteria Project - What's lurking on your desk?

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By Viking Direct

Sickness season is upon us. Cold and flu viruses lurk in every corner of the office, as our colleagues cough and splutter through the day. Sometimes getting ill can't be avoided, but there are precautions you can take to avoid succumbing to the yearly sniffles.

Public toilet pet peeves

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We now often get charged a fairly hefty price to even get into the loo in a public place, so is it wrong to expect cleaner, fresher cubicles? While some people will accept poor standards despite having parted with 50p to do something our bodies are naturally programmed to do, others are naturally demanding accessible, clean and well-stocked toilets.

Council's recycling sacks get a second life

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BPI Recycled Products is working with Oadby & Wigston Borough Council on a closed loop recycling scheme whereby BPI turns the council's used recycling sacks into new refuse sacks.

We have mail: New facilities management standards

Hi Jan,

I thought you'd like to know that two ISO (international) standards are in preparation for facilities management services. These are:

ISO 18480-1 Facility Management - Part 1: Terms and definitions
ISO 18480-2 Facility Management Part 2: Guidance on how to prepare Facility Management agreements

Polished to perfection

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For super-shiny floors, it's hard to beat the latest Ultra High Speed polishers using diamond pad technology, but it's important to select the right model for the job in hand. SEBO's commercial sales manager, Derek Smith, unveils the key to achieving polishing perfection...

Night-time city trek raises cash for good cause

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Staff at one of the UK's leading suppliers of cleaning equipment have been trekking through the night to raise nearly £1,900 for charity. A team of 10 people from Hako, based in Crick, Northamptonshire were amongst thousands of people who took part in Cancer Research UK's recent Shine Night Walk through the streets of London.

Job losses fears at Newport City Council with prospects of move to three-weekly bin collections

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GMB, the union for public service workers, fears that new proposals for cuts in Newport City Council will lead to serious job losses in the Street Scene and Greens Departments.

Recycling recognition awards open for entry

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The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management are now open for 2016 entries.

Recognising success and rewarding excellence in recycling and waste management, the Awards showcase best practice and innovative approaches to improving the way resources are managed. Entries are welcomed from commercial organisations across all vertical industry sectors, local authorities, individuals and the community sector.

Events & Exhibitions

Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2015
Solihull, UK

Clean India Pulire 2016
21-23rd January 2016
Mumbai, India
13th edition on Cleaning & Hygiene Solutions


Manchester Cleaning Show
6-7th April 2016
Event City
Manchester, UK


Expo Clean
7-9th April 2016
Cleaning & Laundry


ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
10-13th May 2016


ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
7-9th September 2016

Pulire Asia Pacific
21-23rd September 2016

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