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Ex-Rentokil Initial director Peter Slator becomes OCS Group CEO

Peter Slator is the new chief executive officer of OCS Group, having joined in December 2015 from Rentokil Initial where he was European & Pacific divisional managing director responsible for hygiene, pest and textile services.
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Vectair Systems' V-Air Solid air freshener wins 4th international award in 12 months

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V-Air Solid, an environmentally-friendly, non-aerosol air freshener from Vectair Systems, has won the 'Best Innovation Award' in the Washroom Hygiene category in the 2016 Clean India Awards - its fourth award since its launch a year ago.
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Three key patents issued to antimicrobial company

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Agienic, an Arizona-based innovator in antimicrobial technology, has announced the issuance of three key US patents on its novel copper-based antimicrobial materials.
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Beating bedbugs and bacteria: how to clean a mattress effectively

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We have been reading a lot in the news recently about dirty hotels, poor cleaning regimes and problems caused by an abundance of bedbugs.
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Dhofar does distribution deal with Carind Tissue

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Dhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene products in the Middle East, has signed a strategic new partnership with tissue paper converting company, Carind Tissue, whereby Dhofar will be the exclusive distributor of Carind's tissue products in Qatar and the rest of the GCC region.
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Car Laundry launches first car detailing store in Indira Nagar, Bengaluru

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The Car Laundry, a chain of professional car care and detailing service outlets across India offering affordable detailing services, has launched its first car care, washing and detailing exclusive store in Bengaluru.
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Swiss cleaning company allegedly tricked migrants into working for free

A number of sources are reporting that a Sudanese migrant has been tricked into cleaning a branch of McDonalds, in Basel, Switzerland, without being paid.
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Two ice giants merge

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Cold Jet, a world leader in the development of innovative, environmentally responsible, dry ice cleaning and dry ice production solutions, has completed the acquisition of IceTech - and with collective global facilities including the US, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Japan and China, the move will facilitate world-class customer support capabilities anywhere in the world.
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Dozens arrested as US airport cleaners and their colleagues rally for better pay and conditions

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Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested on Monday at demonstrations in cities throughout the US, as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality which, says the Service Employees International Union, persist at airports across the country.
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Launch of compact ride-on machine sees Hako enter new market

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An important segment of the cleaning machine market is set for a shake-up with the launch of a new ride-on scrubber dryer from Hako.
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New sanitisers for smart phones and tablets can reduce spread of superbugs in under 30 seconds

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At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, healthcare technology company, Seal Shield, attracted lots of interest with its Sky family of UVC Sanitisers, designed to kill bacteria and viruses on the hard-to-clean consumer electronics that so many of us are now using in our workplaces.
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ETS to participate at ISSA/Interclean 2016

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The European Tissue Symposium (ETS) has confirmed its presence at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016. As well as taking a booth, ETS will participate in the conference programme and share the latest developments on hygiene research and the superiority of single use towels in ensuring optimal hygiene levels in public washrooms.
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UAE's cleaning industry poised for Expo 2020


With the United Arab Emirates having been officially named as the host of the Expo 2020, activities within the country have surged. The construction sector in Dubai alone is positioned to overtake the overall UAE market; in fact, according to news reports, growth across all the emirates is expected to remain healthy at 6.6% despite low oil prices.
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Zodiac launches cyclonic scrubbing system in a suction pool cleaner

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Just in time for the extra influx of people joining leisure centres with the aim of fulfilling their new year resolutions to lose weight and get fit, automatic pool cleaner and equipment manufacturer Zodiac Pool Systems has launched a cyclonic scrubbing system in a suction pool cleaner.
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Full conference agenda for Tissue World New Orleans 2016 released

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Tissue World, the leading portfolio of events dedicated to the global tissue paper industry, has released the full conference agenda for Tissue World New Orleans Conference & Exhibition, taking place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Louisiana, USA from 14th to 17th March, 2016.
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Soapbox: The decline in antibiotic research places more emphasis on effective cleaning

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"Our industry is being called upon to step in and help stop the spread of disease at a time when the pharmaceuticals are stepping out," writes Stephen Ashkin, published author and president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specialising in 'greening' the cleaning industry. Here he discusses the whys and wherefores of this statement...
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The luck of the Irish? Facilicom launches new business on the Emerald Isle

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Facilicom, has opened a new business in Ireland, extending the company's presence across Europe. The exciting development comes after Facilicom won a contract with an American multinational technology company covering cleaning services at its offices in Dublin, London and Paris.
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Commercial Cleaning Systems benefits from recapitalisation

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CCS, a leading provider of commercial janitorial services across the Western US, is to benefit from recapitalisation from private equity firm Silver Oak Services Partners, in partnership with management and co-investors.
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Cleaners have a lot to put up with, don’t they, what with poor pay, lack of recognition, a disrespectful public, unsocial hours, aches caused by repetitive actions & the knowledge that their hard work is going to be wrecked within a few hours and they’ll have to do it all again tomorrow… But it’s even worse for some…

Poor Juana Raymundo, 36, was going about her work at Ooltewah Middle School in Tennessee one evening, when two police officers mistook her for a burglar and tasered her.

It gets worse… Juana has been charged with evading arrest…

According to the Times Free Press, the police report says the officers entered the school after noticing that an exterior door was open. Inspecting the school with their guns drawn, they spotted cleaning supplies in the hallway before encountering an empty-handed Juana who appeared “nervous and somewhat reserved.”

Juana, who works for a cleaning contractor, has difficulties understanding both English and Spanish.

The officers state that they didn’t point their weapons at Juana as they attempted to question her in English and rudimentary Spanish, saying she kept repeating “no” while backing away, before turning a corner and running away despite being shouted at in Spanish to stay put. They chased her through the cafeteria, down some stairs, out of the building and into the car park where she was warned that unless she stopped, she’d be tasered.

One then tasered her and she fell to the ground. Medics were called and Juana was subsequently charged with evading arrest. She has since been released on $750 bail and is expected back in court on 2nd March.

Unless there’s more to this story than has been reported, this woman has surely gone through enough already. I can’t imagine that she will have felt super secure prior to this, being on her own in a building late into the evening - and to be confronted by two men brandishing guns must have been frightening! I’m wondering whether she was immediately aware that they were police officers or whether she thought that they were intruders about to attack.

Whatever the outcome of her court appearance though, I doubt that she’ll be returning to her job anytime soon – and I can’t say I blame her, can you?

Disgraced or ‘past it’ police officers are often threatened with a ‘desk job’. I think Juana now deserves one!

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This Week's News

Despite economic optimism, more cleaning industry managers report pressure to reduce labour and other operating costs

The results are in and according to cleaning managers across the US, 44% agree that the recession is over, up 5% from last year's results. However, despite this optimism, more are reporting pressure to reduce labour and other operating costs. (Ed: now where have I heard that before?)

These are just two of many interesting facts resulting from the 2015 Cleaning Industry Insights Survey, released this week by P&G Professional, the away-from-home division of Procter & Gamble. The annual study reveals observations from cleaning industry professionals and key decision makers across commercial, healthcare, hospitality/lodging and food service sectors.
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Rebounding European janitorial market offers new opportunities for suppliers

* Klein-janitorial-report.jpgThe market for janitorial cleaning chemicals in Europe, which until recently was seen as 'flat to declining', posted modest growth of 1.6%, according to Kline's recently published study 'Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe: Market Analysis and Opportunities'.

Improving economies, end users' preferences for multipurpose product features, and the need to maintain clean and germ-free facilities contribute to the market's growth.
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CSSA relaunch: we have lift off!

* cssa-board-feb16.jpgAround 60 people - members, potential members, the press and guests from the cleaning industry - gathered in London on Monday for an event that has been hailed a resounding success: the official relaunch of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, 50 years after its initial 'official' launch in 1966.

And while many things about association membership haven't changed, such as the opportunities for networking and friendship it provides, the ability for the industry to speak with one voice and address industry issues collectively rather than as individual companies (i.e. from a position of strength) there are a great many new things planned. These were outlined in chairman Doug Cooke's presentation, which has been described as 'a rallying call to the industry'.
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Hand hygiene compliance industry group formed to lead change for patient safety

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EHCO, the Electronic Hand-hygiene Compliance Organisation, aims to lead and influence changes in hand-hygiene measurement policy and guidelines at accreditation organisations, government agencies, health insurers and hospitals.
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Registration opens for ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016

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Visitors are inspired by pioneering new technologies and the opportunity to meet more than 700 of the world's leading manufacturers.
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Raising cleaning & hygiene skills and standards throughout India with the very best training

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This partnership was born out of a mutual desire to raise the standards of cleaning & hygiene in all the service sectors and provide valuable skills to the unskilled Indian population.
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Thousands expected at the Manchester Cleaning Show 2016

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Steam Clean Systems unveils its new high powered twin hose steam cleaner

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The ST4000's annular boiler is heated by a turbo-powered diesel burner which is so powerful that full pressure is achieved in just eight minutes. The machine is so powerful that it is possible to operate two hoses at full power with no appreciable drop in pressure. The standard hoses are seven metres long but it is possible to have 20 metre versions made to order if required.
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Clorox Professional Products provides Winter travel hotel cleaning and disinfecting tips

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This increase in the spread of germs means that hotel staff must be prepared to step in with a foolproof cleaning regimen to prevent guests and staff members from becoming ill.
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ICMMA moves operational management to ISSA UK

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"We are honoured to welcome ICMMA's members into ISSA's UK family," says Dianna Steinbach, (pictured) ISSA director of EMEA Services. "We see this agreement as another way that ISSA can fulfil our promise to help the commercial cleaning industry increase appreciation of the value it brings - boosting members' business success as a result."
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Health & safety laws: tough guidelines and even tougher sentences from now on

As from last Monday, Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts in England and Wales have been bound by tough new guidelines when sentencing those who have been convicted of breaking health & safety law. For the first time, courts in England and Wales are required to follow comprehensive sentencing guidelines.
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Summary: Are you a rainmaker? ISSA is looking for a proven leader who will provide strategic direction and manage tactical plans to provide education, training, certification and business tools for Europe, Middle East and African member companies of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry trade association, www.issa.com. This person will be accountable for planning, management, execution and communication at several levels within and outside the association to meet education and certification revenue and participation goals to satisfaction. Expected to support the EMEA Director in achieving ISSA'S overall strategic goals for the EMEA region. Submit CV in English.

Salary: £40,000 based on experience. Location: within Europe, country negotiable based on job requirements. 
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LAVORWASH GB – Leading manufacturer of cleaning machines

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Manchester area

We have an exciting opportunity for a Sales Representative to join our team based in the area of Manchester, UK. The role will be a full time position working 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Typically you will be out on the road 3 days + 2 days at the office.

We are offering a good salary base + bonus/commission and benefits. The perfect candidate for this role will have at least one year of client facing sales experience; if not, please do not apply.

For more details and info please contact rossi.marco@lavorwash.it by sending your CV and we will get in touch.


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Recent UK News

Jeremy Paxman warns that UK's at litter 'tipping point'

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Jeremy Paxman, speaking in Solihull at the FPA annual Environment Seminar, set the tone for the litter agenda in 2016 by calling on the whole supply chain to take action to tackle the UK's litter crisis or face legislative action.

The ex-BBC Newsnight anchor, speaking in his capacity as patron of the litter campaigning organisation Clean Up Britain (CLUB) said that the UK is at a tipping point in attitudes to litter and that businesses need to collaborate to take action and tackle the problem.
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Soapbox: What does it take to be a facilities manager?

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Writes Peter Forshaw, managing director of Maxwell Stephens Recruitment

A few years ago, I wrote an analysis of the facilities management sector as a whole and at that stage my feelings were that the market was still clearly separated into two distinct areas: in-house (corporate management) and outsourced (third party). In my view, the FM market is much more blurred in certain respects and, as such, success requires an ever increasingly diverse range of skills, education and attributes.
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Bravo makes clean cruising for Condor

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Carrying more than one million passengers and 200,000 passenger vehicles annually, Poole-based Condor Ferries operates a year-round service connecting the UK, the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey and the ports of St Malo and Cherbourg in France.
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HSL - Machinery Directive course updated

The Health & Safety Laboratory's new Machinery Directive course is being held on 24th February 2016 in Buxton, Derbyshire. It will give delegates a thorough understanding of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2009 legislation, (as revised) as well as the key current European and International safety standards that support the Regulations.

Delegates will also be shown how to build a technical file and have the opportunity to practice assessing conformity to the essential health & safety requirements. The purpose and content of a declaration of conformity and incorporation will be explained, along with when to use which.
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A stitch in time...

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Ken Wainwright, of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, writes...

"Murphy's Law states that if anything is to go wrong, then it will happen at the most inconvenient time. It also states that when this happens it will usually be mega expensive and the inconvenience will last for days, if not weeks.

For us carpet cleaners, one of the things that we dread most is a machine breakdown, and this was brought home to me last month when my portable extraction machine had its annual service at the manufacturer's works.
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Press statement from the BFG issued 14th January 2016

The Board at The Building Futures Group has announced, with regret, that the company has ceased trading.
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Industry wants answers after vague BFG closure statement

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The cleaning industry was rocked last week with the news that The Building Futures Group had folded. Now people are justifiably asking what went wrong?
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Clean for The Queen for Her Majesty's 90th birthday

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Clean for The Queen is a campaign designed to encourage those of us who live in the UK to clear up Britain in time for The Queen's 90th birthday on 21st April 2016. It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on 4th - 6th March.
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7th OEESC takes place from 19th - 21st September 2016 in Manchester

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The first Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals Conference took place in Washington in 2002. Since then it has occurred every two - three years and has become the premier platform for exchange of new scientific discoveries and practical ideas from all parts of the globe.
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SkyVac sales are flying high

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SkyVac, the UK manufacturer of the most powerful high level cleaning equipment, reports that sales are flying high. SkyVac systems have now been adopted for high level cleaning at the UK's largest airports - Gatwick and Heathrow - and equipment orders are arriving from all over the world.
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'Could do better' says Oxford City Council's head of environmental health services

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Although unlike some food establishments those in the city of Oxford are faring rather well, with 86% of establishments boasting a hygiene standard rating of at least four out of five, Ian Wright, Oxford City Council's head of environmental health services, is calling for greater improvements to be made.
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Hand hygiene in the NHS: Parliament debates

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A debate was scheduled to take place in Westminster Hall on the motion: 'This House has considered hand hygiene in the NHS'. The debate was tabled by Nigel Mills MP, who has a keen interest in healthcare and hygiene issues.

"I tabled this debate to request that the Government ensure that proper checks are introduced so that patients can have confidence that everything possible is being done to enforce proper hand hygiene best practice," he said earlier this week.
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Soapbox: The 'Northern Powerhouse' needed its own Cleaning Show

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Says Greyland's Richard Dyson

And now it has one! The 6th & 7th April 2016 Manchester Cleaning Show will be a long awaited event, held appropriately enough at the modern Event City venue, Manchester.

The much vaunted Northern Powerhouse embodies the same industrial and entrepreneurial spirit that made the North of England into the 'Workshop of the World' more than one hundred and fifty years ago, continuing today with major investment around the Airport, the City Centre and in the surrounding infrastructure.
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We have Mail: away from home toilets

Hi Jan, As a regular reader of your excellent publication, I appreciate the publicity you give to matters relating to the provision and cleanliness of 'away from home' toilets.

I started campaigning on this issue many years ago. In 1985 I founded All Mod Cons, which became The British Toilet Association in 1999. I quietly contribute to various influential documents, e.g. I participated in the Global Guidelines for Practical Public Toilet Design in 2011.
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CHSA audits more product than ever in 2015; suppliers achieve near perfect compliance

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In 2015 the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association audited more products than has ever been the case, with Scheme members achieving near perfect compliance. Martin Yates, the CHSA's independent inspector, made over 70 visits to Scheme members in 2015, testing over 600 products and almost 1,400 labels for compliance.

With such clear evidence of the impact of the Schemes, Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Accreditation Schemes, is calling on buyers of soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops to specify Scheme membership in their tenders.
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Council heavily fined over safety failings after road sweeper kills biker

Sevenoaks District Council pleaded guilty to safety failings after a member of the public was killed when he collided with a road sweeper. In the incident, which took place in September 2010, a council road sweeper lorry was cleaning the outside of a dual-lane slip road when Derek McCulloch (58) drove into the back of the sweeper on his motorbike. Mr McCulloch was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Events & Exhibitions

Tissue World Conference & Exhibition
14-17th March 2016
New Orleans
USA

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

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Expo Clean
7-9th April 2016
Cleaning & Laundry
Jakarta
Indonesia

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ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
10-13th May 2016

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ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
7-9th September 2016
Turkey
Web

7th OEESC
19-21st September 2016
Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals Conference
Manchester
UK

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Pulire Asia Pacific
21-23rd September 2016
Bangkok
Thailand

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Clean Middle East Pulire
13-15th November 2016
Dubai
UAE

Web


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