Cleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 18th September 2014 Issue no. 641

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IFMA names John Perry, MBA, Chief Operating Officer

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has named John Perry, MBA as chief operating officer beginning the week of Sept. 15, 2014.


Kaivac receives patent for Smart Towel System (and 'smart' it really is)!

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Kaivac, known for innovation, has announced that it has just been awarded its 13th patent from the US Patent Office. The latest patent is for the company's Smart Towel System, which was introduced about five years ago.


We have mail: Standards

Hi Jan,

In response to your latest 'soapbox' article on the need for a BS cleaning standard, there already exists a European standard 'BS EN 15221-2:2006. Facility management. Guidance on how to prepare facility management agreements' which may cover the issue, but at a cost of £192, few people are likely to buy it.


Just one week until IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo programme unfolds

In just one week, (September  17th – 19th) the International Facility Management Association will host thousands of FM professionals at its World Workplace Conference & Expo in New Orleans, US, and an exciting programme of events has been organised. 

The value-packed conference programme includes, amongst other things:

* Engaging and inspiring keynote speakers

* Cutting-edge educational offerings

* A world-renowned product and services exposition

Delegates will be invited to pursue exceptional professional development opportunities… whether it’s a world-renowned professional credential programme, information on an IFMA Foundation-accredited degree programme or any of the timely educational sessions, IFMA’s World Workplace is a hub of gold standard FM professional development opportunities.

Nilfisk-CFM to become Nilfisk next year

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From 1st January, 2015, Nilfisk-CFM will be changing its name to Nilfisk, with the identifier: Industrial Vacuum Solutions.

New generation of lightweight, high-reach,gutter cleaners launched

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A new generation of high-reach gutter cleaning equipment has been launched after five years of development by Spacevac Technologies.

Kilrock Products banishes stains with new Blast Away Mould

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Kilrock Products is strengthening its position as a leading manufacturer of problem-solving cleaning products with the launch of new Blast Away Mould.

Professional strength Blast Away Mould effectively removes mould, mildew and algae stains from tiles, silicone sealants and grout lines.

Available as a spray for larger wall and tiled areas or as a concentrated Brush-on Gel, Blast Away Mould accurately targets areas of concentrated mould build-up and is ideal for use on edges and corners of showers, baths and sinks.

Sani Professional announces Food Safety Advisory Council launch

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Sani Professional, the food safety division of Professional Disposables International, has announced the launch of the Sani Professional Food Safety Advisory Council.

JobSearch focus: National Sales Manager / BDM

Candidate P is a hard working professional with a long track record in the industry of meeting or exceeding sales targets.

Key competencies: National & Key Account Management - New Business Development - effective negotiator with senior decision makers - Profit and Loss analysis - Field Sales - Professional relationship builder - Articulate - Target Driven - Reliable - Adaptable to change - Willing to learn and share knowledge - presenting - Selling via distribution channels.

Candidate P is male, resident South Wales, with easy access to all parts of the country. 

If you would like to see this Candidate's CV contact

FDA limits on antibacterial healthcare ingredients could put patients and employees at risk

An advisory committee to the Food & Drug Administration in the US has been told that unreasonable FDA restrictions on healthcare use of safe and effective antibacterial ingredients could jeopardise the safety of patients and healthcare workers alike.

Will you be joining ISSA/Interclean in Istanbul?

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The first ever ISSA/Interclean Istanbul event is poised to create an interesting learning experience by providing insight in Turkey, the Middle Eastern and Northern African region, says the show organiser.

Being staged in the city that bridges East and West, Turkey has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and one that is expected to be the second fastest growing market in the world by 2020, so expectations are high.

DuPont completes sale of Sontara business to Jacob Holm

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DuPont Protection Technologies and Jacob Holm announced yesterday the completion of the sale of the DuPont Sontara business to Jacob Holm.

Sontara is a global nonwovens business that produces products used in a variety of medical and wipes applications. Jacob Holm is a leading company for spunlaced nonwoven fabrics.

New Tennant sweeper offers industrial strength dry dust control for the toughest environments

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Tennant Company, yesterday announced its latest high-performance machine-the S30 Mid-size Ride-on Sweeper-rounding out its complete line of sub-compact to industrial size ride-on sweepers.

National Food Safety Month marks 20 years of promoting Food Safety Best Practices in US

As part of its strong commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association in the US has announced that this year's National Food Safety Month (NFSM), held annually in September, will mark its 20-year anniversary by featuring the top 20 food safety tips from the past 20 years.

Ozone-depleting compound persists, NASA research shows

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

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Our image last week of some serious mould in a guesthouse and our request for recommendations on how to deal with it, has certainly prompted some responses! Thank you for your input; I’ll pass your suggestions to the landlady. One response, a press release, discussed causes of mould and outlined various eradication methods and as (well in my neck of the woods anyway) it’s coming to the time of year when we take hotter showers and reduce the ventilation in our homes and are thus more likely to experience mould, I’ve included it below. Elena Pettit and Gary Dyson posted useful information on our Facebook page – to read it, click on the FB link just below. Product information has also been sent in and I’ll be running this over the coming weeks.

I write this leader in nervous mood, having had little sleep this week. I know this is partly due to the warning that more, much larger spiders will be rampaging through our houses this Autumn because of the odd weather we’ve experienced; as a result I’ve closed all the windows and it’s too hot to sleep.

The other factor is far more important… a tiny minority of UK residents is voting today on whether to leave the UK; a decision affecting everyone living on these isles, but one that only those living in Scotland can make – hardly democratic!

I’ve spent more time than I should have, reading referendum news and discussion forums. I desperately want Scotland to remain in the UK but won’t be the only person annoyed at the scaremongering engaged in by the press, MPs and public figures - similar to the stuff the pro-EU camp is bandying about on the threatened EU referendum. It’s akin to bullying and erodes what little trust there is left in the establishment. However, it’s uncovered something I can’t fathom: threats that Scotland will have to wait several years to join the EU. Why, if members of the ‘yes’ camp are so keen to govern themselves and embrace real democracy, would they want to throw away their new found independence by joining the EU anyway? 

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This Week's News

African show to highlight workplace hygiene solutions

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Next year's event will mark the 10th edition of this exhibition, established in 1998 to build a platform for African cleaning professionals to congregate, view the latest product innovations, network and create new business opportunities.


New research reveals shift from multiple providers to one service provider for FM

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There is a growing trend towards this 'total facilities management' model rather than use of individual service providers.


Treating mould

Black-mould.jpgHere's how to get rid of mould... All mould loves cellulosic material - so all wallpaper, grout, plaster and plasterboard and wood, carpet - in short all household fixtures and fittings, are subject to mould contamination and it isn't easy to get rid of.

Where does it come from? Damp.

1. In a big old house the damp course could easily be compromised, assuming that there is one in the first place.
2. From broken gutters, window frames, holes in worn brickwork and grout, leaking roofs and tree roots... Damp wicks through the brickwork and wall finishings. As it dries off, the mould grows on the cellulosic material.
3. From high humidity in unventilated bathrooms and showers, but also in 50/50 humid atmospheres.


Little and often...

* Lees_Carpet.jpgIt's no secret that regular floor maintenance saves contractors from the time-consuming deep cleans, while also saving your carpets too. But is this a solution that is sat right in front of many, but completely overlooked?

This case study as Mike Egerton, MD of Host Von Schrader UK, explains may be an eye opener - after all, every little helps.


Bunzl expands in UK

* chemprotec-gloves.jpgBunzl has made four further acquisitions in the UK with aggregate annualised revenue of £34.8 million.

The company acquired 365 Healthcare at the end of June. Based in Droitwich, the business is engaged in the distribution of mainly own brand healthcare products, principally operating theatre drapes and gowns, procedure packs, disposable surgical instruments and dressings, to a variety of customers including hospitals, GP practices and private clinics. Revenue was £10.9 million in the year ended 31st December 2013.


BC Partners to sell Spotless to Henkel

Funds advised by European private equity firm, BC Partners, have reached an agreement to sell Spotless Group SAS to Henkel AG & Co. KGaA for an enterprise value of €940 million. Completion is subject to approval from European antitrust authorities.

Based in Paris, France, Spotless is a pan-European manufacturer of pest control and laundry products and has subsidiary operations in Ireland, Sweden, Hungary, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, employing more than 400 people.


RCM in Monza for Formula 1 GP

* rcm_monza2014.jpg"27 is the number to remember," says RCM's Marzia Mucci. "But it's not about the victory of some stable or pilot, or a particular anniversary. It refers to the period of time since when RCM has been cleaning the world's fastest circuit in Formula 1.

"Every year, starting from Friday - the day of free practice - until Sunday, when the race takes place, RCM sweepers help to keep Monza circuit, and its service areas, clean and safe.


Ausclean Expo - focus on cleaning & hygiene

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Co-locating with the Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare Conference, this show offers an opportunity for attendees to visit both events to see the latest cleaning products and services including innovative solutions for cleaners, facilities managers, building service contractors, healthcare and food service workers and other professionals in the cleaning & hygiene, hospitality and property maintenance industries.


Julius Rutherfoord wins first university cleaning contract with City University London

* College-Building-HEFCE.jpgCity University London, which is ranked within the top 5% of universities in the world, has appointed specialist education cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord, to maintain its 915,000 ft?, 22-site campus in London EC1.

This three-year £multi-million contract - with the option of two further 12 month extensions - is Julius Rutherfoord's largest contract win to date, and marks the company's expansion into the university sector.


Cleaning company founder exposes Essex scrubbers in book launch

* christine-with-book.jpgWhen faced with a life changing situation almost 40 years ago, Christine Beedle founded Monthind Clean. As a new generation of directors take over the company's helm, Christine, who was awarded an MBE for services to the cleaning industry, launches her first book.

'The Essex Scrubber - Keeping it Clean', is a tongue in cheek read, representative of some of the colourful characters Lexden-based Christine found herself dealing with in the early years of the company's formation.


Superhero's mission is to make Japan's streets super clean and achieve world peace

* Japan-superhero.jpgJapan is well known for its comic-loving culture so it's probably the one place where you might expect to catch a real superhero in action, writes Melissa Hobbs. Cue Mangetsu-man (translated as Mr. Full Moon), who has taken to the streets of Tokyo and revealed his special powers - a dustpan, brush and broom.

But it's not just street cleanliness that's important to this superhero... world peace is his real goal and the steps he is taking to achieve this include inspiring volunteers to be bold and get involved too.

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Immediate vacancies: experienced Sales Representative and a Field Service Engineer 

Competitive salaries + generous bonus package - laptop, mobile phone, superior van, fuel card etc. 33 days holiday (including bank holidays)

About LVC: Established 1995 we are the 'one stop shop' for industrial and commercial cleaning machines, covering the South East & East of the UK with a strong presence in London. We constantly research new technology and are at the sharp end of the latest innovations. Working closely with a wide range of trusted manufacturers make it possible for us to deliver bespoke solutions for all our clients cleaning needs. We offer our customers the skill of our engineers who can repair and carry out maintenance on all types of cleaning machines. You will be welcomed in to a fast growing, friendly company.

Sales Representative General Summary: To achieve maximum sales profitability, growth and account acquisition within assigned territory by effectively selling the company's products and related services. Personal contacts and willingness to secure new business accounts.

Field Service Engineer General summary: We are looking for a Field based Service Engineer with a solid background in service and maintenance of industrial/commercial cleaning equipment who are organised and a good communicator. Our customers are advised on best practice on prolonging the life of their equipment and trust engineers to assess/quote and repair with maximum efficiency. If you live in the South or South East counties it would be beneficial but candidates from all areas are welcome to apply.

Field Sales Executive South London

Excellent basic salary plus multiple bonus opportunities. 
Also includes Laptop, iPad, mobile phone, quality company car and home office set up.

About Avica

We are looking for a professional Field Sales Executive to become part of an exciting and entrepreneurial business. We are a janitorial supplier who offers washroom and paper supplies to many types of businesses. Our 'Fast, Friendly and Reliable' work ethic has helped to put us at the forefront of our industry. Originally established in 1991, we joined the Jangro buying network in 1996 and have a proven track record of success. Our outstanding all round customer relations and next day delivery service means that our organisation provides the right products at the right price, delivered to our customers when they need them.

The Field Sales Executive Opportunity:

The Field Sales Executive will be responsible for selling our range of janitorial, catering and medical supplies into various industry sectors throughout the South London area. The successful Field Sales Executive will have the ability to develop new business whilst also managing and growing existing accounts. They will need to be a highly motivated, expert territory manager.

The right person will enjoy working in a motivational and friendly environment.  We believe that for people to succeed they need to be in the right frame of mind, so we ensure that full support and encouragement are given to all during their career with Avica.

Although the successful applicant will need to learn the required industry product knowledge over a period of time, they should already possess a strong sales and work ethic and have the ability to communicate effectively with individuals of all levels within our potential and existing customers.

The role is home based with extensive travel throughout the South London area. Company car, phone and computer are all included in the package.

CVs and enquiries to:

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Recent UK News

Building owners and facilities managers urged to comply with Legionella legislation or face prosecution

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Landlords, property owners and facilities managers now face hefty fines if they fail to comply with the Legionella legislation, recently updated by the Health & Safety Executive.


Five reasons to automate KPI Management

Businesses usually review progress through monthly reporting. Within a typical monthly report will be a set of slides and/or spreadsheets that purport to contain all of the information required to make decisions for the following month(s).


PHS Group carbon reduction continued

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While it is obligatory for UK quoted companies to report greenhouse gas emissions, it is becoming increasingly essential for all businesses, big or small, to highlight their environmental credentials by measuring and reducing their carbon footprint.


Pink Hygiene just keeps giving!

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Washroom and hygiene service specialist, Pink Hygiene, has donated nearly £1,300 to its chosen charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer.


Ladder Exchange looks at safe use with 'Idiots on Ladders contest'

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With this year's Ladder Exchange now underway, the Ladder Association is again asking for submissions to its Idiots on Ladders contest, which has the public send in the worst pictures of ladder use they can find, to show just how dangerous it can be to misuse a ladder.

BPI cuts waste levels by one third in six years

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Polythene manufacturing company BPI Group - parent company of bpi.recycled products - has slashed its packaging waste by one third in the past six years, the company has revealed.

Brayborne wins school cleaning contracts totalling £1.5 million over three years

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Brayborne Facilities Services has won eight new cleaning contracts totalling £1.5 million over three years, in schools across the south of England, strengthening the company's presence in the specialist education sector.

Weltec Biopower receives order for 1.1 MW extension to Dorset food waste-to-energy plant

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Weltec Biopower (UK), based in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, has been granted the contract to extend the award-winning food waste AD plant in Piddlehinton, Dorset. Plant owner Eco Sustainable Solutions is expanding with a further 1.1MW of food waste processing capacity.

EHRC finds firms are failing to protect key rights of cleaning workers

An examination by the Equality and Human Rights Commission published just after the last issue of Cleanzine was broadcast, has revealed that some employers in the commercial cleaning industry are failing to meet their responsibilities to their staff in relation to pay, holiday or sick leave and dealing with their concerns. Many cleaners feel that their employer, client firms and the public do not treat them with the dignity and respect everyone should expect.

We have Mail: The British Cleaning Council responds to the EHRC report into the cleaning sector; saying: "a good initiative, but the methodology could have been better"

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The BCC is the voice of the cleaning industry and welcomes any initiative that seeks to raise standards in the cleaning sector. In this respect we do welcome the EHRC's work, as highlighting malpractice gives all stakeholders the opportunity to discuss these issues in an open forum.

Brayborne welcomes recommendations of EHR report

Brayborne Facilities Services, has welcomed the recommendations of the Equalities & Human Rights Commission in its report published last week, 'The Invisible Workforce: Employment Practice in the Cleaning Sector' and has joined the call for improved working conditions and employment rights for cleaning operatives.

Building Futures Group launches national campaign to attract youth to cleaning and FM sectors

With fears of an ageing workforce and impending skills gap gripping the sector, The Building Futures Group has launched a national campaign with the aim of attracting young people to the cleaning and facilities management sectors.

WoolSafe announces third UK Educational Conference

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The WoolSafe Organisation is now busy preparing to host its third WoolSafe Educational Conference in the UK, an event that promises to deliver a fantastic mixture of presentations and workshops tutored by the industry's finest while offering an invaluable networking opportunity.

Business growth funding available through voucher scheme

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It is a well-documented fact that small and medium-size businesses are the life-blood of UK's economy. According to the Confederation of British Industry, they account for 99.9% of private sector companies and provide 60% of private sector jobs, so it's no wonder the UK Government is working to create the right conditions for businesses to fulfil their growth potential.

Events & Exhibitions

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

The Cleaning Show
10-12th March 2015


Cleaning Expo
24-26th March 2015
Birmingham, UK

ISSA/Interclean CEE
22-24th April 2015

ISSA/Interclean CEE

CleantexPulire 2015
28-30th July 2015
10th edition of this show.
CleantexPulire 2015

Higiexpo 2015 Brazil
4-6th August 2015
Sao Paulo


CMS Berlin
22-25th September 2015
Cleaning. Management. Services.
CMS Berlin


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