Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 19th January 2017 Issue no. 755

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Martin Gammon, former CEO of OCS, joins Bonasystems Board

Senior industry figurehead, Martin Gammon, has been appointed as non-executive director at Bonasystems, the UK-based specialist in floorcare products, anti-slip solutions and consulting.
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RPM acquires two companies with combined annual net sales of $42 million

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RPM International has announced that it has acquired two businesses, a manufacturer of commercial floor cleaning equipment and chemicals, and a manufacturer of speciality chemical raw materials. The companies have combined annual net sales of approximately $42 million.
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Streamlined Orbis eco rotaries speed contractors towards more economical cleaning

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Contractors have new allies in the drive for more cost-effective cleaning and polishing with the arrival of the Orbis eco range of rotaries from Truvox International.
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SCA launches Tork Stainless Washroom Upgrade Solutions in North America

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This week, Tork, an SCA brand, launched Tork Stainless Washroom Upgrade Solutions, a new offering that helps customers unlock their washrooms' hidden potential by debunking the myth that upgrading a washroom's ambiance and efficiency requires significant time and money.
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Soapbox: Delivering health for all with taps and toilets in Nigeria, where one in three healthcare facilities does not have access to water

By Michael Ojo, country director, WaterAid Nigeria

In so many ways, Nigeria is a study in contrasts. An ambitious middle-income country and Africa's largest economy, it also struggles to provide some of the most basic of services to its residents. An estimated one-third of Nigerians do not have access to clean water, and two-thirds do not have safe private toilets. And one in three healthcare facilities does not have access to water, according to a WHO landscape survey.
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Water-free robotic solar panel cleaning system at work in India's Bhadla Solar Park

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Ecoppia, a world-leading developer of robotic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, has signed an agreement with Solairedirect India, subsidiary of energy multinational ENGIE Group, to deploy its automated system in the 10,000-hectare, 2,255 MW Bhadla Solar Park in Jodhpur, Rajasthan India.
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National Trades Union Congress announces new deal for Singaporean cleaners

The Singaporean National Trades Union Congress has announced that Singaporean cleaners are to get a S$200 rise in monthly salary by 2019. This increase is mandatory, under the Progressive Wage Model review and means that wages are to be adjusted yearly from 2017 to 2019 and that scheduled wage increases and annual bonuses will be introduced from 2020.
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Major outcomes from Sustainable Cleaning Products summit

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The second Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit, hosted in Paris a few weeks ago, highlighted some of the sustainability shortcomings in the detergent and cleaning product industries. Summit participants called for greater attention to green formulations, packaging and consumer behaviour.
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Cleaning contractors should reflect on 2016 to help make 2017 better

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As the new year begins, this is a perfect time for cleaning contractors to take a serious look at their companies and evaluate how they are doing, says Ron Segura, president of US-based Segura & Associates, whose firm helps cleaning contractors grow and become more successful. And while he is basing his comments on the US industry, they have relevance for contractors all over the world.
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Haniel and Rentokil Initial to form European hygiene and textile services company

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German family-run business Haniel, founded in 1756, and UK giant Rentokil Initial have signed a joint venture agreement with the aim of creating an innovative, leading European company for workwear, cleanroom and hygiene services, under the CWS-boco banner.
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Kärcher redefines most important control element for high-pressure cleaners

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Kärcher is introducing a new design: the 'Easy!Force' trigger gun, for its range of commercial cold and hot water pressure washers.
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Steris acquisition bolsters DebMed's integrated hand hygiene compliance and skin care programme

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DebMed's recent acquisition of Steris hand hygiene and surface disinfectants (AIC) is allowing the company to introduce its full array of hand hygiene and skin care innovation to the US hospitals, partnering with them to help staff achieve the highest standards of hand hygiene behaviour.
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Dramatically improve field manager productivity with Templa Mobile v2

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If TemplaCMS is a driver of operational efficiency and financial savings in your organisation, it's Templa Mobile that gives your field managers finger-tip command of their site responsibilities and unlocks the benefits of improved client satisfaction.
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Take a Byte to those tight spaces...

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Italian manufacturer RCM is delighted with the performance offered by its professional scrubber drier Byte 1.

Designed for quick and efficient maintenance operations in medium and small areas, it is easy to handle and facilitates fatigue-free work in tight spaces.
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New formula Sansafe antimicrobial bin liners join Cromwell's portfolio

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Cromwell Polythene is relaunching its Sansafe hygienic bin liners with a new formula, using recycled, rather than virgin material, as well as a more powerful scent additive.
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Cuts to cleaning increasing deadly infection risks for Ontario patients

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Are Ontario's hospitals clean enough to keep deadly bacteria from infecting already ill and immune-compromised hospital patients?
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Now I wouldn’t say I’m a prude and nor would I say I’m judgmental, but I was really taken aback to read in the press this week about the company that’s recruiting cleaners whose only protective clothing will be gloves and slippers… indeed whose only clothing will be gloves and slippers… I was horrified!

The cleaning industry has worked so hard to improve the public’s perception of cleaning, yet here’s a company seeking to charge £25 for the first hour for a clothed cleaner or £65 for a naked one, with a £5 or £10 reduction (respectively) for subsequent hours.

Are they both trained to similar standards I wonder?

I can completely understand the idea of naturism but feel that cleaning without clothing is not only undignified but that it is leaving the cleaners vulnerable to all manner of things.

How do they clean properly while preserving their dignity if they’re not wearing any clothes? Are they likely to injure themselves by twisting awkwardly to clean difficult-to-reach areas without exposing more of their bodies than they might do if they adopted a more comfortable (but also more body-exposing) stance? And what about those who are tasked with doing the ironing, or who are using chemicals, which might splash sensitive parts of their bodies?

And what about the neighbours, who might encounter a window cleaner who’s wearing nothing but a smile?

I’ve visited the company’s website and am disturbed by what I’ve read, such as references to “beautiful, nude cleaners” (ugly ones need not apply then!) and that having a nude cleaner “makes one of the most boring chores become one of the most fun”. It even says: “Paying for a cleaner is a life saver… but it’s not exactly a fun experience. But a naturist nude cleaner? Suddenly a boring chore you have been putting off for a long time becomes one of the highlights of your year” - before inviting clients to discuss with their cleaners, whether they’re going to watch them work!

Am I the only one who finds this distasteful?

I’m sorry, but while this story has attracted huge publicity (and possibly custom) it’s taken the industry back years in terms of raising the profile of those who clean for a living and made it into a bit of a joke. I’d almost say that the now-rarely-seen image of Mrs Mopp would be more helpful…

So sad…

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This Week's News

As UK recycling rates drop - Keep Britain Tidy demands action

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And what excuse do you have for not paying workers the minimum wage?

The 10 most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the UK National Minimum Wage were revealed yesterday by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The announcement is part of a £1.7 million UK Government awareness campaign designed to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum, ahead of the National Minimum and National Living Wages rising on 1st April.

"There is no excuse for not paying staff properly," said Business Minister Margot James, announcing the list of excuses, investigators from HMRC have been given, by employers caught out for underpaying staff:
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Cleaning Show expected to almost double in size in 2017

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Lewi window cleaning solutions - ergonomic and efficient

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Contract cleaning company highlights security challenges

* illegals.jpgAccording to UK Home Office data, an estimated 500,000 to 900,000 people work illegally in Britain; many in the capital. There are hundreds of thousands of fraudulent identity documents in circulation in the UK, yet few contractors are able to spot them. Julius Rutherfoord has published a new best practice document, 'Security in Cleaning' and an accompanying infographic - both freely downloadable - to highlight the challenges of ensuring the safety and security of facilities being cleaned and the operatives cleaning them.
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iVo RovaWash - new, compact, low profile, robust floor scrubber

* iVo-RovaWash.jpgThe iVo RovaWash has been developed for those seeking a versatile, multi-purpose scrubbing and drying machine, which gives a robust and thorough clean to many different surfaces. It can act as a carpet scrubber, Altro flooring cleaner, an entrance matting cleaner and a stair scrubber.
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Health institutions to introduce day-specific coloured bedding to improve hygiene

* colour-coded-bedding.jpgFor decades, the cleaning industry in the more developed countries has been pushing the idea of colour-coding to prevent cross-contamination, but now an organisation has gone one stage further by introducing day-specific colour-coded bedding, to improve hygiene and patient care, while ensuring that the sanitation mechanism that has been put in place, is adhered to.
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Delhi's sanitation workers' strike poses serious threat to health and hygiene

* Delhi-sanitation-strike.jpgThe pay strike by some 17,000 East Delhi sanitation workers, which has lasted almost a week and is involving protests outside East Delhi Municipal Corporation headquarters in Patparganj and the dumping of rubbish in front of the Legislative Assembly's offices, is now posing serious health and hygiene threats thanks to the rubbish piling up in residential areas.
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SCA to discontinue its hygiene business in India

SCA has announced that it is to discontinue its hygiene business in India. Four years after entering the Indian market, the company's conclusion is that profitability cannot be achieved within a reasonable timeframe.
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Ecospill kicks off new year with updated brochure

* BROCHURE-Ecospill.jpgSpill containment specialist Ecospill has launched its new brochure for 2017. Featuring a range of innovative new solutions to your workplace challenges, it introduces some great new products and expanded ranges, allowing you to be more spill-prepared than ever before.

A new and innovative product for 2017, is the flat absorbent sock, which is ideal for use under machinery and equipment, preventing leaks and spills from spreading into walkways and work areas.
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Empteezy finishes 30th anniversary year on a high

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Empteezy now has over 200 staff and has reported a turnover of £90 million in the last three years. In 2016, exports from its UK manufacturing base increased by 18% versus 2015 and overall, turnover increased by 8% versus 2015.
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Recent UK News

What will happen to chemicals regulation after UK withdrawal from EU?

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an enquiry into the future of environmental law and policy following the UK's vote to leave the EU, which will focus on the future of the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

It will consider the possible impacts on environmental protection, public safety and the UK chemicals industry and submissions must be received by 18:00 on 20th January.
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Taking the trauma out of biohazard cleaning

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Providing biohazard cleaning services to a variety of industry sectors is always a challenge, but Simon Biggs, partner and operations director of Monthind Clean, has the solution. Here, he talks about the simple steps that will ensure a safe and efficient clean-up...

"Biohazard and trauma cleaning are governed by stringent regulations and health & safety guidelines. This isn't a matter of unnecessary bureaucracy; as dramatic as it sounds, it can save lives.
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Six-in-10 SME invoices unpaid within debtor period

According to a new report commissioned by Amicus Commercial Finance, well over half (61%) of invoices issued by UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) remain unpaid within the debtor day period. Of these, almost three-quarters (70%) of firms say they rely on getting paid during their debtor day period to avoid facing a shortage of working capital.

The research shows that one in six (16%) SME invoices remains unpaid after 90 days and of these, almost half (7%) have yet to be settled after six months.
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Cromwell instructional videos now on line

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Cromwell Polythene has produced a series of helpful instructional videos, now available to view on the company's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com

Each less than two minutes long, the videos include 'How to calculate the specification for your refuse sack', 'How to calculate the correct size liner for a square or rectangular bin', 'How to calculate the correct size liner for a circular bin' and 'How to perform a drop test in accordance with the CHSA Plastic Refuse Sack Manufacturing Standard'.
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New research shines a light on what really works in performance management

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Performance appraisals won't automatically lead to improvements, but it's equally misguided to say that they'll never work and should simply be abolished, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development in a new report which refutes others' claims that appraisals are a relic of the past.
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Make a New Year's resolution to enter this year's CSSA Awards!

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We all know that minds were focused on many other things during the festive season - and of course there's this horrible flu-like virus that's circulating so aggressively and knocking us down like skittles, so the Cleaning & Support Services Association has quite sensibly extended the closing date for entries into its inaugural awards. If you're planning to enter, you now have until 31st January 2017 to do so.
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How to use cleaning chemicals safely

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By Nisbets, the Avonmouth, Bristol-based catering supplier with branches nationwide

"Anyone responsible for managing a premises will know how important the cleaning schedule, process and choice of products is. Cleaning products contain chemicals that allow them to do an effective job, but they can be potentially harmful to members of the public and the staff that use them.
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HSL to run a one-day course on 'Slips and Trips - Falls Prevention'

Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions - but the key is in knowing the best methods. Slips and trips can happen for a number of reasons, but all too frequently people jump to conclusions about why they happen rather than looking for the true cause, or assume that it is 'just one of those things' and do nothing.
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Latest ONS data shows that gender pay gap still exists amongst cleaners at all levels

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The Office for National Statistics has issued its latest statistical bulletin on the gender pay gap and it shows that while more women are involved in cleaning work than men, the women earn less than their male colleagues per hour, whether they be basic cleaners, managers or anything in between.

Generally, at 18.1%, the gap in average pay between men and women, for all employees across many industries, is the lowest since records began. The cleaning industry fares a great deal better than that...
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ICE acquires Cleaning Equipment Supplies

Hampshire-based Industrial Cleaning Equipment, has, this month, acquired 100% of the shares of Cleaning Equipment Supplies (CES), which is based in Cwmbran, South Wales.

"This is a very exciting and strategic acquisition for the ICE business," says Mark Bresnihan, CEO of ICE. "We have been in discussion with CES for some time, to learn about how this opportunity could benefit both organisations and their customers. "We feel really positive about the CES business, its people and what it can bring to the ICE group.
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Christmas recycling tips

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Stockport residents are amongst the best in the UK at recycling and were amongst the top 10 authorities in the whole of England in 2015/16. Residents across Stockport, Cheshire, have helped the borough to recycle over 59.4% of household waste.
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FSA publishes local authority food law enforcement information

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The Food Standards Agency has this week published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2015/16.

The information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, which gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country, shows an increase in a number of areas of local authority enforcement activity, and levels of hygiene compliance in food business, in spite of reported staffing reductions.
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Events & Exhibitions

Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2017
Hyderabad
India

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Future of Surfactants Summit Europe
8-9th February 2017
Antwerp
Belgium

2nd Edition

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The London Cleaning Show
14-16th March 2017
After its inaugural success, The Cleaning Show opens its doors in London once more.
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Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
9-10th May 2017
Melbourne
Australia

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Pulire Verona
23-25th May 2017
Italy
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CleantexPulire 2017
12-14th June 2017
Johannesburg
South Africa

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HIGIEXPO 2017
8-10th August 2017
Sao Paulo
Brazil

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WFBSC
18-20th September 2017
Berlin
Germany

Held simultaneously with CMS

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CMS
19-22nd September 2017
Cleaning. Management.Services
Berlin
Germany

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ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
18-20th October 2017
Turkey
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Middle East Cleaning Technology Week
7-9th November 2017
Dubai
UAE

Web


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