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The Living Wage: a view from the sharp end

Andrew Marshall, managing director of London specialist in contract cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord, highlights the impact of the Living Wage and calls for others to show their support during Living Wage Week. He explains how Julius Rutherfoord is working with its client, City University London, to support cleaning staff by paying the London Living Wage.
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2014 ISSA Innovation Award Programme winners announced

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ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is pleased to recognise the winners of the 2014 ISSA Innovation Award Programme, which were announced during the ISSA Excellence Award Ceremony at the ISSA/Interclean North America trade show last week.
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Winter matting tips and suggestions from Crown Matting Technologies

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Mats play an important role in keeping facilities clean, safe, and healthy year-round... but become crucially important in Autumn and Winter when safety is a primary concern.
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Revolutionary energy saving ventilation canopy shortlisted for two healthcare awards

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Medical Air Technology (MAT) is celebrating after its revolutionary ECO-flow product was shortlisted for both the 'Innovative Carbon Reduction and 'Sustainability' categories in the Building Better Healthcare Awards which took place in London last week.
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Veltia's V7 Tri-Blade: probably the most powerful hand dryer in the world?

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As far as statements are concerned, Veltia has no worries endorsing the new Tri-Blade which was released earlier this month.

Designed to compete in the hands in 'blade' market, the Tri-Blade holds its own in terms of pure drying ability.
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Workplace washroom survey reveals odd behaviour - such as eating!

When 'using the loo' at work, do you know what is happening in the cubicle next to you? A new study released today by SCA, shows a surprising number of Americans have used their workplace washrooms for more than they were intended. Some of the oddest activities identified by the 2014 SCA Hygiene Matters Consumer Survey were eating (8%), exercising (7%), smoking (5%) and sleeping (5%) - all of which men are more likely to do than women.
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WoolSafe announces first EGTS 1502 approved product

The WoolSafe Organisation has announced the first WoolSafe Approved product to pass the stringent EGTS 1502 environmental standard: nKapper from Carpet Cleaner Industries CCI GmbH.
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Leviton's new antimicrobial treated switches and wallplates keep hospitals, schools and kitchens safer

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Leviton has this week introduced the first in its new line of antimicrobial treated devices. The offering includes toggle switches and stainless steel wall plates in various configurations.
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Winter woes no more... Cold weather no match for rail specialist's new screenwash

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Manufacturer of specialist cleaning and maintenance products, Arrow Solutions has given train operating companies (TOCs) some peace of mind as the temperature drops by developing a new Winter Grade Screenwash for use in the rail industry.
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US Air Force hospital Langley adds Xenex Ebola-zapping robot to inventory

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Standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall, US Air Force Hospital Langley's newest staff member doesn't initially have a commanding presence. However, after five minutes, its impact has the potential to save countless lives around the world.
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BSI launches first global risk management standard for supply chains

British Standards Institution, the global business standards company, has this week launched PAS 7000, a universally applicable supply chain information standard for suppliers and buyers at organisations of all sizes around the globe. It will bring transparency and cost savings to the procurement of supply chains.
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NISSCO awards 2014 Sustainability honours to Americo Manufacturing

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Americo Manufacturing was presented with the 2014 Sustainability Award by the NISSCO (National Independent Sanitary Supply Companies) Buying Group at the ISSA Show in Orlando, FL, this week. 
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New SideRunner lorry wash facilitates cleaning of smaller fleets, cost-effectively and using minimal water

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Launched this week, the SideRunner is a single brush lorry wash machine designed for use by smaller operators of coaches, vans or lorries, typically with a fleet of between five and 50 vehicles.
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The US Janitorial Services Industry: a new report and forecast

A new report into the US janitorial services industry, from the Bharat Book Bureau, examines the huge and mature $52 billion US commercial janitorial services market that employs nearly 1 million people.
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Cleaning industry professionals would rather tackle body fluids than urine stains and odours in washrooms, reveals survey

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Most people have a 'get in and get out' strategy when it comes to using public washrooms and do not consider what kind of maintenance is put into these facilities on a daily basis.
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My daughter Melissa normally returns from trips to the town centre smiling thanks to the new outfit she’s picked up from the charity shop while donating her own unwanted things, but this week she came back decidedly disgruntled.

“Why should I search the entire shopping centre for a bin for my banana skin?” she demanded to know. “I ended up having to use the nappy bin in the toilets!”

I was still giving myself a virtual pat on the back over having brought her up rather well (not only regarding litter but also on the need to recycle) when she answered the question herself: “So terrorists can’t hide bombs in them – I know!” she said. “But what are we supposed to do with our rubbish?”

I know I’m always saying we need to take our litter home with us but when I do I’m thinking about dry things, such as packaging and sweet wrappers. I’d never considered anyone having to carry a sticky, smelly banana skin around and with more and more of us avoiding plastic bags and instead taking our own reusable cloth bags out shopping, that doesn’t actually leave us with anything decent in which to carry wet or sticky rubbish home, does it?

And with so many of our nation’s public washrooms closing down (the council has finally sold our toilets in the village and they’re being turned into two tiny apartments), how likely are we to be able to find one that’s actually open so we can deposit our rubbish in their bins, if the shopping centres have shut for the night?

The British Toilet Association has for many years campaigned to not only keep our public washrooms open, but to improve them, and it promotes a wonderful initiative that’s been running for almost 30 years – the annual Loo of the Year Awards. Organiser Mike Bone, tells me there are still a few seats available at this year’s awards extravaganza, so if you want to help celebrate the best in public washroom provision and learn more about joining the campaign to keep our nation’s washrooms open, don’t miss the news item below…

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This Week's News

ACI - Analysis of research on antibacterial ingredient “distorts and misrepresents” safe use of Triclosan

Summaries of a study on the antibacterial ingredient Triclosan grossly misrepresent what the research actually found, according to the American Cleaning Institute.

Independent scientists at the UK-based Science Media Centre also took issue with some of conclusions of the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which claim that Triclosan could negatively affect human health.
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IEHA and K-CP launch new recognition programme for housekeeping professionals

The International Executive Housekeepers Association and Kimberly-Clark Professional have announced the launch of the Heart of Hospitality Programme, aimed at providing executive housekeepers with the tools and resources to educate, empower and recognise housekeeping staff.

As the cornerstone of the programme, an annual Heart of Hospitality Award will be given to recognise exceptional housekeepers who enhance the hotel guest experience.
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EU-ECHA - Restrictions on chemicals are focus of new enforcement project

At its recent plenary meeting, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided that its next major project will focus on enforcing REACH Annex XVII restrictions, the scope of which will be determined early 2015. Inspections will then take place during 2016. The final report will become available in 2017.

A smaller scale project will follow up specific cases where ECHA has identified deficiencies in harmonised classification and labelling. These will focus on substances with CMR or sensitising properties. The report is expected in the first half of 2016.
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100% captive audience for your products!

* LOTY-VIDEO.jpgThe 2014 Loo of the Year Awards Event will be held at the St Johns Hotel in Solihull on Friday 5th December (day time event) and this is an opportunity for all companies involved in providing or supplying to washrooms to promote their services, provide hospitality to prospects, clients or staff and also enjoy unrivalled networking opportunities.
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Restroom Association (Singapore) unveils plans for higher washroom standards on World Toilet Day

* LOO1.jpgAt the sixth LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony held at the Institute of Technical Education College East to commemorate World Toilet Day, RAS, the Restroom Association (Singapore), introduced a new Happy Toilet six-star rating. The current four and five-star ratings have also been reviewed to meet higher public expectations. The three-star rating remains unchanged.

RAS also laid down plans for next year to initiate a World Toilet Day Fund and World Toilet Day Forum for schools and a 3-year public engagement campaign on clean coffee shop and hawker centre toilets. More details will be made available at a later date.
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Rethinking sanitation in support of World Toilet Day

* Roca.jpgTo mark World Toilet Day 2014 yesterday, Roca and We Are Water Foundation hosted a special event at Roca London Gallery that aimed to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation issue, while offering an opportunity to meet the architects, designers and engineers working to change the fact that 2.5 billion people don't have access to clean and safe toilets.
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2013 revenue down for 51.5% of Italian companies, reports AfidampCom

A survey of the Italian professional cleaning market relative to the year 2013, conducted by AfidampCom, shows the increase in the percentage of companies that claim to have suffered a decrease in revenue from 2013 to 2012: 44.4% in 2012 versus 51.5% in 2013, with a change of seven percentage points.

Despite these figures, those interviewed displayed cautious optimism for 2014 estimates. To grow their markets, cleaning professionals will focus on optimising sales, with a focus on new technologies, and on service.
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HyGreen collaborates with healthcare professionals to develop Ebola preparedness plans

* Hygreen.jpgHygreen is collaborating with a number of hospitals and infection control professionals in the development of Ebola Preparedness Plans that incorporate HyGreen Hand Hygiene Recording and Reminding System technology.

"It is noteworthy that enveloped viruses are highly susceptible to good hand hygiene, hydrogen peroxide vapor and commonly used cleaning agents," says the company's president, Ron Youngblood.
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Zehnder Clean Air Solutions can reduce manual cleaning costs by as much as 70%

* Zehnder.jpgZehnder Clean Air Solutions, one of Europe's leading providers of energy efficient and healthy air cleaning systems, says its dust management systems can potentially reduce annual cleaning costs by up to 30% when using floorcare appliances and up to 70% when cleaning by hand.

Additional benefits include a reduction in absenteeism though improved indoor air quality for employees, decreased machinery maintenance costs, plus the improved performance of existing HVAC and dehumidification equipment.
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TNT Unlimited president wins Thomas W. Valentino Achievement Award

* Vectair-award-ISSA.jpgPresident of TNT Unlimited, Tim Twitchell, has won the prestigious Thomas W. Valentino Achievement Award, presented by Vectair Systems at the annual ISSA/Interclean North America exhibition held this November in Orlando.

Vectair Systems is a global hygiene company operating in over 120 countries. In particular, Vectair Systems is an expert and innovator in odour control and aircare, skincare and hand washing, surface care, feminine hygiene sanitary waste disposal, infant care and products specifically designed for the 'away from home' washroom.
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Nearly half of people 'unhappy with their workplace standards', reveals PHS survey

New research commissioned by PHS Group, a leading UK provider of workplace services, has revealed that 48% of people are unhappy with the hygiene standard of their workplace.

With 88% reporting that the standard of their workplace impacts on their productivity, PHS Group believes that it is now time for organisations to take note.
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EziTracker now used by 25,000 MITIE staff

MITIE-cleaner.jpgMITIE now has more than 25,000 of its staff using the EziTracker remote worker management service across the UK and Ireland. MITIE was one of the earliest adopters of the service in the facilities sector, first using it in 2005.

Within 18 months EziTracker was being used by 8,000 employees across MITIE's cleaning business and uptake has steadily increased to the point where it is now considered a vital component in the contractor's vast reporting programme.
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New report shows how healthy workplaces are managing stress

One-quarter of workers in Europe report feeling stressed at work all or most of the time - and a similar proportion say that work affects their health negatively. Psychosocial risks; for example, monotonous tasks, high work intensity, tight deadlines, work-life imbalance, violence and harassment from the public or from colleagues, contribute to work-related stress.

A new report, published as part of a Europe-wide campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and gives examples on the way forward at political as well as company level -all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies.
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Nanopool GmbH considerably expands presence in Asia

* Nanopool-PK_SriLanka.jpgAitken Spence launches special technology from the German Saar region in Sri Lanka. A strategic partnership with one of Sri Lanka's largest trade and energy concerns, EcoCorp Asia, and Aitken Spence, has enabled Nanopool GmbH to massively expand its presence in Asia. This means that the German manufacturer's surface protection products will be used on a grand scale in diverse living and work sectors in Sri Lanka.
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Recent UK News

British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference hailed a great success

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Cleaning industry professionals from across the UK gathered in London last Thursday for the British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference.
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Harrison Wipes scoops 'Business of the Year' and 'A Decade of Success' awards

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Harrison Wipes tells us it is the proud winner of the prestigious 'Business of the Year' and inaugural 'A Decade of Success' in the 10th annual Havering Business Awards.
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Office Care scores again at Derby's iPro Stadium

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Office Care, tells us it is delighted to have won the contract for Derby County's iPro Stadium as the firm celebrates 25 years in business.
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New 2015 Living Wage rates announced

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On Monday, the UK Living Wage rate was set at £7.85 per hour, an increase of 2.6% on the 2013 rate and 21% higher than the National Minimum Wage of £6.50 per hour; improving the take home pay of 35,000 low-paid workers across the country who are employed by over 1,000 Living Wage accredited organisations - many of them in the cleaning industry.
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SpaceVac wins 'pole' position

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SpaceVac Technologies, the global high level and gutter pole cleaning equipment specialist, has reached 'pole' position - voted best brand in independent comparison tests.
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Just how much do you know about cleaning with bleach?

Rafael Cobos AMIMarEST, of FutureClean Systems, writes...

Recent work with a number of different (and unconnected) clients has revealed problems caused by a similar source - Bleach; Sodium Hypochlorite to be more exact. In one example, bleach was used to disinfect a large tank of water, initially through super chlorination and then to maintain clean water. Another example, which is more worrying, is the use of bleach for routine janitorial cleaning.

These are just a couple of many examples we've seen, particularly in cleaning applications which is also a recurring theme amongst smaller cleaning operations.

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FM company MAR Services launches website to showcase range of services

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Ahead of the company’s 30th birthday next year, Facilities Management company MAR Services has undergone a marketing overhaul, with the launch of six new websites showcasing all its services, a blog and a reinvented social media presence. 
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2014 Loo of the Year Awards success

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Interest in the Loo of the Year Awards continues to grow as entrants recognise the value of gaining prestige and recognition of their brand - and importantly their employee's efforts, as a result of achieving awards.
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Duplex begins new innings at Lord's cricket ground

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Barry Wilmot and Duplex advocate, Lyn Webster (LW Consultancy) recently visited Lord's Cricket Ground to demonstrate machines from the Duplex range.

This led Sarah Brett - Purchasing Manager for MCC, owner of Lord's, to choose the Duplex 340/Steam and 620/Steam as its preferred floor cleaning machines.
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Events & Exhibitions

Clean India Show
27-29th November 2014
Ahmedabad
India

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

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Portable Sanitation Expo
25-26th February 2015
Coventry
UK

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ISSA/Interclean Latin America
25-27th February 2015
Mexico City
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The Cleaning Show
10-12th March 2015
Excel
London

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Cleaning Expo
24-26th March 2015
NEC
Birmingham, UK

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ISSA/Interclean CEE
22-24th April 2015
Warsaw
Poland

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GZ Toilet Expo 2015
9-11th May 2015
International Portable Toilets & Public Health Facilities
Guangzhou,
China

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Pulire
19-21st May 2015
Verona, Italy
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Tissue World 2015
20-22nd May 2015
Sao Paulo
Brazil

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CleantexPulire 2015
28-30th July 2015
10th edition of this show.
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Higiexpo 2015 Brazil
4-6th August 2015
Sao Paulo
Brazil

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