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Road rage? How about exhibition rage?

... to visit as many stands as possible and couldn't see everyone I wished to, even if the show lasted for a whole week, I find it incredibly frustrating to be stopped in my tracks simply because I can't get past people who seem to have all the time in the world. Road rage? How about exhibition rage? Another thing I absolutely love about the show's ...

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... suppose it would seem that way when you consider we've been producing Cleanzine week in, week out, for almost 10 years, with 'dailies' broadcast from some of the exhibitions. This is our 485th issue! Although when we started we were aiming at UK readers, we now have more than 80,000 readers in 148 countries throughout the world. Although 40,000...

EU prepares to re-open REACH 'can of worms'

The European Commission is preparing to review the controversial REACH regulations, which for the first time required chemicals manufacturers to justify that their products were safe in use.[TRIMTO] From the moment it was tabled until its eventual adoption, the REACH regulations gave rise to one of the most epic lobbying battles in the EU's his...

Pulire Verona 2011 - continued

...endly message across by using a team of young ladies dressed as if they'd been spirited in from the forest... If you run out of space on the walls, use the floor...! Well that's what Berica Hygiene thought and it certainly attracted our attention! Although when we met, the company was just supplying to Italy, the team told us that immediate...

I've still not quite got my head around this system but it's come from some really clever ideas, based on the fact that cleaning companies suffer from high staff turnover, which means that the operatives don't always know exactly what they're supposed to

...utshell, the product uses a system of filters and reverse osmosis to provide de-ionised, pure water for cleaning. Such water leaves surfaces really clean and with a neutral charge, which does not attract dirt and thus leaves the cleaned surface, cleaner for longer. ...

"The technology is very practical and uses icon based instructions. This makes it possible to vary shot sizes for any of the different cleaning methods including spray cleaning, bucket cleaning or scrubber driers, but it requires minimal user training or

...concentrate lasts longer, packaging, transport and storage requirements are reduced too. All daily formulations are EU-Flower certified too." We liked the way everything is colour coded and that the handles are designed to make the bottles easy to hold. Another product that offers controlled dosing, but which is shortlisted in the chemicals cate...

Bunzl completes further acquisitions in Spain, the UK and Australia

...well as to aged care facilities and education establishments in New South Wales, Australia. Revenue for the year ending 30th June 2011 is forecast to be A$21 million and the gross assets acquired are estimated to be A$6 million. "We are delighted to have acquired these three businesses which are all well established with excellent customer bases...

Jangro expands membership at Border

...ays maintained competitive prices says: "Joining Jangro means we can further improve on many prices for our customers, increase our product range, add some premium Jangro products and the popular Enviro range. "Jangro also provides COSH sheets, training and DVDs. This move relieves me of time-consuming purchasing, so that I can focus on customer...

AFIDAMP releases cleaning industry update - and it's good news!

...e upswing. It recorded total sales of €1,470 million, of which 49% is allocated to export, +8% for the machines segment, +4% for tools, -3% for chemical products and fibres and -4% textile supplies. On the whole, the industry reported revenue of € 1,469,147,677 in 2010 and marked the start of a slight but significant upswing, which doe...

The tube is lightweight and highly portable and provides water on demand, on site. There were many things we liked about it, but one of the things that really impressed us was the way it dealt with the different water pressures one has to cope with, so th

... which itself has proved incredibly popular; our second shows the latest adaptation (and the one up for an award) which has the same sized filters and offers the same performance, yet weighs less than half as much as its older brother. There's so much to tell you about this machine that we'll be covering it in more depth in a future issue of Clean...

"The speed of the abrasives is studied in order to make the machine stable, which in turn makes the grinding and polishing operations easy.

"The unit is supplied with a splashguard and connection for a vacuum cleaner - and - thanks to its accessories, you can transform it from floor cleaning machine to a small hand-held unit that can be used on worktops." The hand-held part looked pretty big to us and we wondered how heavy it was. "It's just 16 Kilos, said Roberto, brandishing it to ...

Vectair Omniscent chosen for its impressive innovations at the upcoming AHCP National Conference!

...dustry that will be showcased in the 'innovation zone' at the upcoming AHCP National Conference, Telford, from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th June, 2011. Vectair's unique Omniscent dispenser, which provides large space fragrancing, impressed the AHCP committee members and will now be a big feature of the show. The fully programmable system pro...

UNI Property Services breaking through in cleaning & security

...guards around the world. At a recent meeting, leaders of UNI Property Services, the global union for cleaners, maintenance and private security workers, passed a strategic plan to organise workers and raise standards in cleaning and security - two industries that employ some of the world's most vulnerable workers in terms of pay and working hour...

New Bio (bucketless) microfibre cleaning tool

The 'Bucketless' style mopping system has been around on the market for few years now in the UK and is offered in a variety of styles by a number of manufacturers. However, Ramon and TTS who were amongst the first to launch this style of product into the UK have continued to see great success with their range of the 'Bio' Cleaning Tools. The TT...

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...rnment reinstating weekly bin collections but I reckon that this will be a mistake - well certainly for those councils that provide secure wheelie bins, as opposed to plastic refuse sacks that are so easily ripped open by animals. Over the two years or so that my non-food waste has been collected fortnightly, I have managed perfectly well - alth...

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...looked after properly, can it, if it had been left in a place that would allow others to mistake it for rubbish? No doubt the thought has occurred to the local police, that these may not actually have been proper cleaners at all, but fraudsters put in place with the express purpose of stealing the artwork. Either way, I hope there’s a happ...

Sealed Air to acquire Diversey for $4.3 Billion

...r common stock valued at $25.68 per share based on Sealed Air's closing stock price on May 31, 2011 for a total equity consideration of $2.9 billion. Diversey is a privately-owned company, controlled by members of the Johnson family and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Upon closing of the transaction, Diversey shareholders are expected to o...

Perception is not reality, but Enhance 'SCOR's in London

...floors of new Lime Street offices in the City of London. Keeping the premises in pristine condition for 130 staff is not easy because every little mark or spill shows much more than in older buildings. The company approached six specialist office cleaning contractors. Karen Bradburn, who is responsible for the building's FM says: "Three contract...

Premium provider White Star Laundry equips with Girbau

Looking for state-of-the-art equipment for the new White Star Laundry in York, the experienced founders chose a full range of laundry machines from Girbau UK including two 6-Series high speed washers, two Pro Series II dryers and a Girbau PS-5132 dryer ironer. "We saw a gap in the market for a premium commercial laundry and established White St...

Access to plastics recycling more widespread than previously believed

... access to plastics recycling in their communities," says Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. "The next step is to increase awareness, so that more people take advantage of this opportunity to do something good for our environment and for the businesses that depend on this valuable material." Recyclers, ...

'Magic' trolley systems

...ssional cleaning and linen trolleys with endless solutions thanks to their modular system. Suitable for various professionals, whether it be healthcare, janitorial, cleaning contractor, hotel or maintenance sectors, the 'Magic' Trolley Systems allow users to design a bespoke trolley to suit their precise individual requirements. The trolleys, ma...

Cleaners paid too little, say Britons

...o increase the wages of low-paid workers such as cleaners. The report, produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research, concludes that government, business and trade unions should collude to make pay fairer for low-paid workers and reveals strong public opposition for the growing gap in pay between the top and bottom rungs within organisati...

Three men taken ill after cleaning toilets

... cleaner in a toilet block when one of them began to feel unwell. He was being treated at the scene for respiratory problems when his colleague also appeared to be overcome by the fumes. All three were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as a precaution. The chemical cleaner was moved outside and the toilet block was aired out. ...

Waste Management opens first public compressed natural gas fueling station in Camden

...while providing our customers with outstanding service," explained John Morris, area vice president for Waste Management of New Jersey, at the opening. "Natural gas powered vehicles run cleaner and quieter, improving air quality and reducing noise pollution. Our 45 new CNG trucks will reduce emissions equivalent to taking 3,500 gasoline-powered veh...

Inadequate cleaning causes unnecessary deaths in hospitals and care facilities

...e can spread infections in hospitals. Infection control by cleaning effectively should be at the forefront of every healthcare facility, but with viruses like MRSA and C. difficile causing unnecessary deaths throughout the world it is time that the failure in sanitising and disinfecting needs to be addressed. Is it case of 'out of sight, out ...

Sebo a red carpet contender, says top manufacturer

...re bonded carpet and carpet tiles, recommends that Sebo vacuum cleaners are used to get the best performance and life expectancy from its carpets. Abby Chandler, Marketing Manager at Heckmondwike FB, explains: "To maximise Supacord's aesthetic appeal, performance and life expectancy, it is important to vacuum every day with a twin-motored uprigh...

Cleanliness of premises 'is top priority'

...t in the online poll conducted by the blog site. Some 69% of those taking part in the poll voted for cleanliness of premises, with 15% voting for saving time and money. Other key areas voted for were a commitment to the environment and more information about hygiene standards, which polled 8% each. The blog site, run by Jigsaw Cleaning System...

Tennant Company and its Orbio Technologies Group acquires Water Star

...ions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. "Tennant and Orbio are thrilled to join forces with Water Star," commented Karla Leis, General Manager for Orbio, based in Minnesota. "Water Star principals Marilyn and Andy Niksa bring the proprietary knowledge and specialised expertise in the area of electrochemical systems that we belie...

Testing green cleaning products for performance - IEHA/TURI programme continues expansion

...ernational Executive Housekeepers Association has announced the continuing expansion of the High Performance Cleaning Product testing programme in conjunction with UMass Lowell's Toxics Use Reduction Institute Lab. In 2010, IEHA/TURI embarked upon a fee-based programme for testing soil removal efficacy of hard-surface green cleaning products, an...

Soluclean gets a thumbs up from James Paget University Hospital

... and staff When I was introduced to the Soluclean range I was very impressed with the simplicity for the user and the level of care that had gone into testing against all pathogens. I have been trialing the Soluclean range for a few weeks now and the feedback from my staff is very positive with respects to the ease of use and pleasant smell. The...

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...onals in 132 countries worldwide! In my leader last week I argued that we must continue with fortnightly (rather than revert to weekly) bin collections in the UK as I believe that unless we do something to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, there won't be anywhere to put it! John argued (privately) that even with only three o...

HSS Outsource: time/money-saving solution for cleaning and FM contractors

...caused by equipment problems. It also found that 30% of facilities managers worry about prosecution for equipment non-compliance. HSS Hire's Sales & Marketing Director, Fiona Perrin said: "We listened carefully to what cleaning service providers and FM companies needed in order to compete more effectively and we created our HSS Outsource ser...

Businesses overlooking financial cost of workplace injury and illness

...health. "Rather than a burden on business, good, proportionate health & safety is being used by forward-thinking CEOs and managing directors as a driver for growth", says the Institution. IOSH unearthed examples of employers saving £ millions through the introduction of occupational safety & health programmes. Now, the chartered bo...

Mega I: RCM's new walk-behind scrubber-drier

...t afraid of shocks and can be used to wire the machine during transport... Aquasaver Detersaver and for optimal management of cleaning solution... controls on a folding dashboard that facilitates maintenance... Tank capacity is 60 litres of clean solution and 67 of recovered solution. The batteries are 24 V / 118 Ah. There are two models: MEGA I...

IEHA Seattle Educational Forum sells out

...ion) in cooperation with Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc. has announced that the IEHA Educational Forum being held in Seattle WA today Thursday June 16 starting at 8:00 AM PST (16.00 hours British Summer Time / 15.00 hours Greenwich Mean Time) has sold out and will be video streamed live free of charge via the Cleaning Consultant Services website...

EU to start taxing road freight to contain pollution

...e been given final approval to start applying the 'polluter-pays' principle when setting road tolls for heavy goods vehicles. But the freight sector is complaining of an additional burden as countries are not obliged to reinvest the tax revenues in greening road transport. Last week the European Parliament endorsed a compromise deal on the revis...

MITIE wins integrated FM contract in Norway

...n addition MITIE will also lease space within the building to operate a commercial catering service for the buildings tenants, which will include a restaurant, coffee bar, hospitality for the training centre and catering for special events. The NMK is a world-leading marine training centre and will be occupied by blue chip tenants including Roll...

Glass Clean System

...roducts to their successful cleaning and hygiene range to provide quick and easy cleaning solutions for glass, stainless steel, ceramic tiles and mirrors. The new Glass Clean Frames and Microfibre Mini Mops offer simple and professional cleaning in just one single movement. Designed for use in any area where polished or gloss surfaces require routi...

IPC Media chooses Principle Cleaning

...us contracts to its growing portfolio of media companies and has recently won a three year contract for daily office cleaning for IPC Media's landmark building, Blue Fin Building. IPC Media produces over 60 iconic media brands, most of which are based at Blue Fin Building. Eight tenant companies are also housed there. Blue Fin Building is an ...

What exactly engages employees?

...ent. It acknowledges that employee engagement is an important driver of sustainable organisation performance, but goes further by exploring 'what' employees engage with and 'where' in the organisation their focus of engagement is located, or, what is their 'locus of engagement.' Locus of engagement: Understanding what employees connect with at w...

Tackling 'cowboy' suppliers: a day in the life of CHSA's auditor

... Scheme. Gordon's role is two-fold. Firstly it is to monitor member companies' products, testing for and then quickly remedying any irregularities. Each member company is checked regularly and in this way, customers can be certain that by buying from a company with the stamp of the Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Schemes they are getting wh...

Rubbermaid's new Hygen clean water system turns dirty water into clean

...tes cleaner water, cleaner mops and cleaner floors. "Our new Hygen Clean Water System is perfect for use in offices and institutional buildings, hotels, restaurants and catering outlets, retail premises, healthcare sites and many other locations with daily cleaning regimes," said Sophie Mathey-Debeaumont, Product Manager Cleaning, EMEA, Rubberma...

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...his event and others like it are, effectively, fun social occasions, the opportunities they provide for that all-important networking, are invaluable. One of the many people I spoke with at the event was Mike Bone, who heads up the British Toilet Association and Loo of the Year Awards. Mike told me that he's looking for some more sponsors for th...

Acumen proves key in Newcastle-under-Lyme winning waste management award

...partnership with Acumen Distribution. In July 2009, plastic bottles and cardboard were added to the fortnightly recycling collection and in March 2010, weekly food waste collections were launched along with the extension of the fortnightly garden waste service to all homes with a garden. "I'm delighted and very proud that Newcastle-under-Lyme Bo...

Vectair launches 'Green Tea' aircare fragrance

... environment. This, as well as the company's other popular, established ranges, is available now for use with the Vectair range of aerosol / non-aerosol fragrance dispensers and systems. These include hand held aerosols, the V-Air non-aerosol continuous odour control system, Airoma and Micro Airoma automatic fragrance dispensers, the Omniscent l...

Tennant UK Cleaning Solutions celebrates opening of new Head Office

...nsulation in all offices, numerous clear roof panels in the warehouse to completely remove the need for additional lighting during daylight hours, heat pump heating/cooling and heat reflecting tinted windows. "The opening of this modern building marks a new era for Tennant UK," says Malcolm Lawrence, Projects Manager for Tennant UK says. "Over t...

Special Offer! Need to find those high value cleaning and security contracts?

...d a company spokesman. Working from a database of prospective clients, the firm will identify key information such as: * value of contract * name of incumbent * contract expiry date * re-tender date * decision making process * name/s of key decision maker * incumbent satisfaction rating So if you're looking for contracts worth anywhere from &...

Higiexpo 2011, Brazil, opens in just a few weeks

The Brazilian Association for the Institutional Cleaning Market (Abralimp) promotes Higiexpo - the exhibition covering Hygiene, Cleaning and Environmental Preservation Products and Services and also Higicon - the International Congress of the Professional Cleaning Market. The events are taking place from 3rd to 5th of August, in the Yellow Pavili...

PPE assessment: improving your bottom line

An assessment of personal protective equipment can identify opportunities for improvements that can positively impact the bottom line of many businesses. "A plant walk-through to gain input from the workers can provide insight into the various processes involved and whether the PPE used is providing the protection and performance required,...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners

...ng with some (little) pomp but lots of circumstance. Tickets are £98.50 each or £900 for a table of 10. Anyone wishing to join our evening should contact me on: maureenmarden@btconnect.com or call me on 07785 700523 Best regards Maureen Marden Junior Warden, The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners ...

CSSA AGM & Annual Luncheon: informative and fun

...ervices Association attended their AGM and annual lunch in London at the Savoy Hotel last Thursday, formally electing Doug Cooke of Principle Cleaning as Chairman of the UK cleaning industry's leading trade association. Peter Goodliffe of OCS Group was elected vice-Chairman and Michael Rutherford of Victoria General Cleaning Services was elected Ho...

Living wages for London cleaners (or the Olympic city will be a filthy city)

... employers of in-house cleaning staff think they can attract quality, reliable, conscientious staff for insulting rates?" asks Sandy. "London will soon welcome the world to the Olympics. Our great City will be a showpiece and PR tool for the UK and offices, stadia, airports, transport, public places and the streets must be spotless. This is the ...

Vernacare's 'Austerity Partnership' rewards loyal customers

...support the national economy and British jobs. The Austerity Partnership rewards loyal customers for their valued business and long term commitment to Vernacare - helping NHS Trusts to meet ambitious cost reduction targets. Through securing a purchasing commitment, Vernacare can pass on generous year-on-year cost reductions and rebates to the NH...

New pressure washers from Idrobase are going down a storm

...ar were the Monster 800bar - a professional unit that offers up to 800 bar and an extremely high performance, which is particularly suitable for the industrial market; Libera - a top-quality, professional cold water pressure designed for the industrial sector; Double Life, the nebuliser for detergent, with its plastic-coated 24-litre tank that isol...

'Give Soap a Chance' campaign reaches South Africa

...ch encourages people to wash their hands properly, has attracted widespread attention with requests for support stretching as far afield as Canada and India. Now campaign DVDs, posters and leaflets are to be distributed through 'Makoya', a bi-weekly magazine that seeks to engage young people across the major South African towns of the far northe...

Bio trunking makes a meal out of food factory bugs

...icrobial cable management system that is effective against E-Coli and Salmonella a perfect solution for assisting in ensuring the ultimate level of cleanliness is maintained at all times. Bio Trunking Solutions, from British manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex, utilises silver ion technology incorporated into the PVC-U trunking product to tackle E-Col...

Annual recruitment survey finds return of war for talent and huge skills gaps in UK

...quarters (73%) of organisations have highlighted an increase in the number of unsuitable candidates for job vacancies, fuelled by the sheer weight of application numbers due to high levels of unemployment. However, more than half of employers (52%) believe that competition for talent is even greater, compared to 41% and 20% in 2010 and 2009 respect...

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... I am paying stupid high fuel bills and car tax bills because my car's old and don't have the money for a fuel efficient one. Scottish Power just sent me a letter telling me they want to charge me more. I'm sick of it. I don't care if I strike forever because my life would be better on the dole." I agree with this civil servant that times are ha...

RCM gears up to look after cleaning needs of Yamaha Motor Racing, Milan

After renewing its agreement with Yamaha Motor Racing for 2011, RCM has announced that it is to supply machines and services for the care of Yamaha's Superbike Department. One of the new issues faced by the team was the cleaning of the resin floors in the workshop on which large Yamaha trucks inevitably leave tyre tracks. It's a common problem...

BCC announces keynote environmental speaker at Conference 2011

...Place in London's Kings Cross, where up to 400 high-level delegates and 10 official exhibitors will form the audience at the award-winning conference hall and exhibition centre. "We are very pleased to have secured such credible representation from the green movement," sayas Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council. "Nottingham...

LCC adds £1m a month

...onal cleaning & support service contractor has been growing at the phenomenal rate of £1m for each of the last seven months. Increased business over the last seven months is £7.5m and growing. The new contracts are largely national programmes with fees from £1/2m to £2.9m and number of sites ranging from nine, for The...

Beaver Floorcare makes sure Wolverhampton Civic Hall doesn't slip up!

...kplaces across Great Britain every year. Ensuring floor surfaces meet health & safety standards for slip resistance can be a big concern for both private and public businesses. Until recently the wooden floors at Wolverhampton Civic Hall had been maintained with a regular scrub and dry, followed by an application of wax. Floors such as this ...

Ecolab adopts automated hand hygiene monitoring technology for healthcare customers

...e nGage RFID (radio frequency identification) system to automate hand hygiene compliance monitoring for healthcare customers. The agreement with Proventix provides Ecolab customers with new options for their hand hygiene compliance monitoring initiatives. Through imbedding advanced RFID technology into tags worn with existing healthcare identificat...

WWF and Kimberly-Clark announce new global commitment to responsible forestry

...-Clark and World Wildlife Fund announced the expansion of Kimberly-Clark's membership in the Global Forest & Trade Network, a WWF initiative to eliminate illegal logging and conserve the world's most valuable and threatened forests. Kimberly-Clark will now include its worldwide operations in the initiative, building on its existing GFTN members...

DSA saves £millions on facilities management

...llion over its lifetime, has been signed as part of a collaborative procurement process by the DSA, for agencies across the Department for Transport (DfT) including DSA and the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA). Interserve will provide services across the DSA estate, which covers 439 properties across Great Britain, including DSA's h...

'Mission Green Clean'

...n Bath, has released details of its new expanded range of green cleaning products that are suitable for environmentally conscious cleaning and facilities management companies. Dubbed 'Mission Green Clean', this range of probiotic based cleaning products has been developed for all areas of daily office and industrial cleaning. "Less is more," exp...

Growth at The Facilities Show highlights industry optimism

...ty within the facilities management industry. This valuable industry event provides a launch pad for a huge variety of innovative and pioneering products and services showcased by a multitude of industry leading exhibitors. Organised by UBM Live, it saw visitors from numerous FM sectors with the opportunity to explore the very latest in faciliti...

Germgard Lighting demonstrates two-second, bare and gloved hand sterilisation

...ed, tested, and confirmed by independent testing that a small UVC dispenser - specifically designed for sterilising bare or gloved hands safely and quickly - achieves -6log10 inactivation of all relevant pathogens, including tough-to-kill Clostridium difficile spores. It has developed a simple, proprietary means to protect bare skin from UVC exposu...

AeroGlass liquid glass technology helps prevent the spread of infection

...duce the bacterial loading present on surfaces within the aircraft and this technology is available for use in other situations too. The system is based on SiO2 - a cutting-edge Nano Technology material better known as Silicon Dioxide, which is in-fact, Liquid Quartz Glass. When applied to any surface it creates a surface barrier, said to be 500...

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...cude people's toilet tissue consumption. According to the New York Post, the city is so strapped for cash that it's rationing toilet paper in some of its women's washrooms - but not by controlled usage dispensers or anything highly technical. Instead, dispensers have been left empty and washroom attendants are handing out a few sheets of tissue ...

New technology kills bacteria that cause hospital infections

...acquiring an infection. Study results are to be submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval. Initial study results were presented at the World Health Organization's 1st International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland, last Friday. The study, funded by the US Departm...

BICSc Education Conference helps set new environmental and training standards

...during the British Institute of Cleaning Science's highly successful inaugural education conference for the cleaning and FM industry. The conference, entitled 'Green and keen cleaning workforces - setting new environmental and training standards in the cleaning industry', examined key themes of sustainable workforces, training and the environmen...

Cleaning firms urged to prepare for new agency worker regulations

... Solutions, is urging cleaning businesses that use temporary staff to ensure they are well prepared for new legislation, which will give temporary workers the same pay and rights as permanent employees. The Agency Workers Regulation, which becomes law from October this year, is set to have profound implications for temporary agency workers, empl...

Idrobase Group closes first half of the year 26% up

...al basis) announced by Bruno Ferrarese Gazzignato and the eight million Euros turnover hypothesized for 2011. The Group has experienced a constant ascent throughout its 25 year existence, interrupted only by the global crisis of 2009, which Bruno says didn't damage the company as much as it damaged other manufacturers in the industrial cleaning ...

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Ecolab recognised with IFT Food Expo Innovation Award

Ecolab has received a 2011 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award for Exelerate ZTF, which is thought to be the industry's first and only cleaning programme designed to address zero trans fat oil build-up in food processing environments. Presented to Ecolab by the Institute of Food Technologists at its Annual Meeting & Food Expo, the award recognises ...

Fimap receives from QCB Italy, 'Top Peformance 2010' quality award

The Italian Quality Certification Bureau has bestowed the quality award 'Top Performance 2010' on Fimap. This award, founded in 2005, is assigned each year to the organisation which, having been certified for at least three years, has demonstrated at each review, consistent quality performance at a level that meets the judges' strict criteria....

Wallgate develops new sanitaryware control package

Wallgate, which has offered washroom solutions and water management systems for over 30 years, has announced the launch of its new Sanitaryware flushing control packages. This new electronic flushing system is aimed at assisting clients and reducing installation costs and consists of WC, cistern, flush valve, electronic controls and associ...

Coventry 'cleaning show' takes place next Thursday

One for UK cleaning professionals... Coventry-based Astley's is holding a cleaning show next Thursday 14th July and is promising to show you significant savings on the products you use every day, through innovation, rationalisation and the selection of the right product for the job. The team is also offering to help solve your cleaning problems...

Brightwell rises to the challenge

For the past two years, raw materials and energy have been subject to ongoing cost increases, which ultimately has led to higher prices. With the global economy remaining unstable, global dispensing solutions provider Brightwell has looked into alternative ways to keep its costs under control. One of the key areas reviewed in order to offe...

Cleaning team celebrates after gaining nationally recognised awards

...ebrating after gaining nationally recognised industry standard awards. The operatives, who all work for commercial and industrial contract cleaning company Servicemaster, carry out cleaning duties at the Nom Dairy at Donnington in Telford and have each achieved Level 2 NVQ Awards. Servicemaster managing director David Edwards says: " Nom Dairy i...

Toilet Innovation Awards open for entries

The 2011 British Toilet Association Innovation Awards, which are now open for entries, will recognise innovation in three key areas of 'away from home' toilet provision: new products, new services and efficiency improvements. The BTA wants to hear about innovation that really improves the use or provision of publicly accessible toilets. Anyone ...

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... of British roads and speed limits but I do know that those of us who've lived and driven in the UK for many years despair at how much more difficult it is to get from A to B than it used to be, what with heavy traffic throughout much of the day and extensive roadworks leading to the inevitable, soul destroying traffic jams. I try and drive when...

World Workplace Conference & Expo showcases latest trends and innovations

... Convention Centre. Long recognised as the world's premier educational and networking conference for facilities managers and those in related fields, World Workplace brings industry leaders from the world's top business and government organisations together with educators and exhibitors to focus on the future of the work environment. Now in its ...

ICMMA launches new code of practice

The Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association (the trade association for UK cleaning machine manufacturing and importing members) has announced the launch of its revised Code of Practice for the Training of Operators and the Safe Operation of Ride-on and Pedestrian Operated Cleaning Equipment. This key document sets out good practic...

Just under four months until Clean India show opens

The Clean India Pulire show, a major platform for those wishing to make inroads into the largest growing Asian market, is a little under four months away. It opens its doors at Mumbai's Bombay Exhibition Centre on November 12 and runs for three days. The event has attracted a lot of interest both from Indian and international cleaning comp...

Joint Venture secures council services and jobs

Facilities Management provider Norse Commercial Services has formed a 10-year partnership with Devon County Council that is being hailed as a "winning combination" for cleaning and catering at the county's schools and civic buildings. Under the arrangement, staff currently employed by Devon Cleaning & Catering Services (DCCS) will tran...

Great golf, hospitality and fellowship characterise ISSA Europe Golf Day

...t was Eddie Samways, playing as a guest of Greyland, who emerged as the overall winner of the Stapleford competition with 37 points. Richard Dyson of Greyland won the 'Nearest The Pin' challenge. Keith Baker, ISSA's Director of European Services said: "I would like to thank everyone who took part; it was an incredibly enjoyable day with great co...

IEHA releases the Master's Programme

... International Executive Housekeepers Association recently met and approved the programme framework for two new IEHA educational designations, Master Certified Executive Housekeeper (Master CEH) and Master Registered Executive Housekeeper (Master REH). These credentials are designed to raise awareness of the knowledge, professionalism and skill lev...

BICSc training now available from Jangro

...etless mopping and profit from recycling. 3M demonstrated chemical free stripping and protection for hard floors and NICE, the event facilitator, organised two sessions - iTC Accredited Training and BICSc Accredited Training. Des Fulcher, Chairman of BICSc East Anglia branch and Managing Director of NICE says: "This pilot programme was very s...

Silver use grows with infection control products

...sistance to silver, and its long history of use as an antimicrobial are all highly positive factors for predicting increased growth in the use of products containing silver for healthcare, explained Michael DiRienzo, Executive Director of the Silver Institute. He said that silver's use in hygiene and medicine is expected to reach over six million o...

Ireland losing almost 1,000 jobs a week and services industry hardest hit

...g these cost-competitiveness issues must become the Government's top priority. "Ireland cannot afford to keep losing an average of 957 jobs a week in 2011. It is now time for us to get real and accept the new world order, in which we have become an uncompetitive, high cost, small open economy trading in very turbulent international waters. What ...

Hovis bakery uses its loaf and sees it kneads Vikan mopping systems

...tion in house, Chris wanted to establish the floor areas and other applications which were suitable for ultra microfibre cleaning as well as potential time and cost savings. Having previously used and been very satisfied with the Vikan product range, he was keen to trial the Vikan ErgoClean system Following a site survey and closely monitored tr...

GMB union signs National Framework Agreement with Sodexo

...SON. Sodexo's 43,000 staff between them cover some 2,300 locations in the UK, providing services for clients in the education, healthcare, justice, defence, leisure and corporate services sectors. The agreement defines the nature of the strategic relationship between Sodexo and the three unions and identifies guiding principles for managers, ...

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...s of distributor open days organised by Karcher - not to the German head office but to Banbury in Oxfordshire, where the training and display centre, The Academy, opened a couple of years back, is based. There were several new products and prototypes on show and at one point during our guided tour I exclaimed: "Why hasn't anyone thought of that ...

MITIE to inspire British start-ups to success

...s support and commitment to back British start-ups as part of its response to the Government's call for an 'enterprise-led' recovery. StartUp Britain will help budding entrepreneurs around the country by providing access to a range of resources including marketing support, mentorships and direct engagement with successful entrepreneurs. MITIE ha...

Commercial Janitorial continues to grow by providing green cleaning services

...t home, the importance of indoor air quality being kept as high as possible is understood. In fact, for business owners green cleaning choices in office cleaning can even affect the company's financial bottom-line because employee sick time and lower productivity all have some basis in poor indoor environmental quality. For school administrators...

Choosing the right high rise cleaning contractor: A guide

Sydney, Australia-based company Prorax offers the following tips on choosing a contractor for high rise exterior building cleans. High rise towers and buildings over our cities establish the progress of our civilisation, making us feel proud of our improved level of intelligence quotient. But, maintaining and cleaning skyscrapers can be mo...

Treasury announces plans to find £1.5 billion savings across PFI contracts

...rvices by the contracting authority. The Government is committed to ensuring taxpayers get value for money from PFI contracts and the announcement is part of an ongoing programme of reform to improve the cost effectiveness and transparency of PFI contracts - a procurement method often employed by the last UK government, which uses private sector...

Gates Foundation launches effort to reinvent the toilet

...foundation will support work with local communities to end open defecation and increase access to affordable, long-term sanitation solutions that people will want to use. Improved sanitation can have a significant impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide. Reducing by half the number of people who don't have access to basic sanitation ...

Ecolab and Nalco in merger agreement

...on the announcement, saying: "This merger is a strong and vital step in broadening our business platform and enhancing our global growth opportunities. The key to Ecolab's long record of consistent and above-average growth has been our ability to continually expand the markets we serve, meet the needs of the customers within these markets, and exec...

John and I work across a number of industries and we're often invited along to open days and eagerly attend, expecting to find something new and exciting to discover and report back on. They can involve a long drive and thus lots of valuable time and expe

...s of distributor open days organised by Karcher - not to the German head office but to Banbury in Oxfordshire, where the training and display centre, The Academy, opened a couple of years back, is based. There were several new products and prototypes on show and at one point during our guided tour I exclaimed: "Why hasn't anyone thought of that ...

New cleaner sucks up waste water as it goes and delivers it to where it's needed!

...he waste water from the area being cleaned, leaving the surface much drier and eliminating the need for the inconvenient flushing of the surface after cleaning. The FRV 30 can cut water consumption and therefore your bills, as waste water can be drained off through the 5m suction hose and directed to wherever it is needed. As John said when the ...

CK Group passes the ball with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

But only in a good way! Team building exercises can take many different forms these days, far from the original 'boilerhouse' meetings held in hotel conference rooms. Some of the imported ideas now include group breaks, weekenders, and paintball eventing. CK Group (formerly City & Kent) and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust went ba...

Defra launches consultation on draft national policy statement on hazardous waste

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has issued for consultation a draft National Policy Statement on the provision of major new infrastructure for Hazardous Waste. Treatment of hazardous waste is essential for public health and a clean environment. Only relatively small amounts of hazardous waste are currently sent for recy...

V-Air Zero - Neutralising odours in an environmentally friendly way!

... Hygiene * Fabric and carpet care * Pet care * Incontinent care The V-Air Zero will be available for use inside the environmentally friendly V-Air dispenser and other similar competing dispensers. The dispenser uses an interlocking wick derived of hydrophilic porous material, which aids the quick absorption of the fragrance. Once absorbed, th...

Byotrol signs four year, multi-country, multi-product agreement with Rentokil Initial

... The four year contract covers multiple countries and a range of products. This potentially transformational deal represents a landmark commercial milestone for Byotrol, whose technology will be adopted by the Initial Hygiene division of Rentokil, one of the largest hygiene service providers in the world with a range of clients including Governm...

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...ple picking up these infections and now that we are all so wary of catching them, those responsible for hospital cleaning and hygiene are having to work extra hard to ensure that their facilities are not held responsible for unnecessary illness or death. Another report covered in this week's Cleanzine shows that while the UK contract cleaning ma...

A solution to cross-EU border credit problems?

...ary, in a bid to address the problem, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has unveiled proposals for a new European procedure to complement national measures, which would enable creditors to prevent the transfer or withdrawal of a debtor's assets in any bank account located in the European Union. Under her plan, once creditors are able to dem...

Take up the offer of a free audit

...erned about the quality of their purchase can call the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association for a free audit. This service, also available to distributors, is provided by Gordon Butt, the CHSA's auditor of the Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Schemes.[TRIMTO] The Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Scheme covers soft tissue products...

BTA Conference Wednesday 21st September

... toilets! The British Toilet Association needs your input! The BTA will be returning to The Stratford Hotel at Stratford upon Avon for its annual conference and AGM (members only AGM). The agenda will include topics to stimulate discussion and find solutions to the real issues that the impact of the current economic situation is producing for pu...

Fire at SCA's paper mill in North Wales

...owing day. Crews from Flint, Deeside, Buckley, Holywell, Mold and Chester, the Aerial Ladder Platform from Wrexham, the Incident Command Unit from Rhyl and the Incident Support Unit from Mold were all in attendance attacking the fire affecting the roof of the building, which is constructed of insulated panel and block. "Sprinklers were fitted...

Contract Cleaning Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis

...trength of the public sector which has helped to buoy the market but has failed to compensate fully for the overall decline. Other key drivers of growth and change within the sector include daytime cleaning, the environment and sustainability, legislation, technology/new product development, multi-service provision, construction activity and out...

Industry elite co-host celebration dinner for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

...elighted to be part of a select group of guests at this prestigious event and show our appreciation for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's involvement in our Company and our achievement of a Royal Charter in 2010." The WCEC is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. During this anniversary year, the Company hopes to raise at least an extra £2...

Cleaners REACH for Prochem solutions

A new carpet and floor cleaning machine has been launched by Prochem Europe for use with its popular REACH-accredited S745 Procaps encapsulation spray cleaner. The new PRO 35 is an all-in-one solution to dry and wet-cleaning and comes complete with renovator, brush covers, transport trolley and blue standard brushes with soft carpet and ha...

More than one third of Americans personally affected by HCAIs, reveals survey

...94%) of Americans would prefer seeking care at a hospital that uses the latest technology available for preventing the spread of infection. "As a healthcare professional, I knew the infection statistics and took extra precautions but I was still powerless to prevent my 51-year-old sister from acquiring and dying from an HCAI," said Daphne Morgan...

Kärcher announces September UK Roadshows

...ious UK locations in September. The Kärcher Professional Roadshow will be used as a launch pad for several new products from its pressure washer, vacuum, floorcare, sweeper and industrial ranges of cleaning machines. The company will be inviting new and existing customers to come along and try out these products, which will be showcased in ...

'Grow as You Go' system offers 'Crossover Cleaning'

Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning system, a game changer for the professional cleaning industry, is now pioneering an entirely new 'Grow as You Go' cleaning concept called Crossover Cleaning, which is also expected to be revolutionary. Crossover Cleaning includes Kaivac's new OmniFlex customised cleaning tools. These are inexpe...

Ecolab delivers strong second quarter with sales up 12%

Ecolab has reported a strong second quarter performance led by solid sales gains in its US Cleaning & Sanitising, Asia Pacific and Latin America operations and a strong performance from acquisitions. These combined to more than offset significantly higher delivered product costs and produce a double-digit adjusted earnings per share increase. ...

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...will be the last broadcast issue of Cleanzine until 1st September as John and I are taking time out for some IT housekeeping and back office work. I leave my desk for now with a heavy heart knowing that the world is watching us in England, no doubt as horrified as the majority of us here are, about the rioting that has spread to many parts of the c...

No-Water Urinals: survey reveals misconceptions

...en-question survey touched upon cleaning and maintenance issues and how fast a no-water system pays for itself due to reduced water and sewer charges. According to the replies, 40% believed a no-water unit costs more than a water-using urinal. Another 40% believed the costs "were about the same," and 20% said they were less. Further, 60% believe...

Corporate responsibility in a harsher business landscape

... responsibility. Every organisation has to make ends meet and every business needs to make a profit for its shareholders. Yet somewhere in this list of priorities they must also fulfil their responsibilities to their stakeholders, workforce, customers and the wider community. They must also comply with the law. Every business knows that they mus...

Night-time cleaning to end rubbish nightmare

Over the next three months, a small army of uniformed workers will be spending the nights cleaning the streets of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, as part of an initiative by the ancient city's Municipal Corporation to solve its rubbish collection problems.[TRIMTO] For a long time, reports the Times of India, the solid waste management department h...

Train windows, a breakthrough (not literally!)

For as long as trains have had windows, there have been problems with both getting them clean and keeping them clean. Say to anybody the words 'train windows' and their immediate response is "Dirty." After a lot of development and testing there is now a simple, but effective solution that does not require outside contractors. It is a 'spin off' from the Ship's Bridge Window technology from Kleentec Marine. T: Mark on 01772 512343 E: kleentecrail@gmail.com ...

Brightwell and All Care distribution alliance

... significant, promising alliance. Based in the Netherlands, All Care is now the sole representative for UK manufacturer Brightwell's washroom products across Benelux and Germanic countries.[TRIMTO] For 65 years, Brightwell Dispensers has specialised in developing innovative dosing systems, from soap dispensers in washrooms, to electronic dosing ...

Steam in the snow

...nies with 41 in the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man, always prides itself in 'going the extra mile' for its customers. Last winter when the snow was building into 20' drifts, Jangro Member MacGregor Industrial Supplies of Inverness received a call for a new carpet steam cleaner from the Ptarmigan Restaurant in the Visitor Centre of Cairngorms Mo...

Certified pros protect catering industry as insurers get tough on greasy ductwork

...Despite changes over five years ago to the Fire Safety Order, giving building owners responsibility for ensuring that all possible precautions and actions are taken to protect occupants from the dangers of fire, some restaurateurs have not taken their responsibility seriously in an effort to cut costs. "In these tough economic times it is all to...

Gmatic Superior from Dr Gansow

...re the Gmatic walk-behind scrubber dryers in composite design stainless steel and zinc plated steel for standard requirements and a robust range of Gmatic walk-behind scrubber dryers offering either 40, 60 or 80 litres waste water capacity for heavy duty industrial applications. Features include: * tanks, brush deck and squeegee in polished s...

Airdri - an eyecatching display

...ions manager Trudi Osborne (pictured) and newly appointed research & development director, John Forshaw. Trudi told us that each model in Airdri's current range has been renamed to create the new 'Q' range. The renaming and the introduction of the new hand dryers represent an ongoing programme of activity to mark 40 years of providing innova...

Antibacterial composition means machines are food-safe and ideal for hospital use

... out more, we stopped to watch Paul Earnshaw of Columbus Cleaning Machines - the exclusive UK agent for the Columbus range of vacuum cleaners, scrubber dryers, single disc rotaries, sweepers and spray extraction machines - demonstrate the ease with which he could manoeuvre the new Columbus RA66/BM60 scrubber dryer. When we asked about the colour...

Same team, different branding

...nd the team working up a sweat trying to look after all the customers on the stand and one could be forgiven for thinking that nothing's changed. It has though - since Vernon is now Vice-Chairman of Scot Young Research and he and the team were dealing with enquiries regarding a totally different brand. Quite a few visitors remarked that they'd n...

Prestigious international Red dot award for Vermop Salmon’s Sprint V holder

Gareth Jenkins, managing director for Vermop UK and Ireland, (left) and Bavarian-based Thomas Weber, who has recently been appointed marketing manager, told us about the company’s comprehensive research, development and testing facilities. These are clearly being put to good use, as the Sprint V flat mop holder has just won the internationa...

Keep tabs on your operatives working remotely

... and security staff should really have a cost-effective method of keeping track of their remote workforce. Missed or late visits jeopardise client relationships and clients are more and more often insisting on independent verification of visits. To keep on the right side of clients and gain an edge on competitors, employers of remote workforces ...

Kennedy Hygiene’s cleverly designed paper towel dispenser really can save money

...e market," he said. "Thanks to its patented reserve roll loading system, a new roll can be loaded before the previous one has been fully used, thus making sure no paper is wasted. This reserve feature can save up to 20% of paper consumption (depending on paper specification). "The Pod is the most compact reserve paper hand towel dispenser availa...

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...et cleaning equivalent of the Corgi (now Gas Safe) registration that every gas fitter has to have before carrying out any work – otherwise he or she is breaking the law. Of course with customers generally wanting to buy cheap rather than pay a bit more for a top quality job, Jay had a difficult task ahead of her and the baton for NCCA reco...

Recycling revolution grows in the US

... it has hired a leading environmental advocate to expand PPI's reach in growing the rising movement for producer responsibility for recycling, currently sweeping the US.[TRIMTO] Matt Prindiville joined Product Policy Institute as Associate Director in July to support citizens, public interest organisations and government officials in promoting t...

Heading to the beach this Summer?

...n rest easy knowing that 92% of beaches and 90% of rivers and lakes meet the EU's minimum standards for cleanliness. The findings - from the European Environment Agency's annual bathing water report - are based on regular samples taken from more than 21,000 coastal and inland bathing sites across Europe. While overall fewer sites met the EU's...

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...ls in 132 countries worldwide! I've always been pretty vocal about the need to reward people for recycling, rather than prosecute them for getting it wrong, so it was good to learn this week that the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is taking part in a pilot scheme which does just that. It was more than a year ago that Cleanzine re...

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...eek saw John and I saying we were ashamed that, despite having each worked in the cleaning industry for more than 20 years, this was our first visit to the event. By the third day, this had changed to a sentiment of regret that over these 20 years, we'd allowed ourselves to miss out on something rather special. Pulire is not an Italian show but ...

Kimberly-Clark expands network of global innovation centres

...ct sectors. The Colombia Innovation Centre will be located in Bogota and will provide opportunities for talented employees to collaborate in global-scale product development with their counterparts in North America and Asia. The Korea Global Innovation Centre, announced in July, will be located adjacent to the Innovation Centre of Asia. This exp...

SERV Hampshire blood runners clean up with spill packs

...tech blood spill packs. Set up in 2006, SERV provides a free out of hours transportation service for NHS Hospitals across Hampshire. Its riders and drivers mainly carry emergency blood supplies - hence the name 'blood runners'. But SERV will transport any urgent consignments needed by doctors, hospitals and laboratories for the medical or surgic...

Toucan-Eco beats chemical price increases

...electrochemical activation (ECA) to produce a highly effective, environmentally friendly substitute for many commonly used chemicals. The Toucan fluid is produced on the spot - saving time and money.[TRIMTO] Says the manufacturer's Oliver Weisflog: "Recently a well-known international chemical manufacturer sent a letter to distributors in an att...

BCC's Sustainability Conference 2011: an update

Plans for the British Cleaning Council Conference 2011: 'Social Responsibility', which takes place on 11th October, have been moving on apace during Cleanzine's Summer break, with an important new speaker added to the line-up and the final sponsors having signed on the dotted line. Latest addition to the impressive list of speakers is broadcast...

Passengers offered hygiene packs as airport strike looms

...rport, Australia, were urged last week to collect a free hygiene pack as low-paid cleaners fighting for fair wages prepared for industrial action that could result in dirty food courts, filthy toilets and over-flowing garbage bins.[TRIMTO] Cleaners are currently voting on potential action and passengers could be confronted by an unhygienic termi...

South African cleaning strike over, pay deal signed

...the board, includes the following:[TRIMTO] * The wage increase from 1st December 2011 will be 8% for area A and 8.5% for area C * Second year Consumer Price Inflation (2% both areas) * Full 13th cheque effective from December 2011 * Third year Consumer Price Inflation ( 2% in area A) and (2.5% in area C) * No worker will work fewer than 35 hours...

WFBSC 2012 Congress surging ahead

...of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) has revealed that over 600 delegates have already signed up for their 2012 Congress, due to be held in Curitiba, southern Brazil, from 10-14 October 2012.[TRIMTO] Hosted in partnership with chief sponsors Diversey and Karcher, the Congress will focus on 'Cleaning for Health', as it also combines the Brazil...

Businesses For Sale


News in Brief

...nd the Madejski Stadium, Reading, next Tuesday. Jamie Smith is now President and CEO of California-based Titan Laboratories , which supplies industrial cleaning agents used in the flooring, paving, window cleaning, roofing, adhesive removal and other industries. He replaces member of the founding group Harvey Berger.  It's only two...

Bunzl makes further acquisitions in North America and Europe

...acquired last year, and adds further scale to our business supplying innovative packaging solutions for both growers and food retailers in North America." T: 0207 725 5000 W: www.bunzl.com ...

Ed Selkow: Little People

... people in their companies. The janitorial business is about managing people who clean buildings for other people. I have experienced every single level of involvement from cleaning person (once I was even an ASSISTANT to a cleaning person) to company president and held every position in between, cleaning the smallest buildings to the very large...

Facilities Management market strengthens in 2011

...more than 60% of industry sales, suggests that the FM market has now turned a corner in terms of performance in 2011, with 'total facilities management' services set to underpin market growth followed by an upsurge in demand for single service and 'niche' FM providers. By 2015, the report forecasts market growth of 12% led by a number of key s...

Terminix enters joint venture with SIS in India

In a move that marks the first non-franchise expansion outside North America for the renowned Pest Control expert, Terminix has entered into a joint venture with Security & Intelligence Services (India) to perform pest and termite control services in India. The joint venture will serve both commercial and residential customers.[TRIMTO] "Ter...

Getting your strategy right in the UK Cleaning Equipment & Materials industry

...ng altogether. That's according to a new study assessing the strategic, financial and commercial performance of the top 793 companies in the market. David Pattison, author of the new Plimsoll Analysis explains: "It's undoubtedly tough out there with demand still subdued and costs rising all the time. With too many companies chasing too little ma...

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...d bus fares are set to rise by 7% in 2012... Now the UK's public sector trade unions have called for a 'day of action' for 30th November, which will disrupt public services everywhere. It is likely to be the first of many. Yes - the Government's decision to increase public sector workers' pension contribution payments is going to make life di...

September 8th leader continued

...e good furniture, being thrown into the 'general rubbish' skips, the contents of which are destined for landfill. I wasn't around to see the sailing boat, 8ft polystyrene snowman or coffin which were apparently dropped off at one of the stations recently though. Nor did I see the tortoise that had a lucky escape when it was accidentally tippe...

News in Brief

...The Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (UK) has announced the dates for its forthcoming courses. E: claire.kelly@admin.co.uk Polythene film and bag broker Polythene UK , has launched a free consultancy service designed to help users save money by putting them in touch with the most suitable supplier for their n...

The Antibac pen: a certified superbug killer

Pens that are passed from person to person provide a hotbed for virus transmission such as colds and flu. The new Antibac Pen kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria and viruses making it a 'must have' for the workplace - in fact, anywhere where pens are picked up and used by more than one pair of hands.[TRIMTO] The pen looks like an ordinary biro but...

A day in the business

CK Group recently hosted "a day in the business" for their bank manager, Ed Sylvester from Barclays. The bank is keen that their managers see the "other side" of running a business and "get their hands dirty" for a day, inviting the business proprietor to use them as they will, whether this be serving their customers, doing administration, manual...

Washroom solution saves water, time and money

...nisations often over-look when assessing their environmental impact is the washroom, which accounts for around 65% of water use in many businesses. So what consideration can be made to reduce water usage in the washroom? Whilst there are numerous ways to save water, one consideration should be the choice of soap. Independent research, commi...

Worlds apart! Xperience intensely different 'scentsations' with FOUR new Airoma(r) XTREME fragrances!

...sion, Harmony and Zest to the world's facilities this autumn with the launch of four new fragrances for its new Airoma 'Xtreme' aircare range. Taking inspiration from some of the globe's most glamorous destinations, Airoma Xtreme aerosol refills have the following 'Xclusive' scents within the range: * African Pride - Take pride of your sett...

Prisons competition helping ex-offenders secure employment in cleaning

... Challenge. The event, now in its fourth year, is run by Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for cleaning. It aims to demonstrate the high quality training that takes place in prisons as part of preparing offenders with work skills to help their rehabilitation on release. "This contest has been extremely successful in promoting jobs in cl...

Steam cleaning the easy way

Steam is an ideal resource for cleaning and disinfecting. It acts as a natural surface-active agent, dissolving grease particles and reaching even the most inaccessible areas. Heat allows steam to detach and dissolve dirt, freeing and capturing all grease, germs, bacteria and dust mite particles in its passage, delivering an extraordinarily fast,...

Facilities managers asked their thoughts about green cleaning chemicals

...ow using green cleaning chemicals reported that they tried chemicals from different manufacturers before making their final product selection. "We encourage end-customers to try different products from different manufacturers and [even] different distributors," says Mark Warner, Director of Training for Enviro-Solutions. "This helps ensure th...

Girbau launches complete laundry care

Girbau's comprehensive range of commercial laundry equipment for care and nursing homes, hotels, educational establishments, commercial laundries and launderettes, equestrian and animal care centres is now available as part of a new 'Complete Laundry Care' service designed to make running an on-premise laundry simple, hassle-free and affordable.[...

SMC's success spawns specialist division set-up

...eaning of education buildings, SMC Premier has now opened a specialised cleaning division, catering for all needs to all educational establishments. The company reported a 23% growth on turnover at the end of last year, and this growth has continued throughout 2011. This rapid growth led the firm to increase its staff by 35%, creating 55 new job...

Healthcare expert applauds new cleaning initiative

A leading healthcare cleaning expert has welcomed the recent introduction of the British Standard for Healthcare Cleaning. Brian Boll, systems director at Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, has outlined the importance of the initiative and has indicated that it will provide much needed assurance to the public. The British Standard for Healthcare Clea...

Consultants' fees hit small firms with almost £6 billion in annual compliance costs

Just a month before a raft of legal changes take place, research from the Forum of Private Business shows small firms pay almost £6 billion per year to outside consultants in exchange for support on complying with regulations - more than a third of their £16.8 billion annual red tape bill. With the latest 'common commencement date' ...

Trojan Battery names Accutrade as distributor for Russia

...sence in Russia. As Trojan's authorised master distributor in the region, Accutrade is responsible for distributing and servicing Trojan products throughout the country.[TRIMTO] "The addition of Accutrade to Trojan's extensive network of worldwide distributors strengthens our commitment of providing high-quality products and services throughout...

Rug Doctor raises £2,500 for Canine Partners

For the past four years, Rug Doctor, said to be the world's No.1 in carpet cleaning rental machines, has been supporting the training of dogs for the disabled at Canine Partners through the fundraising efforts of Paul Hansford, who runs the Rug Doctor company snack shop at the company's Head Office in Worthing. "For the past four years we hav...

A significant anniversary: 25 years of cleaning trade fairs in Berlin

...his event is attracting a record attendance on its special anniversary in Berlin, where trade shows for the cleaning industry have been successfully taking place for the past 25 years. This year's CMS 2011 - Cleaning. Management. Services. underlines the importance of this biennial meeting place for the industry and has attracted the largest attend...

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...d bus fares are set to rise by 7% in 2012... Now the UK's public sector trade unions have called for a 'day of action' for 30th November, which will disrupt public services everywhere. It is likely to be the first of many. Yes - the Government's decision to increase public sector workers' pension contribution payments is going to make life di...

News in Brief

...Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification  (UK) has announced the dates for its forthcoming courses. E: claire.kelly@admin.co.uk Polythene film and bag broker  Polythene UK , has launched a free consultancy service designed to help users save money by putting them in touch with the most suitable supplier for the...

Visitors wrecking attempts to keep Indian hospital clean

...ags/materials into the premises but could not sustain it. "We deployed personnel to screen visitors for plastic bags," he said. "The exercise was successful for about two months. Thereafter the situation returned to normality." It is the visitors who attend nature's call in the open and also spit inside and outside the wards that are causing the...

Ecolab introduces new cleaning formulations for food industry CIP

Ecolab has this week introduced Mip, a product line of 10 new cleaning formulations that deliver maximum cleaning efficacy and optimal environmental performance in the Food and Beverage industries. The new range is intended to completely replace Ecolab's current caustic-based clean-in-place cleaners and will be available throughout Europe, the Mid...

PPC's new storm pad Re-vives cathedral floor!

The Preparation Group has added a new accessory to its Storm Diamond Pad system for renovating dull, worn floors. The new 400grit Storm Pad is coarser than the existing pads in the range and is designed to effectively refurbish surfaces by removing the build up of grime. This can then be followed by working up through the finer grit sizes to achi...

Truvox burnisher goes on safari

...t Managing Director Julian Gaze says that the West Midlands Safari Park has been a regular customer for janitorial supplies for years, revealing that its management contacted him when the huge task of rebuilding Spring Grove House, which, among other roles, is the head office of the company running the safari park, was almost complete. The compa...

Panztel brushes off the recession

...tor have been under huge financial strain. Consequently, with the need to reduce overheads and look for efficiency savings, whole areas of operation that were once undertaken in-house have now been contracted out. Local authorities and other organisations in the public sector have been at the forefront of this trend with cleaning, maintenance, s...

UK Contract Cleaning Market - optimism for 2012

...new report on the Contract Cleaning market from MTW Research suggests that the industry is on track for above inflationbgrowth from mid 2012, with specialist cleaning services in particular set to drive market value in the near term. Based on sales data for more than 80% of the industry value, the findings suggest that whilst business confidence...

Gatwick gets Green Apple award

... and communities, Bio-Productions, in partnership with OCS, has won a Green Apple Environment Award for helping to reduce the environmental impacts of cleaning Gatwick, the UK's second largest airport. The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. The awar...

A challenge for charity

...0 miles together through the South of England. The hilly trajectory gave them multiple occasions for team spirit, helping one another both physically and mentally. Between them, they raised over £1,300.00 for Norwood, Cycstic Fibrosis Trust and Downs Syndrome Association, helping to support these worthy charities fund research and awarenes...

UK's C diff deaths down by 31%

...urably to the median of 49% over the period 1999 to 2010. Although there is still plenty of room for improvement, these latest figures prove we are heading in the right direction. Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, agrees. "The drop we have seen in C. difficile infections over the past year is a substantial achievement a...

From rags to riches and Royal praise

...n jobs were very scarce. They bought clothes from charity shops and turned them into wiping cloths for engineering works and garages. The company widened its horizons and today Wray Brothers, is a Member of Jangro, the national network of over 40 janitorial and cleaning supplies companies offering 4,500 products from a 138-page catalogue. "With...

CHSA Educational Scholarships 2011 announced

...try and education. Employees and the families of all CHSA member companies are eligible to apply for a bursary of up to £3750 as a contribution to their higher education costs at a time when financial pressures on students have never been greater. The selection process has now been completed and our congratulations go to Oliver Skipper,...

US automotive aftermarket contributes to a cleaner environment

... developed by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association. The portfolio, online and in printed format, is designed to build awareness of the industry's extensive contributions to a cleaner environment and is part of AAIA's initiative, 'Driving Toward a Cleaner Environment: The Automotive Aftermarket's Green Story'. The automotive aftermarke...

Keeping flexible with Numatic...

...e of additional kits it is a truly versatile system. With a range of 4 'Lock on' detachable modules for the NCs and 5 'Onboard' attachments for both the NCs and the ATs, providing exceptional versatility and practicality in a single design concept. A major advantage of the NuClean system is the easily detachable and conversely attachable, profes...

A decade after September 11, room to improved emergency preparedness say FM professionals

Some 88% of facilities management professionals consider their workplaces better prepared for an emergency situation than in 2001 - with fewer than 2% saying they are less prepared - according to the results of an International Facility Management Association emergency preparedness survey. Additionally, 91% report having emergency evacuation pr...

Attendance rises at CMS Berlin to 15,500 trade visitors from 60 countries

... More trade visitors from Germany and abroad, highly satisfied exhibitors and an optimistic outlook for the industry's future: these were the dominant aspects of CMS 2011 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services.[TRIMTO] From 20th to 23rd September, 354 exhibitors (2009: 350) from 20 countries provided a comprehensive overview of their products, sy...

Addendum to leader

...eek's leader last night and this morning received the following statement from EurActive, which reinforces my message. John believes that strike action right now is akin to committing treason and I have to say I agree with him! European finance ministers have been warned confidentially of the danger of a renewed credit crunch, as a "systemic" c...

Leader

...gly, some real innovation. There are 354 exhibitors from 20 countries. John and I have been here for two full days now and are beginning to doubt whether we'll get around to seeing everyone we'd like to (my picture, below, shows me grabbing a much needed coffee in the press office, between visits. John says it's about time we stopped using the o...

News in Brief

...Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification  (UK) has announced the dates for its forthcoming courses. E: claire.kelly@admin.co.uk Polythene film and bag broker  Polythene UK , has launched a free consultancy service designed to help users save money by putting them in touch with the most suitable supplier for the...

Employers in FM and cleaning: funding offer for technical certificates

Government funding is available for facilities management and cleaning employers to put staff through training for the following technical certificates: * Cleaning Principles * Equality and Diversity * Customer Service * Business Administration * Team leading * Hospitality Technical certificates are specialist courses that link to key compon...

Research proves economic benefits of Activeion cleaning technology in hotels

...ical based solutions, finding them weak in sustainability. Activeion's chemical-free solutions therefore can fill a specific gap in the cleaning market. Recently endorsed as a food-safe aid to manufacturing (cleaning and sanitation) in accordance with HACCP International's Food Safety Certification System, the Activeion ionator EXP is believed t...

Emprise teams up with Brainwave to launch 'Walk for Kids' charity fundraiser

...dren's charity, Brainwave, sent some 200 people on a 5km treasure hunt around London to raise funds for a child with Cerebral Palsy. Emprise is part of the Brainwave Guardian Scheme through which Emprise has sponsored Chase, a little boy from London who has cerebral palsy, to receive a year's home based therapy. The Brainwave Walk for Kids pr...

A MITIE partnership with Essex County Council

Essex County Council has announced that MITIE Group has been selected as the preferred partner for delivering a transformational contract which includes facilities and property management as well as energy services. Currently, details of the contract are being finalised and both sides will be in a position to sign a contract in the coming weeks...

UK's first absorbent hygiene product recycling plant opens for business

The UK's first-ever facility for recycling nappies, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, was officially opened in West Bromwich this Monday. Knowaste, which has opened the plant, is an absorbent hygiene product (AHP) waste recycling specialist and its Midlands site is the first of five planned over four years, which would each pro...

Upset stomachs cost UK 11 million working days a year

...ntified as one of the most common causes of illness. The study, which is the biggest of its kind for more than 10 years, looked at the impact of all cases of infectious intestinal disease (IID), not just those linked to food, on the UK population. IID is typically vomiting or diarrhoea, or a combination of the two and spreads easily wherever goo...

New research highlights potential corrosive impact of some chlorine-based disinfectants

...ory tests. Research findings were presented to clinicians by Sharon King, Senior Product Manager for Synergy Health, at The Infection Prevention Society Conference on Tuesday. The study tested the corrosive impact of two market leading hypochlorite cleaning solutions alongside chlorine-free AzoMaxActive disinfectant, which contains Byotrol te...

Ausclean Convention opens

If you're on the lookout for new cleaning equipment Ausclean opens in Queensland, Australia. There will be lots to see and there are some interesting seminars lined up. The show opening times are: Tuesday 27th September 10.00 - 17.00 (16.00 - 17.00 networking drinks on the show floor) Wednesday 28th September 08.30am - 16.00 T: 1300 789 845: www.auscleanconvention.com.au ...

International Facility Management Association celebrates 20,000 member milestone

...00 members worldwide. IFMA members are a diverse group of facility professionals concerned with the form and function of the built environment. Representing 78 countries, they manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. IFMA counts among its membership facilities ma...

Alfred Karcher GmbH to sue Tennant

...Germany, Belgium and the UK involves what Karcher says are misleading advertising claims by Tennant for scrubber-driers that use ec-H2O technology. Karcher is taking legal action against several advertising claims made by Tennant, especially, it says, the assertion that ordinary tap water can, in scrubber-driers, be converted into "active water"...

Gary Ayres

...ges Church, High Street, Langton Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3HZ on Tuesday 27th September at 15.00. For further information contact Alan Curtis at Norsan, on: E: sales@norsanuk.com ...

Dhofar 'clean-up' effort lauded at Arab summit

It was a triumph of its green cause for an Oman-based company which was honoured for reducing its carbon footprint recently, at the Arab Achievement Awards - the highlight of the second Arab Investment Summit in Abu Dhabi.[TRIMTO] Dhofar Global Trading, a hygiene paper and dispenser supplier, was the recipient of the 'Best Green Investment Pro...

Leader

...but the lovely people we meet and the interesting new products we get to examine, more than make up for the long hours and lack of sleep. We left the UK in fairly indifferent weather but in Berlin the sun was shining gloriously and we were grateful to Sabine Paul for the open invitation to take fruit based cocktails on the Hako stand whenever we...

The mermaid is only part of the attraction...

...his picture he's holding the Mag floor cleaning system which was launched at the show. 'Mag' stands for magnetic, which gives a clue as to how everything works. The system cleverly utilises the forces of nature to provide a fast and simple way of attaching the mop head to the holder or handle... Magnets in the holder and metal plates in the mop ...

URGENT STOCK CLEARANCE

...0 units ONLY £10.00 per case but with a minimum order quantity of 10 cases. Offers invited for larger quantities in excess of 50 cases. There is an expiry date of April 2012 on the product.[TRIMTO] Enquiries to Proventec Healthcare: sales@proventechealthcare.com Tel: 0845 6029981 Quoting reference: NS126904 ...

When a Little John makes a big difference...

2011 is a landmark year for LittleJohn, the Hampshire-based bathroom retailer, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Founded by Bill Gosney and his wife Pearl in 1991, the family-run business has flourished over the years. Today it employs 18 people and has designed and installed around 2,500 quality bathrooms across Hampshire, West ...

Leader 29th September continued

...sty German beer and food we were invited to choose from a selection of crisps, popcorn and sweets before entering the cinema and settling down on comfy leather chairs and sofas (with footstools!) to learn of the winners of the magazine's best ads awards, followed by Cannes' own advertising awards trailers. It all felt rather surreal, being with so ...

BICSc honours UK cleaning industry achievements

... assessment in a number of sectors. Categories and award winners are as follows: - The BICSc Award for Excellence in Training and Assessment within a Prison... The Institute works with the prison industry to deliver BICSc assessment schemes and training courses and this award is in recognition of training delivery in that sector. The winner was HM...

BTA Conference had solutions

The British Toilet Association's Annual Conference provides once a year opportunity for providers of publicly accessible toilets to network with product and service suppliers, as well as user group representatives, to discuss best practice and learn what can and is being done to improve toilets throughout the UK. It also provides an ideal opportun...

Deb celebrates with HRH The Princess Royal

...ncess concluded her visit by unveiling a commemorative plaque to officially open the new facility before continuing on her tour of the county. Jeff Bell commented: "We are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal has taken the time to visit us today and join us to celebrate our 70th anniversary by officially opening our new facility." T: +44 (0)...

Bunzl completes further acquisitions in Brazil and the Netherlands

...lian market, which we entered in 2008 through the acquisition of Prot Cap, and is an important step for Bunzl as it expands our business there into the cleaning and hygiene sector for the first time," explains Michael Roney, Chief Executive of Bunzl. "It has a market leading position and an excellent customer base which will provide a platform f...

BIV Training Prize 2011 goes to Bogdol group of companies

... award was presented on the final day of CMS during the members' meeting of the Federal Association for the Building Maintenance Trade (BIV).[TRIMTO] Klaus Fromm, Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the BIV, presented the award to the General Managers of Bogdol, Ingo Doehring and Joerg Ehlert. "We regard the calculated efforts to pr...

Hako goes to town with new range - and its stand!

...ber drier range: the Hakomatic B 115 R series.[TRIMTO] These ride-on machines have been designed for the efficient wet cleaning of large areas. They combine the manoeuvrability and comfort of the previous generation, the Hakomatic B 650R/B 750 R, with numerous improvements and additional functions. According to the type of floor surface and h...

Leader

...e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Stress is, for the first time, the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees and there is a strong link between job security and mental health problems, according to this year's Chartered Institute of Personnel &am...

New study finds soft surface textiles significant source of bacterial infection in healthcare settings

...icant sources of bacterial contamination in healthcare settings, with 63% of physician and nurse uniforms testing positive for pathogenic organisms, including those that are multi-drug resistant (11%). The study was conducted by the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. It looked at 238 samples from 135 of its hospital personnel [60 (45%) physi...

New HiFlo Indoor Window Cleaning System from Unger

...Window Cleaning brand utilised its world class expertise to produce an easy-to-use, one step System for indoor window cleaning. The System is perfect for any user without window cleaning experience and does not require extensive training - just a few practice runs. It also offers safe and quick access for cleaning high level windows, skylights and ...

Five companies earn top accolade in ISSA Innovation Awards

...SA has announced that five companies - each in a unique category - earned the ISSA Innovation Award for products that industry distributors, building service contractors, in-house service providers and wholesalers voted as the most innovative for 2011. The 2011 Innovation Award Program categories and winners are: * Cleaning Agents: Diversey -...

WEEE Directive recast negotiations sparking disagreements

The European Parliament and the 27 EU member states are set for difficult negotiations over the recast of the bloc's electronic waste directive as MEPs insist on ambitious targets for collecting and recycling discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste than the member states can accept, reports EurActiv .[TRIMTO] The European Parliament's Envi...

Study confirms 'no link' between use of antibacterial soaps and antibiotic resistance

...kin. From a pool of more than 450 individuals, 210 study participants were randomly selected, 70 for each of three groups: * Those that frequently used liquid bath or shower products containing triclosan * Those that frequently used bar soaps containing triclocarban * Those that did not use any antibacterial wash products and thus served as t...

Numatic International: new machine features powerful two-stage motor

...r, said it had attracted a lot of interest at the show and explained that in making sure it was fit for tough use by the international cleaning market, the quality controllers had 'taken a hammer to it'! It's clearly made of very tough material! Its main features are a powerful and durable motor with an energy-saving two stage switch offering ei...

Sebo launches new Pro vacuum cleaner

In developing its new Sebo Professional D vacuum cleaner, Sebo Stein & Co has aimed for the best possible combination of performance, comfort and ease of operation.[TRIMTO] The machine's radius of action of 15.5 metres gives greater manoeuvrability without the user having to find another socket closer to the area being cleaned, and the six ...

Clever Lucart produces recycled paper from drinks cartons

...d tried many times to speak to the people who could talk us through exactly what the company did. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful. CMS Berlin provided that opportunity and we met with Export Manager Francesco Pasquini and Simone Massei, who quickly made us realise that we'd been right to persevere. On display was the company's Eco-Natural...

Rubbermaid demonstrates benefits of its Hygen Clean Water System

...nnovation Award, generates cleaner water, cleaner mops and cleaner floors.[TRIMTO] "It's perfect for use in offices and institutional buildings, hotels, restaurants and catering outlets, retail premises, healthcare sites and many other locations with daily cleaning regimes," explained Product Manager Sophie Mathey-Debeaumont as she showed how ea...

STOP PRESS

  There are a very limited number of spaces still available for the British Cleaning Council Conference which is taking place Kings Place in Central London this coming Tuesday. To register, visit: cleaningconference  

Leader 6th October continued

... effect on the workplace, resulting in the loss of productivity and disengaged employees. It's therefore encouraging that almost half of employers surveyed have a wellbeing strategy in place, with 73% offering counselling services and a further 69% providing an Employee Assistance Programme. These benefits allow employees access to information and ...

Leader

...ly collections of our general household rubbish. More than half of all councils have switched to fortnightly collections in recent years, affecting more than 18million people. I have applauded this move, believing that it would force people to recycle more - a fact that has been proven dramatically in many cases. John, on the other hand, has ...

leader continued 13th October 2011

...hat should receive it. At the moment, different councils collect different items and while some ask for cardboards and plastics in a black bin, others will want cardboard and paper in a green bin with plastics and aluminium in a brown bin - very confusing for people that move house and one of the main reasons so many bales of recycled goods are rej...

CHSA tees up a great Golf Day

For the fourth year in succession the sun came out to greet the players in the 2011 Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Pro-Am Golf Tournament held recently at the Oulton Hall course near Leeds. An impressive 25 teams, comprising three amateurs and a professional, fought it out for an array of prizes on a course set to be 'challenging b...

Vileda Professional launches new website

...ts new website which went live earlier this month. The new site provides comprehensive product information on the complete range of solutions available from Vileda Professional in the UK and around the world, as well as a useful 'Consult the Experts' section designed to help users identify the best cleaning system for them. Vileda Professiona...

MITIE wins inaugural Co-operative Food Award

...er of the Year in the Environmental, Cleaning and Waste category and is in recognition of MITIE's efforts in working for Co-operative Food across the country.[TRIMTO] The awards ceremony, which included over £200,000 being presented to Mencap and Enable Scotland, was held at Lancashire County Cricket club and was hosted by TV personality V...

Survey finding shifts in green attitudes and behaviours

...arties - government, businesses and consumers - need to continue to take responsibility and action. For SC Johnson, this means working hard to find new ways to help families make greener choices." Survey data shows that influencing behaviour change is possible, and when compared to 1990, Americans are now two times as likely to sort waste to sep...

Environmentally responsible lamp recycling initiative now available in Canada

...a.[TRIMTO] This collaboration began in 2006 when Osram Sylvania sought a lamp recycling solution for customers' small quantities of mercury-containing lamps and ballasts. Veolia Environmental Services' RecyclePak lamp and ballast recycling kits provided that solution, and the two companies launched an industry-first web programme at Greenbuild ...

Safe Contractor award for CK Group

...arded an accreditation certificate by Safe Contractor, a sought after health and safety accreditor, for achieving high standard health and safety services. These services broadly ranging from carpet and kitchen equipment cleaning to office and window cleaning and even graffiti removal.[TRIMTO] During the assesment, a number of critical safety to...

We have mail: Bill Bryson, President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England

Bill Bryson discusses the problems of - and efforts to clear away - the rubbish that blights our railway lines Dear Jan, I love travelling by train. Even now, the sensation of hurtling along at 125 miles per hour on the outside whilst experiencing comfort and an impressively smooth ride on the inside delights me. When I can forget about ...

New approach to fighting hospital superbugs - with friendly bacteria

...ernational, said: "Since the days of Lister and Florence Nightingale, science has put a lot of effort into killing bacteria. This approach certainly has its place but we have now proved that nature's methods can be more effective. But it does turn traditional wisdom on its head somewhat. "Our research has proven that employing 'friendly' bact...

Kimberly-Clark introduces patient education programme for HAI prevention

...hey would not consider using a hospital with a higher HAI rate even if it is the most reputable one for their need * Staff education is critical: Respondents consider certified hospital programmes, such as Magnet, that ensure staff follow best practices for hand hygiene, as the most important factor when choosing a hospital "We are pleased to...

HCI introduces new Infection Control Series televisions for healthcare use

...ed the release of their new 26" and 32" Infection Control Series (ICS) RoomMate Digital Televisions for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities to entertain and educate patients, visitors, and staff. The hospital grade televisions feature new technology that can reduce the risk of infection from the spread of bacteria.[TRIMTO] The ICS t...

First commercially available drier powered by heat pump

...itre drum capacity respectively, reduce power consumption by an impressive 60% and there is no need for a waste air extractor line. Operating at low temperatures, they can be used to gently dry both cotton and microfibre cloths.[TRIMTO] The operating times of both driers are very fast: 10 kilograms of mops and cloths can be completely dried in j...

Soapbox: Food Manufacturing Cleaning Companies are Gangmasters

...s goal is to improve the standard of labour provision across industries, whilst supporting the need for an ethically managed, cost effective and flexible labour force.[TRIMTO] "Companies that supply food processing equipment cleaning services require a Gangmaster's licence and are currently facing enforcement action by the Gangmasters Licensing ...

ISSA aims to change the way the world views cleaning

...anisation. Also being launched this month - initially in the US - is 'Transpare', and online platform designed to help purchasers easily evaluate cleaning products using a comprehensive and transparent range of environmental, safety and health attributes. Users will be able to easily identify what comprises a product's overall environmental prof...

Chemical-free floor stripping in just one pass

...cal-free floor stripping in just one pass. This, explained Sean, reduces the volume of water needed for the process and also reduces the potential for slips and falls that can be a problem when chemicals are used and residues are left behind.[TRIMTO] "You can help the environment while saving money and just use water to remove the floor finish,"...

Leader

...lways available where or when you need them, there is often a queue at the ladies, while facilities for disabled people, children and for changing babies are not always adequate.  Public toilet provision is at the discretion of local authorities and there is currently no legal requirement for UK Councils to provide any toilets at all. In fa...

Leader 20th October continued

...ne to put up a petition - and if any petition gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons. So I urge everyone to sign it and pass the information on to others so that they can also sign it. Public toilets are sometimes seen as a drain on resources, but they can be an invisible aid to the economy - mos...

News in Brief

G4S acquires ISSA A/S for £5.2 billion to create 'world's largest' integrated facilities services and security group. Former Joint Managing Director of Centre for Enterprise, Sarah Bentley, to take over as Chief Executive of Sector Skills Council Asset Skills when Richard Beamish retires next year.    ...

UK taxman urges employers to ditch 'A N Other'

...x and national insurance contributions. However, it is not always accurate. This can cause problems for the employee, for example, incorrect amounts being deducted from their pay. It can also use up valuable employer and HMRC time and money putting the error right. As well as 507 A N Others, employer returns for 2009/10 revealed the following in...

Finnclean takes place next week

...e, Finland, this cleaning show and symposium will run from 26th through 28th October. Entry is free for those registering in advance. The show is organised by the Finnish Association of Cleaning Technology and Tampere Trade Fairs. T: +358 40 545 2870 E: jutta.kivikallio@puhtausala.fi W: www.puhtausala.fi www.finnclean.fi ...

Get involved in review of EcoLogo's Sanitary Paper Environmental Standard

...h America's most trusted and recognisable ecolabels, is inviting members of the public to help transform the sanitary paper products industry by participating in the revision of its Sanitary Paper environmental standard.[TRIMTO] Sanitary paper products, such as toilet tissue, facial tissue, kitchen towels, hand towels and table napkins, play a k...

Tork foam soaps save customers time and money

... sanitiser which also destroys bacteria, viruses and fungi. Mild Foam Soap is particularly suitable for use in restaurants, offices and hotels while Extra Mild Foam Soap is aimed at schools and hospitals where a mild formulation is required. "Tork Extra Mild Foam Soap has been selling particularly well in the healthcare sector where the gentle f...

Filmop product agreement latest piece of Jigsaw puzzle

...of equipment that is designed with health & safety legislation in mind - particularly important for the healthcare industry. It's a step forward for us and we are excited to work with Filmop and introduce an expanded set of products to our valued UK clients." Filmop, based in Padova, Italy, was founded in 1971 and specialises in environmenta...

Ace Janitorial celebrates 40th Anniversary

...ay as it ever has been - boasting a £2m annual turnover.[TRIMTO] Attercliffe-based Ace was formed by Alf Cullumbine, who built his business on supplying local steel making and engineering companies with goods from a van at the factory gates. He built the business on listening to customer needs, sourcing the best products and delivering ...

New study shows that cleanliness matters most to restaurant customers

...a restaurant's dishware, silverware and glassware as important as the taste and quality of food. For New Yorkers, the taste and quality of food and the cleanliness of a restaurant's kitchen area tied as top concerns. San Francisco respondents ranked the cleanliness of a restaurant's interior as their primary concern, with the quality of the f...

Industry raises £1,800 for Breast Cancer Campaign

...the recent British Institute of Cleaning Science annual awards dinner, helped to raise £1,800 for the Breast Cancer Campaign. Money was raised from a charity raffle held during the awards evening, alongside a generous gift donation from the ISSA Foundation Fund.[TRIMTO] Companies that kindly donated prizes for the raffle included headline ...

We have mail: A rebranding for the IICRC

...cians in 22 countries. The Clean Trust, with participation from the entire industry, sets standards for inspection, cleaning and disaster restoration. Dear Jan, The executive committee, the board of directors and I are very excited to announce the name change of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to T...

Leader

...onals in 148 countries worldwide! The Australian cleaning industry has been working towards forming an umbrella body - the Cleaning & Hygiene Council of Australia - which I believe will have the same sort of influence as our British Cleaning Council has over here (see story below). My contact John Laws, who represents the contract...

News in Brief

G4S acquires ISSA A/S for £5.2 billion to create 'world's largest' integrated facilities services and security group. Former Joint Managing Director of Centre for Enterprise, Sarah Bentley, to take over as Chief Executive of Sector Skills Council Asset Skills when Richard Beamish retires next year.    ...

Australian cleaning industry to form umbrella body

...he Australian Cleaning Contractors Alliance has been busy over the past year or so assisting in the formation of the Cleaning & Hygiene Council of Australia.[TRIMTO] This organisation is being tasked to become the central voice of all participants in the cleaning & hygiene industry and has, as its members, associations including the ACCA...

We have Mail

...gislation. They are not gangmasters in the sense of being an individual person supplying of workers for the harvesting of crops or shellfish.[TRIMTO] I agree with David that the law around the definition of agricultural work needs to be reformed. The practical implications of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs definition ar...

Workplace Futures conference 2012: New needs? New solutions

...rkplace Futures brings together the experts that will help you define and clarify your own strategy for future success.[TRIMTO] The conference, which is being organised in association with the Facilities Management Association, will take place at One America Square, London, on 21st February 2012. Speakers will include:[TRIMTO] - Dave Wilson, ...

Chemical product/manufacturing process health impact reporting standardised

...own as NSF/GCI/ANSI (American National Standards Institute) 355 Greener Chemicals & Processes Information Standard, establishes standardised criteria for comparing chemicals and processes that help chemical manufacturers and their customers make greener choices. The standard outlines a framework that chemical manufacturers will use to develo...

Post Office guarantees to beat business insurance renewal quotes

The Post Office is guaranteeing to beat business insurance renewal quotes for self-employed property maintainers.* The business insurance policy, which can be accessed from any one of over 11,800 Post Office branches, as well as by phone and online, will provide self-employed property maintainers with access to the wide ranging cover required i...

US Products' survey finds 2011 carpet cleaning spend 'about same' as 2010

A survey conducted for US Products, manufacturer of professional carpet cleaning tools and equipment, reports that most carpet cleaning technicians (60%) find customer spending on carpet cleaning this year is on par with 2010. However, nearly 30% say this year's sales are behind those of 2010. "The industry is doing better," says Mark Baxter...

Roadshow highlights business cost of poor indoor air quality

...n systems that comply with European guidelines.[TRIMTO] The initiative, launched by the Campaign for Clean Air in London and Camfil UK, argued that better indoor air quality can help businesses reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, while also improving the health and productivity of employees. Simon Birkett, founder of the Campaign for Cl...

Activeion technology makes finals of IET Awards 2011

...nced in London on November 9th.[TRIMTO] IET is one of the world's leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries. Through active networks in 37 territories and with offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate...

A date for your diary: Carpex / Windex Show 2012

Designed specifically for everyone involved in the window cleaning industry and the cleaning, maintenance and restoration of carpets, upholstery and flooring, Carpex & Windex 2012 is being staged at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on 8th and 9th March. The organisers report that 60% of stand space is already sold. T: 01737 855086 E: martinscott@quartzltd.com W: www.quartzltd.com ...

Unger UK supports Keep Britain Tidy's 'Love Where You Live' campaign

...ydon last week, as part of 'Love Where You Live' campaign.[TRIMTO] Unger provided litter pickers for the volunteers and Kirstie Allsop, a celebrity ambassador of Keep Britain Tidy, used the NiftyNabber grabber. Matt Hodgkins, Unger UK's National Sales Manager, also joined the volunteers on the day in London - he was given all the 'heavy duty' t...

St Pancras International's cleaning runs as scheduled, thanks to Rubbermaid

...rnational has undergone a wealth of changes. Today it spans 8,000 square meters and is the terminus for Britain's only high speed railway lines. Such a destination attracts a staggering 300,000 passengers each day and following the opening of a new ticket hall in 2009, it also incorporates a wide range of additional facilities such as shopping and ...

Halo cleans up with RPC UKSC

RPC Containers UKSC has created a bespoke bottle for a next-generation laundry detergent that, says the company, is attracting the attention of some of the UK's biggest entrepreneurs.[TRIMTO] Halo Laundry Detergents has quickly gained a formidable reputation in the laundry detergent market. Halo protects clothing from up to 99.99% of bacteria ...

CK Group achieves ISO 14001

Following on from their recent Safe Contractor accreditation for achieving a high standard in health and safety services, leading specialist cleaning contractor and cleaning equipment and consumables supplier, CK Group has now also been awarded ISO 14001 for its Environmental Management System. [TRIMTO] Believed to be one of the first com...

Leader

... industry was seeking to partner another, with a view to raising enough funding between us to apply for Sector Skills Council status and thus receive Government grants towards training. I could never quite understand why an industry as enormous as ours would need to involve others, but it soon became clear that we would not succeed in raising th...

News in Brief

... security group G4S announced yesterday that it had ended a deal to buy Danish facilities group ISS for £5.2 billion on shareholder concerns at the size of the takeover amid economic uncertainty. The shock announcement comes one day before G4S shareholders had been due to vote on whether to approve the deal, which needed 75 percent suppo...

Servi-Tek reinvents the janitorial services offering

...z and Kurt Lester of Servi-Track, a company that provides green janitorial and landscaping services for large retail centres, medical office buildings and pharmacological companies in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Florida. If you're a cleaning contractor and are striving to improve efficiency and provide a great service, but can't fin...

Trouble free commercial cleaning with SEBO

...t. The range includes the Sebo BS36, BS46, Dart, UHS polisher and will be joined soon by a high performance cylinder machine.[TRIMTO] The Sebo BS36 and BS46 upright vacuum cleaners provide superior performance, outstanding reliability and are easy to maintain. The comfortable handle grips and low handle weight allow for easy, speedy movement. ...

Central vacuuming systems could change commercial cleaning, says Vacrite

... them to the UK market. Disan systems are utilised globally by leading businesses and institutions, for which hygiene, efficiency and productivity are paramount.[TRIMTO] The systems' silent operation ensures there is no disruption to today's 24 hour business world, where 9-5 working hours are now the exception, not the norm. Multiple vacuum clea...

Study highlights need for more knowledge about green cleaning programmes in hospitals

...w research report released by the Health Care Research Collaborative in the US, points out the need for studies to determine the impact of green cleaning programmes on health outcomes in patients and staff, and for additional studies to determine the impact of green cleaners on environmental cleanliness and hospital-acquired infection transmission....

IICRC (The Clean Trust) publishes list of forthcoming courses

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (which as we reported in a recent issue of Cleanzine, is currently being rebranded to become 'The Clean Trust') has published its latest schedule of training and certification courses. Courses taking place at various locations around the UK during November, include 'Water Re...

Ensure compliance with PPG26 Pollution Prevention Guidelines

...e compliance with the national Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPG26). Spill trays can be supplied for use with single or multiple primary containers of one, five, 20 and 25 litres' capacity together with drums up to 205 litres.[TRIMTO] These provide the necessary secondary containment facilities during the storage or decanting of liquids, ensu...

Backstage battle over energy efficiency directive

...efficiency directive are being contested by member states, with Britain and the Netherlands pushing for some provisions to be deleted entirely, EurActiv reports. One headline figure in the original directive - a mandatory 3% annual public buildings renovation rate - has been earmarked for deletion in the latest EU draft, seen by EurActiv. ...

Contract Cleaning Market: Research & Analysis UK 2011-2015, now published

...e & reliable review of the public & private sector UK Contract Cleaning Market in 2011 with forecasts to 2015. Based on sales from more than 80% of the industry by value and now in its 3rd edition, the report is written specifically for cleaning equipment suppliers & cleaning contractors representing a key source of vital market inte...

Especially in the janitorial industry, only wet babies like change

...fact that things WILL change. No one likes change except a wet baby. So with change comes tears. For many of us, the older we get, the more we cry about things changing.[TRIMTO] We get comfortable with our familiar routines, our abundance, and our knowledge of how things work. Then someone comes along and changes things. Our beloved buildi...

Dutch transfer: Vebego sells Indigo Services to Facilicom

...tion. Jan-Hein Hemke will continue his role as Managing Director, strategically leading the Company forward towards its shared goals; Chris Gilbey - Indigo's Managing Director - assumes overall control of the £24m cleaning portfolio as Director of Cleaning Services; and Phil Smith moves from the same role within Indigo to become Commercial Di...

Satino Black wins Pentaward 2011

...taward 2011. Almost 1000 companies from 5 continents participated in this international competition for packaging design. The awards were handed out at Times Square in New York.[TRIMTO] Nick op den Buijsch, speaking on behalf of the Dutch manufacturer, says: "We are proud of having won this prestigious award in a competition that included so man...

Emprise still ensuring the show goes on at Delfont Mackintosh

... has successfully retained the contract to provide cleaning services to Delfont Mackintosh theatres for a further two years.[TRIMTO] Delfont Mackintosh and Emprise have worked in partnership across the portfolio of seven theatres and two offices for the last 12 years. Emprise has been able to secure this extended contract term through the longe...

Awards event in Scotland celebrates cleaning skills contest

... Challenge. The event, now in its fourth year, is run by Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for cleaning. It aims to celebrate the best trained cleaners, supervisors and managers within private companies (the open strand) and the prisons sector. The ceremony took place in Glasgow to mark winners of the open strands in Scotland and Englan...

Cut staff sick days with antibacterial surface protection

...ne and cross infection. Indeed, the World Health Organisation publishes guidelines on hand hygiene for health care professionals to reduce transmission of pathogenic microorganisms - perhaps not surprising, given that the NHS alone is estimated to spend £1bn a year to treat hospital-acquired infections! "We constantly strive to support wa...

Hovima Aparthotels wins Check Safety First award for exceptional standards

Hovima Aparthotels has been awarded Check Safety First's '2010 Group Award' for achieving exemplary health & safety levels across all its establishments last year. Using Check Safety First's E-Cristal auditing system, the Tenerife based group has been commended for its excellent standard shown in the management of hygienic sanitary risks.[TRI...

News in Brief

... security group G4S announced yesterday that it had ended a deal to buy Danish facilities group ISS for £5.2 billion on shareholder concerns at the size of the takeover amid economic uncertainty. The shock announcement comes one day before G4S shareholders had been due to vote on whether to approve the deal, which needed 75 percent suppo...

People:

...ll Dunne has been appointed Divisional Director of In Depth Managed Services - a newly created role for the Warrington-based firm. Bill previously worked for MITIE Security in Scotland, where his successful business style helped it grow to a £350 million company, bringing in fresh ideas and managing 58 shopping centres. Prior to that, ...

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...make all our workplaces safer.” I'd never thought about officially reporting near misses before and haven’t been asked to do so by anyone for whom I’ve worked… although since our health & safety laws do make us responsible for the safety of others as well as ourselves, this has to involve warning others of hazards we...

Deputy Minister awards candidates with vocational qualifications certificates

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert AM has awarded a number of apprentices with certificates for taking part in programmes brand new to Wales. More than 100 people attended an event at the Millennium Centre organised by Asset Skills to mark a project which has transformed the training landscape for hundreds of staff in facilities management ...

Win a pair of Unger Gloves!

Just in time for winter, Unger has announced the re-launch of its protective Neoprene gloves range, with an impressive line-up of new features and improvements. To begin with, solid reinforced stitching, as well as a glue seal, have been added along the seams to achieve extra durability and protection against water ingress. Yet the gloves feel...

New SoChlor environmental disinfection portfolio aids infection prevention

...s and facilities managers provide cleaner healthcare environments.[TRIMTO] Good hygiene is vital for preventing HCAIs in hospitals. The National Cleaning Manual recommends the use of chlorine based disinfection products at suitable strength. However, a number of studies have found that inadequate disinfection strength resulting from degradation ...

B & V Water Treatment's new Absulox kills all harmful microbes

...erience its efficacy at wiping out pathogens from their water systems. Absulox has been designed for companies in the healthcare, food, engineering and leisure industries - indeed anywhere that legionella and other waterborne microbes are likely to thrive. The company is in late stage talks with a number of Primary Care Trusts and the NHS at ...

MITIE CEO named National Business Awards 'Leader of the Year'

... held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Ruby was honoured with the evening's highest accolade for her outstanding achievement and effective leadership, growing a successful FTSE 250 company and nurturing a dedicated and engaged workforce.[TRIMTO] The judging panel for the Orange Leader of the Year award said: "Ruby has grown MITIE from hal...

Emprise wins Royal Bank of Canada support services contract

...vices has been awarded a three year contract with Royal Bank of Canada. The deal with Emprise is for RBC's two smart London offices, Riverbank House and Thames Court, which total over 200,000 sq ft of office space. Emprise will now be responsible for the management and delivery of support services including daily office cleaning, periodic clean...

Freudenberg's green technologies lead to workforce increases

...in, our daily actions and in the way we manufacture products. This has enabled us to expand our workforce in key areas, and we expect the uptick in business to continue." Freudenberg North America Limited Partnership, the North American holding company for Freudenberg & Co. of Weinheim, Germany, owns a family of companies which operate 15 bu...

Healthy Workplaces Campaign closing event takes place this month in Spain

...king it more simple and less of an administrative burden. There will also be a short preview of the forthcoming Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012-13: 'Working together for risk prevention', which will focus on the twin concepts of leadership and worker participation. The summit will also provide an opportunity for the Agency and its partners to e...

OCS Helps Eurostar to Shine

...ervice linking the UK and mainland Europe, has awarded OCS a contract to provide cleaning services for its trains at St Pancras International and its Temple Mills depot in Leyton, East London. "We are delighted to have won this contract at a key time for Eurostar," says Eddie Ratcliffe, OCS Operations Director. "The high-speed passenger rail se...

Bunzl acquires further business in Brazil

...ion equipment throughout Brazil, specialising in the sourcing and sale of gloves and safety glasses for a variety of industrial uses including the automotive, consumer goods, food processing, petrochemical and mining sectors. Revenue in the year ended 31 December 2010 was R$55.6 million and is expected to be approximately R$70 million in 2011. The ...

Lavendon Access launches SkySiren entrapment solution

... MEWP. The two most likely causes of injury in these situations are the initial entrapment crush forces, which can be considerable, and asphyxiation. It is quite possible that, in cases where the initial crush force is not 'critical', an operator could be pinned between an overhead obstruction and the MEWP control box unable to breathe. In these...

UK's top cleaners recognised at Golden Service Awards 2011

... winners in five categories. They included Integrated Cleaning Management, which scooped the award for Best Cleaned Premises - Large Retail Establishment for its work at Marks & Spencer's flagship store at Marble Arch in central London. The Public Sector also accounted for five awards. The prize for Best Cleaned Premises - Public Sector Bu...

Exhibitors and attendees win big at ISSA/Interclean 2011

...le of weeks ago at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Las Vegas, US. "Now is a very dynamic time for our industry," says ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel. "Shifting trends, budget constraints and environmental and regulatory changes demand that the industry adapts how it conducts business - and ISSA is adapting as well to help our members ...

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...e part of such a wonderful industry made up of hard-working and committed people who have a passion for their cause, which makes such a difference to everyone's lives. You arrive at Lancaster Gate Tube station (the nearest to the hotel) and see several well-heeled women who've obviously attended the event (as they too are carrying the gold goody...

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...oyment has reached 2.62 million and the Governor of the Bank of England has again cut the UK growth forecast. The UK is not alone though as many countries - and particularly those in mainland Europe - are in a similar (and in some cases far worse) situation. Those of us who have jobs or run businesses should be doing all we can to ensure that ou...

News in Brief

... security group G4S announced yesterday that it had ended a deal to buy Danish facilities group ISS for £5.2 billion on shareholder concerns at the size of the takeover amid economic uncertainty. The shock announcement comes one day before G4S shareholders had been due to vote on whether to approve the deal, which needed 75 percent suppo...

UK Government plans to reform PFI model

...r other delivery models. The objective of the review, led by the Treasury, is to create a new model for delivering public assets and services that takes advantage of private sector expertise, but at a lower cost to the taxpayer.[TRIMTO] The Government's approach to reform the PFI model will look to create a model which: - is less expensive an...

Scottish botulism poisoning highlights limitations of anti-bacterial sanitisers

...el and basic sanitisers, may not be up to the job. It is also vital to ensure correct procedures for environmental cleaning are followed, both during and after an outbreak. For this a powerful, state-of-the-art detergent-sanitisier is necessary. SoChlor, supplied by GV Health, is a good choice here; used at 5,000ppm with a five minute contact ti...

Girbau UK launches smarter washers to save energy and water

... of washers to offer even greater operational flexibility and lower consumption of energy and water for a wide range of commercial on-premise laundry applications including hotels, care homes and hospitals, schools and colleges.[TRIMTO] Logi Pro programming is now available as an option on Girbau UK's top-selling 9kg capacity HS-6008 high-speed ...

Customers are shouting, but is anybody listening?

...CCA member organisations, shows that social media is widely seen by consumers as an effective means for people to discuss their experiences, good and bad, and compel organisations to take action. Almost half (46%) say they are likely to voice their dissatisfaction through social media. Further, approaching half (46%) of consumers agree that "social...

Annual CIPD survey shows shift in priorities for reward professionals

... Personnel and Development. In particular, they are concerned about achieving the balance between affordability and the need to offer competitive reward packages as demand for key skills picks up and employees' appreciation of the value of total packages diminishes.[TRIMTO] Although the top risks identified remained consistent with previous year...

A 'Right Royal' Service for Queen Alexandra College

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) in Birmingham, a national college for people aged 16 plus with visual impairment, other disabilities, or both, has recently extended its facilities services contract with OCS for a further five years. Over the past 12 years, OCS has provided catering, housekeeping, pest control and hygiene services across all facili...

Making the case for daytime cleaning

...te have created new demands on the way they manage their cleaning.[TRIMTO] The traditional model for many retailers has been to employ building services contractors who cleaned a site early in the morning, before opening time, or at a conveniently quiet period during the day. Supplementary cleaning, to deal with accidental spillages perhaps, was...

Veolia Environmental Services wastes no time in getting HelpStar on board

...g organisations time and money by improving internal and external productivity. HelpStar supports Information Technology Infrastructure Library best practices, by allowing users to create and publish solutions for common problems and standard procedures. "Quality customer service is extremely important for any organisation," says Igal Hauer, CEO...

SCA reorganises hygiene operations for increased efficiency, market presence and growth

...ss units: AFH Professional Hygiene Europe, which will be headed by Sune Lundin, currently President for SCA Americas; Consumer Goods Europe, which will be led by Magnus Groth, currently President for SCA Tissue Europe; Incontinence Care Europe, which will be headed by Margareta Lehmann, currently Regional Director NorthWest Europe AFH, SCA Tissue E...

Cintas and Rubbermaid to deliver rental cleaning solutions together

...ss North America. One of these solutions is a new co-branded microfibre offering that blends the performance of RCP's products with the service excellence of Cintas to provide what the two companies say is a best-in-class facility maintenance system.[TRIMTO] "As the demand for improved cleanliness, infection prevention and hygiene continues to g...

Leader 17th November continued

...consumers surveyed said that social media can hold brands and organisations to account like never before and I witnessed this only today. Often asked to 'like' people's businesses on Facebook, I visited one, only to see a discussion that had started up, about how bad the manufacturer's washing machines were! Of course they may not be bad at all, bu...

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...enefits to the UK economy, including £1.8bn of cost savings. As an important part of the information reporting on progress in the last three years, WRAP published new research which showed a sharp fall in household food waste by 13% but showed we still throw away edible food worth £12bn a year. more Apologies if you spent time l...

Ranger adds Teupen's new Leo 15GT Plus spider lift to its portfolio

...ty, user-friendliness and productivity, giving hire companies greater scope to solve difficult jobs for customers and command higher rentals. A 7.9m maximum working outreach improves on the old model by 1.5m, and can be used at full 200kg platform capacity. This outreach and capacity, in combination with the very compact 3m stabiliser base, reta...

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...r reuse of materials such as textiles. This showed, she said, that there would be significant gains for both UK jobs and the environment through reusing goods and services more, rather than just throwing them away. Food waste, recycling services for businesses and encouraging greater reuse of scarce resources will be the top priorities for WRAP ...

Loch Loo-mand, as it might become...

...ons worldwide. It says its images, such as the Loch Lomond mock-up pictured here, portray a reality for an estimated one third of the world's population who live with contaminated water supplies and unhygienic toilets. David Titman, brand manager for Domestos UK, which is backing the campaign, says: "As an expert in toilet hygiene, Domestos is c...

Chequers' crowning moment at East Surrey College

...commented on the company's ethos and its commitment to the ethnic and cultural diversity in the workforce and its passion to provide a polished service to each of its clients without cutting back on quality; remaining competitive in the current economic climate. "It was an honour to meet the Royals," says Kate. "I enjoyed the friendliness and re...

Did you know... Brightwell organises free technical training sessions?

Brightwell Dispensers organises regular in-house technical training sessions at its Newhaven HQ for its laundry and dishwashing equipment. The sessions usually last a full day, from 09.00 - 16.00 and cover all aspects of the units and accessories, from computer programming and dishwash programming, to correct and beneficial usage of accessories....

Hygiene issues at Indian hospital exacerbated by huge volume of visitors

...and many of them stay back at night. Accommodating them becomes a problem. "We have a fixed time for cleaning the hospital, but if people constantly keep coming, it gets difficult for us to maintain cleanliness. People then blame us for unsanitary conditions. "People should realise that this hospital caters for thousands of seriously ill pati...

Sale proposed of Fiberweb's hygiene business to Petropar

...ced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fiberweb Holdings, has entered into binding agreements for the sale of the hygiene business to Brazilian-based company Petropar for US$286 million (approximately £179 million).[TRIMTO] Nonwoven materials developed, manufactured and marketed by Fiberweb are used in a wide variety of everyday prod...

The Apprenticeship Scheme in action at CK Group

...tice warehouseman under the watchful eye of Winston Nugent, the Warehouse Manager (who was grateful for the additional pair of hands in this fast growing area of the group's business activities). Although Charlie's progress was mentored by SLB, all day-to-day training in stock ordering, picking, vehicle loading and consumables despatch took plac...

Leeds Castle drives for sustainability

...The sustainability drive began in April 2010, with a clear target to achieve zero waste to landfill for the site. The castle now boasts a recycling rate of over 96% and this figure is rising each month. Some 55% is sent for recycling, while over 40% is sent to a local power station to produce Energy from Waste. Local company Countrystyle has ...

Public procurement announcement a big deal for SMEs, says Forum of Private Business

News that the UK Government will implement 'radical reform' to the public procurement system - essentially how it does business with UK firms - has been welcomed by the Forum of Private Business.[TRIMTO] Ministers say the changes will make the process less legalistic and it should be easier for the smaller organisations to access lucrative stat...

China Clean Expo partners with EUnited Cleaning to promote next year's show

... in the organisation and promotion of the event, especially in providing local resources and advice for CCE's growth in Europe. "EUnited Cleaning and its members have considered CCE in Shanghai the most important event for the industry in Asia." The next CCE will take place from 9th - 12th April 2012 in Shanghai, at the New International Expo...

Francisco Duarte

Francisco Duarte, 50, a director at Principle Cleaning Services for 22 years, passed away peacefully at home on 19th November following a long battle with cancer. Douglas Cooke, Chief Executive of Principle, writes: "Francisco played a major role in helping to develop and grow the company by ensuring extremely high standards of quality and ...

OCS achieves sparkling results in Asset Skills Team Clean Challenge Awards

... Edinburgh achieved third place. Bill Ochs from Aegon, Edinburgh, was also awarded Best Supervisor for Scotland.[TRIMTO] The teams were recognised for their skills and technical knowledge at the recent annual awards ceremony in Glasgow. This is the third year of the Team Clean Challenge, a high profile annual competition created by Asset Skill...

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...at affect men. On 'Movember' 1st, men register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month they are 'Mo Bros', with their growing moustaches effectively making them walking, talking billboards for the cause. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around t...

Leader 1st December continued

...ring more than 1.1 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (the men's female supporters) to participate, with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men's health cause right across the glo...

PolyOne and Sanitized AG collaborate on healthcare solutions

...imicrobials with over 50 years of experience, to provide innovative, customisable polymer solutions for specialised healthcare and medical device applications.[TRIMTO] PolyOne will utilise Sanitized MedX antimicrobials in select formulations of WithStand Antimicrobial Solutions, which consist of active ingredients developed using proprietary tec...

Ecolab, Nalco shareholders approve merger

... product solutions, what is claimed to be the industry's largest and best-trained sales and service force, coverage in more than 160 countries, and combined 2011 annualised sales of more than $11 billion.[TRIMTO] "We are extremely pleased by the shareholder approval of this merger with Nalco and are excited by the terrific opportunities it bring...

RCS is driving forward sustainable cleaning.

...vices to London's business community and a recent finalist in the South East London Business Awards for Sustainability, is now cleaning its clients' buildings with a core range of sustainable cleaning solutions, which consume waste through natural aerobic digestion and continue to work after the initial application.[TRIMTO] "The business is buil...

Training for cleaners in 2012

... more than 35 years' experience, Prochem Europe is the UK's largest commercial provider of training for professional carpet & upholstery cleaners. The Surrey-based company is again running One- and Two-Day, professionally-recognised courses at its purpose-built Training Academy in Chessington, covering all of today's key floor and fabric cle...

Emprise retains leading role with Ambassador Theatre Group

...act with the Ambassador Theatre Group. Emprise has maintained a successful relationship with ATG for 11 years, providing cleaning services to 24 of the theatre company's venues. Following a competitive tender process, Emprise has now been selected as the sole service provider for the entire ATG estate recently enlarged to 39 venues nationwide.[...

Asset Skills secures £2m investment for skills to drive growth

...t. The funding, provided through the Employer Investment Fund and administered by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, will help Asset Skills implement a range of employer-led programmes.[TRIMTO] The £2,026,000 will be used across four projects over two years in facilities management, cleaning, housing, property, planning and par...

SCA delivers binding offer to acquire Georgia-Pacific's European tissue operations

...A. Georgia-Pacific's European tissue operations have EBIT margins that are on a similar level as for SCA's tissue business. The annual synergies are estimated at EUR 125m, with full effect in three years after closing. Related costs are estimated at EUR 130m. Already in year one the transaction is estimated to contribute to an increase of earnin...

Better information about lorry parking provision

It was good news this week for the many drivers from overseas, whose job it is to deliver cleaning products and equipment into the UK, with a comprehensive report on the availability and use of lorry parking facilities in England published by Roads Minister Mike Penning.[TRIMTO] The study reviewed lorry parking facilities, including their capac...

Study highlights serious problem of hospital-acquired infections in Africa

...on the results, Professor Aggrey Wasunna of the University of Nairobi said: "This is a wake-up call for all of those involved in the hospital care of children, especially in the resource-constrained regions. "We know that these infections do occur, but they are often not given the priority they deserve, partly because they can be difficult to de...

New pads perfect for terrazzo and concrete cleaning and polishing

KGS has developed a range of diamond floor pads for cleaning and polishing concrete and terrazzo, which cuts costs and helps the environment by eliminating the need for chemical polishes. It can be used under a wide variety of equipment including scrubber driers, three head, UHS burnishers and propane burnishers.[TRIMTO] The system is not lab...

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...ith a year's free advertising! Then to bring it all full circle, as we launched just six weeks before Interclean Amsterdam 2002, why not have someone representing the biggest cleaning and hygiene show in the world pick out the lucky winner for us?  We're pleased to announce that Rob den Hertog has graciously accepted the invitation and w...

10th anniversary Prize Draw

... Your free ad campaign can start,  be paused or changed at any time to allow for new product launches or any exhibitions you may be showing at.   Good Luck!   The winning entry will be drawn on Thursday 15th December and announced in C...

New methods 'save time and money'

New methods of cleaning will reap benefits for local authorities when it comes to cleaning large public institutions such as schools, colleges and civic buildings, according to a cleaning expert. Brian Boll, of Jigsaw Cleaning Systems - provider of cleaning advisory services to the private and public sector - says that new methodologies combin...

Ecolab China again named Outstanding Enterprise for Corporate Social Responsibility

Ecolab was named an Outstanding Enterprise in Delivering Corporate Social Responsibility for the second consecutive year by China Business News, China's premier business media group. At the CBN 2011 China Corporate Social Responsibility Award ceremony in Guangzhou, China, Ecolab was presented with the Top 20 Outstanding Enterprise Award for the co...

Deb Group enters South East Asian market

...isition of Advantage Pte, a Singapore distributor specialising in personal care and safety products for the Singapore and South East Asian markets.[TRIMTO] After a period of consolidating its position in the developed economies of North America, Europe and Australasia, this acquisition supports Deb Group's continuing ambition to establish a cohe...

New £125m fund to boost UK advanced manufacturing supply chains

... Vince Cable. "I want to seize on the increased preference that big global companies are showing for co-locating key elements of their supply chains with their UK manufacturing operations. "British suppliers have a lot to offer and we need to help them realise and develop their strengths and sell them on the international market. "While st...

Hygiene Group to the rescue!

...g, they can carry out more complicated confined space work, requiring a greater level of expertise, for which clients may previously have had to engage a specialist contractor. "Hygiene Group already has a permanent presence on these clients' sites and our site knowledge, availability and cost-effectiveness allows us to add further value to thei...

CHSA Soft Tissue Scheme: meet the members

...ent, companies can buy from Scheme members, confident they are getting exactly what they are paying for. The Accreditation Scheme guarantees: - Consistency of supply: customers receive what they order - Accurate labelling: customers get what they pay for - Fully audited manufacturers: our standard, your guarantee...

Register now for the ISSA Europe 2012 Golf Day

...ay 21st June 2012 at the Toft Hotel and Golf Course, Toft, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0JT. Known for being a keenly contested yet enjoyable tournament, the ISSA event features a 9 hole Texas Scramble and an 18 hole Stableford competition. Players will be served with a hot bacon roll on arrival, followed later by lunch and a sumptuous dinner in t...

Matthew Wonnacott - badly injured but doing well

...t whether you know the team or not, you will join John Austen and me in wishing the family well and for Matthew to get back to his old self as quickly as possible. Jan Hobbs Dear Jan I wonder if you would be so kind as to do me a small favour? As you know my son Matthew works with Louise in the business. Two weeks ago he was the victim of...

CSSA welcomes new online visa check tool

...tional from early 2012, will help companies that hire migrant workers avoid the large fines imposed for employing workers who have forged or invalid work permits. "This is definitely a positive signal from the UK Border Agency and it shows that it is interested in offering better support for businesses," says Andrew Large, Chief Executive of the...

Start the New Year with some training!

...ded to become 'The Clean Trust') has published a new schedule of training and certification courses for those wishing to upgrade their skills in 2012.[TRIMTO] Download the list of courses and their descriptions here. T: 0208 253 4505 E: claire.kelly@admin.co.uk ...

As 2020 target nears, England's recycling record improves

Households in England passed the recycling rate of 40% for the first time during 2010, according to recently released government figures. The average recycling rate for English councils was 41.2% between April 2010 and March 2011, up from 39.7% in 2009. Recycling rates have been creeping up annually in the past decade, with the rate of progress...

Winner of Kaivac's Dirtiest Mop Contest announced (15,557 votes received!)

... announced. Alina Prodan, from Chicago, IL,received a winning 3,254 votes from Kaivac Facebook fans for her soiled mop. She will receive $500 for submitting what Kaivac Facebook fans consider the dirtiest mop entered into the contest. (Image of the winning mop is attached as well as online) The contest began in October 2011 and voting began ...

New invention means Cardiff International pool is flushed with savings

...uses natural bacteria and enzymes to keep urinals smell free and blockage free eliminating the need for flushing. They are also completely 'green' as they harness nature's technology rather than traditional harsh, carbon intensive chemicals. The pool is operated on behalf of Cardiff City Council by Parkwood Leisure - one of the UK's leading l...

Shenandoah University dance students show off Hygen's attributes

...its Hygen Clean Water System. It features four Shenandoah University Dance Conservatory students performing a creative interpretation of the use of RCP's new filter mopping system, at the recent ISSA/Interclean tradeshow in Las Vegas.[TRIMTO] The innovative twist on the new mopping system product demonstration began three months prior to ISSA, w...

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...d about your latest product, piece of equipment or service, so do take advantage of this global platform of potential customers by regularly emailing us your news - it costs nothing other than a little of your time. It's actually our 10th birthday next February and we're marking this 'double whammy' celebration with a generous prize draw, announ...

WFBSC secures observer status at UN Commission

...n of Building Service Contractors secured observer status at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe GHS subcommittee in Geneva. This subcommittee is responsible for global policy on the regulation of chemical products including cleaning chemicals.[TRIMTO] Speaking after the meeting Andrew Large, Executive Vice President of the Worl...

Three weeks left to nominate for Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

...vironmental Services Managers have until 31stt December to nominate the housekeeper of their choice for the second annual Hygiene SpecialistExcellence award in the US.[TRIMTO] The prize is one worth winning; it includes an all-expenses-paid vacation for two to South Beach, FL, including airfare and beachfront accommodation! "This award is a g...

Women do better than men in 2011 jobs market despite public sector cutbacks

...a 'mancession' in the UK because men were hit relatively hard when it came to jobs. Women accounted for only around a fifth of the fall in employment during the recession and only around a third of the rise in unemployment. But there is a widespread expectation that the opposite will occur in the wake of ongoing large scale public sector downsizing...

The CVC - a user-friendly vacuum cleaner from Contico that works wonders!

...use was completely unfurnished apart from the white goods and when I asked what the pair would like for a housewarming gift, the request was for a Contico CVC vacuum cleaner, just like the one we have at home![TRIMTO] I made a call to Contico's Nikki Vaughan-Smith to see if I qualified for a trade discount and the CVC was delivered in double q...

Cresswell wins back high-status contract after a year away

...ow, along with the one existing building which it had originally retained, Cresswell is responsible for the common area cleaning of a total of four impressive sites, ranging from a shopping arcade to a building with nine floors. "Cresswell is delighted to be once again responsible for more of the F&C Reit portfolio," says David McLeod, Manag...

Ecolab expands Brazil pest elimination business

...relationships and opportunities. We welcome our new associates and customers to Ecolab, and we look forward to growing with them." T: 651-293-2809 www.ecolab.com ...

OCS hat trick with People into Action Awards 2011

OCS employees have been awarded for their efforts in three Land Securities contracts by the commercial property company's 'People into Action' initiative.[TRIMTO] The scheme is designed to reward those people who go above and beyond the call of duty. OCS staff all received quarterly awards including Kathleen Healy from Leeds Shopping Plaza in ...

Ceredigion County Council is UK Overall LOTY Trophy Winner

...ng director, Mike Bone, at the sellout Awards ceremony held earlier this month at the four star Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth. "Its excellent public toilets - and toilets in schools and other council buildings, are setting the standard throughout the UK. "Leading toilet providers recognise the importance of meeting this basic human need an...

Two giants become one

In a striking development for the powered access industry, two of the UK's biggest names in platform rentals will be uniting under one name - Nationwide Platforms. Previously, access rental businesses Panther and Nationwide Platforms, along with vehicle mount specialists EPL Skylift, have operated under the umbrella brand Lavendon Access Services....

Popular cleaning textbook now available in electronic format

...cifications - their preparation and implementation' has now been revised and reissued in electronic format. Arranged in 12 chapters, the text describes in detail how a professional cleaning specification can be developed with supporting explanations of how to prepare tender return documentation; how to estimate manpower requirements and what to ...

Survey reveals what facilities managers think of waterless urinal systems

...aterless urinal systems. Most respondents manage office buildings, while the others are responsible for universities and colleges. The majority of the respondents (57%) indicated they have 10 or fewer no-water urinal systems; this was followed by managers with 10 to 50 systems (29%), while 14% responded that they have more than 100 waterless sys...

A novel way of spreading the message about hygiene!

...i and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway stations in India have been entertained and educated whilst waiting for their trains as part of a new programme devised by Northern Railways, aimed at highlighting hygiene and security issues on the railways. A large number of rail passengers have enjoyed the Nukad Natak (street plays) staged by the Mitra Cultural...

Barnsley Council agreement pioneers new public/private partnering

Norse Commercial Services has completed the formation of another groundbreaking, £45 million plus, Local Authority partnership company, its second in the last 12 months. Barnsley Norse is a subsidiary of the existing Joint Venture Company which sister organisation NPS Group set up with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in February thi...

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...y industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Welcome to the first issue of Cleanzine for 2012 and a Happy New Year to all of you. We've had a slightly longer break than normal and a great deal has happened in the world in that time - much of it not good - so rather than reflect on it, let's get on with the news from the cleaning indu...

PPC introduces new cleaning and maintenance course

... and the build-up of dirt and grime to produce hygienically clean, glossy surfaces without the need for harsh chemicals.[TRIMTO] Says Tracey Glew, Managing Director: "We have introduced this course due to increased customer demand for cost effective floor refurbishment solutions. The latest accessories available for autoscrubbing equipment are c...

Getting out of a sticky situation

Even for the most skilled technician, there can be a variety of variables impacting the success of floor refinishing. Take the case of a pier in San Francisco harbour, which was converted into an office building, for example. Recently, the cleaning crew spent several hours stripping and refinishing the building's hard surface floors. At abo...

New Year rings new heights for Canadian 'Men In Kilts'

...e been deliberate about our growth," says CEO Tressa Wood. "We needed to test the franchise model before opening up the market. The addition of these latest franchises will make us Canada's largest window and exterior cleaning company. Our goal is to be in every major metro in North America by 2017." Tressa, a franchising expert who helped build...

MITIE is the only way for Essex!

...act with Essex County Council. The FTSE 250 company will work with the Council to deliver a transformational outsourcing contract which includes facilities and property management as well as energy services. MITIE will be working in partnership with Lambert Smith Hampton to provide estate management services to the Council including strategic a...

Improvements means there is now a Tork hand towel roll for every environment

Changes to the Tork hand towel roll system mean that there is now a product for every customer environment, while cost-in-use has been improved and products are now easier to handle for cleaning staff. Made by SCA, the range now includes a new sensor-operated Tork Elevation dispenser, which means there are now automatic and manual Tork hand to...

Niche solutions stand out in Prochem 2012 catalogue

...ors but a credible specialist supplier to market are the company's training arm - latest 2012 dates for which just announced - coupled to a product offer meeting specific problems with individual solutions.[TRIMTO] Prochem's newly redesigned 40-page catalogue stands as testimony to the Surrey-based company's remit to remain at the forefront in c...

More youngsters enter FM profession as average salaries near US$100,000 pa

...ilities managers with the Certified Facility Manager designation - which sets the industry standard for ensuring the knowledge and competence of practicing facility managers - report earning US$12,524 more per year than their counterparts without the credential. Those holding a CFM earn on average US$101,540 per year in compensation. IFMA's CFM ...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners receives Royal Charter

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners was formally presented with a Royal Charter of Incorporation at its annual Ladies' Banquet late last year.[TRIMTO] A Royal Charter is used to establish significant organisations and changes a body from a collection of individuals into a single legal entity. This will enable the Worshipful Compan...

Norse cleaning up in social housing

...s long-established relationship with social housing provider Flagship, with the award of a contract for its West Region. Norse won the EU compliant competitive tender that was run under the Restricted Procedure. The three year, £70,000 per annum contract covers the cleaning of communal areas for the housing association's 2,600 housing stoc...

OCS helps International Aid Trust to stock up

...will be able to make good use of the hygiene products," says Adrian Shuker, Sustainability Director for OCS. "OCS is a privately owned company with over 110 years of trading. During this time, the family values of five generations have underpinned a culture of corporate responsibility which has been supported strongly by our staff." Bernard Co...

Shropshire town's paving feels the force!

...scrubbed up well after completing a contract that helped with the repaving of a Midlands town. G-Force Steam was called upon to clean and apply a nanotechnology-based protective coating to approximately 300,000 new concrete paving stones used as part of a major refurbishment of Wellington town centre in Shropshire, which saw the entire repaving ...

BTA 2011 Innovation Award results

...British Toilet Association Management Committee judged each nomination and decided upon the winners for each award. The winners were presented with their awards at the Loo of the Year Awards late last year.[TRIMTO] The Centrego Toucan Ego was awarded the New Product Award. The Toucan Eco device is a revolutionary product that converts tap water ...

We have Mail - We need the loo!

Thanks to everyone who has kindly signed and publicised the e-petition to make it compulsory for Local Authorities to provide public toilets. Please could you make it a new year's resoLOOtion to circulate the link as widely as possible to friends, family and colleagues and see if we can get that signature count climbing! If you have the time /...

Dave Rogers to spearhead European market growth at Unger

...ager with long standing employer Unger. Adopting a challenging remit to aggressively grow revenues for Unger's professional cleaning products across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Dave will also oversee the UK business where he will continue in his current capacity as general manager. "We are delighted to welcome Dave to our European...

Greyland moves to new land

...ld probably have done with the aid of Santa's elves to help them move to new ones. We're reliably informed that it's now business as usual from:[TRIMTO] Unit 9, Fifth Ave Tameside Park Industrial Estate Cheshire SK16 4PP T: 0161 476 3607 F: 0161 476 3708 E: sales@greyland.co.uk W: www.greyland.co.uk ...

Ecolab Germany to relocate to new high-tech innovation centre in Monheim am Rhein

...n," says Phil Mason, president Europe, Middle East, Africa. "We chose the Monheim am Rhein location for its technical capabilities and for the additional space the facility will provide, which will enable us to co-locate key functions. This will help Ecolab promote further collaboration among our innovation teams and with customers to develop high-...

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...n local amenity tips throughout the UK, which would have been loved and valued by those who can't afford to buy them new. And then I thought of how many of these items were also being so thoughtlessly discarded throughout the civilised world. Civilised? Well... when you consider that huge parts of the world are wanting, and parts of it seem to h...

'Select few' grabbing all the growth

...lanation: "It's clear that the market is changing. The revenue and growth streams companies took for granted a couple of years ago have changed. Frankly, it's the one question that we all want to know the answer to: 'Where is the market heading?' These 70 winning companies seem to have the best idea." Despite concerns to the contrary, this is no...

Transport for London awards 'greener' cleaning contract for coach and bus station

Transport for London has awarded its cleaning contract for Victoria Coach Station and dozens of bus stations and bus stands to ISS Facility Services in an agreement that will deliver high levels of cleanliness and hygiene as well as deliver environmental benefits for the Capital. ISS Facility Services has been contracted to clean Victoria Coac...

Thermal image cameras cuts down on toxic chemicals

...ve in saving time and money that business has seen a big increase. Peter Trotman, Managing Director for MITIE's pest control team said; "The proactive use of expensive hi-tech equipment for rodent detection is not commonplace in our industry but we are determined to pioneer new and eco-friendly technology to improve customer confidence. The thermal...

Changes at the ACI announced

...cials, state legislators and regulators. ACI and our members are extraordinarily grateful to Dennis for his outstanding work on behalf of our industry." Rosenberg added that: "ACI is extremely fortunate to have Doug Troutman as our new Vice President and Counsel of Government Affairs. He brings to the table years of experience on Capitol Hill an...

Cleaning company wins top Environmental Award

... cleaning activities. Alliance Cleaning is a £3.5m business specialising in daily cleaning for commercial premises between 100m_ and 10,000m_ in London and the Home Counties. The company is offering a free 'environmental aware' cleaning audit to businesses. Photo caption: Ian Cain (left) Managing Director and Danny Bishop, Chairman, wi...

Ingot celebrates landmark anniversary

Ingot Services has been providing specialist cleaning services for commercial kitchens since 1987 and is celebrating its 25 years in business this year in a strong position. Thanks to Alan Maynard, Managing Director and the driving force behind the Ingot team, the company has thrived in recent years, winning new contracts throughout the UK and ...

New Year ambitions to reduce healthcare associated infections

New ambitions have been set for the National Health Service which build on the progress made on infections last year, Health Minister Simon Burns has announced. If delivered, there would be a further 29% reduction in MRSA bloodstream infections and a further 18% reduction in Clostridium difficile infections by April 2013 - bringing annual numbe...

British Cleaning Council backs London 2012 cleaning jobs pledge

...me employees will be approximately 60:40. London 2012 has also set a target of 15%-20% of their workforce to be derived from living in London's host boroughs. "We are pleased that the London 2012 games will provide a route to paid employment within the cleaning industry," says Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council. "Part of the...

A new era dawns for Jet-Vac Systems

...seeking new opportunities to expand and develop the company while building on its strong reputation for industrial vacuum services, high pressure water jetting, catalyst handling and mechanical bolting. "This is an extremely specialist field, and we are very happy to work exclusively with Jet-Vac as our service partner," explains Damien Connolly...

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...d a brand worthy of use in the Royal Household. Second, Vectair Systems' Matthew Wonnaccot, left for dead by a hit & run driver early in December, finally came out of hospital a few days before Christmas, "bruised, battered and broken but still maintaining a great spirit," according to Matt's father Paul. We understand that he is making grea...

Cleaner sweeps up - Kingston University cleaner receives award for 45 years service

...rk each day in a clean and tidy space, be it an office, classroom, library or canteen, it's easy to forget that the previous day's debris has usually been efficiently cleared away by a dedicated team of cleaning staff.[TRIMTO] Though their efforts are mostly unseen and often go unnoticed, Kingston University is recognising the important role tha...

Lotus Professional brand launches lifetime guarantees

Lotus Professional brand is extending its leasing policy for all customers throughout 2012, offering a lifelong warranty for the lifetime of each product dispensing the brand's quality soaps, sanitisers or tissue solutions.[TRIMTO] A simple, cost effective and hassle-free solution for lease customers, the lifetime warranty will provide greater...

Iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom undergoes its annual spring clean

...e to every type of dance step and sees millions of toe-tapping feet grace its floor each year. Therefore, each year it undergoes a necessary cleaning, maintenance and TLC programme, to ensure it continues to look its absolute best.[TRIMTO] The whole process starts off at floor level, with all 120ft of the wooden floors, made out of 30,602 blocks...

Frying high with Jangro

...ins in high demand regardless of all other take-away foods. 'Chippies' that are taking the extra effort to perfect the art of frying are enjoying high sales.[TRIMTO] According to Paul Williams, Managing Director of the UK's exclusive, School of Frying Excellence, these Professional, Award Winning Fryers are as fanatical about the cleanliness, s...

ServiceMaster Clean team members boast BDMA status

...orking closely with claimants, brokers and adjusters. Malcolm Holmes, Head of Commercial Support for ServiceMaster Clean explains the importance of this accreditation, stating: "Our focus is to go above and beyond customer requirements and we ensure the audit process is seamless for both the customer and the insurance sector. Queries are dealt w...

Prochem Europe receives Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The Queen

...ufacturer, Prochem Europe, has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for the supply of carpet cleaning products.[TRIMTO] The prestigious award is a mark of recognition to individuals and businesses for the supply of goods and services to The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales for a period of five y...

Norfolk companies prosecuted after cleaner crushes hand

...nd was crushed in machinery. Richard Beane, 34, from Watton in Norfolk, was working as a cleaner for SGA House Services, which was contracted by Watton Produce Company to work at its Attleborough vegetable packing plant.[TRIMTO] Norwich Magistrates' Court heard that in October 2010, Mr Beane was cleaning the underside of a conveyor belt on a ...

CFR to emphasise 'responsible cleaning' in 2012

...pany calls 'responsible cleaning' reports Robert Kravitz .[TRIMTO] Doug Berjer, product manager for CFR, explains that responsible cleaning refers to cleaning strategies that are designed to help protect the environment as well as natural resources, specifically water. "We want cleaning professionals and carpet cleaning technicians to be mor...

Fairer deal for UK hauliers

Plans for a lorry road user charging scheme to create a fairer deal for UK hauliers were announced yesterday by Roads Minister Mike Penning. Most EU states charge lorries for using their roads, which means that British vehicles have to pay to drive in Europe, while foreign lorries can drive for free in the UK. "We want to ensure that UK haul...

Dirty hands costs lives

...ee and FMX Manual soap dispensers and Purell hand sanitiser dispensers, along with protocol posters for workers to use as a reference point. Managing Director of GOJO Industries-Europe, Mike Sullivan, says: "Hand hygiene is an important part of food processing, as opportunities for cross contamination are in abundance. If just one employee fails...

A breath of clean air for Afghan police officers and their European advisors

...tors." The Blueair air cleaners supplied to EUPOL comprise 350 units of its 450E model, suitable for rooms up to 370 square feet (34 m2), and 75 units of the Blueair 650E model, suitable for rooms up to 698 square feet (65 m2). Both the 450E and 650E air cleaning models from Blueair utilise the same technology, including HepaSilent, galvanized s...

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... released show that the majority of accidents caused this time of year are by drivers setting off before they've cleared their windscreens and mirrors properly. That's not something I'm generally guilty of but I almost came a cropper this week when I drove off one evening with just a little wet on my windscreen, which didn't cause a problem on m...

Carpex/Windex: just five weeks off

...y, which is close to motorway networks and has ample parking. Carpex will provide an opportunity for everyone involved in carpet cleaning, maintenance, restoration and flooring to conduct business, network and to keep up to date with the latest industry developments. Products and services for all aspects of carpet cleaning will be on show includ...

Clean NZ - just a few stands left and they're going fast

...ve education programme designed to cover all areas of cleaning and hygiene, so there will be plenty for visitors to do over the two days.[TRIMTO] T: + 61 2 8586 6106 E: info@cleannzexpo.co.nz W: www.cleannzexpo.co.nz ...

A 'Clean Sweep' for OCS at Brunel University

...iversity buildings and estates are truly world-class." Andrew Mortimer, Client Services Director for OCS, is confident that his team will make a difference: "The recent 'Energy and Effectiveness in Higher Education' report by Universities UK highlights improved service quality and increased efficiencies that can be gained from outsourcing," h...

Cleaning Industry Charity Golf Open

Having been in receipt of your latest Cleanzine e-shot I thought you may find the attached information about the Cleaning Industry Charity Golf Open of interest, and consider including information about this in your next edition. This is open to everyone in the FM and Cleaning Industry, and there's already some good support coming from the Wors...

Queen's Diamond Jubilee: 60 years of Britain at work

...no increase in the total number of hours worked each week. The UK has thus undergone a process of informal 'work-sharing' since the 1950s with a fall of 10 hours in the length of the average working week. In the 1950s only 4% of people worked part time; 60 years later the proportion is 1 in 4 (6.5 million employees).[TRIMTO] * The value of outpu...

Yuasa launches new Pro-Spec batteries for semi-traction applications

... deliver extra power, higher reliability and prolonged service life. The new batteries are designed for use in electric vehicles such as floor cleaning machines, materials handling equipment and access platforms as well as golf carts and mobility vehicles.[TRIMTO] The Pro-Spec range has been specifically designed to provide durability and long l...

Facilities managers and Cleaning Pro's 'will pay more for sustainable products'

According to a survey conducted for The Sustainability Dashboard, a Web-based system that helps organisations measure and monitor their use of fuel, water, energy, etc.. The survey finds that 43% of facilities managers and cleaning professionals would pay more for products made by a company that practices sustainability.* However, 28% of respon...

New activated hydrogen peroxide cleaner disinfectants clean fast in healthcare environments

...o-use, one-step cleaner disinfectants engineered with a patented activated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) formula. These activated hydrogen peroxide products are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill 32 bacteria and viruses in 30-seconds to one minute, claimed to be the fastest non-bleach contact time available.[1][TRIMTO] ...

Check who's working for you, Olympics firms told

Employers who plan to take on more staff for the Olympic and Paralympic Games must check their labour providers, warns Her Majesties Revenue & Customs. Labour providers are agencies that supply temporary workers to meet seasonal and market demand. With the Olympics leading to an increase in businesses needing temporary workers, HMRC is urgi...

Tristel launches sporicidal wipes you can actually see work

Tristel Sporicidal Surface Wipes are the latest addition to the 'Tristel for Surfaces' product range and provide a practical and highly effective way to decontaminate all hard surfaces, including those of non-invasive medical devices and food preparation areas.[TRIMTO] Quick and easy to use, the Tristel Sporicidal surface wipe uses chlorine di...

New lease options for electrolysed water for 2012

... offer an environmentally friendly solution to cleaning and sanitising. EOwater, the UK distributor for Rox electrolysed water systems, is now offering a range of easy pay lease and rental packages, opening up the availability of this premium cleaning and sanitising system to many new customers.[TRIMTO] Rox is a completely integrated system that...

MITIE Chief Executive awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List for 2012

Ruby McGregor-Smith, chief executive of MITIE Group, was named on the New Year Honours List for 2012 and will be honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to business and diversity in business.[TRIMTO] Ruby joined MITIE, the FTSE 250 outsourcing and energy services company, in 2002 and was appointed as...

Chicago hosts 2012 IFMA Facility Fusion Conference & Expo

... absence of a role or title and gives them a tangible approach to driving change and creating value for others. The conference's first day will feature educational sessions highlighting ways built environment professionals can make a more effective business case to the C-suite, engage building occupants on sustainability initiatives, identify be...

Blue Competence for Green Cleaning

... European Cleaning Machines Association, is developing a transparent and reliable assessment scheme for commercial cleaning machines, designed to enable customers to compare different machines based on their resource efficiency.[TRIMTO] To be able to evaluate machines adequately, a measurement of cleaning results must first be established. Thus,...

Demon's new Hurricane Combi in Awards final!

...er and Rotowash Professional floor cleaner, already manufactured by Demon. The Combi is designed for cleaning flat surfaces, including car parks, walkways, roads, pontoons and sports grounds etc. It comes complete with twin spinning arms which rotate at 2000rpm and a 50mm heavy duty skirt that eliminates overspray to anything nearby, which is es...

Improving street cleaning and waste collection in Chennai

...each operating depot will also send text messages to the headquarters as soon as the vehicles leave for morning, noon and night shifts, at 07.30, 14.30 and 20.30, while an administrator at the transfer station will send text messages to mark the time vehicles leave for the landfill sites. An assistant executive engineer at unit level will intera...

New contract win takes Incentive QAS to dizzy heights

Heron International and Cushman & Wakefield have chosen Incentive QAS to take responsibility for the cleaning of Heron's flagship building, Heron Tower in Bishopsgate. The building is the tallest building in the City of London, reaching 230 metres into the skyline with a restaurant and Sky Bar on levels 38-40.[TRIMTO] Under the terms of th...

Better-than-national infection rate drops even further at hospital using Xenex

.... diff infections is still two too many," argues President/CEO Craig Melin, whilst applauding the efforts of hospital staff, particularly environmental services and nursing team members, to accommodate the additional step of UV disinfection. "Cooley Dickinson's extra efforts mean the chances of getting an infection in this hospital are significa...

Emprise celebrates 10 years at The Berkeley by rewarding cleaning staff

...celebrated the 10 year anniversary of its cleaning contract with The Berkeley, by recognising the efforts of its long-serving staff cleaning the 5* luxury Knightsbridge hotel.[TRIMTO] Emprise provides behind the scenes services including kitchen cleaning, porters and a flexible back of house support staff to the Berkeley through its long-serving...

Major new TV series seeks Britain's most colourful and unconventional workplaces

...] Dragonfly, who specialise in fly-on-the-wall series, have contacted KBZine as they are looking for colourful bosses who make their own rules and don't care what other people think. If you are passionate about your business, and feel tremendously loyal towards the (sometimes long suffering) staff you employ - would love to hear from you. If you...

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...d, state-of-the-art dustcart when he works) as he accompanied his Jakartan counterpart on his round for 10 days to see how the work compares.  The early start is the same but that’s where the similarity ends. Six days a week, soon after sunrise, Imam Syaffi sets off with his hand-pulled cart to collect rubbish from Jakartan households...

Recognising the best toilets for 25 Years

Nominations and entries are now being received for the 2012 Loo of the Year Awards - the annual competition to find the best places 'to go' in Britain, Ireland and The Channel Islands. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Loo of the Year Awards is promoted by The British Toilet Association and is run this year in association with Headline Spo...

Carpet cleaning work injury survey looks at equipment ergonomics

...hen working at both residential and commercial facilities. The January 2012 survey was conducted for US Products, a leading manufacturer of professional carpet cleaning equipment, and was first posted on the company's Facebook site, reports Robert Kravitz. As of February 3rd, 2012, 69 respondents had completed the survey.[TRIMTO] Asked which ...

Pseudomonas - we need more facts

...rom the investigators. The worst thing we can do is jump to conclusions and respond without more information.[TRIMTO] Meanwhile a greater understanding of pseudomonas would be helpful. We know that it is a tough strain of bacteria which can survive in harsh environments. And we know that it is found widely in damp conditions and stagnant water....

Enterprises must boost innovation as global competition becomes stronger

Almost all EU Member States have improved their innovation performance according to the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 released on Tuesday by the European Commission in Brussels. However, innovation performance growth is slowing down and the EU is not closing the persistent gap with global innovation leaders US, Japan and South Korea. The large...

Dealing with feminine hygiene waste in a revolutionary new way

...ange. Companies favouring liner exchange will typically have to buy a quality plastic liner, buy a form of sanitising agent (usually in the form of sachets, liquids or granules), and incur labour costs as a result of the operative having to retrospectively add the sanitising agent into the plastic liner. The above process can be expensive, time...

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... The man's feet must be like rhino skin." The 100 odd householders Imam looks after each day pay for the service and he has to make a good job of it to avoid complaints and the possibility of the sack. The job is highly prized because of the regular income it brings and there are plenty of others waiting to take over if Imam fails to please. Wil...

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...the Autumn, would allow everyone to take advantage of the expected increase in buying activity." For further information you can email martin at: martinscott@quartzltd.com Yours, Jan Hobbs ...

From Australia - a really novel way of providing better hand hygiene

...ve to maintaining hand washing areas. The tapware used has the ability to be calibrated to operate for either five, seven, 10 or 15 seconds, saving water and energy usage.   To see Soapsteam in action click on the demonstration video at: www.soapstream.com.au T: 08 9285 2694 E: info@soapstream.com.au W: www.soapstream.com.au ...

New CILS computer printable rating plate labels have 'heavy duty' label adhesives!

...ial numbers, model numbers etc) can be added 'in-house, on-demand' in minutes, eliminating the need for large, expensive stocks of fully printed labels. Perfect for all smooth, textured, powder-coated, cast-metal surfaces and resistant to extreme temperatures (+388 C), aggressive solvents, abrasion, hydraulic fluids etc, CILS-9200HD labels&...

All clean at Northampton College

...Cleaning is carried out on a daily basis, augmented by periodic 'deep' cleaning. "We are looking forward to working with Norse because its knowledge of the public sector gives the team a natural understanding of the budgetary pressures the Education sector is facing, and the need to achieve greater efficiencies," says Bob York, Northampton Colle...

Government urged to boost credibility of apprenticeship schemes

The Forum of Private Business has urged the Government to simplify the entire apprenticeship system to make it more business-friendly and appealing to industry leaders.[TRIMTO] Marking National Apprenticeship Week (6th - 10th February), the business support organisation made its submission to the Business, Innovation & Skills Select Committ...

Pest problems solved with the WoolSafe Organisation

...he goal of giving attendees a good understanding of textile insect pests and the appropriate method for their removal. Covering insect biology, metamorphosis, reproductive strategy, identification, lifecycles, moths, beetles, fleas, PPE requirements, Health & Safety and application of the relevant treatments; the course is invaluable for all th...

In-depth study reveals controlling, target-driven approach to leadership as counter-productive

...ship', provides proof that a highly people-centred approach to leadership results in outstanding performance. [TRIMTO] Six high-profile UK organisations took part in the study including EDF Energy, Guardian Media Group, Tesco and Unilever. As data in the report demonstrates, one of the most striking elements to emerge from the research was ...

Catalogue of safety failings by Rotherham recycling firm

A recycling company in Rotherham displayed "a blatant disregard" for the safety of 120 workers by failing to protect them properly against dangerous parts of cutting and crushing equipment.[TRIMTO] The Health and Safety Executive uncovered a catalogue of safety breaches during an inspection of the Universal Recycling Company site in Wharf Road,...

Heavy duty scrubber dryers come with a three year warranty

... range of scrubber dryers offers various options including an Atex explosion-proof machine suitable for hazardous environments and an all stainless-steel version suitable for the food industry. These machines are available from a compact pedestrian 26 litre through to a large 350 litre ride-on scrubber dryer. "The Gansow Premium Line scrubber dr...

Sercon celebrates new association with cleaning contract win

...es contract with Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association.[TRIMTO] Hanover currently manages homes for more than 5,000 residents throughout Scotland, offering the choice of rented; shared ownership; shared equity and fully owned housing. The contract win will see Sercon provide office cleaning services to Hanover's head office in Edinburgh, whi...

Helping British Airways 'To Fly. To Serve'

British Airways has awarded a five year aircraft cleaning and amenity services contract for all its aircraft based at Heathrow Airport. OCS, which has provided aviation services to British Airways at London Heathrow Airport for over 20 years, secured the contract to become BA's sole aircraft grooming supplier following a competitive tender proces...

Camden Council appoints ISS as new facilities management partner

...port contracts with different suppliers into this single contract with ISS, saving money and making for a more streamlined process. Under the new contract, the council and service users will benefit from: - Excellent value for money; - Consistent reporting; - Reduced administrative work in ordering and payment. I...

RIA introduces new website for 2012 Convention

...rtle Beach, S.C., from March 27th -29th - and it has recently introduced a new website to provide information to the industry on the event.[TRIMTO] "This site provides a real-time look at the exhibition hall for both attendees and exhibitors, a complete listing of the sessions RIA will be offering and all of the details attendees need to make th...

Guests protected from filthy hotel rooms by new safety systems

...various news stories that emerged last year surrounding bed bug infestations, hoteliers are looking for new ways to avoid similar occurrences in 2012. The room hygiene module will protect a hotel's reputation and offer a defence against fraudulent customer complaints. Jason Burnett, Technical Director at Check Safety First explains: "2011 was a ...

Steady stream of biobased products are headed our way in 2012

...DA) is designed to help stimulate 'Green' jobs, assist rural economies, and help wean the US off of foreign oil. As part of the programme, the USDA unveiled a BioPreferred product label last year to help specifiers identify products that meet specific criteria as to biobased content. "Because they have become more cost and performance effective,...

"Y Viva Espana" says the cleaning industry

...ng Committee stresses the professional cleaning & hygiene sector's widespread acceptance which, for three days, has endorsed the trade fair at Feria Valencia with its presence," it says. The deputy director of Reed Exhibitions Iberia, Alonso, has assessed the quality and quantity of the professional visitors who attended Hygienalia+Pulire: ...

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 gets the 'Yes' vote!

...eople are saying 'Yes' to is Cleaning Expo Scotland, which is taking place just a couple of weeks before the referendum, on 3th and 4th September, at Glasgow's SECC. With stand space almost sold out and the numbers of visitors who have pre-registered to attend, growing daily, the enthusiasm surrounding this new event is becoming infectious! S...

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...mp; Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Forgive me if you've read my comments previously about people grumbling that there's no point in attending cleaning exhibitions "because there's never anything new in the cleaning industry". If you have of course, you'll be well aware of my consterna...

Quality pays for South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

...ernacare to ensure the highest standards of patient care and infection prevention, matched by value for money.[TRIMTO] The Trust is using Vernacare's single-use pulp range across its wards because the UK manufactured product is of a consistent rigorously tested quality that ensures it can be disposed of hygienically through effective maceration....

NCL introduces cost-saving portable dilution system

.....Clean! portable dilution system. Ready...Set...Clean! incorporates 12 proven super concentrate formulas, including 5 Green Seal Certified products that deliver unmatched cost savings and cleaning performance. [TRIMTO] The program uses a single, reusable 2 GPM Portable Dispensing Unit (PDU) and sealed containers with built-in&...

Starting an office recycling programme... becoming a worm wrangler

...grammes. "The first step involves simply surveying the trash," says Doug Berjer, product manager for CFR. "Determine what is going in the trash and what can be recycled. Ask your trash collecting company what they will and will not recycle." From here, Doug's 'Getting Started' recycling tips include the following: * Make it a top-down deci...

Cannon Hygiene UK confirms commitment to floorcare and roller towels

...es. All customers receiving roller towel and mat products from the Textile Care business have been formally transferred to the Cannon Hygiene business. "Roller towels and mats continue to be of upmost strategic importance to Cannon Hygiene," confirms Howard Sedgwick, Managing Director of Cannon Hygiene. "We wish to reassure our valued customers...

Norse wins contract with Suffolk ports

Norse Commercial Services has been awarded the contract for cleaning at Felixstowe and Harwich ports. Hutchison Ports, which operates both Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port, have awarded the contact starting on 1st April 2012. The contract covers day-to-day and specialist cleaning at over 100 different locations around the p...

Altro taps Regent Cleaning know-how in joint training initiative

A drive to heighten the effectiveness of cleaning high-performance safety and hygiene flooring has prompted a joint training initiative between Regent Cleaning and manufacturer Altro.[TRIMTO] Regent shared its experience of cleaning Altro flooring installed at its healthcare sites with the product's maker at a specially-convened Development Da...

Cleaning company sets shining example

The manager of a support services company responsible for keeping the new Sainsbury's store in Irvine clean and hygienic has given bright futures to 15 previously unemployed local people, having enlisted the help of Ingeus, the company responsible for finding him work back in 2010.[TRIMTO] Paul Edgar, a site manager for contract cleaner Inters...

PHS Direct and The National Forest: Families plant trees in a new woodland.

Staffordshire-based business PHS Direct recently held a Family Day planting trees in a new National Forest woodland at Overseal in Derbyshire. The day was part of PHS Direct's sponsorship of The National Forest and staff and their families attacked their task with gusto - despite very cold and windy January weather - and planted 150 trees. Aro...

New 21st century disinfection and hand sanitisation products set to zap the world's superbugs!

... range continues to destroy all manner of viruses, bacteria, fungi, spores and mould-borne diseases for up to 14 days after just one application on surfaces and up to eight hours on hands. As well as the standard trigger spray, wiping or mopping applications used in disease control routines, to ensure maximum coverage, Hygiene Worldwide - which ...

A pilot sanitation project is about to begin in Lahore, Pakistan

...d the mechanical cleaning and washing of roads, pavements, underpasses, squares and green belts. For first four months of the project, LWMC will provide these services for free and after this, charges may be made depending upon how much it costs to implement the service and just how much the residents and businesses can afford to pay for it. ...

Fuller Brush Company files for bankruptcy protection

The Fuller Brush Company, which for many years has manufactured brushes used in cleaning machines and equipment around the world, announced today that it has filed protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code.[TRIMTO] According to Chief Restructuring Officer, Lawrence Perkins, the filing was a necessary means to effe...

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...papers here in the UK have been filled with stories in recent months regarding members of our armed forces returning from battle to inferior homes, inferior healthcare and totally inadequate compensation for horrendous injuries sustained - and the latter particularly so when compared with compensation awarded to some civilians because of perceived ...

MagicArt Trolleys

... Trolleys you can do just that! They are the new fantastic line of TTS Hotel Linen Trolleys, unique for their elegance, diversity of style, range of functions and attention to detail. Unlike most other trolleys in the market today, 'MagicArt' trolleys can be completely customised to suit you. You tell us what you want! Available in exciting d...

Pump and dispense fluids easily, safely and without waste

...iene Approved Ezi-action Drumpumps and Ezi-action Safety Measures have been proven around the world for safety and reliability for hand pumping and fluid transfer from drums and containers.[TRIMTO] With the ruggedly constructed polypropylene Ezi-action Drumpumps you and your customers will find it easy to dispense a wide range of liquids. Strong...

How to beat the BIG boys - What the giants of the industry just don't get

by our US correspondent, Ed Selkow I used to look forward to reading our trade journals. Services Magazine, Cleaning Management, Building Services Management and a couple long gone now. Those magazines weren't just bathroom reading for me, I would hang on every word, read every article and carefully read every single ad. Editors had names li...

Regent wins cleaning contract for Blatchford prosthetics sites

...of the world's leading providers of prosthetic and orthotic products and services.[TRIMTO] Blatchford is a manufacturer and global distributor of lower limb prosthetic components and supplies prostheses and orthoses in selected markets including the UK and India. The company holds over 35% of all UK NHS prosthetics contracts and has again won th...

The Cleaning Authority offers returning veterans great business opportunities

On Tuesday, The Cleaning Authority announced an exciting new offer for all qualified armed forces veterans-a full 50% off The Cleaning Authority's initial franchise fee. This is something The Cleaning Authority is proud to offer, and it also believes it is good business.[TRIMTO] "As a veteran myself, I fully understand the importance of servin...

Jangro Member wins top Deb Award

... Some 60 independent Deb distributors from the 16-year old The Deb Elite Distributor scheme entered for one of three Awards - Gold, Silver and Bronze. Judging is based on sales performance, business growth and development, teamwork and co-operation with Deb. "We were thrilled to win the top Award this year," enthuses Paul Whitehead, Director ...

Expansion underway at Ecolab's Schuman Campus in Eagan, Minnesotta

... 51,000 square-foot facility, to be named Building H, will house a state-of-the-art training centre for the company's institutional business, which provides cleaning and sanitation products, programmes and services to customers in the foodservice, hospitality and healthcare industries. The facility will also provide additional space for research fa...

Yet another landmark building cleaning contract win for Principle

... portfolio, Principle Cleaning Services tells us it is delighted to have won a high status contract for the prestigious Lloyd's of London at One Lime Street.[TRIMTO] Lloyd's is not a company and the building is not open to the public. It is the world's leading insurance market where members join together as syndicates to insure and reinsure ris...

RIA announces Martin L. King scholarship events at Annual Leadership Summit & Industry Expo

...., the US, from March 27th - 29th, there will be two special events which will serve as fundraisers for the newly established Martin L. King Scholarship Programme.[TRIMTO] King, who served as the RIA technical advisor for close to 40 years and created the industry's eminent Certified Restorer program, retired last year after spending decades tea...

OCS acquires majority stake in Integris management Services

...ng of the acquisition, Cecil Ryan, Regional Managing Director OCS Europe, said: "This is great news for everyone at OCS and is an important strategic move for our business in Ireland. It will allow us to provide a complete range of services to the clients of both companies as we innovate to meet their needs." James Buckley, Managing Director of ...

Soapbox: Consider environmental impact when selecting wiping systems

by Kimberly-Clark Professional When selecting the right wiper system for a given task, it's important to take into account its impact on the environment. Did you know that reusable laundered shop towels are responsible for 30% more landfilled solid waste than their disposable counterparts? And disposable wipes take up far less space in lan...

ISSA wins top honour

...and to offer them tools to help them compete in their markets. "Receiving this award further reinforces our belief that despite being in a presumably unglamorous industry, you can be recognised amongst distinguished peers as an innovator. Thanks to Association Trends for providing ISSA with one more example for our members of how the professiona...

Chance for employers to participate in a new £250m training fund

...jects could include: * Developing and shaping apprenticeship frameworks to meet industry needs * Forming employer guilds * Gaining support for specific areas of training provision The above list is only a small sample of project ideas that may gain support from the fund and Asset Skills would like to hear from employers and/or groups of emplo...

ISSA industry association meeting sets tone for upcoming Amsterdam show

...ecently held the first-ever meeting of its European partners at the Amsterdam RAI. The objective for the meeting was to allow members to discover more about cleaning industries in different countries directly from their international peers - learning first-hand from their experiences and finding solutions to the challenges they all face within t...

Speed manufacturing finds a new home

UK cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland, renowned for its 'speed manufacturing' policy that sees an unrivalled order to delivery turnaround in only four days, has found a new home. With hundreds of distributors around the UK, as well as in Europe, Greyland is now one of the country's leading cleaning chemicals manufacturers, but after 13 y...

Silverdell awarded with framework contracts in Utilities and Social Housing sectors

...lverdell, the Specialist Environmental Support Services group, has been awarded framework contracts for consultancy in the Utilities and Social Housing sectors, with a combined approximate value of £1.4m, as well as an asbestos remediation contract worth approximately £2.25m.[TRIMTO] The company has secured a contract worth approxima...

At last - some good news for the UK Cleaning Equipment & Materials industry

...ring the worst trading conditions in recent memory." David Pattison also reserves special praise for the 87 'high profit' companies that are leading this profitability renaissance. He says: "These companies really are profit kings. While the average profit margin hovers around 4%, these companies are averaging 14%. To do so in a tight market is ...

Kennedy introduces the new Ellipse range

...e, whereas an exclusive metallic grey Designer and a chrome plated Premium finish will be available for the top end of the market. The Ellipse range comprises two dispensers for cotton hand drying - the Integra and the retractable Tekna, two products for hand washing - the Savona liquid and Savona foam soap dispensers, two toilet tissue dispense...

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...y the British Olympic Association's chief medical officer, Dr. Ian McCurdie, when he suggested that for the same reason, our athletes refrain from shaking hands... Rather unsportsmanlike don't you think? But then so is the way the tickets were sold so that only the very wealthy were likely to be able to secure tickets for their favoured event...

Great Start to the Year for Global FM

...iation, says that 2012 has started with a bang and that as well as a number of new projects planned for the year, it has exciting news to share. The first piece of news is the announcement that the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) is the latest organisation to join Global FM. Established three years ago, the Association a...

Renowned German cleaning machine manufacturer appoints Wrennalls as UK agent

...utomatic scrubbers, single disc machines, wet and dry vacuum cleaners and spray extraction machines for any environment. Shaun Bradbury, Managing Director, Wrennalls Group, is thrilled to have secured such a dynamic working relationship: "For the last five years, I have been struggling to source a manufacturer that would provide me with the o...

Robert Scott & Sons acquires Contico Manufacturing

...entec.[TRIMTO] Contico has been a major and popular player in the professional janitorial sector for the past 37 years and the acquisition by Robert Scott & Sons will both enhance and secure the company's future in the supply and manufacturing of its range of added value, manual cleaning products.[TRIMTO] "Both Robert Scott and Contico ha...

OCS Group expands in Singapore through Don Thaker acquisition

...Thaker Group (DTG) in Singapore as a key step in the Group's strategic GBP40 million expansion plan for the region. Chris Cracknell, Chief Executive Officer for OCS Group, explains: "We intend to grow revenues derived from overseas operations rapidly over the next three years. Following the acquisition of DTG, our Singapore-based operations will...

A high performance service for a high performance business - GKN Aerospace

....[TRIMTO] At the company's Filton and Western Approach sites, OCS will provide cleaning services for office and industrial areas, reception and vending services, along with logistics, loading and waste operations. Security services will also be provided at Western Approach. GKN Aerospace acquired the former Airbus UK Filton wing component an...

British Cleaning Council holds 30th Anniversary Reception in Palace of Westminster

...ss. Mark was followed by Norman Lamb MP, newly installed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs. Mr. Lamb used the platform to defend the coalition government's growth strategy and emphasise government support for the cleaning and support services sectors, outlining policies that will improv...

ACI says safety built into cleaning product DNA; refutes study designed to scare

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) today expressed disappointment with research which wrongly raises unfounded safety concerns over cleaning products and ignores enhanced efforts to communicate with consumers about product ingredients.[TRIMTO] "An enormous amount of research, development and test...

New sanitisation products claim to Kill H5N1 Super Virus

... virus have already affected pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. Avian Influenza can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.  Precautionary requirements include cleaning ...

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...ng a clear path to my office the following week, although the chat I had with the woman responsible for street cleaning did make me feel that at least someone was listening. I've said it before but it's all down to educating our young people not to litter and not to drink so much that they vomit in the streets. Is enough being done in our school...

Additional exhibition space secured for Clean NZ

Clean NZ (24th -25th May 2012, Auckland) is no longer sold out. Additional space for a further 20 stands has been secured, next to the educational seminar area and café. .[TRIMTO] All companies that book space before 30th March, will be featured in the next issue of Inclean magazine, which will include a special New Zealand cleaning...

CSSA comments on minimum wage increase

...TO] "The LPC has recognised that many firms are facing a tough economic environment, and every effort should be made to preserve jobs and support the fragile recovery. "While the minimum wage freeze for young people has already faced criticism from some quarters, youth unemployment is at its highest level for a generation and it would be coun...

An Olympic start to the year for Principle Cleaning!

...lighted to have secured the contract to clean accommodation which G4S is using to prepare its staff for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.[TRIMTO] G4S is the world's leading international security solutions group. With a heritage going back over a century and, with more than 625,000 employees, it is one of the largest private employer...

LPM Cleaning goes 'quackers' in support of Brainwave children's charity

...riday 6th April, the Manchester Duck Race will take place in aid of Brainwave, LPM's chosen charity for 2012. Brainwave sees children with a whole range of issues including brain injuries such as Cerebral Palsy, and genetic conditions including Down's Syndrome, Developmental Delay and Autism. Families are invited to one of Brainwave's centres...

Fogbuster eliminates fat, oil and grease from waste pipes

...in lines and grease traps. Fogbuster products are all totally clean and environmentally friendly formulations, which are biodegradable and ready to use. They cannot damage drains, drain lines and grease traps in any way. They are all manufactured to ISO 9001: 2008 and recommended by water consultants, architects, building engineers and estate ma...

Envirionix gains Food Safety Certification on Eco-Safe Cleaning Solutions

...as a result are safe to be used on any surface in contact with foodstuffs. "This is a major step forward for the company in that a number of blue chip food manufacturers have requested food safety testing by Campden BRI," explains Brent Dunleavey, managing director of Envirionix. "The companies have been evaluating both products against the usua...

LPM shows commitment to environment and service with introduction of new range

...as the name implies, only a small amount of the high quality super-concentrate chemical is required for each cleaning job. And, with just a couple of products needed in most cases - washroom cleaner and general purpose cleaner - it is quite clear which products are required for each job, helping to make the working environment much safer. "We a...

MITIE awarded £6m integrated facilities management contract with Worldpay

...t room WorldPay operates in over 40 countries and is a major global leader in payment processing for businesses and individuals. MITIE was chosen by WorldPay because it offers a comprehensive facilities and energy management service, allowing WorldPay management to concentrate on its key business functions. In addition, WorldPay chose MITI...

Combo: the big, ride-on machine from Italy

RCM says that that this is the most modern solution for the thorough cleaning and maintenance of large areas in which time (without sacrificing quality of cleaning) is the most important factor.[TRIMTO] The idea of the 'Combo' is to gather together the following functions in a single machine: Sweep, Wash and Dry separately (both in collection ...

OspreyDeepclean introduces the new SteamForce range

...fessionals both within general contract cleaning and industrial applications alike.[TRIMTO] SteamForce is the result of further collaboration between the UK's OspreyDeepclean and the German based Frank divisions of Proventec. With a logical, well thought out range from the entry level SF Eco and the versatile SF3 on single phase, to the compa...

£5 million up for grabs for Britain's start-up stars

Entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital for their business ideas are today invited to pitch for a share of a £5 million investment fund from MITIE Group. MITIE, the FTSE 250 outsourcing and energy services company, is thought to be the only FTSE firm to fund and operate an investment start-up programme, which is facilitated via its £...

Achieve professional results in the shortest time with Window Vac

...ree and makes it easier than ever to achieve crystal clear windows in an instant. It's also perfect for removing liquid from mirrors, shower screens, tiles, condensation from windows and even spills from floors and worktops.[TRIMTO] This versatile product is handheld, easy to use and achieves an expert finish with one satisfying swipe. Weighing ...

Exterior cleaning: System solutions ensure economical street cleansing and grounds maintenance

...or residential area is. Nowadays there is a multitude of machines and pieces of equipment available for the cleaning and maintenance of such areas. [TRIMTO]Often, for reasons of false economy, people fall back on the cheapest machines. However, substandard service or expensive finance can quickly lead to excessive total costs. That is why it i...

Jigsaw gives new hospital Royal treatment

...eaning methods being adopted at a newly opened £90 million state-of-the-art development at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester, are already paying dividends.[TRIMTO] Hope Building at Salford Royal has opened as part of the Trust's £200 million redevelopment programme, with the domestic management team deciding to u...

Surface cleaning the 'green' way:lLiability and risk management - does it make cents?

Although this article was written by Cathleen Parker, President of Parker West International, for the US market, it has plenty of useful information for those involved in exterior cleaning in most of the 148 countries in which Cleanzine is read. Enjoy! [TRIMTO] For several years now, there has been a 'buzz' about the benefits of green indoor ...

PikStik enables you to pick with ease

...s. PikStik, an American brand, has been in the business of building and marketing reaching tools for over 20 years and has innovated the market with creative inventions such as the PikStik Pro, the TrashStik and the TelescoPik. PikStik is a tool used in many workplace environments including hospitality, medical, janitorial and hardware allowi...

Jani-King crowned 'Official Cleaning Company' for St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Savannah

As St. Patrick's Day quickly approaches, Jani-King of Savannah is preparing for the city's largest annual celebration and what is expected to be the largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States. [TRIMTO] Savannah, Georgia will attract an estimated 1,000,000 visitors and local celebrators this coming weekend. This event has be...

After Karcher's challenge, Tennant downgrades advertising claim

US cleaning equipment manufacturer Tennant has pulled back from its claims for ec-H2O technology in scrubber-driers significantly after Karcher initiated legal or regulatory action against the company at the beginning of September 2011, for what it felt was misleading advertising. Tennant made the changes prior to legal or official rulings in Germ...

New ways of working at height demand the highest training standards

...spections, including surveys and specialist reports.[TRIMTO] Increasingly, companies are looking for a single manageable contract for their building requirements, serviced by one reputable and dependable provider. CAM Specialist Support has extended way beyond traditional cleaning services by providing high-level maintenance, specialist training...

Hydro Tek introduces its new Industrial Cold Wash Skid CPS Series

...mpany's hot water power washers and offering pressures up to 5000 psi, this Cold Wash Skid is ready for some serious cleaning. There are six petrol powered models with a diesel powered power washer also available. The remote four gallon petrol tank allows for long run times and safe refuelling. This cold water wash skid is ideal for lorry or tra...

The Truvox TruSweep 460 is sweeping across Britain

...electricity, it does not pose a risk of people tripping over a trailing lead. The operator is therefore able to sweep up all the litter on a path or paved area with ease. The clever bit is that the TruSweep 460 has an adjustable main brush that revolves in the opposite direction to that of travel. This mechanism therefore flips debris such as c...

Ecolab expands Brazil institutional business

...ty and scale, improve customer coverage and strengthen our customer relationships and opportunities for our fast-growing Brazilian institutional business. We welcome our new associates and customers to Ecolab, and we look forward to growing with them." www.ecolab.com ...

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...John and I have been heavily involved in the glamorous KBB industry (Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms) for some years now, our cleaning pedigree goes back even further. Cleanzine celebrates its 10th birthday this month but prior to that I edited all of the other UK-based cleaning magazines while John was publisher of 'Cleaning' magazine back in the 80...

Rubbermaid's new 'Clean Look' range elevates washroom experience for all

...ed look and sleek, contemporary styling that is designed to deliver an enhanced washroom experience for every user.[TRIMTO] The Clean Look family comprises different products drawn from the Air Care, Surface Care, and the newly launched Skin Care system ranges. Each dispenser is available in black, white or chrome finishes, to complement and acc...

Survey reveals professionals "unclear about proper cleaning / disinfecting procedures"

...Professional to commission this survey, which specifically targeted cleaning professionals, in an effort to help bring greater clarity to the industry and better educate staff and managers on the proper processes for surface cleaning and disinfecting. Respondents even contradicted themselves across survey questions, highlighting the confusion th...

Find a flexible trolley solution with new VoleoFlex

... Marketing Manager at Vileda Professional. "Our aim is to provide products that make the job easier for the user and we believe VoleoFlex offers the ultimate in versatility and manoeuvrability in areas of limited space and storage." VoleoFlex can be adapted for many different uses and although it is compact its storage capacity is comparable to ...

bpi.recycled products makes £multi-million investment into new recycling capabilities

... 9th March at a ceremony attended by representatives from the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs as well as dignitaries such as Jasper Roberts, Head of Waste, Resources & Efficiencies in the Government of Wales. The new plant will enable bpi.recycled products, part of British Polythene Industries ...

Washroom Products in the Education & Health Sector UK 2012 - 2016: report published

Forecasts for 2012 indicate that the commercial washrooms market is likely to achieve modest growth at 2%, supported by new build and refurbishment activity in the leisure and entertainment sectors and the build up to the Olympics. It is expected that commercial washroom spending in both the health and education end-use sectors will reduce by 7% ...

UK's Low Pay Commission welcomes Government's acceptance of its 2012 report

...ission has this week welcomed the Government's acceptance of its recommendations on increased rates for the National Minimum Wage.[TRIMTO] From 1st October 2012, the adult minimum wage rate will increase from £6.08 to £6.19 an hour, the Youth Development Rate will remain at £4.98 an hour and the 16 - 17 Year Old Rate will rema...

Premiere Products announces exciting new partnership

... Products has been known as a reputable manufacturer of top quality cleaning chemicals and machines for many years now. Established in 1924, the company remains focused on the customer service, technical support, product quality, innovation and choice for which it is renowned.[TRIMTO] Yesterday, the company announced an exciting new partnership ...

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...aid it at the start of last year's public sector strikes and I'll say it again. Now is not the time for workers disgruntled about their pay and conditions to down tools and stop work. European stocks fell on Wednesday as a result of concerns over China's slowing economy and the poor growth outlook for the Eurozone, while figures released last ni...

Ecolab introduces cleaning solution for EMEA food manufacturers, that dissolves low trans fat oils

...aking surfaces very slippery and difficult to clean. Exelerate ZTF offers the optimised cleaning performance necessary to help avoid low trans fat oil residue." Ecolab's Exelerate ZTF already has garnered recognition in the food and beverage industry, earning the IFT Food Expo Innovation Award as the industry's first and only cleaning programme ...

Keynote speakers announced for AHCP 2012 National Conference

...ssociation of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals) 2012 annual national conference taking place in Telford on 11th -13th June have been announced this week..[TRIMTO] Heading the line-up is Dame Claire Bertschinger, author of 'Moving Mountains' and the woman credited with inspiring 'Live Aid', the biggest disaster relief programme ever mounted, whi...

We have Mail: from Mike Bone of the Loo of the Year Awards

...f which I am Managing Director) with decreasing budgets and minimal staffing. I will in future therefore focus my energies towards developing the Loo of The Year Awards. With effect from 1st April 2012, I will become Chairman of BTA and Richard Chisnell, previously BTA Chairman, will become Vice President. Sir William Lawrence will remain as BT...

Healthcare acquired superbug infections on the rise

... develop as a direct result of any contact in a healthcare setting while patients are being treated for illness and infections. They occur in hospitals and in the community and affect both patients and healthcare workers. They are normally associated with developed countries but the problem is spreading rapidly and is also being recognised in devel...

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council extends waste contract with Acumen

...astle-under-Lyme's 15 bring sites.[TRIMTO] Acumen Distribution has assigned two compacter trucks for this additional recycling work to provide weekly collections at the bring sites for a wide range of recyclable materials including plastic bottles, paper and glass and metals. For the remaining four days, it will maintain its successful kerbside...

Top safety accreditation for Pr1me Cleaning Services

...uncan Lawrie Private Bankers, Careers Development Group and many more. The company's application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. "We are very mindful of the standards expected in this very demanding industry and having again retained the SAFEcontractor accreditation, our clie...

Free webinar on how to improve PPE compliance being staged next month

... identified?' and will offer guidance on selecting PPE that both meets legal requirements and is comfortable and easy to use, thereby reducing the risk of non-compliance. Sarah explains: "PPE compliance is still a major issue within the workplace and it is crucial for employers to understand some of the reasons behind non-compliance. This webina...

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam offers exciting seminar programme

...ustry in an exciting seminar programme during ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam, world's leading trade fair for cleaning professionals. The sessions will cover subjects such as doing business worldwide, preventing the spread of infection, the new ways of working and the aging population. [TRIMTO]The event will take place from Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th...

bpi.recycled products reveals MDD plans

...th this year's MDD Expo in Paris rapidly approaching, bpi.recycled products has announced its plans for the international trade exhibition for the retail, wholesale and distribution sectors. At the event, the British-based business will not only be promoting its range of high performance refuse and recycling sacks but it will also be looking to bui...

ServiceMaster awarded national accreditation for environmental clean-up efforts

ServiceMaster has achieved ISO 14001 Environmental Accreditation following successful efforts to improve its carbon footprint. The British Standards accreditation was awarded after Leicester based ServiceMaster introduced an Environmental Management System project to help reduce wastage, improve on recycling and save on electricity use in the ...

Injuries sustained through fall from chemical storage tank lead to fine

... and right leg, as well as bruising to his ribs. He was kept in hospital overnight and was off work for several weeks as a result of his injuries. The court heard the employee had been allowed to work on top of the tank without any measures in place to prevent him being injured in a fall. HSE immediately issued HTS with a Prohibition Notice foll...

New Vectair product set to revolutionise feminine hygiene unit servicing

... in which feminine hygiene units are serviced.[TRIMTO] The new Femcare system is designed mainly for customers servicing feminine hygiene units with liner exchange rather than bin exchange. It allows these individuals and organisations to overcome some of the inherent drawbacks to an otherwise convenient, low cost and flexible way of keeping fem...

We have Mail: Response to Survey reveals professionals "unclear about proper cleaning / disinfecting procedures"

...ct a surface. It is a lack of proper and consistent training that, in my opinion, is at fault. Unfortunately the lack of proper instruction goes beyond the process of disinfection, it is evident in nearly all aspects of cleaning where there are conflicting instructions from each product and equipment manufacturer as to what the most efficient cl...

People

... of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Association and has previously served as chairman....

CMS Berlin 2015 ends with outstanding results

For Messe Berlin, CMS Berlin 2015 - Cleaning.Management.Services, was an all-round success, which witnessed record exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance, a fantastic atmosphere and outstanding business. More than 20,000 representatives attended the exhibition, including some 17,000 trade visitors (2013: 16,200) from 66 countries (2013: 65)....

'Protecting London' gives interactive insight into management of iconic UK buildings

Facilities Show, the UK's largest event for the facilities management industry, has commissioned 'Protecting London', a series of videos, articles and infographics to provide an insight into how some of the most prestigious buildings and projects in the country are managed. Using exclusive videos and interviews, the series incorporates a behin...

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...one show that I actually get really excited about - despite the many miles I walk in an effort to cover it. Indeed, such is my anticipation, that having read this morning that Kirk Bradley, one of the UK's most wanted escaped criminals, who fled from a prison van in Manchester last July, has been found in Amsterdam, my first thought wa...

Leader

... The Easter break was a typical one it seems. Far too much chocolate - and the weather changed for the worse (in the UK) improving just in time for the return to work as usual. Oh well, at least the roads are quieter due to the school holidays… Or the high cost of fuel. Take your pick. Whichever it is, it won't last, the children wil...

EU countries failing on 2020 waste target

...of their rubbish in landfills and many EU countries appear to be falling well short of 2020 targets for recycling municipal waste, new figures from the EU statistical agency show. Eurostat figures show that the 10 countries that have joined the EU since 2004 send the vast majority of their waste to landfills. But the data also shows that older m...

Meet Rocky!

...0 rpm multi-speed operation. The multi-speed functionality enables you to set slow rotational speed for smoothing and a high rotational speed for high- gloss polishing. Its 17in. head width helps prevent 'dig in' and the motor is off-set to make it even easier to operate. The KGS Rocky tools have been developed to perfectly match the machine spe...

Cleaning firm fined over porter's death at Bolton hospital

...e lid of one of the compactors. The HSE investigation concluded that the most likely explanation for Mr Bonomy's death was that he leaned against a lever while leaning over the waste compactor, causing the lid to snap down. The manufacturer's recommendations for the compactor stated that it should be loaded from the front, away from the contr...

UMF to provide infection prevention products to Sodexo under multiyear agreement

...US, Canada and Mexico. "Of all the products we evaluated, PerfectClean delivers the services, performance and training necessary to exceed our customers' requirements for clean, safe and sterile results," explains Jim Pazzanese, Supply Management, Vice President of Procurement, Sodexo. "In fact, PerfectClean products are a perfect strategic fit...

We have Mail: What is clean?

...Even the rinse water will contain ATP or chemical if it is not removed from the surface, but unfortunately this three-stage cleaning process - if carried out manually - is no longer specified as it is expensive. Indeed it was largely abandoned in the sixties - although of course there are exceptions. If a machine is used, this process can be ...

3M's new matting really makes an entrance!

It's not what you pay for your entrance matting that determines its true cost, but how much it can save you in annual cleaning and maintenance costs over its lifetime.[TRIMTO] That's the message behind the launch of 3M's new Nomad Aqua Series Textile Entrance Matting, the latest evolution in the company's innovative range of high performance e...

Grout discoloration problem rectified at Rolls-Royce showroom

Truvox distribution partner, Cleaning Systems UK of Cupar in Fife, has solved a problem for Murray Rolls-Royce in Edinburgh after the refurbishment of the Rolls-Royce showroom floor with cream limestone tiles created cleaning difficulties. "Cleaning the new tiles with a conventional mop just didn't shift the dirt that gathered in the grouting"...

MITIE's new Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma revolutionises cleaning

...ystem called 'Lean IT' which allows our qualified Six Sigma managers to design lean cleaning routes for specific client buildings. We have also just launched our very own MITIE Lean Academy which features an e-learning component, leading to yellow and green belt accreditations for our managers." David Johnson is the MD of MITIE's cleaning &...

Toucan play: Regent first major contractor to adopt cleaning innovation

...sed contractor is standardising the use of Toucan-Eco - a natural, cost-effective and simple system for disinfection and cleaning using a solution made from tap water, salt and a small electrical input - across all of its operational sites. Regent currently employs 4,500 operatives at over 1000 sites, serviced via 10 regional offices. The compan...

Outbreaks of SARS and flu forces Taiwan to implement infection control measures

...y and quality control have encouraged medical institutions to establish an effective control system for hospital-acquired infections.[TRIMTO] Other initiatives include the 'Hand Hygiene Project', 'Clean Wound Infection Rate', and 'Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy'. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, 'Hospital-acquired Infecti...

We have Mail: What is Clean 2

Stephan sent an email direct to Rafael, who has forwarded his reply to us: Dear Stephan, Many thanks for your reply in which you have rightly pinpointed the main problem of defining 'What is Clean?', 'What is visibly clean?'. We know that this term is highly subjective and therefore open to interpretation.[TRIMTO] My main point was to r...

CK Group to launch new OxyPharm disinfection at AHCP event

Healthcare cleaning specialist CK Group will be launching its latest product for infection control during the Association of Healthcare Professionals (AHCP) annual Conference held from 11-13th June at Telford International Exhibition & Conference Centre.[TRIMTO] The OxyPharm System is an effective whole area bio-disinfection solution for w...

Pay market App launched to support managers on the move

...that dependable data about wages and salaries is hard to find and - when available - often barely affordable for all but the largest employers. That has now all changed - thanks to a clever new App called 'Jobsworth' launched this week by The Federation of European Employers (FedEE - the leading organisation for multinational companies operating in...

RJC Cleaning to distribute award-winning Kaivac system in UK

RJC Cleaning Solutions has been appointed as UK Distributor for the award-winning Kaivac 'No-Touch' Cleaning System. "We are looking to reconnect Kaivac to its customer base in the UK and offer an excellent service, full training in the use of the equipment - and, of course, the supply of equipment, parts and servicing," Richard Johnson, Sales...

New Eco-Friendly Washcloth saves money and the environment

...l, while complying with legislation and meeting sustainability targets. The wipe's maceration performance has been tested by macerator specialist The Haigh Engineering Company. Nick Dale, Haigh Sales Manager, says: "Thorough testing has shown that the new Essentials Washcloths successfully disintegrate into minute fragments when macerated in our...

Learn how to get the best out of your cleaning equipment batteries

...torial series designed to expand awareness of deep-cycle battery technology. It provides in-depth information focusing on a variety of battery topics such as deep-cycle battery technologies, maintenance practices, charging procedures and safety when handling batteries.[TRIMTO] A new 'Trojan Tips' video tutorial will premiere each month throughou...

Karcher repeats its £100 cashback scheme and vac competition

...s highly successful £100 cashback incentive on new Karcher HDS hot water pressure washers. For every HDS machine (excluding upright models) sold through a participating Karcher dealer before 30th June 2012, Karcher will reward the customer with a cheque for £100. [TRIMTO] On top of the £100 gift, HDS customers will rece...

Brayborne secures three new local authority contracts and BP Pangborne

Berkshire based Brayborne Cleaning Services has had confirmation of three new contracts for Hampshire County Council . The contractor has been awarded Brookfield Community School & Language College , Hamble Community School and Thornden School. All these contracts are for a minimum term of three years with possible extensions to a maximum ...

VDM presents 'DMX' - the evolution of the MX project

...ith multipurpose trolleys that would: * Guarantee the final results * Control the time necessary for the operator to do the job * Reduce the operator's effort * Assure the operator's safety during his or her working day * Reduce the environmental impact The DMX line is made of top quality plastics (polypropylene copolymer / polycarbonate / gl...

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...s in 148 countries worldwide!   The story in today's issue about the incredible efforts made by US college students to win the nationwide recycling race both inspired and disappointed me. 'Inspired' because it shows just what can be achieved with the right incentives and leadership - 92,000,000 lbs of recyclables collected over...

Jangro Belfast refurbishes Olympic Torch

...h carrier Andrew Miller received his torch to carry across Belfast he thought it looked a bit worse for its travels, so he made a slight detour and called in Jangro Member Interclean for advice.[TRIMTO] Surprised Interclean Director Railton Snape was quick to produce the best cleaning tool for the task - a Jangro microfibre cloth. In two minut...

Hundreds of Houston janitors go on strike

... day, cleaning 88 toilets across 11 floors, to support my daughter- I am striking today to stand up for my right to fight for a better life." "The story of Houston's janitors is the story of every hard-working man and woman in this country who has stood up and fought for a better life for their family from the historic Bread and Roses strike to ...

Vermopping the UK

...oughout the British Isles and Ireland.[TRIMTO] Operating from modern commercial premises in Guildford, Surrey, just minutes from the M25 London orbital and the rest of the UK motorway network, the establishment of Vermop UK Ltd has been made "in order to move the business to the next level." Involved in the UK since 2005, the innovative range...

Kitchenmaster to introduce full range in Amsterdam

Kitchenmaster has been manufacturing high quality cleaning and hygiene products for over 30 years at the purpose built plant just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. These products are supplied to a worldwide customer base - they are despatched to distributors across Ireland, UK, Europe and the UAE. Kitchenmaster manufactures and deliver over two ...

Poor hospital cleaning revealed in recent Canadian study

...rs believe one of the key reasons the problem exists is because hospital cleaning workers are being forced to do more with less and do it faster, according to Mike Sawchuk, Vice President & General Manager of Enviro-Solutions, a leading manufacturer of Green cleaning chemicals that is based in Canada. "The study found that at one time, one c...

Recycling company prosecuted after worker's foot is crushed

...e machine. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted Countryside Recycling of Lenham, Maidstone, for failing to operate a safe system at working at its site in Folkestone, Kent. Maidstone Magistrates' Court heard earlier this month that in February 2010, Daniel Brown, 19, was sorting waste at the recycling plant in Park Farm Close when a tyre...

605 US colleges and universities recover 92,000,000 lbs of organic and recyclable materials during RecycleMania

...r the burning of nearly 705 railcars' worth of coal. Equally impressive, the average recycling rate for participating schools increased from 27.61% to 28.49% over the course of the tournament. The competition, which extended from 5th February through 31st March, included eight categories. The colleges and universities that took home top prizes i...

Trojan Battery names C.I.A.K. distributor for eastern Europe

...n eastern Europe. As Trojan's authorised master distributor in the region, C.I.A.K. is responsible for distributing and servicing Trojan products throughout Slovenia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Croatia (Hrvatska ),Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania and Albania.[TRIMTO] "Trojan's partnership with C.I.A.K. enables us to provide our ...

Image Office Cleaning's emergency response team gives FMs peace of mind

...ult of a leaking ceiling VAV system. Without the team's fast response, a high level meeting planned for the next day would have been postponed. "Calls for help like this occur more frequently than you might expect: generally as a result of flooding of some kind," reveals Operations Director Paul Hart. "We have four quick response teams based at ...

OCS brews up contract with Typhoo

...ient was so impressed with the standard of work that it extended OCS's services to include cleaning for other parts of the business, bringing an improved quality of service and cost efficiency. OCS cleaning operatives are trained to the highest standards and have provided innovation to the contract in both equipment and machinery. Working with ...

British Cleaning Council announces details of its 2012 Conference

The British Cleaning Council has announced plans for its 2012 annual conference, which will take place at Coin Street Conference Centre on London's South Bank on 23rd October. The day will be focused on Business Efficiency and Innovation, as a distinguished and high-profile speaker line-up will offer the best and most creative solutions to the...

Brussels is to push for EU-wide minimum wage

...te in the French presidential election, and hearten President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been calling for an end to what he calls "social dumping" within the EU single market. Most EU countries have already introduced a minimum wage but these often vary significantly. In Romania, it can be as low as one-fourth of the average wage. In Ireland, it i...

Bunzl's interim management statement released

...ernational distribution and outsourcing Group, yesterday announced its interim management statement for the period since 31 December 2011.[TRIMTO] Overall trading continues to be strong and consistent with expectations at the time of the annual results announcement in February. At constant exchange rates, Group revenue in the first quarter has i...

RCM obtains the ECA Certificate

...d of 1.84m/s: water consumption = 60 m_/l Euromec Contracts of Market Harborough, the RCM dealer for the UK, has obtained the relevant certification (authorised user no. 01734) on the following RCM scrubber driers which use the Aqua Saver System: Mega I - all versions Mega II - all versions Elan - all versions Metro - all versions E: mm...

Swisher unveils new look in the UK

...omprehensive and cost-effective washroom services, delivering excellent levels of hygiene in the UK for nearly two decades. Having spent the last few months identifying a host of new products to accommodate a far broader spectrum of hygiene support services, Swisher says it is quite literally setting new standards in hygiene - from the washroom and...

CMS delivers retirement boost for Karcher UK employees

More than 180 staff at Karcher in Banbury can look forward to a more prosperous retirement thanks to CMS Financial Management. The Bicester-based independent pension specialist has slashed the costs of Karcher UK's corporate pension plan by 20%,enabling its employees to enjoy a better pension. Karcher UK has given a ringing endorsement to t...

Penske racing driver AJ Allmendinger 'Takes the Challenge' with Scott Pro Shop Towels

The Scott Pro Shop Towels brand, a professional-grade clean up solution designed for automotive DIYers, yesterday announced a new partnership with AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.[TRIMTO] AJ Allmendinger will serve as the official spokesperson for the Scott Pro Shop Towels 'T...

SCA strengthens its presence in South America

... be closed by the end of April, PISA will be a fully-owned subsidiary to SCA. "The time is ready for us to take the next step in our expansion in Latin America, where the PISA acquisition further strengthens our presence on this important growth market," said Jan Johansson, CEO and President of SCA. PISA holds the number two position in both ...

Getting all the pieces in place: clean, green and steam for Jigsaw

...tributing healthcare products, Jigsaw can offer Osprey's extensive range to other sectors, suitable for use in food manufacturing outlets, hotels and manufacturing plants among others. Gordon McCready, sales manager at OspreyDeepclean, says: "Introducing this new range is just the beginning of a really exciting time for us. We have had a very su...

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...ect. Please use the link below in this version. ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam kicks off in under a fortnight (8th May) and it promises to be a really good show, with more than 680 exhibitors from 41 countries, showing many trendsetting new products and technologies. The RAI tells us that amongst the exhibitors we will be able to meet more than 250...

K-CP celebrates Earth Day with largest portfolio of FSC certified towel and tissue products in North America

...ark Professional marked Earth Day by announcing that the company now holds the largest portfolio of Forest Stewardship Council certified towel and tissue products in North America.[TRIMTO] Nearly 97% of K-CP tissue and towel products in North America are Chain-of-Custody certified to standards set by the FSC, which is an independent non-profit o...

Regulatory specialist launches health & safety package

A fixed-price health and safety package for businesses has been developed by Stephensons Solicitors. Called Safe Assist, the legal package provides a bespoke range of health & safety services to businesses. It is provided by advisers with the relevant knowledge, experience and expertise to assist businesses to proactively manage risks to he...

PHS Washrooms achieves 'world first'

... hold the Carbon Trust's Carbon Reduction Label.[TRIMTO] In what is believed to be a world first for the industry, PHS Washrooms can now display the Carbon Reduction Label which identifies that these services have had their carbon footprints calculated and then independently certified by the Carbon Trust against an internationally recognised sta...

GNB Industrial Power unveils additions to its battery range

...oducts, as well as unveiling an improved version of its innovative spiral wound battery.[TRIMTO] For cleaning machines GNB has developed the new Sonnenschein GF 12 076V, which has improved high current tolerance and significantly increased capacity to meet the cleaning industry's ever-expanding performance criteria. Cleaning machines, which are...

Tech-Clean's new Trailer Mount System

...tted out with a 17hp Kubota diesel driven pressure washer yet technical developments mean that even for heavily soiled areas not only is the operation doubled up, delivering 21ltrs per minute at up to 3,500 psi (245 bar) at 95 degrees C but the water usage is substantially reduced when compared to standard pressure washer kit. The on board diese...

First high speed hand dryer to receive noise reduction accolade

...ieved to be the first in the high speed (fast dry) hand dryer category to be awarded the Quiet Mark for its new high speed hand dryer, The Classic+ MkII. The international mark of approval from the UK Noise Abatement Society encourages worldwide companies to include noise reduction when developing the design of machines and appliances used in ev...

New Sustainability Guide details how to measure carbon footprint

...ction, operation and maintenance of buildings — a fact that places much of the responsibility for carbon footprint management on facilities professionals. Because energy usage is usually the largest portion of a building’s operational cost, the drive to make buildings more energy efficient directly aligns with the desire to reduce th...

Coventry City Council endorses Ingot Services with renewed contract

...ess by once again winning a contract with Coventry City Council to provide kitchen extract cleaning for all its commercial kitchens. The Coventry City Council contract was, as before, put out to tender and Ingot's professionalism, competitive pricing and high standards once again won through as they did in 2009. Ingot's Managing Director Alan...

We have Mail: Vectair Systems' Matthew Wonnacott

...t Matthew is now on the road to recovery - although we understand that he won?t feel back to normal for around 16-18 months - not surprising perhaps when you see the list of his injuries: fractured bones in neck & fractured bones in the vertebrae (C5, C6 & C7), 12 broken right ribs, flail chest (9th rib became unattached from the rib cage),...

Connect Hygiene Products to launch new foam soap range

...re simple to use with a push bar operation benefiting those with reduced hand strength and suitable for high hand hygiene situations when using an elbow to dispense is the preferred option.[TRIMTO] With transparent covers making monitoring a matter of moments and each hermetically sealed pouch having its own new nozzle, the lack of drips and le...

Natural bacteria help defeat the 'drought'

...e levels ( we are technically in a drought - although with the flash floods a visitor might be forgiven for thinking that we're not  - Ed ), one company based in Bath is helping businesses nationwide save water - and money - using innovative naturally occurring bacteria.[TRIMTO] Eco-cube is a simple looking product - in a cube sh...

Donna's shining in her new job

A Bootle woman who has spent the last nine years looking for a job has finally succeeded and, according to her boss, is really shining in her new role. Donna Reynolds, who has spent years applying for vacancies, is now employed by Alpha Cleaning Services, which undertakes commercial contracts in offices and business premises throughout the Nor...

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...ifficult it might have been – and we heard some stories, I can tell you! It said something for the cleaning industry that we were prepared to slum it to ensure that we were able to fly the flag for our organisations and our industry. In total contrast, this week the press reported on a £10million deal signed by EU chiefs to fly th...

Singaporean students do their bit for their local coffee shop washroom

...ths keeping the washroom clean. They have also created posters and tissue paper packet designs, all for the purpose of raising awareness of the need for patrons to leave this – and other – washrooms as clean as they found them. Their efforts seem to be paying off, as the owners of the coffee shop, which is on the Tanjong Katong Road,...

Record numbers entering their lovely loos in Loo of the Year Awards

...going strong and not only are they celebrating their 25th Anniversary, but there are record entries for the 2012 event! The awards are promoted by The British Toilet Association and this year are in association with Headline Sponsor Lepicol, a probiotic formulation specifically developed to help maintain healthy bowels - naturally. "This year...

Bio-enzymatic cleaners find new use: restoring masterpieces

...stry knows as bio-enzymatic cleaners, reports Robert Kravitz.[TRIMTO] Bio-enzymatic cleaners are formulated with specific enzymes and 'good' bacteria that essentially digest soils. These products, which are available in different formulations, are typically used to clean restrooms, showers, kitchens, as well as to eliminate odour-causing bacteri...

Government should use public sector procurement to tackle late payment, says Forum

...rnment this week updating a list of public sector procurement projects worth £70 billion, the Forum of Private Business has said the ensuing tendering process should take into consideration the length of time contractors take to pay their suppliers. The Forum, a not-for-profit business support group, is urging the Government to use the con...

Welcome to Unger’s new age of nLite’ment

... more than 80 countries worldwide - will change the way that windows and façades are cleaned forever by combining the best features of its telescopic and modular poles into a brand new system that delivers what the company claims are unrivalled results and adaptability. The key features of the new Unger HiFlo nLite system are: Innovat...

Bunzl completes three further acquisitions

...of foodservice disposable products to wholesalers and redistributors throughout Queensland. Revenue for the year ending 30th June 2012 is expected to be A$12 million and the gross assets acquired are estimated to be A$2.5 million. Finally, the company has acquired the business of Meichaley Zahav in Israel. Based near Tel Aviv, Zahav is a leading...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners installs new Master

...owing the ancient traditions of the City Liveries, Mr Peter W.J. Robb was installed  as Master for the year ensuing. Mrs Maureen A. Marden was installed as Senior Warden and Mr Issa K Tahhan as Junior Warden.  Following the Installation, a banquet was held at Mansion House with guests including Alderman Sir Robert G. Finch (representin...

ISSA's Mark Armitage to retire

... organisation from the US Department of Commerce based in The Netherlands, where he was responsible for assisting US Companies to become established in the European marketplace. During his time with ISSA, Mark has opened the organisation’s first office in Europe and has helped to develop membership, alliances with other associations and su...

No compromise on cleanliness, says poll

  Making sure premises are clean and safe is a priority for the public sector despite current cutbacks, says a new opinion poll. The online survey by healthcare cleaning industry blog site www.cleanleanhealthcare.org concluded that cleanliness and safety is the most pressing issue for public sector institutions, with 40% of the vote. ...

City Of London bins that broadcast news - and recycle newspapers

In January, Renew Solution launched its innovative, high-tech information and recycling units in The City of London after being awarded a 21 year contract through a tender from The City to tackle the problem of free papers littering the streets of the Square Mile.[TRIMTO] After years in research & development, Renew's solution is an 'intel...

Top 10 cash flow killers

Cashflow experts have revealed the top 10 ‘cash flow killers’ for small and medium sized businesses. cashflowfacility.co.uk  asked company directors from all over the UK to highlight where the biggest cashflow problems emerge from within their business. The top 10 ‘cashflow killers’ are: 1)    ...

Veolia fined after agency worker sustained serious burns

...s been fined after an agency worker was seriously burned by hot ash at an incineration depot in Deptford. The employee, who does not want to be named, sustained 17% burns to his body whilst cleaning ash from a filtration hopper at a Veolia plant on Landman Way in December 2009. The ash fell onto him when he entered the hopper and started prod...

Health experts call for ‘hygiene rating’ scheme for tattoo parlours

Consumers feel a ‘hygiene rating’ scheme for tattoo parlours could improve hygiene standards and reduce the risk of acquiring blood borne infections, according to a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The survey will be presented at its annual public health conference in Cardiff on 2/3 May. At presen...

Simple ladder carrying gadget wins two awards

... the developer of the Strap-n-Go line of ladder handle products and accessories, has won two awards for its patent pending Ladder Handle system.[TRIMTO] The US National Safety Advisory Council honoured Strap-n-Go Ladder Handle with the ?Top Safety Innovation Award?, as the most innovative product that will keep employees safe and injury free. Th...

Registration to the 19th WFBSC is now open

... open, and can be reached through the website www.wfbsc2012.com , where you can also find more information about the event and Curitiba (tourism, special tours, hotels, restaurants, etc).[TRIMTO] A partnership with Star Alliance, offers a discount for international flights. The registration code is JJ01S12. You can find more information pl...

NHS selects SoChlor in advanced infection control tender

...ironmental disinfection range has been approved by NHS pharmacists and selected by NHS Supply Chain for use throughout the NHS in the recent advanced infection control tender.[TRIMTO] SoChlor enables healthcare staff and infection control specialists to upgrade infection prevention performance. Effective against fungal, bacterial virucidal and s...

Ecolab fleet honoured for carbon reduction efforts

  Ecolab has received a NAFA Fleet Management Association 2012 Sustainable Fleet Award for its efforts to remake its 7,000 vehicle US fleet. Since 2006, the fleet has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22%, normalised to sales, and fuel consumption 8%, despite an increase in the number of vehicles and total miles driven. The drive to r...

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...through lots of talking at the show - and, whenever we weren't undercover, the rain managed to stop for us, so the evening couldn't have been better (although I really should have stuck to just one dessert...) Thank you Brightwell and Happy 65th Birthday! (And if you're at the show yourself and wish to add your congratulations to ours, the double-d...

...ntrance of ISSA/Interclean) except the Diversey Risk Management Summit which will take place in the Forum lounge of Amsterdam RAI. All seminars are in English, except for the Dutch National Minicongress which offers simultaneous English translation. Most seminars are subject to a fee.  ...

...nternational, Manager Vebego Foundation. Dirk W. Bijl, Ambassador of the New Way of Working (NWoW), former IT expert with Microsoft, HP, Oracle and Cap Gemini and Dr. Hans Marcel Becker, Chairman of the Board of the Humanitas Foundation. Hosted by Facility Management Nederland and ISSA[TRIMTO] ...

The Risk Management Summit - by Diversey The Risk Management Summit will take place at the Forum Room of Amsterdam RAI and it will be focused on Food Safety, Labour Safety and Infection Control. Top executives from leading companies such as Coca Cola, McDonalds, ISS, Metro, Compass, Accor and Autogrill will share practical ideas to enhance their Corporate Risk profile, and to protect employees' and consumers' lives. This summit is brought to you by Diversey, visit:  www.risksummit.com  for more information. [TRIMTO] ...

...y - keynote speaker Michael Braungart will unfold the opportunities of the cradle to cradle concept for the cleaning sector Doing business in a culturally diverse marketplace - ISSA Educational Seminar UK Business Speaker of the Year 2011/012 and past Silver Medallist in the World Championship of Public Speaking, Phillip Khan-Panni, will pres...

...n outside location where the various applications and techniques of high pressure are demonstrated; for example graffiti removal, facade cleaning, gum removal and ice blasting. As a visitor you will be able to operate the machines to get to grips with the various technologies and applications. In the information stand, you can learn more about t...

...2 countries ·          180 exhibitors are here for the first time ·          Growth in international participation is Germany (20%), Italy (20%), Asia (18%), Spain (25%) ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam 2012 is organised by Amsterdam RAI and takes ...

What about the hundreds of individual companies, large and small, who go to make this show the foremost event in the global cleaning and hygiene industry? The UK National Carpet Cleaners Association’s Keith Robertson was at the show yesterday during set up and he reported: "A great deal of preparatory work was going on in the 10 exhi...

Italian manufacturer Adiatek has given birth to a new Baby

... 35 cm working width, which is powered by batteries with a built-in charger. "Our 'Baby' is perfect for cleaning floors in environments which have very small dimensions, such as offices, shops, workshops, taverns, terraces, private pools and any other environment that has very narrow passages," explained the team.[TRIMTO] There are two types of ...

Cromwell Polythene

...als where leaks sometimes occur," explained sales director Paul Fleetwood. "It also leads to a less formed shape, allowing the sack more easily to mould itself to the contours of a container, in those instances where one is used, distributing the weight of the content evenly around the bag. Compact packaging means less space taken up in vehicles, w...

Alani

... the team on the stand (10.514). “This is why last year we obtained the Eco Label Certificate for all our tissue paper products.” This Spanish company manufactures and exports globally 100% pure cellulose tissue paper and also imports and exports janitorial supplies. Its latest launch is the Compact Coreless toilet roll, which h...

Altiplas-TBI Group

... accepts hand towel rolls of almost any length and from 190mm to 215mm wide, or sheets of different formats and lengths, for distribution sheet-by-sheet or in flat format, without the need for a complex internal mechanism. Comprising plastic injected components for easy cleaning, it has a transparent frontal window for easy gauging of the need t...

Abrasivos Aguila

... in recent years, with architects and designers specifying these surfaces when involved in projects for public and residential areas. This has created ad increasing demand for products for the restoration, maintenance and protection of these type of surfaces, to preserve their original beauty and ensure their longevity. Abrasivos Aguila has b...

Alfa HygiCare

... too. Perfectly combining the functionalities of a faucet and a soap dispenser, they’re ideal for the healthcare and food industries.[TRIMTO] The Untouchable is always ready to provide water; simply move your hand under the tap and the water starts to flow. You then pass your hand over the sensor on top of the tap once, until the green LED...

Seminar Programme

...ustry in an exciting seminar programme during ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam, world's leading trade fair for cleaning professionals. The sessions will cover subjects such as doing business worldwide, preventing the spread of infection, the new ways of working and the aging population. [TRIMTO] ...

This year there will be special iZones for demonstrations on High Pressure Cleaning, Sanitary Hygiene systems, Steam Cleaning, Platforms and City Cleaning. You will also be able to see the latest equipment being used in a ‘live showcase’, for cleverly, the organisers have invited all the exhibitors to place their most innovative equ...

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...ints as usual, with what seemed like hundreds of visitors keen to make their way around the halls before they became too busy. We joined them before heading off to the Innovation Awards ceremony, having already seen a number of new products that we would consider innovative. Clearly this is going to be some show! I have to say that the awar...

Innovation Awards 2012

...g system, which uses magnets to attach the mophead to the mop. is unlike anything we've ever seen before. The jury explained that it felt that the Mag system brings an entirely new way of attaching mop covers to the mop holder. In an industry that is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it was felt that the Mag system represents what appears ...

Sustainability was a key consideration for almost all of the entries. Chairman of the Amsterdam Innovation Award, Michelle Marshall, said that from all the 71 entries they saw this year, it was clear that manufacturers are really thinking more carefully about the solutions they develop in terms of how they fulfil their customers’ needs...

Category winner - Machines, accessories and components:

The B 80 W from Karcher is an 80-litre walk-behind scrubber dryer designed for areas between 1500 and 3000 square metres. Simplicity and time saving are the key criteria for any user when purchasing a machine like this, and the B 80 W meets those needs. One of the features that impressed the judges most was the intelligent RFID key system. This c...

Category winner – Cleaning Management and Training Solutions

...tals and other healthcare institutions a practical insight into how they are dealing with protocols for infection prevention, and how the risk of cross-contamination can be avoided in their buildings Independent hygienists carry out inspections using the IPM app on an iPad, then provide a full report along with advice as to how performance can b...

Visitor’s Choice winner: For the first time, the visitors had a chance to vote for their favourite nominee. They selected category winner Alpheios with its IPM as winner of this year’s competition. Amsterdam Innovation Award supports African water project The Amsterdam Innovation Award supports the African Medical & R...

...e held enthralled as we were surprised with new facts and figures and given lots to think about. For example, he said that recent studies have shown up 60 – 80 different cleaning chemicals in breastmilk, and that there are 40 times more plastics in some areas of the Pacific Ocean than there is plankton. Scary eh? I didn’t quite catch...

...ested that we should sell the service but keep the materials… that this way, we could supply for a fixed period an expensive, top-of-the-range floor cleaning machine to a country/company that could afford to buy it, then when that period is up, replace it with another top-notch machine but instead of scrapping the original, offer it to a cou...

...e contaminating them with cleaning products. Why?” he asked. He said that in the Netherlands, for example, breathing fine dust takes on average, five years off the average person’s life. “Why should our lungs do the cleaning for us?” he asked. “We should be developing cleaning products that hold the dust on the surface...

Proandre

... and blue colours on Proandre’s stand and our words of praise soon persuaded the team to pose for a photo for us. In the centre is Jose Vilches, who distributes Proandre’s products in France. Proandre is a Spanish firm with international presence, dedicated to the production and istribution of hygiene systems for the washroom an...

Fragrance Delivery Technologies

...yees want a better environment while solving odour problems. Viva E is creating an increased demand for commercial air freshness in areas such as hotel guest rooms, offices, conference and meeting rooms as well as washroom facilities. "Oxy-Gen Powered air fresheners improves the customer experience because the fragrance is present all the time. ...

Toucan Eco

...ation to produce an effective disinfectant and cleaner in three minutes on the spot... No need for packaging, distribution costs or disposal of damaging residue.[TRIMTO] Distributors have been appointed in around 20 countries but there are many new opportunities for both geographical and niche areas available, so if you're interested, visit...

Tersano

... water treatment applications, it wasn’t until Tersano was able to re-engineer the technology for residential and commercial use that the full cleaning, sanitising and environmental benefits were realised," he said. “The extended ozone effectiveness is a game changer for the ozone industry. "Now you can turn ordinary tap water into a sa...

Truvox

...rica, Israel, the Far East and in particular Japan, as well as the Middle East and Israel - not bad for a company that in my 20 years in the cleaning industry, I've always thought of as 'Truvox from Southampton'. When David also told me that 50% of the company's business is now overseas - with the company's equipment being used in 50 countries a...

Gojo

...l us about it, rather than meet us on its stand 11.417 . We were surrounded by bottles of cleverly formulated hand gels but our attention was drawn to the company’s new, technologically advanced dispensing systems. [TRIMTO] The company’s Mike Sullivan (thanks for recognising me Mike despite the 16-year old photo that appears on Cle...

OspreyDeepclean

...res so prominently on the stand - which of course is all about the cleaning power of water - in the form of steam to be precise. A windmill may have been the centrepoint of the stand - but the focus was very much on the new range of machines - SteamForce - built in Germany by the two British / German sister companies Osprey and Frank. Judging by...

Vectair

...ade him walk to the hospital transport – broken back, broken ribs, collapsed lung and all! For our photo (11.205) Matthew poses by the new system, which, he says, will redefine odour control. It is said to be the lowest VOC rated product of its type, with particles 30 times smaller and 1/250,000 lighter than regular gas propelled aerosols ...

Miniskills competition

...ore about the Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The Queen, which the company was granted this year for the supply of carpet cleaning products (no mean feat that, as we learned, so congratulations Prochem!) we took some time out from speaking to all the manufacturers, and instead watched the 'Miniskills' cleaning competitions taking place just oppo...

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...elcome to the final issue of this year’s ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam Daily. I have to apologise for any spelling mistakes etc that you’ve had to put up with over the week but we’ve had to work long and unusual hours – often after a beer or three and a nice dinner. These things make it rather hard to concentrate, which means th...

Contico

... & Sons. Contico has been a major and popular player in the professional janitorial sector for the past 37 years and the acquisition by Robert Scott & Sons will both enhance and secure the company's future in the supply and manufacturing of its range of added value, manual cleaning products.  ...

Unger

...cting a lot of interest. "This will change the way that windows and façades are cleaned forever by combining the best features of our telescopic and modular poles into a brand new system that delivers what we believe are unrivalled results and adaptability," he said. The new system offers better rigidity for more control, yet is up t...

bpi

...e with Amsterdam and its many canals, in the hope of making contact with potential new distributors for Europe - initially for Western Europe and the Benelux countries but also with those from further afield. You can find them on stand 11.106.[TRIMTO] T: +441723841848 E: refusessales@bpipoly.com W: www.thegreensack.co.uk ...

The British Cleaning Council's Press Officer, Peter Carrol, writes...

...importance of cleaning in healthcare'. After a welcome by Keith Baker, ISSA director of services for Europe, keynote speaker Professor Didier Pittet was introduced to the packed conference room. Professor Pittet, programme director of the Infection Control Programme at the World Health Organisation (WHO), gave an overview of his work with the In...

Spot the birdie

Here's one for the eagle-eyed amongst you (or is it a seagull?). Tell us whose stand this bird is perched above and we'll enter you into a draw to receive a prize well worth having. If the winner is a supplier - a month's worth of advertising in Cleanzine - if a contract cleaner or end-user a profile on the service you offer - all completely...

Electrolux

...e handled and decontaminated correctly. With the Abecs concept, microfibre becomes a literal magnet for dirt and bacteria - contaminants are stuck fast as if to flypaper! The microfibre is then laundered by a specific professional washer extractor with special mop programmes. Not only is the outcome clean microfibre, ready to perform as its...

Premiere Products

...Wetrok. This partnership agreement sees Premiere taking on the role of Master Distributor to the UK for the supply of Wetrok Machines. [TRIMTO] ...

TreColli

What a great way to find a comfortable seat when you work for a roller brush company! This amusing conversation piece was found on the TreColli stand and by the looks of it being thoroughly appreciated by a clearly delighted Elisa Ferrari between dealing with visitors. Verona based TreColli is a major supplier to the manufacturers of the world...

Macro

...e this one so neat. First of all, the operator space is in the centre of the machine, not only good for balance, but also for support for the operator's back, to reduce fatigue during the 3.5 hours battery run time. And then there's the easy access for maintenance simply by removing the front panel as shown.  ...

TomCat Edge

... trade shows around the world. The Edge system combined with their maroon prep pad prepares a floor for quick and easy recoat. The oscillating head doesn't fling water away from the cleaning area so less water is required to clean! And because it uses less energy than disk units you get longer run time per charge. ...

Hako

...leage Viviane Bolz (right) told us that the manoeuvrability, full visibilty of the work area and comforable seating position together with incredibly easy operating procedures make this machine quick and easy to ue for both the occasional user as well as for professional service providers. Designed for warehouse aisles, however an area coverage of ...

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...ound-up of last week's highly successful ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam - all in one place for you, as well as some of the final day's items that couldn't make last weeks Show Dailies. We felt that there was some real innovation to be discovered there and will be covering some of these other success stories over the coming weeks. And if...

LPM Cleaning & Support Services wins Zenos Outstanding Supplier Award 2011-2012

Further underlining its ongoing commitment to innovation, service delivery, quality and value for money, UK contract cleaning specialist LPM Cleaning & Support Services has been presented with the Outstanding Supplier Award 2011-2012 by IT support training provider Zenos. For Zenos National Facilities Manager Rob Cooknell, LPM is a worthy ...

ISSA/Interclean 2012: show review

...ng system, which uses magnets to attach the mophead to the mop is unlike anything we've ever seen before. [TRIMTO] The jury explained that it felt that the Mag system brings an entirely new way of attaching mop covers to the mop holder. In an industry that is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it was felt that the Mag system represents w...

International employers initiative launches

Yesterday saw the merger in Brussels of three organisations to form Europe's largest trade union federation. But Robin Chater, Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers (FedEE), warns that such mergers "only serve to give a bigger power base to militant activists who now form the core of most unions in Europe. That is why employers...

Crothall Healthcare releases Infection Prevention White Paper

...on preventionist Steven J. Schweon, RN, MPH, MSN, CIC, HEM. The document first lays out the case for the environment's role in the transmission of pathogens, explaining why environmental cleaning and disinfection is critical to the transmission of microorganisms that cause infectious diseases. It then details Crothall's integrated approach to IP...

Tork stand at ISSA was 'Designed for your convenience'

Tork products are 'Designed for your convenience' - that was the key message from SCA at ISSA/Interclean. The Tork stand incorporated a number of convenient features for visitors - including water bottles, protein bars and even a baker on hand to provide freshly-baked cinnamon buns. There was also a wash-station allowing visitors to freshen up...

Early-bird tickets for forthcoming BCC Conference, now released

Early-bird tickets (priced at £99) have just been released for the British Cleaning Council's Conference 2012: Business Efficiency and Innovation, which is being held on 23rd October 2012 at Coin Street Conference Centre, London.[TRIMTO] To make sure you don't miss out on this important industry event, which will see 200 high-level delega...

Drivers reminded: Bag it, Bin it! - and keep roads tidy as Olympic Torch comes to town

... keep a bag in their vehicle to store rubbish and then dispose of it safely, it will be a real step forward in reducing roadside litter. "It's a disgrace that we spend nearly £10 million a year clearing litter from the side of England's motorways, just because a lazy and thoughtless minority can't be bothered to dispose of it properly. It'...

JPM Contract Cleaners up for business award

Commercial cleaning specialist JPM Contract Cleaners has been shortlisted for a Regional Business Excellence Award. JPM is in the running for the award of 'Medium Business of the Year' - for those companies with a turnover of between £5m and £25m - and is up against stiff competition from an array of successful businesses.[TRIMTO] ...

Breaking more records: ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012 has proven to be essential event for the industry, by offering an even more international and diverse attendance than the previous edition. It was the biggest and best showing of the past 24 editions, increasing attendance to a record-breaking number.[TRIMTO] Rob den Hertog, Manager of the event, stated that the q...

Industry first for ServiceMaster Clean

...sector. Christopher Friend has worked in the commercial cleaning and disaster restoration sector for a year and a half, following in the footsteps of his mother and father, Jennifer and Sid Friend and his grandfather, William Friend before that. The family team provide ServiceMaster Clean's range of specialist services in central Scotland, cover...

Tomcat's Clean Caddie offers auxiliary cleaning option

...ne dimensionally on hard floor surfaces, but in the real world, cleaning operatives are responsible for three dimensions of cleaning. The Clean Caddie enables them to clean any surface that can be cleaned with water." William showed us how the Clean Caddie is a simple, portable, quick mount accessory that consists of the following items: - C...

Rubbermaid Hygen Clean Water System awarded BICSc Accreditation

...ield-tested excellence. The Hygen system was submitted to the Institute and thorough trials were performed to test the reliability, efficiency and safety of the system, in its intended environment.  The resulting Field Trials Outcome Report verified that the Hygen system is a faster, cleaner and more cost-effective solution for clean floor...

Vikan: working smarter

Working smarter is the key to achieving a step-change improvement in hygienic performance and efficiency. Vikan demonstrated how you can gain 30% more efficiency and hygiene with the launch of three new tools at the show: a long handled dustpan and brush (pictured), a flip mop and a wall bracket. [TRIMTO] Vikan is striving to lead the way...

Asckey Data Services acquires Eclipse-fm software from HFC

...volved in the development, support and marketing of Eclipse-fm since its inception as a replacement for the legacy character mode Works Information Management System (WIMS). "We understand ADS has big plans for the software including a range of new fully integrated modules and a new name, FMFirst-Estates & Facilities," says Paul Lloyd, Actin...

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...about his subject, which captivated the audience and added real value. The gauntlet is down for the industry to respond. Well done to the organisers; this was a great session. Kind regards, Chris Cracknell, Chief Executive, OCS Group E: chris.cracknell@ocs.co.uk W: www.ocs.co.uk ...

Themes of the WFBSC 2012 presentations chosen

A number of the themes for presentations during the 5-day, 19th World Federation of Building Service Contractor (WFBSC) International Congress, to be held in Curitiba on October 10th to 14th, have already been chosen.[TRIMTO] The meeting is one of the top conferences in the cleaning & hygiene industry and will assemble about 1,000 delegates...

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...by the UK’s Cleaning & Support Services Association. ‘Employment Growth... The Case for Cleaning’ could have lessons for more than just the UK though. Unemployment is a real issue in many countries and the CSSA’s report makes a good case for using employment in the sector to stimulate growth. It includes some sound ...

Healthcare Cleaner of the Year 2012 Awards - shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, Healthcare Cleaner of the Year 2012 awards has been announced. The awards are designed to encourage excellence in healthcare cleaning by highlighting and recognising achievement, raising awareness of the profession and the vital work its members perform in hospitals, clinics a...

New initiative to help schools lead the way on reducing water pollution

...st that is manufactured in the UK to be accredited with the EU Ecolabel, the premier European award for products that satisfy stringent controls with respect to their effects on the environment and people. "Hazardous chemicals, detergents, soap and effluent can no longer be dumped recklessly into water courses or flushed down drains," warns Mark...

Harry Hill highlights need for dog fouling equipment

...y Council - and helping them to win awards to boot. "We were recently approached by Riverside UK for Liverpool City Council and asked to demonstrate our range of machines," says Morclean director Peter Morley. "We were very pleased to receive an order to supply back pack litter collectors to remove dog fouling from the streets, pavements and ...

New website for Principle Cleaning Services

... innovative, moving pictures on the interactive home page, it enables users to download even more information such as the latest press coverage, corporate brochure and the most recent newsletter as well as view the Social Media Twitter feed as it happens.[TRIMTO] The London based sustainable contract cleaning company has worked with a designer a...

Hands-free hygienic cleaning solutions from Vileda Professional

...ilitates the easy and hygienic removal of dirty mops.[TRIMTO] "One of the main criteria required for infection control is to reduce the risk of cross contamination between areas," comments Karen Barker, Marketing Manager at Vileda Professional. "Bringing this unique mop frame with 'lever' to the market now, further enhances the hygiene of our Sw...

With Summer on its way, more hotels are raising hygiene standards

...TRIMTO] "We're seeing more hotels and resorts adopting environmental hygiene practices developed for the healthcare industry," he reveals, citing Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide amongst the larger chains that are placing a high priority on guest safety and satisfaction by ensuring that infection prevention levels of cleaning be used in g...

Hotels warned to look out for unwanted guests during Olympic Games

...leankill Pest Control say that London hotel and hostel staff need to be extra vigilant and look out for telltale signs of bed bugs. These include blood spots on sheets and live insects on headboards and around skirting boards. Infestations need dealing with quickly and by a professional pest control company otherwise they can spread throughout t...

Professional cleaning from Spain at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012

... last week that it was the final round-up of our Show report. However, we're still uncovering new information about it, which we'll be bringing you over the next few weeks. Here, ASFEL's Thais Rodriguez reports... The Spanish manufacturers of professional cleaning & hygiene products that participated with ASFEL (The Cleaning & Hygiene A...

CSSA Study: Jobs, the case for growth

... population, the Cleaning & Support Services Association is launching a report to make the case for employment in the cleaning industry as a growth generator. The report is titled 'Employment Growth... The Case for Cleaning' and details the contribution that the cleaning industry makes to the economic growth of Britain. It identifies the cle...

New research reveals why strong engagement scores can spell trouble

High levels of engagement could actually be damaging for organisations and their employees if one-dimensional engagement surveys mask the types of engagement at play within an organisation. That's according to new research, announced yesterday, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and Kingston University Business School's Cent...

KCC cleans up absenteeism through clocking in with The Cloud

...Bristol cleaning company has saved time and money by efficiently managing the attendance of its workforce using a powerful time & attendance system which flexibly and accurately monitors a workforce on the move. Bristol-based KCC Cleaning, which was founded in 1994 and now employs 52 people, is the first cleaning company to adopt a new time ...

Tracking Trash

...* "Puenta Hills is just one of about 2,000 landfills in the US," says Doug Berjer, Brand Manager for CFR, maker of recycling carpet extractors. "It is estimated that more than five billion pounds of carpeting is also sent to landfills each year, some of which could be avoided with more frequent and effective carpet cleaning." Many countries a...

Edge Direct sets course for expansion

...ct to door van service after a highly successful pilot of the service in the south-east. The Staffordshire-based group, which has distributors across the UK, started the van service Edge Direct in 2011 in order to expand its market reach. The pilot project saw John Hurley, of Hurley Industrial Cleaning in Witney, Oxfordshire, selling products...

New study finds office kitchens and break rooms are 'crawling with bacteria'

... to have ATP levels above 100, suggesting that while people appear to be taking more responsibility for the cleanliness of their personal spaces, there is still a need for increased awareness of the importance of hand and surface hygiene in the office. The bottom line? Office workers are potentially being exposed to illness-causing bacteria righ...

40 year jubilee for cleaning contractor

...ing Services has gained a strong local reputation, managing both large and small cleaning contracts for offices, leisure and education premises across North London and the Northern Home Counties. In September 2007, after 35 years of managing the company, Gordon and Bruce Birkin, sons of the founder, sold their business to the current owners, Man...

British Cleaning Council reacts to Hilton Hotel cleaner protest

...all costs, including wage costs, in the current environment. Nevertheless, there is a business case for paying the London Living Wage, built around improved staff loyalty and retention and we hope that the Hilton Hotel will give the London Living Wage serious consideration." The cleaners are being supported by London Citizens, the group which fo...

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...ies worldwide! Regular readers of Cleanzine will be well aware that I'm a strong supporter of fortnightly - rather than weekly - bin collections and that I've been an avid recycler since long before it became trendy. You'll also be aware that I've grumbled over the years that local authorities don't make things easy for us. Tuesday morning...

Quality triple score for the Wrennalls Group

The Wrennalls Group, a Lancashire based carpet cleaning consultancy, is celebrating a triumph for excellence across its management systems dealing with quality, health & safety and environmental accountability by achieving IS0 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and BS OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety. The three accredi...

NHS hospital conducts trials in efficacy of electrolysed water as a sanitiser

...and EN1276.[TRIMTO] The EN standards are being replicated in vitro as would normally be the case for testing a sanitiser by a laboratory. However, more importantly, for the purpose of practical use, it is also being researched in vivo. Several strains of bacteria are being used including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostr...

Wheelie Bin 'Wash and Lift' is a really winner!

...is a separate process. The water collector actually then filters the water so it is suitable to use for cleaning again. The Morclean Wheelie wash is heavily engineered, fully self-contained and purpose built. Owning or operating one of these machines could prove very lucrative ( see attached potential earnings sheet ). All you need to operate is...

Rapid tests support FSA initiatives for safer food

...andards Agency and local authorities by supplying simple, rapid test systems that provide instant information about surface cleanliness and the associated risks when a surface isn't clean.[TRIMTO] The tests assist food law enforcement officers in inspections by identifying hotspots and inadequate hygiene practices. Corrective actions and advice ...

Announcement from the Facilities Management Association

...skills and enterprise of people engaged in this sector.[TRIMTO] They also present an opportunity for young FM managers to highlight their achievements to date in the FMA Young Manager of the Year Award. Presented and judged by the Facilities Management Association's YMF, the Award recognises management potential among facilities professionals at...

Future formulations

...ael Cobos AMIMarEST, of Futureclean Assured Systems, reports on the future of the cleaning products formulation business Household, Industrial and Institutional Ingredients (H3i) was a unique UK event for everyone involved in formulating HI&I cleaning products. Over two days, about 70 companies represented the full spectrum of ingredients a...

Proandre: air fresheners come with a selection of fragrances

Proandre, the Spanish firm that produces hygiene systems for the washroom as well as accessories for the pest control business and distributes them around the globe, has launched two new air fresheners. Effective in spaces between 25m? and 60m? in size, Neo breeze is designed to create a pleasant and constantly perfumed environment, whilst rem...

Clearsprings Support Services signs up for CleanLink's software solutions

...covering a number of services, all managed through a dedicated service manager. Developed solely for the contract cleaning industry, CleanLink's software solutions include all the functions needed to operate a cleaning company including: payroll, invoicing, worksheets, stores, quality control, budgets, risk assessments, actions, machinery, docum...

The Cleaning Show 2013 promises a feature-packed programme

... "Even at this early stage, the Cleaning Show 2013 is on course to be bigger and better than ever before, and is expected to attract a record-breaking number of visitors and exhibitors," promises Martin Scott, exhibition sales director. "Over 60% of all available stand space has already been sold - the strongest show of support ever with over 10 mo...

Rubbermaid set to expand global presence with rebranding activity

... Technical Concepts Holdings, (TC) a leading global provider of innovative washroom hygiene systems for several high-growth segments of the away-from-home washroom category in 2008. The TC products portfolio included touch-free and automated health, wellness and odour control solutions, as well as proprietary refills. With immediate effect, Rubb...

Molly Maid stars in ITV's latest expose on how some modern Brits live

... and trusted service, Molly Maid always takes great pride in maintaining the utmost care and regard for all of its valued customers. The producers spent two days filming behind the scenes with a team from Molly Maid Wimbledon and with franchise owner, Sandra Redmond, in different homes - each providing character-led and anecdotal references on h...

Facilities and cleaning employers - free apprenticeships opportunity!

...ships in facilities management and cleaning. The Asset Skills UK Academy has access to funding for its employers on a first come first serve basis, for a limited time only. Act now for funded apprenticeships in: Level 3 Facilities Management Level 2 Cleaning and Environmental Services[TRIMTO] This offer is available in England only....

Regent centre stage in 2012 Q1 new business gains

First quarter new business gains for Regent Samsic reveal the diversity of the company's experience in the UK cleaning and security sectors, both individually and combined. New sites on the company's books include one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. At the heart of Bristol's harbourside, the Arnolfini (pictured) houses...

Sparkling out from the crowd, new company offers a sparkle clean service

...nstructed to sell homes that were sometimes less than perfect in their presentation, Tina Pearce, a former new homes sales director and her husband Mike, have set up Sparkles Southern. Sparkles Southern is a specialist company focussed on providing a comprehensive cleaning service for new homes developers and housebuilders. Based near Horsham in...

Afa Dispensing Group celebrates 40 year anniversary

... benchmark with the launch of OpAd - an all plastic, pre-compression trigger sprayer. Highly-valued for its very powerful drip-free spray and higher output, it is used by leading consumer brands as a dispenser for household, chemical, automotive and home & garden applications. * 2007: Afa initiates its strategic focus on Cradle-to-Cradl...

UL announces Global Certification for Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products

... announced the launch of a globally applicable, lifecycle-based environmental product certification for janitorial and sanitation products. Formerly available only as EcoLogo, a North American certification recognised mainly in Canada and the US, this new, worldwide UL certification service for environmentally preferable cleaning products will e...

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... that. At the start of our conversation, she didn't seem to know it either. What hope is there then for people who have little knowledge of recycling? I suggested that more thought should have been put into the information on the leaflets before the go-ahead had been given to print them. I said I was concerned that people would now be confused a...

Panztel launches advanced system for the management of remote workforces

Panztel, a pioneer of remote workforce electronic monitoring systems, has just launched its new eziTracker Scheduler. The culmination of an extensive R & D investment, eziTracker Scheduler is a comprehensive and fully integrated software platform for managing remote workforces and a significant evolutionary development of the company's market...

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...f the cleaning industry - whether amongst the crowds lining the streets or watching from the dry comfort of their homes - gave a thought to the mammoth task this four-day long celebration presented to those responsible for ensuring that the streets were pristine before the event and cleaned up during and after it, so let me say it on everyone's beh...

Clinell and Clorox join forces

...nt the spread of C. difficile. Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) such as C. diff, a spore forming bacterium found in the intestines with symptoms ranging from diarrhoea to more serious life threatening intestinal disease, are a growing concern in the UK. Clinell Clorox Chlorine Wipes kill the toughest micro organisms facing UK healthcar...

FM market upbeat in 2012 despite double-dip

...12 from MTW Research suggests that the double-dip recession has not yet resulted in a sales decline for FM contractors, though pressure on margins and budgets continues to dampen market growth.[TRIMTO] Based on financial data from more than 60% of the FM market by value, the report has found that whilst there was a slowdown in growth in 2011 and...

Mobile window cleaning system from Turkey gobbles up the dirt

...ty of approx. 95% is achieved. This is already sufficient to provide streak-free window cleaning For those working in hard water areas, a 5 litre DI (de-ionising, ion exchanger) vessel is added to the system. This is designed to remove all minerals (salts) from the water, achieving a water purity of approximately 100%. Water quality is measur...

Soapbox: Landfill tax is a rubbish way to spend money!

...t from 1st April 2012 Landfill Tax increased by £8 per tonne - meaning it now costs £64 for every tonne of waste sent to landfill. He argues that reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill is the way forward... "The idea of Landfill Tax is to encourage waste producers to reduce what they send to landfill by financially punishing t...

PDI receives C.diff spores claim acceptance for EPA-registered Sani-Cloth Bleach

PDI, a specialist in infection prevention education, support, and the supply of products for healthcare settings, expands its Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes product line with the introduction of Sani-Cloth AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipe and Sani-Cloth Bleach Germicidal Disposable Wipes which act against Clostridium difficile spores. The ne...

Researchers use automated UV disinfection to prevent C. diff in veterans care facility

...ores that become airborne during CDI occurrences contaminate nearby environmental surfaces, survive for months, and are especially difficult to eradicate with disinfectants. Researchers Brett Sitzlar, Ravy K. Vajravelu, Lucy Jury, Curtis J. Donskey and Robin L. P. Jump monitored two LTCF patient roommates. During the months that the patients sha...

Best Western introduces new cleaning technologies for hotels

...tter, food particles - and more, that the human eye cannot see. * Clean remotes or wraps for the remote control device - These cleverly-designed, seamless remote controls are designed specifically to make it easy to clean and disinfect before each guest stay. * Pillow and blanket wraps - Extra pillows, blankets and towels are ...

Ecolab pledges commitment to WWF and Alliance for Water Stewardship

Ecolab has expanded its commitment to World Wildlife Fund to support the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) in establishing a global water standard. The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard aims to support water users globally in taking appropriate actions to evaluate and improve their impacts on watersheds. Ecolab's two-year pledge i...

Trojan Battery expands distribution in the Netherlands

Deep-cycle battery manufacturer,Trojan Battery Co., has named Accuverkoop Hefra as a distributor for the Netherlands. The company will work alongside Trojan's current distributor Emrol to manage customer sales and support activities.[TRIMTO] "Trojan Battery's partnership with Hefra enables us to provide expanded sales and technical support serv...

Free public cleaning gives city landmarks in China a new look

...s initiated by the China Clean Expo. As the biggest cleaning expo in Asia, CCE has been established for 10 years. The next CCE will be held from 1st - 3rd April 2013, moving to the new venue of the Shanghai World Expo, which will provide more exhibition space to cater for the trend of high-speed cleaning development. The organisers will promote the...

CSSA holds 45th AGM and Annual Luncheon at the Savoy

...es Association (CSSA) attended their AGM and annual lunch in London at the Savoy Hotel last Friday, formally electing Peter Goodliffe of OCS Group as Chairman of the cleaning industry's leading trade association. [TRIMTO] Bob Vincent of LCC Support Services was elected vice-Chairman and Michael Rutherford of Victoria General Cleaning Servic...

In-house BICSc accreditation starts for Regent staff

...ure that all members of staff have the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience necessary to perform their work to a high standard," says Bozena. "All contract managers like Manuel will have usually been trained to BICSc Level 1. "We provide formal management and supervisory training as well as technical skills training for all its operative...

Growing quickly... JDS Products

...acturer of quality stainless steel washroom dispensers, accessories and waste bins. The company was formed in early 2010 and has since then successfully designed and developed over 30 new products. Specialising in stainless and mild steel dispensers, JDS offers its Synergise range in both brushed satin and a highly polished steel finish as well ...

Forum of Private Business asks councils how long they take to pay suppliers

The Forum of Private Business has this week submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to local councils in England asking how long they take to pay their suppliers. In 2009, almost a year after the Government urged councils to follow the example of central departments and commit to paying their suppliers within 10 days, FOI research carried...

CCE 2012 is a Guinness World Record Breaker!

...held at the new venue of the Shanghai World Expo, which will provide more exhibition space to cater for the growing trend towards high-speed cleaning development. T: 021 6437 1178 ext. 298 E: jimmy.jin@ubmsinoexpo.com W: www.chinacleanexpo.com ...

Right Royal Jubilee clean up in central London

...en's Diamond Jubilee, Veolia Environmental Services and Westminster City Council put in the extra effort to make sure the city was sparkling for this very special event and returned to its best for residents and businesses. Before the pageant even started, the Veolia teams were lining the route to sweep away standing water on the streets. Due to...

RJN delivers Pure, Green and Clean

...introduction of SanitiserPlus: "Our mission has always been clear - to provide a sustainable, yet affordable product that delivers maximum time and cost savings without compromising health & safety, results and our service to customers and end users. The fantastic results of our FreshClean product demonstrates proves that our mission is ent...

A good name that sells

...s to trade under that name to this day, but Cleanwipes as a janitorial supplier had great potential for growth, and so although both businesses moved forward independently, Cleanwipes was adopted as the main aspect of the business, Peter Coles (who later gifted shares) still controls 60% of the company and having made a second purchase of anothe...

Ingot wins top club contract

...g off some stiff competition the Suffolk-based company is all set to deliver a top cleaning service for all of the busy kitchens at the Anfield ground. Managing Director Alan Maynard says: ""We are delighted to add such an iconic name to our client list and look forward to establishing a long term relationship with Liverpool FC. "The kitchens...

Ecolab collaborates with China's State Food & Drug Administration to provide food safety training

Ecolab and China's State Food & Drug Administration Institute for Executive Development (SFDAIED) are again partnering to conduct food safety training that aligns with the recent introduction of China's five-year food safety plan and reaches workers within the country's food service industry.[TRIMTO] Food safety experts from Ecolab and SFDA...

Andrew Jones named as new President of AHCP

...rvices at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In this role he combines responsibility for all of the estates and facilities management functions as well as the allied healthcare professions and pharmacy at the Trust. In 2004 Andrew project directed the Trust's NHS Foundation Trust application which culminated in Foundation status b...

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest winner crowned

...ace yesterday at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium, where Susan received a cheque for $2,012. The 700 participants were required to construct their wedding dresses out of nothing more than Charmin toilet paper, tape, glue and/or needle and thread. "The quality of talent that presents itself each year always amazes us," says Sus...

Bunzl acquires Service Paper in the US

...and industrial packaging sectors throughout the Pacific Northwest. Revenue of the business acquired for the year ended 31st December 2011 was $61 million and the gross assets purchased are estimated to be $18 million.[TRIMTO] "Service Paper is an excellent business with a reputation for providing high levels of customer service which will comple...

Industrial pressure washers for high quality cleaning

...ater source, due to the 150 litre bowser tanks. The storm mounted and freestanding ranges are ideal for indoor use especially in environments such as the food industry, factories and workshops. "Demon pressure washers are built to the highest standards and quality, designed to withstand the most rigorous environments," says Says Emma Hancock Sal...

Initial Facilities toasts success of apprenticeship scheme

...pletion of their apprenticeships. They were joined by colleagues and representatives from Transport for London, London Underground and the Skills Partnership.[TRIMTO] The apprentices received a certificate from their tutor, Beth Rose of the Skills Partnership, to recognise their achievement in gaining an NVQ Level 2 in Cleaning & Support Ser...

Committed to corporate social responsibility

...nd a team from Principle Cleaning Services will once again be running the London 10k to raise funds for its chosen charity, The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Everyone at the company and the charity would welcome and be extremely grateful if you could spare a donation by way of sponsorship. For more details and sponsorship, please visit: www.justgiving.com ...

Cleaning group's 3-2-1 warranty gives products the EDGE

...tatic and Grimebuster II ranges will be covered by a 3-2-1 guarantee. This will cover heating coils for three years, pump motors for two years and other 'non wear' items for one year. Cold water machines including the Leopard Plus, Polecat ECO, Puma ECO and Manx ranges will have a two year warranty on pump motors and one year on 'non wear' items...

Sustainable Restaurant Association helps caterers clean up their credentials

...y of ecological cleaning products that are safe and competitively priced is a hugely positive step. For this reason we are very pleased to list Delphis Eco as an approved supplier." The products and chemicals used to guarantee hygiene standards are a crucial aspect of sustainability in the catering industry. Many cleaning products traditionally ...

LPM Cleaning set to reduce costs and boost productivity

... LPM Cleaning & Support Services has agreed a new partnership with HSS Hire's Outsource service for the supply, management and maintenance of high performance Reintec cleaning equipment.[TRIMTO] Underlining LPM's ongoing commitment to driving up service standards and reducing costly downtime, the HSS Outsource agreement offers best-in-class ...

Regent Cleaning gets the silver

...h to the prevention of accidents and ill health recognised in a Silver Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. The scheme does not just look at accident records, but also entrants' overarch...

Ecolab participating in World Health Organisation initiative to improve patient safety

...and hygiene is a major factor in the spread of infection.[TRIMTO] The WHO 'Private Organisations for Patient Safety platform', a collaboration between the WHO and a consortium of 15 companies involved in the development, manufacture or distribution of hand hygiene products, will work to increase hand hygiene compliance in healthcare facilities a...

Brightwell Dispensers accredited ISO14001

... their own challenging targets to improve the way they operate. The first steps towards ISO14001 for Brightwell included going through each department to identify current and future operations that could interact with the environment. From this analysis, the QA team set realistic targets for the company to achieve within three years, for instanc...

ABCD Event: It's tough out there

...y of the pressures of the current austerity in the public sector have meant that managers have been forced to diversify, adapt and offer better value to both their staff and clients. "Some of the changes we are seeing in the public sector are the biggest in a generation, and the best managers are adapting as they confront this challenge," commen...

Cleanscene Down Under

...ng industry and we expect a large turnout of exhibitors as well as members of the cleaning industry for the popular vote judging when the state branch functions are announced." Exhibitors wishing to submit entries have until 30th July with preliminary judging commencing in late August. Terry Fraser is impressed with the high standard of entries ...

Soap sales soar after dispenser link at Knight Air

...a tight situation, such as when we have a new customer in pressing need. They will make up an order for us at the shortest notice without a grumble and at no extra cost. "Another thing we like about dealing with Greyland is that we deal with a team, not just Roger the rep. Neil, Jamie, or anyone in the office will take a call and deal with it, n...

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...y e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! When I was filming for the BBC some years ago, we chatted to members of the public about one of the predecessors of something we take for granted these days - toilet tissue. We showed them what the Ancient Romans used and the thought of having to share the sponge on a ...

Lindaus launches HF6 professional multifunction vacuum / carpet cleaner

... integrated onboard professional accessories, a 14 litre filter bag and fast electrified connection for the power nozzle. The Plus version is also equipped with electronic control of the suction power and full bag light. The blowing function (as powerful as a compressor) is standard and very useful to dislodge the most difficult dust that nee...

Freudenberg North America targets zero manufacturing waste

...is objective by parent corporation, Freudenberg and Co., during a recent internal Global Innovation Forum on raw materials and innovation. The two-day event, annually conducted and simultaneously video-cast from locations in Germany, Brazil, the US, China and Japan, allowed Freudenberg's global contingent of scientists, chemists and other technical...

Savortex becomes the first-ever hand dryer to achieve a Guinness World Records title

Last Thursday, Guinness World Records formally announced that the Savortex Vortex 550 EcoSmart hand dryer has achieved a Guinness World Records title for energy efficiency.[TRIMTO] The world record, 'Most hands dried using 30kJ of energy', was devised by Guinness officials as a challenge to measure the energy efficiency in hand drying. The Vor...

Global manufacturer unveils Water for Life programme

...d to address poor access to water and sanitation in the communities where it operates. The Water for Life programme, which is being rolled out to the entire Kimberly-Clark Corporation, will act as a platform to enable the organisation to collaborate with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to deliver clean drinking water, adequate levels of sa...

B & V Water Treatment calls for action after WWF report

...tion have prompted a call by leading water treatment and water saving engineering company B & V for organisations to reduce their water footprint.[TRIMTO] A report by HSBC this month says the world's economic growth is likely to be severely hampered by shortages without concerted efforts to improve water management. And the Institution of Ci...

Truvox makes big splash at Royal Commonwealth Pool

Only the very best cleaning equipment will do for a pool that is set to host the diving when the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland in 2014 and which will also play host to the British Olympic team training camp in the build-up to this Summer's games - and after going to great lengths to find the right supplier, Edinburgh Leisure found the perfe...

Rubbermaid unveils new products designed with the end-user in mind

...cts, has introduced two new products, designed specifically to work in conjunction with one another for a superior cleaning experience for the end-user - the Pulse 2-Sided Mop and the Flow Backpack.[TRIMTO] Exceptionally lightweight and durable, the innovative new PulseMop and FlowBackpack allow the operator to move faster; and the Flow's high-c...

OspreyFrank - the new name in pressure washing

...nt, ceramic plungers that operate quietly. Coupled with the special Telecontrol operator handles for ease of use and operator safety, and a range of capacity variations from 80 bar to 270 bar these mobile units will satisfy most users. For continuous high demand applications OspreyFrank have static versions with cold or hot water specifications,...

Eurozone industry losing focus on the fundamentals

...responding to the economic essentials of production and productivity." "A new approach is called for in labour relations where base pay is a much smaller element in total remuneration and employees directly experience the rise and fall of industrial fortunes. Current pay systems belong to a past age when employers simply responded to economic do...

JP Morgan chief asked: "Why do you deny the people cleaning your buildings a living wage?

... I are sick and tired of working hard but not being able to make ends meet. We are uniting to fight for better wages and a better life for our families," Vasquez continued, "We do not deserve to suffer abuse just because we are poor." The contrast of Jamie Dimon - one the richest men in the United States and the 12th highest paid CEO in the coun...

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...ld be gladly snatched from those lucky enough to be doing them, by others eager to fill their shoes for 10% of the salary. We both felt that those doing the jobs no-one wants, should earn a lot more for doing them, while those with covetable jobs should earn a lot less. But life is rarely fair, is it? The conversation came back to me when I hear...

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... countries worldwide! When we broadcast our last issue we'd rather lost track of time and had forgotten that the extended Diamond Jubilee celebrations were upon us. We don't know about your inbox but ours take some wading through after just a Bank Holiday Monday, so we felt that after a two day break, possibly extended to the full week, you m...

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... London 2012 Olympics website: "Thousands of staff across the cleaning and waste sectors are needed for hire by London contractors." I understand that this figure may be rather higher than it should because recruitment has been underway for some time, but I hope that the remaining positions are filled soon, as with the Games just a little over t...

New nappy bag dispenser adds value in the washroom

PHS Washrooms has launched a new nappy bag dispenser for baby changing areas, which combines discreet design with convenience and sustainability.[TRIMTO] The hardwearing unit is made from ABS plastic and is available in white, polished chrome and brushed chrome. Each dispenser holds 40 scented biodegradable bags and the design ensures that jus...

energy-efficient laundry a hit with staff and residents at Walsh Manor

...ger tied up repairing machines.[TRIMTO] Walsh Manor provides living accommodation and facilities for 350 residents who work at the Church of Scientology Religious Education College at Saint Hill in East Grinstead, together with their families. Residents are responsible for their own laundry, including their staff uniforms and bedding, and requir...

New rechargeable and washable wireless keyboard is ideal for healthcare use

...rals, has launched what it believes is the industry's first rechargeable wireless keyboard designed for infection control. To date, the SBW-97-TP is iKey's most innovative and flexible user-friendly design.[TRIMTO] The SBW-97-TP is said to be the first fully sealed, rechargeable, wireless keyboard on the market that uses QuickPair technology. Qu...

ln Depth helps historic Liverpool sparkle

...g contract with Liverpool City Council to keep two key historic Liverpool buildings sparkling clean for the thousands of visitors they draw each year.[TRIMTO] St George's Hall (pictured above) and the Town Hall are icons of the city and need to look their best to uphold Liverpool city centre's reputation as a fine heritage attraction. The exteri...

Cretan hotel enjoys cost efficiency that doesn't sacrifice on quality

...nd's capital, Heraklion; the hotel offers four star accommodation that promises - and delivers - comfort, cleanliness and excellent service to travellers from all over the world.[TRIMTO] When the busy tourist season begins in May of each year, the hotel's 345 rooms are soon filled to capacity - up to 1,400 people. With so many customers, many of...

Newcastle-under-Lyme Council wins fourth award with support from Acumen

...stribution and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has led to the Council winning its fourth award for its recycling and waste services in the past 12 months. The Council beat off stiff competition from other local authorities to win the 'Recycling Awareness Campaign' award at the National PAWRS (Plant & Waste Recycling Show) 2012.[TRIMTO] ...

Handy chemical dilution chart for most janitorial bucket sizes, now freely available

The majority of commercial cleaning detergents and chemicals are dispensed (diluted) according to a ratio, such as 50:1, 20:1 or 200:1, which refers to 50 parts of water to 1 part of detergent, and so on. Busy cleaners that find it hard to get their heads around the numbers will benefit from this handy free guide, called the 'dilution ratio cha...

Cornish bakery fined for worker's injuries

...bakery and had to be released by co-workers.[TRIMTO] Wioletta Drozdz, 27, from Newquay, had both forearm bones broken in her right arm when the incident happened in the early hours of 10th December 2010. Bodmin Magistrates fined Ms Drozdz's employer, Crantock Bakery, of Indian Queens, a total of £14,000 and ordered the company to pay &p...

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...g distance of a bin) and it's the maintenance team's job to go around after them and pick it up. Forget for a minute the fact that it's my taxes (and yours if you live in the UK and are working) which are paying for this ridiculous part of the daily schedule and consider for one minute the message this is sending out to our young people. And the...

New figures published for fatally injured workers

... year remains largely unchanged. The Health & Safety Executive has released provisional data for April 2011 to March 2012, which shows 173 workers were killed - down two from the previous year. The rate of fatal injury remains the same at 0.6 per 100,000 workers. "Britain continues to have one of the lowest levels of workplace fatal in...

Creating a virtuous cycle in food hygiene

...arn in the industry.[TRIMTO] NSF International, an independent organisation developing standards for public health, found that there was a significant shortfall in knowledge of food safety handling practices. The organisation's assessment of 10,000 trained food handlers discovered that 41% demonstrate insufficient knowledge! It's an alarming ...

The 2012 FM Market Survey needs your help!

...niversity and i-FM have come together to launch one of the most important, most accurate and most informative surveys yet seen in UK FM. Please take part.[TRIMTO] The 2012 FM Market Survey will capture the views and experiences of facilities managers in all parts of the industry - in-house practitioners, outsourced service suppliers, and consult...

The Cleaning Industry and workplace slips and trips: a warning

Workplace slips incidences account for over a third in reported major injuries, two fatalities per year and 50% of all reported accidents to members of the public that happen in workplaces - all attributable to lack of cleaning, lack of due regard to the risks of wet floors and even to direct cleaning activities.[TRIMTO] As an example, speciali...

Countries outside the EU drive Idrobase Group to a +11% increase in sales

...h specialises in the production of high pressure washers and accessories, tells us that its results for the first half of 2012 have confirmed that the path it has set itself - despite the general crisis - continues to prove successful. Turnover in the first half of 2012 was €4.1 million - an increase of 11% over the same period in 2011. It ...

Silverdell secures contracts in Canada worth £13 million

...orth a combined total of approximately £13m. The work is being carried out on sites in Canada for two separate multi-national companies. These contracts were secured since the acquisition in May of EDS, a specialist provider of decommissioning and dismantling services.[TRIMTO] The first contract, worth approximately £10.7m, involves ...

Lifecycle longevity an important factor in hand dryer rental costs

...ontract. This is often the case when a dryer is in high daily use and can result in reduced revenue for the washroom hygiene services company. Hand dryers are typically rented by washroom hygiene service companies over a three year contract. The longer a dryer's life, the better the return on investment for the service company. If the dryer nee...

A quarter of sick days are due to musculoskeletal problems

The lastest Labour Force Survey, which was recently published by the Office of National Statistics, shows musculoskeletal problems now account for more than a quarter of all sick days even though the majority are avoidable.[TRIMTO] In 2011, 131 million working days were lost to sickness which is actually 4% lower than the previous year. This ...

DMG team up with Matrix in Scotland

...orcare ltd is delighted to be appointed as a Matrix dealer, having worked with Mike & Malcolm before over the past ten years we know exactly what kind of support and professionalism we can expect. Together with the years of experience which Davie and I have in the floor cleaning equipment industry I think this partnership will be extremely inte...

Owner cloning, dead fish and dead companies

...ant you to know about today. Sometimes the death of a young cleaning company can be a good thing for the survivors. That seemingly premature death may only be a detour if the owner can transport the skills learned into another company. With a dead company behind them, think about everything they can bring with them into the next organisation. No...

Don't forget the ducts, says Teinnova

Spanish company Teinnova, which specialises in the manufacture of equipment for cleaning grease from products and surfaces in kitchens; such as ducts, hoods and filters, welcomes legislation that makes those responsible for kitchen cleaning, aware of their responsibilities.[TRIMTO] "Every day more and more countries publish enforceable standard...

CMS 2013: Worldwide canvassing campaign under way

*Early Bird discount on bookings up to 1st October 2012 Canvassing efforts, press work and the promotional campaign for CMS 2013 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. have been launched on an international scale, with application forms already sent out to exhibitors. From 24th to 27th September 2013, the international trade fair for cleaning ...

HMRC enforcers target London businesses

...nue & Customs officers were taking part in Operation Vermont, a multi-agency exercise which ran for six weeks in May and June. During this time 31 businesses were suspected to be underpaying workers, or were considered a significant risk requiring further HMRC investigation. It is thought that approximately 100 workers could be owed a total of ...

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...s finally made the headlines but not in the way I'd expected it to. "10 to a room and one shower for 75 people: inside the 'slum' camp for Olympic cleaners" was the headline in an issue of the Mail Online this week and judging by the images that accompanied the story, the accommodation looks (from the outside at least) somewhat like a concentr...

Paper disposables manufacturer fined for safety failings

A paper products manufacturer has been prosecuted for putting employees at risk with dangerous machines at its Hitchin, Herts, production site.[TRIMTO] The Health and Safety Executive identified multiple defects at United Paper Products, on Bury Mead Road, Hitchin, during a visit in February 2010. Stevenage Magistrates' Court heard on Monda...

European support, RPS Corporation

After 14 years gaining valuable experience as Cleaning Equipment Sales Manager for the Dutch distributor of Factory Cat Industrial Cleaning Equipment, Ewout de Lange has joined the manufacturer of Factory Cat - RPS Corporation - as that company's Sales Manager for Europe. His office is based in The Netherlands).[TRIMTO] RPS manufactures floo...

Karcher sets new standard for compact hot water pressure washers

...n by 20% compared to previous models, saving on diesel costs and reducing the amount of time needed for refuelling but without compromising cleaning results. HDS Compact models are also backed by a 3-year burner coil warranty. The new range showcases a contemporary chassis design with a number of details that combine to make a class-leading mac...

We have Mail: School litter picking

...g litter! Mike Boxall: You're right John. Frankly, I think we've been on a very slippery slope for a long time and I don't think we'll ever get back there to be honest! ...

HSE Cost-Recovery Scheme - A small step for the HSE, but a giant leap for the Resource Management Sector

The Health & Saftety Executive's cost-recovery scheme, known as Fee for Intervention (FFI), will begin on 1st October, subject to Parliamentary approval, the regulator has announced.[TRIMTO] The waste industry in recent years has come under the HSE's spotlight for all the wrong reasons. BOMEL & BOMEL 2 highlighted levels of accidents, i...

DMG teams up with Matrix in Scotland to sell steam cleaning equpment

... Grant, has joined Matrix Cleaning Systems' network of carefully selected trade dealers.[TRIMTO] For those readers not familiar with Matrix, it manufactures a large range of professional steam cleaning equipment from its base in Leyland, Lancashire. "We are delighted to be appointed to the team of Matrix dealers," says Marie. "Having worked w...

Principle Cleaning goes into orbit!

2012 has been a great year so far for Principle Cleaning Services and it has now added a three-year cleaning contract for Inmarsat's global headquarters in London to its expanding portfolio.[TRIMTO] Inmarsat has been at the forefront of mobile satellite services for more than 32 years and is a leading provider of global voice and broadband dat...

Family-friendly event for the carpet & hard floorcare industry booking now

...ning of carpets, soft furnishings and hard flooring, has been setting the standard in this industry for over 40 years through basic, specialist and advanced training courses for members and non-members at all levels of expertise. On 15th September 2012 the NCCA will be holding its second Carpet Cleaners Carnival (CCC) at Wicksteed Park in Ketter...

Demystifying dehumidifiers

...any was founded in 1991, as a specialist supplier of environmental monitoring and control equipment for museums, archives and art galleries across Europe.[TRIMTO] Having worked initially in the museum and heritage sector, the team at Meaco boasts a real understanding of the problems that companies and householders face and can provide simple and...

Keeping on the right side of clients

...s, security and maintenance staff have a cost-effective method of keeping track of their remote workforce in place. Missed or late visits jeopardise client relationships and, understandably given the prevailing difficult trading climate, it is now commonplace that clients insist upon independent verification of visits.[TRIMTO] To keep on the rig...

ISSA and CIRI begin development of Clean Standard: K-12

... and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute have begun the process of developing a Clean Standard for K-12 schools that ultimately will promote clean and healthy indoor environments in educational facilities across the US to the benefit of children’s learning experiences. [TRIMTO] “ISSA is excited to see yet another initiative begi...

Early bird tickets available for BCC conference

A limited number of early bird tickets, priced at £99, are now available for the BCC Conference 2012: Business Efficiency and Innovation.[TRIMTO] The Conference, which is organised by the British Cleaning Council, has established itself as a must-attend event for professionals concerned with commercial success in the modern world. The la...

P&G, the US EPA, Staples and more headline Cleaning Products 2012

Smithers Apex's Cleaning Products 2012: The Intersection of Innovation for Science Based Sustainability will bring together leading organisations such as Procter & Gamble, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Staples to discuss unit dose; fragrance development strategies; green chemistry innovation; future prospects for the auto dishwash...

Janitors strike prompts act of civil disobedience as supporters block intersection; more than a dozen arrested

...poll in Houston released last night, 63 percent of Houstonians believe janitors should be paid more for their work. "The struggle for economic justice led by janitors in Houston is deplorable," said Johnny N. Mata, of the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice and one of those arrested. "Especially when we have to engage in civil disobedience jus...

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...around too. There has been some negative press surrounding the cleaners brought in from overseas for this particular event but I'm sure that as usual they'll look after us really well. I do hope though that members of the general public will treat them - and the areas they're tasked with cleaning - with the respect they deserve. If you're one...

Voting opens for 2012 ISSA Innovation Award programme

The ISSA has opened voting for its distinguished Innovation Award programme. During this annual competition, distributors and industry end customers-including building service contractors and in-house service professionals-vote for the products and services they find most cutting-edge and relevant.[TRIMTO] This year's programme includes more th...

Eco friendly sanitising for super yachts

... of Hoshizaki ROX electrolysed water systems, to provide its clients with a groundbreaking solution for chemical-free cleaning and sanitising. ROX combines ordinary tap water and a mild salt solution with an electric current to produce two streams of water that can be drawn on demand - alkaline cleaning water and acidic sanitising water. Even...

Scots MP to carry out 'work experience' today at Perthshire hygiene firm

Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid-Scotland Claire Baker, will today visit a small Fife business, sanitary hygiene services firm Co-An UK, to carry out a 'work experience' placement.[TRIMTO] She is visiting as part of the Forum of Private Business's 'Business Buddy' scheme, a project which puts politicians and other key Government decis...

Molly Maid supports Tories' call for tax breaks for those hiring cleaners

...venue through VAT, National Insurance contributions and income tax. To Pam and her 1,000 strong workforce competing in an industry that is said to be 98% dominated by the 'black market', David Cameron's remarks are music to her ears. "Most people don't think that housecleaning in Britain is as large an industry as it is or that it could play suc...

SCA's acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European tissue business now complete

...ess in Scandinavia including production capacity. The businesses that are to be divested account for sales of approximately EUR 200m, which is in line with the expectations and does not change SCA's evaluation of the deal. www.sca.com ...

LPM publishes first cleaning supplies catalogue

... divided into sections - including washroom, housekeeping and kitchen - with each area colour-coded for quick and easy reference. Sections are further categorised by specific product manufacturer - among them Connect, Kimberley-Clark and DEB - and product type. A separate code is dedicated to rental products. Mike Alsworth, Commercial Manager at...

Survey explores how cleaning contractors bid on accounts

...ot follow up with prospects if their bid was not accepted," says Jolynn Kennedy, Marketing Director for professional cleaning equipment manufacturer Tornado Industries. "That feedback could help them win the next bid." Among the other findings of the survey were the following: * Some 64% of respondents said they base their bids on wha...

Christeyns targets caterers with UK launch of cleaning & hygiene range

... safe, healthy and legal, as well as offering a first-class support package. Specially developed for safe, effective cleaning of all food preparation, bar, housekeeping and laundry applications, this is a premium range of industry-specific products. All are combined with an extensive support package from Christeyns that offers real value to end-...

Get ahead of the Games

...ns of people will be celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It's important, therefore, to consider the impact the Games will have on your daily business operations. Transport infrastructure will be exceptionally busy, with thousands of extra visitors in the capital. Operators of cleaning fleets could be affected by transport chan...

Proventix records the 10 millionth hand wash

...ctions, decreased patient length of stay and cut healthcare costs. A portion of this increased effort to improve patient safety stems from the 'Putting Power into Healthcare Initiative', or PPHI, a partnership between Alabama Power, 27 Alabama hospitals and Proventix. PPHI marked what is believed to be the first statewide effort ever to use a so...

Ramon wins Gold at London Hospital 2012

...n that keeps all dirty mops and waste hidden away. They have silent closing lids and now have a lid for the middle section of the trolley - keeping all equipment, including chemicals, stored inside and away from public view. They are made from first grade polypropylene which means they are easy to keep clean, versatile and tough and will last takin...

Stream: Contico's new mop handle doesn't need a bucket

... Stream is a lightweight rust-free aluminium mop handle which incorporates its own 500ml reservoir for water or mopping solution. Stream enables users to quickly and easily fill the reservoir using a jug or bottle, by simply pushing the handle top cap down. Three jets of liquid are sprayed onto the floor ahead of the mop head, which means no m...

Enviro-Solutions announces winners of 'Going Enviral' Greener Schools Video Challenge

...n Great Neck, New York, are the winners of the 'Going Enviral' Greener Schools Video Challenge 2012 for their winning video, 'Period 4 Lights Out'.[TRIMTO] The contest, which was open to school-age children throughout North America, was conducted on the Enviro-Solutions Facebook page starting in March 2012 and ending July 15th, 2012. Claudia,...

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... station is being rebuilt to include shops, housing, a hotel, an upgraded ticket office and more comfortable platforms with better facilities. It's taking an age, is causing the most horrendous traffic jams and has already ruined the look and feel of Epsom town centre. I've always felt that the washrooms reflect the effort and money that's gone ...

Vectair Systems: giving 'in kind'

...lue of over £36,000 in products from Vectair, especially as it currently has an urgent demand for cleaning and household products and essentials such as surface cleaners, soaps, cleaning cloths and disinfectants. With funding cuts, rising costs and increasing demand, its need to supply to charities relying on its service has never been great...

Training collaboration leads to jobs success

...een working with the employer-led skills body since the beginning of the year to deliver 'Preparing for Work: Cleaning Training' programmes to unemployed people with the aim of them finding jobs with Spectrum Service Solutions and NHS Fife. Of the four programmes funded by Asset Skills, three have been delivered and the fourth is soon to complet...

Soapbox: Why the EU isn't working: immigration and linguistic rules

...eration of European Employers The Federation of European Employers (FedEE), a leading organisation for multinational companies operating in Europe, writes... The European Union remains a strong influence on the lives of its citizens - regulating the flow of labour across national borders, employment rights and access to jobs. However, employer...

ServiceMaster Clean introduces new guidelines for restoring damaged property

... specialised discipline which is separate from general building repair work. Businesses should look for a contractor which is a member of the British Damage Management Association, adhering to professional standards of care and codes of practice. By taking precautions, many cases of damage to buildings can be avoided. Advice contained in the lit...

Luxury Foaming Soap saves on water

...equired to provide effective skin cleansing. No water is necessary to create a smooth creamy lather for everyday hand washing, or even, during water restrictions or, in drier climates, for showering. Water is only needed for rinsing.[TRIMTO] Available in bulk 5L canisters, Luxury Foaming Soap from Greyland saves money and saves water. For mor...

Oxypharm ticks all the boxes at key Birmingham hospitals

...ipment. The simplicity of its operation and its light weight, offer great flexibility and mobility for fast, proven and effective disinfection of small room areas through to large open wards." The initial low unit purchase price and operational costs was also a decisive factor in the Trust's investment. "The fact that the Trust could purcha...

Sanicom at your service!

The Sanicom 2 grey water pump is a commercial unit designed for 'heavy use' in demanding commercial and professional situations.[TRIMTO] With its twin 1500W motors and a maximum operating temperature of up to 90 degrees C, the Sanicom 2 means additional dishwashers, two minute glass washers, coffee stations, extra sinks and basins, even laundr...

Nicely packaged support at Cafe Culture that was full of beans

...upplies alongside the bags, containers and other disposables that the company is perhaps best known for. Although Donovans already had an existing chemicals supplier, during their recent planned growth activities they acquired another company, which just happened to be a Greyland brand customer. And as they say, 'the rest is history.' For ...

Away-From-Home tissue and hygiene in Finland: report now available

...urbulence that followed during the second half of 2011. This resulted in fewer domestic, as well as foreign, customers in hotels and restaurants.[TRIMTO] Euromonitor International's Away-From-Home Tissue and Hygiene in Finland report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest reta...

Global Soap Project helps Haiti fight cholera epidemic

...inished bars, cut into 4oz bars, cured, inspected and packaged. Third-party laboratory tests screen for traces of pathogens on a sample from each batch of soap produced before it ships. As of mid-2012, soap has been distributed to partners in 23 countries, with roughly one-third of total production to-date going to Haiti. Working with distributi...

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...dustry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! British sportspeople have not been renowned for their ability to come first for some time, but here we are rivalling the very best on the London 2012 medals table! Many put some of this success down to inspiration from the very vocal and visual support of the home crowd and I have to agree. ...

New study finds degree of interest in E-Learning classes impacts on sales outcomes

...ning programme - referred to as passionate participants - see the greatest improvements in sales performance.[TRIMTO] Enviro-Solutions' e-learning programme consists of more than 175 training modules broken into 75 courses in five key areas: product knowledge, procedures, selling skills, glossary of terms and marketing of green cleaning products...

Vectair Systems appoints exclusive Import Partner for operations in India

Vectair Systems has appointed Excel International as the exclusive Import Partner in India for its washroom and hygiene products with effect from 1st August, 2012.[TRIMTO] "Our fully coordinated washroom and hygiene brands are already established in over 110 countries worldwide," says Joe Ovenden, Sales Director of Vectair Systems. "Now, by j...

John Ayres

...ers of the UK cleaning industry, his daughter Sally Ayres has asked us to broadcast the following information:[TRIMTO] John's funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Friday 17th August at Woking Crematorium, Hermitage Road, St. John's, Woking, Surrey, GU21 8TJ. Afterwards there will be a reception at The Oatlands Park Hotel, Oatlands Drive, Weybr...

Don't waste money on flying ants warns pest control company

...ing some people great distress. We advise the callers not to panic and just wait a few hours. "Unfortunately some other pest control companies take advantage of people's aversion to flying insects and suggest carrying out a treatment to eradicate the ants when it's totally unnecessary and wasteful." The ants normally take to the air on a stil...

Report trashes EU waste management results

...ssion's environment department - found that many EU countries may be failing on a 2020 waste target for recycling municipal waste, which is set at 50% of all household waste. Some of the worst offenders are financially beleaguered Greece, Italy and Cyprus. Their failings include a lack of incentives to divert waste from landfills, which Environm...

Stop-painting.com introduces Velcro-backed floor markings for defining carpeted areas

...able patent pending Superior Mark material, these new Velcro backed floor marking tapes are perfect for classroom floors, municipal buildings and any carpeted floor that needs to be visually organised to direct foot traffic.[TRIMTO] The new Superior Mark carpet tape is available in seven colours and features bevelled edges, making it more durabl...

Train cleaner in race to find missing Olympic tickets

... ahead. "His actions exemplify what good customer service is all about. He is a great role model for us all." ...

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...ee more below). The ones I've become used to over the past week are very basic but they're great for the environment as they don't require any water at all. A bucket of sawdust, some anti-bacterial handwash and a little solar lighting is all that's needed to keep everything fresh and easy to use and I didn't notice any unpleasant smells emanatin...

Olympics clean-up is a winner for Ryans

The thrills and spills of the Olympics and the diverse events around it left a huge challenge for Ryans Cleaning which stepped up to the plate to deliver its own winning performance.[TRIMTO] The Ryans team cleaned up more than 550 tonnes of waste left in Hyde Park and Victoria Park, where more than a million visitors passed through over the tw...

Research on key antibacterial ingredient distorts real-world use

...Institute.[TRIMTO] ACI expressed disappointment in the researchers' publicity campaign - calling for unnecessary restrictions on the oft-tested ingredient - that cross the line into straight advocacy based on questionable conclusions in their paper (published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). "Antibacterial prod...

Yet another British success in the 4 x 4

...ng machines in the UK, is 4 X 4 SDV8: the first of a range of machines to be manufactured by Matrix for the industrial sector.[TRIMTO] Made from stainless steel and featuring a continuous fill boiler system which facilitates refill at any time during operation, the 4 x 4 comes complete with an integral vacuum system. The 8 bar pressure steam cle...

We have Mail - C4C Credits for Cleaning

...at we have now reached agreement with HFC concerning the ongoing sales and support of C4C - Credits for Cleaning. With effect from 7th August 2012, PMS have purchased HFC's share of the software copyright and are now the sole owners of the product. Please see the attached Press release from HFC confirming this statement. We would like to tha...

New law seeks to limit dumping of e-waste

... electronic and electrical waste, much of which is now either dumped in landfills or shipped abroad for disposal because of the high cost of recycling in Europe. Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik said the new measures are a step towards reusing valuable materials such as rare earth metals, gold, silver and copper used in televisions, compu...

Bill Gates names winners of the 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge

Bill Gates has announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet challenge -an effort to develop 'next-generation' toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don't have it. The awards recognise researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, whic...

Major slips & trips research project to be launched at upcoming conference

...ervices Association and the BCC, aims to be the definitive guide on best practice in floor cleaning for commercial cleaning businesses, helping to reduce accidents and improve safety in the workplace. All delegates attending the conference will be provided with a hard-copy guide of the research and will have an opportunity to ask the project manage...

CSSA defends cleaning industry's record on the London living wage

... which calls on all stakeholders in the cleaning industry to work together to achieve a living wage for cleaners.[TRIMTO] Outlining the CSSA's longstanding commitment to supporting the living wage, Chief Executive Andrew Large cites his organisation's strong relationship with Living Wage founders London Citizens and details the efforts made by t...

SHL Global Leadership Study reveals talent time bombs

...dscape of leadership potential changes significantly when analysing the supply of leadership talent for tomorrow. Mexico, Turkey and Egypt have the greatest source of potential future leaders. In contrast, the UK drops 18 places to fall out of the top 20 and Hong Kong falls from pole position to 20th while Mexico and Brazil jump 19 and 21 places re...

Handy slimliner trolley suits tighter spaces

Only 40 cm wide, the new Slimliner trolley from Vikan, renowned for its advanced hygienic cleaning solutions, is purpose designed for professional and efficient cleaning in busy environments with limited space.[TRIMTO] Flexible and easily manoeuvrable, the Slimliner is ideal for use in shops, restaurants, offices, schools and health clinics. ...

Sustainability will be core theme of 19th WFBSC International Congress

'Water: its importance in sustainable cleaning' is the theme chosen for the 19th World Federation of Building Service Contractors International Congress, reiterating the environmental commitment of the maintenance and cleaning industry.[TRIMTO] The event, which is to be held in Curitiba from 10th - 14th October, alongside the 22nd Regional Hig...

Fast, mess-free pressure washing with the FRV 30

Cleaning of tiled walls and hard floors with a pressure washer is a popular choice for contract cleaners and facilities managers because it is fast and highly effective. However, one drawback of using high pressure for this kind of task is that a lot of splashing can occur and the water used for cleaning is left standing on the ground. As well as...

London calling: The Cleaning Show 2015

...ere specifically to visit the Cleaning Show," explained Doug. "Visitor numbers have been falling for years and the show has lost the support of many of the major manufacturers. It was clear that something needed to be done to reverse this trend as the Cleaning Show provides vital funding for the cleaning industry, with 50% of the profits going t...

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...en it comes to simple common sense and negotiation skills. According to the many Internet blogs and forums I've looked at since this story broke, it has been written into some contracts that those employed by the professional cleaning contractors and facilities management companies are not responsible for cleaning 'bodily fluids' as they're called,...

Karcher launches new eco!efficiency emission-free hot water pressure washers

...E's heating tank is insulated by a specially-designed boiler jacket which keeps heated water hotter for longer, and therefore reduces power consumption and shortens heating times to as little as five minutes. The 36KW model offers a class-leading continuous working temperature of 58°C and a maximum working temperature of 80°C. Further re...

CSSA responds to survey on hospital cleaning

... of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, said:[TRIMTO] "This survey gives some cause for concern. If 20% of nurses are saying that their NHS trust is cutting back on cleaning then the risk of resurgence in infectious disease is clear. The UK has made great strides in the reduction of MRSA and C Difficile since 2002 and it would be a ...

Nurses regularly forced to perform heavy cleaning duties, survey finds

... to undertake. More than 50% of the survey's respondents say that they believe cleaning services for their own ward are inadequate, while around 20% say that their trust had made cuts to the cleaning budget within the past 12 months. They claim that these cuts have led to them being forced to disinfect washrooms and mop floors: a third of the...

JLS dancers model Dickies clothing at tour concert in Brighton

Backing dancers for JLS, one of the most successful acts to come out of the X Factor, strutted their stuff in the latest Dickies clothing a couple of weeks ago at the Probiz County Ground in Hove. The dancers were kitted out in Dickies coveralls and black Redhawk Cargo shorts, accentuating smart and fashionable design for the sell-out concert.[TR...

German chemical giant says REACH is worth the investment

...bying battles in the EU's history. The bitter campaign saw chemical companies warn they could be forced to close factories and leave Europe because of the extra costs generated by the EU law, which sought to protect consumer health and the environment. These included widely publicised industry studies which claimed that REACH would cost billi...

US HEPA vacuum filters market expected to reach USD 621.3 Million by 2018

...Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum filters market: United States industry analysis, size, share and forecast, 2010 - 2018', the US HEPA vacuum filters market revenue is estimated to reached USD 484.0 million in 2013 and then further reach USD 621.3 million by 2018, growing at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate ) of 5.1% from 2013 to 2018. In te...

Insurers flooded by water claims, whilst vandalism ruins rural regions

...roken Britain', vandalism only affects 3% of commercial properties, whilst accidental damage from unforeseen and unintentional spillages and breakages is higher at 19%. A regional breakdown of annual restoration work undertaken by ServiceMaster Clean, reveals rather surprisingly, that Hampshire is the region most affected by vandalism, rather th...

Italian paper producer Sofidel Group, buys US-based tissue manufacturer Cellynne Holdings

...cess to the US market.[TRIMTO] Founded in 1988, Cellynne Holdings is a producer of tissue paper (for hygienic and domestic use) in the Away From Home and Consumer sector. It has over 300 employees and three production sites strategically located in the US: its head office is located at its Haines City site (Florida), with two additional converti...

Ladder Association launches 2012 Ladder Exchange

For three months starting 1st September 2012, anyone in the UK who buys, uses or has responsibility for supervising the use of ladders, can take advantage of this year's Ladder Exchange - the annual campaign that enables 'dodgy' ladders to be replaced for brand new ones, at a discounted price, at any one of the Ladder Exchange's official partners...

Your guide to the business opportunities in China's cleaning market

...ing industry is also undergoing tremendous growth. The rising environmental awareness of customers, for example, has provided a new market for more eco-friendly items to be introduced. Meanwhile, China has a huge number of commercial and industrial facilities that require efficient cleaning. The cleaning business opportunities for these faciliti...

Thuraplug - the revolutionary plughole cleaner

...at contamination can occur - take splashback from spitting out toothpaste when cleaning your teeth, for example...[TRIMTO] Inexpensive, easy to use and reusable, Thuraplug ensures that the sink plughole is really clean as, instead of the cleaning product disappearing straight down the pipe, it stays just below the plughole for as long as you cho...

FMA and Sheffield Hallam University to bridge the education gap for experienced FMs

...ed yesterday, an exciting opportunity is being offered to experienced facilities managers to gain a formal MBA in the industry. The qualification in facilities management has been developed by the Facilities Management Association in association with Sheffield Hallam University and will provide a new and innovative route to a better position for...

British Safety Council launches 2013 International Safety Awards

... a pass, a merit or distinction. Results will be posted to all applicants on 18th February 2013. For 2013 the British Safety Council is introducing two new individual awards. These new awards are optional and free to enter. The two awards, for Health & Safety Champion of the Year and Health and Safety Young Champion of the Year, provide orga...

Fast, economical, hygienic mopping from Vileda Professional

...d flat mopping system with hygienic 'touch free' mop removal and exceptional Microfibre cleaning performance at an economical price.[TRIMTO] "ClickSpeed is the latest addition to our range of innovative microfibre cleaning solutions," comments Karen Barker, Marketing Manager at Vileda Professional. "We are constantly developing new products that...

Worker struck by forklift leaves recycling plant out of pocket

...ed £6,000 and ordered to pay £3,365 in prosecution costs after a worker was struck by a forklift truck.[TRIMTO] The truck was carrying a large bale of crushed aluminium cans when it hit the 43-year-old man as he walked across the warehouse floor at the site on Thelwall Lane in Latchford. The worker, who doesn't wish to be named, suff...

Antimicrobial Technology expert releases White Paper

...lver-based antimicrobial technology expert, has released a White Paper to educate those responsible for infection prevention on the issue of contamination of soft surface fabrics in healthcare settings. Titled 'Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination: Considerations for a Complete Infection Prevention Program', it examines current data, guidelines and...

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...niversity. Who said we never make anything in the UK anymore? As those who know about my passion for looking after the environment  and how strongly I feel about the need for decent public washrooms will understand, I'm even more delighted to learn in news just in, that the British Cleaning Council is indulging both these passions, by secur...

Ecolab on Forbes' 2012 list of 'World's Most Innovative Companies'

Ecolab as made it onto Forbes magazine's list of 'The World's Most Innovative Companies' for the second consecutive year. Ecolab ranks 31st out of 100 companies on the global list that appeared in the 5th September issue of Forbes.[TRIMTO] "Our purpose to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier drives our commitment to innovation," says Dou...

Top marks for Nviro in Health & Safety

...s management specialist Nviro, has achieved BS OHSAS 18001, the internationally recognised standard for occupational health & safety management systems - a certification achieved by fewer than 1% of UK businesses.[TRIMTO] Assessment involved a rigorous two-day scrutiny of Nviro's health & safety management systems by independent body, QM...

MITIE wins Odeon cleaning contract

MITIE has been awarded to cleaning contract for Odeon Cinemas.[TRIMTO] The contract has been awarded to MITIE's retail cleaning team, which also cleans thousands of outlets seven days a week for other world-famous retail brands. Approximately 600 employees working on the contract have transferred to MITIE and additional sites will be added in ...

Don't miss out on important UK cleaning industry event

The British Cleaning Council Conference 2012 is now only one month away, and for those that have not secured their place, there are only a limited number of tickets remaining. While many of last year's attendees are already set to return, some readers will be unfamiliar with the event, so here is a taster of what to expect.[TRIMTO] In just thre...

Helping UK plc get 'Waste Smart'

With waste becoming a bottom line issue for most businesses, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management is launching an enhanced version of its Sustainable Waste Awareness Certificate at this week's RWM exhibition in partnership with CIWM 2012 The one-day 'Waste Smart' training course is targeted at all types of businesses interested in im...

Idrotech Elephants 'tusked' with removing coal dust in China

...t and the least amount of water that can do the job well is the one that is specified. The order for these units, which has a huge economic value, is of special importance to Idrobase because it underlines the Group's ability as an exporter to countries such as China where the market usually dictates the opposite trend when it comes to doing bus...

Trojan adds new 12-AGM battery to its range

As part of its ongoing strategy to offer a wide range of deep-cycle battery options for the renewable energy market, Trojan Battery has added a new 140AH 12-AGM battery to its product family.  The new 12-AGM is ideal for applications that require maintenance-free battery power such as in remote areas where proper maintenance cannot be guarant...

IICRC releases details of upcoming courses

...cember 2012. Course dates and titles can be accessed here:[TRIMTO] pages/iicrc-course.htm  For comprehensive details of each course, visit:  iicrc-course-descriptions T: 0208 253 4505  F: 0208 253 4510 E: iicrcadmin.co.uk   W: www.iicrc@admin.co.uk ...

Australian company fined for underpaying foreign workers

A national cleaning company in Australia has been fined $62,000 for underpaying 31 Sydney cleaners - a number of them foreign workers, reports John Laws of the Australian Cleaning Contractors' Alliance. The Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney has this week imposed the fine against the Glad Group Pty following an investigation and prosecution by...

Cooking behind bars

...us weapons if smuggled out of the kitchen. Yet behind this dramatic layer there is a grain of truth for all foodservice businesses. Comprehensive awareness that things are in their right place is vital if service is going to be efficient. People shouldn't be spending time searching for a missing peeler, getting in each other's way by sharing kni...

NEC announces 'zero waste to landfill' achievement

As over 700 exhibitors and some 14,000 visitors gather in Birmingham this week for RWM, the UK's premier resource and waste management show, the event's NEC home (which is also the venue for The Cleaning Show 2013 from 19th - 21st March) has announced that it has achieved 'zero waste to landfill' two years ahead of schedule.[TRIMTO] Kathryn Jam...

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...mers just how the full-sized item would look and feel. Nowadays of course, there's a wealth of information available and a great deal of competition amongst manufacturers and it's not just about knocking on doors and leaving the odd sample and following up the visit by letter and a further visit. Often the initial contact has been made through a...

Vectair Systems unveils a new generation of handcare dispensers

...d service.[TRIMTO] Measuring less than 10cm in depth and operating with less than five pounds of force (lbf), the dispensers - both manual and automatic - are fully ADA compliant and come with a choice of disposable refill cartridges: luxury liquid or foam soap; foam or liquid anti-bacterial soap; anti-bacterial instant hand gel, and a spray sur...

The Hako Virtual Adviser: a stroke of genius!

...on, atmosphere, quality of work and life, road safety - and of course they create a good impression for visitors![TRIMTO] Machines deployed for indoor and outdoor cleaning, lawn and grounds maintenance and winter services should serve to preserve the value of buildings and property as well as being economical. The range of technical offers on th...

Survey examines use of mobile devices in the cleaning industry

A survey conducted for Tornado Industries has asked cleaning industry workers such as distributors, building service contractors and in-house cleaning workers, about their use of mobile devices, such as smartphones and 'tablet' computers. The results reveal that 71% of respondents use a smartphone and about 67% use a flat screen tablet computer...

Rubbermaid launches Clean Look coordinated washroom products

...shes, complementing and accentuating the design of every style of washroom while simultaneously reinforcing a positive, professional image of the business to visitors and staff. The Clean Look's touch-free automated operation and incorporated antimicrobial technology make Rubbermaid Commercial Products' solutions a clever choice when it comes to...

Betco announces new Fastdraw Foamer II

...oamer II is a durable foam gun that utilises Betco Fastdraw products. New features include a SureComfort grip handle, spray and rinse capabilities and adjustable spray patterns.[TRIMTO] The foam gun generates rich and thick foam for cleaning vertical surfaces, which makes it ideal for shower and kitchen cleaning. Accupro Pressure Regulation tech...

2012 Seven-Star Awards highlight food safety achievement in China

Ecolab and China Business News recognised 32 companies with 2012 Seven-Star Awards for their outstanding contributions to Food Safety & Public Health during a ceremony yesterday at the Shanghai World Financial Center. Co-launched by Ecolab and China Business News, with technical support from the China Institute of Food Science & Technology...

Dust Control UK unveils new training programme to combat silica

...ctive pulmonary disease). "It's a very serious issue. And these figures highlight the importance for contractors to capture dust at source and prevent dusts getting airborne before it's too late. The HSE is doing a fantastic job in raising awareness of the problem, but we're here to promote best practice and make sure workers are adopting the be...

Extended foamer range delivers choice and versatility

Rieke Dispensing has launched a new range of foamer dispensers suitable for a wide variety of applications including hand soaps, hair care, personal care, household and pharmaceutical products.[TRIMTO] The five new models, the F1, F2, F6, F11 and F12 series, join Rieke's existing RF08 Finger-Tip and PF17 Palm variants, meaning the company now ...

Lighter container from RPC UKSC for Royal Warrant holder Prochem Europe

...PC customer Prochem Europe has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for the supply of carpet cleaning products, and has chosen RPC Containers UKSC's five litre LX container to help meet its environmental objectives.[TRIMTO] For many years RPC's RT56 Jerrican was Prochem's first choice for packing five litre produc...

If you want to do business in Turkey, don't miss Pulire Eurasia

...t in all sectors, from transport to energy - and excellent arrangements are in place with regard to foreign capital with a view to improving commercial trade. Turkey is also one of the main producers and exporters of technology in the cleaning sector. That's why Afidamp Servizi Srl is organising, in partnership with Sentez, the second edition of...

Just a week until The FM Event opens its doors

...orking event - The FM Event, opens its doors at London's Olympia from 10-11 October. Highlights for the show this year include The Networking Hub and The FM Academy, which will both host targeted sessions tackling key issues affecting the facilities management industry. Speakers participating in these sessions include Julie Kortens, Head of Cor...

Sustainability strategies becoming more important

...d sustainable initiatives." The Sustainability Dashboard is an advance reporting system designed for everyone who is involved in sustainability programmes. It is specifically designed to be easy to use, reduce environmental impacts, save money, and create a culture of sustainability. E: info@ashkingroup.com W: www.green2sustainable.com ...

Hygiene Group is the right ingredient for Cereform

...g specialist Hygiene Group, is working with one of the UK's top bakery ingredient companies. Cereform manufactures a wide range of ingredients used in the UK baking industry at its 420 sq m facility in Northampton. One of its key products is bread improver, which is used by many of the country's top bakeries each day to control the baking proce...

Ecolab launches $25,000 Clean Makeover Contest for restaurants

For many, owning a restaurant is a dream come true-industry experts estimate there are more than 300,000 independently owned restaurants across the US. And despite the long hours, hard work and financial risk accompanying that dream, restaurateurs are devoted to serving their customers. To celebrate their entrepreneurial spirit of service, Ecolab ...

Final tickets on sale now for BCC Conference 2012

A few tickets are still available for the BCC Conference 2012: Business Efficiency & Innovation, priced at £149 per delegate. The BCC Conference has established itself as the must-attend event for UK professionals concerned with commercial success in the modern world. The last three events have sold out, with over 200 senior executive...

Cresswell awarded cleaning contract at new local school

...sen to clean the school site at Ledbury Hall, which was previously used as a community hall and had for many years hosted occasional local community events. Cresswell was contacted by the school at the end of the Summer holidays. It put together a quotation for an initial deep clean plus regular cleaning and within days, the quote was accepted by ...

Haulage firm fined after worker is severely injured by vehicle he had just cleaned

... to be inadequate.[TRIMTO] Ian Mackie, 43, from Turriff, was one of a team of drivers who worked for R & J Milne operating out of its haulage yard in Norwood, Ardmiddle, Turriff. As part of their duties, drivers were regularly required to clean company vehicles in a 'wash bay' area. In November 2010, Mr Mackie was one of five drivers who ...

OxyBAC hand wash: very safe and highly effective

...nced the launch of OxyBAC, which it claims is the safest and most effective antibacterial hand wash for use in any food handling, general workplace, public facility or social care environment where higher standards of hand hygiene are required.[TRIMTO] Professional use, liquid antibacterial hand washing soaps have been available for more than 50...

BICSc celebrates outstanding year at Annual Awards Dinner and Golf Day

...itute of Cleaning Science hosted its Annual Awards Dinner and Golf Day last Thursday at the Marriot Forest of Arden Hotel, Birmingham. The successful event celebrated excellence in accredited training and assessment within the industry, and honoured those who have made a definitive contribution to both the Institute and the industry.[TRIMTO] The...

Government to charge businesses £124hr for health & safety fails

The Health & Safety Executive has recently confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will start on 1st October 2012, meaning that business owners need to start taking a more proactive approach now. FFI aims to recover costs from those who break health & safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends helping to...

Important reminder to all ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012 exhibitors planning to show in 2014

...in, you have only a couple of days to do so. You need to reserve the space with the organisers before the end of this month, as from 1st October 2012, all space that is not reserved will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.issainterclean.com ...

Ladder Association stresses need for safe equipment following prosecution

...esponse from the Ladder Association following the prosecution of a builder's merchant in Birmingham for numerous work-at-height issues relating in particular to ladder equipment found in a terrible and life threatening condition. The Association says that national schemes such as the currently running Ladder Exchange are vital in promoting safety a...

BSCAI announces Registered Building Service Manager workshops

The Building Service Contractors Association International announced yesterday the schedule for the remaining 2012 Registered Building Service Manager workshops in Northern and Southern California. These workshops are designed to help qualified individuals involved in custodial contracts become RBSM-certified.[TRIMTO] RBSM Workshops are designe...

Instazorb super absorbent granule now available in UK

...ike product that works by ADsorbing onto the surface of the grains used to soak up oils, which work for a small range of simple spill issues encountered in a narrow band of fields. InstaZorb is composed of a surfactant-treated volcanic mineral that ABsorbs spills into its structure and retains them whilst being extremely light and working on con...

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chooses In Depth for windows contract

... of Britain's leading cleaning and facilities-management specialists, has been awarded the contract for window cleaning by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.[TRIMTO] The three-year contract is to clean the windows at six sites including Leeds General Infirmary, where the third series of Channel 4's Bafta-award-winning maternity series 'One Born...

CSSA frustrated by news that illegal migrants are not pursued for economic reasons

...that the UK Border Agency is giving up on attempts to locate some 80,000 illegal migrants to the UK for economic reasons. These cases are the remainder of the over 500,000 cases discovered at the Home Office in 2006. Of those, some 180,000 had been allowed to remain, because they had settled by the time their cases were considered.[TRIMTO] Respo...

Auto Bella launches complete auto car wash capability

...g with foam-lance and quick inlet couplings * Drying cloth * Vortice Metallo, ideal for the cleaning of interiors, wheel rims and the car engine * Vacuum cleaner * Detergent, which you can use without a sponge or similar * Car wash course * Marketing support T: +39 049 9336756 E: tommaso.g@idrobas...

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...aziness and something akin to feeling that 'what the eye doesn't see, the heart can't grieve over' (for those readers not familiar with this English proverb, it means that if you're unaware of an unpleasant situation or someone's bad behaviour, you can't be troubled by it). I believe that those who decide not to comply with handwashing requirements...

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...ndustry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Having spent much of the past fortnight both day and night, 'camped out' at a South West London hospital with a sick relative, I was in the perfect position to observe at close quarters the cleaning staff in action, what they used, how they worked, the standard of cleaning and mo...

New K-CP products protect against risks faced by oil and gas industry workers

...ely, Kimberly-Clark Professional is introducing a range of personal protection and wiping solutions for upstream, midstream and downstream operations. Oil and gas industry workers must contend with a variety of health & safety risks, including exposure to harmful chemicals, gases, vapours and fumes as well as falls, burns, cuts, hand injurie...

Selden acquires Jeyes Professional Division

...producers of chemical cleaning products, has acquired the Jeyes Professional brand from Jeyes Group for an undisclosed sum. Jeyes Professional Division became a wholly owned division of Selden as of Monday, 1st October 2012.[TRIMTO] The sale sees manufacture, distribution and administration of Jeyes Professional products for the professional cle...

Sweeping away a feather fiasco

...TO] The white chicken feathers had been released above ground as part of a spectacular aerial performance by Les Studios de Cirque, who had transformed the area into a giant big top as they presented the premiere of their show Place des Anges. With the streets and spectators covered in a white blanket of feathers and an increasing number of ...

Kensington & Chelsea SITA street cleaners to be balloted for strike action over pay

On Monday, GMB, the union for public services workers in the UK, gave notice of an official ballot for strike action for 70 GMB members employed by contractor SITA on the street cleansing contract with Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) - the most affluent borough in London - in a dispute over pay.[TRIMTO] GMB members who clean th...

REACH benefits not obvious yet, EU admits

...nit at the European Commission's environment directorate, said the REACH review, originally planned for June, had been delayed until October. "A lot of work was put into this review and this is one of the reasons why it's slightly delayed - it was substantial," he told a conference organised by the German chemical company BASF in Brussels last m...

Funding announced to increase recycling rate in Scotland

...llion of funding would be available to help councils in Scotland reach the 50% recycling target set for the end of 2013.[TRIMTO] The funding will be available immediately and until April 2013 to help councils meet their target commitments and specifically to fund improvements to Household Waste Recycling Centres and for increasing collections of...

Green Seal awards 1st Specialty Cleaner Certification to PortionPac

...specialty cleaning products on the market. Meeting the GS-53 standard (Specialty Cleaning Products for Industrial & Institutional Use) means that these products meet strict environmental criteria and perform as well as or better than others in their class.[TRIMTO] "We applaud PortionPac for manufacturing products that meet the stringent req...

KD masters Prochem's Sapphire

...ng market with a successful sell-in of the Sapphire Scientific range.[TRIMTO] A typical advocate for investing in Sapphire Scientific truck mounted carpet cleaning is Keith Dugard of KD Contracts in Dover. He has bought a Sapphire Scientific 370SS from the series' exclusive distributor Prochem Europe for his new Renault Master van. "My van wa...

Clean India journey set to spread hygiene, sanitation awareness

...ad awareness about hygiene and sanitation. The yatra, reports the Khaleej Times , will take the form of a travelling carnival featuring sanitation and hygiene themed games, musical performances and magic shows. Some 100,000 people are expected to attend the carnival in villages stretching from Maharashtra to Bihar. A further 30,000 schoolchildr...

Gum success for Newham Council

...leaning Equipment to Newham Council, can clear up to 300 square metres a day and are already out in force across the borough. Mayor Sir Robin Wales was on hand to press the new cleaners into service. He said: "As well using this new machinery to rid our streets of unsightly gum, we'll be giving litter louts something to chew over by issuing m...

Karcher repeats popular £100 cashback scheme

...at of its highly successful £100 cashback incentive on new HDS hot water pressure washers. For every HDS machine (excluding upright models) sold through a participating Karcher dealer between October 8th and November 30th 2012, the company will reward the customer with a cheque for £100. Using hot water when high-pressure cleaning...

New features on offer at The Cleaning Show 2013

...lising in a variety of different sectors, will be present at the 2013 show, with over 50 exhibiting for the first time. Martin Scott, Exhibition Sales Director, says: "We expect The Cleaning Show 2013 to attract a record breaking number of visitors and exhibitors and with The International Materials Handling Exhibition running alongside the show, a...

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...room rather than cleaning it up. Nor did it occur to her to move the furniture and clean its feet before returning it to position and cleaning the area again. Nor did it occur to her that once the urine-soaked items were picked up, urine would drip back onto the 'cleaned' floor. But then of course she wouldn't , would she, as it wasn't her job? ...

Ryans ploughs through a clean 10 years

...000 people visit over a three day period, took place in September at Heathpark, New Ross, County Wexford. A team of 45 specialist event cleaning staff from Ryans Cleaning descended on the site to manage all public areas throughout the event which included; catering outlets, toilet blocks, car parks and public walkways. When the event came to ...

Training flexibility with the WoolSafe Academy

...to more manageable blocks of learning that can be completed on the move, in the office or in the comfort of home." The first courses available online from the WoolSafe Academy include the Fibre Care Specialist programme and the Carpet Complaint Investigation course. The Fibre Care Specialist course consists of a variety of modules designed to...

Emprise bulks up its gym cleaning portfolio

... after a year of partnership with gym chain, Pure Gym, Emprise has now been named the sole supplier for cleaning and associated services to the entire Pure Gym portfolio, which currently includes 43 gyms across the UK.[TRIMTO] Pure Gym is a value gym chain that offers its members 24/7 access to state of the art equipment at affordable prices. Em...

Sewage waste to become plastic

...ositive environmental contribution. The company's development was intended to provide a solution for issues in sewage care. Today, a certain percentage of the massive amount of waste produced by human beings (solid municipal waste) is cleared through garbage systems to landfills, and some is cleared through the sewage system through sewage purif...

Edge set to unveil "the first truly portable industrial steam cleaner"

...ing the key features of both the Battery and Graffiti models, Edge's Dual steam cleaner is designed for high performance and comes with two standard 6m hoses, gun and lance assembly. Features include low energy requirements, high temperatures of up to 180°C, minimal water usage and a chemical injection facility. This unit also boasts 10 bar ...

Assign - next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling software launched

Wheatley Associates has launched Assign, its next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling and productivity software solution.[TRIMTO] With its combined focus on usability and functionality, Assign radically rethinks the concept of real-time scheduling. Its highly intuitive user interface provides extremely easy access to a wealth of f...

Korean airforce chooses RCM sweepers

RCM has proudly announced that the Korean air force is using its sweeping machines.[TRIMTO] Four Boxer RCM sweepers have been provided by the Sungbo Hydro Engineering company, the Seoul-based RCM importer for Korea, which beat off stiff competition to win the contract to supply the equipment. "Only when you take into account that in Korea, ...

Study finds PurThread hospital privacy curtains resist superbug contamination eight times better than control curtains

...PurThread curtains took seven times longer than control curtains. On average it took only two days for control curtains to become contaminated with potentially pathogenic bacteria, while PurThread curtains withstood contamination an average of 14 days. This double-blinded Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) is said to be the first and only peer-r...

Ausclean WA is looking for presenters - can you fill the role?

...leaning are all welcome, as are marketing, communication and business sessions.[TRIMTO] The call for presenters closes next Monday, 15th October and the event itself takes place on 19th and 20th March 2013 in Fremantle. The organisers tell us that there are still a few spaces available for those wishing to exhibit. T: 1300 789 845 E: info...

We have Mail: Hospital cleaning

...ity - except that there didn't seem to be any training in cleaning itself - the hows, whys and wherefores of the cleaning procedure. So the knowledge of the operator was pushed down to the lowest common denominator, where he/she didn't have to think about anything. The system was designed more for a robot than a thinking person. No decisions were r...

Tickets selling fast for 25th Anniversary Loo of the Year Awards presentation extravaganza!

The 'must attend' event for all those involved in 'away from home' toilet provision/servicing is a few short weeks away and tickets are selling fast![TRIMTO] Whichever part of the supply/service chain you're in, from 'hardware' to disposables manufacturer/supplier, from facilities manager to service provider and toilet attendant or cleaner, or...

Chicopee receives special customs certification

...ss-border shipping in the future, both the European community and the US have established standards for prioritising and expediting the shipping process for organisations that fulfil certain safety criteria. Nearly 70 countries around the world are adopting, or preparing to adopt, these standards. Companies with AEO (EC) or C-TPAT (US) certifica...

Irish manufacturer seeks distributors

...pendent suppliers of commercial hygiene products, specialising in cleaning systems and floor safety for the retail, leisure, hotel and catering industries. Safe-Stride's focus is in manufacturing detergent products for distributors that support programmes for warewashing, foodservice and laundry applications and the company is now seeking distribut...

News from the Spanish cleaning industry

...new blog on the Internet. The new site has five sections - external promotion, training, industry information, markets and other news. It also includes a place for partners to publish news of their latest innovations." T: (+34)96.394.45.22 / 666.572.679 W: www.asfelblog.es ...

Asfel is looking forward to 2013 export promotion

...Association of cleaning & hygiene manufacturers - ASFEL - is preparing its Trade Promotion Plan for next year. Like every year, these actions are supported by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade - ICEX - and are voted for via a questionnaire distributed amongst the association's members.[TRIMTO] Asfel believes ICEX provides essential sup...

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...t she's become a real advocate of Internet shopping, which has its pros but also some real cons. For as well as the fact that we are invariably delivered the odd product that differs from what we've ordered, we become inundated with unwanted plastic carrier bags - many of them torn and no longer usable - and it's this that actually makes me angr...

New CIWM President launches benchmarking report and demands greater global efficiency

...demand a co-ordinated approach across national boundaries and involving all stakeholders. He called for more government leadership and said that the waste prevention plans required by the Waste Framework Directive offer "a unique opportunity to put in place a long term vision to design out waste by ensuring that the roles and responsibilities at ev...

NGOs denounce 'culture of secrecy' in EU chemicals agency

Environmental NGOs have accused the European Chemicals Agency of leniency in enforcing the REACH regulation on chemical safety, raising the pressure on the European Commission to tighten the screw ahead of a review expected this month. An audit of the ECHA, undertaken by the European Environmental Bureau and ClientEarth, concluded on "fundamental ...

Speed manufacturing makes for record sales at Greyland

...acity," says Greyland Managing Director Richard Dyson.[TRIMTO] "Following a short period to allow for settling in while new production, logistics and management routines were established in the vastly superior premises that we now enjoy, we have been able to 'crack on' in the last three months and are now seeing the results with record Q3 sales -...

We have mail: Campaign to Protect Rural England's Past President, Bill Bryson, writes...

Dear Friends You've no doubt seen them many times before. Bedraggled but defiant, snagged at lofty heights, their unnatural livery of garish hues jarring against the sky. They are the flags of mindless consumption; the pennants of profligacy.[TRIMTO] I am, of course, talking about the littered carrier bag which, when it's not choking wildli...

Karcher acquires Socofren SA

...idates Karcher's position in the French market." The move comes during a period of strong growth for Karcher France in sales of equipment to the industrial sector, to automotive and washing facilities and to the cleaning market. Specialising in the supply of high pressure cleaning equipment to the professional market for more than 50 years, S...

World industrial & institutional cleaning chemicals market to grow at 4.7% pa to 2016

...owth by 4.7% annually through to 2016.[TRIMTO] In summary, the report says that worldwide demand for I & I cleaning chemicals will grow 4.7% annually, to exceed $44 billion in 2016. Overall, the fastest growing applications will be in healthcare, and food and beverage processing. Developing markets in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe will lea...

From beach to bottle: Method's new product line features ocean plastic packaging

...stic recovered from the ocean and post-consumer recycled plastic. This limited edition packaging is for a new Method product, a two-in-one hand and dish soap.[TRIMTO] Scientists estimate that several million tons of plastic make its way into the oceans every year, polluting the environment and hurting marine populations. Through this new use of ...

New independent studies show Purell Advanced Instant hand sanitiser to be ahead of the game

...different hand sanitisers, concluded that the patent-pending Purell Advanced Instant hand sanitiser formulation is the only one to meet FDA germ kill requirements with a single 1.2 ml dispense. All other hand sanitisers in the tests failed to meet performance requirements at a 2.0 ml dose, even when they contained a higher percentage of alcohol. ...

WFBSC Curitiba reinforces industry's public hygiene and sustainability roles

"For one week Curitiba (Brazil) will be the world capital for cleaning," said the World Federation of Building Service Contractors' president Adonai Aires de Arruda (pictured left with WFBSC executive VP Andrew Large) when officially opening the WFBSC Congress 2012 last week, reports Alan Hardcastle, Consulting Editor of the Australia-based InCl...

A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

...e building and refurbishment of commerical projects to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria for efficiency and sustainability, Geberit has launched a new innovation that ensures its electronically controlled taps are the most energy efficient on the market.[TRIMTO] Geberit's electronically controlled taps can now be fitted with a self-su...

Australian cleaning contractors face similar issues to those in the UK

... out. You cannot go around paying people cash without others finding out and sooner or later that information reaches the ATO, the WorkCover people, the Payroll Tax people and so on, not to mention the Fair Work Ombudsman. Penalties can be crippling and you still have to pay the employees their entitlements. "If we were all prepared to operate o...

New success signals unparalleled award hat-trick for SkySiren

...on of the Year' prize to the pioneering anti-entrapment system which was launched by Nationwide Platforms at the end of 2011. In awarding the prize, judges remarked: "We were impressed by the development of this technology in response to a real problem, and that it is now being widely used by those who can benefit most from it." The SkySiren,...

Norse scores high in schools cleaning and grounds purchasing frameworks

...g organisations in the UK.[TRIMTO] Norse recently scored major successes in Contracts Frameworks for a raft of public sector procurement organisations (CBC, ESPO, NEPO and YPO) representing the £2 billion buying-power Pro5 Group. This includes placement on Pro5's schools cleaning and grounds maintenance frameworks. The company tendered ...

Study shows efficacy of improved hydrogen peroxide against healthcare-associated pathogens

...n the November issue of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, finds for the first time that improved hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient found in some cleaning products, had a greater log-reduction of organisms at a one-minute contact time than standard hydrogen pero...

Greyland 'wins gold' from supplier to the London Olympics

...anaging Director Brian Chapman recalls training the young Richard Dyson when they were both working for Dymachem, and following the collapse of that business, Brian placed his company's orders with the fledgling Greyland cleaning chemicals manufacturing business where Richard now worked. "We are very comfortable with Greyland", says Brian, "Yes...

New apprenticeships in facilities management launched

New apprenticeships have been launched to help strengthen the facilities management workforce. The entry-level Facilities Services Apprenticeship, set at Level 2, offers employers a new route of recruiting 16 - 24 year olds into FM, while degree-level Facilities Management Apprenticeships have also been introduced at Levels 4 and 5.[TRIMTO] ...

Sustainable floorcare costs less with 3M Scotch-Brite Surface Prep Pads

...Scotch-Brite Cleaning Solutions, one of the world's best known cleaning brands, 3M has a reputation for developing environmentally preferable solutions that outperform their conventional alternatives. The latest addition to the company's floor care range is the 3M Scotch-Brite Surface Prep Pad - a premium quality floor stripping pad that strips ...

Truvox Multiwash machines keep Glasgow Royal Infirmary floors clean

...ienic cleaning and maintenance are must haves, then hospitals would certainly be serious contenders for the number one spot. [TRIMTO] Ensuring that healthcare settings are clean and tidy is not only important from an aesthetic point of view - creating a good impression for patients and visitors and raising staff morale - it is also essentia...

Effective hand hygiene in reducing the spread of infections

... the transmission of infectious agents. Measures to undertake hand hygiene are surprisingly straightforward and effective decontamination can be achieved through the use of soaps or detergents and a compatible disinfectant. But compliance in healthcare facilities across all employees and the public, even in full sight of hand hygiene instruction...

Innovation and Customer Service Award winners: as voted for 'electronically' and by ISSA Show attendees

For those that weren't able to make it to the presentations at the recent ISSA trade event in Chicago, the winners of the Innovation and Customer Service Award winners, as voted for by ISSA Show attendees, were:[TRIMTO] Innovation Awards * Cleaning Agents: Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Cleaners by Clorox Professional Products...

How to tackle Springtime pests

...e clouds. However, the sunshine also marks the arrival of many pests and the start of a busy season for facilities management companies who need to prevent and deter these pests from busy working environments that need to uphold strict standards of hygiene and health & safety. If a building suffered from a pest complaint last Summer, putting pr...

Deliberately disabled safety mechanisms lead to fine for recycling firm

A Durham recycling firm has been fined for putting workers' lives at risk after two machines were found to have vital safety mechanisms deliberately disabled. The Health & Safety Executive carried out an unannounced inspection at the Spennymoor premises of Foreman Recycling, on the Merrington Lane Industrial Estate, in March 2011. Darlin...

Personalised feedback makes healthcare workers twice as likely to clean their hands

...ds." The intervention process involved a four-week audit cycle, with healthcare workers observed for 20 minutes. Immediate feedback was given after the period of observation, and the person was then helped to form a personal action plan for better hand hygiene. The effect was stronger on ITUs than ACEs, where it was easier to implement. The more...

Solving the dilution dilemma...

...y water-soluble sachets, which helps take the guesswork out of how much cleaning chemical is needed for the job in hand.[TRIMTO] Fully biodegradable and phosphate free, the range covers virtually every aspect of the everyday cleaning needs for today's demanding professional, saving money, time and waste without compromising on high standards of ...

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... about how entertainer Paul O'Grady (perhaps better known to some as drag queen Lily Savage) hasn't forgotten his roots. Apparently Paul used to be a cleaner - and now when he stays in a hotel, before he leaves his room, he tidies the bathroom and pulls the duvet up on the bed to make the room look neater. He also leaves an envelope with some mo...

Third-hand smoke: what the carpet cleaning and janitorial suppliers need to know

...ss the problem in homes and commercial facilities. "Removing third-hand smoke from carpets calls for restorative cleaning," he says. "Select effective chemicals. If pre-spraying carpets, make sure the chemical is allowed proper 'wet' dwell time. And use extractors that heat the water/cleaning solution. Heat makes the entire cleaning process more...

Genie will reappear in different form

Genie Management Group, the Aylesbury based contractor support company, will be rebranding to OrangeGenie Group and realigning its operational brands to Genie Umbrella, Genie Accountancy and HSE Passport.[TRIMTO] OrangeGenie Group has focused on developing its business and brand values based on operational excellence, customer intimacy and prod...

UK Government's flagship employment programme off to a promising start, but low employer awareness hinders progress

...ts met or exceeded their expectations and more than half (58%) said candidates were better prepared for interviews and demonstrated better presentation skills as a result of the programme. It also found that the number of organisations that plan to participate in the Work Programme will increase moderately during the next three years. However, t...

Vectair names TNT Unlimited 'Manufacturer Representative of the Year 2012'

...anufacturer and distributor of hygiene products in 110 countries around the world. It is well known for its technological innovation in the hygiene sector. Tom Valentino says: "Vectair Systems Inc. has become a market leader in the North American 'away from home' washroom/restroom category due to the fine efforts of our rep community. This award...

Nviro wins Employer of the Year award

... the career ladder. Nviro won the Smart award after becoming an Accredited Training Organisation for the British Institute of Cleaning Science, as well as providing a robust induction and training programme. Nviro believes it is imperative to offer employees comprehensive training, despite the economic downturn. "We're incredibly pleased to be r...

Inaugural FM Event is praised by industry

...latest products and services from leading companies across the sector.[TRIMTO] A clear highlight for many attending this year was the Networking Hub; the new feature included facilitated networking by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the British Institute of Facilties Management, The Carbon Trust, letsrecycle.com and the Facilities ...

Americo launches a new corporate identity

...iled a new logo.[TRIMTO] The original logo was used since Americo's founding in 1969. "While our former Americo logo was well known and recognised throughout the worldwide cleaning products industry, we felt it was important to update our corporate identity with a more modern look that reflects the significant growth and progress we've made over...

Kaivac introduces new AutoVac system for the professional cleaning industry

Kaivac - renowned for its innovative equipment (pictured) that takes the hard work out of cleaning washrooms - tells us that pre-introduction tests on the latest 'link' in its popular OmniFlex Crossover cleaning system indicated that the equipment rivals the cleaning performance of traditional automatic scrubbers at a fraction of the cost. [...

Healthy Schools Campaign thanks supporters as it launches new guide

...n policy, in the marketplace and on the ground in schools as more and more leaders embrace cleaning for health while protecting the environment. "By being part of the Green Clean Schools team from day one and continuing to generously support it over the years, PortionPac has helped grow this programme and create change in schools. We are proud t...

Facilitate the future growth and development of your cleaning business

... Europe. However, the cleaning industry around the world still remains profitable due to the demand for cleaning services from other industries.[TRIMTO] Despite the economic downturn's effects on the global economy however, China's cleaning supply industry has expanded rapidly over the past year. The industrial and public facilities cleaning ind...

Global green packaging market is expected to reach USD 177,733.0 million in 2018

...(Recycled, Reusable & Degradable) - Global Scenario, Trends, Industry Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast, 2011 - 2018', the global green packaging market was worth USD 108,750.0 million in 2011 and is expected to reach USD 177,733.0 million in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 7.6% from 2013 to 2018.[TRIMTO] In the overall global market, Europe acc...

A BSCAI Service Employee of the Year Award winner for the fifth year!

...the Building Services Contractors Association International 2012 Service Employee of the Year Award for an unprecedented fifth time.[TRIMTO] Nominations came from some of the Association's 1,200 member companies worldwide and the BSCAI Independent Board chose Elaine Alexander as the winner - having been impressed by her 'unequalled' service atti...

New OptiSilk range brings touch of luxury to Optimum Professional

Optimum Professional, a leading brand of disposable paper products for the cleaning and hygiene market, has extended its product offer into a new market with the launch of OptiSilk, a range of luxury silky soft toilet tissue. It is part of its continuing commitment to provide innovative products that meet the needs of its customers.[TRIMTO] T...

Hat trick for Cagney Contract Cleaning

...n's Cleaning Industry Awards, which are held every other year, winning: * Overall Winner for the Convention Centre Dublin * Best Cleaned Premises in the Hospitality (Convention Centre Dublin) * Overall Supervisor of the Year Danius Kincinas (Kraft Ireland) The company was a finalist in a total of seven categories. T...

SCA aims to save Eur300 million p.a. by cutting costs and increasing productivity

...egy remains, with a focus on efficiency, innovation, growth and sustainability, and that the target for return on capital employed for Tissue and Forest Products has been adjusted. In recent years, SCA has completed hygiene acquisitions and divested the packaging operations. Now, to further strengthen profitability in the hygiene operations, measur...

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...ith us since our launch more than 10 years ago may well have become fed up with my repetitive calls for the need for every cleaner to be properly trained so that the job in hand can be tackled safely, efficiently and in the most cost-effective manner. A plea earlier this week from one of our readers, (see below under Ask the Experts) shows just ...

Ask the Experts

One of our Facilities Manager readers has asked for help: "We have a major problem in the City and your expertise might help. "The contractors have cleaned six floors of metal tiles with a buffer that uses a circular motion and it has scratched all the tiles and the client isn't happy with it. We need some kind of polisher, cleaning agent, machine, chemical etc to try and clean and take the swirls out. have you got any ideas?" If anyone is able to advise, please post your suggestions on our Facebook page. facebook.com/Cleanzine ...

National head office puts Trust in Principle Cleaning

...actor.[TRIMTO] Completely independent of Government, The National Trust is a charity that relies for income on membership fees, donations and legacies together with revenue raised from its commercial operations. It has more than four million members and 61,000 volunteers and protects and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and a...

Clean up at The Golden Service Awards 2013!

... service excellence in the cleaning & support services industry, the awards provide a benchmark for quality and are the ideal opportunity for contract cleaning companies and in-house cleaning teams to promote the excellent work carried out by their cleaning teams and give them the recognition they deserve.[TRIMTO] The Golden Service Awards 2...

Anti-microbial plastic - an answer to the lack of human hygiene

... every new credit and bank card in the world anti-bacterial within a few months, and at an easily affordable cost. Why not start now? "Anti-bacterial plastic should be introduced as quickly as possible in schools, hospitals, public lavatories, etc, and other multi-use environments where bacteria can be picked up and passed on, e.g., handrails in...

ISSA/Interclean North America 2012 exceeds expectations

...exhibition floor remained brisk throughout the first two full days of the show and was above normal for the final day. Also contributing to this growth was ISSA's recent move to better engage high-profile in-house decision makers as part of its strategy to change the way the world views cleaning. The association's efforts attracted many large na...

PDI signs agreement with HealthTrust for surface disinfection products

...vider of infection prevention education, clinical support and products, has been awarded a contract for surface disinfection from HealthTrust, the group purchasing organisation that supports nearly 1,400 acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory surgery centres, physician practices and alternate care sites in the US, with an annual purcha...

New 6K Hydrophobic Surface Protection System - it isn't like other glass coatings and it protects steel too!

... has been specifically designed to protect both glass and stainless steel, making them look cleaner for longer and cutting the time taken to clean them. [TRIMTO] 6K by CRL is a two-step surface protection treatment with a three year protection lifespan. It uses nanotechnology and provides a hydrophobic, water repellent nanocoating, the hydr...

Omega power - an incredibly compact stainless steel steam cleaner!

...compact Omega has been designed to offer user friendliness, reliability and robustness, but at an affordable price that it is said to compete on price with the domestic machines that are currently available, whilst providing all the attributes one would expect from a professional machine. The continuous fill boiler system allows refilling at any...

ISS continues solid performance in challenging market

... start-up of several large Integrated Facility Services contracts leading to organic growth of 6.2% for the group. The organic growth in 2012 is negatively impacted by the challenging macroeconomic conditions, decline in non-portfolio services, exiting customer contracts with unsatisfactory payment conditions and timing of contract start-ups. ...

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...ead by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Plans to increase the speed limit for some HGVs in a bid to boost economic growth were announced last Friday by UK Roads Minister Stephen Hammond. The current speed limit on single carriageways for HGVs over 7.5t is 40 mph. Under the proposals, this could be increased to 45mph or ...

Betco launches new Stealth cylindrical sweeping scrubbers

.... cylindrical floor scrubbers that improve efficiency by eliminating the need to dust mop a floor before scrubbing, thanks to the dual brush technology, which allows the Stealth machines to sweep debris off the floor while they are scrubbing.[TRIMTO] These new higher RPM scrubbing machines are ideally suited for grouted tile and other textured s...

Ask the Experts: some answers

... then any polish applied will affect the electrical conductivity of the tiles and negate the reason for the metal floor material. If it's a coated metal floor, then an approved electrically conducting coating (likely to be epoxy-based) could be reapplied. If it's plain aluminium tiles, then the depth of the scratches will determine whether they can...

Will demand for water outstrip supply by 2030?

... executives from around the world finds that nearly 40% of the executives questioned believe demand for water is "highly likely" to outstrip supply by 2030.[TRIMTO] Most of the other respondents predict the risk is "moderately likely." The study was conducted by The Economist magazine's Economist Intelligence Unit and involved 244 senior wate...

Triangle Services receives US nationwide CIMS-GB Certification

...ntly highly-quality service.[TRIMTO] CIMS-GB certification applies to management, operations, performance systems, and processes. Compliance with the numerous standards demonstrate a janitorial services provider's ability to deliver consistent, quality services designed to meet customers' needs and expectations. It sets forth processes, procedur...

HiFlo Pole Gloves - a timely launch!

...unch of Unger's premium quality HiFlo Pole Gloves is highly timely. But of course they are not just for use in cold weather; they are perfect for all-year-round protection.[TRIMTO] Specifically designed to enhance grip, whilst protecting the hands from fibre dust abrasion, grit, weather conditions and the painful chaffing associated with prolong...

A new standard in skincare science

...essibility and ease of use, whilst being equipped with pleasant and effective hygienically advanced formulations. To put it simply, products and systems that people actually want to use.[TRIMTO] This ethos is central to everything Gojo does, and is embodied by its most recent addition to the renowned Purell range - Purell Advanced Hygienic Hand ...

IFMA names 2012 Class of Fellows

..., IFMA Fellow, has focused on elevating the role of facilities management in the business community for the past 20 years. As a volunteer leader, speaker, researcher, author, educator, and successful businesswoman, she passionately advocates for the FM's role in saving the planet, one building at a time. As a past chairman of the IFMA Foundation Bo...

Time to get on the acquisition trail (but take a different path)

...ment & materials companies. The study has identified 81 firms as classic acquisitions - underperforming businesses that predators would usually look for.[TRIMTO] However, the research company suggests that it is time buyers should be looking to broaden their horizons away from these classic acquisitions and should instead take a look at the ...

CK Group Cleaning Services wins Museum of London

CK Group has won the prestigious Museum of London contract for all housekeeping and portering services, taking over from MITIE. Located over three sites, London Wall, Docklands, and the archeological offices based in Islington, the Museum of London tells the story of one of the world's greatest cities and its people.[TRIMTO] The London Wall...

Trilogy system... the cleaning revolution!

...king rubber edge ·         quick opening and closing system, suitable for both right and left-handed operators ·         small size to clean even hard-to-reach areas ·         patented block joint that allows you to clean with a single action on vertical and h...

Soapbox: World Toilet Day - what can you do?

...facturers Association, asks: World Toilet Day - what can you do? Although it's unthinkable for those of us living in the more wealthy parts of the world, it is a harsh reality that one in three people on our tiny planet don't have access to either a toilet or drinkable water. Poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water is one of t...

5,000 clean toilets to be installed along the Ganges basin

...lets will soon be installed in villages along the 2,500-km stretch of the Ganges basin. Suitable for the sub-zero temperatures of the Himalayan region or railway coaches, buses and highways, the toilets recycle human waste. They can provide fertilisers for crops, water for irrigation and methane gas to power villages. They are also 100% maintena...

Nurses should clean 'only when relevant' says poll

...over, almost three quarters of those responding to the survey had received no training on how to perform these duties. Brian Boll, systems director at Jigsaw Cleaning who ran the survey, says: "The picture emerging is that most people think that while nurses should be flexible, the cleaning should be left to the experts when it comes to deep cle...

P&G has new fibre sourcing goals for tissue-towel and absorbent hygiene products

The Procter & Gamble Company has announced new fibre sourcing goals for the pulp it purchases for its tissue-towel, baby care, and feminine hygiene brands. These new goals help deliver progress toward P&G's long-term environmental sustainability vision, which includes having all products and packaging made from 100% sustainably sourced ren...

Business efficiency and innovation in the spotlight at BCC annual conference

Andrew Neil, former editor of The Sunday Times and currently known for his BBC political programmes, was the keynote speaker addressing 200 delegates from the cleaning industry at the British Cleaning Council conference 2012, which focused on business efficiency and innovation.[TRIMTO] The event, held at Coin Street Conference Centre, London,...

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...place continuity when employees are on holiday is tough at the best of times... attempting to cover for what may be longish-term, short-notice breaks is likely to induce a real headache and for some small businesses... well... it could actually break them. And what will happen to workplace camaraderie when several people want to be off at the same ...

Transforming skills in Europe and beyond

...ent Industry Training & Advisory Board) and the University of Northampton, are planning to transform the skills agenda in Waste, Resource and Facilities Management around the world.[TRIMTO] Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB and Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Dean of the University of Northampton, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate...

British Cleaning Council welcomes new London Living Wage

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, marked the start of Living Wage Week by announcing a new rate for the London Living Wage earlier this month.[TRIMTO] At a briefing in City Hall, he revealed that the London Living Wage would rise from £8.30 to £8.55 per hour, while the rate outside London would also rise by 25p, from £7.20 t...

Kaivac's AutoVac system NFSI certified

...his technology was required to pass rigorous NFSI testing when used as a system in order to qualify for this certification. The AutoVac system is designed to provide high-speed cleaning in hard-surface areas (such as hallways, cafeterias, lobbies, warehouses, and fitness areas) without the cost, bulk, or complexity of a standard automatic floor ...

David Bellamy OBE steps down as President of BICSc

...ains: "He leaves an Institute now starting on its way to the 100th anniversary. His enthusiasm - as for all his interests - knows no bounds and the Institute has benefited to the full. "He set us on the path of environmental concern at a time when it was by no means a priority talking point in any industry - especially our own." Professor Da...

Compostable refuse sacks set a record

...tal during the games. "LOCOG went through an extremely thorough tender process, not just looking for value for money, but also to find the greenest solution," reveals Brian Chapman, managing director of The Supplies House - the sole supplier of refuse sacks for both the Olympics and Paralympics. "That fact that they have selected our sacks as t...

Northern European regions the most innovative, reveals new study

...tion in Europe, reports EurActiv . But there is a considerable diversity in regional innovation performance - not only across European countries, but also within the member states, according to the European Commission's Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012, published earlier this month. Unsurprisingly, the most innovative regions come from the most...

Handy poster demonstrates how to tackle odours and stains in healthcare settings

Prochem Europe has published an A4 Odour Control Healthcare Guide poster for hospitals, nursing and residential care home users, which gives handy, illustrated tips on safe and efficient urine decontamination, stain removal, odour control and carpet cleaning. The poster can be downloaded at:[TRIMTO] www.prochem.co.uk T: 020 8974 1515 E: sales@prochem.co.uk W: www.prochem.co.uk ...

Forum announces five-point plan for jobs and growth

The Forum of Private Business has written to the Chancellor ahead of next month's Autumn Statement to outline a five-point plan to help deliver jobs and growth for the UK economy.[TRIMTO] The Forum is urging Mr Osborne to concentrate on measures that will help the small business sector flourish by reducing business costs, boosting employment i...

Soapbox: Why we should all ignore GDP statistics

...pictured), the Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers - the leading organisation for multinational companies operating in Europe.[TRIMTO] Gross Domestic Prices at constant prices - or Real GDP - is used widely by economists and politicians to indicate the volume of wealth generation in a particular economy or region," he said....

Agreement confirms elite supplier status

Cromwell Polythene has been appointed an approved supplier by Nationwide Hygiene Supplies, formalising an arrangement that has its roots in a trading relationship that is almost 40 years old.[TRIMTO] Under the terms of the new agreement, Cromwell will now be able to supply all 19 Nationwide members with more than 500 products, including a core...

Ingot Services continues its support for Suffolk youth charity

Out & About, the Suffolk based charity which provides opportunities for disabled young people across East Anglia, has held its annual awards evening, honouring its young volunteers. Corporate sponsor, cleaning contractor Ingot Services, was there to join in the celebrations.[TRIMTO] Ingot's Managing Director Alan Maynard was delighted to b...

Buc-ee's New Braunfels bathroom is America's best

...ig as Texas and some of the most spotless loos in the Lone Star State, making this pit stop perfect for any road warrior and fit for a king". And with 83 toilets to choose from, guests even get their very own throne![TRIMTO] "Buc-ee's brand of convenience stores knows firsthand that clean bathrooms mean big business," Cintas' Market Development ...

Cleaning and environmental apprenticeships firm receives industry accolade for second year running

Nordic Pioneer, a training company which specialises in workforce development as well as cleaning and environmental apprenticeships, has been presented with the Eric Hill Memorial Award by the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners for the second year running.[TRIMTO] The livery company presents the Eric Hill Memorial Award (in remembran...

Ambitious plans announced for Facilities Show 2013

...newly named Energy Solutions Theatre will be rejuvenated in 2013 and will address the growing needs for FM practitioners within the fields of sustainability, renewables and energy consumption. The Energy Solutions Theatre will build on the success of the Energy Solutions exhibition in October, which co-located with The FM Event. The highly-rega...

Further funding for employer ownership of training will help burst skills bubble

...mpanies, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's chief executive highlights the need for skills and training to form an integral part of discussions about long term business planning.[TRIMTO] Peter Cheese, Chief Executive at the CIPD comments: "Employers have a vested interest in actively developing their own pipelines of future t...

Armchem International continues expansion with acquisition of Handi-Clean Products

...ion of Handi-Clean allows Armchem to expand in many exciting ways, says Armchem CEO Andrew Brahms. "For the first time in our 30-year history, we will now have manufacturing capabilities. This allows us to provide our customers with additional product offerings in both the Armchem and Handi-Clean lines and deliver very competitive pricing." The ...

And in contrast 70% of African women lack a safe toilet increasing their risk of illness, shame, harassment and violence

...ue to ignore this. "Adequate sanitation, coupled with access to clean, safe water to drink, transforms lives, improving health, safety and productivity. Governments are urged to take action and invest in access to sanitation and water." Other studies from Uganda and Kenya show that such experiences of fear, indignity and violence appear to be...

Demon success with Hurricane Combi pressure washer

... eliminates overspray to anything nearby - essential when cleaning in urban areas - and is designed for cleaning flat surfaces, including pontoons, slipways, walkways, roads, car parks and sports grounds etc. It is manufactured with an integral pressure washer, either a Hurricane P2 providing 2200psi at 13 litres per minute or with the option of a...

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...n of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers some years later, like the proverbial turkey voting for Christmas, I recommended it to the National Executive Committee. The ABCD still has its own very able General Secretary but other associations have gone down the route of using a joint secretariat and this is being handled very professionally ...

Conference to hear from expert behind British athletes' 2012 success

...ritish athletes' success this Summer.[TRIMTO] 'Inspiring Talent - getting the most from your workforce' is an event being organised by Asset Skills, the industry skills body for FM, with the aim of introducing talent nurturing schemes into companies. The event, in Manchester, will hear from leading experts on how talent management means stron...

Does new report signal future problems for window cleaning industry?

...a report titled, 'Self-Cleaning Windows Markets - 2013', in which the firm projects that the market for self-cleaning windows will triple in revenue from current levels to around $1 billion (USD) by the year 2018.[TRIMTO] Self-cleaning windows will experience increased demand because of building codes that require much higher levels of energy ef...

ICE's new ServiceSmart Lite makes keeping track of cleaning contracts easier

...been upgraded and improved, allowing clients to anticipate operational challenges and take action before they happen, safeguarding service delivery and controlling budgets more effectively. All the crucial aspects of managing and implementing a cleaning contract - including PAT testing requirements, machine service history, parts consumption and...

Limescale removal technology heralded as a breakthrough

...arates calcium from its molecular state and converts it to a small, amorphous and neutrally charged form that will not adhere to surfaces as hard scale. Pre-existing hard scale is gradually and safely dissolved through the action of oxide elements that are liberated during the calcium conversion process. This system is said to work every time, unde...

NCL introduces Ultra Concentrated Speed Stripper

... product does not contain caustics and does not require a neutralising flood rinse; its low foaming formula makes cleanup easy with automatic scrubbers and wet pick-up vacuums. Bolt is available in a variety of packages, including quart containers for convenient, 'bottle-to-bucket' dilution. T: (800) 628-2436, ext. 261 E: info@nclonline.com ...

WFBSC's new worldwide cleaning report discusses and compares sector's key issues

...an overview of the size and importance of the cleaning market in those countries and the key issues for the sector - such as staffing and training issues, the pressure to lower costs and provide greater value for money, the need for increased professionalism and improving the industry's public profile, the impact of the economic downturn, the incre...

Free Greyland wallplanner!

Yes, it's that time of year again. Planning for 2013. Who's away on holiday, when? And which deliveries is that Bank Holiday going to clash with? Don't trouble with computer spreadsheets that will either crash, or keep bringing up last year's arrangements, plan it all out at a glance - with the free Greyland Wallplanner![TRIMTO] Available t...

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...n of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers some years later, like the proverbial turkey voting for Christmas, I recommended it to the National Executive Committee. The ABCD still has its own very able General Secretary but other associations have gone down the route of using a joint secretariat and this is being handled very professionally ...

Global product launch from KGS

... on steel and other very hard materials, as well as being more versatile and efficient than diamond for floor maintenance, grinding and polishing.[TRIMTO] To support the Ferrzon technology, the  Flexis pads have been manufactured in a more open weave and stiffer format than some alternative products, which improves self cleaning and offers ...

Bacterial test results provided within seven hours

...tamination of foodstuffs can prove to be a lengthy and costly process. The common microbiology test for establishing total bacteria (Total Viable Count , or Aerobic Plate Counts) require laboratory incubation for three days in a Petri dish after which colonies are counted to give results expressed at colony forming units (CFU). The optimum number o...

LCC Support Services signs up for ICE's new rental model

...ed LCC Support Services as a valued new client - in what is believed to be a groundbreaking 'first' for the industry.[TRIMTO] ICE has now become LCC's sole floor cleaning equipment supplier, thanks to a specially devised rental model that offers a number of benefits when compared to outright purchase schemes - such as no depreciation of assets o...

CHSA announces changes to secretariat from 1st January 2013

...Chairman) said: "I am delighted that Andrew Large, CEO of the CSSA, will be assuming responsibility for the management of the CHSA secretariat. "The CHSA Council was unanimous that the best option for the CHSA was to work collectively with the other industry associations to drive forward the benefits to our members and we believe that Andrew Lar...

We have Mail: R.I.P. CHSA

...ssociation and the World Federation of Building Service Contractors. So their intentions are there for all to see. There is little doubt, therefore, that the Council of CHSA knew exactly what they were doing. So why have they done it? The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association was established in the late sixties to support distributors ...

Would you like salt with that?

...e built salt facility as increasing numbers of businesses and organisations choose to prepare early for bad weather. Met Office figures show that 2012 has been one of the coldest years since 1996 and several inches of snow have already fallen across parts of the UK. Now bookmakers are slashing odds on a white Christmas and say there is a 10-1 ch...

The use - and misuse - of floor buffers and floor scrubbers

...f the floor? The first thing to consider is the weight of these floor machines, starting at 40Kg for the small ones and going upwards, they are quite heavy. This weight exerts a large pressure, but even and static, over the floor area (diameter of around 450mm) directly beneath the pad or brush. However, when the machine is in operation the pres...

Tests of Canadian hotels indicate high levels of contamination

...six different hotel chains representing budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels. Researchers looked for microbial contamination on more than 800 'high-touch' surfaces in the hotel rooms using an ATP metering system, (ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate and is produced by all living things, including germs, bacteria, etc.  If found on a surfa...

Autumn Statement leaves green economy out in the cold, says CIWM

With the green economy representing one of the few areas of economic growth and potential for the UK, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management is disappointed to see it so poorly supported in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement that was made yesterday. "Waste and resource management has an essential role to play in delivering a sustainable,...

Jangro launches smart cleaning training programme

...ng course can prove a nightmare, with cover to provide and on top of that, finding the money to pay for training what can be a vast workforce... Plus with the high turnover of staff in the industry, an enormous percentage of the money spent will be wasted. Well - that's the philosophy anyway, although there is a school of thought that believes a tr...

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...ee times carrying paint, face masks and gloves between January and June at stations around London before they were even remanded in custody! So it's not just the Judge who's made an ass of himself but the people who let the trio go free when they were first apprehended. Graffiti causes damage and in this case it disrupted (on many occasions) peo...

Danger: chemicals! New online toolkit alerts workers and employers to hazard pictograms

...e changes to the labelling of chemical substances has been launched by EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work. The toolkit helps employers and their workers handle dangerous substances with care and keep themselves safe at work.[TRIMTO] The new online toolkit includes the film 'Danger: chemicals!', a poster and a leaflet. T...

Synergy Health shows support for MRSA Action UK

Synergy Health has become a corporate sponsor for MRSA Action UK, a leading charity dedicated to raising public awareness and influencing Government and healthcare providers in the fight to prevent MRSA and other healthcare associated infections. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Synergy Health's Infection Prevention & Control divisio...

Vectair partners gynaecological cancer research charity to launch its Femcare MVP range

..., to increase awareness amongst women in washrooms around the country, as well as raise vital funds for research into gynaecological cancers. Vectair is set to donate thousands of pounds to the charity by promising it 50p for every Femcare MVP sanitary bin sold in the UK. Paul Wonnacott, Managing Director, Vectair Systems says: "As a feminine hy...

UBM Live unites Facilities Show and FM Event for 2013

...lities Show and The FM Event, announced this week that the FM Event will merge with Facilities Show for 2013. Taking place from 14th -16th May at Birmingham's NEC, Facilities Show 2013 is the annual flagship event dedicated to those working across the full spectrum of facilities management.[TRIMTO] "We are really excited to announce this new dev...

Tips on maintaining gym mats

... them to remove grit and dirt. Next, clean them with a neutral pH cleaner and then a disinfectant before each use-or, better yet, before and after. This keeps mats as clean and healthy as possible. Experts recommend using disinfectants specifically designed for gym mats. These will disinfectant effectively without leaving a chemical residue on t...

The High Seas Hobbit toilet wins the 2012 Lepicol Home Throne Award

...s which was attended by over 350 guests last Friday. Star of 'Live at the Apollo', 'Have I got News for You' and 'QI', Shappi Khorsandi, provided the after lunch entertainment. Matthew and Carole enjoyed two nights' complimentary accommodation and dinners courtesy of the hotel and assistance with their travel to the event from headline sponsor L...

New partnership to find work for unemployed people in Wales

Industry skills body Asset Skills has formed a partnership with a specialist training provider in Wales to train and find work for 50 unemployed people.[TRIMTO] The agreement signed between n-ergy group and the skills body's new social enterprise company Asset Skills for Employment, is part of a UK-wide programme called 'Routes to Employment', ...

Stop-painting.com introduces new pallet marking kit

... floor tape which features bevelled edges and recessed adhesive and is engineered to withstand more force than any other floor marking tape.[TRIMTO] Pre-cut pallet marking kits make warehouse floor marking easier and faster to install than other methods of floor marking such as painting lines and this system is more flexible too. The ends o...

BICSc to discontinue COPC qualification

... current Car Valeting qualification has also been withdrawn from use with immediate effect to allow for a review of the tasks. The scheme will be relaunched in early 2013 as a module within CPSS. The CPSS qualification was launched in March 2011 and has been well received with implementation by cleaning and FM organisations in colleges, hospital...

Blaklader to launch multi-certified product range designed for tough conditions

Blaklader is now venturing heavily into workwear for tough and hazardous working conditions with the launch of a new line called 'Multinorm'. The collection provides maximum protection for skilled workers such as industrial workers, electricians, welders and other groups exposed to electric hazards, fire and heat hazards, liquid chemicals or toug...

Swedish hospitals failing toilet hygiene guidelines

The majority of hospitals in Sweden are not following the country's guidelines for toilet hygiene, with many only cleaning the toilets once a day or less, according to an investigation by the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN). The investigation revealed that only seven of Sweden's 53 biggest hospitals adhere to the national guidelines, which suggest...

Harper Brush Works sold to Cequent Consumer Products

... Founded by Alphonso 'A.K.' Harper 112 years ago, Harper Brush Works has sold a variety of products for commercial industrial and home settings including brushes, push brooms, buckets/dust pans, automotive cleaning tools, long handled cleaning tools, mops, microfibre/dusting tools, food service products and housewares. Harper Brush Works is one of...

ISS and Telenor sign Nordic IFS contract

...hroughout the Nordic region," says Troels Bjerg, Regional CEO Nordic & Eastern Europe, ISS. "For some years, we have delivered various services like property and cleaning services to Telenor, but the new agreement is a significant expansion of our partnership including a broad IFS scope in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. "We are very much loo...

Avoid the perils of window cleaning in frozen wintery conditions

...isk of slippery surfaces, and frozen water that damages equipment that is not adequately maintained for the cold conditions, which consequently increases the length of time it takes to complete a job. With clients often impatient and a fast turnaround desired, a tried and tested approach is required that will ensure faster turnarounds and a longer ...

Five new cleaning contractors will keep Mecca clean

...ted by his department recommended the city be divided into five zones, with one company responsible for cleaning each zone. He said that this system would enable the mayoralty's field supervisors to properly oversee the workers of each company. The current cleaning company allegedly failed to achieve its Saudization targets, leading cleaners to ...

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...essionals in 148 countries worldwide! Coming up to Christmas we editors receive lots of information about predicted trends for the coming year and a press release that arrived today, which perhaps I shouldn't have looked at (as it was unlikely to be anything to do with cleaning) was headed up:  'IBM reveals five innovations that will...

Hunters, farmers and a steady diet of new cleaning accounts

...ing has stacked up an impressive depth of experience and knowledge of the industry, argues the case for being a farmer rather than a hunter... If I can save myself some time, then I figure I am ahead of the game. I have to explain hunting and farming almost every day so now I can just send this post and save some time. The feast or famine gr...

Carlisle awarded Arriva contract

...is contract win exemplifies the type of enlightened partnership approach to providing soft services for which Carlisle has become renowned and the company has worked with Arriva to produce a service delivery model which will accommodate the diverse needs of a leading transport operator. The contract will be marked by the introduction of value-en...

UKCPI Council welcomes new leaders

...oducts used in industrial & institutional applications. UKCPI provides expert and balanced information about cleaning and hygiene in the workplace and the home. It works in partnership with policymakers, the public and the media, to inform public discussions about cleanliness, hygiene and sustainable cleaning. E: charlotte.salter@ukcpi.o...

Techniclean Supply acquires business of AIM Trading

...f TCS explains: "Techniclean Supply heard that AIM trading was in administration and was looking for a buyer. TCS has been looking for an acquisition for some time as it has excellent cash resources and is backed by a multi-million company which also has extensive cash resources. "From hearing about the opportunity to completion took just ove...

Hull firms in court for worker's death in roof fall

Two Hull firms and a company director have been sentenced for joint safety failings relating to the death of a worker who plummeted more than eight metres through a fragile rooflight while cleaning gutters. Kevin Jackson, a father of five, suffered multiple injuries including several fractures of his skull, 15 broken ribs and severe damage to his...

Vileda Professional launches flexible and disposable high level cleaning solution

...ional has announced the launch of its new MicroDispo Dustermop - a flexible and economical solution for cleaning all of those hard to reach areas.[TRIMTO] With a bendable frame and telescopic handle, the MicroDispo Dustermop gives cleaning professionals an easy to use solution that can be bent into position and is slim enough to fit into even th...

European cleaning industry reaffirms drive towards efficient, sustainable cleaning

A.I.S.E., the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance products, celebrated its 60th anniversary earlier this month. As part of a conference held in Brussels, a number of high level speakers focused their attention on the theme: "Visions for the future, tackling societal and sustainability challenges."[TRIMTO] At the even...

Housing and care provider appoints eight contractors

Housing and care provider Midland Heart has selected eight contractors to take forward its Environmental Services. The £6m, three-year agreement with the potential to be extended for an additional two years will be serviced by contractors such as John O'Connor and Oakleaf who'll be responsible for internal cleaning of shared areas within ...

LOTY 25th Anniversary winner is Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire County Council was thrilled to win the much coveted UK Overall Winners Trophy at the special 25th Anniversary Loo of the Year Awards Event in December.[TRIMTO] "For the second year running a county council has deservedly won the top award," said Awards managing director, Mike Bone. "Staffordshire County Council places significant...

Christmas energy saving tips for businesses

Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone and for businesses it's a period when energy costs typically rocket according to IMServ Europe, the independent energy data management provider. Putting up the Christmas lights, installing the energy sapping inflatables and turning up the thermostat to combat the recent arctic weather will a...

Weathering through the Winter with Aquatread and Scraper II mats

Winter is here for many of us and your building's floor mats are more important than ever. The harsh weather of this season will show no mercy on your flooring and maintenance budget. Making an investment in floor mats could be the best decision you make this season.[TRIMTO] Ice-melting salts, snow and water can damage your building's carpet w...

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... Currently suffering what appears to be my second relapse into the flu which started several days before we broadcast our last issue of Cleanzine before Christmas, I've had plenty of time to lie around over the break, reflect on things I never generally have time to think about and watch rubbishy TV programmes. Unusually my New Year's Eve was sp...

Greyland: as seen on TV

... advertising, one of the biggest growth areas in media today. Some companies pay literally millions for their products to appear in hit movies such as the latest Bond film in order to reach a global audience.[TRIMTO] So imagine Greyland Managing Director Richard Dyson's surprise when his mobile phone started receiving dozens of text messages one...

Soapbox: Funding needed to keep Britain's open spaces clean and litter-free

...es to implementing solutions. Its most oft made statement this year is that it will 'monitor' the efforts and solutions of other countries or agencies. It has offered no statement on how long it will be monitoring for, just that it will be monitoring. You might have guessed that I find this extremely frustrating. So, our mission for 2013 is all ...

World's largest floor cleaning franchise plans global expansion

...arbonating extraction method is said to use 80% less water than steam cleaning, which makes it good for the environment and fast drying, while its primary cleaning solution, The Natural, is green-certified and does not contain the phosphates or detergents that can sometimes leave a residue which can trigger allergies and attract dirt. Suitable f...

Aurora Capital acquires DuBois Chemicals

...ois reduce downtime, minimise defects, extend equipment life and generate high return on investment for customers in mission-critical applications. DuBois has an established track record of new product development and innovation with superior in-house research and development and engineering capabilities. It serves customers across a broad array...

Talks being held today to avert further protests and strike action at hospitals

... to staff working as cleaners, caterers, housekeepers and porters on NHS contracts at the hospitals for alleged shortfalls in payments, it must in future pay staff properly and compensate for losses, as well as revisit the redundancy programme. Since taking over the contract on 1st December 2012, Sodexo is said to have left many staff without pr...

Healthcare firm in court over severed thumb

...ht in the slatted conveyor belt and he lost the top of his thumb to the first knuckle when the belt forced it against a metal plate. The court heard from the Health & Safety Executive that the company had failed to carry out a proper risk assessment for the work, and so had not identified the risk of worker's hands becoming trapped in the co...

Cleanerswarehouse appointed exclusive distributor for Vitec Global in the UK

...nounce that it has widened its offering to the cleaning sector by becoming the national distributor for the Vitec Global product range.[TRIMTO] Famed for a series of products that all incorporate the patented, groundbreaking Vitec antimicrobial chemistry, Vitec Global provides a real answer to combating bacterial growth, so creating a safer and ...

A clean winner

The countdown is on to the opening of the UK's leading showcase for all products and services used in the cleaning & support services industry. The Cleaning Show 2013, which the organiser says is set to be the largest in the event's history, with pre-registered visitors up by 70%, will take place from March 19th -21st at Birmingham's NEC.[TRI...

Cleaning at the sharp end!

...ridge Quarter Estate Management, the dedicated on-site service team, and will be wholly responsible for the housekeeping, cleaning, external estate cleaning, waste management and pest control. Douglas Cooke, Chief Executive at Principle says: "This is the most pioneering building in London and a real milestone for the company to have won the con...

Powr-Flite troubleshooter: How to safely remove ice melt haze from hard floors

...melt cleaner with a neutral pH," says Mike Englund, a cleaning industry trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite, the renowned manufacturer of professional floor care equipment. "The product's pH is critical. A product with a very low or very high pH may prove ineffective or possibly damage the floor or remove the floor's finish." With the ...

New training videos available from Airx

...and sub-surface, has updated its website and training page to include 15 new training and product information videos. These short informative videos allow for fast and concise review of product features, benefits and uses, as well as links to technical resources.[TRIMTO] Airx is a division of Bullen, the chemical manufacturer known for its Claus...

Clever FM solution can help increase efficiency and lower costs

...g a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure that a building or complex operates at optimum efficiency for the people and businesses inside.[TRIMTO] The disciplines which fall under the heading of facilities management are far-reaching and include planning, design, construction, furniture, health & safety, occupancy, catering, hospitality, ICT ...

Porsche Museum in Germany serviced by ISS

When the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany was looking for a facility services provider, ISS came out as the preferred supplier. ISS now provides the museum with cleaning services, maintenance, glass and facade cleaning, garden maintenance, snow removal and pest control.[TRIMTO] The modern museum building in Stuttgart, which has about 5,600...

A new weapon in your cleaning skills armoury?

...rogramme. [TRIMTO] The work is expected to end on 1st February, according to www.pennlive.com For those readers who are unfamiliar with this incredible oil painting, it was created in the late 1880s by French artist Paul Philippoteaux and a team of assistants, following months on the battlefield researching the Battle of Gettysburg with veter...

Biggest idiot on a ladder crowned by Ladder Association after public vote

...rom a news story in the Lincolnshire Echo, which reported that he was fined a total of £6,000 for his ladder idiocy. The photo only won around 14% of the vote but took off on Facebook as it was shared and commented on by even more people than the winner. Cameron Clow, Chairman of the Ladder Association, says: "This competition was all abou...

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... Britain has seen three major High Street chains go into administration this week: Jessops (for many years The High Street's camera specialist), Blockbuster (the long-time leader in home video/DVD rental) and HMV (the last remaining dedicated music outlet). As well as the recession, people are blaming the companies' failures on the ...

Seminar: The New EU Biocidal Products Regulation: Applicable in Six Months and Counting

...U Biocidal Products Regulation: Applicable in Six Months and Counting', will provide an opportunity for regulators and commercial actors at all stages of the supply and use chains to discuss issues of common interest and concern.[TRIMTO] The seminar will provide an update on further measures required to make the BPR fully operational, as well as...

UK business needs smarter spending strategies for growth

...ck businesses. Expense Reduction Analysts is launching a report as part of its 'Smarter spending for business' campaign, calling on UK businesses to implement smarter spending strategies to aid their chances of success or survival in 2013. Rob Allison, managing director, ERA, says: "Organisations must start thinking long term instead of short...

Swedish cleaner goes off the rails!

... ended up embedded in a three-story luxury apartment building.[TRIMTO] Tomas Hedenius, spokesman for train operator Arriva, told reporters that the woman - employed by a contractor - had been cleaning at the Neglinge train station, two stops from the end of the line at Saltsjöbaden, when at about 03.00 she decided to drive off in the four-c...

Holden Industries acquires Vector Technologies

...ent, asbestos and hazardous waste industrial vacuum removal equipment and other conveyance products for hazardous and non-hazardous material handling, air and hydro vacuum excavators, hydro blast liquid recovery equipment, portable vacuum trailer and baghouses.[TRIMTO] Holden Industries is the parent company of Florida-based Vac-Con, which manuf...

Triangle Services commences operations In Colombia

...my. We believe that the combination of Triangle's key skill sets and core values is a perfect match for Colombia's shortage of high quality service providers." Juan Machado, Triangle's Project Manager at El Dorado International Airport, also commented on the latest development from Triangle, saying: "The more we get to know Colombia, its culture...

FM professional and membership bodies "failing employers" - FM chief spearheads campaign for action

...ls," he says. "However, the sector is not recognised by Government, it is not seen as a priority for investment nor does it form part of their growth strategy. This is despite the UK being the world leader in FM with a workforce of over 1.4 million." Chris Cracknell argues that current industry representation is too diverse and blames the sec...

Idrobase Group closes 2012 at +13% and sets the targets for 2013

2012 was positive for Idrobase Group, which closed the year with a turnover 13% up on 2011. This result is in line with the business expectations and was positively influenced by the success of the new products launched in 2012 involving all the corporate brands.[TRIMTO] From the professional Idrobase hp washers to the accessories and spare p...

New colour for Karcher products makes differentiation easier

...ly satisfied. The new colour is an important step in that direction in that it makes it much easier for them to choose the category of equipment they require. Their expectations of our brand are the starting point and destination of how we think and act." "We took the first step in 2010 when we converted the product line for commercial contract...

AffLink notes emerging distributor and supply chain trends for 2013

AffLink, the US-based sales & marketing organisation for the professional cleaning and building industries, has just released its jansan distributor predictions for 2013. According to Michael Wilson, Marketing Director for AffLink, the predictions focus on emerging trends that the company believes will impact professionals in both the ...

China air pollution hits record levels but relief may be close at hand - for some

...ry's rapid pace of industrialisation, reliance on coal power, growth in car ownership and disregard for environmental issues - and in some areas the related health problems are escalating. One of Beijing's worst rounds of air pollution recently kept school children indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals. Reports Dr Huang Aiben, of Beiji...

Improve food safety in food production with cleaning solutions

The food safety law in the People's Republic of China came into force on 1st June 2009. Food safety in food production companies plays an essential role in implementing the government's regulations, as the food manufacturing industry is the core stage in the food supply chain known as 'from farmland to table'.[TRIMTO] Most food poisoning cases ...

REACH regs remain 'Elephant in the Room' for industry as fears grow over awareness - EEF survey

...anufacturers' organisation, following publication of a survey showing awareness of the implications for manufacturers, especially amongst smaller companies, remains worryingly low. It backs longstanding fears that companies have failed to recognise the full scope and significance of the REACH (Registration, Evaluation & Authorisation of Chemica...

Brighton hospitals pay dispute: an update

...d, that all affected employees will receive an additional annual leave allowance to compensate them for the problems they have encountered, a commitment to actively seek voluntary redundancies before any compulsory redundancies are made and a further reduction in the maximum number of compulsory redundancies that could be made. If the current ba...

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...prisingly, he seems to have won a lot of people over. Reading the comments made by those working for the EU machine prior to the speech, it was clearly felt that we Brits had joined a 'club' and were asking for the rules to be changed, or saying we only wanted to observe some of them whilst ignoring others. We were thought to be ridiculous in ou...

Urgent reviews of anti-Legionella water treatment essential after HSE ban on elemental copper

Thousands of property managers responsible for public buildings are being forced to carry out urgent reviews and source alternative water treatments following the recent Health & Safety Executive ban on the use of elemental copper as a biocide, particularly for legionella control. The HSE says: "It will be illegal to sell or use water treat...

ISS wins contract with NIBSC

...t has been awarded the contract to provide security and cleaning services to the National Institute for Biological Standards & Control (NIBSC), a centre of the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Based in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, NIBSC is a multi-disciplinary scientific establishment whose purpose is to safeguard and enhance public health by ...

AlturaSolutions releases report on marketing directions that will impact the Jansan industry

... Robert Kravitz, President of AlturaSolutions Communications, a marketing and public relations firm for the Jansan and building industries.[TRIMTO] "End customers using their smartphones for purchasing will evolve into a primary conduit for doing business in 2013, and this will benefit both the customer and the manufacturer/distributor merchant,...

ICMMA launches design award for the Cleaning Show

...ning Machine Manufacturers Association has announced the launch of its vacuum cleaner design awards for the 2013 Cleaning Show, which is taking place from 19th to 21st March 2013 at the NEC, Birmingham. The aim of the 2013 award is to stimulate new thinking in the design of low wattage vacuum cleaners. Industrial design students will be asked to...

Tips for cleaning professionals to keep flu and Norovirus germs at bay

... part of the continent, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control in Stockholm.[TRIMTO] According to the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), this year's flu season is shaping up to become the worst the US has seen in a decade, with levels tipping to "epidem...

ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe just three months away

...2003, ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe has established itself as the premier trade show for the cleaning industry in Poland and surrounding countries, including the Czech Republic, Russia, the Baltic states, Romania and the Ukraine. With 193 exhibitors from 29 countries and almost 3,700 visitors from 57 countries, the show has proved to...

Time is running out to make the most of exhibiting at Ausclean WA

...h 2013. If you're a supplier to any aspect of the cleaning and hygiene industry this is the show for you to promote your products in a face to face environment with qualified decision-makers - and if you haven't booked your stand yet it's not too late, as the organisers tell us that there are a few stands still available. Ausclean WA is much ...

Greyland says don't get caught short!

Known for their 'does what it says on the tin' approach to making and naming chemicals, Greyland has a range of products suitable for every area in the washroom so there's no need to get caught short! For cleaning stainless steel urinals without causing unsightly chemical reaction to the metal surface Triple S the Stainless Steel Safe toilet c...

Cleaning linked to asthma risk, shows new study

A new study has found strong evidence for a link between cleaning jobs and the risk of developing asthma. Researchers at Imperial College London tracked the occurrence of asthma in a group of 9,488 people born in Britain in 1958. Not including those who had asthma as children, 9% developed asthma by age 42. Risks in the workplace were responsib...

Staying pristine at every height, one year on!

...nual maintenance works in the close season thanks to the powered access expertise of Nationwide Platforms. To facilitate safe and effective work at heights of up to 70 metres on the 18,000 seater stadium, Nationwide Platforms has provided a total of six platforms over the past eight weeks. Initially, the powered access leader provided three Geni...

Cleaning industry welcomes wider support for the living wage

The British Cleaning Council says it is delighted to see increasing support for the Living Wage. Advocates of the policy now include Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, one of Britain's leading business and economics commentators. The living wage campaign, which has been vocally supported by the BCC since its inception, sup...

Unilever brings zero waste to landfill commitment five years forward to 2015

...across the world, from Costa Rica to Japan, send no non-hazardous waste to landfill. The key driver for this achievement is the elimination of waste in the factories. Additionally waste is reduced, reused, recycled and recovered. Under its Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever announced that by 2020, total waste sent for disposal will be at or below...

Andrew Large announces departure from cleaning industry

...sh Poultry Council. This means that the UK's Cleaning & Support Services Association is looking for a new Chief Executive, whose role will also involve looking after the interests of other UK cleaning industry associations that had chosen to put the running of their own secretariats into Andrew's and/or the CSSA's hands.[TRIMTO] These includ...

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...f you've read even a small number of our past issues, you’ll be aware of my passion for this new ‘Three Rs’ mantra. While I refill and reuse 500ml drinks bottles, over the years I’ve committed hundreds of two litre bottles to the local recycling facility and have often wondered what they were going to be made in...

Restoration Industry Association files suit against Thermapure in Federal Court

...re without merit, as the family of patents involved assert claims that have been industry standards for years. "RIA's Board of Directors created the Restoration Industry Legal Fund in 2012 to address a number of issues that impact RIA members and the entire industry. The RIA Legal Fund Committee was established and made recommendations to the fu...

VLA Healthcare removes Sharps Terminator from sale in the UK and Germany

... from sale and to cease all promotional activity, was taken due to concerns over reliability and performance issues pertaining to the product, which were uncovered during NHS testing and evaluation. The company is committed to supplying high quality products and services and as such, is working with other manufacturers to develop alternative so...

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.... Unnecessary waste and the theft of disposables from public or workplace washrooms causes problems for users as well as those who have to pay for the products in the first place. Manufacturers produce lockable dispensers designed to prevent waste and make things difficult for thieves, but a story shared with me by a reader shows that in some cases...

Hoover Commercial manufacturer in North America to invest in innovation

... its president, said we can expect to see even more pioneering products that offer both improved performance and a better cleaning experience. "It's a very exciting time at TTi Floor Care North America, and we are significantly investing in the continued success of the Hoover and Dirt Devil brands," he revealed. "We believe that innovation is ke...

FMA Certificate accredited by RICS

...ised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. "This is an extremely exciting partnership for us and our industry," says the FMAs Chris Hoar. "The move will present the opportunity for those who have successfully completed the FMA Certificate, to gain direct entry to the RICS Associate grade of membership." The FMA Certificate, run by ...

Ashkin sees 2013 as 'tipping point' for sustainability and the cleaning industry

...shkin Group and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, believes 2013 will be a 'tipping point' year for the professional cleaning industry as cleaning professionals become more involved in reducing clients' operating costs by becoming more sustainable.[TRIMTO] "Building owners will increasingly turn to their suppliers, including cleaning contrac...

We have mail: Derrick Blunden responds to last week's leader on the EU

Dear Jan Thank you for your wise words. When I voted for Britain to join the European Economic Community in 1975 I was told and believed that I had agreed to the UK joining a free trade area. I have never agreed to give the rights and responsibilities for non trade powers to any other entity. The European Union has been foisted on the peo...

Trust fined after employees exposed to TB bacteria

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for safety failings after employees were exposed to a potentially deadly strain of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria when they cleaned up a test vial that had been smashed in a specialist laboratory. The incident at Royal Brompton Hospital in January 2011 was inves...

Thick fog and smog over North China, presents marketing opportunity!

...s settled over North China![TRIMTO] They argue that the exhibition will provide an excellent platform for Indoor Environment Quality product manufacturers and dealers to showcase their latest air purification products and technologies. Dozens of well-known domestic air purification companies such as Shanghai Rongyuan Environmental Tech, Guangzho...

Kimberly-Clark Professional collaborates with Disney on Healthy Schools Project

...ters on a new range of printed hand hygiene dispensers, as well as on a series of colourful posters for bathroom walls. These will be created to convey the key messages of the programme in a fun way that appeals to children, featuring characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck. This child-friendly campaign aims to help teachers...

Betco launches Photon Max with SRT Floor Finish

...at has superior black heel mark resistance.[TRIMTO] Photon Max with SRT is low odour and perfect for retail, supermarkets and healthcare - indeed anywhere the highest gloss is demanded. T: 1-888-462-3826 W: www.betco.com ...

Innovation in the hand towel industry: next generation products from Comax UK and Katrin

The C-Fold towel has been a core part of the hand towel industry for many years and has served it well. However, as the industry makes way for new technologies, better understanding of delivering real benefit is leading organisations to make new product choices - and with good reasons.[TRIMTO] Catriona Lee, Marketing coordinator at Comax says:...

New contactless soap dispensers from Kennedy: 'Savona Ellipse Auto'

...loped by Kennedy`s research and development team. The dispensers provide an ultra hygienic solution for hand washing. Based on infra-red proximity technology combined with a high speed dose delivery, this automatic soap dispenser delivers one of the most user-friendly no touch soap dispensing experiences around.[TRIMTO] Thanks to its highly ener...

How important are public washrooms?

...e else to spend their time and money.[TRIMTO] Good washrooms demonstrate that the providers care for their users/customers and play an important part in providing attractive and welcoming surroundings. Regrettably, all too often one of the signs of a town or area in decline is the lack of toilets, especially for new visitors arrive or for those ...

Rubbermaid launches Spa Fragrance Collection for commercial environments

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) is launching its Spa Fragrance Collection for air care in commercial environments. In response to marketplace trends and needs, three spa quality fragrances utilising natural, essential oils proven to positively impact mood, have been added to RCP's Air Care portfolio. The fragrances have been proven to enh...

Cleaning contractors wade in to clear flooded NHS site

When flooding forced the closure of the NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) Centre near Bristol, contractor Regent Cleaning helped get the vital facility operational again in just two weeks instead of the anticipated two months. While other NHSBT sites around the country took in stocks of blood to continue supplying hospitals in the Midlands, S...

Major expansion plans at Avica

...ross its three branches following exceptional business growth over the past year.[TRIMTO] The Watford warehouse and headquarters was the first to be upgraded and expanded. Now the Tunbridge Wells site has doubled in size after expanding into the warehouse next door, allowing for increased stock and many new lines being available, taking it clo...

Singaporean washroom association launches awareness-raising online game and competition

... And although the main purpose of 'LOO Whiz' is to educate the public to better appreciate the efforts of washroom cleaning attendants, from now until 31st March 2013, the top-three gamers with the best scores will stand to win an Apple New iPad, iPad mini and Canon digital camera respectively. Winners will be notified in April 2013. In this...

LPM wins major contract with Communisis

...leaning and janitorial supplies business, has won a major new contract to provide cleaning services for Communisis - the marketing communications services provider - at two of its main facilities in Leeds.[TRIMTO] The contract, awarded in December 2012, required a co-ordinated mobilisation programme overseen by LPM's Training & Mobilisation ...

EU's REACH chemical review flags small business fee cut

A European Commission's review of the REACH regulation on Tuesday calls for a cut in charges to small businesses under the world's most far-reaching environmental law.[TRIMTO] "Our main message will be that so far REACH is functioning well, but there is a need to reduce the impact on SMEs (small and medium enterprises)," a Commission source to...

Legal ruling on criminal record disclosures requires contractors/employers to take extra care

...eaning contracts require those doing the cleaning to have a Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly known as the CRB check) and while this has had its problems in the past - mainly due to the length of time it took for the checks to be carried out and their cost, when one considers the rapid turnover of cleaning staff - the process has run...

Room disinfection robot gains UK acceptance after successful NHS trials

...t is said to kill 99.9% of infectious room-surface pathogens in a fraction of the time now required for cleaning..[TRIMTO] According to hospital administrators, vaporised hydrogen peroxide (VHP) is currently used to sterilise wards, with deep-clean taking six hours followed by a wait of up to 24 hours before the room can be used. The VHP method ...

Truvox scrubs up at the Trojans Club

...rs themselves through tackles and line-outs. It can be a dirty game - literally - and the same goes for spectators, who huddle on the sidelines to cheer on their teams and collect their own share of the mud. This means that rugby clubs need to make sure that they have the right cleaning regimes and machines in place to tackle the problem robustly.[...

Canadians combine: Swish Maintenance acquires SK Sanitary Specialties

... keeping with the BC marketplace's core focus, the company provides expert green cleaning solutions for its customers. "SK and Swish have many common synergies," says Shane Mahoney, CEO of Swish Maintenance. "Both companies are built on sound ethical business practices with a core focus on their people, their customers, the communities they ser...

Gojo signs agreement with US HealthTrust

...ands, including green certified products.[TRIMTO] Effective hand hygiene products are imperative for healthcare facilities, as well as products that protect and maintain skin condition. Gojo has been offering its Provon and Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer products to the acute care market since 2001. "We are pleased to provide HealthT...

CMS 2013 Berlin: allocation of hall space has already begun

CMS tells us that Messe Berlin's preparations for the international trade fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management & Services are well advanced, more so than in any previous year. With many bookings already taken from all the leading market players the task of allocating individual stands and special display areas in the halls has alrea...

Auditors slam Europe's waste system - for waste

... management infrastructure, which has received €10.8 billion in structural funding since 2000, for its "limited" effectiveness.[TRIMTO] The average European citizen generates around 500kg of municipal waste per year, a source of environmental degradation unless properly collected, treated and disposed. Refuse can contain important raw mater...

National winner John puts the Who? in Which?

...hings moved on. Advanced Clean picked up more Which? readers' business and with it, further reviews for affordability, quality of work and customer service. Which? cited John's business as praised by customers for providing a highly professional and efficient service, excellent workmanship and great value-for-money. "I knew in advance that I ...

Don't let the Winter Vomiting Virus take hold

...stretched departments badly under-staffed. And it's not just the UK that is affected - in the US for example, the norovirus causes around 20 million gastroenteritis cases each year. With no vaccine to prevent infection and no drug to treat it, washing your hands is the best thing you can do to stop germs from spreading. Vectair's new Sanit...

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...s worldwide! Eurostat announced this morning that the Eurozone had posted poor growth figures for the end of 2012 - GDP fell by 0.6% in the final quarter of last year. The German economy contracted by 0.6%, Italy’s by 0.9% and Portugal’s by 1.8%. Elsewhere it is claimed that France’s public deficit is going to be close to 3%...

Restroom Association (Singapore) presents its Loo Awards

Those responsible for Singapore's best washrooms were rewarded for their efforts at the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnival & Awards ceremony in Singapore recently, by the Restroom Association (Singapore).[TRIMTO] For this latest round of LOO Awards, 57 nominations were received for three categories - and a total of 16 recipients, inclu...

New report gives top considerations for hiring commercial window cleaners

...e abseiling window cleaning contractors.[TRIMTO] Through the company's position as an increasing force in the London window cleaning market, its investment in technology and its ability to listen to customers' concerns and issues, it has managed to acquire the knowledge and expertise that enable it to serve its customers faster, for less money a...

Armchem International launches green version of best selling Tub, Tile & Grout Cleaner

...een version is a non-corrosive, non-fuming, tub, tile & grout cleaner that provides top-tier performance for cleaning bathtubs, tile, grout, walls, toilet bowls, urinals, shower cubicles and other bathroom surfaces. Its highly concentrated formula uses the latest acid replacement technology to remove dirt, soap scum, salts, body oils, rust, lim...

Unger extends indoor window cleaning range

Following the success of its recently launched products for cleaning interior glass and mirrors at height (using telescopic poles) Unger has now completed the range with the new Handheld Padholder and the ultra smooth, easy glide Microfibre Cleaning Pad.[TRIMTO] Easy to use and durable, the aluminium Padholder is designed to facilitate the app...

No damage, just PURfect results!

...ew product is thought to be the UK's first knitted microfibre cloth with a PU coating, which allows for super-easy rinsing. The cloth is proven to hold 4000% fewer dirt particles after rinsing compared to a conventional knitted microfibre cloth, which dramatically reduces the risk of damage to sensitive surfaces. "The new PU coating also means t...

Norse wins Archant facilities management contract

...agement contract to Norse Commercial Services. The three year contract, with an option to extend for a further three years, includes cleaning, building maintenance, mechanical and electrical repairs and maintenance, reception, security and caretaking. "This is an important contract win for Norse," says Sales Director Geoff Tucker. "As a major...

ISS Sweden continues cooperation with Kalmar County Hospital

...han SEK 50 million, which means ISS will deliver cleaning services to the County Hospital in Kalmar for the coming years.[TRIMTO] Kalmar County Council covers the entire county and is responsible for healthcare, dental care, as well as some education. Kalmar County Hospital is one of Sweden's 20 county hospitals and consists of 18 different spec...

Facilities Show and co-located events to return to London for 2014

...h and consultation with stakeholders across all communities, which resulted in overwhelming support for a move to London in 2014. The research concluded that relocating to the UK Capital would ensure the events would continue to be easily accessible for existing visitors as well as allowing the Series to take advantage of London's status as a globa...

CMS Advisory Committee gains a new member

...ing at CMS. He represents the washrooms and hygiene sector.[TRIMTO] The International Trade Fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management and Services, will take place from 24th to 27th September 2013. The Advisory Council is made up of figures representing the industry and the professional organisations sponsoring the fair, who convene regular...

Vectair Systems' popular V-Screen urinal screen range welcomes two new fragrances

...room cleaning visits. With sometimes up to 20 men using the washroom at once, and responsibility for the maintenance of drains resting with the establishment, it is essential urinals are kept clean and clear to maintain a pleasant washroom and save on any unwanted blockage costs. Each V-Screen fits over the drain or urinal and acts as a net t...

EU landfills or incinerates 60% of its municipal waste: "Must do better!" says FoE

...terials which could be recycled or re-used are being thrown away as rubbish, contributing to demand for more raw materials, says a Friends of the Earth report, released today. The study concludes if the EU is to move to a zero-waste Europe, higher recycling targets need to be accompanied with targets for reuse and waste prevention.[TRIMTO] As pa...

Kärcher wins unfair competition lawsuit against Chinese manufacturer

Having won its lawsuit against Chinese manufacturer Wenzhou Haibao for unfair competition, Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG has become one of the first German companies to be successful with such an application in China. Central to the legal dispute, which was held in the District Court in Guangzhou (Canton), were copies of Karcher's indust...

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... e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I finished the news for Cleanzine early this week but decided to leave the leader for a couple of days to see if something interesting came up that I’d want to write about. I checked my Facebook page and immediately stumbled across what was to become the basis for...

Tax time for BSCs: be aware of the five tax hot spots

...ors in the US will start getting their records together, ready to file their taxes. It is important for BSCs to understand what the Internal Revenue Service typically scrutinises on a business tax return and hopefully, avoid an audit. In this article (which has useful information for BSCs everywhere), Tornado Industries Business of the Business off...

Stackable 10 litre container cuts weight and adds impact

...ough research in environmental impact and ergonomics, as well as the increasing demand of customers for personalisation capability. The substantially-reduced weight of the new 310 means it can help brands significantly reduce their carbon footprint. To help make further savings, the stackable shape makes the most of available space during both s...

Bitesize learning with the WoolSafe Academy

... into bite-size modules, the Academy's flexible nature means that it is fast becoming a leading platform for online training globally.[TRIMTO] The WoolSafe Academy offers a range of specialist courses designed for both cleaning industry professionals and flooring retailers; amongst them the Fibre Care Specialist course, which is specifically sui...

RIA members create cleaning solution for flood damage

...to make this comprehensive solution possible." RIA members are dedicated to furthering education for residents and consumers so that they are in a position to safely and properly repair damage after flooding disasters. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, households up and down the East coast of the US were left with severe flood and storm-su...

IFMA: The sustainable office in action - new 'Service Center of Excellence'

...less is applying the concept of recycling to physical space. Just like recycled plastic can be used for something else, modular and convertible office spaces created throughout the facility can be quickly and easily repurposed for multiple uses, allowing one room to serve the function that previously required two or more. Resource Efficient: Fur...

Textile manufacturer sentenced over worker's death

A West Yorkshire textile firm has been ordered to pay more than £115,000 in fines and costs for safety breaches that led to a worker being crushed and killed by a falling stack of rag bales. Forklift truck operator James Welka, 61, died in hospital just hours after the incident at WE Rawson's warehouse in Castle Bank Mills, Wakefield, in...

Helping business to be 'smart' about waste and resources

...t Agency and the Environmental Services Association (ESA). It is designed to meet a recognised need for cost-effective training for businesses across a wide range of sectors to help them implement more sustainable practices around waste and resource use. "In these tough economic times, waste is becoming an increasingly important and visible bott...

Prochem Europe customer is UK's fastest-growing franchise

...nsurance claims due to record rainfall in the UK in the past year have seen an increase in the need for damage restoration companies and Kings Lynn, Norfolk-based Tempest Restoration has risen to the challenge, despite a consistently challenging economy. Managing director and professional cleaner, Martin King sees the proof in the figures, with ...

Game on for LPM Cleaning at SONY Computer Entertainment Europe

...ces, has won the contract to provide cleaning services to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) for five of its sites, including its design studios.[TRIMTO] SCEE, which has its head office in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation3, PlayStationVita, PlayStation2, PSP and PlayStationNetwork software an...

AsepticSure disinfection system proving successful in Canadian hospital trials

...ssible, until now. "AsepticSure will be establishing a new gold standard in the continuing quest for excellence in patient safety and quality health care. This notion is supported by the great ease-of-use and compatibility that the system demonstrated at QHC Belleville General Hospital. "With these first very critical phases of our test progr...

Higiexpo 2013 set for success

The Brazilian Association for the Institutional Cleaning Market (Abralimp), tells us that the 23rd Higiexpo - Fair of Products and Services for Hygiene, Cleaning & Environmental Preservation and the 24th Higicon - International Congress of the Professional Cleaning Market., being held from August 13rd to 15th in São Paulo, are set for ...

Will you be attending AusClean WA?

...Nehez (pictured) General Manager, Pacvac. It is arguable that Australians have set the benchmark for the use of back pack vacuum cleaners (back packs) in the commercial cleaning industry. As the back pack has evolved over time, so have the needs of customers. As such, the niche market of back packs has been driven to progress with industry needs...

Restaurant fined £24,000 plus costs, for cleaning and hygiene offences

...t that they could not be properly cleaned or disinfected. Unclean cardboard was used as covering for the shelving of the walk-in refrigerator. There was evidence of rat droppings in the food storage room and the food handlers wore unclean protective clothing and showed a poor level of personal hygiene. Because of the extremely poor and unhyg...

ISSA ready to hit the fairways

...ation process commences in the morning. After a nine-hole Texas Scramble, lunch and an18-hole Stableford competition on the perfectly manicured fairways, it will be back to the clubhouse for a hard-earned drink or two. Later that evening a celebratory gala dinner and awards ceremony will take place and this will include a three course dinner and...

Nviro cleans crime scenes as part of three year contract with Hampshire Police

...ined and increased the value of its contract with the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire after undergoing a rigorous retendering process via Hampshire County Council's procurement team. Nviro won the bid to clean police premises plus additional work involving crime scenes. Amanda Fry, Nviro's Regional Director, says of t...

Morclean launches machine range for cleaning wheelie bins

Morclean's new wheelie bin wash range - ideal for both domestic and commercial wheelie bin cleaning - is now available for orders. Of high quality design, extremely efficient and really easy to use, the machines complete in seconds what can otherwise be a tedious and sometimes unpleasant job. They can wash two domestic bins simultaneously. ...

WFBSC responds to intervention by UK Chief Medical Officer on infectious disease

...re not considered as necessary." Drawing attention to the WFBSC's ongoing research into cleaning for health, Andrew added: "Cleaning is our first defence against disease. Strict hand washing combined with clean public spaces can slow and indeed halt the spread of infection. I urge all governments to invest in the cleaning of our public spaces so...

'Libera', the industrial high pressure washer from Italy

...ir and its electric panel is simplified, with only one on/off switch.[TRIMTO] Libera is designed for heavy duty use and is ideal, for example, in sandblasting applications. Its main components are a tubular frame set, an industrial pump set (1450 rpm), a simplified electric panel and a motor-pump direct drive. It is available in three models, wh...

Georgia-Pacific and Versus Technology collaborate over healthcare hygiene

...nfections are a growing challenge affecting the quality of healthcare, and according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the best way to help prevent the spread of HAIs is through proper hand hygiene. Therefore, improving how healthcare facilities manage these infections can help contribute to patient and healthcare worker safety, ...

Soluclean product/training videos now available on YouTube

...the receptacle and mix - no working out of complicated dilution rates and thus no headache or room for error and no physical contact with the chemical itself, for added safety!) how to mix them with water in either the spray bottle, mop bucket or floor cleaning machine and then - thanks to Lynn - good cleaning practice. Cleanzine keyed 'Solucl...

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...y often rests on individual householders to separate their recyclables into the correct receptacles for regular collection. Why daft? Well, because if people get it wrong – which they often do - the load can be classed as contaminated and will either be vastly devalued or even deemed worthless and consequently sent to landfill. I’m a...

Katrin Academy - stepping stones to success

...ng, the objective of the new programme was to provide an intensive day of immersive Katrin training for small groups of people. The proposed programme included the chance to understand the industry history, to look at today's product sets and to look forward to the innovation of the future. The content was designed to be very practical, memorabl...

Savortex launches energy efficient hand dryer into FM sector

...peed of 30 litres per second; maximising the energy efficiency of the motor without compromising performance. "The launch is a key milestone for our Vortex 540 range," says Syed Ahmed, Managing Director, Savortex."We remain absolutely firm in our ambitious roll-out of such a sustainable, clean, energy-efficient power hand dryer and one that is a...

Spiderman window cleaner surprises patients at children's hospital in Tampa

...nts woke to a superhero surprise outside their hospital room window last Thursday. Spiderman joined forces with High-Rise Window Cleaning to take on the force of evil known as dirty windows, and brought some much-needed smiles to sick children in the process.[TRIMTO] After rappelling down the roof, the webbed hero began his grime-fighting duties...

Electrolysed water for The Lab at Westminster Kingsway

...ively long and, most importantly, she wanted the cleaning and sanitising method used to reflect the forward thinking philosophy of The Lab. Therefore, Rachel opted for a ROX electrolysed water system, supplied and installed by EOwater, which dispenses alkaline cleaning water and acidic sanitising water on demand. There is no odour, it is effecti...

Motorclean becomes largest provider of car valeting services in the UK

...rclean, the specialist car valeting business, to support the acquisition of the trade and assets of Forward Valeting Services as part of a £5m transaction. [TRIMTO] Mobeus financed the MBO of Motorclean in 2011 and this follow on funding takes its total investment in the company to £9.2m. The acquisition sees the creation of the U...

Marriott helps 'Clean the World'

... since 2009. "We are guests on this planet, and conservation ensures our resources are sustained for generations to come," says Denise Naguib, Marriott International's Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity. "Our new partnership will help support our global environmental strategy while helping provide a basic need to people in ou...

Landfill still the answer for most, despite EU recycling target

...enerates ends up in landfills, 25% is recycled and 15% is composted. Some 23% is burned - typically for energy.[TRIMTO] The figures show an enormous gulf between a handful of countries - led by Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium Austria and Denmark - that have largely phased out landfilling, while the bulk of other EU nations continue to ...

Extra funding for emergency pre-monsoon cleaning awarded to Kochi Corp. of India

The 74 divisions of the Kochi Corporation - the body responsible for municipal cleaning in the area that Wikipedia says is the sixth most popular tourist destination in India - have been awarded extra funding worth almost £13,500 for emergency pre-monsoon cleaning this year.[TRIMTO] Local bodies have been instructed to take urgent steps t...

IFMA brings Facility Fusion Conference & Expo to Los Angeles, next month

...d share unique ideas. What happens at Facility Fusion will shape the future of facility management. For this reason, we are really excited to bring Facility Fusion to a city like Los Angeles." The conference will also feature presentations by bestselling author and CEO of Tomorrow's Leaders Institute, Steven Sonsino, as well as Garrison Wynn, fo...

Cleaning Show organisers release details of seminar programme

...ng the way the world cleans - David Yli-Juuti of Tersano Int 14:00: How to meet the growing demands for safer, greener cleaning - Mark Jankovich of Delphis Eco 15:00: Real time information for PAYE reporting - Dean Hudson of CleanLink Software[TRIMTO] Wednesday 20th March 11:00: Maximising your service cycle - Andrew Joy of P+...

Academic believes awards system will lead to cleaner schools in Ghana

Professor Kwadwo Djang- Forjour, Rector of the Sunyani Polytechnic in Ghana, has reiterated the need for hygiene to be taught in schools to promote health and a clean environment. He has suggested that the required motivation could come from an awards programme whereby the educational authorities would award prizes to the cleanest schools.[TRIMTO]...

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... Most of us just saw all the glitz and glamour on Oscars night but we hear that if it hadn't been for the cleaning staff, the event would have lost some of its sparkle...  According to The Independent, those arriving for Hollywood's most glittering occasion of the year - the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles - had t...

Sodexo named one of the 'World's Most Admired Companies' by Fortune Magazine

Global FM services provider Sodexo is the most admired company in its sector according to Fortune Magazine's 2013 corporate reputation survey. Nearly 4,000 business executives, directors and analysts rated close to 700 companies from 30 countries on nine criteria, from innovation to global competitiveness, for the survey.[TRIMTO] Among leading...

China Clean teams up with World Toilet Organization to create onsite forum

...Clean Expo 2013, UBM Sinoexpo, is teaming up with the World Toilet Organization to create an onsite forum, the World Toilet Form, with the aim of attracting people's attention to China's public health issues as well as promoting toilet culture across China. Professionals and experts from the sustainable sanitation sector, such as Prof. Jan-Olof Dra...

New joint venture company will safeguard jobs and deliver key services

...tween Norse Commercial Services and Norwich City Council, which will secure the jobs of a local workforce and strengthen the bonds of a public sector partnership, came into effect on 1st March.[TRIMTO] The £4.8 million per year contract to deliver environmental services such as buildings cleaning, street cleaning, sheltered housing cleanin...

Xenex 'robot' halting spread of infection in more than 100 hospitals

... resistance to antibiotics, making them nearly impossible to treat.[TRIMTO] HAIs are responsible for approximately 100,000 deaths in the US each year - and many patients aren't aware that they may contract an infection as a result of their hospital stay. Innovative hospitals throughout the US including MD Anderson Cancer Center, WellStar Health ...

ISS soars with Ryanair at Luton Airport

...t cleaning.[TRIMTO] The new contract is in addition to the existing contract ISS currently holds for the engineering hangar cleaning services for Ryanair at Stansted Airport. This is the Ryanair's largest engineering facility and ISS maintains the cleanliness of the entire facility. "We are excited about the opportunity to expand our partners...

Firm fined as stonework cleaning and pigeon spike installation job injures passer-by

Workers using a mobile elevating working platform to clean stonework and install pigeon spikes above shops had a mishap when repositioning the platform, which consequently struck the building and dislodged an 8kg chunk of masonry that fell almost eight metres to the pavement below, striking a pedestrian on the shoulder and knocking him to the gro...

New contract win builds on JTM's social housing portfolio

... splash across the social housing sector with a new contract to provide communal laundry facilities for Isos Housing. The four year agreement with one of the North East's housing associations consolidates JTM Service's position as a leading laundry specialist for the social housing sector. Founded in Leeds in 1983 by MD John Middleton, JTM Se...

Energy efficiency on agenda at Facilities Show 2013

...ent that Britain risks running out of its energy capacity margin in the Winter of 2015-16, the need for strategic energy efficiency plan has never been more apparent for businesses. The Facilities Show 2013 will this year, within its dedicated free-to-attend educational Energy Management Theatre, address the most pressing issues around driving down...

Idrobase buys new premises to cope with increasing business

An expanding order book has forced Idrobase Group to seek extra capacity once more. The company has now bought a new 1,000 sq.m building, adjacent to its historic headquarters in Borgoricco, which will house a new production line and a warehouse. In 1998, after 12 years as a distributor, Idrobase started out with a 900 sq.m building, most of w...

Greyland customer survey - results are in!

...the winner is... (cue drumroll) YOU! Yes, the Greyland annual Customer Survey has been evaluated for 2012 and despite all that could have happened (but didn't) during their move a year ago, the overall consensus is that Greyland service is 'Excellent.' Of those who returned their Customer Survey forms, none thought that they needed to use ano...

Tissue World, Barcelona, less than two weeks away

...sue makers, converters and suppliers to the tissue making and converting industries the opportunity for meetings, idea exchange and learning. It is a truly global event, with visitors and exhibitors coming from all over the world.[TRIMTO] Visiting an exhibition is the most time- and cost-effective way to meet with a wide range of suppliers and s...

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... Next week sees the event that those in the UK cleaning industry have been eagerly awaiting for the past two years - The Cleaning Show, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, from 19th through 21st March. I have to say that the organisers seem to have surpassed themselves this time around, for out of some 160 ex...

Bird-B-Gone!

...ck line of electric bird deterrents, Clear Track, which is available around the globe. Effective for both small and large pest birds, the Bird Jolt Flat Track System does not harm birds but instead conditions them to avoid the area. The system is said to be the only electric track bird deterrent system in the US with multi-patented anti-arcing a...

Vileda Professional's clean sweep at Manchester Arndale

...technologically advanced cleaning solutions, is proud to be the cleaning product supplier of choice for the UK's largest inner-city shopping centre, Manchester Arndale. As a flagship site for the owners of a portfolio of shopping malls across the UK, Manchester Arndale want to use the very best produacts on its site to maintain a clean environment,...

Olympic legacy lingers on for Bay West

...ped a major win at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when its Bay West range was chosen for venues within the Olympic Park. In all, some 16,000 Bay West dispensers were installed within the Olympic Park, and across the duration of the Games 7,500 cases of product, including toilet tissue, soap and hand towels, were delivered; 220,000...

New Soybean Resin urinals cement Waterless Co's environmental credentials!

...d whose products are used throughout the world, has once again shown the world that it really cares for the environment by introducing a range of Soybean Resin urinals to its portfolio.[TRIMTO] Several models in the company's High Performance Composite range can be specified, made partially (up to 30%) of Envirez, a soybean based resin. Each bat...

Keep stains at bay with the brand new app from WoolSafe

...ing, the WoolSafe Organisation is set to launch its Stain Guide App this month. Designed especially for carpet owners, housekeepers, facilities managers and building maintenance managers, the app is set to become an essential tool across the board and proves WoolSafe's commitment to finding new and innovative ways of sharing its knowledge and stayi...

Hygiene concerns change our thinking on construction materials

... changing the materials used to construct their workplaces, to help keep the area safe and hygienic for both employees and members of the general public.[TRIMTO] "People are becoming increasingly concerned about the risks arising from poor hygiene practices in hospitals and clinics," says Be-plas. "They have read reports of people suffering from...

Vectair runner in London Marathon!

... running her first ever marathon and between them they have decided to use the event to raise money for Newcastle Upon Tyne based charity COCO. In 2008 Catie visited The Gambia where funds raised by her school were used to provide basic equipment such as exercise books, pens etc to schools in Banjul. She also has the opportunity to spend time wi...

AfidampFAB launches 'Pulire 2013 Innovation Awards'

AfidampFAB (Italian Association of manufacturers of machinery, products & tools for industrial cleaning & environmental hygiene), with organisational support from Afidamp Services, has announced the seventh edition of the Pulire Innovation Awards.[TRIMTO] The awards will take place during Pulire 2013 - the exhibition and conference ded...

New 3M Melamine Floor Pads deep clean and restore up to 5 x more floor

...challenge to facilities managers and contract cleaners; which is why 3M has launched a new, high-performance Melamine Floor Pad tailormade for the job.[TRIMTO] Specially designed for daily, deep and spot cleaning of ceramic, polished concrete, terracotta, VCT and other modern micro-porous floors, 3M Melamine Floor Pads are ideal for use on large...

Rise in low-skilled migrant labour from EU is not simply due to work ethic or skills, says new report

...hat some employers offering low-skilled work see migrants from elsewhere in the EU as more suitable for employment than UK born workers.  This is one of the conclusions of a new study published today by the CIPD, alongside policy recommendations and a warning that employers need to safeguard their long-term skills and talent mix by continuing ...

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...eaning Show 2013 opens its doors today not only with a large percentage of new companies exhibiting for the first time, but also with an impressive number of new features. Martin Scott, Exhibition Sales Director, says: “We expect The Cleaning Show 2013 to attract a record breaking number of visitors and with The International Materials Handli...

Dry Fusion: Stand G93

...g package deals exclusive to show attendees. Every visitor to the Dry Fusion stand will be eligible for an impressive 10% discount to any customer who places an order for any Dry Fusion products if they present the promotional voucher available on the stand at the Cleaning Show 2013. Explaining how the concept came to fruition, Shaun said: "It's...

British Cleaning Council : Stand H52

... support with training, research, accreditation and compliance is a must. We at the BCC are looking forward to meeting attendees to speak about the benefits of association membership, and will be at the show for the duration. Please do come and say hello!" T: 0207 920 9640 W: www.cleaningindustry.org ...

Jangro: Stand G30

...etwork of independent janitorial suppliers, is launching the first ever distance learning programme for the cleaning industry at the Cleaning Show. Jangro's 'Learning Management Solution' enables you to educate your cleaning staff anywhere, anytime, at a fraction of the cost of traditional training methods. The suite of training modules offer...

Ophardt Hygiene: new hygiene dispensers

Ophardt Hygiene is showcasing an enormous range of dispensers and complete hygiene solutions for public washrooms - including the impressive reliable and robust stainless-steel Santral series, which come as standard with the company's durable 'anti-fingerprint coating' for long-lasting good looks. "AFP ensures a noticeable reduction of visible fi...

Prochem Europe: Stand C70

Our image shows the Prochem stand before all the equipment was brought onto it and while it might look impressive here, just wait until you see it in its full glory - there is so much to discover! For example, there's the Endeavor - a brand new portable carpet and upholstery extractor which has so impressed the judges of the Innovation Awards,...

FactoryCat / Elan Sales: Stand E80

...ble with the new oscillating brush deck, which can be fitted with a range square pads & screens for fast effective cleaning and stripping of vinyl floors. The 240v & 110v models are being launched at the Show. "As we all push for new ways to increase our protection of the environment and the operator, this new approach to floor preparati...

UKCPI: Stand F48

...ng Products Industry Association (UKCPI) told us it is offering a membership 'special' at the Show. For the first time, prospective members will be offered their first six months of membership to the association for free, when they sign up at the show. Cleaning Show visitors can find out more and pick up a membership pack at the stand. Philip Malpa...

Centrego: Stand C80

...entrego is introducing the Toucan Eco II which has been created following increased customer demand for a jug-only device that can be used with conventional trigger sprays or with dedicated Toucan Eco spray bottles. The directors of Centrego are demonstrating the new model along with the award-winning Toucan Eco and the new Mini device. For thos...

Window Cleaning Competition

...- and in particular 'Cleaning Windows Safely' and 'Risk Assessment'.[TRIMTO] The FWC is renowned for the calibre of its training courses for window cleaners which cover essential information on everything from current health & safety issues to employment law.  Both courses are accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Hea...

PowerCell: Stand A70

...y products with every necessary engineering back-up service, PowerCell's aim is total peace of mind for the customer. "Incompatibility is at the root of many customers' problems," said Derek. "Users often obtain the battery and charger through different suppliers and, even if the equipment is well matched, it's not uncommon for them to report a...

PTS Clean: Stand E40

...hat it was during a recent trip to the Eureka factory in Italy that realised the massive potential for this particular sweeper on his customers' sites.[TRIMTO] The Picobello is an extremely innovative machine as it's equipped with a patented system that facilitates the complete control of dust, which can sometimes become airborne when other mac...

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...ots of new companies taking up the stands and Martin Scott and his team deserve to be congratulated for the efforts they’ve made to fill the halls with so many new faces – and of course new products and equipment, some of which are very exciting. The first thing we learned upon arrival is that the next edition of this biennial event ...

Jangro triumphs in Innovation Awards

...s well as winning its category in the Innovation Awards, Jangro scooped the overall winner's trophy for its new Smartphone app which breaks down many of the barriers that prevent cleaners from being properly trained. Its new distance learning programme, called ‘Learning Management System’ (LMS).enables contract cleaning companies a...

And the category winners were...

...nners from a superb selection of finalists, showing some real innovation, and singled out Addguards for a special mention. ...

"It's been rammed!"

We've never quite come across this term before by someone referring to their exhibition stand but having seen how busy Dean Smith and the relatively new Sales Manager Europe, Ewout de Lange, and the team had been every time we walked past Stand E80 , we could understand perfectly what Dean meant![TRIMTO] "We don't do hundreds of shows but...

Goodbye and hello

...leaning & Support Services Association, Andrew Large, along with new Media & Policy Manager for the British Cleaning Council, Melissa Higgs. Andrew is leaving for pastures new - or is that flying the coop? - as he is about to join the poultry industry. Having first met Andrew at another cleaning industry show in Amsterdam some years ago,...

Hydro Systems Europe shows new prototypes

...exible dispensing and dosing and the other being a lower cost version of the company’s top performing foaming system – both of which should be available within the next few months. He said feedback from visitors to the stand had been good.[TRIMTO] He also discussed the partnership the company has with Electrolux Professional, which m...

Bright Hygiene: Stand C52

...s to think the cleaning fairies come in and do it so here I am!” We understand he volunteered for the role (it will no doubt take some time for him to live that one down!) and that he was told to look miserable because cleaning tends to be a thankless task.” T: 01279 444821 W: www.brighthygiene.co.uk ...

Environmental Hygiene Products shows NHS approved waste bins

This manufacturer had cleverly used some of the material it uses for its sack holders to make the desk on its stand, tying the whole thing together nicely.[TRIMTO] Our picture shows Customer Relations Manager Mark Hollingsworth holding aloft the new Ultimate Evo plastic sackholder, which has a 20 litre solid body and – importantly &ndash...

Pasante Healthcare launches Dizolve detergent sheets

...’d had such as successful show in 2011 that he’d booked a stand that was twice the size for 2013. And how had he done? “It’s been really busy,” he said. “I’ve taken about 20 good leads already – not bad for a morning’s work!”[TRIMTO] Pasante was launching the Dizolve system – whic...

HTC Floor Systems: Stand H80

...aid that one of the things that had been the hardest was persuading them that the pads are not just for natural floors but for all types of floors.[TRIMTO] A special pad was being launched at the show for the retail sector. It has been designed specifically for areas of heavy footfall and will quickly take away the dirt and produce a really shin...

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...rs jointly representing purchasing power of over £50M ! The days are past when some came only for the freebies and a day off from work; there are serious people out there now. Emma Wood from Disposables UK told us that they had almost 200 good leads over the two days so far - and she wasn't the only one telling us a similar story. Yes the...

Anglian Chemicals: Stand F64

...ging you news of the ISO 9001-certified company's comprehensive range - available throughout Europe for the industrial, retail, healthcare, institutional, automotive, janitorial, leisure and specialist industries - in a week or so, as there is an awful lot to talk about!  T: 0844 324 6781 E: marketing@anglianchemicals.com ...

BMP Europe

...cture and conversion of polyurethane elastomers, technical nonwoven textiles and mechanical systems for use in applications ranging from digital printing to industrial cleaning equipment.[TRIMTO] "Continual investment in the development of materials and manufacturing processes to meet the ever-increasing demands of customers is the cornerstone o...

Centrego (Toucan Eco) introduces the Fogger

We may be wrong but Centrego seems to save up its new products for launch at The Cleaning Show... In 2011 it was the Innovation Award-winning Toucan Eco that was stopping us in our tracks; this time around it's the Toucan Fogger (pictured here with Centrego's Oliver Weisflog) and the Toucan Mini (also pictured) - a smaller version of the Eco - wh...

Disposables UK unveils new products

Disposables UK is using The Cleaning Show for the launch of a range of new products. A regular at the Show and occupying its usual position at the entrance to the hall, the Group's brands will be on show en masse and will include 'never seen before' products. [TRIMTO] The team is be proudly displaying newly launched products from the Opti...

Unger UK: Stand C10

... and the UK as well as manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and India. Globally acknowledged for revolutionising the window cleaning industry over the past 40 years with modern squeegees and telescopic poles, the company continues to innovate and expand its product lines. Unger HiFlo nLite, already a winner of an ISSA/Interclean Chicago 2...

Tersano (International) Srl introduce ozone cleaning

...nd utilised since the early 1900's, it was not until Tersano was able to re-engineer the technology for commercial use that the full cleaning, sanitising and environmental benefits were realised. [TRIMTO] The company's Lotus Pro technology - a finalist in this year's Innovation Awards - creates ozone artificially by utilising an electrical charg...

Connect Hygiene: at the heart of a new £50M business

Announcing a new force in the away-from-home paper market! Formed from the amalgamation of Connect Hygiene Products and Peter Grant Papers, Northwood Hygiene Products will be operating under its new name from July this year. Headed by Chris Wickham and his management team, the operation - which will have a combined turnover of nearly &p...

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... Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The UK Cleaning Show is over for another two years and the next time it is held, in March 2015, it will have moved to its new home at London's ExCel. Generally this move was seen as a positive one by those at the show although there were a few people who weren't so sure. Jo...

A rare work ethic!

John Newins of OCS accepts his award for Window Cleaner of the year 2013. The certificate says: 'for Industry achievements and time served'. In the UK and no doubt other parts of the world, 'time served' generally refers to the number of years and weeks an offender has spent in prison! Work has clearly not been like a prison sentence for John t...

'Bin' making the most of the time at the show...

...nd no doubt Morclean has been doing a lot of that! Morclean's new wheelie bin wash range - ideal for both domestic and commercial wheelie bin cleaning - is of high quality design, extremely efficient and really easy to use. The machines complete in seconds what can otherwise be a tedious and sometimes unpleasant job. They can wash two domestic b...

And it wasn't just the Brits that came...

...ugh many people say this is a UK show, visitors came from far and wide - and there were a number of foreign exhibitors too. Unger's Dave Rogers told us on the second day that they'd had visitors to the stand from as far afield as Sweden, Finland, Moscow and Australia - all interested in buying, rather than just window-shopping. On the final day ...

JAWS open and at the ready...

...canting, no powder to mix and the correct dosage is supplied every time. The JAWS technology also affords financial savings due to the reduced packaging and transport costs. Passing these savings onto users, leads to a significantly lower price per litre when compared against other leading RTU brands. When a bottle of JAWS solution is finished, ...

Window cleaning services right on target!

...ristopher Oaks (left), of north of England-based Archer Window Cleaning Services, accepts the award for Window Cleaning Company of the Year Award 2013 from the Federation of Window Cleaners' Scott Smith.[TRIMTO] As well as window cleaning, Archer offers cladding and gutter cleaning services, with its staff using a number of different access syst...

German engineering... but British marketing

...d safer than many of its competitors. "And as with the original system and perhaps most importantly for the end user, the impressive drying time for carpets cleaned with the new Dry Fusion system remains very short," promised Shaun. I digress... Columbus has based its success on designing and manufacturing a wide range of automatic scrubbers, si...

Not your normal, run-of-the-mill feather duster - we promise!

...ers won't leave an electrostatic charge so surfaces such as metal, glass and plastic stay dust-free for longer. They're designed for dusting naturally, so say goodbye to the aerosols and chemicals that polute the environment and hello to dusting in a fast and effective, eco-friendly way!"[TRIMTO] Roy explained that under normal usse, the dusters...

No surprise that this family business is still going strong!

... what we consider to be the most advanced, effective, efficient, versatile and user-friendly system for stone restoration ever created.[TRIMTO] "There hasn't been any official announcement yet and sales are already through the roof in the US, where experienced stone professionals are being blown away by the new Cheetah system's capability." M...

Training: delivered by an expert

...(pictured) from South Thames College in Merton. "The Facilities Services Apprenticeship is suitable for anyone who performs the following jobs: hospital porter, facilities operative, caretaker, concierge, receptionist, site security, cleaning, grounds maintenance, waste operative... "And when you consider that the majority of the training is fun...

Never pump again!

Another name we hadn't come across before was Green Gorilla Europe. There was quite a crowd watching Magnus Jonatansson, who hails from Iceland, demonstrate the Green Gorilla Advanced Spray System - and when we realised how the system worked, we could understand why. Magnus explained that his company, Fremst ehf Iceland, has the exclusive righ...

In a hurry to get home Paul?

Well - it was the end of the show and I have to admit that those of us who'd been there for the duration were going a little stir crazy... Paul Pearce of the National Carpet Cleaners Association was keen to get back home to his wife Sandra so we suggested he try the rocket. [TRIMTO] It didn't work of course, but while he was resting his tired ...

Innovation Awards winners: truly in a position to celebrate!

...inalists![TRIMTO] As they are so important and because there were so many excellent new products for the judges to choose from, we need to do them justice, so we've decided to list the winners today and bring you in-depth details of each of the products - together with those of some of the other finalists, in future issues of Cleanzine. More ...

"Definitely beneficial"

..., particularly with regard to the Savona Ellipse Auto range of contactless dispensers, being shown for the first time in the UK and proving highly popular. The company's Jade Hyland added that she enjoyed the fact that the show wasn't full of similar products, as it made it more interesting for everyone who attended, whether as a visitor or an exh...

All the way from Belgium and the 19th century...

... Birmingham - Moerman Professional Window Cleaning Tools. "They're all about durability, design, performance, ergonomics and quality materials," said Guy Vande Vyvere, (pictured with some of the products). "It's been a very busy show. We're pleased we came. There's been a good mix of end users and distributors here." T: +32 51 48 88 66 W: www.m...

Truly innovative!

...armless, odourless and colourless," he said, proving it by squirting a fair amount into his mouth before swallowing. "When it is applied to the target surface, self-formation of the silica membrane is triggered," he said. "As the evaporation of water occurs, strong chemical (covalent) bonds are created connecting the active ingredient to the surfac...

It was like a late night visit to the supermarket...

...erate. They appeared in one of the aisles and ever so slowly, people started edging towards them; before long the movement had become a rush and soon there was a wall of men holding their cameras aloft. Our John Austen happens to be quite tall (or perhaps he was at the front) so he got a picture. I had no idea who the 'peacock girls' were or who...

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...y industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! It was interesting to see that ‘Effortless Cleaning’ was one of the categories in this year’s global Electrolux Design Lab competition and while I’ve not yet had a chance to look at all of the 1700 submissions, one that I have seen is ‘Smart-Floor.' Conside...

Cleaning supplies director scoops Surrey award

...eally encouraging to see a young company with such burning ambition and setting such high standards for itself. Ollie's sheer passion for what he's doing shines out in everything he says and does - that's the kind of inspirational leadership-by-example we need in British business today. Let's hope that as Ollie and Source Supplies go on to bigger a...

Cleanliness can improve academic achievement and enhance student retention rates

...rsities to consider the importance of cleanliness in creating a positive and productive environment for their students. It has a point... A recent survey conducted by Resource GB identified that students drew a direct link between their own academic achievement and the cleanliness of their campus and halls of residence. And the results back the fin...

New Biocidal Products regs: last chance to influence regulatory framework!

...nsensus can be reached with the Council and the European Parliament, the changes will take effect before the new regime becomes applicable on 1st September 2013. As with REACH, the new biocides regime is relevant not only to manufacturers and formulators of biocides, but downstream users as well.[TRIMTO] In Steptoe's assessment, although the pr...

Initial Facilities plans scheme to create 80 apprenticeships

...g the past two years. "We are committed to creating an increasing number of career opportunities for young people," said Graham Thwaites, Managing Director, Transport Sector at Initial Facilities. "We believe apprenticeships support sustainable growth within the business and can make a major contribution in our ongoing success." More than hal...

Easy Clean Commode wins Good Design award

...y The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design & Urban Studies. Entries for design and innovation, sustainability, creativity, branding, ecologically responsible design, human factors, materials, technology, graphic arts, packaging, and universal design are su...

Avica further improves customer service levels

...nd extending order cut-off time.[TRIMTO] The company has extended the weekday order cut off time for next day deliveries from 16.00 to 17.00 and orders over £45 will be delivered free of charge. Avica’s Watford and Tunbridge Wells branches have increased warehouse capacity for greater stock levels and the Northampton facility will be...

BSCAI Announces 2013 Board of Directors

...rk VanderVlucht, CBSE, Holland   They join returning BSCAI directors:   Lance Ford, CBSE, Palm Facility Services Julie Garcia, CBSE, Action Service Corporation Jim Harris, Jr., CBSE, Janitronics Brad Klein, CBSE, Building Professionals of Texas Tom Kruse, CBSE, Marsden Building Maintenance Eric Luke, CBSE, Varsi...

Ausclean Pulire is looking for presenters – can you fill the role?

...aning are all welcome – as are marketing, communication and business sessions.  The call for presenters closes 1st May.[TRIMTO] Ausclean Pulire will bring together more than 1500 attendees over two days. If you’re interested in presenting - or if you’d like to reserve one of the few remaining exhibition stands: T: 1300 ...

How to tell if a hotel is going green

...e and many people are starting to plan their holidays now. One thing that more and more people look for when they travel is to stay in a hotel that is taking step to be greener. But how can you tell? After all, according to one travel expert, on one of his travels he found the only thing green about the ‘green’ hotel he had selected was...

Truvox Multiwash provides safety first at Horsham Hospital

A healthy, hygienic environment is essential for any location, but in hospitals and healthcare settings it is particularly important. People attending outpatients' clinics or visiting loved ones rightly expect to see scrupulously clean floors, so facilities managers need to ensure that their floor cleaning regimes, and machines, are delivering th...

Italians still steaming ahead...

...ors, accessories and ecological systems in its two Italian factories which cover some 40,000sq.m, before sending them to market in 66 countries.[TRIMTO] The constant commitment addressed to the design and to advanced technological innovations, has enabled Tecnovap to patent new technologies such as the Thermal Compact Power and True Temp Technol...

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...sed that it wouldn't have occurred to me either, to empty the now defunct machine of its contents before going home for the weekend! Any idiot can clean? I don't think so... Please get in touch either by emailing me or posting a comment on our Facebook page.  www.facebook.com/Cleanzine Yours, Jan Hobbs ...

April in Portugal proves productive for Gary

...ellence Seminar held in Lisbon, Portugal. The Awards ceremony followed the EMEA Business Excellence Forum with keynote speakers Sir Clive Woodward and Brad Sugars.[TRIMTO] The business started in 1991 in a small shop on Caledonian Road, Islington near Kings Cross. Today Janitorial Express employs over 25 staff and is a key supplier to over 600 ...

Contract cleaning market switches to specialised in 2013

...ents need high quality cleaning services which also fit their organisational and corporate culture, for example - an environmental policy statement could be the clincher between winning a tender or not." The 250 page report discusses the part the contract cleaning industry has played in successfully reducing MRSA cases by 85%, but also notes tha...

Report offered to Cleanzine readers at discounted price

... The offer is open until 31st May 2013. Market size, trends & shares 2007-2017 are included for: - Specialised Cleaning - Standard Cleaning - Facade/Window Cleaning - Other cleaning services[TRIMTO] The report also includes a SWOT & PEST analysis, a detailed industry review and four years of financi...

We have Mail: Mike Bone, Managing Director of the Loo of the Year Awards, writes...

..., primary and secondary schools and colleges. Educational establishments ideally provide facilities for all types of users including those with physical or severe and multiple learning difficulties. Poor toilets - dirty, poorly maintained or inadequately equipped, present a serious health risk to children and youths, many of whom will not use un...

Prochem widens specialist solutions offer

...in the Endeavor, to multi-functional lightweight floor scrubber driers, walk behind scrubber driers for cleaning small to medium sized hard floor areas, sprayers - and what Prochem believes to be the lightest professional twin- motor carpet vacuums available on the market. Prochem's award-winning Microsan has been relaunched with a new apple blo...

We have Mail: UK ready for backpacks

...oTeam Super Quarter Backpack Vacuum talking to an audience filling both sides of our stand (we were fortunate to have a space between ours and the next stand - handy for demos etc) leaving me unable to get anywhere near the action! Thanks for you positive comment about the backpack vacuum, hopefully now ProTeam has made a well designed product a...

MITIE's cleaning & environmental business renamed Environmental +

...s integrated approach to the provision of soft services, with a more joined-up sustainable offering for clients. The company says that increasingly, its client base expects a 'joined-up' service delivery, preferring to receive services from just one provider, leading to cost savings and improved metrics. The new approach from Environmental + is ...

UK manufacturer's compact steam cleaner packs powerful punch

...steel, it offers a great combination of user friendliness, reliability and robustness - all at an affordable price that competes with domestic machines." The continuous fill boiler system allows refilling at any time during operation and the unit comes complete with an integral vacuum system. The full range of accessories enables the operator to...

Jury announces nominations Golden Broom Award 2013

The Golden Broom Award Jury has selected the nominees for the Golden Broom Award 2013. From all products entered, 10 have now been nominated to go forward for final judging by the Golden Broom Jury who will eventually choose one winner in each category.[TRIMTO] The Golden Broom Award competition is an initiative of the Polish Cleaning Chamber...

Contents of vacuum cleaner left to fester over weekend cause explosive reaction!

...An industrial vacuum cleaner that had been used to clean up aluminium powder and was left unemptied for the weekend, provided the perfect incubation chamber... The powder reacted with water that was also inside the machine, creating a cloud of hydrogen gas that exploded and burned an unsuspecting worker who switched on the machine the following Mon...

New report shows cleanliness rated as top concern in fitness sector

...ting a cleaner fitness environment', offers key insights into the importance of a clean environment for consumers and provides three simple steps to help gym operators and other fitness organisations improve member satisfaction scores. It also includes a case study showing how one fitness chain dramatically improved its member satisfaction simpl...

Cleaning Show 2013: A Great Success - it's official!

...ng Show, making the three day event which closed its doors on Thursday, 21st March a great success for both visitors and exhibitors alike. "The Cleaning Show 2013 exceeded all our expectations and was a clear demonstration that the UK cleaning industry continues to thrive despite tough economic times," says Martin Scott, Exhibition Sales Direct...

Enter now for the CMS Purus Awards (and don't forget the new category!)

... at CMS 2013 to enter their products and solutions into the CMS Purus Awards. Products competing for the good design award will be judged on styling and functionality in equal measure. The entries will compete in five categories: Machines, Equipment, Washroom Hygiene, Brand Communication and a new category - Management Systems & Software. ...

ISS receives strong support for refinancing and extension of debt

Last week, ISS A/S announced that it had received commitment for the refinancing of its Second Lien Facility and had received strong support from lenders consenting to extend the predominant part of the company's senior debt. ISS furthermore received consent for the implementation of other amendments intended to increase both operational and re...

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... I write, workplaces on both sides of the Atlantic are in flames and are likely to continue to burn for days. One, in a fertiliser plant in Texas, US, has claimed an estimated 15 lives and injured more than 100 people; there have been calls for the entire town surrounding the plant to be evacuated. The other, in the Smurfit Kappa cardboard recyc...

New Saniflo MD predicts success

...ear, managing director Tim Pestell is warmly welcoming the new financial year with an exciting plan for raising brand awareness and growing market share. Tim, who has been with Saniflo since 2007 as sales director, now executes the dual role of managing director and sales director on behalf of French parent company SFA Group following the retiremen...

Disposables UK comes to the rescue of South Yorkshire Fire Service

Disposables UK, a leading supplier of cleaning and hygiene products for the away from home market, has joined forces with South Yorkshire Fire Service to provide products for its washroom facilities in all its stations across the region.[TRIMTO] South Yorkshire Fire Service operates 24 busy fire stations across an area covering Sheffield, Roth...

ECHA - online quiz tests your knowledge on new hazard pictograms

The European Chemical Agency has launched an interactive quiz on the new pictograms for the labelling of hazardous chemicals in the EU introduced by the (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) Regulation. A research by ECHA shows that many of these pictograms are not yet recognised or properly understood.[TRIMTO] To support the CLP awaren...

Clever packaging for concentrated cleaner!

...oof and Panel cleaner is a biodegradable, concentrated, multipurpose hard surface cleaner, suitable for use in many applications. It removes grease, grime, dirt, algae, bird droppings and leaf mould and may be diluted between 10-1 and 150-I depending upon the degree of soiling.[TRIMTO] But what really made the product stand out to us is its pack...

Hygiene on the move

...and then drying with a single use towel, removes germs and reduces or even eliminates the potential for germs to spread. This improves the health and wellbeing of staff, increasing morale, which in turn, reduces sick leave and increases productivity.[TRIMTO] But what about mobile food outlets, medical staff on call, care workers who visit patien...

New study examines possible contamination from hand drying methods

... which includes graphs, charts, details of the types of contaminants, study methodology and other information, makes interesting reading. It is available at: www.europeantissue.com ...

IFMA announces sustainable exhibitors programme winners for 2013 Facility Fusion Conference & Expo

Following the 2013 Facility Fusion Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, California, USA, the International Facility Management Association has announced the winner of the 2013 Facility Fusion Sustainable Exhibitors Program, Facility Engineering Associates. This innovative, voluntary programe is designed to encourage and highlight environmentally c...

Lancaster General Hospital (US) adds Xenex's germ-zapping robot to fight superbugs

... machine if someone should enter. According to Scott Garrety, director of Environmental Services for LGH, three Xenex machines are being used in the operating rooms, isolation rooms and Intensive Care and Trauma-Neuro Units after every discharge or transfer. "This technology is used in high risk areas in conjunction with the extensive cleanin...

Ryans raises the standard

Eire-based venue and event cleaning specialist Ryans Cleaning has been internationally recognised for its commitment to event sustainability by obtaining the International Standards Organisation's highly renowned ISO 20121 Certification.[TRIMTO] Developed for the London Olympics, the ISO 20121: Event Sustainability Management System standard, ...

ISS and Coca-Cola - it's the real thing!

...rvices, pest control, catering, security and plant services.[TRIMTO] Heidi Andersen, responsible for Facilities Management at Coca-Cola Nordic Services says: "We have had a really good relationship with ISS, which has for many years handled the reception at Coca-Cola in Denmark. We have a lot of confidence in ISS as a provider and that is why...

Prochem expands training programme with in-depth stain removal course for 2013

...ial provider of training to cleaning professionals, Prochem Europe, has responded to growing demand for advice on the subject with the launch of a new course, starting on 13th June, 2013. The company's one-day Stain Removal Course incorporates a comprehensive overview of stain removal products with hands-on practice in their correct application....

Making food safety commitments you can stick to

...earning a new language, New Year's resolutions are a moment when we reflect on what would be better for us. Unfortunately, New Year's resolutions are notorious for falling away: by the end of January we might be lucky to remember what they were, let alone have stuck to them. With Spring finally upon us there is a new perceived opportunity to make s...

EMS raises the bar on ambulance cleanliness and infection control

...vice with EMS will be regularly and systematically deep cleaned to maintain best practice standards for clinical hygiene and infection control - with an emergency call-back procedure included to cover urgent post-incident special risks.[TRIMTO] The move is the latest step in EMS's adopted PACE (Passionate About Care & Excellence) initiative....

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...ered as one of the new Sector Skills Councils - and thus receive a share from a huge pot of funding for the training and education of those in the industry.  It soon became clear that we would miss the target, so we looked at finding another, similar industry with which we could pool resources. Eventually the foundations were laid for what ...

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...now that as a long-serving and committed member of the cleaning industry I should advocate the need for the regular and thorough cleaning of as many locations as possible. However, it was only with a slight tinge of guilt that I felt totally exasperated upon reading one of a series of notices placed on alternate lamp posts all the way up my mother'...

190 Cleaning Services firms braced for takeover

The cleaning services Industry should brace itself for takeovers as a series of curious circumstances begin to shape the industry, argues a new market report from analysts Plimsoll Publishing. The study warns that a combination of stock piling cash, difficult growth, low interest rates and ageing directors has left these 190 companies ripe for ...

Asset Skills and the CSSA announce merger plans

Asset Skills, the industry skills body for facilities management and cleaning, has reached an agreement in principle with the Cleaning & Support Services Association to look into the benefits of merging the operations of each organisation. The two organisations have developed a close working relationship over the past 10 years and there is ...

Trojan Battery adds REMS batteries to network of distributors for France

...training enhances each company's expertise in advising clients on the selection of Trojan batteries for a variety of applications such as golf cars, floor scrubbers, electric passenger transport vehicles, and renewable energy systems. "The combination of Trojan Battery's knowledge in deep-cycle battery technology, along with REMS' technology and...

Unger launches HiFlo Control Complete On / Off switch for water fed poles

...of water when cleaning with water fed poles. Attach the HiFlo Control to the base section of a pole for easy access and water flow adjustment with one swift motion. Save water, time and money - work faster and more efficiently whilst helping the environment.[TRIMTO] How it works: Fit the HiFlo Control onto a pole using the nLite Clips or using t...

Van users: life is going to get tougher

...ver-tighter emissions controls. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: "Life is already tough for anyone running vans or other LCVs, but those who fail to address emissions reduction will find it getting harder. As restrictions spread, the worst polluters will soon find themselves running out of road.[TRIMTO] Already, larger vans and minib...

Rainy days don't have to get you down... Armchem's got you covered!

You may not feel like singin' in the rain, but at least you'll now have a place for employees, customers and visitors to keep their umbrellas and prevent them from making your building wet! Armchem International, the business to business distributor of more than 50,000 speciality industrial products to thousands of customers worldwide, has intro...

Karcher cleans a true London landmark

... locally. Kevin Dyer, Head of Technical Operation at the London Eye says:"This was very exciting for us as it's the most extensive clean the structure has seen since its opening in 2000 and a huge project. We were delighted to be working with Karcher as we've seen some of the amazing work they have performed on other world- famous monuments. The...

We have Mail: communication is the key

...hing like AUS$35.00 when charged out and think the contractor is making AUS$13.00 out of each hour (for each employee)! When you actually explain how the costs come about they are much more inclined to accept the rates we need to charge and when you point out this same situation applies to their own employees they are quite taken aback. I wonder...

We have Mail: Any idiot can clean?

...? www.facebook.com/Cleanzine ), those of us connected to the cleaning industry are blighted before we even start. Skilled professionals in all their individual areas, (engineers, surgeons, pilots etc) are respected for their skill, their knowledge, and their application. We all admire them, but unfortunately every adult on the planet is ...

Incentive FM adds Northampton's venue to shopping centre contract portfolio

...TO] Under the terms of the contract, Incentive FM will deliver a full range of services required for the retail environment, including cleaning, security, maintenance and other support services. IFM will have full responsibility for providing 24-hour security for the Centre, full maintenance, with all cleaning at the centre being undertaken usin...

Ecolab to acquire Purate business from AkzoNobel

...imately $23 million, the Purate business provides patented, proprietary chlorine dioxide programmes for use in a wide array of water treatment applications. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory clearances and other standard closing conditions.[TRIMTO] "Chlorine dioxide is recognised as an excellent antimicrobial agent...

Get Waste Smart at the Facilities Show 2013

...able waste management and resource efficiency are moving fast up the FM sector agenda. The drive for profitability is integral to every business, and optimising resource management by putting in place more sustainable waste practices not only reduces bottom-line costs and improves competitiveness, but also boosts green credentials by minimising ...

Matrix Industrial Range of steamers now completed

... to 10 bar.[TRIMTO] All Matrix machines are manufactured from stainless steel, making them ideal for food preparation, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, hospitality and kitchen environments. They use between 2.5 and 26 litres of water per hour making them very ecologically friendly and inexpensive to run. Generating higher volumes of steam mean...

Guests expect a 'Spring Clean' standard all year round from hospitality operators

...an the British or Spanish to associate Spring with cleaning - a quarter of them say it is important for restaurants and hotels to do a deep clean during springtime although most of them agree that year round cleaning is critical. The study also uncovered how cleanliness can prove to be a critical competitive differentiator for hospitality operat...

IFMA announces 300th Sustainability Facility Professional in time for Earth Day

...O] "Facility managers around the world look to the International Facility Management Association for professional training and credentialing," says Marina Badoian-Kriticos, the sustainability director at IFMA. "Most people are familiar with building and component certifications like CASBEE, LEED, and ENERGY STAR, but while these important tools ...

ABCD Seminar 'Trading and Charging'

... of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers has organised a seminar which explores the best ways for local authority cleaning service providers to maximise the income they receive from the services they provide. It will be presented by renowned speaker on this subject - Andy Mudd, Principal Consultant - Association for Public Service Excelle...

Vax Commercial appointed by Travelodge

...oing into a new room concept. To ensure this new product offering makes Travelodge the smart choice for hotels, keeping rooms clean and fresh is of paramount importance. As such, selecting a vacuum cleaner that delivers high performance, a robust and durable design, along with dedicated aftercare support was critical. "We have just made a signif...

WFBSC's first CEO Forum takes place in Rome

The World Federation of Building Service Contractors held its first CEO Forum in Rome recently. Building Service Industry leaders from as far afield as the US, Brazil, Japan and Germany discussed two fundamental issues for the future of the BSC sector.[TRIMTO] The first issue to be discussed was the future scenario planning for the sector, buil...

Georgia-Pacific to acquire Buckeye Technologies

...ckeye Technologies and Georgia-Pacific have announced that they have reached a definitive agreement for Georgia-Pacific to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Buckeye Technologies' common stock, as well as its five manufacturing facilities, global sales offices and approximately 1,200 employees, for $37.50 per share in cash. The transaction, ...

Cooperation announced between Group Eulen and the Dussmann Group

The Madrid-based Eulen group and the Berlin-based Dussmann Group, have signed a an agreement for the joint provision of integrated facilities management services in 35 countries. The partners are both said to be leaders in their home markets for facilities services, reports Reinigungs Markt .[TRIMTO] The agreement will enable companies with gl...

Australian acquisitions will open up market for Bunzl

...ibution and outsourcing group, has this week announced that it has purchased three businesses which form part of the Industrial & Safety division of Jeminex in Australia.[TRIMTO] Based in Sydney, the businesses acquired operate from locations throughout Australia and focus on three specialist markets. The workwear and personal safety busines...

Congratulations!

... mins, which is a fantastic achievement, seeing as she also ran the Brighton marathon the weekend before in 4 hours 4 minutes![TRIMTO] She is also taking part in the Snowdonia marathon later in the year, and all for St Michael's hospice in North Hampshire. Her justgiving fundraising site can be found at: www.justgiving.com Dave and his...

Karcher and Sanoserv win the Golden Broom Award 2013

...re announced as winners of Golden Broom Innovation Award.[TRIMTO] Winner in the Product Category for Karcher, the KM 105/100 R is a new compact ride on sweeper in the one metre working width class. The machine is equipped with an automatic filter cleaning device, the KIK (Karcher Intelligent Key) in combination with a new operating panel that le...

'Greenness' - a way to prove your products' claims!

The European Commission has proposed EU-wide methods for companies to measure and communicate their 'greenness' and the environmental footprint of their products. The voluntary scheme, called Building the Single Market for Green Products, will make use of the EU Joint Research Centre's controversial 'lifecycle assessment' method (LCA) for calculat...

Chemspec Europe solving the insolvable

...the stain until it becomes transparent.[TRIMTO] DyeGone is a very clever product with a patented formula of a mixture of chemicals that work like your best stain removal technician. It does not really extract the dye from the textile but it modifies it chemically, over time, making it colourless. DyeGone is effective on a wide range of notoriou...

FM Sector pledges 10,000 Apprenticeships and 11,000 Work Inspiration places to reduce youth unemployment

...in a bid to battle the precarious economic climate and tackle youth unemployment, ISS UK has joined forces with Business in the Community (BITC) to bring the FM sector together to take a stand against youth unemployment. Richard Sykes hosted a breakfast yesterday at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales for FM sector CEOs t...

Optimise your workforce at Service Management Expo 2013

Organisers of Service Management Expo 2013 have today revealed detailed educational schedule for its Field Services Theatre, hosting conference quality seminars, workshops and industry debates across three days. Service Management Expo, said to be Europe's only dedicated event for the field service market, takes place at Birmingham's NEC from 1...

EEF and ENER-G launch hunt for Britain's greenest manufacturers

The hunt is on once again for Britain's most efficient and sustainable manufacturers. EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and ENER-G have launched the Environment award category as part of the fifth annual Future Manufacturing Awards with companies eligible to win two prestigious awards at regional and national level.[TRIMTO] The EEF/ENER-G E...

Member states showcase dual education schemes ahead of EU proposals

...ve weeks at school in between. Stefan Wolter, managing director of the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education, said major obstacles to apprenticeship schemes included the need for firms to have incentives that make apprenticeship training superior to hiring skilled workers. Such incentives need to be built holistically into the g...

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...pies when they start school (at around four/five years of age) because their parents haven’t, for one reason or another, made sure they were toilet trained at the age they should have been! Something that surprised me almost as much as this, is that today one of the teachers is quoted as saying that two of the carpets in her school have ha...

ISS named world's best outsourcing company

... Gravenhorst, ISS Group CEO. "We take the ranking as a vote of confidence in ISS and our global platform from which we integrate and self-deliver a complete set of facility services such as catering, cleaning, security, property and support services across the globe. "I would also like to thank our 534,200 employees around the world. Without the...

IFMA Foundation to award at least US$185,000 in FM scholarships in 2013

...grow more complex, it is becoming more important than ever to educate the men and women responsible for running them," argues IFMA Foundation Executive Director Jeff Tafel, CAE. "With today's facility managers getting closer to retirement every day, there are simply not enough young people entering the FM field to meet the growing demand. The FM St...

Liquid Voice in the heads of lone workers

... the call recording and contact centre solutions specialist, has completed a successful IVR project for SitexOrbis. The project is part of the SitexOrbis code5 lone worker protection service, which integrates call recording, IVR, GPS, scheduling and incident handling systems to help the 24/7 response team provide rapid assistance to 14,500 lone wor...

Synergy Health partners with Age UK East London to reduce infection risk

...be weak and may be susceptible to infection.[TRIMTO] Bee Burgess, Director of Community Services for Age UK East London, says: "Our workers are out and about in the community and can carry the pocket sized Assure hand sanitiser around with them to ensure that they always practice the highest standards of hand hygiene. As a charity, every penny...

Facilities managers and property owners urged to be alert on sewer flooding

...ncreasing risk of sewer flooding in the UK." In particular, Argyll is advising those responsible for older properties with aged sewer systems which combine both foul and storm water to consider taking preventative action: "To alleviate the risk of sewer flooding to a property, non-return valves can be fitted to sewage pipes," adds Mark. "Ine...

New, simplified naming system for Tork wiping products

... names focusing on the why, the how and the where each product should be used. This makes it easier for distributors to sell our products and for end-customers to choose the right one for them." All Tork paper wiping products designed for mopping up spills will now incorporate Tork Wiping into their naming structure. The new, logical names will ...

Facilities management industry bodies plan to unite in one representative body

...ement Association and the Cleaning & Support Services Association have agreed to the concept of forming one single and united body to represent facilities management & support services. As the facilities management and support services profession and industry have matured and evolved, so too must the bodies representing and leading them....

A strong turnout in Warsaw!

The premier event for the cleaning industry in the Central & Eastern European region, ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe (CEE), was held two weeks ago at the Warsaw International Exhibition Centre in Warsaw, Poland. It attracted almost 200 exhibitors from 26 countries and was once again deemed a real success. The organisers t...

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...e another one I'll always remember as when questions were invited, an indignant young woman stepped forward and loudly announced that she felt very cross. "You've really undersold yourselves!" she opined, before outlining a whole host of extra benefits that she, her colleagues and the cleaners had enjoyed while trialling the new concept. I know I w...

Workshop showcases how antibacterial products are judged effective

Antibacterial experts and manufacturers of antibacterial soaps are showcasing the latest methods for demonstrating the effectiveness of antibacterial hand soaps and sanitisers in killing disease-causing germs.[TRIMTO] During the 2013 meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Cleaning Institute and the Personal Care Products...

Trojan batteries and watering system to equip new Pacific Floorcare auto-scrubber

...Trojan Battery's deep-cycle flooded T-1275 batteries and the HydroLink single-point watering system for use in its new S-20 automatic floor scrubber.[TRIMTO] "When designing new equipment, Pacific Floorcare includes only the best components to ensure our machines provide customers with outstanding performance," explains Kyle Strait, vice preside...

Greyland triggers rapid washroom cleaning frenzy!

...ing a little jaded, the pleasantly fragranced Spray & Wipe with Bleach trigger spray is perfect for making tile grout lines look as good as new. Simply spray it on, leave for a short time to do its work (while trigger spraying washbasins, toilet areas and counter surfaces with ready-to-use Triple Clean) and then rinse away with a clean damp clo...

Minister welcomes launch of Clean Britain Awards 2014

The campaign for the Clean Britain Awards 2014, which recognise the efforts of local authorities to achieve high standards of street cleanliness and local environmental quality, opened for entries yesterday at a launch event in Northamptonshire.[TRIMTO] Now in their 25th year, the Clean Britain Awards reflect the importance of a clean and well...

Principle Cleaning revolutionises the industry!

...id Cleaning, the Principle Cleaning (registered) system/process predominately using a full time workforce to operate flexibly with any business to develop ways of improving quality and service in a sustainable way. The sustainable, London based contract cleaning business has formulated this specific method to provide its clients with a host of b...

Europe Gesture Recognition & Touchless Sensing: worth $4.82 Billion by 2018

...actors, such as: * Hygiene * Low maintenance costs * Government measures for water conservation * Tourism and hospitality industry ...and many more[TRIMTO] That's according to a new 351-page market research report, 'Europe Gesture Recognition & Touchless Sensing Market (2013 - 2018) Technology (2D, 3D, Ultr...

Pulire 2.0: an extra bit of magic

Thirty years of service to professionals make Pulire a leading event in Europe, ranked second for importance and size, and one of the most influential globally. In 2011, more than 10,000 visitors from 90 countries were able to see and discuss the latest innovations with 300 exhibitors from 21 countries filling more than 16,000 square metres of di...

Sobeys of Canada teams with Betco and Quick Request to improve store cleanliness

...er, Sobeys and Betco are deploying Quick Request in 274 stores throughout Canada. Future plans call for implementation into all 1,200+ Sobey's stores. T: 1-888-462-3826 W: www.betco.com www.quickrequest.com ...

Management change at MGS International

..." promises Michel. "On behalf of MGS International, I would like to wholeheartedly thank Rene Buijs for his dedication and what he has achieved since he joined us in 1991. He has contributed greatly to the organisation that we are today, growing from a warehouse/importer to a leading producer and developer of innovative cleaning products and syste...

New health & safety training school opened

... safety a minefield with a huge training price tag, there is good news ahead. SOS Training has been formed to help the cleaning, FM and service industries with health & safety training. SOS's principal consultant, Lorraine Larman, has 20 years' experience across many service sectors including catering, cleaning, NHS, transport, pest control ...

Next generation healthcare secured

... continued commitment to modernising and improving patient care. With a strong national reputation for research and excellence in the quality of its training facilities, the hospital trains over one third of the medical students from the University of East Anglia.[TRIMTO] With a carbon footprint of 18 million tonnes CO2 per year and despite an ...

Romex launches new module to manage risk to drivers

... more than 20 people killed and a further 250 seriously injured every week.  The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents states that: "Drivers who were using a mobile phone were nine times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident," while the National Safety Council in the US notes that:[TRIMTO] "Text messaging creates a crash ris...

Get your tickets for next month’s charity ball

...y and the Heartbeat Hollies will be providing the cabaret and dancing.[TRIMTO] Starting at 19.30 for 20.00, the event promises to be good fun. Tickets are still available and cost £87.50 - although they are going quickly. T: 02034 680923 E:info@suzannehowe.com [TRIMTO] ...

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...e car on Tuesday to take a myriad of unwanted items and garden waste along to our local amenity tip for recycling, she remarked how lucky we are to live so close to what is known locally as 'the dump' and wondered what other people do, who don't have a similar facility within easy driving distance of their homes. We arrived at the gates at 17.25...

16 finalists nominated for the CMS Purus Awards

Following a preliminary selection by a panel of experts, 16 entries have been chosen for the final round of this year's CMS Purus Awards. This year, exhibitors at CMS 2013 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. were invited to submit their products in five categories. The awards for good design will be presented on 24th September at the opening e...

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...opening hours throughout) to explore this exciting exhibition and conference which has been running for 30 years. Last time around I felt that even with a full three days, we couldn't get around to see everything we would have liked to, or attended even a handful of the many conference presentations that were of interest, so if you do have time ...

Conference Programme: Today's events and conferences are as follows:

...ident AMIA Verona 14.30 - 15.30 Room Mascagni A new way to run B2B shows in years 2.0. The market for B2B fairs in the world and the new media approach. New trends for the professional cleaning sector for both the Italian and the International market. Speakers: Jochen Witt, President JWC and past Presiden UFI Alan Hardcastle, , Inclean Magazine M...

Pulire 2013

...e latest developments in a complete range of machinery, chemical products, equipment and components for professional cleaning and hygiene and talk to those who know how to get the best out of them. Some 300 exhibitors have taken more than 16,000 m2 of display space, set out over four halls, so there really is an awful lot to see here. As one wou...

The organisers tell us that this event - the 21st in the series, is the culmination of their efforts to create a show that would give maximum exposure to the best of the Italian cleaning industry's offerings, as well as those of companies based in other countries. They have certainly succeeded. Pulire is now a leading exhibition in this sector and the ideal place to discover and discuss both new products and equipment and the latest market trends, whilst networking with like-minded industry colleagues from around the world. ...

...l partners and the industry associations. The shared objective is to offer invaluable opportunities for meeting others with the same interests and objectives. ...

... changes last year that proved successful with exhibitors and visitors alike so have been continued for 2013. These were as a result, noted Toni D'Andrea, Managing Director of Afidamp Servizi, of taking on board suggestions made by associates and previous exhibitors and adapting the show accordingly. They included moving the show to May, to promote business opportunities before the Summer holidays and changing the format and the length of the event. ...

... show enhancement that proved successful and which is being continued this time around, came in the form of 'Club Pulire', which enables previous exhibitors to meet with their colleagues, their competition and customers to network and build relationships, away from the hustle and bustle of the main exhibition stall.

...re 2.0, an 'interactive event' available on smartphones and tablets which has two applications: one for exhibitors and one for visitors. We understand that the entire catalogue is online with assigned QR codes, which will facilitate what has been described as a match-making system for managing appointment books and agendas as well as the real time monitoring of visitors arriving at the show, so interested parties will know when others have entered the halls and be able to make contact. ...

...me and survives after the doors close. Pulire 2.0 is a place of constant meeting, real and virtual, for an open, interactive exchange between supply and demand of professional cleaning," say the organisers. It sounds like a great concept and we'll be able to tell you more once we've experienced it for ourselves. ...

...d are excited about shortly being able to examine the shortlisted products first hand, try them out for ourselves and speak to the people that designed and built them. Look out for our reports on each of these over the coming days as well as news of the winners once they've been chosen. "The aim of these awards is to pay tribute to the introduct...

... preserved along with the medieval, Renaissance, Venetian and Austrian buildings that are available for everyone to admire.

In 2011, (after the show had finished of course!) John and I spent a never-to-be-forgotten few hours exploring the incredible 14th century Castelvecchio which stands by the Adige River beside the Castelvecchio bridge. Unlike some museums, this one allowed us within touching distance of the most captivating sculptures, statues, paintings, miniatur...

...* If you've hired a car: Take the ring-road (tangenziale) towards Villafranca. Follow the signposts for Verona Sud motorway exit and then follow the signpost for Fiera. You should be there in about 10 minutes. * Bus-navetta: A shuttle bus (line 99 APTV) connects the airport with the exhibition centre via the railway station - travel time is abou...

Conference Programme:

...a  14.30 - 15.30 Room Mascagni  A new way to run B2B shows in years 2.0. The market for B2B fairs in the world and the new media approach. New trends for the professional cleaning sector for both the Italian and the International market. Speakers: Jochen Witt, President JWC and past Presiden UFI Alan Hardcastle,  Inclean ...

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...hn and I thought it best to start off by visiting all the finalists of the Innovation Awards to ask for a demonstration of each shortlisted product, so we’re in a better position to help decide the winner on Thursday morning. We feel it’s a big responsibility as we’ll be helping shape the future of cleaning, so it’s importan...

Karcher

...Awards special exhibition area but during our visit to the stand we discovered that they combine to form what the company’s David Wickel described as a “System approach” which also includes other products. Very clever it is too.[TRIMTO] More often now we’re seeing vast swathes of solar panels across our countrysides but w...

RCM

Also being considered for an award is RCM’s Eco Sanitizing scrubber, which is eco-friendly and saves money. Export Area Manager Celio Franch, told us: “RCM’s Eco Sanitising system is for the professional sanitisation of floors. It reduces 97% of bacteria, eliminates the cost of separate sanitisation, reduces cleaning cost...

Diversey

...usual Velcro, it has plastic spines coming out at an angle from the plastic frame. These spikes are forced outwards when the mop is applied to the floor and they catch on the mop head and hold it fast.[TRIMTO] When the mop head needs to be changed, a simple action draws the spikes in and the mop head can be released straight into the bucket with...

Nilfisk

... at the show, this VL500 series wet/dry vacuum cleaning machine has been built to simplify cleaning for women. Its beauty is in the pivot system designed to make emptying easy; it uses the weight of the head to provide the gravitational pull required to tilt the drum to the angle needed to drain the contents. It makes cleaning faster, safer and les...

Enjoying his work…

... – known this week as ‘Chef Claudio’ as he’s there to cook up tasty morsels for his hardworking RCM stand colleagues and their guests. He served us with some local delicacies with aplomb and very tasty they were too!

Fimap

...se familiar with its features and benefits had taken a party of visitors to visit the Fimap factory for the afternoon. Marketing manager Caterina Compri did agree to pose for us however and she said that it was all very comfortable… www.fimap.com

Sutter Professional

...understand and use. Connect enables cleaners to learn their trade remotely, eliminating the need for them to take time away from their work. They can study at their own pace and there’s a fun ‘games’ section which allows them to test their skills and discover whether they really know their stuff! If they get an answer wrong the...

Ar-co

...s possible to obtain all the possible combinations required in terms of common traditional products for the hand and machine cleaning of floors, windows and furniture and for the sanitisation of bathrooms. “This system can reduce costs by 30% when compared to traditional bottles and tanks. Moreover, our dosing packages – unlike many ...

SRI

Despite the bright and eyecatching stand and the cheerful welcome from Olivier Foret and Bertrand Clausel, we couldn’t help but think, when they poured oil on a display board and filled a cup with what looked like wet sand, that this was just another spill absorbency kit. And when they said: “There’s no need to worry about the q...

Conference programme Wednesday, 22nd May

10.00  - 13.00 - Workshop – Respighi Room - PalaExpo The project of social parties for safety at work: From the research on safety at work to a disciplinary Marco Verzari, Vice President ONBSI 10.15 - Presentation of the results Gianfranco Piseri, Head of Project Group Workplace Safety Luigi Pino Itinera 11.15 - Plann...

...Organization: AfidampFED/ONBSI 10.00 - 12.00 – Conference – Press Room - Mascagni Forum Pulire 2014 Clean as an absolute value. Finding  the right balance for Italy between rationalisation and innovation, growth and legality Chair Toni D’Andrea, CEO Afidamp Servizi Organization: Afidamp Servizi 15.00 - 16.30...

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...hat we are in the middle of an incredibly long downturn, the organisers deserve to be congratulated for a job well done. At a large cleaning show such as this, exhibitors must spend many hours plotting how to make their stand the one that visitors walk onto (rather than, perhaps, a competitor's stand a few paces along) as there is simply so much...

Elsea

... also a handy new integrated accessory holder on the rear of the trolley, which itself has been reinforced and reshaped for improved transport on europallets and provided with back wheels that facilitate the climbing of stairs. The newly designed ergonomic handle makes for easier lifting and carrying too. www.elsea.net ...

Isal

..."It's designed to respond effectively to the most demanding  requirements and environmental performance expectations, in all the areas where generally only a manual worker may operate and in all areas of high environmental sensitivity - such as a healthcare environment. It ensures high standards of cleanliness every time and without the negati...

Sirmac

...ly nothing looking quite as smart as the Sirmac machines. Dr Sara Bagassi told us that this was for extra stability and strength in a machine which was designed to be more compact but quite a bit taller than traditional machines.[TRIMTO] "The tubular painted steel structure gives high rigidity, the stainless steel hood is 1mm thick and all t...

Nettuno

...We often meet up with the Nettuno team at these international shows but this time, rather than look for familiar faces, we were stopped in our tracks by an unusual piece of equipment. When we asked Francesca Fratus about it, she grinned and said: "Oh yes, we've just made a big investment in that!" When questioned further, she revealed that the purc...

4CleanPro

...s simple concept ensures that it’s user friendly and the main components are fully accessible for ease of maintenance,” said Patrick. “The stainless steel squeegee and polyethylene tanks are robustly designed for long life. “We always choose quality components for our machines. Giving our customers a sturdy, reliable and ...

Teinnova

...mulates in the filters, hoods, ducts and extractors. The fat is highly flammable and is responsible for most fires in restaurants. Furthermore, dirty systems force the system’s fan to work that much harder, resulting in higher energy consumption and also generating bad smells as a result of inadequate ventilation.[TRIMTO] It’s a real...

Tecnica

...cnica HD18 carpet cleaning system is offered in widths of 14 and 18 inches. It comes with a high performance suction motor, an electronically protected belt brush drive and a multi level filtering system which comprises a double layer dust bag, engine protection double filter, external pre-filter and an H13 HEPA filter. It offers filtration to 99.9...

QTS

... biodegradable plastic and have eco-friendly packaging components. These dispensers are suitable for very busy washrooms and offer great cost-in-use as well as ease of maintenance, since they are built in a modular concept for the easy replacement of parts. www.qtsitaly.it ...

Coynco

...lighted to see then, that one of Coynco's coin operated car valeting machines has a special section for these mats. It incorporates rotating brushes and the injection/extraction system typically used for cleaning carpets.[TRIMTO] Riccard Bettella told us that this offers a great way of increasing revenue, by providing an extra service over the si...

Cleanvac

...peed of the machine itself and the speed of the brushes. These can be saved in the machine's memory for use the next time that a particular rug or carpet is cleaned. www.cleanvac.com ...

Wirbel / Ghibli

...us that the stand had been incredibly busy throughout the show and we noticed that there was plenty for everyone to see. Indeed such was the impact of the range of equipment on display, that as we were leaving John and I saw a major global competitor taking photo's of some of the machines. If he didn't want to be seen, perhaps he should have covere...

Paperdi

If there were to be a prize for the best stand, my vote would have to go to Italian converter Paperdi. Although the company hadn't actually manufactured the stand (which was made completely from cardboard - from the displays and reception desk to the chairs and tables and stools) it didn't matter. It let visitors see that this was a disposable...

STOP PRESS

... cast our votes. I can now announce that the winner of the tools and equipment category is SRI for its Pelican Pack, Karcher won the chemicals category with its RM99 solar cleaner and Nilfisk won the machines category with its Aspiratori Serie VL500. Visitors voted the Diversey mopping sysem a winner. ...

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...from the Pulire exhibition and conference that took place last week. It all seems so long ago and I for one really miss being in Italy. As you will see, we discovered some real innovation and got to try out some interesting and useful products, as well as some great wine produced by the owner of Tecnovap, using the grapes grown on the company&rs...

Qleen cleaning: far easier than it looks!

...hem, so when the opportunity arose to try the German-built Lehmann Qleen Pure Water Cleaning System for use on solar panels, we both had a go.[TRIMTO] Although the cleaning head looked quite cumbersome, once it was up on the panel it was really easy to manoeuvre and its impressive size means you can clean a large area very quickly. A slight twis...

Ecogum: zap chewing gum on the go

...TRIMTO] "Ecogum is an environmentally responsible chewing gum removal system that is easy to use for long periods without causing the operative fatigue," he said. There is the option of a high visibility, comfortable backpack for the operative to wear or a carry case that contains a small LPG canister and a bottle of gum solution. At the touc...

Ophardt Hygiene: "A great show with lots of interest in products old and new"

...-steel Santral series, which come as standard with the company's durable 'Anti-Fingerprint Coating' for long-lasting good looks, which ensures a noticeable reduction of visible fingerprints during use.[TRIMTO] "Additionally, AFP sustainably simplifies cleaning and care - this saves time and costs," he said. "More cost-savings are found in the fr...

Magris (ABG Systems): Chips with everything!

Paulo Anesa of Magris explained how these ABG mop head laundry control machines work, before posing for us.[TRIMTO] Cleverly, each mop head contains a chip so the machine's operators can check that they've all been removed from the machine, before the next customer's batch is loaded. T: +39 035 4525911 E: info@magrisplanet.it W: www.magrisplanet.it ...

Clean air in a cube all the way from Switzerland

... the room size (in cubic metres) to be cleaned. This calculation can be stored in the portable unit for future use to avoid the need for further calculation. The Clean Cubes can be moved from room to room or left in place where they can be switched on and off remotely. Pictured above is Ercan Recan of InnoServe AG. T: +39 039.832349 E: i...

Ready to race - an automatic escalator and travelator deep cleaning machine

...o one. No longer will you have to purchase two machines and neither will you need separate training for each machine. "This groundbreaking and economical machine will cover all of your escalator and travelator requirements." With a clever design, 15 rotating brushes and four programme settings, this machine can give good-as-new results. Once ...

It was all Greek to us and we liked what we saw...

...n the cleaning industry know that there's a real difference and that generally you get what you pay for. A good sack, which will take more weight and volume, will cost more, but will be less likely to split. A cheap sack will end up costing more as you either have to double up or continuously be replacing split sacks. Simple. Or is it?[TRIMTO] ...

Now... will this get me all the way to the airport?

...taway (well it is hard work trekking around a large show all day, then producing a daily newsletter for global broadcast the following morning prior to the show's opening!) and I know I was disappointed at being asked to have my photo taken on a stand-on machine rather than one of the many on display that offered the operator a seat![TRIMTO] Rol...

Lithium is the future, when it comes to batteries

Stefano Giuliani told us that there had been an incredible amount of interest at the show for Discover Energy Europe's Lithium battery, which was being shown for the first time at a European exhibition. "Lithium is the future of battery systems," he challenged.[TRIMTO] The company showcased a wide range of Discover Clean & Green EV Tractio...

Industrial vacuum cleaners: powerful, versatile and easy to manage

... - many of which were on show - and Roberto Marcolini posed with one of the largest on the stand, before explaining that it is used for applications requiring top performance levels on large quantities of materials and residues. The considerable dimensions mean that these units should be used in a fixed position, or at least with very limited mo...

Yes it was a train carriage...

...raffiti removal systems and a hand aerosol that cleans and disinfects seating and which is designed for public transport systems.[TRIMTO] John and I arrived in time as the team were cutting a birthday cake make to mark the company's birthday celebrations. A slice of cake was just what we needed to recharge our dying batteries and we were delight...

Food industry brush ensures that no bristles get into the food!

...impressed us was the brush head, pictured here in the hands of Gianluca Bignotti, which is designed for use in food industry applications. In case you cannot see properly from the image, Gianluca is holding a small magnet that is pulling the bristles - which contain a magnetic component - towards it. The idea behind this is that the food industr...

Tecnovap: delicious wine AND lots of new products!

...he company's self-service static car wash machine, which, he explained, had been in design and test for the past two years and which the Tecnovap engineers are convinced will be a winner. "It will pay for itself within six months," he promised. T: +39 045 6767252 E: sales@tecnovap.it W: www.tecnovap.it ...

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... move the Cleaning Show from Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre to London’s Excel, for 2015. It’s clear from many of your comments that there is a great deal of confusion and misinformation surrounding these moves so my job has been to set the record straight and I’m hoping that I’ve managed to do that in this ...

Dustcontrol introduces new 'green' approach for mobile product range

...otor has 100W lower consumption than previous Dustcontrol motors, but are more powerful than ever before. James Miller, Dustcontrol UK's General Manager, explains further: "The motors have been developed with the environment in mind, but without compromising on extraction power and quality. They're more powerful than the motors we've used in the...

Osmond singer's visit is music to the ears of Disposables UK

...es to promote a gala evening. The event, to be held in Leeds on 1st September, will raise funds for charities, The Hearing Fund UK and Music and the Deaf, with monies benefitting deaf children in Yorkshire.[TRIMTO] The visit was prompted by Disposables' association with the EU Ecolabel, a European wide label promoting environmental excellenc...

Linen hire service and laundry company fined following fall from ladder

A linen hire service and a laundry company have both been fined for safety breaches after a worker fell from a ladder while trying to clear a blockage in an industrial-sized laundry machine.[TRIMTO] A female employee of AAA Linen Services, who worked at the company's Park Royal headquarters in North West London, shattered her left ankle after s...

UK's £4 million windfall for underpaid workers

... to HM Revenue & Customs. In 2012-13, HMRC investigated 1,693 complaints against employers for allegedly breaching minimum wage rules. This resulted in 708 employers receiving automatic penalty charges of up to £5,000 and 26,519 employees receiving an average of £300 in back pay, topping up wages that had previously been below ...

Labour savings with Untouchable with SRT

...ch year and understandably, the floors take a 'beating'.[TRIMTO] The Building Service Contractor for this facility was looking for a way of making and keeping the floors clean and shiny. The prior finish that was used was 'walking off' in high traffic areas and what was left on the floor had numerous black heel marks. Betco Regional Manager, ...

82 Councils in England & Wales and 32 in Scotland committed to paying Living Wage

...l, City of London Corporation, Coventry City Council, Crawley Borough Council, Croydon Council, Dartford Borough Council, Deal Town Council, LB Ealing, LB Enfield, Gedling District Council, Gloucester City Council, LB Greenwich, LB Haringey, Harlow District Council, LB Harrow, LB Hounslow, Hyndburn Borough Council, Ipswich Borough Council, LB Islin...

Incentive FM invites teams to enter charity shoot

...ive FM Group is inviting teams to enter a charity clay pigeon shoot it is organising to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The event is being held on Wednesday 4th September 2013 at Horne Clay Pigeon Club in Reigate, Surrey.[TRIMTO] A total of 20 teams will compete, each made up of five friends and colleagues, with breakfast, lunch and re...

ACI presentations in Barcelona to focus on sustainability advancements, ecolabelling trends & surfactant safety

... ACI Manager of Sustainability Programs, who will summarise ACI sustainability initiatives: 'Moving Forward: Sustainability and the US Cleaning Products Industry'. * Dr. Stephen M. Mudge, Exponent, who will detail research showcasing surfactant safety: 'The risks to global water supplies from fatty alcohol based surfactants' (co-authored wi...

800 tonnes of waste paper catches fire at SCA Hygiene in Chesterfield

...had not already caught fire were quickly removed from the site. Darran West, Head of Environment for Chesterfield Borough Council, told Chesterfield Post reporters: "Residents living near the site of the fire should not have any concerns about health or pollution problems, as it is only ash from the burning paper that is falling down. "Howeve...

Study: Hospital laundering practices may expose patients to infection-causing bacteria

..., with support from Kimberly-Clark, found that: * Laundering practices were insufficient for removing potentially harmful bacteria from reusable cloth and microfibre towels commonly used to clean hospital rooms * Of the total number of towels tested, 93% contained viable bacteria including E.coli (causes gastroenteritis), total c...

New 3M Scotchgard Resilient Floor Protector makes stripping a thing of the past

Cleaning and protecting vinyl flooring has just become a lot faster and more affordable with the launch of 3M Scotchgard Resilient Floor Protector. Not only is it much quicker to apply than traditional acrylic floor coatings; it doesn't require stripping - reducing labour costs and improving productivity, without compromising standards.[TRIMTO] ...

Interview with Martin Scott, Exhibition Director, Cleaning Expo

... a rival show to the established Cleaning Show, which as you know is moving to London’s Excel for 2015. People are saying that your show will effectively take money from the British Cleaning Council, which normally benefits from a percentage of the profits from the established show which it helps to run. What’s going on and why? Mar...

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...e car on Tuesday to take a myriad of unwanted items and garden waste along to our local amenity tip for recycling, she remarked how lucky we are to live so close to what is known locally as 'the dump' and wondered what other people do, who don't have a similar facility within easy driving distance of their homes. We arrived at the gates at 17.25...

Soapbox: Lyn Crowther FCMI,FBICSc, Founder/Owner, Cleanwise Training and Management, asks:

... How many employers can be confident that they are producing the managers and leaders they need for the future?[TRIMTO] For over 50 years there has been cleaning operative training available which has improved the way we clean today. However there has been no recognised management / leadership training for our industry this could be both cos...

Healthcare cleaning chief calls for national training & qualifications for cleaners in NHS hospitals

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' National Chair Denise Foster is calling for the introduction of nationally recognised qualifications and training standards for all NHS cleaning staff. Currently no vocational qualifications are required to work as a cleaner in the NHS and many hospital cleaners start work with little knowledg...

In Kind Direct Charity Household Essentials Campaign - urgent stock appeal

Throughout June and July, In Kind Direct is running an urgent campaign for stock donations from the industry.[TRIMTO] Due to a big increase in the number of charities seeking help, In Kind Direct, one of The Prince's Charities, is seeking donations of a wide range of essential cleaning items (listed below) to pass onto struggling UK charities ...

Profits down as UK cleaning firms feel the pinch

...rly. But these successful companies should be proud of their achievements. In an industry not know for its successes, these businesses should act as benchmarks to the rest of the industry showing what can be achieved." Key findings from the analysis are: The 77 'rich' companies: * The average profit margin at these companies is 13...

Hill-Rom launches new hospital hand hygiene monitoring solution

...n use the same hardware and devices as other Hill-Rom real-time locating solutions. "We've known for a very long time that hand washing is vital to preventing the spread of disease. While many institutions have made significant progress in reducing the rates of hospital-acquired infections, there is an opportunity to further reduce the burden o...

Proandre launches new range of stainless steel products

...e solutions, responding to customer needs with products that combine design and quality.[TRIMTO] For this reason, the firm has launched a new range of stainless steel products - a highly attractive material which adds a touch of class to the product, as well as being very hygienic, easy to clean and maintain, highly durable and adaptable to all ...

Street cleaning machines in India 'not fit for purpose'

...ficult-to-use small machine, but two expensive street cleaning machines that don't appear to be fit for purpose, which were purchased two and a half years ago.[TRIMTO] The publication reports that before the machines were purchased, a committee was formed so that their cost and effectiveness could be evaluated. It is alleged that objections were...

Outdoor area maintenance an important part of CMS 2013 Berlin

Be it green area maintenance, clearing leaves, providing winter access or cleaning forecourts, as far as the specialists of the cleaning trade are concerned, outdoor area maintenance is an integral part of the cleaning, maintenance and conservation work required in maintaining a property - and the international cleaning trade fair CMS 2013 Berlin...

White Cross Bay says Cleanall, can clean all its premises again this year

...ere (part of the South Lakeland Parks group) has awarded its cleaning contract to Cleanall Services for a second year. The contract includes the provision of the pivotal turnaround cleaning of the lodges on changeover day as well as the cleaning of the complex: bars, restaurants, swimming pool and gymnasium.[TRIMTO] "Cleanall understands our ex...

WAMITAB and Amaryllis: transforming the lives of ex-offenders

... is the aim of the 'New You, New Future' programme. This joint venture between Amaryllis, a leading force in workplace management, and WAMITAB, the awarding organisation in the waste management, recycling and facilities sectors, aims to provide an employment and skills development programme that truly changes lives.[TRIMTO] The two organisations...

Ecolab expands research centre in Brazil

...boratories designed to meet the technological demands of the markets Ecolab serves, including a lab for the development of solutions to increase the efficiency and sustainability of oil and gas operations. The centre also has facilities to research new industrial water applications for the pulp and paper, mining, sugar and brewing industries, and f...

Rome to the Dome - pedal power style!

For some years now, intrepid cyclists have been taking on the challenge of riding from the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, to St Paul's Cathedral ('the Dome') in London, England, raising huge sums for various charities. On Saturday, a group is going to embark on this epic journey all over again. For some it will be a fairly regular trip, while others w...

Bolton recycling firm sentenced after worker crushed

...ering through different doors, and that a supervisor wasn't present to indicate whether it was safe for drivers to enter the site. A HSE investigation found it was common practice for two vehicles to be in the warehouse at any one time, putting drivers at risk when they had to leave their trucks. DS Smith Paper also failed to enforce its own ...

Two become one

...ducts has announced the migration of two of its key brands into one. Lotus Professional, a brand of former Georgia-Pacific EMEA, will migrate to the existing SCA Tork brand. This means Lotus Professional products are set to have new Tork names and packaging. However, inside the pack nothing has changed and customers will find the same quality produ...

PGI to build new manufacturing facility in China

... strategic site in Nanhai, China, that will enable the company to expand its manufacturing capacity for high quality nonwoven products for the global hygiene and healthcare markets it serves.[TRIMTO] PGI's investment in a state-of-the-art facility in Nanhai will also increase its capacity to produce advanced chemical bond products for hygiene ap...

Savills awards Emprise global headquarters contract

...rvices provider that specialises in cleaning and security, has been awarded a dual service contract for global real estate services provider Savills' Margaret Street headquarters, which is close to London's Oxford Street. Savills has awarded Emprise a three year contract to deliver daily and periodic cleaning, security and concierge services at ...

Chocolate fingers anyone?

...to be fully amputated later in hospital.[TRIMTO] Mr Countinho, 41, of Peterborough, was off work for around three months - although he has since returned to the factory doing the same job. A Health & Safety Executive investigation found the machine was only partially guarded as there was an interlocking guard at the top of the stirrer cav...

Special deals available on travel and accommodation for CMS 2013

...acked programme, during the day, in the evening and through the night. You can plan your arrival for the weekend preceding CMS or extend your stay to include the following weekend, invite your customers to events during the trade show, visit one of the city's 6,000 restaurants or choose from its many different bars: Germany's capital has everyth...

How good housekeeping can add a little spice to your life!

...Greyland Furniture Polish (yes it does what it says on the label) is a good quality everyday polish for most hard surfaces that leaves a gleam in the eye, as well as on the furniture.[TRIMTO] The same product also comes in a Spice fragrance for those who want a little something extra. Both versions are packed 6 x 750 ml and also in 5L containers...

Plumbing theft throwing a wrench in the works of businesses

...es are reporting more and more thefts of plumbing parts from their washrooms.[TRIMTO] One reason for this: The price of copper often used in pipes or pipe fittings remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of copper getting stolen. The report, published on DigitalJournal.com, says that along with copper, the thef...

RJN Chemicals launches myth busting campaign for the UK market

...mmercial cleaning and sanitising products. RJN's flagship product FreshClean has been in production for over 10 years, and sits comfortably amongst the brand leaders as a highly effective, industrial cleaning solution that tackles almost every conceivable cleaning challenge - from glass smears and graffiti to ground-in dirt and stains on terrazzo f...

Vernon Holmes to seek new industry opportunities

...rture of Contico's Commercial Director, Vernon Holmes.[TRIMTO] Vernon, who has been with Contico for the past 38 years has decided that, following the successful transition of ownership, the time is now right to move on and to look at new challenges for himself within the industry. "I leave Contico on 30th June 2013 after 38 fantastic years w...

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...iness that will allow me to buy a flexible flow wrapping machine (the type that wraps toilet rolls, for example) but if I were, I know where I’d go for one! I’ve just had the pleasure of dealing with Andrea Stolzer and Beth Hrubesky of the Wisconsin, US-based Paper Converting Machine Company, and their prompt and cheerful turnaround of ...

Cleantec Innovation raises the flag for Thanet

... says: "We have been supplying our products to various contractors throughout the Kent coastline for over nine months and have received a really positive response. The fact that these products are not only free from harmful chemicals and solvents but also tackle the problem of grease, grime and residue is something a lot of people are keen ...

10th anniversary of Recycle Week shows just how far we've come

...ly," says Waste & Resources Action Programme chief executive Liz Goodwin. "This is good news for the environment - it means we're sending less waste to landfill and making better use of the natural materials that go into the products we use every day. "It is also hugely important for our economy. The UK recycling sector now generates more...

Regent expands training to FM services

...into facilities management services.[TRIMTO] Facilities managers have extensive responsibilities for providing, maintaining and developing a myriad of services, and Regent Samsic recognised that its managers and team leaders would benefit from the opportunity to develop their own skills and knowledge within the FM discipline. The company's ai...

PCMC's flexible flow wrapper: success!

...0 wrapper has successfully completed production testing at the Sofidel America facility in Florida (formerly Cellynne Tissue). All speed, changeover and reliability objectives were immediately achieved upon initial testing, and were sustained over a 12 month production test period.[TRIMTO] "It is very rewarding to have met all our objectives for...

Quadralene triumphs in Medilink East Midlands Business Awards

...IMTO] The company manufactures a wide range of specialised cleaning detergents and disinfectants for the healthcare, dental, food, automotive and micro-electronic engineering markets. With products sold in 41 countries, export sales account for 33% of Quadralene revenue. In 2012, overseas sales grew by 70% and are anticipated to grow by 50% this...

AHCP welcomes new National Chair

...am.[TRIMTO] In 1990 he was appointed Domestic Services Manager at Birmingham General Hospital, before moving to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1994 as Facilities Manager Housekeeping Services. Simon has been a member of the AHCP's Midlands branch for the past five years, and has served as the branch Council Representative for the last two of...

Jangro/Macmillan on the road to raise £100,000

...n I thought but we had a lot of laughs on the way and everyone had a good time whilst raising funds for this very worthy cause." The youngest walker, Rhys Green, aged five, completed the walk in the same time as the adults. In further support of the charity, Jangro has organised sponsored walks and fun days for staff and families throughout t...

IFMA and BGFMA announce partnership through IFMA Alliance

The International Facility Management Association has formed an IFMA Alliance partnership with the Bulgarian Facility Management Association.[TRIMTO] An IFMA Alliance partnership provides members of global facilities-related organisations like BGFMA and former IFMA component groups with select IFMA member benefits directed at individual skill d...

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... from the UK cleaning industry) who were cycling from ‘Rome to the Dome’ to raise money for charity, all arrived at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral safely,  16 days and 1400 miles after they set off.  “Only three of the group managed the Col de la Bonnette (2800 metres), the rest of us opting for the 1996 met...

IFMA: World FM Day statements from IFMA President and CEO, IFMA Chair

...dustry. Together, the FM experts who helped create the profession will continue to shape its course for the future. In IFMA's Houston-based Service Center of Excellence, we'll be celebrating with our local Houston chapter. We encourage and engage our members around the world to participate with us remotely. Our chapters are participating, as well a...

AusClean Pulire education programme released - register now

The education programme has now been released for AusClean Pulire, the event that is being held at The Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Race Course, Sydney, on 15th and 16th October 2013.[TRIMTO] Celebrating the Australian cleaning industry's commitment to public hygiene and sustainable practices, the event will be much more than simply seminars, work...

Specialty Biocides market: transformed in Europe, energized in the US, and cleaning up in India and China

...volumes of approximately 112,000 tonnes. Halogenated biocides were the leading category, accounting for 37% of the total volume. However in terms of value, the leading biocides category in Europe is nitrogen-based, which on a volume basis - given their large use in wood preservation and Household, Industrial, and Institutional Cleaning Products (H...

Spectrum successfully completes industrial rope access cleaning at Tilbury Docks

...ed the successful completion of an industrial rope access cleaning at Tilbury Docks - the main port for London. Industrial cleaning carries its own perils and health & safety is of paramount importance for facilities managers when hiring contractors.[TRIMTO] Spectrum was hired to provide a specialist hand to assist Tilbury Docks, because its...

ISS Account Director boosts employment in East London with award winning 'Training to Work' Scheme

...ast London Business Alliance) has awarded Chris Burkert of ISS Integrated Solutions the BOOST Award for his contribution to its Project BOOST 'Training to Work' Scheme. ELBA, a leading social regeneration charity, has over 20 years of experience in facilitating successful partnerships between business and the community.[TRIMTO] Chris, who is the...

Top compliance accreditation for ServiceMaster Clean

... Business Development Director at ServiceMaster Clean. "We pride ourselves on a sterling reputation for our service delivery, auditing and tendering processes." Established in 1997 to supply an efficient, outsourced supply chain service, exor understands that the management of risk is a central issue in the procuring of goods and services, adopt...

CHSA hosts MP's visit to promote standards in cleaning products

...Upminster MP went on a tour of wiping and cleaning cloth specialist Harrison's Wipes premises in Romford to learn more about how non-woven wiping cloths are produced.[TRIMTO] The visit was organised by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, an organisation that wants to promote accreditation schemes to ensure high standards in the man...

HSS moves up powered access league with new acquisition

...s Group, which supplies tools, equipment and related services to the UK market, has acquired UK Platforms, the powered access specialist, from the Haulotte Group. The transaction will make HSS the second-largest provider in the powered access market in Britain and Ireland.[TRIMTO] UK Platforms was founded in 2000 and is a nationwide hire company...

Charlesbank Capital Partners invests in Trojan Battery Company

...5. The transaction, which was funded with both equity and debt, introduces the first outside equity for the company, with the management team making a notable co-investment and the Godber family maintaining a significant ownership position.[TRIMTO] "Trojan sees diverse opportunities to continue to grow our business and increase market share with...

Businesses fly-tipping reaching epidemic proportions

...em to be getting the upper hand. "In the end it's the Council Tax payer who has to foot the bill for the clean-up," says BusinessWaste.co.uk 's Mark Hall, "And a lot of the time it is dishonest trades people leaving their waste somewhere they shouldn't." A scan through local newspaper reports show that fly-tipping is a constant and severe pro...

Disposing of its old premises...

... and administration, it has consolidated its operations onto one 150,000 sq ft site.[TRIMTO] Due for completion in mid-July, the move brings many business advantages and will allow Disposables to streamline its processes, including a faster turnaround time on producing and delivering goods, enabling the company to provide even better customer s...

New anti-bacterial trolley system is a first

... hospitals and other healthcare premises is hygienic and bacteria-free and is particularly relevant for high-risk areas such as operating theatres, infection disease wards and intensive care units. Institutions such as nursing homes, schools and universities, and areas in airports, shopping malls and large public spaces can all be cleaned with the ...

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... Working from a home office as I do, can be a little isolating - but it has its advantages… for example, I’ve produced this issue of Cleanzine from my garden in the sunshine, listening to some of my favourite music accompanied by the sound of the breeze rustling the leaves in the trees and the tweeting of birds. Bliss! And a highly pr...

It's in the can! ISS selected by HJ Heinz in Europe

...nz is a significant expansion of a strong long-term relationship between our two companies. ISS has for more than 18 years successfully provided services to the Kitt Green plant in UK. We are delighted that Heinz has trusted us with this new agreement where we will be managing key locations for Heinz in Europe," explains Jeff Gravenhorst, Group CEO...

Changing places at Loo of the Year Awards

...ed, hence our sponsorship of the 2013 Loo of the Year Award's Changing Places category." Entries for the Awards can be made until 31st July 2013, at the Loo of the Year Awards' website: www.loo.co.uk , or via a dedicated link at:  www.clos-o-mat.com ...

Gala dinner farewell for Jangro's Chairman

... Jangro members and suppliers enjoyed a fund raising gala dinner and dance in Bryan's honour at the Forrest of Arden Hotel recently. Auctions and raffles on the night raised over £3,000 for Jangro's 2013 charity Macmillan Cancer Research. Bryan was presented with a special 'Moments with Bryan' book in which everyone wrote a memory of worki...

Moerman launches Handy Squeegee

The new, Belgian-made Moerman handy squeegee is particularly suited for removing water from commercial and food processing kitchen tables and worksurfaces, walls in food service rooms and dining tables.[TRIMTO] Featuring a rigid colour-coded frame, an ergonomic grip for comfortable hold and 'green' Dura-Flex Rubber, (recommended wherever hygie...

PortionPac launches new auto scrubber line of unit-dose concentrates

The new system is optimised for auto-scrubber and carpet extraction machines in industrial janitorial applications.  MopPacLite, a pH neutral everyday cleaner; ScrubPac, a heavy duty power scrubber: PowerPac, an industrial strength degreaser; and NeutraPac, a floor conditioner.[TRIMTO] "We decided to create this line beca...

Top safety accreditation for JPM Contract Cleaners

Watford based business JPM Contract Cleaners has been awarded accreditation from safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health & safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health & safety management amongst UK contractors. Employing 1500 people, J...

What price recovery?

In a month when the EU welcomed another member state and the way was opened for another EU country - Latvia - to join the eurozone, we might well be lulled into assuming that neither the EU dream nor the single currency are discredited after all and that things are looking up. Indeed, the OECD's composite leading indicator for the eurozone has no...

New Orbis MotorScrubber 20 tackles hard to reach areas

...bis MotorScrubber 20, a brand new product now available from Truvox International.[TRIMTO] Ideal for retail, healthcare, leisure and education environments, the Orbis MotorScrubber 20 reaches the parts other scrubbing machines cannot reach thanks to its telescopic handle and portability. Confined spaces in food service areas, toilets, stairwe...

Leader continued July 11th 2013

Continued from Front Page/ A spokesman for  officebroker.com  said: “It’s a fun study but there is a serious side to it too – we are hoping workers will feel more focused and alert thanks to the oxygen the plants will be releasing on their desks. Also because they are bringing in the plants from their homes we hope...

Pulire 2.0: Italian cleaning show releases technical data

...ent has at national level, but the number of International exhibitors continues to grow, accounting for 27%, with an increase of three percentage points over the previous edition." It was added that 25 countries attended the event; coming mostly from Germany, the Netherlands, France and Turkey, which "shows that Italy is becoming the country of ...

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... says: “JJG's bid was $193.000.00, Reach's bid was $312,000,00. Looks like ya get what ya pay for(sic).” It led me to thinking about the fine line a contractor treads when entering the tender process. It can’t be easy to ensure that you have all the necessary resources available in terms of staff and equipment and all your cost...

Peek performance from multi-purpose polish

...t discolouration, corrosion, scale etc and leaves an anti-oxidant protective barrier on the surface for a long-lasting 'polished' look. Says Bob Wright, chairman of Strathclyde Fire Brigade Preservation Group in Scotland: "We restore and maintain, for the benefit of the public, old fire engines and fire brigade equipment. "Last weekend we too...

Violetta: a small pressure washer that offers high performance

... washer on the market. Reliable and extremely handy, thanks to its small size, Violetta is ideal for continuous work of up to three hours' duration. It is designed and made in Italy and even though it is small, it has all the characteristics which are common to all the pressure washers that are manufactured by the Idrobase Group. * The...

Daring to Dream Even Bigger in 2014... China Clean Expo

...y industry decision-makers will be gathering once more to outsource and network at this premium platform for the world's cleaning industry. "Alongside the China Cleaning Expo 2014 we have six other shows and a two-day cleaning conference, along with free-to-attend seminars specially designed for each show," promises Steven Lee, Project Manager a...

Soapbox: A warning about the pitfalls of using untrained staff - the problems can start with product procurement!

...is dismissed seemingly without thought as being too expensive or unnecessary. Yet, the requirements for cleaning knowledge and techniques are far higher than most people appreciate; you only have to witness how much damage can be done to surface materials, to people or to the surrounding environment by any one of the following: 1. The wr...

NHS Supply Chain chooses new all-purple cytotoxic/cytostatic waste bags from GV Health

...ew all-purple cytotoxic/cytostatic waste bags from GV Health have been selected by NHS Supply Chain for use in the NHS throughout England and Wales. Improving the proportion of recycled clinical waste is a key objective for the NHS as it improves safety and reduces environmental impact by lessening the use of incineration.[TRIMTO] An added bonus...

Prozone approved by TÜV SÜD

...oduces ozone, which destroys harmful micro-organisms and breaks down odour causing compounds - therefore destroying the unpleasant smells they produce. Ozone production is limited to a certain voltage, to ensure that we humans aren't affected by harmful substances. There is a limitation of standards available for ozone generators; the nearest avail...

Something in the air

...igger spray that is fast acting against unpleasant odours from urine, food smells, and vomit. Ideal for care homes or hotels for a quick freshen up. It is also useful for when cigarette smokers have visited the premises. Greyland's Peach Air Freshener and Cranberry Air Freshener are also available in 6 x 750 ml trigger sprays and the bulk 5L con...

IFMA releases realigned Certified Facility Manager credential with two new competency areas

... Management Association has released a revised CFM Exam based on an updated and realigned framework for its flagship credential, the Certified Facility Manager. The updated CFM Exam accounts for the most recent Global Job Task Force Analysis which highlighted two new competency areas - emergency preparedness and business continuity and environmenta...

Employers urged to take extra care of young people starting Summer jobs

...aching, employers are urged to pay extra attention to the health & safety of young people hired for temporary, Summer work.[TRIMTO] By taking some simple steps, says Alex Botha, Chief Executive Officer at the British Safety Council, the risk of injury to young workers can be easily prevented. "Vacation jobs are a great way for young people t...

New griddle cleaning system cuts cleaning time in half

...hile dramatically increasing productivity and prolonging equipment life." Key to the system's performance is its powerful liquid cleaner, which unlike some chemical cleaners does not contain caustic soda or emit irritating vapours. When the liquid is poured onto the hot griddle (150-170C) it immediately begins to lift and loosen stubborn burnt-...

GSA finalists announced

...rtnership with the Cleaning & Support Services Association, has published the list of finalists for the Golden Service Awards 2013. With a record number of entries for the programme, the GSA 2013 judging committee meticulously reviewed each application to narrow down a list of finalists. [TRIMTO] Congratulations to the following contract cle...

ISS contracts extended at Renault and Nissan in the UK, Switzerland and Belgium

...Renault UK and Nissan GB HQ and the company has just announced that the contract will continue for two more years. The contract was awarded as part of a global tender which also saw ISS retain contracts in Switzerland and Belgium, where services were extended.[TRIMTO] The strengths of ISS' self-delivery in these existing locations and its i...

EnerSys batteries for advanced cleaning machine performance

...sweepers, scrubber driers and other floorcare equipment.[TRIMTO] The Hawker XFC battery is ideal for applications involving opportunity or daytime cleaning. It can be recharged very quickly and for short periods whenever required, such as during breaks or while users carry out other tasks, without affecting its life-time performance. This helps ...

Street cleaners search waste for precious metals

... and silver, which, it says, can rub off jewellery, shoes and clothing. They will also be searching for traces of palladium, platinum and rhodium, which are used in cars' catalytic converters and can subsequently be emitted from the exhaust pipes. Veolia, which sweeps up 165,000 tons of rubbish from the street every year, has announced that it h...

Contractor ended up biting off more than it could chew

...e breach by winning back those three contracts that it had lost. Reach, which held the contracts for 20 years, is a non-profit organisation that assists and employs people with developmental disabilities. It is Juneau's fourth largest employer. And according to the Juneau Empire, even with a 15% 'procurement preference' from the state, Reach's b...

Top franchising manager switches career path to take on Chemex franchise

After a 15 year career in managing franchisees for leading franchisors, Andrew Davis has switched career paths to run his own franchise. Andrew has joined cleaning & hygiene supplies specialist Chemex to run its North Leicestershire franchise. Previously, Andrew was a regional manager with Dyno-Rod, supporting 20 franchisees. Before that ...

Facilities Show signs exclusive partnership with FMA for 2014 event

... with the Facilities Management Association that will see the two organisations collaborate closely for the 2014 event when it moves to London's ExCeL.[TRIMTO] The terms of the partnership will see the FMA continue to play an integral role in the development of the show by once again hosting the FMA Pavilion, a central meeting and networking hub...

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... Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! In last week’s Leader for Cleanzine’s sister publication KBzine, I said I was saddened to hear about postie Graham Bennett, who had died while delivering letters in the unusually high temperatures we’re experiencing. I said I felt for delivery people tasked wi...

Principle achieves outstanding reduction in emissions

...ced its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the global standard for carbon neutral certification. The programme involves an independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced from company operations followed by an offset-inclusive emissions reduction programme. These inspiring results have come through a num...

Disposables UK opens new state-of-the-art site

..., which manufactures and distributes paper disposables and associated cleaning and hygiene products for the 'away from home market', officially opened the doors to its new site for the first time last Friday. Huddersfield Giants rugby star and England International, Eorl Crabtree, kicked off a new era for the company by formally opening the new ...

MBS Access invests in 15m, Italian-manufactured CMC spider lift

...ght CMC S15 tracked spider lift to its fleet. The Essex-based hirer took delivery of its latest platform at the beginning of July from The Spiderlift Company, UK distributor for CMC Aerial Platforms, the Italian manufacturer.[TRIMTO] At 780mm wide, 1950mm high and with a class-leading length of 3.2m (without basket), the CMC S15 is extremely com...

Soapbox: Sound familiar?

...d more difficult while ensuring the workers have more and more opportunities to make life difficult for the boss. Quite a number of our members from European backgrounds have commented to me that things are more difficult here in a so called free country than they were under Communist oppression in their old country. Some of the changes will ...

ISSA joins Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates

ISSA has joined the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates as a steering committee member to allow the association to take a more active role in representing the interests of all members in the ongoing debate about tax policy in the US.[TRIMTO] The goal of the coalition is to educate the US Congress and key stakeholders that any tax reform prop...

Figuring out just why a floor is slippery

...or as frequently as needed," says Mike Englund, a professional cleaning trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite. "Many slip-and-fall hazards are eliminated just by properly cleaning the floor and using the right tools, chemicals, and equipment." According to Mike, some of the other causes of slippery floors and their solutions include: * ...

High speed hand dryers don't have to be excessively noisy, argues Airdri

...ink about a range of social issues when specifying equipment, including noise and size of equipment for more accessible access," warns Trudi Osborne, Marketing Communications Manager of Airdri. "We have given great consideration to noise reduction and other health-related factors when designing and developing our dryers. Indeed in 2012 Airdri wa...

TC Facilities Management acquires Equinox Security Management

... TC Facilities Management has acquired London-based security business, Equinox Security Management, for an undisclosed consideration. The acquisition takes immediate effect but Equinox will continue to operate using the same name and management team, although under the TCFM’s umbrella. “This is a truly significant move for us,&rdq...

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...ll too quickly, as holidays do. If you’re a supplier, please continue to send in your news for consideration over the break so I’ll have plenty to choose from when it comes to compiling the next issue – it makes life so much easier! And when you consider that more than 1500 readers have clicked through to download the WoolSafe ...

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... ‘Amsters’ in 1990 during a brief break from magazine journalism, as an account manager for the public relations company handling what was then Lever Industrial under Brian Long (before it became DiverseyLever). I must confess that I can’t remember too much about that show or those that have followed, apart from the ‘buzz&rs...

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...II listed hotel this week is the most qualified driver in the world, but if anything shows the need for the thorough training of those working in our industry, this story does. In case you missed it, the whole thing was caught on CCTV and can be viewed here . As you will see, the driver squeezed his machine through a tight space and dislodge...

KCP launches successful US RightCycle programme across EMEA

...y as a one-year pilot scheme, RightCycle is believed to be the first large-scale recycling solution for this kind of waste, offering companies an opportunity to reduce landfill waste streams and enhance their sustainability efforts. After the used garments are collected, they are turned into raw materials to create eco-friendly consumer products s...

Prochem adds advanced stain removal to training programme

...d course to be added to the Prochem Europe training programme is likely to prove the ideal solution for carpet and upholstery cleaners wanting to learn more about stains. An intensive day-long investigation into their nature, origin and how to remove or improve them, The Prochem Stain Removal Course provides extensive hands-on practice on all ki...

Success in converting waste into energy bags Veolia further Australian Business Award

...household and commercial waste into energy to make bricks has won a major Australian national award for Veolia Environmental Services, a global leader in the waste management and resource recovery sector.[TRIMTO] This is the fourth year in a row Veolia has won an Australian Business Award, which recognises organisations that have made a signific...

WAMITAB hosts Skills Village at RWM 2013

...The Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board - the leading authority in qualifications for the waste and resource management sectors - is continuing its commitment to improving industry standards by launching the 'Skills Village' initiative at the Resource Efficiency & Waste Management Solutions show: RWM 2013.[TRIMTO] The WAMIT...

Regent Cleaning all-rounder at Yorks County Cricket Club

...in 2010, is also this year's player sponsor of the club's swing bowler, Ryan Sidebottom.[TRIMTO] For the Regent Cleaning team, all the action takes place at the 17,000-capacity Carnegie Cricket Ground - home to the Yorkshire County Cricket Club since 1891 and a venue for Test Matches since 1899. The cricket ground forms part of Headingley Stadiu...

Acumen and Newcastle-under-Lyme BC help 'Tonight' programme highlight how councils can reduce landfill

...on to say that in eight years the country will run out of landfill capacity and will also be liable for EU fines if it does not recycle half its waste. Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has gradually introduced its wide range of kerbside recycling services. In July 2009, plastic bottles and cardboard were added to the fortnightly recycling coll...

Brighton Cityclean dispute settled

...rs of the GMB union. The dispute, which concerned proposed pay cuts of up to £4,000 a head for staff within the city's refuse, recycling and street cleansing departments, led to a week-long strike. Negotiations took place which led to a proposal to redesign the service, thus preventing pay losses for staff. www.gmb.org.uk [TRIMTO] ...

Cleaner's work takes him to majestic heights!

...uildings in Europe - Buckingham Palace! But no access equipment and a chance peek in the windows for him... he has to cope with a cleaning tool on a pole that is approximately 100ft long in the knowledge that he is just yards away from one of the soldier's from The Queen's Guards. With some 760 windows at the Palace to work his way throu...

Cleaning competition moves through Europe

...udapest, Hungary on 29th October 2013. As well as giving cleaning operatives something to strive for in terms of winning the competition itself, Clean Europe helps raise standards, enables the manufacturers that provide the products and equipment used by competitors to show off their wares to the best advantage, and ultimately helps improve the ...

Buy your tickets for the WCEC Charity Ball

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is holding a Charity Ball on 14th September at The Grange Hotel, St Paul's, London. The evening will start with a champagne reception at 18:30, followed by a three-course dinner at 19:30pm and carriages at 00:30. Music will be provided by The Jive Aces in what promises to be a fun-filled and exciting evening![TRIMTO] Tickets are £110 and are available from: Keith Lambert - Clerk to the Company 0208 704 1515 Maureen Marden - Master 0208 393 6157 ...

Iranian researchers produce self-cleaning coatings for the textile industry

...ne has learned that Iranian researchers at Gilan University have synthesised self-cleaning coatings for use in the textile industry. The coating has been made by synthesising titanium dioxide nanoparticles doped with silver and zirconium on polyacrylonitrile fibres. This has created a medium which has photocatalytic self-cleaning properties. ...

JTM scores new commission with The Bantams

A new commission with Bradford City Football Club has kicked off for commercial laundry specialist JTM Service - whose customers include some of Yorkshire's iconic sporting clubs. JTM's growing portfolio within the region's sporting sector spans Leeds United and Yorkshire County Cricket Cub.[TRIMTO] JTM is supplying The Bantams with specialise...

How to tips on aircraft hygiene

...od (and in one reported case, toenails) in there. According to Jennifer Meek, marketing director for Charlotte Products/Enviro-Solutions, a simple, yet effective, way to clean tray tables is to use an environmentally preferable hand sanitiser before and after touching trays and other surfaces, especially before eating. She also suggests washi...

New 3M Graffiti Stain Removers are tough on graffiti and kind on cleaners

...-risk graffiti stain removers which protect cleaners and the environment without compromising on performance. Specially formulated for use on brickwork and concrete, painted surfaces and plastic, the removers are effective on a wide range of graffiti substances including aerosol spray paint, permanent markers, lipstick, crayon and emulsion paint...

Survey finds most cleaning pro's would recommend joining cleaning industry

A survey conducted by AlturaSolutions Communications, a jansan industry communications firm, for Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and the OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning system, finds that 63% of those surveyed would recommend getting involved with the professional cleaning industry.[TRIMTO] While less enthusiastic, about a third respon...

Toucan Eco gains VAH infection control certification

...e a valid certificate issued by the Disinfectants Commission.[TRIMTO] The List serves as a basis for the selection of appropriate disinfectants in hospital, medical and dental surgeries as well as public institutions and other areas in which infections may be transmitted. The Toucan Eco devices use the process of electrochemical activation of...

WoolSafe Technician Course on offer at Ausclean

Join the WoolSafe team at Ausclean Pulire for the organisation's Technician Course being held on the 16th October alongside the trade show. In this course you will be learning about wool and its special characteristics that make it the most durable carpet fibre. You will learn how it is turned into beautiful carpets that give exceptional value ...

Research paper into women's sanitary disposal in public washrooms - The key findings

...The units are stylish and highly functional, with a resistance to the build up of dirt and are therefore easy to clean on the outside. A removable chute makes the job even easier. There is an innovative revolving modesty flap which ensures that waste is completely hidden and an easily removable top cover. Manual (foot pedal) and touch free (auto...

Joint effort to work on environment

...e advantages and resources of the China Clean Expo. It will no doubt offer a one-stop trading and information exchange platform for professionals from the waste management industry, as well as provide the most advanced solutions for solid waste disposal, catering waste recycling and others, facilitating the reduction of costs and improving both eff...

OxyPharm disinfection units now available through rental service

...rough Healthcare cleaning specialist CK Group, is an effective whole area bio-disinfection solution for wards, operating theatres and intensive care rooms. Based upon vaporised hydrogen peroxide, OxyPharm quickly and effectively disinfects all surfaces, fabrics and fittings, along with the air within the room. [TRIMTO] Taking just 3 minutes per ...

Soapbox: Carpet Care - Wet or Dry?

...ng procedure and how the liquid is controlled to prevent soil from running deeper into the pile. For example, dry extraction vacuuming is done with simultaneous pile lifting and vacuuming; a teaspoon of liquid is used per square foot of carpet; and the liquid is controlled by moistening tiny 'sponges'. So how does carpet soil? Carpet pile, cu...

Reducing HCAIs 2013: Supporting Community Health

Govtoday and Health & Social Care Reform are staging a conference and exhibition. 'Reducing HCAIs 2013: Supporting Community Health', will be held at The Brewery, London, on 10th October 2013.[TRIMTO] Supporting Community Health, the final HCAIs themed event for 2013, will focus on the systems and practices in place to reaffirm the Governme...

Racecourse stays cleaned up for festival

.... More than 127,000 racegoers enjoyed the events during the festival, which was hit by extreme rain for two of the days despite ideal conditions for the rest of the festival.[TRIMTO] Pat Ryan, CEO of Ryans Cleaning, reports: "It was a great effort from all of our staff during an intense seven days when everyone had to be on top of their job. We ...

UV-C disinfection redefined

Aware that highly resistant forms of bacteria can survive even the most thorough disinfection process, healthcare support services provider Crothall Healthcare, has announced its decision to provide the next big step in UV-C disinfection for its healthcare customers.[TRIMTO] The company is working with Surfacide, which has created a three-emit...

Hotels lose around 30 customers for each bad review; cleaning is key

Cleanliness is the number one concern for customers as well as a leading global driver of value for the hotel sector according to research - and facilities management can play a strategic role in increasing revenues and improving guest retention.[TRIMTO] In an industry worth around £40bn a year in the UK but with occupancy and room rates...

IFMA releases sustainability 'how-to' guide for waste management

...of sustainable practices saving money, improving productivity and benefiting the triple bottom line for organisations around the world." Waste is defined loosely as the useless consumption or expenditure of resources. This not only encompasses the popular understanding of waste (in terms of energy and garbage), but wasted time and effort as well...

WHO hand hygiene strategy feasible and sustainable for healthcare settings globally

The World Health Organisation's strategy for improving hand hygiene is easy for healthcare workers to practise, according to a new study published last Friday in Lancet Infectious Diseases. Healthcare Associated Infections are a major threat to patient safety worldwide and transmission in these settings is mainly from the hands of healthcare worke...

Terminix expands into Canada with acquisition of Magical Pest Control's assets

...on customer-centric service, innovation, as well as its strong commitment to its team members, made for a perfect match as we begin to establish the Terminix footprint in Canada. Mark Joseph adds: "When comparing companies with the resources to grow and improve Magical, our top priority was making sure our customers and our employees would be ta...

Top 10 fellow worker's habits that annoy the most - as revealed by 5000 employees

...ing many are dealing with right now.[TRIMTO] The good news is that we can all make things easier for our colleagues by taking note of the results of a survey carried out for Peninsula Business Services, the employment law consultancy, whose Group Director Alan Price, warns: "Workers should leave their bad habits at home. Taking your shoes off...

Increasing demand boosts Asia-Pacific antimicrobial coatings market

Increasing demand for antimicrobials from end-user applications is boosting the antimicrobial coatings market in Asia-Pacific. The need to minimise infection and in turn, the cost of treatment has spurred the use of antimicrobial coatings on hospital window frames, door knobs and other areas where hygiene is mandatory, thereby sustaining investmen...

Greyland caters for all

...ust plain English 'does what is says on the tin' product descriptions that leave none (particularly foreign workers) in any doubt as to what the contents will do. Take for example their Food Safe Bactericidal Cleaner. This product in 5L canisters not only leaves the user in no doubt that it may be used as an effective cleaner on most hard surfac...

Oates of Australia to sell Soluclean throughout Australia and New Zealand

...ing Australian company that has been supplying professional cleaning and quality household products for the home and industry for over 75 years. Announcing the deal, Jon Horton of Soluclean said: "We are very excited about the opportunity the Australian market presents and we are absolutely delighted to be working with a very well established co...

New approach to old and increasing problem of insects

...re 200 million insects to each and every human being on this planet and, whilst some, like bees, perform an essential service, many can be a serious nuisance and are regarded as pests. The increase in insect problems arises from recent changes in climate and the rapid growth of natural, biodegradable materials in home fabrics and building material...

Elan Sales Open Days

Elan Sales Ltd, master UK distributors for Factory Cat have moved to new premises. The company is celebrating with Open Days next week September 11th, 12th, 13th. As well as FactoryCat and TomCat machines Elan will also have the ORBITZ floor preparation machines available, that went down a storm at the Cleaning Show, with demonstrations of mar...

Norse grows education sector cleaning services

... education business jointly worth a further £1 million. "These are important contract wins for Norse, reinforcing our position as one of the UK's leading provider of cleaning services to local authorities and the education sector," comments Sales Director Geoff Tucker. "It is longer term agreements such as these which not only provide job ...

Square is the new round!

When you place your next order for FreshClean, you may notice things are not quite as they were... The team at RJN Chemicals is constantly striving to improve its products and packaging, from adjusting the fragrance levels, to choosing the right dispensing spoons for the job! Research, development and acting upon customer feedback, regardless ...

BIFM withdraws from talks on potential merger with Asset Skills, CSSA and FMA

...merger and acquisition opportunities and nor does it rule out working with other like-minded bodies for the benefit of our members, the FM profession and the wider support services industry. "Anything that serves to strengthen the representation of our industry and its services must be a good thing and BIFM wishes to support Asset Skills, CSSA a...

New AMA report reviews UK contract cleaning market

...he economic downturn and continued budget cuts across private and public sectors, the market has performed reasonably well compared to the wider FM and construction markets and is currently worth around £5.3bn,'' say the authors of the new AMA Research report.[TRIMTO] "However, the industry continues to be affected by variable performances...

New urinal screens have matching fragrances

...e) and Red ( Passion Fruit fragrance).[TRIMTO] The fully flexible filter is designed to keep out foreign objects (cigarette butts, chewing gum, etc.) that are sometimes thrown into the urinal, thus avoiding in an easy and economical way, pipe obstruction and subsequent damage. At the same time, thanks to the active flavouring agents and neutr...

Incentive FM's cleaning and security expertise enriches shopping centre portfolio

... which currently involves providing all soft services, to a full TFM model covering all maintenance for the centre. The decision to extend the relationship with Incentive FM follows a successful 18 months during which time the company provided cleaning and security services throughout the centre. Two members of staff will transfer to Incentive F...

World Water Week opens with a call for life-saving cooperation over water

Global leaders have gathered in Stockholm for the 23rd World Water Week, calling for strengthened cooperation over water. With the world's population and economies growing fast while the amount of available water remains the same, collaboration over our most essential resource is more urgent than ever.[TRIMTO] Addressing the opening session of...

It's in the can... new corporate video from Robert Scott & Sons

...ops and cleaning items from its portfolio of over 2000 products?[TRIMTO] If not, then all this information and more has been compiled and presented in a new corporate video, which can be viewed on the company's website - where full details of the Robert Scott Group can be found alongside detailed product news and specifications. It's worth a ...

Spanish professional cleaning sector continues to increase exports

... exporting their professional cleaning products to improve the balance sheet. They are also looking for export destinations.[TRIMTO] According to Spanish trade data, in 2012, exports of professional cleaning products increased by 4.06% and in the first six months of this year increased by 13.33%. Highlights include sales to Africa, which increas...

100,000 cans in the bag - with help from Cromwell Polythene

A public-spirited Leicester man, who began collecting aluminium cans for recycling less than three years ago, is within sight of his target of 100,000 cans by the end of this year. Though he is passionate about the environment, 40 year-old Adrian Ablett's original inspiration came from supermarket giant Tesco, which launched an initiative to r...

LCC cleans without chlorine

LCC Support Services, the independent national service provider, has taken another major step forward in its campaign to preserve the environment. Following extensive trials, LCC is installing Lotus Pro aqueous ozone (AO) systems into the cleaning rooms of many of its larger client sites, thus enabling its staff to provide more hygienic and ...

PASMA launches Tower Week

...g number of different applications. The week will also provide a snapshot of current tower use to inform future safety campaigns and projects.[TRIMTO] Organised nationally - but delivered locally by its member organisations - PASMA Tower Week will see PASMA manufacturers, hire/assembly companies and tower training centres giving demonstrations, ...

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...ring colour coding of some sort can create issues that we as consumers would prefer not to face. For example, Wilkinson has launched the best ‘electric’ toothbrushes I’ve tried. They work well, replacing the batteries is easy and they don’t come in a bubble pack that can take an age to open with personal injury a likely o...

NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces show promise in battling MERS outbreak

...t it is attempting to break the cycle of transmission by adopting self-cleaning NanoSeptic surfaces for use throughout hospitals, hotels, shopping centres and schools.[TRIMTO] The NanoSeptic self-cleaning products include facility touch points such as door push pads and handle wraps, portable mats for counters, tray tables and bathroom vanities,...

Demand for pumps in North American sanitary applications remains steady

The North American pump market for sanitary applications is growing along with its food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical end-user segments. Adoption of advanced pump systems in the region is driven by the aim of these end-users to achieve energy efficiency, reduce overall lifecycle costs, and achieve operational excellence.[TRIMTO] ...

Regent Samsic grows cleaning and security client portfolio

Regent Samsic has reported new business gains in both its cleaning and security operations for the third quarter of 2013. Additions to the contractor's cleaning portfolio includes St Paul's Girls' School in Birmingham and Myton School, Warwick; Mercedes-Benz Bristol; regional offices operated nationally by Provident Financial; and further wins...

P&G Professional's new range can be ordered through your distributor

...ed the hotly anticipated launch of a brand new range of cleaning and disinfecting products designed for direct distribution.[TRIMTO] With 97% of clients concluding that cleanliness is the most important factor when choosing a restaurant, cafe, bar or hotel - more important than cost, service and location - we can all agree that delivering a stan...

New Hydromist 13 Pro-Spotter makes light work of spots and stains

...oeuvrable carpet and upholstery spray extractor is a perfect addition to the Hydromist range, ideal for use in locations such as small pubs and clubs, hotels, offices, care homes, schools, colleges and universities. Its features and benefits include: * 13-litre capacity, making it ideal for smaller cleaning jobs * Two-stage vacu...

Working together to keep stores cleaner and safer

...e technology designed to better manage the cleanliness and appearance of stores and keep them safer for shoppers and staff.[TRIMTO] Quick Request is a software service that allows customers to use their own smartphones to report problems, request services and provide feedback. The system allows companies to conduct quick inspections of the store...

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...ion that's held there every other year, which this year runs from Tuesday until Friday. Do look out for our daily reports on everything that's new and exciting - as well as all the gossip we pick up. And if you see us walking around the aisles, do come up and say 'hello'! Please get in touch either by emailing me or posting a comment on our Fac...

All systems go for merger of Asset Skills, CSSA and FMA

...ing the industry closer together and to provide a more consolidated voice and greater benefits both for corporate and individual members. “Asset Skills, CSSA and FMA will continue with our planned merger as strategically this provides synergies and further benefits to all our members. We anticipate the three bodies being able to move to a ...

Freudenberg announces screw connections based on hygienic design "consistently achievable"

...ng Technologies Process Seals has developed the first step toward completely new hygienic standards for screw connections in the food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. For the first time, complete screw connections meeting Hygienic Design standards are achievable with the combination of Hygienic Usit rings and highly polished NovoN...

Exceptional environmental services technicians honoured for infection prevention efforts

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), of the American Hospital Association (AHA), and Kimberly-Clark this week announced the recipients of the second annual Heart of Healthcare Awards, honouring outstanding frontline environmental services technicians who make a difference for patients and residents across all care settings.[TRIMTO...

Costs of gum removal will be slashed with new Gumwand invention

...ner than the freezing methods typically used. "Local authorities tend to use a dedicated vehicle for their current gum removal machines to remove gum fortnightly or monthly but the Gumwand is a standalone product that doesn't require special transportation, you could even take it on a bus. "It only costs £5 per hour to run the chewing g...

Reserve your seat for important conference now!

...Support Services Association, Steven Proudfoot, believes the industry can reap the rewards and look forward to growth in the industry as the recession fades. To spearhead this growth, the British Cleaning Council Conference will examine trends and changes in the industry, new entrants to the market, big ideas and must-have tools to ensure busine...

Show places increased attention on industrial cleaning and safety

...s more important to the Chinese government than rapid economic growth, they are putting increased effort into its China International Water Jet and Industrial Safety Show 2014, one of the leading Industrial Cleaning and Industrial Safety shows in Asia. The show will be held concurrently with China Clean Expo 2014 from 31st March to 2nd April, 2014....

Janitorial Direct joins the Matrix network

...m the M5 / M6 corridor and is central to many large markets including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Telford, Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove, and Coventry. Its large store has ample car parking for those customers who wish to collect. The company started originally as a carpet cleaning services provider for domestic customers, which led to work in ...

Demand increasing for non-chemical cleaning & sanitising

There is a growing acceptance that 'traditional' chemical methods are no longer the only solution for effective cleaning and sanitising. The main reason has to be the detrimental impact of chemicals on the environmental - however, there are many other benefits from going chemical-free, not least of which is a dramatic cost saving.[TRIMTO] Elec...

Good food hygiene is good for business

Customers are becoming increasingly aware of the food hygiene schemes and are actively looking for rating stickers when choosing where to eat out, Food Standards Agency research shows.[TRIMTO] More food businesses are now displaying their hygiene rating stickers and a third of them say that this has resulted in greater customer confidence, bet...

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... industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! CMS Berlin, the International Trade Fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management and Services, opens its doors today. It is expected to attract over 15,000 prominent trade visitors from 60 countries. The organisers tell us that all available space in the 24,700 square metre display area i...

Deals with water damage; cleans hard floors and facades

...The new CEBE Benovac FE has auto feed function as well as automatic discharge, which makes it ideal for use in water damage restoration, as well as for hard floor and facade cleaning. The hard floor tool and the wall tool make it possible to clean with up to 80 bar of pressure while at the same time removing the cleaning solution - from vertical su...

- Eugen Gutmann GmbH

Eugen Gutmann GmbH won the Equipment category for the Gutmann Modular System. Its ability to provide an economical and lasting solution for equipping a machine with individual brushes, was the reason given by the judges for awarding this system the prize. "We all need to look at our resources," said the company's managing director Jurgen Belle.[T...

Trade associations statements

...Association, said: "With this year's fair the Federal Cleaning Trades Association is making every effort to continue the major successes of the last CMS, especially with regard to its growing international dimension. The congress on the subject of Sustainability, featuring prominent speakers from all over the world, including the EU Director Genera...

Abranopp - the revolutionary cleaning system for structured floors!

...ust always be used wet. "The normal and super fleece pads available on the market are not suited for the thorough cleaning of recesses due to their surface tension," says the manufacturer. "The brush systems used to date face problems too... Whilst hard bristles remove the dirt, given their inherent stiffness they are unable to adapt to the floo...

Markus Asch, Chairman of the Trade Association for Cleaning Systems in the VDMA:

...featuring innovations, and has already established quite a reputation. The Purus Award is presented for innovations, acknowledging outstanding design and function, and for VDMA members this is an ideal opportunity to focus attention on their latest products. "The fair is very effective at linking together all those involved in the subject of cle...

- Vermop Salmon GmbH

...nables cleaning agents to be combined to meet individual requirements, from fragrance and colour to formulation, dosage, packaging and labelling.[TRIMTO] Vermop makes the cleaning agent and advises clients in the complex field of cleaning chemicals. Safety data sheets, operating instructions and product information are also created. An optional ...

Collaboration between trade associations is aimed at specific target groups

...aterialwirtschaftler und Logistiker im Krankenhaus e.V. The activities offered include guided tours for housekeepers to papers in the supporting programme. ...

Four million employees in the FM sector

...condary processes. These include those technical, infrastructural and commercial tasks which do not form part of the core business of an organisation but which do support it. The products, systems and processes required for infrastructural facilities management can be seen at CMS 2013.[TRIMTO] According to current figures released by the German ...

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... industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! CMS Berlin, the International Trade Fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management and Services, opened its doors on Monday. It is expected to attract over 15,000 trade visitors from 60 countries over the week. The organisers tell us that all available space in the 24,700 square metre displ...

- Sebo Stein & Co. GmbH

...panel most were the rotating suction tube, infinitely variable output control and the IEC connector for simplified operation.[TRIMTO] We were impressed with many of the machine's attributes too, such as the patented foam bumper which absorbs impact and protects the furniture and walls in the building being cleaned, from scratches and marks. This...

- Nilfisk division of Nilfisk-Advance GmbH

Nilfisk division of Nilfisk-Advance GmbH, was one of the other winners in the Machinery category, for the VL500 75-2 EDF wet-dry vacuum cleaner, which has a dual filter system. This provides for user-friendly operation on both dry and wet surfaces without requiring the filters to be changed - a reason cited by the judging panel for Nilfisk's win....

Atoll: compact, individual - and the right size for any requirement

...different sizes, offering something to suit most requirements. Its small 'professionals' are suited for a filling weight of 5.5 and 7.7Kg, the compact models take 10, 12, 14, 19, 22 and 29Kg and the large volume machines have a load capacity of 35, 45, 60, 80 and 110Kg.[TRIMTO] The diversity of this range is enhanced by a choice of heating; eith...

CMS Purus Awards: the winners - Kärcher

... Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG - one of the three, received this highly sought-after award for its BR 35/12 C compact scrubber-drier.[TRIMTO] In explaining this choice, the chairman of the panel of judges, Dietmar Mühr, who is the founder and managing director of Plex GmbH, praised the use of different colours to indicate the contro...

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..., Bonn, the VDMA Cleaning Systems Trade Association, Frankfurt/Main, and the Industrial Association for Hygiene and Surface Protection (IHO), Frankfurt/Main. At CMS 2013 the three sponsors are represented jointly on Stand 206 in Hall 3.2.  ...

Contractors love Omniflex as it does a lot for very little!

...t’s not surpising,” said Marc Ferguson. “The contractors love it as it does a lot for very little!” Omniflex is the entry level variant of the No-Touch Cleaning Systems offered by Kaivac. It can be purchased as a basic unit with a powerful wet vacuum and then be added to, in order to offer automatic chemical metering and ...

STOP PRESS: Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 to launch at SECC

...at the NEC, Birmingham. [TRIMTO] The SECC is a perfect place to host such an important new event for the cleaning industry. A world class exhibition centre in the heart of Scotland, it has 3000 car parking spaces and is less than a mile from the M8 - making it easily accessible by road. Glasgow Airport is less than 15 minutes’ drive away a...

Fleet management made easy!

...thod of accessing detailed data of all machines in their fleet at any given time. A wide range of information and individual machine data is available in real time via a secure Internet connection - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.[TRIMTO] Hako automatically saves and updates any such data, sparing the user the time-consuming work of maintaini...

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...the latest in the series of biennial cleaning exhibitions that have been being held at Messe Berlin for many years. So often people from the trade complain that there's 'never anything new in cleaning', but this show proved that there certainly is and that the industry is working hard to provide solutions to the world's cleaning problems with a ...

Tornado cleans up without water and without chemicals

...e a jet cap and jet lance, a filtering cartridge and dust separation unit, as well as the container for the required granulates, creates a fast and efficient, negative pressure cleaning system which is ideal for removing graffiti etc.[TRIMTO] When the machine is switched on, a negative pressure of approximately 170mbar is produced in the jet hoo...

High density floor pads made almost entirely from waste melamine

...nation by Dr Wolfgang Rauwald of Charlott Produkte, on the benefits of using melamine in floor pads for walk-behind scrubber driers. Shown here, the high density Combo-Pads are made almost entirely from waste – they comprise almost 100% recycled material. They’re virtually unbreakable, not very absorbent and require no rinsing. Und...

DiBO’s power and reliability now also in a compact version

... machine can be moved around easily. If required the ECN-S can be equipped with a reel, suitable for a 20 metre long high-pressure hose. The DiBO’s ECN-S will be available in three different versions: ·         ECN-S 130/10 : working pressure of 130 bar and a flow of 600 l/h · ...

Tomcat demonstrations attracting the crowds yet again…

...raw the crowds and CMS was no exception with Solingen-based agent Rebi GmbH in the hot-seat. In the foreground is the ride-on Tomcat GTX scrubber which is easy to use and can be quickly adapted to the job in hand thanks to the ease of equipping it with different brushes, rollers or pads.[TRIMTO] The Edge cleaning system, being demonstrated in th...

Mad scientist or nutty professor?

Exhibitions can be pretty tiring, particularly when they last for four days, so having a sense of humour can divert the thoughts from the aching feet and remind everyone that these events are worthwhile. Enter the team from the very busy Dr Schnell stand, one of whom proved that work doesn’t have to be serious. And while you think this employee may be a little scary, you didn’t see, as we did, what he was wearing on the bottom half… www.dr-schnell.com ...

Machinery - subjected to practical tests

...tors showed keen interest in the display areas exhibiting glass/facade cleaning and aerial work platforms on the outdoor display site at the entrance to the halls. The special show demonstrating the maintenance of green areas and the machinery and equipment with which to do the work, was also well frequented. The event's sponsors - the Federal C...

Trade visitors' statistics and feedback

...ommercial results of their visit as positive. In particular, they emphasised the good opportunities for networking with manufacturers that the show presented. Two-thirds were able to establish new business leads and the same number expected negotiations to continue and follow-up business to be established after the event. Some 92% were very satisfi...

CMS posts record exhibitor and visitor numbers

... confirming its role as a leading European event for this sector. The event had an even greater international dimension, with highly satisfied exhibitors and visitors keen to sing its praises. It left us all in an extremely positive mood as far as the industry's overall economic outlook is concerned.The organisers tell us that some 361 companie...

Exhibitors: expectations exceeded

...cleaning trade, buyers and retailers. They were also aiming to showcase new products. They say that for the most part these aims were met. Although signing contracts was not their primary goal, more than 40% of exhibitors had achieved sales before the show ended. [TRIMTO] Overall, more than 80% of exhibitors said they were satisfied with the ...

Making the most of every component and every cm of space…

...utes of the very nifty ARA 66/BM scrubber drier, being launched at the show as ‘the discovery for working while seated’.[TRIMTO] John and I both commended the company for making the most of every component and every centimetre of space in the design; for example the body of the machine itself – a double shell to create a cavity...

VoleoPro - a new versatile and compact trolley from Vileda Professional

...one of the many launches on the stand.[TRIMTO] "It has been developed to meet the market demands for a truly professional trolley, where space is limited and a full-size trolley is too big," he explained. "Compact design, flexibility and versatility have been the guiding principles in the product development - and with its small footprint (only ...

It’s not easy being green (but they do it anyway)

....[TRIMTO] “The greening of detergents, polishes and cleaning agents not only refers to the formulations, but also the packaging concepts,” she said. “And while the packaging used for all our products is 100% recyclable, we have gone a step further and used in our PET bottles, a recycled-content of about 65% - which itself comes...

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...industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! My kettle’s been acting erratically for the past week. Normally, I switch it on and a light glows in the switch itself. Once the kettle’s boiled, the switch flicks itself up and the light goes out. For the past week the electricity’s not been getting through consistently. T...

The POD - reduce your paper consumption by up to 20%

...] The POD is a mechanical auto-cut paper towel dispenser that provides single use paper portions for hygienic hand drying and with its compact size, contemporary design and translucent blue cover, the unit integrates with the rest of Kennedy`s washroom dispenser range. Thanks to the Reserve System, with its built-in patented stub roll loading...

Be wary of rental cars

... now that business has improved, many are delaying hiring new workers to clean the cars. "It's unfortunate, but this same scenario is being played out in some schools and facilities all over North American," adds Jennifer. "There is a reluctance to rehire cleaning people even if it risks human health." *The study was originally undertaken in ...

You are invited!

The 20th Congress of World Federation of Building Services Contractors, a bi-annual conference for the building service industry, will be hosted by Harvard Maintenance at the New York Marriott Marquis,New York, from 6th - 9th April 2014 and anyone with an interest in the discipline is welcome to attend.[TRIMTO] The event will feature the best r...

Panztel acquired by Care Monitoring & Management

Remote workforce management specialist, Panztel, has been acquired by Care Monitoring & Management. The Group already owns CM2000, which specialises in monitoring and scheduling technologies for the care sector and Panztel will continue to operate independently as part of the Group.[TRIMTO] "The Group is delighted to have an opportunity to...

Same shift bacteria test approved by AOAC Research Institute for Food & Beverage industries

The MicroSnap test for Coliform and E. coli from Hygiena has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute's Performance Tested Methods Programme. MicroSnap is a novel rapid detection system based on the utilisation of specific substrates linked to a light emitting reaction. It is claimed to be the only microbiology test to give results in eight ...

Katrin Easy Pack is hitting the streets running...

...rin Easy Pack is hitting the streets running...[TRIMTO] Mark Dewick, Metsa Tissue Sales Director for UK & Ireland, explains: "Hygiene is extremely important in any 'Away from Home' environment, but with an ever increasing number of mobile businesses, making hygiene consumables available and maintaining a healthy working environment becomes e...

Glass Restore - a new and specialised service from Cresswell Services

...as well as being highly reactive and responsive to its clients' needs, saw a gap in the marketplace for this type of service and it is now being offered to the company's customers.[TRIMTO] The Glass Restore System offers what Cresswell claims is an unrivalled solution for dealing with scratched or damaged glass - quickly restoring the largest an...

Vectair director in livery!

Vectair Systems' Commercial Director, Rich Martin, was clothed last month in livery, for the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners. The WCEC is a highly relevant, modern Livery Company combining the traditions and mystique of The City with the changing needs of a major 21st Century industry.[TRIMTO] One of 108 Livery Companies in the...

Anti-Vandal dispenser keeps air fresh

... Oxy-Gen Powered technology. Shield delivers continuous fragrance at consistent intensity levels for 60+ days, without performance issues. FDT Managing Director, Hydros Jassem tells us: "We know that a bad restroom environment is perceived as an indication of bad management and can lower restroom users' opinion of the organisation running the fa...

Trafalgar steam to the top

...elighted to announce that Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment achieved the highest sales throughout the UK for 2012 - 2013 to become Top Master Distributor selling the Matrix Steam Range. Being presented with their award from Mike Osiadacz is James Clinch Sales Manager of Trafalgar.[TRIMTO] Matrix Sales Director Mike Osiadacz says: "We are delighted to...

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 "selling well" says organiser

...veral "big names" already signed up and solid enquiries from many more.[TRIMTO] "The facts speak for themselves - people visit exhibitions to be sold to," argues Martin. "By exhibiting at the only cleaning event in Scotland, you can penetrate new markets. You will meet buyers face to face and network with new and existing clients, build prospect...

leader 10th October continued

...ed them. She retorted that with the types of people around today, the washrooms being offered up for public use would quickly become dirty and even vandalised, with disposables either used up or stolen. Sadly, she has a point and I’ve now been persuaded that these companies are already paying taxes and business rates, so why should they fu...

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...te of Personnel & Development, reveals that 36% of line managers have not received any training for their role and that time for effective line management is too often squeezed or lost in favour of more immediate task-orientated priorities. And with 24% of managers facing situations where they often have to put the interests of their organisati...

Hygienic steam cleaning for professionals

...°C and with a wide range of standard and optional accessories, it is highly versatile and ideal for use in a variety of environments where fast, hygienic cleaning is a necessity.[TRIMTO] Very simple to use, the machine can be used continuously and heats up very quickly. With a wide range of accessories, it is equally suited to detail work ar...

Cleaning Equipment & Materials firms have increased in value, argues new study

...w pricing guide from business analyst Plimsoll Publishing confirms there are some encouraging signs for the UK's largest Cleaning Equipment & Materials companies. Plimsoll's latest research, which analyses the largest 673 Cleaning Equipment & Materials companies, states average company value within the Cleaning Equipment & Materials ...

Ryans ploughs through challenge

Ryans Cleaning swept into action for the 11th year in a row at the National Ploughing Championships of Ireland, one of the largest outdoor events in Europe attracting record crowds of around 200,000 people.[TRIMTO] A team of specialist event cleaning staff from Ryans Cleaning descended on the site in Ratheniska, Co Laois, to manage all public ...

Gumwand donates to High Street Revival initiative

...ckage includes a Gumwand machine, starter pack (including chemicals and brass brushes) and training for the winner of the Challenge.[TRIMTO] The Revive & Thrive Challenge will provide in total £150,000 of support to the winning town or city with the best ideas for bringing their High Street to life by connecting the various components ...

Idiots on ladders: Ladder Exchange focuses on training; number trained jumps 40%

...n, the 2013 Ladder Exchange has moved into its second month, emphasising the importance of training for ladder users during a record breaking year for ladder training - which has seen the number of users trained, leap 40%.[TRIMTO] Allowing people and companies to trade their old ladders in for safe, new ones, this year's Ladder Exchange is highl...

Decontaminating sanitiser dispensers in healthcare environments: new studies show the best options

...tronic medical record keyboard. The second study followed the compliance of a hand hygiene policy before and after personal sanitation gel devices were worn on the belts of medical personnel. "Perioperative infection and contamination is a serious threat to patient safety," says Devon C. Cole, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology, University of Fl...

The 2013 Loo of the Year Awards presentation event: reserve your ticket now!

The must attend event for all those involved in 'away from home' toilets - cleaning and FM companies; toilet providers; washroom equipment, product and service suppliers; directors, management and - importantly, toilet attendants and cleaning staff, is just a few weeks away and tickets are selling fast.[TRIMTO] This is an ideal opportunity for...

Kensington & Chelsea council meeting lobbied to support £8.55 London Living Wage

... wage of £8.55, to direct and contracted staff. This fits in with the GMB ongoing campaign for OCS cleaners who have already taken three days of strike action for a London living wage of £8.55 per hour. They currently earn £7.18 per hour. OCS holds the contract to provide cleaning services for Kensington & Chelsea Tenant...

IFMA World Workplace 2013 attendance figures set stage for New Orleans 2014

The International Facility Management Association has released the final registration numbers for the 2013 World Workplace Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, USA. With more than 4,700 registrants, World Workplace 2013 was one of the best attended IFMA events in recent history. With representatives from 49 countries in attendance, the glob...

Zapper launches Scan-to-Pay to help SMEs who suffer from late payments

...ws businesses to add unique QR Codes to invoices, whether they are delivered in electronic or paper format. When customers gets a Zapper QR Code on their bill, they just open the app, scan the QR Code and confirm the amount to be paid. Their card is charged and they receive an email receipt instantly and the business also gets immediate notificatio...

ISS Restoration unveils enormous, purpose-built flood and fire training house

...nhance customer service, will be used to provide training on flood and fire restoration techniques for ISS Restoration personnel and for customers' employees. ISS Restoration Managing Director, Phil Else, told more than 50 insurance industry guests at the October 1st launch: "We believe this is the most sophisticated building restoration traini...

ICRC - Madagascar: Fighting the plague within prisons and beyond

...isease," says Christoph Vogt, head of the ICRC delegation in Madagascar. "That's dangerous not only for the inmates but also for the population in general." Since 2009, an average of 500 cases of the plague have been recorded on the island every year. In 2012, Madagascar became the most severely affected country in the world, with 256 cases and ...

Hako Group unveils new website

...he desired product with a maximum of three 'clicks', and is provided with comprehensive technical information and manuals as well as a picture gallery, product- and application videos. The virtual consultant - Hako's online consulting tool, offering a product overview to pre-select the machine suitable for the individual cleaning and maintenance...

Excitement heightens for new window cleaning company

... window cleaning company to complement its cleaning services.[TRIMTO] Seeing a gap in the market for a new type of window cleaning service, the new company, named Principle Window Cleaning, will be a boutique window cleaning company headed up by newly appointed Operations Director, David Saville. David is highly equipped for this new and exci...

'They dropped everything for GD - just as they did in the old days'

... '90s.[TRIMTO] One of the members was Graham Dyson, who sadly has been very ill with Alzheimer's for some time. When Richard, his son, updated Graham's old industry friends to say that Graham was really struggling and was now living in a specialist Stockport dementia unit, Robert Burtinshaw promptly suggested that they have a get-together meal f...

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...-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As it's European Week for Safety & Health at work, here's a health & safety poser for you...My kettle’s been acting erratically for the past week. Normally, I switch it on and a light glows in the switch itself. Once the kettle’s boiled, the switch fli...

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...iate our washrooms and who selfishly don’t bother to leave them in a clean and hygienic state for the next user, to have to dig their own latrines, as the Ugandan teachers have resorted to doing (see story below). And if you haven’t yet reserved your place at the 2013 Loo of the Year Awards presentation event, which despite being bas...

Jangro member helps care home in Romania

...ng established relationship with Blythswood Care, a Christian organisation providing practical help for the needy in the UK and abroad. Cutlers regularly donate Jangro products to assist Blythswood's aid programmes and has recently sent three pallets of Jangro cleaning and hygiene products to Romania. Blythswood is working with 'Cry in the Dark'...

Morclean introduces the new model Air-tech (1 and 2)

...uding air vacs, safety and ATEX vacs, as well as hazardous dust vacs. Morclean has a reputation for problem solving or providing bespoke equipment to niche markets while understanding the need for equipment that is used in specialist applications and the Air-tech is a further example of this philosophy. The Airtec vac offers a fantasti...

Survey shows a correlation between a clean office and higher productivity

...supplies, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser. But keeping a clean workspace may not just be good for your health. According to a recent customer survey by Staples Advantage Canada, the business-to-business division of Staples, maintaining a clean and tidy workspace increases productivity. A resounding 94% of the customers polled said they fee...

System Hygienics performs smooth duct cleaning operation

...neral Hospital and the Western Infirmary, both in the West End of Glasgow.[TRIMTO] The contract, for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, involved thoroughly cleaning the ductwork that supplies fresh air to 18 busy operating theatres - 12 at the Gartnaval Hospital and six at Western Infirmary, as well as cleaning around 20 toilet extract ...

Soapbox: When will we learn to look after what we have?

...] The space between action and words on Corporate Social Responsibility commitments can be vast. For instance, 450,000 tonnes of carpet waste per annum in the UK alone takes up a lot of space - landfill space which was once our countryside. And will continue to take up that space year on year for millennia. Recycling schemes are only scratch...

Lockable trolley 'removes risk'

A new lockable cleaning trolley system designed for high-risk healthcare environments is already proving its worth at a hospital in a major NHS trust. The new system and equipment, supplied through Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, is being used on Magnolia Ward in Yeovil, part of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The trolleys are made fro...

New industry partnership prolongs lifetime of luxury floorings

UK flooring manufacturer Amtico has appointed Beaver Floorcare as approved aftercare specialist for both its commercial and residential installations. The aim of the new collaboration is to maximise the longevity of Amtico's product range.[TRIMTO] The announcement comes following an 18 month close working relationship between the two companies...

Nviro secures three-year contract with MidKent College

...aintaining the upkeep of the £11million restoration works recently carried out onsite. I look forward to us developing a lasting partnership with the College in the years to come." This contract is a major educational site in Kent for Nviro and marks a new horizon for the company. Nviro is already looking to provide its services to other s...

Disposables UK reports strong increase in sales following Optimum ProWipers launch

...atile range of seven wipers to ensure that our customers get the right product, in the right place, for the right task. "Our goal now is to take 5% market share and we're already seeing a significant number of customers increasing their contracts with us, including a major food processing outfit which has just extended its contract with us until...

Idrobase launches new range of 60Hz pressure washers

... water Principessa, 1750 RPM, 140-170 bar, hot water Libera, 1750 RPM, 170-300 bar, cold water Transformer, 1750 RPM, 150-200 bar, cold water Coccinella, 1750 RPM, 110-180 bar, cold water The 60 Hz line includes vacuum cleaners for cars, available in different models from 1500 to 3000W, each provided with accessories and hose. According to the m...

Sanitation and hygiene top school curriculum

...shroom as it is not cleaned regularly." The other hygiene issue concerns the purification system for drinking water, according to the report in The Times of India . "There should be a water purification plant in schools and that should be maintained as well, so students get clean, potable water," said Mr Ataar, warning that: "If the general hyg...

BCC welcomes latest moves to pay London Living Wage

... the benefits that it brings. Payment of the living wage on these existing contracts will come into force immediately.[TRIMTO] The London Living Wage is set at £8.30 an hour, £2.22 more than the National Minimum Wage. The City of London Corporation negotiates payment on a case by case basis rather than demand it be paid for all contr...

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...e had been broadcast, regarding changes to recycling laws as part of the Waste Framework Directive. For those that didn’t see it, the article warned that we could soon have many more recycling boxes outside our homes than we do now, as the result of a ban on co-mingling – the method currently in place in some councils whereby householde...

New gum-removal system transforms two shopping centres and Olympic site

... its new machines to two of the UK's most prestigious shopping centres and the Olympic site in Stratford in a move to eliminate the perennial problem of gum litter, and significantly improve the visitor experience.[TRIMTO] Chris Thomas, Key Account Director at Cleanevent Group explains: "The shopping centre in Stratford for example had a major i...

Healthcare cleaners should be qualified, says poll

...re Cleaning Professionals, Denise Foster.[TRIMTO] Denise has previously proclaimed that cleaners for the NHS should have professional qualifications if cleanliness standards are to be raised. James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Cleaning, who ran the survey, says: "The question of whether cleaning professionals should hold a relevant...

National Carpet Cleaners Association: Training dates 2013/2014

The NCCA has published the dates of its forthcoming training courses in the following subjects: Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Advanced Spot & Stain Treatment & Removal, Leather Identification & Cleaning.[TRIMTO] Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning:  November 22nd - 23rd 2013; Jan...

Restroom Association (Singapore) gears up for World Toilet Day

...re Happy Toilet Cleanup to coincide World Toilet Day. The Singapore WASH Conference will be held for the first time at the Tampines Regional Library's auditorium on 19th November from 09.00 to 18.00. The conference aims to provide building owners and qualified persons with information about WASH regulations, guidelines, planning, practices a...

One unique cloth... twice the performance!

...nnovative new product is unique to Vileda Professional and includes patented technology that allows for streak free, scratch free cleaning. Due to the PVA coating, the knitted microfibre cloth is proven to exhibit excellent rinseability, holding 60 times fewer dirt particles after rinsing compared to a conventional knitted microfibre cloth. This dr...

Green Turtle Americas signs exclusive distribution partnership with Ecolab Equipment Care

Ecolab's Equipment Care division and Green Turtle Americas have formed an exclusive distribution agreement to provide innovative in-kitchen wastewater treatment solutions to the US restaurant and food service industry. Through the partnership, Green Turtle's line of Retroceptor under-sink grease interceptors and Microceptor drain-line coffee grou...

Tacony Corporation partners with the National Service Alliance

...CFR - have recently joined the National Service Alliance, (a Group Purchasing Organisation) as a Performance Partner.[TRIMTO] Similar to a buying group, the NSA originally provided services specifically for building service contractors. However, it has expanded and now provides GPO services to many other industries, such as transportation, secur...

Equality and human rights in the cleaning industry

...If you would like to contribute, check back on the Commission's website next week or email the team for more information at: E: cleaning@equalityhumanrights.com  W: www.equalityhumanrights.com ...

British Safety Council welcomes drop in fatal and major injuries in GB workplaces

The British Safety Council welcomed the improvements in Great Britain's health & safety performance published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) yesterday in its annual statistics report. HSE noted a significant reduction in the number of workers killed and seriously injured at work. The number and incidences of fatal injuries in Great...

Luna announces agreement to commercialise new self-cleaning textile technology

...g it to production and market it through its global sales channels. The commercialisation potential for the technology is broad, as it may be sold as a standalone product that can be applied to textiles or as treated fabric with the technology embedded. The proprietary chemical technology uses a nanostructured textile coating to create an omniph...

New 3M Easy Trap Duster traps and holds up to six times more dirt

Keeping buildings dust and dirt free is a constant and costly challenge for facilities managers and contract cleaners; which is why so many are now choosing to use 3M Easy Trap Duster - it's simply a more efficient way pick up dust and dirt. By trapping and removing up to six times more dust, dirt, grit and hair than traditional mops and some ...

Global biocides market expected to reach USD 9,622 million in 2018

... Compounds, Metallic Compounds, Organosulfurs, Organic Acids, Phenolic, Nitrogen and Others) Market for Water Treatment, Food and Beverage, Personal Care, Wood Preservation, Paints and Coatings and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 - 2018', the global biocide market was USD 6.99 billion in...

We have Mail:personal safety

...ay I have done a load of daft things during my time, working in distribution as a Transport Manager for a well known electrical retailer.[TRIMTO] Time and again the warehousemen would, when removing palletised goods from the racking bays, say 40 or 50 feet high, if they bumped the racking beam above and knocked one side out, I would get the call...

Fosse Shopping Park reappoints Regent Samsic

...ontract, with a one-year extension option, also includes maintenance and park presentation services for the 37-acre site.[TRIMTO] Adjoining the M1 motorway, the shopping park homes many major retail brands including Marks & Spencer, Next, BHS and Curry's in 40 stores drawing around 12 million visitors yearly. All shops and food outlets, toge...

Inaugural Ausclean Pulire draws international crowd

...ief executive Toni D'Andrea, agrees, saying: "I believe this inaugural Ausclean Pulire sets the platform for further growth in terms of exhibitors and visitors. "It delivered one of the highest quality conference programmes I have experienced." A full conference report will be included in the November Inclean magazine. As with previous Aus...

Reducing corporate property energy costs: conference addresses challenges and solutions

...st’s online news portal is set to tackle the questions, challenges and practical options for improving energy efficiency across corporate property portfolios.[TRIMTO] Taking place at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, on 20th  November 2013, 'Cutting the Corporate Energy Bill' will address the pivotal issues and how to res...

Bunzl acquires large Canadian distributor

... Roney, Chief Executive of Bunzl, said: "The acquisition of Wesclean is an important development for our business in Canada as it significantly expands our operations there in the cleaning & hygiene sector. The business has an excellent reputation for providing a broad range of products and services and should provide additional opportu...

Golden Service Awards 2013: the results

...from start to finish, from the scantily clad Brazilian samba dancers (male and female, so something for everyone!) and drummers, capoeira performers and the cheers of anticipation as each cleaning company or individual's name that had made it onto the shortlist was read out, to the warm and friendly hosting of the event by BBC newsreader and presen...

ISS, Facilicom & Enhance take pioneering lead in Service Provider Accreditation coalition committed to the Living Wage

...ion contract with the Living Wage Foundation.[TRIMTO] The three companies are leading the charge for a coalition of Facilities & Business Services providers who support and actively promote a Living Wage in outsourced employment. It is a proactive stance that not only cements the coalition partners' position as ethical employers, but also al...

SCA invests in India

...oduction at SCA's own plant is planned to commence in 2015. "This investment creates a solid platform for us to leverage the favourable growth opportunities that exist in the hygiene products area in India markets," says Jan Johansson, President and CEO of SCA. "The investment is in line with our strategy of strengthening SCA's presence in emerg...

Betco makes it even easier to use less water for flushing

...dditions to its ever popular Smart Restroom System which is designed to conserve water - SmartValve for Toto flush valves, as well as two handle adapters for Sloan and Delaney flush valves.[TRIMTO] With the addition of these adapters the SmartValve can be adapted to fit an estimated 92% of the flush valves in commercial locations.[TRIMTO] "Th...

Dancing with the wand

...ng with the wand' - and in many ways, it is like a dance," says Doug Berjer, National Sales Manager for CFR (maker of continuous flow recycling carpet extractors). "However, you've got to know the proper steps for this dance to come out right."[TRIMTO] Doug offers the following suggestions for proper wand usage: 1. Start in a far corn...

Contract win cements JTM's position in care sector

...e home providers.[TRIMTO] The contract, to service laundries at more than 60 sites across the UK for both Maria Mallaband and its sister company Countrywide Care, continues JTM's cycle of growth in the care and social housing sector with four contract wins worth around £600,000 in the last six months. Maria Mallaband Care Group, which r...

Greyland rolls out new clearer look labels

...grams to indicate acidity / alkalinity ratios, and a QR code as well as a new visible coding system for improved stock control.[TRIMTO] Key images also help with product selection. For example, the Catering range has catering images, Handcare products, a pair of hands, and so on. A product summary is printed on every label and any dilution or...

Survey reveals hospitals focus on reducing infections, but most have not adopted all best practices

...a and the commitment of healthcare facilities to improving hand hygiene. [TRIMTO] The survey reinforced the sentiment that healthcare professionals are committed to reducing healthcare-associated infections, but also uncovered that they are not employing the methods that they believe reflect best practices.[TRIMTO] Of the survey respondents, ...

Gojo dispensers are star performers at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

...s in music, comedy and more, you need to ensure that you provide stylish yet practical surroundings for your audiences. Washrooms are particularly important - equipment needs to be tough enough to withstand regular and heavy usage, but it should also look good, and provide a pleasant user experience. These attributes, and more, made Gojo products p...

Solar panel manufacturer now offers means to clean them

...ith challenging dirt and dust environments.[TRIMTO] Greenbotics is a leader in optimising the performance of solar power plants through a cost-effective cleaning process. For the past two years, the company has used its proprietary CleanFleet robots and service offerings to wash hundreds of MegaWatts of systems in the Southwest and Western US. T...

Chimney sweeps praise DC 1800 for being the cleanest and quietest dust extractor

... only professional firm of chimney sweeps in West Berkshire, passed down through the Wilkins family for many generations. Peter Harris started working for Wilkins Chimney Sweep in 1995 and, after having gained three years' experience, bought the business in 1998.[TRIMTO] As the business grew, Peter wanted to ensure he was using the best equipmen...

BCI receives Technology Innovation Award for oil & gas biodegradable degreaser

BCI Chemical Corporation was presented with the Technology Innovation Award for its achievements in the area of innovative value proposition, at the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards held recently in Singapore.[TRIMTO] With its experience in oilfield chemicals, industrial chemicals and laundry products, BCI has manag...

Highway Holdings forms joint venture to manufacture and market snow-jet cleaning equipment

Highway Holdings has this week announced that it has formed a joint venture with ACI Group, based in Zimmern, Germany, to manufacture and market in Asia a series of proprietary CO2 snow-jet cleaning systems for industrial and commercial cleaning applications.[TRIMTO] The newly formed Hong Kong-based joint venture is named Advanced Cleaning Inno...

Distribution partnership agreement takes Sachet Cleaning System to Africa

...an within the African continent.[TRIMTO] Says Jon Horton of Soluclean: "These are exciting times for the company as we continue to rapidly grow our export partnerships. We are absolutely delighted to be associated with such a well established company as Chemical Convertors." Confirming the deal are (from left): Phillip Eybers (Soluclean Afric...

Double win for LCC

... nationwide support services business has won the Supplier of the Year Award from Norland Services, for whom it is the main cleaning contractor. This achievement, which comes after working only two years for Norland, was selected from all its supply partners.[TRIMTO] Bob Vincent Executive Chairman of LCC says: "This huge seal of approval by one...

Soapbox: Are you taking advantage of all the support available to aid growth

...ntribution size depending on the business size. A small business employing up to four employees, for example, could receive a support package worth £3,500 for a fee of £600 (+VAT) while a medium sized business employing 20-250 people pays £3,000. Both would be entitled to another £2,000 per senior business manager of matc...

Europe's largest urban shopping centre scoops waste reduction and recycling award

Westfield Stratford City, Europe's largest urban shopping centre, has won top honours at the 2013 Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Awards for Environmental Excellence, which recognise and reward good practice in sustainable waste and resource management.[TRIMTO] The RWM Sustainable Facilities Management Award, sponsored by RWM...

WHO calls for more effective filtration in building ventilation systems

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - a specialised agency of the World Health Organisation - is arguing that because there is convincing evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer, more effective filtration is