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International News

First Immune - resilient office building in the world unveiled

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Building H3 in the West Gate Business District, fully occupied by Ericsson, earned the Immune - Resilient label, becoming the world's first building to achieve the highest certification level of the Immune Building Standard.

Partnership cleans and disinfects Diamond Princess cruise ship following severe Covid-19 outbreak in 2020

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DuPont Personal Protection, RecoveryPro and Belfor Group teamed up to conduct a deep cleaning aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship following an outbreak of Covid-19 among its passengers and crew in February 2020.

NextFMRobotics signs strategic partnership with SoftBank Robotics EMEA

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SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with NextFMRobotics, a sister company of Kenter gmbh, the renowned provider of cleaning solutions, equipment and products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Cintas Canada unveils five finalists in 2021 ‘Canada's Best Restroom’ contest

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Cintas Canada is inviting the public to vote for the five finalists in the 2021 Canada's Best Restroom contest.

Cleaning without compromise: Bio-D launches new range of scents for Summer

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Green cleaning company Bio-D is continuing its growth within the ethical cleaning market by adding new scents to its sanitising hand wash range.

Delta-Q Technologies launches first three-in-one charging solution with the XV3300 battery charging system

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Vancouver, Canada-based Delta-Q Technologies has introduced a new line of battery charging solutions with the launch of the XV3300. Its design combines a high-performance 3.3KW charger, a 500W DC-DC converter, and an EV charging station interface in a highly compact package.

IICRC opens nominations for Hall of Fame Awards

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame Awards. The deadline for nominations is 30th June.

Autonomous cleaning is in high demand

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With the pandemic still very much in the forefront of everyone’s minds, there is now an even higher demand for automated and socially distanced cleaning.

Kärcher launches new accessories for cleaning façades and solar power installations

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Kärcher has launched a complete system of high-pressure cleaner accessories designed especially for façades and solar power installations. The range includes rotating roller heads and brushes, multi-purpose telescopic lances and adapter sets, and an ergonomic carrier system.

Samsic Arise: LEAN Six Sigma drives wellness-led workspace management

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Crafting service solutions as unique as buildings and how they are used is the core process underpinning a new initiative from specialist FM service provider Samsic UK.

New Battery Compatibility Program

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Delta-Q Technologies has announced the launch of its new partner program, 'Charged by Delta', to provide battery and battery management system (BMS) manufacturers with the tools, brand association and access to pursue new opportunities with original equipment manufacturers.

Sebastian Volders joins ISS as Global Head of Growth in the Life Sciences and Manufacturing Segment

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ISS A/S has appointed Sebastian Volders as Global Head of Growth in its Life Sciences & Manufacturing segment.

Partnership enables facilities to safely reopen with help of innovative air testing technology

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Specialitiy US building maintenance and restoration company Corporate Care, has partnered with Inspirotec to introduce AirAnswers, an innovative air sampling device that monitors commercial indoor air quality and verifies airborne health & safety protocols.

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Keep Britain Tidy has one of the most prominent public-facing profiles of the British Cleaning Council’s 22-strong membership – a fact proven by the take up by some 160,000 volunteers of its challenge to ensure the success of the ‘Great British Spring Clean 2021, which has left 1.15 million miles of British outdoor spaces cleaner and greener. The Association says it’s seen a huge interest in taking part in this annual event, from people who are new to litter picking – but it may not just be the desire to improve the environment that’s spurring everyone on. Around 80% of volunteers have said taking part improved their mood and 43% said it made them feel less isolated. No doubt these benefits helped them persuade others to join in. Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, says: “Clearing away the litter that blights our streets, parks and beaches has a massive benefit for our environment but it’s good for us too - improving our health and wellbeing, removing thousands of tonnes of litter pollution and creating a cleaner country for everyone to enjoy”.

The Association points to an article by campaign partner The Daily Mail, featuring Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at Public Health England, who litter-picked in Oxfordshire. Professor Newton said: “Being outside in green spaces - particularly if there’s a reason to be there - has surprisingly strong health effects, especially when doing something for the greater good.” He said the litter-picking experience was “very rewarding,” adding: “I was astonished at how much litter I found at the roadside so close to where I live. The verges looked fairly clear when driving past but the more I looked the more I found.”

As a child I don’t recall ever seeing litter; we were taught not to drop rubbish almost as soon as we could walk and residents took pride in their local environment. Later, travelling overseas, I felt that the same standards were in play, but in more recent years I’ve noticed that the litter blight isn’t confined to the UK and when I’ve brought up the subject previously, you’ve told me litter’s a growing problem almost everywhere. Are there campaigns similar to our annual ‘Spring Clean’ in your neck of the woods and – perhaps more importantly – do you think we should be relying on volunteers to collect litter that shouldn’t actually exist? Prevention or cure… What are your thoughts?



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This Week's News

Clean Air Day: Time to breathe

* Clean-Air-Screenshot.jpgClean Air Day, being marked today, is an opportunity to improve public understanding of air pollution, build awareness of how air pollution affects our health and explain the actions we can all take to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.

See the short (90 second) animated video explainer on the British Safety Council's Time to Breathe campaign, which is calling for outdoor workers, such as street cleaners and refuse workers, to be protected from the dangers of air pollution. The video makes clear why reducing exposure to toxic air has never been so urgent.

Mid-year 2021: ACI making ‘critical connections’ with regulators on priority industry issues

* Mid-Year-2021-ACI.jpgThroughout 2021, the American Cleaning Institute has focused significantly on enhancing ‘critical’ regulatory connections with the new leadership to ensure the ACI is out in front on priority policy issues impacting the cleaning product supply chain - including letting Joe Biden's team know, on the new President’s first day in office, of the industry's top priorities.

Speaking at her State of the Association address at ACI's Mid-Year Meeting, Melissa Hockstad, ACI president & CEO, said:

Critical surfaces made safer

* Critical-surfaces-made-safer.jpgUnsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases - ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Every year an estimated 600 million people fall ill from contaminated food, resulting in 420,000 deaths and $110b in productivity lost.

The short efficiency period of traditional sanitisers (such as chlorine) used on food production surfaces is a major weakness in the food sanitisation process, as the sanitisers regularly need to be reapplied to the contaminated surfaces.

Disinfection and safety experts team up to help businesses stay safe and clean

* WELSH-and-ITALIAN.jpgAs businesses reopen after lockdown with an increased focus on cleanliness and hygiene, two Swansea-based businesses have teamed up to help business owners be confident they are creating safe spaces for staff and customers.

eRAYS is a new franchise headquartered in Swansea, which carries out disinfection of business premises using state-of-the-art UV-C disinfection robots. It also provides its customers with expert advice on how to keep spaces safe and hygienic.

CHSA offers a warm welcome to Socius

* CHSA-Socius.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association tells us it is delighted to welcome the Socius Network into the Association. The Network was welcomed on board after each of its 18 members successfully passed the initial audit conducted by the CHSA's Independent Inspector.

The Socius Network is an association of well-respected and established independent distributors of non-food consumables to the foodservice industry. The Network was founded in April 2008. Between them, its members have over 25 locations covering the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Morclean’s new steaming and fogging device looks sure to be a winner

* Morclean-steam-fogging-device.jpgMorclean's new Vision CMF Steam Pro Compact steam cleaner and Vision SF Steam Pro fogging device incorporates the latest steam cleaning technology.

The two-stage steam and fogging process has proven efficacy against the various strains of Coronavirus, many other types of virus and bacteria, making it an effective weapon in the fight against infections and cross contamination.

'Make a Splash!' partnership improves access to sanitation and hygiene for underserved communities

* Make-a-Splash.jpgGoing to the toilet, washing our hands - these are daily routines that we easily take for granted. For most of us, sanitary facilities with clean water are a matter of course, but many across the globe are facing a different situation.

Two billion people lack basic sanitation, 673 million practice open defecation regularly and 40% of the world's population do not have access to handwashing facilities and soap at home.

University of Glasgow: Three-year cleaning contract ensures student health & safety

* University-Glasgow.jpgStudents at the University of Glasgow can rest assured that safety is a top priority as the campus signs a new deal with Scotland-based cleaning service provider, Perfect Clean. With a three-year contract, the cleaning works will ensure complete student safety across all living spaces, common areas and bathrooms, including entrance halls and staircases where footfall is high.

Perfect Clean is set to begin work on June 1st for the current 2020-2021 students returning to onsite accommodation.

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Recent UK News

Cleanology's fair pay campaign pays off

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Cleanology's long-term commitment to fair pay in the cleaning industry has resulted in a win at the Living Wage Champion Awards.

Business cleans up with major growth in sweet 16th year

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A prominent North Wales business has broken the mould with a refreshing approach to the cleaning industry.

Conwy-based Cleaner Care has grown to become one of the leading independent cleaning firms in the country. Managing Director Denise Lardner has just celebrated a sweet 16 years in the sector, having launched the company in 2005.

Face-to-face training is returning to Prochem Europe's Chessington, Surrey, Training Academy

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Prochem Europe is to reinstate its face-to-face training sessions at its Chessington, Surrey, Training Academy.

The move comes on the back of notably high demand for assistance with stain removal, says the company.

New 'super' tax relief being missed by many warns phs Wastekit

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Businesses in are being urged not to miss out on a new temporary tax relief initiative by the UK Government, which allows them to claim back 130% of the cost of waste equipment such as balers and compactors.

Kent school adds Prochem misting system to anti-Covid cleaning programme

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A leading Kent special educational needs school is keeping Covid-free with regular treatments of Prochem antimicrobial solutions using the company's new M500 Micro-Mist surface disinfecting system.

Soaraway Bothongo Hygiene Solutions achieves over £5 million in sales in first year

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A fast-growing hygiene company has celebrated its first year in business by smashing the £5 million sales barrier and launching more than 100 new products.

Mitie grows relationship with Scottish Government with seven-year contract

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Mitie has extended its 13-year partnership with the Scottish Government with a new seven-year facilities management contract.

Rentokil Initial renews as Saracens' Official Hygiene Partner

Saracens Rugby Club tells us it is delighted that Rentokil Initial has signed up again to be as the Club's Official Hygiene Partner, for the 20/21 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Mitie welcomes new director of cleaning services

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Mitie has appointed Lorraine Davis as director of cleaning services. With the pandemic demonstrating the importance of cleaning in keeping the nation running safely, Lorraine will be responsible for leading the direction of Mitie's cleaning business.

New BCC report gives fascinating insights into one of the country's biggest industries

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New research released by the British Cleaning Council today has cemented the cleaning, hygiene and waste sector's position as one of the UK's top 10 industries.

The BCC's research report for 2021 gives a highly-detailed picture of the sector. The latest, revised figures show that the industry contributed £55.5 billion to the UK economy in 2018 - a slight rise on previous figures - with turnover soaring in a sector with tens of thousands of businesses.

Prochem training stays on-screen

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The UK's largest commercial provider of training for professional cleaners, Prochem Europe, is to continue providing an online alternative to its classroom-based One-day Carpet and One-day Upholstery training courses when lockdown comes to an end.

Events & Exhibitions

21-24th September 2021

Middle East Cleaning Technology Week
28-30th September 2021
Dubai World Trade Centre

ISSA Conference India
21-22nd October 2021
Mumbai, India

Cleantex Africa
2-4th November 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa

The Cleaning Show
2-4th November 2021

9-11th November 2021

Loo of the Year Awards
3rd December 2021

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