* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 4th August 2022 Issue no. 1028

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International News

Do college students make the grade on cleaning?

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The sophomore year of the American Cleaning Institute's Class of Clean is now in session. The College Student's Guide to Cleaning' aims to educate college students on proper cleaning, laundry and hygiene practices.

Agenda announced for sixth edition of Forum ISSA Pulire

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The speakers of the ISSA Pulire 2022 Forum have been announced. The sixth edition of the congress dedicated to integrated services will address issues which more than others are influencing our present and, above all, shaping the future of this sector.

Successful biogas trial paves way to Europe for Genesis Biosciences

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A biogas additive produced by Genesis Biosciences and used in the wastewater treatment process has secured pre-eminent results in a live trial ahead of its launch to market later this year.

Global Hygiene Summit to take place in Singapore in 2023

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The Global Hygiene Summit 2023, organised in partnership with the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (Singapore), and in collaboration with the World Bank, is being hosted in Singapore on 15th and 16th February 2023.

Georgia Tech saved $700,000 with GenEon

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Georgia Institue of Technology has saved $700,000 in cleaning and disinfecting costs thanks to GenEon. Founded in 1885, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a nationally recognised research university that sits on 400 beautiful, wooded acres in the heart of Atlanta. Its 25,000 students make use of over nine million square feet of building space.

ACI emphasises importance of modernising America's recycling system as Congress examines ways to improve recyclability

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The US House Committee on Energy & Commerce recently held a hearing on ‘No Time to Waste: Solutions for America's Broken Recycling System’. In conjunction with the hearing, the American Cleaning Institute offered its perspective as Congress examines ways to improve America's recycling capabilities.

Keep employees safe in hot weather

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Hazel Bulgin, UK sales manager at Slingsby: one of the UK's leading suppliers of industrial & commercial equipment, offers some practical tips on keeping employees safe and comfortable in hot weather:

New air duct cleaning machine features increased power and next generation smart technology

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Indoor air quality solutions specialist Rotobrush International has launched a new air duct cleaning machine. The all new BrushBeast DR features next generation smart technology, more vacuum power and more control while maintaining the same portability and ease of use that is known with the brand.

Phs Group and GreenTeck Global bring Ecoflow Innovation to UK Washroom Sector

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A new collaboration between phs Group and GreenTeck Global is offering UK companies a chemical-free way to destroy, rather than mask, lingering bathroom-related odours. From July, the new Ecoflow will be available across the UK via renowned hygiene provider, phs Group, in an exclusive five-year contract.

ISS and Danske Bank extend partnership

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ISS A/S has extended its partnership with Danske Bank and will continue to provide integrated facility services to the Nordic bank in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Lithuania for another five years.

Vectair Systems appoints Chelsey Schwartz as vice president of marketing

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Vectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, is pleased to welcome Chelsey Schwartz to its leadership team, as vice president of marketing.

Tips on using citric acid cleaning solutions

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Citric acid cleaning solutions are gaining more interest in the professional cleaning industry: they are a very safe, environmentally preferable way to clean surfaces, and, being derived from lemons and limes, they promote sustainability.

However, to take advantage of the benefits of citric acid cleaning solutions, sanitisers and disinfectants, cleaning professionals should be aware of the following do's and don'ts.

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I rarely use these Leaders to ‘big up’ companies but I’m going to break the rules today as I’ve found my mind wandering back to what’s been going on at this particular organisation, throughout yesterday, (having received its latest press release) as well as when I’ve awoken during the night. 
In case you missed our report and hadn’t heard the news elsewhere, in mid-July Italian manufacturer Idrobase Group lost one of its warehouses along with products worth over 1million Euros, during a serious fire at its premises. You can read the story here
Whereas management in many organisations would - quite naturally under the circumstances, be wringing its collective hands in despair and, perhaps, laying-off staff, with Idrobase it was a case of ‘all hands on deck’ as employers and staff worked together to ensure that the fire didn’t continue to cause damage to the company’s business and its employees’ welfare, with everyone who could be involved, taking part in the clean-up. 
While I thought things might be up and running again within a month or so, the last thing I’d expected to learn yesterday was that it had taken just three weeks and that all employees were to receive a bonus to boot. Not a one-off ‘thank you for your help in the clean-up’ bonus either, but a nine-month, 100 Euros/month bonus to help the workforce deal with the rapidly rising cost of living and show them that the company had confidence in its future! And should the inflation continue, this bonus is highly likely to be continued! 
In the announcement, which you can read below, management recognised that much of its success – not only in dealing with the aftermath of the fire but also generally and particularly in its recent sales growth, was down to its people, their commitment to the company and the energy they bring to it. I couldn’t help thinking that part of this would be down to the way the employees were being treated, since loyalty and commitment has to be a two-way thing, don’t you think? And the Idrobase management, Bruno Ferrarese and Bruno Gazzignato, clearly haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be employees rather than employers, and are treating their workforce in the way they would have wished to be treated themselves. 
A good lesson for many organisations, I feel… 



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This Week's News

Idrobase Group starts again with an anti-inflation bonus

* IDROBASE-GROUP-STARTS-AGAIN.jpgAbout 100 Euros more per month for all employees from March until December 2022, in response to the cost of living, but also as a sign of confidence in the future: this is what the shareholders of Idrobase Group, Bruno Ferrarese and Bruno Gazzignato, decided a few days after the fire that destroyed one of the warehouses, rendering many offices at the headquarters in Borgoricco, in the province of Padua, unfit for use.

Along with the structure, the flames devoured products worth over 1million Euros, preventing their delivery. Production restarted immediately after the incident, although with understandable difficulties.

ISSA Show North America 2022 opens registration and releases education program

* ISSA-Show-North-America-2022-Registration.jpgISSA Show North America 2022, the annual tradeshow which brings together leaders from the commercial, institutional, and residential cleaning community, is open for registration. The event offers opportunities for networking, education and product discovery that help industry professionals evolve their businesses and change the way the world views cleaning.

Attendees are encouraged to register now for the event happening 10th -13th October, 2022, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Winners of CHSA's 2022 Undergraduate Bursary announced

* CHSA-burseries.jpgThree talented young people are celebrating. Olivia Baker, Liam Shepherd and Rebecca Griffiths have been selected as the recipients of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2022 Undergraduate Bursary.

So far, 14 young people have benefited from the Bursary while at university since the scheme was rejuvenated in 2016. Each receives £4,500, with £1,500 being paid at the start of each academic year or the first three years if the degree is longer.

America's Best Restroom 2022: contest finalists revealed

* American-Best-Finalists.jpgFrom one of the busiest airports in the country to a restaurant within an old manufacturing building, the top 10 finalists for the 2022 America's Best Restroom contest have been revealed.

The 21st annual contest celebrates businesses that develop and maintain innovative washroom facilities. You have until the end of 31st August 2022 to have your say in who will be crowned winner.

Grotspots and hotspots! Is your nearest city on the filthiest food establishment list?

* grotspots-hotspots.jpgFeeling peckish? That's the perfect excuse for a trip to a restaurant or an order from a takeaway, but will you risk your health when you sit down to dine?

Direct365, an essential services provider that works closely with businesses serving menus of all types, from fast food to pub grub to haute cuisine, has recently been investigating the nation's food hygiene geography.

NYU Langone health study confirms efficacy of EvaClean PurTabs NaDCC disinfectant

* NYU-EvaClean-PurTabs.jpgNew York University Langone Health (NYUL) is considered one of the top 10 hospitals in the US with 539 locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Florida. Commensurate with its reputation as a forward-thinking medical centre devoted to patient safety, chief epidemiologist Dr Michael Phillips and his colleagues at NYUL conducted a study to confirm the efficacy of sporicidal disinfectants for controlling Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) and Candida aruis (C. auris).

Over the course of an 18-month period, Dr Phillips, along with environmental services and building services teams, worked closely with EvaClean, the infection prevention division of EarthSafe Chemical Alternatives, to implement the study at two NYUL hospitals with a total of 1082 beds.

Cleenol launches Edencleen range

* Cleenol-edencleen.jpgOne of the UK's longest established manufacturers and suppliers of quality cleaning and hygiene products has officially launched its Edencleen range. Fourth generation family owned Cleenol Group has created Edencleen to reflect its mission to play its part in the creation of a 'cleaner and safer world'.

The range covers the essential needs to cover 80% of daily cleaning and includes: a washroom cleaner, toilet gel cleaner, urinal deodoriser, an all-purpose surface sanitiser, a degreaser and a washing up liquid, a no rinse floor degreaser, a window cleaner, a laundry detergent and fabric softener.

Jangro publishes new catering and hospitality catalogue

* Jangro-catering.jpgJangro has published a new catalogue, dedicated to the commercial caterer and hospitality sector. Available now in a compact A5 size, it is packed with many new sustainable choices. These include disposable food packaging, cutlery and drinkware which are made from recycled materials and are also compostable, biodegradable or recyclable.

From mixology, dispensing and serving essentials for bartenders, a large range of glassware (entry level to fine dining), through to front-of-house essentials, including crockery, cutlery, oven to tableware and presentation displays, the new catalogue has it all.

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Global Head of Innovation and Portfolio Management


Vectair Systems is seeking an experienced Global Head of Innovation and Portfolio Management to join our growing Marketing team. This role will work closely with the Head of Research and Development to bring innovation to life by developing and executing short- and long-term portfolio strategies that are grounded in customer insights and unmet needs for our global customers in more than 130 countries. This role also will have responsibility for the existing product portfolio, identifying and driving projects that improve the financial performance of our products. 

This role is highly cross-functional and will work closely with R&D, Supply Chain, Finance and Sales on a regular basis. This role requires an understand of new product development processes (phase gate or similar process) and strong business acumen to communicate our innovation strategy through all levels of the organization. Successful candidates will have demonstrated strategic thinking, strong communication and collaboration skills, are well organized, and have a passion for helping our customers.


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Recent UK News

Targeted hygiene protocols create a more hygienic, time-saving and cost-saving Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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By Dr Lisa Ackerley, CEnvH, FRSPH, director of medical and scientific engagement, hygiene at Reckitt

“In a world where it remains challenging to drive confidence, high standards of hygiene remain of great importance - in February 2022 according to Global Reckitt Covid Tracker, with 1000 individuals surveyed, 38% still choose where they visit based on disinfection standards.

Denis Rawlins launches cleaning equipment contract hire service

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Cleaning consultant and equipment supplier, Denis Rawlins, has launched a contract hire service to help businesses invest in the latest cleaning innovations, whilst protecting their bottom line.

Sodexo celebrates Accelerators innovation success

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Sodexo celebrated the culmination of its UK and Ireland innovation programme, Accelerators, in a special event held at its London headquarters recently.

Cleanology launches new industry fundraiser event to tackle hygiene poverty

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Cleanology has brought together some of the biggest names in the cleaning and facilities management industry to support the launch of a spectacular new annual fundraising event in aid of The Hygiene Bank.

Kingdom Cleaning promotes former apprentice to bid support admin

Cleaning and soft services provider, Kingdom Cleaning, has recently promoted a former apprentice to its group sales team.

Sam Tregidgo, who joined Kingdom at just 16 years of age, whilst completing his NVQ level 2 Business Administration qualification, has been promoted to bid support administrator. Over the past five-years with Kingdom, Sam has gained invaluable skills and knowledge that have allowed him to progress into his new role.

Sellafield cleaning contract leads to bigger things

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Winning a cleaning contract at Sellafield in 2003 has proved fruitful for Mitie, as almost two successful decades at the site, providing an expanded range of services, have now led to it being awarded a five-year contract to deliver Sellafield's new Integrated Asset Care framework, as a 50/50 partnership with Jacobs, under a joint venture called OneAIM. Sellafield estimates the IAC contract to be worth up to £250m over the full term of the contract.

Cleaning industry body angered by lack of response to its letters to Cabinet Secretary

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Angry business leaders in the cleaning & hygiene sector have hit out after the Government simply failed to fully respond and agree to their demands for a meeting to discuss the findings in the Sue Gray report, in which cleaners were identified as having been disrespected.

BICSc Awards: shortlist of finalists revealed

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The shortlist of finalists for the British Institute of Cleaning Science Awards 2022, which celebrate the exceptional efforts of leading lights from the professional cleaning industry, has been announced.

The organisation was inundated with entries for these popular annual Awards
this year, in a program which will culminate in an Awards Dinner on Thursday, 22nd September 2022, at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Meriden.

TV presenter and former England international rugby player Martin Bayfield is the celebrity host for the Awards – an event renowned as one of the largest and most influential in the cleaning industry's calendar.

Strike averted as cleaners win inflation-busting pay rise

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Latin American cleaners from Ecuador and Bolivia who work at Riverside Quarter, a large luxury residence in Wandsworth, London, have won a 16% pay rise bringing them up to £11.05 an hour from their previous rate of £9.50, the national minimum wage.

This pay rise comes after the cleaners, who are United Voices of the World members, voted to take strike action, with 100% of the UVW cleaners balloted, voting to strike. 

Matrix awards top partners

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British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix Cleaning Systems has once again recognised the important role its distributors, stockists and service engineers play in its continued success, by presenting the top performers with Awards.

Events & Exhibitions

AHCP National Forum
7-9th September 2022
'Managing the new normal'


Cleaning Show
4-7th October 2022

Cleantex Africa
12-14th October 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa

CleanNZ Expo
25-26th October 2022

Interclean China 2022
23-25th November 2022

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