* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th December 2022 Issue no. 1044

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International News

Rawlins' Kaivac AutoVac Stretch empowers sustainable floor cleaning

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Rawlins' Kaivac AutoVac Stretch hard floorcare machine has earned Green Seal's Certification of Environmental Innovation. The certification has been awarded based on reduced environmental toxicity, waste minimisation, use of verified the machine met a rigorous standard for transformative product innovation.

UMF calls for nominations for 14th Annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

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Nominations are open for the 14th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, which acknowledges the environmental services (EVS) workers who play essential roles in reducing preventable healthcare associated infections.

Expert explains how evidence-based cleaning will help reduce HCAI deaths

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Interclean, which organises the highly successful cleaning exhibitions and conferences that take place in Amsterdam every two years, has interviewed Professor Didier Pittet, chairman of Clean Hospitals and director of the infection control programme at the University of Geneva Hospitals Faculty of Medicine, about the importance of healthcare cleaning.

New State minimum wage for Swedish work permit 'not thought through' claims Almega

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The decision by Riksdag, Sweden's legislature and supreme decision-making body, to vote through the previous Government's proposal on improving the standard of living for non-EU labour immigrants - including those involved in cleaning - has been dubbed by Patrick Joyce, chief economist at service companies' organisation Almega, 'a bad proposal' .

Bradley donates hand sanitiser dispensers for hurricane Ian relief efforts

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Following the devastation of Hurricane Ian in Florida, Bradley Corporation has donated hand sanitiser dispensers and supplies to support the hand hygiene of community members helping with relief efforts.

Phillips 66 Deploys Autonomous Cleaning Robots

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Phillips 66 is partnering with floor cleaning equipment and technology company ICE Cobotics to enable branded Phillips 66, Conoco, 76, and Phillips 66 Aviation locations to utilise Ice Cobotics Cobi 18 autonomous floor scrubbers. Cobi 18 robots are designed to clean 5,000sq.ft - 7,000sq.ft of floorspace per hour and can be deployed multiple times per day to clean floors.

Essity and Reckitt launch bespoke co-branded professional hygiene solutions

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Essity and Reckitt have announced the launch of a range of co-branded disinfection products for professional hygiene customers combining the power of their Tork, Dettol and Sagrotan brands across four countries in Europe.

Say what you mean and mean what you say in business…

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Writes Matt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark - a new agency created to help aircare, hygiene and washroom technology brands and businesses develop effective innovations and marketing strategies. Matt’s two decades of experience in the industry, enables him to support clients with outstanding and truly innovative ideas - both for branding and products.

2022 Cintas SHINE Award honours housekeepers who go above and beyond

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Cintas Corporation has announced the grand-prize winner and runners-up in the 2022 Cintas SHINE (Star Housekeepers in a New Era) Award. Christine Perkins, a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cedar City in Cedar City, Utah, won the contest's $5,000 cash grand prize.

The best ways to boost hygiene in the workplace over the Winter season

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Workplace hygiene has never been more important. With the UK set to face a cold Winter - especially considering the soaring price of gas and electricity bills - it is imperative that workspaces and offices have measures in place to limit the spread of infections.

Vectair Systems launches Vibe Pro

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Vectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, has launched the Vibe Pro aircare dispenser - its newest innovation in the aircare evolution.

ISSA and Staples form national distribution partnership program

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ISSA has formed a new distribution partner program with business equipment and stationery giant Staples. Together, ISSA and Staples will elevate the cleaning industry by hosting training and certification programs at Staples training facilities across the US.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


You’ll no doubt be familiar by now with my belief that it’s largely up to us, as members of the general public, how hard our cleaners have to work and also how much they’ll enjoy their work, depending upon how we choose to leave spaces and facilities we’ve visited, and how we interact with them when our paths cross. ‘Leave no trace’ and interact kindly, appreciatively, and with warmth, and we’ll help make their day… Leave an unwarranted mess that we could so easily sort ourselves and/or ignore their efforts - and perhaps obstruct them in their work - and we’ll bring them down. 
If you’re one of our thousands of overseas readers you may not be familiar with the phrase ‘it warmed the cockles of my heart’ but it’s something you may well have felt yourself if watching the World Cup and seeing the fans from Ghana cleaning up any mess left in the stadium after beating South Korea and perhaps even more surprisingly (because their team had just been defeated) the Japanese fans clearing up AND sorting the recycling after their team played South Korea - having already done so not only for their own group stage match against Germany, Costa Rica and Spain but also during the World Cup opening match between Qatar and Ecuador. * Japanese-footie-fan.jpg

I’m sure that after their defeat they’ll have wanted to slope off in dismay but they didn’t. All I can say is that all these considerate people are a credit to themselves, their families and their countries, and I hope that the fine example they’ve set is noted by those amongst us who feel it’s their right to leave a trail of devastation for others to clear up! Forgive me if I’ve missed any good deeds and do please let me know if I have, because people who go out of their way to clean up behind themselves so others don’t have to do so, deserve recognition for their efforts. 

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This Week's News

Terry Burrows proves he hasn't lost his touch!

* Terry-Burrows.jpgCongratulations to Britain's Terry 'Turbo' Burrows for once again seeing off the competition in the latest window cleaning speed and efficiency trials ' this time at Expo Houten in The Netherlands.

Window cleaning professionals wishing to pit their skills against Terry's, can next do so at The Cleaning Show, being held at London's Excel, from 14th through 16th March, 2023.


CHSA: 'Proud to support the cleaning industry in 2022'

* Lorcan_CHSA.jpgLorcan Mekitarian, chair of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, updates us on the Association's achievements and events over 2022

"The cleaning industry is a huge contributor to the UK economy, and we are proud to have supported it in 2022, setting standards and advocating a Roadmap to Sustainability.

UK manufacture of hand sanitiser products: current arrangements for Article 95 compliance to end

* hand-sanitiser-products.jpgIn response to the pandemic, the Health & Safety Executive took steps to assist industry's efforts to increase the availability of hand sanitisers to help reduce the spread/transmission of Covid-19.

One was adopting a pragmatic and proportionate approach to the requirement for all biocidal products supplied in the UK to contain active substances sourced from suppliers on the Article 95 list. This is now to end.

Ecoserv Group wins at Scale-Up Awards for industry-leading focus on sustainability

* ECOSERV-SCALE-UP-AWARDS.jpgEcoserv Group, the renowned family-owned provider of sustainable FM in the UK, has won a Scale-Up Award.

The company scooped the Sustainable Scale-up Business of the Year category in recognition of its Net Zero strategy and a commitment to minimising the eco impact of the built environment.

Poppies celebrates a year of growth and financial success

* Poppies_Emma-Ryan.jpgPoppies, the domestic cleaning franchise and member of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, is enjoying a period of significant growth and success, with "all-time highs in enquiries" coming in since the pandemic and some branches having a waiting list.

One such franchisee to have demonstrated the proof of concept in the Poppies franchise is Emma Ryan, franchisee of Poppies Stockport. In the last 12 months alone, Emma's business has seen a staggering 64% growth across business operations. Meanwhile, in the six periods leading up to the pandemic compared to the last six periods, Poppies Stockport has increased its turnover by 63%.

Power and portability take centre stage with Goodway Technologies’ ultra-compact HEPA industrial vacuum

* Goodway-Ultra-Compact-Vac.jpgThe industrial vacuum solution for when size, portability and industrial design need to check all the boxes, Goodway Technologies’ new DP-E1-H Compact HEPA unit weighs under 43 pounds, making it easier to transport throughout a facility.

Use it for dry or wet applications in industrial facilities, food and beverage plants, commercial kitchens, and much more.

Singapore launches Clean Public Toilets campaign 2022

* Singapore-NEA-Clean-Public-Toilets-2022.jpgThemed 'Public Toilets Shouldn't Be Scary', Singapore's National Environment Agency Clean Public Toilets Campaign 2022, launched last week, uses humour to appeal to the public to adopt good behaviour and thus avoid the 'toilet horrors' which arise from dirty public toilets. It aims to continue urging users to adopt the behaviours of 'Flush, Clean, Bin, Dry'.

The campaign is running on free-to-air television, and out-of-home, digital and social media platforms. In-situ materials such as posters and wall stickers will be progressively installed in public toilets at hawker centres, selected coffeeshops, parks, beaches and community clubs, to remind public toilet users about good toilet behaviours.

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Recent UK News

MPs' report on pandemic calls for introduction of cleaning standards; recommends wide-ranging measures to ready nation for future public health emergencies

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A new report by MPs into the role of cleaning & hygiene during the pandemic has called for the introduction of minimum standards for hand and other hygiene infrastructure and cleaning of venues to help make sure the nation is better prepared for any future public health emergency.

Government strategy highlights value of FM, says BESA

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The Building Engineering Services Association has welcomed the Government's first comprehensive strategy for facilities management, which sets out an eight-year plan to improve the performance of its estate of almost 140,000 buildings, which currently generates an annual FM bill of more than £13bn - 18% of the total UK market.

UK Contract Cleaning market: growth opportunities in 2023

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Research for a new report from MTW Research has found that the contract cleaning market continues to be supported by high levels of spending in the public sector, despite challenging headwinds in the commercial cleaning market in 2022.

Principle signs up to support armed forces

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Principle Cleaning Services has signed up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant; a written, publicised, voluntary pledge to support those who have served, in returning to civilian life and work.

Mitie reveals eight key questions to address the FM industry's most pressing issues

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Mitie has collaborated with Nordic Foresight, the workplace and research consultancy, to identify the biggest challenges facing facilities management leaders, and in its report, released yesterday, experts explore eight questions FM leaders must ask themselves as they navigate an ever-changing industry, with a focus on sustainability and the transformation of workspaces.

Entry deadline extended for Metsä Tissue 2023 Sustainability Awards

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At the request of people preparing their entries and needing more time in which to do so, Metsä Tissue has extended the submission date for its upcoming Sustainability Awards to 23rd December 2022, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of entering but didn’t feel you’d be able to do yourself justice within the initial timescale, now’s your chance to shine! These Awards are free to enter.

Planned fuel duty increase will stifle economy, says Logistics UK

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A proposed 23% increase in fuel duty, which equates an additional 12p per litre of petrol or diesel at the pumps, hidden in the content of last week's Office of Budgetary Responsibility Report on Fiscal Responsibility, would be a body blow to the logistics industry if introduced, according to the business group which represents the sector.

Putting mental health first

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Andrew Safo Poku, HR director at facilities management specialist Samsic UK, examines how the company's innovative approach to mental health is delivering significant benefits across the business:

BCC calls for entire cleaning sector to consider paying a real Living Wage

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To mark Living Wage Week, (which is this week) the British Cleaning Council has renewed its call for cleaning & hygiene sector businesses and organisations to consider also becoming real Living Wage Employers.

Tackling a toxic timebomb

Cigarette butts account for 66% of all litter and can be found in every corner Great Britain - on our streets, in our countryside, our parks and beaches, our waterways and, finally, in the sea.

Partnership to create 10 new hard-to-recycle plastics recycling facilities across UK

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Clean Planet Energy has this week announced a new joint venture with private equity firm Crossroads Real Estate to fund Clean Planet Energy's flagship ecoPlant currently under construction in Teesside, North East England.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
14-16th March 2023

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


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