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‘Contributions of Cleaning Solution Residues to Indoor Organic Surface Films’: new report

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Residues from commercial cleaning products contain a wider range of compounds than previously thought. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, surfaces in public spaces are cleaned more often. While disinfectant solutions eliminate germs, they don't leave behind a truly bare surface. They deposit a thin film that doesn't get wiped up, even after giving the surface a good polish.

Global professional hand hygiene market to grow by $2Bn to 2028

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The ‘Global Professional Hand Hygiene Market - Outlook & Forecast 2023-2028’ report, recently added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering, predicts that the market will reach a value of $8.18 billion by 2028 - from $6.18 billion in 2022, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of approximately 4.8%.

Show your washroom some love

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Literally made for each other, Blu Away and Bio Blocks form a synergistic partnership that goes beyond surface cleanliness, addressing the core issues of washroom maintenance.

One third of Geneva's eateries do not meet hygiene norms

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Of the 2,500 inspections carried out last year in Geneva's restaurants and other eating establishments, one in three did not comply with hygiene standards, according to swissinfo.ch.

Floor cleaning challenge, met sensibly, secures Austrian spa's sustainability certification

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Austria’s Alpentherme Gastein Spa has been awarded sustainability certification by flooring company Bona, in recognition of the CO2 and energy saved thanks to clever measures taken when effective cleaning and maintenance became challenging.

Closing toilet lid pre-flush does not reduce spread of viral particles, researchers find

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A new study published last week in the American Journal of Infection Control demonstrates that viral particles spread to many washroom surfaces during toilet flushing - regardless of whether the toilet lid is up or down. The researchers say that the only meaningful way of reducing viral particles during the study, was through disinfection of the toilet, toilet water and nearby surfaces.

Contract signed for cleaning of China’s high-speed trains

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e-Home Household Services Holdings and Xiamen Iron Meal Enterprise Management Co have signed an agreement on cleaning services for high-speed railway trains, with a total amount of more than RMB 8 million (£886,722.44).

ACI Convention 'Duck Race' benefits The WASH Foundation

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The American Cleaning Institute’s Annual Charity Duck Race, held during the 2024 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention in Florida, raised a much-needed $40,575 for The WASH Foundation.

Survey finds Americans are strategic handwashers

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According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey conducted by Bradley Company, Americans implement handwashing on an ‘as needed’ basis…

Kärcher Professional UK discount scheme helps hospitality sector get ahead of post-Christmas clear-up

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Kärcher Professional UK is helping the hospitality industry get one step ahead of new guest arrivals by eradicating, with ease, the mess caused by Christmas, thanks to its latest offer.

UHS deploys cutting-edge robotic cleaning technology developed by CenoBots

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CenoBots has announced its partnership with UHS of San Antonio, a valued hospital system partner, for deploying cleaning robots. The deployment is also being carried out in collaboration with Hellogard Robotics.

Dettol Pro Cleanse Liquid Hand Wash high-fives hand hygiene in commercial bathrooms

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Reckitt Pro Solutions recognises that commercial bathrooms are a key battleground for hygienic hands due to high ongoing traffic coupled with their central location within busy public areas such as offices, hotels and restaurants.


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The press has certainly had all guns blazing this week for Total Clean’s head of operations Graham Petersen, hasn’t it? By golly – those publications couldn’t have worked any harder to convince readers he’s a cold, uncaring manager, effectively bullying a struggling, single-mum by sacking her for eating a leftover sandwich when she cleaned up after a meeting at a client’s premises - which could well have been destined for the bin anyway! It all came across a bit ‘David and Goliath’. There were pictures of him floating, suntanned, in an overseas pool, as if he was filthy rich and didn’t have a care in the world, along with pictures of sacked cleaner Gabriela’s colleagues, rallying for her reinstatement, and Gabriela too – understandably looking sorry for herself. Under the circumstances, it would be so easy to be swayed into thinking that sacking Gabriela was way over the top and that the issue should perhaps have been dealt with in a different way – perhaps by a disciplinary. I was feeling that way myself for a while and wondered whether there might be something more behind it, so did a bit of digging. 
My conclusions? Established in 1988, TotalClean is a family-run business with many, very long-standing clients posting great reviews. It’s also an Corporate Membership of the British Institute of Cleaning Science but is not, according to the Cleaning & Support Services Association's website, a CSSA member. Gabriela was earning decent money, bearing in mind that the National Living Wage for over 23s set by the Government is £10.42/hr across the UK and she was on, according to the reports, £13/hr which is just 15p below the Living Wage foundation’s £13.15/hr London rating and way above £12/hour national rating. 
I understand that in Gabriela’s case she’d previously been offered leftover food and felt that a precedent had been set. I get that. I also get that by taking the sandwich, she caused a loss of faith in her integrity and had breached her contract. 
It’s a toughie, isn’t it? I daresay that every day, a cleaning contractor somewhere in the world is struggling with a decision on whether to sack, discipline or simply reprimand an employee who’s taken something they’d considered to be rubbish, rather than leave it where it was or bin it. Where do you draw the line though? Be lenient and worry that the practice will spread amongst other staff, with items taken becoming more valuable and potentially leading to the loss of the contract, or be tough, use any transgressions to set an example and ensure that all employees know not to remove anything at all from the premises unless given express permission to do so. 
Where would you draw the line? Have you, as an employer, faced such a decision and how did you handle things? Please do let me know.





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This Week's News

Genesis Biosciences joins consortium to tackle antimicrobial resistance

* Genesis-Biosciences-consortium.jpgGenesis Biosciences has joined the COMBAT AMR consortium which aims to understand and control the emergence and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in complex drain biofilms. Under the leadership of Professor Jean-Yves Maillard of Cardiff University, the company will collaborate with the university and other European educational institutions on the research project.

Antimicrobial resistance is a significant global challenge and is listed on the UK government's National Risk Register as a chronic risk that poses continuous challenges. The Government's vision is for antimicrobial resistance to be contained and controlled by 2040 and it is publishing five-year national action plans to achieve this.

Kerbside Costing Tool webinar will help councils tackle waste more effectively

* Kerbside-Webinar.jpgWRAP, the Waste & Resources Action Programme, is hosting an online webinar aimed at guiding local authorities on how to utilise the Kerbside Costing tool which provides Local Authorities with indicative costs and performance of different kerbside collection schemes. It is found on the Local Authority portal.

The tool enables users to look at and compare different kerbside collection schemes and is considered to offer an easy first step for an authority considering alternative collection options.

London needs a freight commissioner, says Logistics UK

* London-freight-commissioner.jpgCalling for the next Mayor of London to appoint a dedicated freight commissioner, Logistics UK's senior policy advisor, Chris Yarsley, says: "The capital's 35,000 logistics businesses deliver everything London needs, and the industry provides jobs for more than a quarter of a million Londoners - almost 5% of the city's employees.

Yet the needs of the sector are often relegated to an afterthought once decisions on construction, manufacturing, infrastructure and even waste management have been made.

Eco-champion Forest Green Rovers FC cleans green with Delphis Eco

* FOREST-GREEN-ROVERS.jpgEco cleaning chemical brand, Delphis Eco, has forged a new partnership with Forest Green Rovers Football Club – considered by both FIFA, the international governing body of association football, and the United Nations - as one of the greenest football team in the world.

The collaboration is based on shared values and a mutual passion to put sustainability at the core of every decision made. Whether reducing emissions or measuring and lowering carbon footprint, it's all about doing business the right way and doing 'good'.

Mitie celebrates winners at inaugural Apprenticeship Awards

* Mitie-Apprenticeship-Awards.jpgMitie celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with its inaugural Apprenticeship Awards ceremony, which recognised the outstanding efforts of Mitie apprentices and their champions.

Winners were selected across six categories with each awarded a £100 voucher in recognition of their exceptional work. Mitie received over 180 award nominations from across the business.

Jangro member PPS modernises last mile delivery with Descartes solution

* Jangro-Descartes.jpgJangro member Professional Paper Supplies is using Descartes' last mile delivery solution to modernise and improve its delivery operations as part of a major digital transformation program.

By automating manual processes, the Descartes solution has allowed PPS' transport manager to save approximately 25 hours/week planning deliveries and routes. The solution also helped PPS gain 17 hours of productive time daily across its team of 17 drivers, or 1 hour/day/driver, which the company is devoting to more deliveries per day, staff training and other strategic imperatives.

ISS renews full-service partnership agreement with Nordea

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ISS has worked with Nordea since 1976. From 2012 onward, the company has delivered integrated facility management services.

GMS Group wins Gloucestershire contract and works with Fidelis to provide cleaning services

* GMS-Group-Colliers.jpgColliers, a global leader in corporate real estate services, has appointed GMS Group as its partner across Gloucestershire in a second contract win for the cleaning & security specialist. GMS – appointed by Colliers as its partner for key sites in the West Midlands in 2023, has partnered with commercial cleaning specialist Fidelis, part of React Group, to deliver the cleaning services.

GMS is supporting Colliers, the managing agent for Gloucester City Council, with cleaning and security services across Eastgate Shopping Centre, King's Walk Shopping Centre, St Oswald's Retail Park and King's Square, all in Gloucester.

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Recent UK News

Andy Gregory becomes EcoTech MD

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Coventry-based cleaning product manufacturer EcoTech (Europe) has announced the appointment of a new managing director to spearhead its ambitious growth plans. Taking the reins is Andy Gregory who steps up from the role of finance director which he has held since May of last year.

Avoid getting caught out by exaggerated or false marketing and product claims

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association will be sharing its expertise with buyers and end users of cleaning & hygiene products, advising on how to avoid being caught out by exaggerated, vague and false marketing and product claims, by hosting a panel debate at the Manchester Cleaning Show on Wednesday 13 March, at 12.30pm.

Mould meets its Waterloo! HG urges 'Get It Right the 1st Time' at first roadshow

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Ed: OK so the product may be aimed at households, but bearing in mind the publicity this clever campaign will get, along with the fact that it will help raise funds for homelessness charity Shelter, we just had to share it…

Waste expert preps Welsh customers for seismic shift in recycling regs

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From April 6th all workplaces across Wales must sort and separate all waste - including paper and card, food, glass, metal, plastic and unsold textiles - before collection, or face strict financial penalties.

Veolia secures deal to manage Birmingham recycling and waste until 2034

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Veolia has won the contract to run Birmingham's household recycling and refuse treatment solutions for the next 10 years. The deal means the company will operate the energy recovery facility, the city's household recycling centres (HRCs) and three waste transfer stations.

BICSc and CSSA collaborate on innovative industry research

Experts from The British Institute of Cleaning Science and the Cleaning & Support Services Association have joined forces to work in partnership on an innovative pioneering project - The Future of Cleaning initiative.

An industry first, this groundbreaking collaboration between the two organisations has been launched in partnership with the University of Surrey and is aimed at exploring innovation in the cleaning industry.

Hillcroft Park wins Loo of The Year Award 2023

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The 2023 Loo of The Year Awards were presented last week and the overall winner in the search to find the 'best away from home' toilets and washrooms in the UK came from the Holiday Parks category. Hearty congratulations to Hillcroft Park from Ullswater Valley in the Lake District!

Decontamination company fined after hospital staff left with life-changing conditions

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York-based Bio Decontamination has been fined more than £16,000 and ordered to pay £27,228 in costs after staff at Scarborough Hospital were left with life-changing medical conditions having being exposed to ionised hydrogen peroxide following the decontamination process.

Material Focus and IEMA Insights share Waste Electricals webinar info

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Discarded unwanted electricals are the fastest growing waste stream in the world and we all have a duty to ensure that they're dealt with responsibly. The 'Insights into Waste Electricals - how to stop precious resources being lost forever' event, held yesterday, created the perfect platform to share expertise and learn about the latest research that is shaping the revised regulations on waste electricals.

Fire-damaged flats fully functional after Prochem solves soot staining issues

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Cleaning up after an arson attack in a block of Liverpool council flats, a local contractor tried and failed to remove soot damage with a generic solution. With sign-off refused for the property to be reoccupied, solutions specialist Prochem was asked in to meet and advise the council.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Cleaning Products Europe
9-10th April 2024
Czech Republic


Care Show London
24-25th April 2024


Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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