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The Micro-Mist is purpose-designed for fast application of disinfecting solutions in a fine mist to interior floors, carpets, upholstery and multiple types of surfaces and touch-points.
With the Coronavirus pandemic running rampant we cannot afford to take any chances with our cleaning equipment or processes and TomCat's floor cleaning machines will help cleaning contractors go that extra mile in terms of both hygiene and sustainability, whilst cutting costs.
TomCat's new on-board Zer03+ system - which now comes with the Suds system included in the package on the company's pedestrian and ride-on scrubber driers, offers the best of both worlds. It produces on demand, unlimited amounts of aqueous ozone from plain tap water- which, like chlorine, is a powerful oxidiser - so there is no chance of degradation or dilution of the product as is experienced with some other chemical free systems.
According to Tom Morrison, vice president of marketing for Kaivac, KaiSan II is a no-rinse, hospital-grade disinfectant, effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens including:
Prochem distributor and home-services company, FantasticServices, has been rallying to support NHS staff nationwide by donating two hours of cleaning free of charge and giving preferential rates to all frontline NHS workers. Now, the company is looking to expand this offer to all key workers in the UK.
"We all owe an enormous debt to the selfless NHS workers who are saving lives as they fight daily against Covid-19," says Fantastic Services CEO and co-founder Anton Skarlatov (pictured left).
The innovative product uses smart technology to deliver the exact amount of sanitiser required without touching the device, and to ensure maximum use, providing companies with peace of mind as workplaces reopen.
The Ecoray system is a totally autonomous addition to the range of Grande Brio scrubber dryers and Willmop vertical scrubber dryers from TSM Italy - brought to the UK market in an exclusive partnership with Hooper Services in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Using UV technology to destroy micro-organisms on a cellular level, the Ecoray system can destroy up to 97% of bacteria, mould or viruses without the use of a chemical.
Since the pandemic began, the British Cleaning Council has received many enquiries about cleaning applications, processes and procedures from a variety of organisations that are reopening premises or seeking to design cleaning regimes that will ensure staff, visitors and the public stay safe and well.
OspreyDeepclean has now received the Expert Opinion from the Institut fuer Hygiene & Mikrobiologie (Institute for Hygiene & Microbiology) in Bremen, Germany, that the Steam & Vac Pro model achieves a greater than 5-log reduction against modified Ankara, based on EN 16615.
In Europe, the modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) represents the official surrogate test virus for all enveloped viruses including Sars-Cov-1 and Sars-Cov-2 and all human influenza viruses.
One thing the Coronavirus has done is promote the benefits of hand sanitiser to the public and many establishments are now supplying sanitiser spray and gel in an attempt to make us feel safe enough to enter their premises and spend our money. Employers are tending to do the same to improve hygiene in the work environment.
While cleaning professionals will realise that these products are dispensed at a fixed dosage that is enough to do the job, the general public still tends to think 'more is better', which means dispensers need to be replenished more often than they really should. This issue is just one that is addressed by a cleverly-designed British-manufactured system from Fig Products.
The Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board has been approved by the Education Skills Funding Agency to offer End-Point Assessment for the new Level 2 Healthcare Cleaning Operative apprenticeship.
The Healthcare Cleaning Apprenticeship was approved in February 2020 and has been welcomed by key industry bodies: Association for Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP), Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA), British Cleaning Council and WAMITAB, who have played an active role in its development.
In response to the pandemic, Ecolab has increased its production capacity seven fold in Europe to provide customers with critical hand sanitiser and surface disinfectant solutions to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
As businesses across Europe are reopening and welcoming employees and customers back, Ecolab is introducing two new hand sanitisers to help meet demand, putting customers' business in safe hands.
Cromwell Polythene's manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, has donated 500 kilos of blue polythene film to a fundraising partnership of volunteers and marine businesses making personal protective equipment for the NHS.
The film, manufactured at the Alfreton based manufacturing and recycling plant, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, will be made into approximately 5,000 disposable plastic gowns for Southampton General Hospital.
"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.
Vital health and safety personal protection against coronavirus (Covid-19) for a wide range of NHS staff, key workers and other employees manning critical commercial, industrial and public sector facilities, has been developed by Metro Security (GB).
Metro has reacted to the global pandemic by developing an innovative new module for its 2019 Queen's Award-winning MARS analytics solution. This new temperature monitoring system provides immediately available, easy-to-install and effective detection of arriving employees, contractors and visitors at the entrance point to any facility.
Last Thursday, the Government launched an online testing scheme which it said was designed to allow 'all essential workers' in England to register for tests if they or a family member were suffering virus symptoms.
Available in the new, unique, 40% UK recycled polymer containers (no other manufacturer can offer this) in both 5L and 750ml trigger spray bottles, Spray & Wipe ULTRA is bactericidal, yeasticidal, and virucidal having been tested to EN 1276 (inc. MRSA), EN 13697 (inc. E. coli), EN 16615 (yeasts), and certified to EN 14476 (inc. Norovirus, Influenza, and Bovine Coronavirus (BCOV) as a surrogate for other members of the Coronavirus family including MERS-CoV.
When the sheer scale of the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic became clear, companies in this industry were faced with a choice: ‘keep calm and carry on’ or join what has often been dubbed ‘the war effort’.
Buxton, Derbyshire-based Selden took the decision to do everything it could to manufacture the maximum amount of product that would make a real difference.
The lives of cleaners working on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus are potentially being put at risk because they are not automatically entitled to testing, according to the industry body for the sector.
The British Cleaning Council is calling for cleaners who are supporting critical industries to be treated in the same way as other key workers when it comes to testing.
A Yorkshire Dales doctor's surgery has updated its waiting room to help keep its staff and patients safe. Reeth Medical Centre, near Richmond, has had its seating reupholstered with an easy-to-clean, antimicrobial surface to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
The work was done by Ghyll House Upholstery & Design which has worked with several GP practices to redesign their patient waiting areas.
Exhaustive laboratory tests carried out on face masks treated with a novel chemical agent that produces a potent form of oxygen when activated by light, have shown that it can destroy human coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Covguard Shycocan is a breakthrough innovation now available to defend against coronavirus within enclosed spaces. The device, launched by BV Consulting, is designed to disarm, disable and protect against Covid-19, providing real-time protection in buildings.
It works by releasing safe, negatively charged electrons which neutralise the spike (S) proteins on the virus, so that they cannot attach to human cells.
ATP monitoring allows Germinator to test surfaces for the potential presence of living microorganisms in as little as 15 seconds prior to sanitising and disinfecting.
The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought chaos, as health officials and organisations scramble to find preventative measures for the spreading of the virus until a vaccine is discovered to bring transmission under control.
However, a small business in Sheffield is supporting these agencies with a range of Covid-fighting UV-C products.
In recognition of companies producing personal protective equipment for frontline workers throughout the pandemic - including Royal Mint and Brammer - and the mutual support shown within the industry, Goodfellow is cutting its materials prices* by 20% for the annual Black Friday sale in November.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Pest Control Conference, organised in partnership with the British Pest Control Association, is a two-day online conference taking place on 3rd and 4th November.
It aims to gather pest control professionals and experts to debate the latest legislative guidance and practical tools available, as well as discuss new risks and challenges from non-native species, including Asian hornets.
"We are working closely with facilities managers to recommend that they take the right steps to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors, and to restore confidence", says P-Wave sales & marketing manager Mark Wintle.
“As the pandemic has progressed, our understanding of the virus that causes Covid-19 has grown, and this has influenced the guidance on transmission-prevention measures such as face masks, social distancing, hand washing and disinfection.
Since the old adage, 'necessity is the mother of invention' still rings true, there have been notably creative ways that organisations and governments around the world have responded to the public health crisis. One of the most innovative measures is the use of UV lighting to combat the spread of the virus.
The cleaning & hygiene industry has been assessing the huge impact of Coronavirus and the lockdown on different sectors, businesses, and operatives. A British Cleaning Council audit of members last month shows that organisations and individuals are having to adapt rapidly to the major changes brought by the virus.
A consistent theme throughout is praise for the dedication of the operatives who have been doing vital work protecting the health and wellbeing of others and keeping key industries going since the pandemic began.
Ambius, known for its commitment to helping organisations promote healthy spaces through interior landscaping and scenting solutions, launched Hygiene360, a suite of full-service solutions that tackle the spread of germs on surfaces, person-to-person and in the air.
With the increased use of personal protective equipment during the pandemic, there is the potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing latex, warns the Health & Safety Executive.
Latex allergy most commonly manifests itself as localised urticaria, however other symptoms include allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma and, rarely, anaphylaxis.
The advanced air-drying formulation quickly cleans and sanitises hands without any nasty sticky residue. Free from alcohol & added fragrance, it's the perfect product to combat the dry and chapped skin that usually comes from multiple applications of hand sanitiser. For those with sensitive skin, this would be the sanitiser to choose.
It has been tested and passed standards EN1276 and EN16615 (adapted for commercial kitchens), which confirm its anti-bacterial action, whilst EN14476 proves it is effective at killing enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus.
ViroGuard Alcohol-Free Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Sanitiser passes the requirements of BS EN 1276 and BS EN 13727 for bactericidal activity, BS EN 14476 for viricidal activity, BS EN 1500 for hygienic handrub and BS EN 13624 for yeasticidal activity offering vital protection to the public.
From an ethical, environmental and socio-economic point of view, this phenomenon is nothing short of alarming because it has a direct impact on producers, processors, distributors, shops - and, of course, on consumers. But here's the good news: henceforth it will be possible to extend this UBD by up to 100%!
Company CEO Steve Rosenzweig, who has 28 years’ experience in professional cleaning industry and is dedicated to providing customers with the most effective cleaning, says he wants to offer an extra layer of protection for complete confidence in his cleaning and disinfection protocols to help combat the spread of illness-causing germs including SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.
Colds, flu, stomach upsets and the like can rapidly circulate and infect one person after another - and with the battle against Covid-19 currently raging, never has it been as important to reduce the likelihood of the spread of infection than it is now.
Door handles are the perfect example...
Now, renowned researchers at the University of Arizona have concluded that there is "no data to support any human health claims relative to hand dryers versus paper towel use”.
Are you servicing high footfalls? Want to keep your venue as Covid safe throughout the day for staff, visitors, and pupils? Struggling to keep up with demand on your hand sanitiser station? Then the Pedal Pro 7000 is your solution!
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the hygiene and safety of staff, visitors and attendees has become the No.1 priority for businesses. The challenge is even greater for those welcoming large footfalls. Whole industries are now facing so many challenges in their day-to-day operations, particularly those with large footfalls such as event spaces, museums, offices, schools and universities.
Ecolab has been a long-term supplier of NHS Supply Chain, providing critical infection prevention solutions, combined with service and training to help ensure cleaner, safer and healthier healthcare environments. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for infection prevention solutions has surged, and Ecolab has worked closely with NHS Supply Chain to help ensure the right products are delivered where they are needed the most across the NHS and health & social care.
OspreyDeepclean has been supplying innovative steam cleaning technology for many years. The efficacy for use to remove healthcare-acquired infections - including viruses - was scientifically proven more than a decade ago and is very relevant in today's world.
The Vanguard Scientific-created hand cleaner takes guidance from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention-provided recommendations for alcohol-based hand sanitiser and adds powerful plant-derived compounds, known as terpenes, that may boost the mixture's antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral effects.
Flow International Corporation, developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet cutting systems, has repurposed its operations to produce face shields for medical workers, first responders and workers in essential businesses to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The company is ramping production rapidly to where it will be producing more than 50,000 units per week by the end of this month. Flow does not expect to make a profit from this effort.
Keeping healthcare professionals safe during the Covid-19 outbreak requires both knowledge and proper planning. Owens & Minor is staging an important and informative webinar tomorrow, reviewing the impact on hospital staff, as well as the evidence-based infection control strategies necessary to mitigate transmission.
Combining expertise, common sense and data specifics, this webinar is designed to help ensure both the continuity of clinical operations and the ultimate safety of those working in hospital environments
The original healthcare cleaning machine is still just as effective for sanitation and decontamination but has been redesigned to be more user-friendly.
Teams from Numatic International, (known globally for its smiling Henry, George and Hetty vacuum cleaners and mops) are working on several projects to support the Government and the NHS in the fight to save the lives of as many people as possible.
“Face shields are now in full production and available for delivery,” says the Somerset, UK-based manufacturer.
While European institutions are unanimously calling for solidarity and collaborating to develop an EU-level response to the common challenge, EFCI, the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry, is calling on decision-makers at EU and national level to provide the sector with the necessary tools to continue developing its crucial role throughout the crisis and to ensure the continuity of its companies for the duration of the outbreak as well as after it ends.
On 18th March, the Association published a first statement to address the urgent need for national and European authorities to:
Digital Barriers, a leading provider of edge-intelligent surveillance and security technologies, has announced the release of a real-time remote fever scanning solution that adds remote monitoring to this capability. Fever scanning cameras help safeguard frontline workers against potential infection.
The addition of Digital Barriers' government-grade remote monitoring enables this to be carried out without the need for close human contact, thereby cutting the risk of transmission.
"Our first line of action has been to protect our staff and families, many of whom are now working from home," states managing director Nick Garthwaite. "However, as a key supplier, supporting the healthcare sector and hygiene in food and beverage production, it is crucial that we ensure supply is available for our customers as needed."
An independent institute has confirmed the efficacy of Meiko cleaning and disinfection technology, which means it is possible to safely clean and disinfect almost all hospital utensils that could be contaminated - even for faecal-oral transmission.
David Fisman, epidemiologist at the University of Toronto has warned that the potential for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) to spread via faeces presents novel challenges to hospitals in particular.
During the well-known TV show UnoMattina, journalists from the main national broadcaster spoke about Idrobase and the fight against the spread of Coronavirus and other pathogens.
UMF Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance, color-coded cleaning products, partnered with Baptist Easley Hospital, a member of Prisma Health, providing a comprehensive PCPLUS program in support of ensuring safe patient environments.
With PCPLUS, the world-class hospital was able to cut its monthly laundry management costs in half, support infection prevention, decrease environmental impact, and free up capital.
Canada-based Bast Fibre Technologies and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a global licensing agreement for a suite of patents related to the application of intact plant-based bast fibres in a variety of nonwoven products and processes.
Within the terms of the agreement, under licence from Georgia-Pacific, BFTi will develop, process and market the next generation of sustainable nonwoven fibres aiming to lead the industry in the transition away from synthetic materials toward all-natural, better performing solutions.
Bacta-Care Sanitiser-Cleaner is EN13697 tested and regulated in dirty conditions.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers for the development of a new industry Standard on Infection Control - BSR/IICRC S410 Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are being accepted through 29th February, 2020.
"In the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak, IICRC announces this important Standard impacting the health of our nation," says IICRC Standards chairman, Brandon Burton. "We're excited to build out our Standards offerings and invite those with a thirst for knowledge and expertise in these niche areas to join us."
Brightwell Dispensers has added spray and foam dispensers to its growing product offering. These robust and efficient foam and spray cleaning systems have been designed for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces.
The systems are ideal for use by hygiene and cleaning professionals in numerous sectors such as agriculture, commercial kitchens, hospitals, food preparation facilities and many more.
UK infection control company GV Health has delivered 9.5 tonnes of infection control equipment and healthcare disinfectants for use by medical staff in Chinese hospitals.
Complementing its range of hand drying solutions, the Airdri Air Purifier uses custom thermal convection technology to kill airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, as well as eliminating bad odours caused by bacteria, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Whether you are working at entry level, managing a cleaning operation, or you are a company director, BICSc guarantees that you will gain insightful knowledge around topical items that are affecting the cleaning industry and its people.