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This week I received news I'd been expecting for some time: our regional cleaning & hygiene exhibition & conference, originally due to be held in Manchester this week but already postponed until next month, is to be replaced with a virtual event with the main show rescheduled for 2021. A good call by the organisers!
If you've been following my Leaders over the years (this is the 936th I've written in Cleanzine!) you probably know how much I enjoy these shows and how sad I feel on the drive/flight home that they're over. Our industry's known for being a bit like the Eagles' Hotel California... "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" and much of this is down to the people, many of whom we don't see from one event to the next. Friendships are formed and cemented over the years and our industry colleagues can sometimes feel like part of our extended family. And with us all getting older and the pandemic far from over, there's always the feeling that our paths may never cross again.
Over the many hours I've spent chatting to people on their exhibition stands I've learnt that these shows can be a drag, in as much as there are so many staged all over the world. Whereas I may be heading home for a rest, company staff will often have to break everything down, pack it onto trucks and accompany it to a different part of the world before setting it up at - and working - another show. Some have revealed they haven't seen their families for months, so while I'm mourning the damage the pandemic's done to our gatherings, I can see that others will be grateful to not be on the road for a change. I can imagine though that those whose job it is to stage huge international events must be feeling almost bereaved when these are cancelled at the last minute. It must be soul destroying!
Some of us are still having to travel though, so it was with interest I learned this week that Rome's Fiumicino Airport's is the first in the world to receive the Covid-19 5-Star rating from international rating agency Skytrax, who recorded very high standards of cleanliness, a visible presence of cleaning staff in customer-facing areas and the testing of several UV sanitisation methods which further enhance hygiene levels at high-contact points. ATP testing of frequently touched surfaces indicated that exceptional disinfection and hygiene measures were in place. Well done to all involved in achieving such high standards!
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The Manchester Cleaning Show – due to take place next month – has been postponed until September 2021 because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event, on 14th and 15th October.
"This has been a saddening decision for everyone working on the Show, but we have unanimously agreed that the best course of action is to reschedule the event,” say the organisers. The latest government rules regarding social gatherings and the ongoing local lockdown in the Greater Manchester are has forced us to re-evaluate our plans for the event.
Speaking about the postponement of October's Manchester Cleaning Show and its replacement with a virtual event to be held on 14th - 15th October, Lorcan Mekitarian, chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, said: "We are sorry there will not be an opportunity for the sector to come together in one place this year, but completely understand the British Cleaning Council's decision."
"The virtual event, replacing the Manchester Cleaning Show 2020, is the next best thing and we are looking forward to being an active participant.
Health organisations worldwide agree that proper handwashing and drying can prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 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”.
Their scoping review, ‘Comparison of electric hand dryers and paper towels for hand hygiene: a critical review of the literature’, was recently published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.
A North Wales business has secured over £1million in sales orders within weeks of launching, winning orders for its range of sanitising dispensers from across the UK as well as from countries including the US, Canada, Qatar and Sweden.
Llandudno-based Sanitise Now was set up by managing director Tracy Williams, (pictured); finance director Barry Roberts and sales & marketing director Jordan Hurley in April this year to meet the huge demands from businesses facing up to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Competition & Markets Authority has opened an investigation into the anticipated acquisition by Mitie Group of Interserve FM (Holdings), which was announced in June of this year and was expected to complete by the year end.
The CMA is considering whether the merger will result in a substantial lessening of competition for goods or services in the sector and has invited comment from interested parties.
A new automatic blocking tool has been launched to enable property owners to allow additional time to clean guest rooms between stays if needed, to help ensure guest safety and offer reassurance to them when booking.
Launched by Eviivo, the online booking specialist for the independent accommodation sector, the automatic cleaning buffer incorporates functionality which allows hosts to block rooms to allow them to be cleaned on either side of a guest's stay.
The Healthcare Cleaning Forum is back and will host two sessions with Prof. Didier Pittet, Prof. Pierre Parneix and Alexandra Peters. These sessions will address topics such as Covid-19 and fake news.
Cintas Corporation's Chicago, US-based direct sale and rental distribution centres (DCs) have been awarded Gold level under the TRUE (Total Resource Use & Efficiency) certification system for zero waste. Administered by Green Business Certification, TRUE helps facilities define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource efficient.
Cintas' Chicago DCs were certified Gold as a result of diverting more than 90% of its waste stream from landfill and incineration, having a zero-waste policy in place and meeting the TRUE certification requirements over the past 12 months.
Eco Logic, a company that maintains textiles and flooring for commercial clients using environmentally-friendly solutions, has been hired by Fitchburg State University, a public university located in Massachusetts, US, to sanitise and disinfect 460,000sq.ft across multiple buildings on campus, including dormitories, to assist in the response to the pandemic.
While the facilities were not at that stage available, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requested that they be readied in case of future need.
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