*Cleanzine-logo-6.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 19th February 2015 Issue no. 661

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International News

Mundipharma demonstrates efficacy of Betadine formulations against Ebola virus

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Singaporean manufacturer Mundipharma has announced successful results from the testing of Betadine formulations against the Ebola virus, which was undertaken at Marburg University, Germany.

GenEon's technology reducing school absenteeism

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Although the US Environmental Protection Agency has declared that the flu outbreak this year may be one of the worst in recent history with many schools across the nation seeing record absenteeism rates, Paulding schools in Georgia and the Faith Family Academy in Dallas, Texas have documented a significant reduction of more than 10% in absenteeism rates through the use of GenEon's fast response technology.

Legionella Control publishes advice on how to appoint an authorising engineer

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An internationally recognised legionella risk management group has released expert advice guiding institutions on how to appoint a water services authorising engineer.

European Cleaning Days: Spreading the benefits of professional cleaning - partners are invited to join

EUnited Cleaning, with the support of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E) is launching a campaign called the European Cleaning Days (ECD).

IFMA's 'world-class, gold standard' FM programme earns ANSI accreditation with seven commendations

The International Facility Management Association's FM credential programme has earned accreditation and seven commendations from the American National Standards Institute. ANSI, which oversees thousands of standards and guidelines that directly impact businesses in a range of sectors, accredited IFMA for the Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credentials.

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Isn’t it lovely that some cleaners have enjoyed good fortune recently? First there was the symbolic reinstatement by Greece’s new government, of some of the finance ministry’s cleaning ladies, who had been laid off in 2013 as part of the country’s austerity drive… then there was the surprise bonus given to some 250 city street cleaners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, followed by a street party.

It shows how things work at both ends of the scale, doesn’t it? From the old adage of ‘when money’s tight, cut the cleaning budget and/or get rid of the cleaners’, to those often referred to as the ‘invisible workforce’ being acknowledged in a most surprising way!

In case you’re not aware of what’s happened, the protest by what started out as 600 cleaning ladies became one of the emblems of Greece’s austerity years. The sacked women camped outside the ministry in Athens in all weathers, brandishing their cleaning equipment to ensure they weren’t forgotten. Their cause was supported by the Greek public and in particular the radical Syriza party which kept its promise to reinstate the women when it gained power last week. Since some cleaners have retired and others have found work elsewhere, only 300 jobs are involved; the new finance minister says he’ll find the money to pay their wages by cutting back on excess, unnecessary expenditure elsewhere.

NHS please take note…

Things are looking good for the cleaners in the UK too, with more contractors signing up to the Living Wage charter, which sees cleaners paid more in line with what they actually need to be able to live, rather than what the National Minimum Wage dictates.

In further good news, the latest employment figures show that growth has driven the employment rate to a record high with record numbers of 16-24 year olds in work. Economic migrants make up 40% of employment growth during the past year.

Apparently skills shortages and utilisation are causing problems and there are still productivity issues in many businesses but if things continue the way they’re going, there may well soon be money in everyone’s budgets to pay for training, which will offer all-round improvement.

Fingers crossed…

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This Week's News

Wall-mounted sprays in health centres and hospitals 'not as effective as soap and water'

Hard-pushed NHS trusts up and down the country are spending thousands every week on gel sprays in bids to avoid visitors transmitting infections, when simple soap and water is cheaper and far more effective.

That's the opinion of a national cleaning company that finds that more than half of visitors to hospitals, health centres and doctor's surgeries ignore the dispensers and enter the premises with unwashed hands.

Rules are changing for corporate reputation management, reveals Workplace Trends Report

* workplace-trends-report.jpgEmployees and consumers are gaining greater influence over corporations' behaviour thanks to a surge in e-commerce and social sharing, according to Sodexo's 2015 Workplace Trends Report.

A new form of public accountability, dubbed 'Rateocracy', is putting unprecedented pressure on companies to act transparently, highlighting one of the major shifts in how the workplace is changing in response to technology and cultural expectations.

Sharing knowledge and best practices: ISSA/Interclean CEE just two months away

Finding new ways to share knowledge and best practices is increasingly important. The recently announced seminar programme that will be running alongside the ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe event in April will address many ongoing issues and hot topics for municipalities, government, policy makers and building owners, aiming to attract a more diverse audience.

The show, which is being held from 22nd - 24th April 2015 at the Warsaw International Expo Centre in Warsaw, regularly attracts an international audience of cleaning professionals from Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Balkan region and South-Eastern Europe.

CMS 2015: 'People and the Market' is focal point of 2nd International CMS Congress

* Ingrid-Maass.jpgAs part of the CMS 2015 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services exhibition and conference, which takes place later this year from 22nd - 25th September, discussions at the 2nd International CMS Congress will examine the two components that significantly influence commercial enterprises in the cleaning industry - 'People and the Market'.

Leading figures from the cleaning sector around the world, from Europe, the US, South Africa, India and China, will be discussing current aspects of this subject in a global context.

Betco announces new FiberPro carpet care equipment

* fibrerpro.jpgBetco Corporation has announced the newest additions to the successful FiberPro carpet cleaning equipment line including the FiberPro 15 Series Box Extractors and the FiberPro 2.5H Heated Spot and Upholstery Extractors.

The FiberPro 15 Series Box Extractors are said to deliver the power of a truck mount extractor with the portability of a self-contained extractor.

We have Mail - dirty trains

Dear Jan,

Albert Einstein famously said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. After analysing the findings of the most recent National Rail Passenger Surveys, I worry that a similar condition has taken hold of train operating companies in the UK.

The unchanging results of these surveys reflect a level of complacency, even when it comes to easy wins like train presentation. Passengers make clear that train cleanliness can make or break a journey, so why is it so low on the priority list of train operating companies?

Soapbox: Employment growth drives UK employment rate to record high while pay growth remains relatively sluggish for the majority

* CIPD.jpgGerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, comments on the official labour market statistics published this week by the Office for National Statistics:

"Employers' appetite for taking on workers shows no sign of abating. This is reflected by the record number of people aged 16-24 in work. Apart from the modest increase in redundancies, all of the employment indicators are moving in the same positive direction.

Lake District council prosecuted over bin lorry deaths

A council in the Lake District has been fined £120,000 after two women were killed by reversing rubbish trucks within a year of each other. South Lakeland District Council was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive after an investigation found the local authority had failed to tackle the risks from reversing vehicles.

Carlisle Crown Court heard the first incident happened on a single-track lane off Easedale Road in Grasmere in June 2010. Mary Cook had been walking down the track while on holiday with her husband when she was struck by a reversing rubbish truck. The 54-year-old from Nottingham died from her injuries.

There may be trouble ahead...

* St-James-Park.jpgThe GMB union, which looks after the interests of staff in the health service, including cleaners, refuse collectors, litter pickers, caterering staff, porters and the like, has notified Cleanzine of two potential disputes: one at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals over what the union says is Sodexo's failure to deal with staff concerns over lack of equipment 'with implications for patient safety' and the other is at the Royal Parks as OCS seeks to move from weekly to monthly pay in St James's Park without apparent consultation.

Sustainable Waste Solutions earns landfill-free verification from NSF International

Sustainable Waste Solutions has earned landfill-free verification from NSF Sustainability, a division of the global public health organisation NSF International.

Landfill-free verification demonstrates that more than 99% of waste generated by Sustainable Waste Solutions never reaches a landfill but is rather reused, recycled or processed as waste to energy.

Cresswell gains FORS Bronze accreditation

* creswell-FORS.jpgCresswell Office Services tells us it is delighted to have gained certification to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme bronze standard to add to its already strong portfolio of recognised industry accreditations.

The FORS is a voluntary scheme for fleet operators, designed to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators are accomplishing its high standards.

Regent Samsic accredited as recognised Living Wage service provider

* Living-wage-foundation.jpgSupport services provider, Regent Samsic, has become one of the first in its sector to become a recognised services provider to work with the Living Wage, the hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK.

The accreditation by The Living Wage Foundation reflects Regent Samsic's commitment to the Living Wage in its core business while additionally raising its perceived importance by the company's customers.

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Recent UK News

Cleaners more likely to lose their lives to alcohol than those in other work

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The Office of National Statistics has just released its latest analysis on the socio-economic and gender inequalities in alcohol-related deaths and it's not the best news for those that clean for a living.

BSA 'Responsible Cleaner Scheme' published

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On Tuesday the Business Services Association published the 'Responsible Cleaner Scheme' (RCS), for companies working in the contract cleaning sector. RCS members have come together to protect and promote the welfare and development of their employees; to make sure their experience and capabilities are recognised and developed, and to promote the professionalism of the industry itself.

System Hygienics awarded a three-year contract at Papworth Hospital

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System Hygienics has been awarded a three-year contract at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge to perform annual fire damper testing on the building's ductwork.

Papworth Hospital is the UK's largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country's main heart and lung transplant centre, treating over 23,700 inpatient and day cases and 65,000 outpatients each year from across the UK.

Events & Exhibitions

Surfactants Summit
12-13th February 2020

Clean Buildings Expo
17-18th March 2020
Baltimore, USA

Manchester Cleaning Show
25-26th March 2020


Canadian Sustainability Conference and Expo
7-8th April 2020
Toronto, Canada

China Clean Expo 2020
27-29th April 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


12-15th May 2020

Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK


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