* Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 26th February 2015 Issue no. 662

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International 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.

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

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Employees 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.

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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This is issue 662 of Cleanzine – the equivalent of some 55 years-worth of broadcasting when you compare it with magazines that issue only every month! Circulation for our first issue 13 years ago comprised around 4,500 UK contacts John and I had built up over our many years in the cleaning industry, together with contact details of members of UK-based industry associations, whose CEO’s and National Executive Committees and General Secretaries could see the benefits of a weekly source of industry-related information, delivered free-of-charge to their members’ inboxes.

We now have 100,000-plus readers – far more than we envisaged back when the Internet was in its infancy and we still naively regarded the coastline as a barrier. For although we initially set up to ‘cover’ the UK, we soon noticed foreign readers subscribing – we now have more than 20,000 in the US  alone - and before long learned that thanks to us, an advertiser was about to ship his first pallet-load of chemicals to Croatia in what I understand was the start of a long relationship.

And right from our first ever issue, we’ve been supported week in, week out, by Newhaven-based Brightwell Dispensers, whose Neale Pybus liked our plans and had enough confidence in our ability to deliver, that he pledged his support without hesitation. That is until two weeks ago when we inadvertently managed to omit Brightwell’s ad due to a server blip…

I don’t generally mention companies in my leader but thought that under the circumstances I ought to herald the fact that Brightwell’s ad is now back in pride of place, heading up the ads in the centre column! We like to rotate ads to give everyone the chance to be at the top, but Brightwell’s slot has always been non-negotiable. And I’d like to thank Brightwell and our other advertisers – many of whom are also long term supporters, for helping us pay the bills. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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This Week's News

Karcher and ISS Group agree to global partnership

* Karcher_ISS.jpgGlobal facilities services provider ISS A/S of Denmark has signed a global partnership agreement with Alfred Karcher GmbH. Under the agreement, which will run for an initial five years, Karcher will supply cleaning equipment to ISS Group companies worldwide.

In the context of ISS's new global supplier strategy, Karcher was selected against several rivals and, along with one other vendor, is now an exclusive supplier to ISS.

Americans dish the dirt on handwashing, germs and washrooms

* Bradley-US-washroom-survey.jpgAccording to the Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corp., Americans use various techniques to avoid touching things and coming into contact with germs in a public washroom, with 57% risking injury by manoeuvring themselves into a position that enables them to operate the toilet flusher with their foot!

The results are part of the Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, partition cubicles, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers.

Kalorama: Superbug concerns will drive healthcare facility sterilisation services

* CDC.jpgA device-related superbug outbreak in a Los Angeles hospital has revived concerns over both device and facilities cleaning and sterilisation, says Kalorama Information, which will drive growth in the market for these services.

Kalorama notes that the effectiveness of many antibiotics is waning dramatically, as more and more types of bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. This is forcing the industry to re-evaluate prevention, diagnosis, and treatment plans for patients in hospitals and other health facilities as well as ways to clean and sterilise the facilities themselves.

Last chance to enter the 2015 recycling 'Oscars'

* Awards-for-Excellence.jpgThere are only a few weeks to go until the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management close for entries. Celebrating the creativity, innovation and sheer dedication of those working to keep resources in the loop, these free-to-enter Awards are the best way to show your colleagues, customers and stakeholders that you really are top of your field.

Big business, entrepreneurs, charities and local authorities will be competing for the top spots in the 2015 Awards for Excellence. Founded by the Environment Media Group, these prestigious awards recognise individual success stories, outstanding team efforts and original approaches to sustainable resource management.

ISS China wins large integrated facility services contract

* iss-china.jpgHuawei, the world's largest supplier of mobile telecommunications infrastructure equipment, has outsourced the facilities services for its first large multifunctional living campus to ISS China.

This campus provides apartments, recreation centres, a medical centre and many other living amenities for its residents. ISS will provide a full range of services to Huawei, including cleaning, security, office support, customer service, and facilities management.

Uridan waterless urinals provide solution to water leakage

* Uridan.jpgWinchmore School, London N21 - a co-educational secondary school, has completed a washroom refit specifying Franke's Uridan waterless Cadet Pod GRP Urinals.

"We wanted a waterless solution to reduce water use and maintenance costs," explains Adrian Bailey, facilities manager at Winchmore School.

Taking steps against workplace slips

* HSE-grip.jpgSlips and trips continue to be the biggest cause of workplace injuries, so it is really important that footwear being offered to your workforce offers them the right level of slip resistance.

The Health & Safety Laboratory has launched a new footwear rating scheme called 'GRIP.' GRIP provides free information to health & safety managers so that they can make informed, evidence based decisions before purchasing resistance footwear.

Bunzl makes further acquisitions in Canada and Spain

Bunzl has this week announced that it has completed the acquisition of two further businesses - one in Canada and the other in Spain.

Based in Toronto, Jan-Mar Sales is principally engaged in the sale of cleaning & hygiene supplies to distributors in the region. Revenue in the year ended 31st January 2015 was C$12 million.

We have Mail - Living Wage

Dear Jan,

Did you know? Almost every employer in the UK could engage 'The Living Wage' in their cleaning services without having to pay more, so please, do make everyone aware! A rapidly expanding global digital company recently bid its two London office buildings for cleaning services via its global facilities director.

After considering better and far more intelligent ways of working in its cleaning operations, the company saved £80K per annum on its current contract cleaning spend from the 1st bid option Thames put before them. The global digital entertainment company then decided to opt to re-invest £40K of that £80K annual saving, by choosing Thames' 2nd bid option paying 'The London Living Wage'!

Cleaners at Sotheby's win London Living Wage

* UVW_members_celebrate.jpgVolunteer-run trade union United Voices of the World has successfully negotiated with Contract Cleaning & Maintenance (London) to secure the London Living Wage - and other notable benefits, for the cleaners and porters at the famous Sotheby's auction house in London.

As well as a substantial pay rise to the full London Living Wage of £9.15 per hour, the increase will be backdated to 1st November 2014, a suspended shop steward and dismissed cleaner have both been reinstated, and the chemicals the cleaners use will be changed in favour of more eco-friendly products.

Pulire 2015: cleaning solutions for Ho.Re.Ca.

* Pulire.jpgPulire, the largest trade show in Italy dedicated to professional cleaning technologies and the second largest in Europe, taking place in Verona from 19th to 21st May, is a key partner for the hospitality (Ho.Re.Ca.) segment.

"Sparkling clean hotels, lodgings, wellness centres, spas and restaurants are the most effective calling card for our country, which is being tested this year with the major challenge of Expo 2015," say the organisers.

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Recent UK News

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.

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

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Gerwyn 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:

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.

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.

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