*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th July 2015 Issue no. 684

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International News

Despite low brand loyalty, wipe sales grow faster than overall I&I cleaning market in 2014

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Results of a survey published today show that while there is low brand loyalty, all product categories and companies registered growth in the market for industrial and institutional cleaning wipes in the US, which increased by over 5% in 2014.

Frosch natural cleaning products to enter US market

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Visitors to the CMS Berlin exhibition will be familiar with the enormous stand emblazoned with green frogs and soon that frog will be a familiar site in the US, since Frosch, Germany's 'most trusted brand' for natural cleaning agents with more than 25 years of experience in developing and manufacturing environmentally-friendly cleaning and personal care products, has this week announced its entry into the US market.

Air Products' CEO addresses attack on facility in France

Air Products' chairman, president and CEO Seifi Ghasemi had words of sympathy for the victims of last Thursday's attack at its facility in L'Isle-d'Abeau, France. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance and outpouring of support received from around the world, as the company continues to cooperate with the continuing investigation by French and other authorities.

Wearable monitoring system dramatically improves handwashing by healthcare workers

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New data from Hill-Rom shows its hand-hygiene compliance system, which uses badge-based locating technology to provide automatic, continuous monitoring and recording of every time a staff member uses a hand-hygiene station, dramatically increases hand washing among hospital staff using the system.

EU-ECHA Forum plans a project on extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions

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Since previous enforcement experience has indicated that safety data sheets are often non-compliant, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement is to prepare and execute a fifth coordinated enforcement project focusing on obligations related to extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions.

IFMA's World Workplace 2015 in Denver takes centre stage after record Facility Fusion attendance

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The International Facility Management Association is anticipating another exceptionally productive World Workplace Conference and Expo following a record turnout of 1,295 at the combined 2015 Facility Fusion conferences held in Canada and the US.

Vax advanced deep cleaning system improves productivity

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You can improve productivity and achieve brilliant results with the new Vax Commercial VCW-06 carpet washer - the latest addition to the Vax Commercial portfolio and one the company says is its 'best-performing' machine so far.

Eco-friendly cleaning and developing markets spur growth of ingredients in cleaning applications

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The robust market for ingredients in cleaning applications is often overshadowed by that of personal care. Consulting firm Kline, finds that this market carries equally sustainable growth potential, with some country markets increasing at double-digit rates during the forecast period from 2014-2019.

Bookings now being taken for Pulire Asia Pacific

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From 21st to 23rd September 2016, the Pulire Asia Pacific show will take place and it promises to be quite an event, drawing in visitors from several other similar exhibitions with which it is co-located. If you're planning to take part and want to ensure you have the pick of the stands, you can register your interest now.

Kilo: the small machine that delivers big on expectations

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RCM tells us that instead of saying that its new machine has been 'designed around the man' or that 'it answers to all customer needs' or the like, for simplicity's sake it prefers to project it as a small machine that satisfies most of the purchaser's expectations in terms of price and low maintenance, user-friendliness, comfort and reliability.

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I was always taught to look after other people’s things with as much care as I would my own and I would like to think that my behaviour is the norm. Give someone a company vehicle to drive though and the situation changes. I’m sure I’m not the only one who believes they can spot a company car driver at 50 paces and nor am I the only one who’d be reluctant to buy a second hand car that has previously seen use as a company car! What is it about company car drivers?

My sentiments have been backed up by the release of the results of a new survey, courtesy of Venson Automotive Solutions (www.venson.com). While I can identify with the 58% of company car drivers that think it’s their employer’s responsibility to get the car serviced at the appropriate times, I’m at odds to understand the thinking behind the general lack of regular maintenance checks that should be a matter of course for all drivers.

When asked if they undertake vehicle maintenance, only 52% of company car drivers are likely to top up water coolants and only 53% will check oil levels. Slightly better (but still not good enough) 66% check their tyre pressures and inflate their tyres if necessary. What’s really concerning is that 28% will ignore dashboard warning lights!

The survey also found that 17.5% wouldn’t report minor damage to their employer and I find this the most worrying trait as I feel it’s a betrayal of trust not to do so. If you’re responsible for someone else’s property and it gets damaged, surely you’d report it? If I found that an employee of mine had deliberately withheld this type of information I’d be wondering how far I could trust them and how honest they were being in all other aspects of our working relationship – such as expenses claims! 

Venson’s Gil Kelly, advises that to keep fleet costs down, managers communicate regularly with their drivers about service and maintenance responsibilities and perhaps use daily/weekly/monthly (depending upon vehicle usage) vehicle checks to spot issues early on, using ongoing driver training to ensure employees are driving safely - which in turn will reduce accidental damage - and implementing a fleet policy that recharges fees back to drivers if incidents aren’t reported; all of which are good ideas.

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This Week's News

Important changes at the British Cleaning Council

* Simon-Hollingbery.jpgAs well as accepting a new member, it was all change at the top when the BCC convened for its quarterly meeting and AGM recently, with Simon Hollingbery (pictured) taking over as Chairman from Doug Cooke, who stepped down after three years in the role.

The vacant deputy chair position was then put to a vote of the membership, and was won by British Institute of Cleaning Science CEO, Stan Atkins, with a sizeable majority.

Irish Public Accounts Committee questions "astonishing" amount spent on hospital cleaning

* PAC-chairman.jpgQuestions are being asked about the Irish Health Service Executive's €38 million spend on external cleaning companies last year.

An item in this week's Irish Times cites a letter sent by HSE assistant national director Ray Mitchell, to the Dail Public Accounts Committee, which is said to have reported that the contract cleaning bill had reached €38,222,274 in 2014. The letter is also said to have confirmed that €12,219,932 was distributed to five companies in the HSE East region alone.

Cleaning Show organisers announce new regional event in Manchester

* EventCity.jpgAs revealed in Cleanzine several weeks ago, The British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, organisers of the UK's largest dedicated cleaning & hygiene exhibition - The Cleaning Show - were searching for an appropriate venue in which to stage a similar, regional event in Manchester next year, following the successful show at London's ExCeL earlier this year. They have just announced the details...

Clean Hands Safe Hands receives US Patent for hand hygiene technology

* Clean-Hands-Safe-Hands.jpgClean Hands Safe Hands' award winning hand hygiene monitoring system has received a US patent for its Natural Language Voice Reminder and its variable detection range technology, which in a year-long peer reviewed clinical research study, demonstrated the ability to improve hand hygiene by more than 400%.

Clean Hands Safe Hands, helps reduce the spread of infections by providing a technology platform to remind providers without disrupting their workflow.

Congratulations Morclean: 'Green World Ambassador 2015'!

* Morclean-Award-Presentation.jpgMorclean tells us it is proud to have won The Green World Ambassador Award 2015, having been given the opportunity to put the company forward after winning The Green Apple Award 2014 for Environmental Best Practice with its Bin Wash City - the battery driven bin wash machine - in a competition that saw it pitted against more than 500 other nominations.

Regent Samsic expands Toucan ECA cleaning technology offer

* Regent-Centrego.jpgRegent Samsic has expanded its electro chemical activation (ECA) cleaning technology range to include solutions for medium to large scale site applications.

The first cleaning contractor to adopt the eco-friendly 1.5 litre Toucan Eco II cleaning system across all of its UK sites, it is working with solution developer Centrego on a further range of models with varying tank capacities devised to enhance service delivery.

Informative new website for Loo of the Year Awards

* Weatherspoon-Bribbar.jpgLoo of the Year Awards has just launched a new website that will be central to its marketing activities but which will also be useful to all 'away from home' toilet providers, the cleaning and facilities management industry, while promoting all aspects of the services and value that the Awards offer.

It has been designed to be accessible by desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.

Health & safety guidance for employers & technicians carrying out fumigation operations

* fumigation.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has issued new guidance aimed primarily at employers and fumigators/fumigation technicians (including the self-employed) to help them comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) when carrying out fumigation activities, both traditional pest control (invertebrate fumigation) and within the laboratory and biosecurity sectors. It will also be useful to their safety representatives.

The new guidance outlines the real risks and describes the law that applies to fumigation operations.

Tork is headline sponsor of 2015 Loo of the Year Awards

* LOTY-2015-HS-logo.jpgTork manufacturer SCA is raising its profile nationwide by signing a deal to become headline sponsor of this year's Loo of the Year awards.

Tork, Europe's leading professional hygiene paper brand, has been an associate sponsor of the Awards for the past eight years.

Poppies Europe approved to join CHSA's Accreditation Scheme for Soft Tissue

* poppies-packaging.jpgFollowing a comprehensive audit conducted by the Accreditation Scheme's independent auditor Martin Yates, Poppies Europe been approved to join the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Soft Tissue.

The company's acceptance into the Scheme follows its acquisition of the away from home division of Staples Disposables, which was a member.

TVH is 'official distributor' of Delta-Q battery chargers

* DeltaQ-TVH.jpgTVH, which has customers in more than 170 countries, can officially call itself dealer of Delta Q for Europe. The company can now offer its customers Delta-Q battery chargers for aerial work platforms, golf carts, lift trucks, sweepers and other industrial vehicles.

"TVH was officially given the title of 'Distributor'," says the TVH's Debbie Manhaeve. "This concretely means that the company will be responsible for the quick distribution of Delta-Q battery chargers from its headquarters in Waregem.

Portable toilet ascends New York's construction sites

* safety-head.jpgAt first glance, the Safety Head may appear to be a barricade or an oversized safety cone. However, upon closer inspection, it is apparent that the bright orange, reflective piece of equipment at the job site is actually a new, one-of-a-kind portable toilet rental which has initially been launched in New York.

This portable toilet has been designed specifically for construction sites where it will stand out and keep workers and members of the public safe.

Window cleaning company fined for safety breaches

* STUBBS.jpgA window cleaning firm and its sole director have been fined for health and safety breaches after the company was employed to clean the windows at a nursing home.

The Health and Safety Executive successfully prosecuted Brian Stubbs (director) and Brian Stubbs & Company at Stafford Magistrates' Court after a window cleaner was observed standing on guttering on the outside of a balcony parapet wall on the third floor of St Joseph's Nursing Home, Lichfield Road, Stafford, in August 2014. An HSE investigation found that there was no suitable edge protection or other appropriate safety measures in place.

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Recent UK News

CHSA launches Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme to increase access to higher education

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has established a new Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme open to the children of CHSA members' employees. Applications are being sought from now (closing date 30th June 2016) with the first Scholarship commencing in September 2016.

Finalists announced for the 2015 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards

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Congratulations to the 88 finalists in the 2015 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, whose names have been announced.

LCC service delivery direct

LCC Support Services, the independent national contractor and 2015 Golden Service Awards finalist, has now completed its network of regional bases to self-deliver services to its many national clients.

Brayborne team goes the 'extra mile' to become a finalist in Golden Service Awards 2015

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Brayborne Facilities Services has become a finalist in the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2015 - the biggest Awards programme for the UK cleaning industry.

Events & Exhibitions

3-6th November 2020
Virtual exhibition only


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


Interclean China
11-13th January 2021


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