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International News

Global market study on HAI control: cleaning and sterilisation to witness highest growth by 2020

A new report by Reportlinker on hospital-acquired infections, predicts that cleaning and sterilisation will witness their highest growth by 2020.

Ecolab to acquire select assets of Swisher Hygiene

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Ecolab has reached an agreement to acquire the US operations of Swisher Hygiene for approximately $40 million in cash. Swisher Hygiene provides hygiene and sanitising solutions for the foodservice, hospitality, retail and healthcare markets.

New networking tool lets visitors make the most of CMS

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Messe Berlin has a new networking tool for trade visitors attending CMS Berlin 2015. Ideal for those wishing to arrive at the show fully prepared, this tool can be used to set up appointments and establish new business contacts before the event has even started.

Study finds important gaps in evidence for best methods for cleaning hospital rooms

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Tray tables, bed rails, light switches and toilets - all common surfaces that provide the perfect opportunity for swapping germs between patients and healthcare workers.

Hygiene practices have helped keep Ebola out of the classroom

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As students in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone begin their summer holidays, measures put in place to protect them from the Ebola virus are being credited with having helped keep classrooms free from any infections.

The future of Europe is circular...

Europe could gain around 50 billion euros and 300,000 jobs by moving to a circular economy, according to The Dutch organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

How a water-based residual surface modification technology could help protect the workplace

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Goldshield Technologies has developed a surface modification technology that is capable of leaving a mono molecular antimicrobial layer on any surface once dry.

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I do love it when I receive a response to my leaders! Industry colleagues tell me that however busy they may be, they always take time to read the leader. Apparently my words make people think –sometimes they agree and sometimes they don’t… Occasionally the contents will be discussed with colleagues, friends and family and often people plan a response – but rarely do I receive one. This week I’ve had two, which makes me happy!

My point last week was, if National Rail can provide public washrooms and profit financially from them, why can’t local authorities do the same? An interesting response from the Loo of the Year Awards’ Mike Bone appears below, while a comment added to our Facebook page by the Domestic Cleaning Alliance makes me wonder whether the DCA is considering taking up the challenge. It said: “If you can let us know the costs of running a standalone public toilet block for a year I will crunch some numbers to see if it is a viable proposition to charge.”

Mike notes that local authority public toilet provision is not obligatory and I agree with him that many authorities clearly fail to recognise the human need; instead they close facilities to achieve an immediate reduction in costs, then sell the plots to make money which helps balance the books and house a family or few. That may be great in the short term, but if legislation changes one day or those at the helm decide that human need is indeed important, they’re going to have to spend a great deal more further down the line to buy land on which to build public toilets – if they’re lucky enough to find any and can then afford to pay for it, with the way things are going!

If you’re able to help the DCA out with some figures I’d be grateful (just imagine the impact if the DCA, which offers national coverage, sets up a chain of public washrooms!) You can respond to me by email or comment on our Facebook page.

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This Week's News

Humans vs. robots to reduce HAIs: environmental hygiene advocates warn against a 'singular' mindset

* humans-v-robots-info.jpgWhen it comes to reducing the spread of preventable healthcare-associated infections (pHAIs) in hospital rooms, two advocates of intervention programmes are calling for collaboration instead of over-hyped single solutions that can pit humans against new technologies.

In a newly published article, 'Labour vs. New Technology: Can a Robot Process a Hospital Room as Completely as a Human?' George Clarke and John Scherberger write: "In the battle to stop the spread of and reduce HAIs, when the right questions are asked, we come up with common sense solutions such as multimodal intervention, a comprehensive approach to infection prevention in hospitals."

Vectair Systems on the way to green glory

* VECTAIR_V-AIR_SOLID.jpgHearty congratulations to Vectair Systems, for winning a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities. 

Having competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, the company will be presented with the Green Apple trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on 16th November.

Win a pressure washer: 'Grime To Shine' contest calls for cleaning project pics

* B-and-S.jpgPeople who have used a pressure washer for an outdoor cleaning project will agree that there is something very satisfying about blasting surfaces to see them go from 'grime to shine' right before your eyes. B

riggs & Stratton - whose products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents - wants to see photos that show the dramatic cleaning power of pressure washers and is turning to social media to do it.

Hako strengthens its presence in key region

* Hako-Newcastle.jpgA leading supplier of cleaning equipment has strengthened its presence in the North East of England after delivering 10 new sweepers to one of the region's largest local authorities. Newcastle City Council has now taken delivery of 10 Citymaster 600s after Hako won a competitive tender to replace a fleet of machines that had reached the end of their effective working life.

Martin Jones, Hako's area sales executive - Municipal North, explains: "We've had a strong relationship with the City Council for at least eight years and when it was ready to replace its old machines we worked closely with the street cleaning team to specify a new fleet that meets their needs whilst reducing costs.

Contract Cleaning Market Report - UK 2015 - 2019 Analysis

The UK market for non-domestic cleaning products, including equipment, materials and chemicals, has been largely flat in recent years and only modest growth is forecast for the 2015 - 2019 period, notes a new report into the UK contract cleaning market, which acknowledges that key trends in this sector include; increasing development of antibacterial products (in particular in the healthcare, food preparation and hospitality sectors), growth in the powered cleaning machine sector, greater focus on improving efficiency and increased automation of cleaning processes, and the increase in daytime cleaning. 

It notes that the market continues to be strongly driven by legislation and higher standards for cleanliness, hygiene and health and safety.

Healthy Handwashing Survey results now in

* avoiding-germs.jpgThe results are in for Bradley's 2015 Healthy Hand Washing Survey, which this January queried 1,030 American adults online about their hand washing habits in public washooms as well as their concerns about germs, colds and the flu. Participants were from around the country, ranged in age from 18 - 65+, and were fairly evenly split between men (47%) and women (53%).

More than a quarter of Americans (28%) are more concerned about getting sick with the flu than they were one year ago. Their top two concerns regarding this are that new strains that aren't covered by the flu vaccine and that strains that are mutating or becoming stronger.

Educational sessions to focus on infection prevention

* sanicloth.jpgInfection prevention products and solutions provider PDI is to host educational sessions focused on infection prevention in environmental services at the 2015 AHE Exchange, an annual educational exhibition and conference attended by more than 600 professionals with an interest in caring for the healthcare environment. The event will take place in Dallas, Texas, from September 20th - 23rd.

As well as exhibiting at the show, PDI - manufacturer if the Sanicloth - will participate in three education sessions across three days. Additionally, it will sponsor a lunch and learn where attendees will hear from an expert in the environmental services industry, as well as the winners of 'Delivering the Difference', a contest recognising industry professionals who display excellence in building collabor

LMCCA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CRCII and PCRA

* LMCCA-LOGO.jpgThree long-time professional associations formalised an agreement recently that the organisations' leaders say will lead to stronger ties, shared resources and cross-membership for members (Ed: something worth noting by associations worldwide).

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding means greater organisational stability and growth for the Carpet & Rug Cleaners Institute of Illinois (CRCII), the Low Moisture Carpet Cleaning Association (LMCCA) and the Professional Cleaning and Restoration Alliance (PCRA), reports LMCCA president Lonnie McDonald.

We have Mail:

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Your comments on the Network Rail income generated from toilet use charges refers. I tried to add comment on your Facebook page but only the first paragraph was displayed, I have now added the full version as shown below.

Between 2008 and 2014, during which time I was director or latterly chairman of the British Toilet Association, I promoted the benefits of introducing affordable charges for use of public toilets to Local Authorities (LAs) as an alternative to closing toilets that were deemed 'too expensive to provide.'

ABM rebrands GBM Support Services Group

* John-R-Spencer.jpgFacility solutions provider ABM, which has revenues of approximately $5 billion and 120,000 employees in over 300 offices throughout the US, the UK and various international locations, announced this week that it is rebranding GBM Support Services Group and its Eclipse and CGS businesses, under the ABM brand.

GBM provides cleaning, security, building maintenance, waste and facilities management services for various retail, leisure, public sector and commercial clients throughout the UK.

Minster Cleaning Services helps Southport Medical Centre to CQC inspection success

* Minster-cleaning.jpgMinster Cleaning Services Lancashire has achieved more great feedback from a medical centre cleaning contract following the centre's first Care Quality Commission inspection.

The cleaning team was asked to go in and do some additional work and checking to ensure that the visit went as smoothly as possible. Following this work and the inspection, the practice manager said: "The inspection went really well. Cleaning-wise everything was absolutely fine... a big 'thank-you' to everyone for all their help."

Carlsberg recalls 4,624 beer kegs after two people drink cleaning solution instead of beer

Carlsberg's old claim of brewing 'probably the best lager in the world' was called into question recently when two drinkers in Sweden were served cleaning solution, rather than the popular Staropramen beer they were expecting. As a result, Carlsberg is recalling more than 4,624 kegs of the beer, which is brewed in the Czech Republic but distributed by Carlsberg in some countries, including Sweden.

Jim Daniell, a spokesperson for Carlsberg Sweden told CTV News this week that the issue was "extremely serious" because the cleaning fluid was believed to be corrosive. He said that a restaurateur and a Carlsberg employee ended up with blistered tongues after sampling the contents of a barrel and were taken to hospital. Luckily they did not sustain permanent injury.

Cutting out van servicing could be a false economy

New research from BCA, the UK and Europe's leading vehicle marketplace, underlines the importance of a service history when it comes to selling used vans, since its data shows a service history can add up to 10% on used light commercial vehicle values.

Recycling firm sentenced over safety failing after death of father of six

A waste recycling firm has been sentenced after admitting safety failings related to a worker being killed at its premises in Batley, during a hearing in which the Court was told that that safety failings were systemic, with management failing to ensure that longstanding actions from risk assessments were implemented or that safe working practices for clearing blockages were put in place.

Bradford Crown Court heard that in August 2012, Simon Brook, an employee of Gwynn Davies-McTiffin, was found lying seriously injured at the bottom of a horizontal baling machine. His legs had been partially severed inside the machine and had to be amputated by a doctor at the scene. The 50-year-old father of six died two days later.

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Recent UK News

CHSA audits 1,400 products in first half of 2015

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From centrefeed rolls and toilet tissue, light duty 5Kg sacks to extra heavy duty 20Kg sacks and mop heads with yarn of 110g to 568g, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's (CHSA) Independent Inspector has audited over 1,400 individual products and more than 800 labels for Scheme compliance in the first half of 2015.

HydraMaster announces new UK representation: Carpet Cleaners World - UK

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HydraMaster has announced its new Master Distributor for the UK - Craig Lincoln and Carpet Cleaners World - UK. Craig has an extensive history of working alongside cleaning and restoration professionals throughout the UK and continental Europe and has now developed his own company, which will be selling HydraMaster truckmounts, accessories, tools and chemicals in the UK - both online and from the company's premises in Helston, Cornwall.

CBI "crying wolf on living wage" says union

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The GMB union is accusing the Confederation of British Industry of yet again "crying wolf" over the impact the incoming National Living Wage is likely to have on companies, just like it did when the National Minimum Wage was introduced.

New document offers insights into benefits of integrated pest management strategy

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A new document, 'Can you afford to lose 200% of your budget for every pest outbreak?' offers insights into the importance of a pest management strategy for business continuity as well as the impact on an organisation if it suffers an outbreak.

Principle Cleaning's growth leads to head office move

Principle Cleaning has moved to new office premises to cater for the growth of the business. The Golden Services Award winner has relocated its head office staff from Hornsey, North London, into larger, more central offices following recruitment and business expansion.

'Protecting London' gives interactive insight into management of iconic UK buildings

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Facilities Show, the UK's largest event for the facilities management industry, has commissioned 'Protecting London', a series of videos, articles and infographics to provide an insight into how some of the most prestigious buildings and projects in the country are managed.

Mitie retains London street furniture cleaning contract with TfL

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Mitie has retained the street furniture cleaning and maintenance contract with Transport for London, in a five-year deal valued at over £16m.

Still some tickets available for next Thursday's BICSc Annual Awards 2015

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The countdown to one of the UK cleaning industry's most glittering events is well and truly on, and guests at next Thursday's BICSc Annual Awards can look forward to an evening of live music and entertainment, awards ceremony, auctions and late night DJ.

SCA partners 2theloo as new toilet facility opens in London

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The UK's first 2theloo toilet facility - sponsored by Tork manufacturer SCA - was officially opened by Margriet Leemhuis, Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassy, in London's Covent Garden on August 26th.

Soapbox: CIPD calls for balance in debate on zero hours contracts

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Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, writes in response to yesterday's Office for National Statistics report on zero-hours contracts, which have shown a modest increase:

"The latest ONS statistics suggest that there has been a further modest increase in the number of people on zero-hours contracts and a growing proportion of people on zero-hours contracts for more than a year.

Mitie helps Network Rail achieve Carbon Trust Standard for Waste

Network Rail, under the management of Mitie, the facilities management company, has become one of the first organisations in the transport sector to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste certification for all of its UK corporate offices and training centres.

Ladder Association launches 2015 Ladder Exchange

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The Ladder Association has launched this year's Ladder Exchange, which will run from 1st September to 31st December. Established by the Health & Safety Executive in 2007 - and now run and managed by the industry trade body - the campaign has already resulted in thousands of 'dodgy' ladders being taken out of service.

FM company fined after worker suffers HAV

A facilities management company has been fined for safety failings that contributed to a grounds maintenance worker sustaining Hand Arm Vibration.

UK show debut for Citymaster 1600

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The latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers is to make its UK debut at the country's top event for recycling and waste management professionals. Visitors to the Hako stand at RWM (September 15th -17th at Birmingham's NEC) will be able to get a close up look at the first Citymaster 1600 Citycleaner to arrive in the country and discover why it's already creating something of a stir in the municipal arena.

Norse adds £2.3m cleaning contracts across the UK

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Norse Commercial Services and its subsidiaries around the UK have added over £2.3 million worth of new cleaning contracts in the last month.

TCFM wins cleaning contract with Rugby Premiership Champions

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TC Facilities Management tells us it is delighted to announce the award of the cleaning contract at the Allianz Park, home of the 2015 Rugby Premiership Champions, Saracens.

Fewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health

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Fewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health, according to a recently released report from a leading expert in leadership development, with only 46% of firms regarding staff health as an employer's responsibility. This is despite the fact that 82.8% of companies believe that business performance and staff wellbeing are connected.

Events & Exhibitions

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
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Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK


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