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Announcing European Cleaning Days 2016

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The Frankfurt, Germany-based European Cleaning Machines Association, EUnited Cleaning, tells us that the successful series of European Cleaning Days held last year will return in 2016.
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Small UK biosciences company competes on world stage

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A UK-based biosciences company has been recognised as one of Europe's leading and most innovative microbial product developers, after emerging victorious at a number of prestigious awards.
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Fatberg, dead ahead!

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Mario Kelly, VP of the Waste Water Innovation Platform of global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe, writes...
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New ANSI/IICRC guides published for mould remediation professionals

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Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification has announced the publication of a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mould Remediation and IICRC R520 Reference Guide for Professional Mould Remediation (4th edition, 2015).
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New specification for intelligent clothing is published

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BSI, the business standards company, has published PAS 10412, Intelligent clothing - LED active high visibility clothing - Specification, sponsored by the Taiwan Textile Research Institute.
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Study reveals remarkable hospital-wide reduction in c.diff hospital acquired infections

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In a study on the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCH) significantly reduced HAIs using an innovative UV-C room and surface disinfection service from Clean Sweep Group (CSGI).
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Vectair Systems honoured as International Green World Ambassador

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Vectair Systems was honoured as International Green World Ambassador at a special presentation ceremony recently at the Houses of Parliament, London.
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Cleaning up the detergents industry by sustainable development

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The premier Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit was hosted in Paris recently and the consensus was that the cleaning products industry needs to take greater steps to address its environmental and health impacts...
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ISSA/Interclean calls for entries for the Amsterdam Innovation Awards

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The Amsterdam Innovation Awards are now open for entries. All exhibitors are invited to enter their most innovative designs to be judged by an independent, international jury.
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EcoWaste 2016 opens its doors in just over a month

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EcoWaste 2016 will take place in Abu Dhabi from 18th to 21st January 2016, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
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TVH becomes official distributor of Lonking lift truck parts

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As of now, TVH is an official distributor of Lonking lift truck parts for the EMEA region. Lonking relies on TVH for a fast and efficient delivery of its parts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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Reliable cleanliness in the National-Garden-Show (BUGA) City of Havelberg

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When the old road sweeper owned by Havelberg's municipal depot broke down right at the beginning of the BUGA 2015, a German National Garden Show hosted - for the first time simultaneously - by five different cities and communities from two neighbouring federal states, rapid help was called for.
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No doubt you, too, have seen the reports all over the international press this week, featuring confessions shared by hotel housekeeping staff on how they cut corners when cleaning our rooms, to save time. Many of us will have read of such tricks over recent years, but generally when they’re reported in the UK national press, they can sometimes be taken with a pinch of salt, since some news outlets are known to sensationalise the information they’ve uncovered, for their own publicity’s sake.

These latest confessions, shared anonymously on the Whisper app, are likely to be true.

I’ve always been wary of the cleanliness of hotel rooms and would never think of taking a bath or drinking from one of the glasses or cups or using a spoon without giving it a good rub and rinse around first. I’ll also rinse out the kettle before filling it. But how far does one go with this type of behaviour, without being over the top about it?

Many posters said their hotels don’t wash blankets regularly and I have to say that – unhygienic as this may sound – it didn’t surprise me too much. After all, these blankets tend to be more for show and most guests wouldn’t sleep with them next to their skin, would they? I think they ought to be washed more than the ‘once annually’ quoted by some posters but certainly not after every guest visit. That would be a waste of resources.

Other posters confessed to leaving sheets on the bed between guests, simply turning them up the other way or running over their surface with a lint roller to remove hairs and other bits. Now that disgusted me – but surely, when you first draw back the sheets, you can tell whether they’ve been slept in or not, because used sheets become crumpled?

My belief is that hotel housekeepers are generally under such pressure to clean rooms in too little time to do the job properly, that they have to find the quickest way possible to make the room look as if it’s been properly cleaned, when really it hasn’t – and while I can’t condone some of the shortcuts they take, I can’t actually blame them, can you?

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This Week's News

Hand hygiene in the NHS: Parliament debates

* NHS-hand-hygiene.jpgA debate was scheduled to take place in Westminster Hall on the motion: 'This House has considered hand hygiene in the NHS'. The debate was tabled by Nigel Mills MP, who has a keen interest in healthcare and hygiene issues.

"I tabled this debate to request that the Government ensure that proper checks are introduced so that patients can have confidence that everything possible is being done to enforce proper hand hygiene best practice," he said earlier this week.
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Full conference agenda for Tissue World New Orleans 2016 released

* TWNO_Don-Lewis.jpgTissue World, the leading portfolio of events dedicated to the global tissue paper industry, has released the full conference agenda for Tissue World New Orleans Conference & Exhibition, taking place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Louisiana, USA from 14th to 17th March, 2016.

Across the four days, topics will cover the complete industry chain starting with a seminar on Yankee Operations, followed by the Senior Management Seminar tackling strategic market insights, and Technical Sessions over the last two days, which will explore a full spectrum of technological advancements.
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Soapbox: The 'Northern Powerhouse' needed its own Cleaning Show

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And now it has one! The 6th & 7th April 2016 Manchester Cleaning Show will be a long awaited event, held appropriately enough at the modern Event City venue, Manchester.

The much vaunted Northern Powerhouse embodies the same industrial and entrepreneurial spirit that made the North of England into the 'Workshop of the World' more than one hundred and fifty years ago, continuing today with major investment around the Airport, the City Centre and in the surrounding infrastructure.
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Frank Van Zanten to take over as Bunzl's chief executive from Michael Rooney, who will be retiring

* frank-van-zanten.jpgBunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, has today announced that after more than 10 years in the role, Michael Roney has decided to retire as chief executive of the company.
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Soapbox: The decline in antibiotic research places more emphasis on effective cleaning

* Ashkin.jpg"Our industry is being called upon to step in and help stop the spread of disease at a time when the pharmaceuticals are stepping out," writes Stephen Ashkin, published author and president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specialising in 'greening' the cleaning industry. Here he discusses the whys and wherefores of this statement...

"It's possible many in the professional cleaning industry are unaware of a major redirection in the pharmaceutical industry. Whereas pharmaceutical companies spent billions of dollars and put decades of research into the development of new antibiotics after World War II, one by one the major firms are backing away from this expensive and time consuming research.*
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We have Mail: away from home toilets

Hi Jan, As a regular reader of your excellent publication, I appreciate the publicity you give to matters relating to the provision and cleanliness of 'away from home' toilets.

I started campaigning on this issue many years ago. In 1985 I founded All Mod Cons, which became The British Toilet Association in 1999. I quietly contribute to various influential documents, e.g. I participated in the Global Guidelines for Practical Public Toilet Design in 2011.
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CHSA audits more product than ever in 2015; suppliers achieve near perfect compliance

* chsa-prods.jpgIn 2015 the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association audited more products than has ever been the case, with Scheme members achieving near perfect compliance. Martin Yates, the CHSA's independent inspector, made over 70 visits to Scheme members in 2015, testing over 600 products and almost 1,400 labels for compliance.

With such clear evidence of the impact of the Schemes, Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Accreditation Schemes, is calling on buyers of soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops to specify Scheme membership in their tenders.
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The luck of the Irish? Facilicom launches new business on the Emerald Isle

* Jan-Hein-Hemke.jpgFacilicom, has opened a new business in Ireland, extending the company's presence across Europe. The exciting development comes after Facilicom won a contract with an American multinational technology company covering cleaning services at its offices in Dublin, London and Paris.
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Commercial Cleaning Systems benefits from recapitalisation

* CCS-CarpetImage.jpgCCS, a leading provider of commercial janitorial services across the Western US, is to benefit from recapitalisation from private equity firm Silver Oak Services Partners, in partnership with management and co-investors.

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, CCS has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada and Washington. It provides a full range of janitorial services focused on commercial customers, including end markets such as single and multi-tenant office, healthcare, education, industrial, government and residential communities.
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Dhofar Global named exclusive hygiene solutions provider for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

* Chandan-Singh.jpgDhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene care products in the Middle East, has been named as the exclusive sanitation and lifestyle solutions provider for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

The Group has contracted Dhofar Global to provide all the necessary hygiene supplies and services, support the development of product ranges, as well as provide adequate technical and commercial training according to the Group's needs.
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Council heavily fined over safety failings after road sweeper kills biker

Sevenoaks District Council pleaded guilty to safety failings after a member of the public was killed when he collided with a road sweeper. In the incident, which took place in September 2010, a council road sweeper lorry was cleaning the outside of a dual-lane slip road when Derek McCulloch (58) drove into the back of the sweeper on his motorbike. Mr McCulloch was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Managing work-related stress at an organisational and individual level

* stress.jpgAccording to the latest statistics, the total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 in Great Britain was 440,000 cases - or 1,380 per 100,000 workers, with the total number of working days lost as a result, estimated to be 9.9 million days - an average of 23 days lost per case.

In 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work-related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health.
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Recent UK News

Essential clean-up aid bagged for Carlisle flood victims

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Essential to any clean-up are black sacks and they are required in their thousands in Carlisle following the recent floods. BPI Recycled Products has teamed up with Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies to donate and distribute free of charge, 43,000 capacity sacks to the Carlisle Floods SOS Appeal.
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Communities encouraged to bag quicker flood protection

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A British company has come up with an innovative device which enables communities at risk of flooding this winter to fill 480 sandbags per hour.
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CSSA Founder Member helps solve a Crisis over Christmas

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In the last issue of Cleanzine we revealed that staff from one of the Founder Members of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, Julius Rutherfoord, would be supporting 'Crisis at Christmas' over the holidays.
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CSSA launches recruitment drive with 'Founding Member' offer

The CSSA is starting 2016 with a recruitment drive to attract new members, and is offering 'Founding Member' status for those who join before the official launch on 1st February.
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Why Morclean is thinking green for 2016

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2015 was a year for environmental awareness as companies and governments became abundantly aware of issues like climate change and extreme weather events, with proposals in place to tackle them head on - the recent COP21 talks in Paris have been a major international step forward.
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Vectair Systems campaigns for hygiene bins in mens toilets

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Vectair Systems is taking the lead in encouraging establishments to provide hygiene waste bins in men's toilets, by spreading the word about the issues associated with urinary incontinence.
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Facilities Show unveils exciting plans for 2016

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Last week over 50 leading companies working within the facilities management industry participated in a planning day for the 2016 edition of the Facilities Show.
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Cleaning industry needs to rise to occasion before National Living Wage is introduced

The boss of a leading recruitment agency for the food and drink/hospitality/cleaning industry has warned the sector that it needs to prepare for the impact of the new, compulsory National Living Wage.
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Incinerator firm wins Liverpool export award

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A Southport incinerator firm has received a business award for its success in export and growth. Inciner8 fought off strong competition to win a Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce award in recognition of its international expansion and work tackling Ebola in Africa.
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Rising star is not just for Christmas

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There's been no resting on his laurels for this year's British Institute of Cleaning Science Rising Star award winner, Jose Damian, who works at soft support services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK.
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Julius Rutherfoord lends a helping hand to homeless at Christmas

London specialist in quality cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord, is supporting the charity Crisis at Christmas by providing free cleaning for several of its London centres helping the homeless over Christmas.
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Operation Magnify focuses on stamping out on illegal working in cleaning industry

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A meeting took place last week between leaders of the cleaning industry and Immigration officials, as part of Operation Magnify, the Home Office's latest campaign in the fight to stamp out illegal working.

Operation Magnify is targeting the construction and care home sectors as well as cleaning contractors, as these are thought to be some of the most likely industries that illegal workers are to be found - along with the restaurant sector.
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Cleaning company is the overall 'Tork Loo of the Year Awards' winner

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'We Clean', a Birmingham-based cleaning company, was delighted be awarded the prestigious Overall Tork Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards annual presentation event last Friday.

This is the first time in the Awards' 28-years-history that a cleaning company has achieved this top award and was in recognition of the company being awarded Platinum Awards for every one of its entries.
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Offering more than just a pint... pub wins award for best accessible loos in the country

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JD Wetherspoon's showcase Velvet Coaster on Blackpool seafront opened this year as the country's biggest public house. It was also the first in the country to include a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet, for people who need the help of a carer.
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Lancashire faces cuts in refuse collections and street cleaning

Refuse collections and street cleaning are amongst the services set to suffer as Lancashire County Council tries to reduce its spend by £4.7m.

Deputy leader Cllr Tony Greaves, who oversees the council's finances, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The government is again slashing our grants and councils like ours in the north of England, are among the worst hit. We're looking at different ways to cut our spending and raise our income, but we're now very close to being forced to stop doing some quite important things."
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CRS 2019
19th October 2019
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CleanExpo Pulire
29-31st October 2019
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Hygienalia+Pulire
12-14th November 2019
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Las Vegas
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Loo of the Year Awards
6th December 2019
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Surfactants Summit
12-13th February 2020
Berlin
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Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020
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