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International News

World's largest campaign launched to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing for all

Last Friday in Brussels, the European Commission and the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency, launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. Focusing on sustainable work and workplace safety and health in the context of the ageing workforce, the campaign provides a timely reminder that the younger workers of today are the older workers of tomorrow.

FAQs about the SDS

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As most cleaning professionals around the world know, the old Material Safety Data Sheet has been replaced by the new Safety Data Sheet. In the process, numerous questions have come up as to why the old MSDS was replaced along with enquiries specifically about the new SDS forms.

Britannia Washing Systems help keep National Express Fleet in fine fettle

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For a high profile brand such as National Express, image is everything.

The Group delivers services in the UK, North America, Germany, Spain and Morocco, with more than 800 million journeys annually made on its buses, trains, light rail services and coaches. It strives for operational excellence in everything it does across the organisation, from its safety and CSR policy to choice of vehicle and livery.

Oust ugly algae for good

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Algae on wooden decks... on terraces and pavements... slippery, ugly and damaging. And if aesthetics are at stake - as they are on monuments, tombstones, facades, etc., the cost of algae removal can be substantial - not just in hours, but also in material damage.

Over the coming weeks, many cleaning companies will go out on site and temporarily remove the green tarnish... knowing that the algae will return in a couple of months.

Cannon Hygiene launches the Imagine collection

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Cannon Hygiene has launched the Imagine collection of washroom dispensers in over 40 countries - a modern product range which showcases a fully co-ordinated design scheme to create a style-led washroom suite.

The company says that the range will inspire customers to Imagine more from their washrooms with a choice of 24 dispensers featuring a modern, striking geometric look inspired by interior design trends and the Cannon Hygiene logo.

The ultimate flat surface cleaner from Spinaclean

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Spinaclean, the specialist pressure washer and cleaning equipment manufacturer, has launched New Slipstream Pro 20, a flat surface and traditional pressure washer for large areas of commercial and domestic paving, brickwork and decking.

India revises its solid waste management rules

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The Environment Ministry of India has revised its Solid Waste Management Rules after 16 years, to encourage citizens to do something to prevent the waste to wealth by following 'recovery, reuse and recycle' principles wherever possible.

Intelligent call-to-action capability launched at Smart IoT London targets FM companies

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ContinuumBridge, a provider of enterprise IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, has launched Spur, an intelligent call-to-action device and service aimed at service providers in the facilities management, retail, leisure and hospitality industries. It provides an intelligent, easy-to-use means for service users to initiate a request or report an issue and provides the user with an immediate acknowledgement.

SkyVac launches most powerful gutter cleaner

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SkyVac has launched what it believes is the world's most powerful pole operated gutter cleaner. The company says that the SkyVac Industrial is at least three times more powerful than any other model; capable of drawing 8000 litres of air per minute and lifting water 150in. It will even remove heavy tufts of grass up to 5 kilos.

Celebrating its fifth year of UK production, SkyVac has designed this model for all situations. It has three motors controlled by a power management lever to operate on 6,500 - 8,000 litres suction per minute and to ensure economical use of electricity.

AC7Duo catalyst natural cleaner can safely sanitise a room in 15 minutes

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Just imagine the air in a room being made odour free and sanitised safely and efficiently in 15 minutes... This is what the AC7Duo offers at a push of a button. No chemicals or deodorants are required as this commercial grade air cleaning system is inspired by nature - a thoughtful combination of harnessed ozone power and mobility under your control.

Fresh and clean smelling air is often critical for a company's performance and reputation, as well as for its occupants' health and wellbeing.

Safety requirements published for human robot collaboration

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Eunited Robotics - the European Robotics Association - reports that the ISO Technical Specification with safety requirements for industrial human-robot collaboration (ISO/TS 15066) was finalised by the responsible international ISO working group in December 2015 and published by ISO on February 15, 2016.

The document can be ordered at ISO store (www.iso.org). ISO/TS 15066 contains requirements for the safe implementation of robots in collaborative operations and with robotics being used more and more in cleaning, the publication is timely.

Esclean offers special promotional and business opportunity for industry professionals

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"The 2014 edition of Esclean was a giant leap towards the sector's objectives," say the Spanish show's organisers. "It succeeded in promoting professionalisation and guaranteed product quality, encouraged a culture of professional cleaning and hygiene, fostered the launch of actions aimed at reducing costs while improving the hygienic result of cleaning.

It also "disseminated the idiosyncrasies of a sector that creates employment and wealth and which is committed to the environment, enhanced well-being, quality of life and public health."

Handwashing gets skipped a third of the time in outpatient healthcare

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Despite having policies in place to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37% of the time, and for safe injection practices 33% of the time.

This is according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).

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Well – it’s finally upon us… One of the cleaning industry’s eagerly anticipated highlights – ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam, kicks off on Tuesday morning and it will look nothing like the images you see here, which were posted on the organiser’s Facebook page a week ago. The halls will be packed from floor (and in some cases) to ceiling with the latest offerings from more than 650 leading global brands and the aisles filled with some 28,000 visitors from 130 countries over the four days the event takes up.

Am I the only one who thinks the pictures make the halls look so much smaller than they actually are? When you’re walking the floor, it feels as if the show stretches for miles. There’s always so much to see, so many people to talk to and not enough time to do all you need to.

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This is the first year in the 14 Cleanzine has been broadcasting, that we won’t be producing a ‘Show Daily’ and I have to say that I’m relieved that for once I’ll be able to spend more time looking around the stands and enjoying the show, without having to worry that I’ve got (or perhaps not got) enough copy for the following morning’s issue. John and I will also be able to enjoy our evenings in Amsterdam with our many industry friends and colleagues from around the world, without having to head back to our respective rooms early to get on with our work. We may have been bleary eyed throughout the last seven Amsterdam shows but I can assure you it wasn’t excess alcohol and a night on the tiles which had made us that way! I for one am thoroughly looking forward to the change…

If you’re attending the show, I hope it’s everything you want it to be and please make sure you say ‘hello’ if you see us there. We always like meeting Cleanzine’s readers and learning about what industry issues are important to you.

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This Week's News

More visitors from more countries than ever before

* Interclean.jpgWith just five days to go to the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 exhibition, RAI Amsterdam reports that registrations are running strongly ahead of registrations received for the last show at the same point in the build-up to the event.

While the largest number of visitor registrations continues to originate from Europe, this year the largest percentage growth has been seen from visitors registering from Africa - in particular Egypt, Nigeria and Tunisia. There is also a confirmed delegation of 51 South African visitors.

Spanish cleaning and hygiene industry arrives in Amsterdam

* Logo-Asfel.jpgThe Spanish cleaning & hygiene sector will be represented at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam by 45 companies and it is the biggest Spanish participation ever.

"Amsterdam maintains a high level of confidence and loyalty from visitors and exhibitors from around the world and has become a must for cleaning professionals worldwide," says Thais Rodriguez, explaining the large Spanish contingent.

Karcher: already cleaning up in Amsterdam!

At this year's ISSA/Interclean trade fair in Amsterdam, on a trade stand the size of 9 tennis courts, Karcher will be presenting two Innovation Award Finalists alongside 125 other innovative machines and services. In advance of the show, the team from Karcher Netherlands have been helping prepare the city for the influx of some 29,000 pairs of feet. You can see how here: https://youtu.be/

Among the high-performance cleaning technologies on its 770-square-metre stand will be the BRC 40/22 C carpet cleaner, which features a brush head that rotates through 200°, making the machine exceptionally manoeuvrable. This eliminates the need to clean in parallel lanes, thereby achieving a time saving of up to 30%. The BRC 40/22 C is one of Karcher's twin nominations for the Innovation Award.

Today is World Hand Hygiene Day

* Hand-Hygiene.jpgToday is World Hand Hygiene Day and hospitals in Australia are planning to spread the word about maintaining good hand hygiene, while the topic is at the forefront of people's minds.

The Advocate reports that infection prevention & control nurse Heather Craigie (pictured) is manning a stall at the entrance of the Mersey Community Hospital in Latrobe, Tasmania, today, with a view to inviting visitors and staff to use the alcohol-based hand rub provided at the hospital, and then use a special UV illuminate gel to test their hands to see how well they have tackled the germs.


* Screen-Shot-GumBusters.jpg"What better way to launch our new GumBusters GB1 into North America than a feature on national television with a slot on CBS News!" says OspreyDeepclean.

"And check out our latest blockbuster starring the GB1 on Youtube!"

Historic tiled floors restored to 'good as new' condition

* Victorian-floor-before-after.jpgVictorian tiled floors can be really beautiful but sadly they're often not maintained as they should be... They eventually become so dilapidated that the building owners feel they have no choice but to rip them up and replace them with something easier to maintain.

There is another option though. The team at Heritage Tiling aims to restore as many historic tiled floors and walls as it can, thus enabling the tiles to be viewed and enjoyed once more.

You can't trust 'approximate'... Trust the CHSA Accreditation Scheme Marque

* CHSA-CM-std.jpgLabels that state an approximate length, width, count or weight cannot be trusted according to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association. The only way buyers of cleaning and hygiene products can guarantee they get what they pay for is to buy product stamped with the Marque of the CHSA's Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes.

As well as auditing members the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and Industrial Cotton Mops, the CHSA's Independent Inspector, Martin Yates, also regularly spot checks non-member products. He is raising this issue after noticing a growing number of products labeled with only 'approximate' dimension, count and weight.

Detect bed bugs before they become an issue with new Raid bed bug detector & trap

* Raid.jpgBed bugs are known for hiding in dark, sheltered spaces, allowing them to often go undetected before turning into large-scale infestations. Once your establishment has a reputation for harbouring bed bugs it will be hard to shake off - even if you get rid of the bed bugs themselves.

The Raid Bed Bug Detector & Trap is a new early-detection product, which enables hotel patrons and the like to expose evidence of bed bugs before an infestation occurs.

New contract awards for Principle Cleaning

* 20-Fenchurch-St.jpgNew contract awards keep coming as London City based Principle Cleaning has recently won a cleaning contract with Vinson & Elkins. Based at the award winning 20 Fenchurch Street, The Vinson & Elkins' London office opened in 1971, making it one of the oldest London offices of any US law firm.

A contract with Barings Asset Management at 155 Bishopsgate London also started recently and is for an initial two-year contract. This prestigious well known investment bank with high profile client meeting and dining areas has tasked Principle Cleaning staff to provide daily cleaning including specialist periodic carpet cleaning and kitchen deep cleaning, as well as window cleaning in addition to housekeeping and porterage services.

Hako strengthens its offer in key sectors with new strategic team

* Hako3l.jpgA leading name in cleaning equipment is strengthening its support for the national and international facilities management companies, contract cleaning and third party logistics (3PL) sectors with the creation of a new strategic accounts team. The move will enable Hako to deliver more specialised support to customers in important markets for the company as it continues its UK growth.

Led by Sarah Powell, who has worked at Hako for the past four years as strategic account manager and now director, the team aims to bring a dynamic new approach to the management of existing accounts and securing new contracts.

Concentrating on getting the most from your cleaning products

* arpal.jpgChemical dosing systems, whether manual dispensing pumps or electronic dosing units, have been around for years and are now a well-established part of any professional cleaning process.

The use of controlled dosing technology to enable the end user to accurately dilute a chemical concentrate at the point of use, providing a ready-to-use cleaning or disinfecting solution, has the potential to dramatically transform the environmental, quality and safety standard of many of today's cleaning products - but most importantly in-use cleaning costs.

Leonardo: touchless soap dispensing... with a touch more!

* LEONARDO-Blue.jpgThe newly launched Leonardo Soap Dispensers incorporate the very latest features in touchless electronic soap dispensing.

There has always been a concern that when the batteries in any electronic dispensing system run low, there is the risk that before the maintenance team has a chance to replace them, washroom users will be unable to access sufficient soap to clean their hands properly. Well no more.

Darwinsure streamlines insurance for cleaning companies... Online platform extends specialist cover to small business sector

* Darwinsure.jpgCleaning companies and other small businesses now have ready access to a streamlined insurance service tailored for the needs of their sector.

Darwinsure is a new online insurance scheme designed to provide quick quotes, competitive prices and secure payment for small businesses seeking specialist cover.

BPI Recycled Products' sites achieve 'Zero Waste to Landfill'

* GREEN-SACK.jpgBPI Recycled Products has achieved Zero Waste to Landfill certification from Valpak at three of its manufacturing sites across the UK. The Valpak certification recognises years of hard work by the business, which is the UK's largest producer of refuse sacks and the largest polythene recycler in Europe.

BPI Recycled Products' manufacturing sites gained ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for environmental management and each site put controls in place to reduce the amount of waste they were generating.

Holchem celebrates record breaking production in 2015

* Holchem.jpgHolchem, the Pilsworth-based cleaning chemicals provider, recently celebrated record-breaking production with 950 tonnes of product being manufactured during a single week in December.

The ongoing success of the company is set to continue throughout 2016 and, in response, it will be increasing its site with additional parking to cope with increased demand from both new and existing customers.

Customer experience is key

* FUTURES-quotes.jpgFutures Supplies, award winning supplier of washroom and cleaning products, has always appreciated the importance of providing an exceptional customer experience. Supplying quality products, backed up with the delivery of customer service excellence, has always been part of the company's ethos and continues to be key to the company's success.

The trend to research a company, as well as its products and services online, prior to purchasing, is now a well-established practice. Recognising this, and the need to continually innovate within its business operations, Futures Supplies has now linked up with independent feedback provider Feefo as an efficient means of gathering genuine customer feedback to continually improve its customers' experiences.

We have Mail: toilet closures

Dear Jan,

Further to your leader last week, as a resident of Newbury I can report that West Berkshire Council seems to have seen the error of its ways and I am happy to report that the toilets were opened on the Wharf last week, funded on temporary basis by Newbury Town Council.

So the coaches are still stopping!


Simon Hollingbery, chairman, British Cleaning Council

A pilot scheme...

* truckers-toilets.jpgTruckers Toilets UK tells us that some cities in the US are trialling mobile toilet / shower units to ascertain whether more should be introduced, to alleviate the problems of drivers needing the bathroom, but finding that they have 'nowhere to go'.

"The beauty of using a mobile unit would mean that different areas could be trialled and usage numbers assessed," suggests TTUK's Gillian Kemp. "This is active research which is beneficial at the same time. In the Denver trial the mobile unit is available from 12 midday to 12 midnight complete with an attendant. Worth considering? TTUK is investigating further...

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Recent UK News

UK public makes food hygiene number one priority when eating out

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UK consumers are united in not tolerating poor food hygiene ratings and simply won't visit places that have had food safety issues, no matter what type of restaurant they are. Some 61% won't eat at a restaurant, takeaway, coffee shop or pub that has a low Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Hygiene Rating while three quarters (75%) said they wouldn't risk dining at a restaurant that had been implicated in a food hygiene incident, even if recommended by someone that they trust.

Firms must guard against staff fatigue as fines for corporate manslaughter escalate to £20m

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Imperago has published a paper outlining the importance of taking staff fatigue into account when devising staff working patterns. Major companies convicted of corporate manslaughter that have a turnover of £50m or more could now face fines of up to £20m according to guidelines by the Sentencing Council that were announced recently.

Cleaning Operative of the Year winner announced

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In annual awards created by British Cleaning Council members, the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and Denis Rawlins, (which provides sponsorship), June Manley has been named Cleaning Operative of the Year 2016. June, who works at Carr Mill Primary School, St Helens, Merseyside, wins £250 of high street vouchers and a specially engraved glass trophy.

British Safety Council endorses World Day for Safety & Health at Work campaign's message

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On World Day for Health & Safety at Work, the British Safety Council has re-affirmed its role in the industry as a champion of health & safety at work and
its belief that proportionate and effective management of health & safety is an enabler of business activity.

Floor cleaning company doubles size of premises

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Warwickshire-based Beaver Floorcare was engaged recently through flooring manufacturer Relay Floors to clean and restore the vinyl interlocking tiles to their former glory at a Tesco store.

Cromwell uses MP's Earth Day visit to highlight range of environmental issues

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Cromwell Polythene's managing director James Lee highlighted a wide range of environmental issues when local MP Nigel Adams visited the company's Sherburn headquarters, near Leeds, this week.

Thrive residents play key part in selecting new contractors

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Thrive Homes put its residents at the heart of the decision-making process before awarding its new communal cleaning and grounds maintenance contracts.

Soapbox: Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, writes about our aging workforce and why the BSC support the new Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign...

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The European workforce is ageing fast. By 2030, employees aged over 55 are expected to make up 30% or more of the total workforce in many EU countries. In the UK, 30% or more of the total workforce is already over 50 years' old, while 60 year and older employees constitute 23% of the workforce, and this figure is set to rise to 30.7% by 2020.

Employment figures suggest jittery employers spooked by increasing labour costs

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Commenting on today's ONS Labour Market Statistics, (www.ons.gov.uk) Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, says:

"Existing employer concerns over the cost implications of the National Living Wage, pension auto-enrolment and the impending Apprenticeship Levy are starting to affect confidence amongst employers.

Reclassifying temporary staff as 'unsupervised' puts businesses and directors in jeopardy, says CXC Global

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Agencies that advise employers to reclassify temporary staff as 'unsupervised' are putting both their end clients and their directors in jeopardy, according to CXC Global.

£200m Cash Injection for FM Market in 2016

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A new report on the UK facilities management market from MTW Research has found that profitability is set to rise by £200 million in 2016, sustaining optimism for the market despite a slight slowdown in growth.

Hako helps historic Nottingham's streets stay sublime

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Nottingham City Council has taken delivery of two new additions to its growing fleet of road-cleaning machines from Hako that is already helping to keep the historic city looking its best.

Greyland golf putting comp win could help drive new sales for Prestige Supplies

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Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland held a golf putting competition at the recent Manchester Cleaning Show, which John Wolohan of Prestige Supplies, Wigan, won by sinking an impressive 3 out of 5 putts.

Contract Cleaning Market Report Research & Analysis UK 2016-2020 just published

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MTW Research has published a new Research & Analysis market report providing a fresh, comprehensive & reliable review of the public and private sector UK Contract Cleaning Market in 2016 with forecasts to 2020.

BCC delighted with visitor numbers at Manchester Cleaning Show

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Event organisers, the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Media, say they are extremely pleased with attendance at the inaugural Manchester Cleaning Show.

AHCP 2016 Awards shortlist announced

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The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals has announced the shortlist for its 2016 Awards. Congratulations to all those deemed worthy of perhaps going on to become a winner!

The shortlist is as follows:

We have Mail: Brushtec writes of 'solidarity and wire side brushes'

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Dear Jan,

One of the most dominating stories of the past few weeks has been the uncertain future of the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, Wales. The closure of the plant and others like it around the UK would have far reaching negative consequences, some of which concerns Brushtec.

University of London awards cleaning, security and other contracts to Cordant

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Cordant Services has secured contracts to supply a wide-range of cleaning, security and front of house services to the University of London. Dedicated teams will create a clean, safe and attractive environment within all the buildings of the University's academic and residential estate

RP Adam secures new contract with Young & Co's Brewery

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Cleaning and disinfection products manufacturer RP Adam (Arpal Group) has secured a new long-term deal with Young & Co.'s Brewery, extending the existing contract to 2020.

Wellington Arch undergoes a makeover

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Set in the heart of Royal London, Wellington Arch was built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later becoming a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon.

Visit by Mayor recognises business growth

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Cleanall Services of Leyland, Lancashire, was recommended by North & Western Chamber of Commerce for a visit by the Mayor of South Ribble to recognise exceptional business growth in the area.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
New Autumn dates


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


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