*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 22nd September 2016 Issue no. 740

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International News

Arrow's Chinese investment pays off with new contract wins

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Investment in a new Chinese operation is already paying dividends for a Leicestershire manufacturer of cleaning and maintenance products. Arrow Solutions, which is based at a factory in Moira, has marked the first three months of trading in Shanghai with news that it has secured a string of new contracts to supply Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Beijing Metro.

Are the robots coming?

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In this article, Peter Forshaw, of recruitment specialist Maxwell Stephens, discusses the effect robots may have on the facilities management industry, highlighting how they have had a positive impact in one hospital by and reducing cross infection, saving time and enabling those they have replaced to carry out more interesting work.

ACI issues statement on FDA's antibacterial soaps ruling

The American Cleaning Institute released the following statement in response to a final rule issued by the US Food and Drug Administration concerning consumer antibacterial soaps and washes:

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit to tackle impacts

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The Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit will discuss practical approaches to address the impacts of cleaning products. Hosted in Paris on 26th -27th October, the second edition of this executive summit will feature sustainability metrics, green ingredients, sustainable packaging, and consumer impacts.

Bacteria at universities... but not as you know it!

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Cleanliness is not something normally associated with university life. If you've ever set foot in a student house, you'll know that coursework and cider take priority over cleaning. However, universities are still legally required to responsibly manage the wastewater they produce.

Cleaning Products US 2016 Returns to Washington DC for the 10th Anniversary Edition

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The 10th annual Cleaning Products US conference will take place 9th - 11th November, 2016, in Washington D.C. Jointly organised by Smithers Apex and The American Cleaning Institute, this year's conference will deliver a jam-packed schedule with insights and discussions focusing on the latest developments in wipes and nonwovens plus much more.

Truck-mount power in portable package: Endeavor tops international sales for Prochem Europe

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Cleaning chemicals and technology specialist Prochem Europe has enjoyed increased uptake of its extraction machines from continental European customers in the first half of 2016.

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Poor Hilary Clinton… she can’t win, can she? No – I don’t mean like that, but whatever she does, people are having a go and she can’t even command sympathy when she’s unwell.

What has this to do with cleaning and hygiene, you may ask?

Well – an opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post is slating her for bad hygiene at the Ohio rally, with the writer saying, “I cringed when I saw her poor cough hygiene.

“Clinton may not be able to keep a secret, and may inadvertently (we hope) have spread sensitive, classified information to enemies of the US – but did she have to get up on national TV and show millions of people how to spread the plague? How can the American voter not cringe when sputum is flying into the microphone, into the air, into her hand which will shake a few hundred people’s hands only moments later?

“Even the bottle of water that she will hand to her unwitting aide – who will then open a door, use a pen, a cell phone and then drive home to her family? Whatever Clinton has, now lots of other people have it too. Maybe they won’t get symptoms right away (but) if we hear about a flu or pneumonia outbreak in Ohio, epidemiologists should investigate whether Democrats are getting sick more than Republicans. People who attend her rallies and line up to shake her incubator hand may be the first to get sick.

“Perhaps the better question is – where was Clinton’s hand sanitiser?”

The author reminds us that portable sanitiser bottles need a wipe down too, since they will have been handled while our hands were contaminated. She also questions the teaching that we cough into our hands rather than into the air, saying we then transfer the germs on our hands to door handles, car doors, steering wheels, supermarket trollies and baskets, remote controls, phones, pens, food items, credit cards – and, of course, to those with whom we shake hands.

She says that while coughing into a tissue is now more acceptable, moisture (and with it the germs) on the tissue, will spread to our hands and beyond, so coughing into our shoulder or sleeve is a better option, since this will hold the germs on a surface that’s rarely touched by other people.

And with flu season about to hit, it’s a lesson worth remembering, isn’t it?

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This Week's News

FSA chief scientific adviser outlines the challenges of antimicrobial resistance

* amr-banner.jpgProfessor Guy Poppy, the Food Standards Agency's chief scientific adviser, published the latest edition of his Science Report yesterday. It examines the science behind antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, and presents the latest findings around the role that food plays in the problem.

The report is published as the President of the UN General Assembly convenes a one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss AMR.

MEPs urge action against social dumping

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With stubbornly low levels of growth and continued lack of competiveness in many European economies, social dumping is a burning issue. This is when enterprises undermine local traditional labour markets and their social levels by using cheaper, often migrant workers for production, or by moving production to a low-wage third country, then importing their products. Employees pay the price of certain governments' inaction in the face of needed structural reforms and the social dumping that unfortunately exists in Europe.

CHSA Golf Day raises record breaking £6,500 for charity

* CHSA-Golf1.jpgOne of the highlights of the cleaning industry calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day, which took place last week at Oulton Hall, Yorkshire, raised a record breaking £6,500 for the Chairman's charity, Helping Treat Cancer Together.

The evening dinner was hosted by BBC TV's Dan Walker and its fund raising credentials attracted former Premier League and England footballer, Ian Wright.

ODVF spells clean food service floors

* Kaivac-food-service-floors.jpgFloorcare in food service establishments can be very difficult. Food service floors are often blanketed with high volumes of grease, oil, and food debris. Few cleaning systems are designed specifically for cleaning food service floors...until now.

Sustainable Dashboard tool adds Energy Star integration

* Sustainability-tools.jpgThe Sustainability Dashboard, a tool that measures and monitors six key performance indicators - energy, water, waste, transportation, products such as cleaning products, and human resources, to help users monitor and report efficiency improvements, now adds a new programme, 'Energy Star Integration Assistance' so that the data from the Sustainability Dashboard can be easily transferred into Energy Star's Portfolio Manager.

Delta-Q Technologies introduces Lithium Charger Development Kit

* DeltaQ.jpgDelta-Q Technologies, The Canadia-based battery charging solutions provider for electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment worldwide, this week announced the debut of its lithium integration kit to battery companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and battery management system manufacturers at The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan.

Open Day next week celebrates major investment in cleaning business

* HC-Whittlesey-Showroom.jpgHugh Crane (Cleaning Equipment) is holding an Open Day at its newly refurbished site in Whittlesey, Peterborough, on 30th September. This major investment shows the business strategically placed to meet the ever-increasing demands from customers along the A1 corridor.

"We have been operating from the site since October 2001 and when the option of acquiring the site next door became available in 2014, we decided that now was the right time to expand," says Jim Saunders, Whittlesey branch manager.

All Care set for expansion into the UK

* AllCare.jpgAll Care, which is based in Veenendaal, The Netherlands, has announced plans to widen its business scope into the UK. Currently, the company offers a wide range of washroom dispensers and related products to Benelux and more generally across Europe. Now, for the first time, its full range of European manufactured products will be offered to leading wholesalers and distributors in the UK and Ireland.

Mike Ziolek has been appointed to lead All Care in the UK and looks forward to bringing a highly respected brand into the UK.

Britain seeks increased collaboration with Singapore to save lives at work

* Mike-Robinson.jpgTomorrow, Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, will begin his tour of the Far East, starting in Singapore.

Kenya Ferry Services launches biannual cleaning exercise

* Kenya-ferryboat.jpgResidents of Likoni, Mombassa were urged to be conscious of their environment and be 'the champions of their surroundings' during the launch of a biannual clean-up exercise at the ferry offices, which entails cleaning the entire areas accessed by ferry commuters on both the island itself and the mainland.

Incentive QAS expands retail portfolio with £1m shopping centre contract

* Pentagon-QAS.jpgIncentive QAS, the specialist cleaning business, has been awarded a £1m, three-year contract by property management company, Workman Group, to provide cleaning services at the Pentagon shopping centre in Chatham, Kent.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Incentive QAS team of 14 staff will be providing a 24/7 cleaning service at the centre, which attracts over 225,000 shoppers every week.

Mitie helps Scottish Government achieve unique carbon status

* Mitie-Scottish.jpgMitie, which has been providing facilities management services to the Scottish Government since 2012, has helped it retain its unique status as the only government in the world to hold the Carbon Trust Triple Standard. This follows the successful recertification of the three awards which were first gained in 2014.

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Recent UK News

BICSc announces Annual Awards 2016 Educational Programme: A day of cleaning insights and inspiration

The 15th September 2016 marks the date of the BICSc Annual Awards, celebrating excellence in training and assessment within the cleaning industry. As a special addition to this year's annual awards, The British Institute of Cleaning Science will be hosting an exclusive cleaning industry educational programme and exhibition.

New UK head office for Kärcher

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This Autumn the global cleaning giant will have a new home in the UK - and it's streets ahead of the old facility, if not streets apart. Kärcher UK's brand new, purpose-built UK headquarters opened for business at Banbury's Brookhill Way on Tuesday.

How to cut budgets and improve hospital infection control

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The inadequate assessment of cleaning procedures within hospital environments is a huge source of ongoing-costs with lost opportunities to save money as well as improve infection control. The patient environment is known to be closely associated with infection risks and superbugs are now resistant to almost all antibiotics.

UK Bank holiday's biggest clean-up

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This year's Notting Hill Carnival - 11 times bigger than the Glastonbury festival - once again attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the streets of North Kensington. When Carnival stops a massive clean-up operation swings into play to have the streets clean by the next morning. This year over 320 tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared from the streets during the bank holiday weekend.

TCFM now part of the Colonel's secret recipe at KFC

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TC Facilities Management is now an added ingredient at over a quarter of KFC restaurants across the British Isles. The contract being delivered by a team from TC Specialist Services, part of TC Facilities Management, started on 8th August. It will provide window cleaning services to over 200 KFC restaurants, along with jet washing services to sites with Drive-Thrus.

Working at height specialism lands CAM an Olympic-sized challenge

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CAM Specialist Support's expertise in high level cleaning has secured it a contract to clean the Here East building in The Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, London. Previously part of the London Olympics site, the building was used as the media centre during the 2012 games. Current tenants include BT Sports studios, Loughborough University and a number of new start up and retail clients.

Dan Walker to host CHSA's Annual Golf Day

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association tells us that its annual Golf Day (one of the highlights of the cleaning industry calendar), has attracted a well-known celebrity in the form of Dan Walker, presenter of Football Focus, BBC Breakfast and a daily show on Radio 5 Live called Afternoon Edition. Dan will be hosting the Awards Dinner that takes place after the competition and will, no doubt, be featuring in many of the pictures taken of the Awards ceremony, alongside the happy winners.

What a well-thought-out 'away from home' washroom should look like!

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Ed: We just had to feature this post, which was shared by a family member on Facebook...

Some 15 years ago I helped organise the Annual Conference for the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and the venue was Haigh Hall - the home of this thoughtfully fitted-out washroom.

BIFM Awards 2016 finalists announced

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The British Institute of Facilities Management, has announced the finalists in this year's BIFM Facilities Management Awards. The Awards, supported by headline sponsor Carillion, recognise and reward facilities management practices, innovation and projects from across the economy and all areas of the sector.

With its new Robo 2, Carlisle Support Services brings robotics to services industry

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As a leading provider of cleaning services to the rail industry, Carlisle Support Services is driving innovation, through the introduction of service robotics. Currently deployed at Hull Paragon Station, Robo 2 is supporting the contractor's employees with the cleaning contractual agreements in place with longstanding client, First TransPennine Express.

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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