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Citron Hygiene has announced that it has acquired Chemsyn Chemical Corporation effective July 17th, 2017. Chemsyn is a dominant player in commercial warewash and laundry solutions, serving a broad range of customer verticals, including foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, long term care facilities, institutions, golf and sports clubs throughout Ontario.
The approximately €250,000 (around BDT 23 million) project, implemented by Voluntary Organisation for Social Development, will explore the existing health behaviour of the workers with a view to improving hygiene and reducing associated diseases.
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At noon his coming Monday, Big Ben’s world-famous bongs will sound for the last time before major conservation works are carried out. The Elizabeth Tower, home to the Great Clock and Big Ben, is undergoing a complex programme of cleaning and renovation work that will safeguard it for future generations. While this work takes place, the Great Bell will remain silent – apart from marking important national events such as New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday.
As part of the restoration programme, the Great Clock will be dismantled piece by piece with each cog examined and restored. The four dials will be carefully cleaned, the glass repaired, the cast iron framework renewed, and the hands removed and refurbished.
As the clock mechanism itself will be temporarily out of action, an electric motor will drive the hands until the Great Clock is reinstated and one of the four faces will always be on view, to enable passers-by to check the time.
In case you didn’t know, the Great Bell weighs 13.7 tonnes and strikes every hour to the note of E. It’s accompanied by four quarter bells, which chime every 15 minutes. Big Ben has marked the hour with almost unbroken service for the past 157 years. The bongs last fell silent for maintenance in 2007, and prior to that between 1983-5, as part of a previous large scale refurbishment programme.
Understandably perhaps, there has been an uproar by those who feel that the chimes should not be stopped while the current refurbishment is carried out. After all, their sound is part of London life.
They are, however, very loud – and particularly so when heard close up. And while I’m one of those who feels that some of our health & safety regulations are over the top, this is one occasion that I fully support those who’ve made the decision to temporarily silence the chimes. I know from the experiences of loved ones, just how debilitating noise induced tinnitus is and while hearing the bells fills me with a sense of pride, I would not put that above the health & safety of those tasked with keeping an important part of our national heritage in good working order!
Monday will not only mark the last of Big Ben’s chimes for some time; it will also mark the start of Cleanzine’s annual Summer break. Our next issue will broadcast on Thursday, 7th September.
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The manufacturers of Decon 7 say it is powerful enough to eliminate hazardous moulds (including black mould), fungi, viruses, E. coli, bacteria and odours and that it is effective against the latest 'superbug' to hit the headlines: Candida Auris - sometimes referred to as Japanese Fungus.
Ideal for a broad spectrum of applications, D7 effectively neutralises up to 99.999% of all bacteria, viruses, spores, moulds, and chemical & biological hazards, eliminating both vegetative and non-vegetative spores, by chemically cleaving spore walls, and neutralising mycotoxins therein. It can be used on a variety of surfaces, is fast acting, and it leaves a non-toxic pH neutral residual barrier to prevent recontamination.
Family owned Stadsing A/S, Denmark's largest company in the development and sale of cleaning and hygiene products, has now been taken over by the Swedish Group OptiGroup AB (formerly known as Papyrus) for an amount in the higher three-digit million range Dkr.
With the purchase, Stadsing's products will be available across the rest of the Nordic countries & Europe within the OptiGroup, and new jobs will be established in Aalborg.
The global biosurfactant market is anticipated to generate demand of over 340,000 tons by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of around 4% from 2014 to 2020.
Absence of direct bio-based substitutes of these products is expected to be one of the major factors driving the market over the forecast period, together with rising environmental concern over the consumption of synthetic surfactants and the growth of the global personal care industry.
writes Justin Binks, managing director of Sebo UK...
"For the second time in three years, the vacuum cleaner industry is tasked with meeting the requirements of new EU energy labelling which will see a reduction in the rated input power of vacuum cleaners.
Potentially, this, and other requirements relating to the design and testing of vacuum cleaners, will have an impact on the performance and consequent user satisfaction relating to some machines.
In Europe, only 41% of waste was optimised in 2015, and while landfill use may be in decline, there are still obstacles preventing a better approach to waste treatment and recycling. Versailles, France-based Seligo aims to remove these barriers and improve the proportion of optimised waste by serving as a link between supply and demand, with its new digital transaction and services platform for waste professionals.
Using this online platform, waste professionals can advertise their products or treatment capacity, and make reservations to dispose of and/or treat waste.
The second edition of the ISSA/Interclean Istanbul exhibition is taking place at the Istanbul Congress from 18th to 20th October 2017.
Membership of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes has increased as distributors joining the Accredited Distributors Scheme demand conformance from their suppliers.
Betco Corporation has become a preferred supplier of chemicals and equipment for Goodwill National Cooperative Purchasing Program (NCPP) in North America.
Building Information Modelling has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the facilities management industry, according to the results of a new survey published by The British Institute of Facilities Management.
The FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling survey, developed in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, aims to establish a benchmark of the current perceptions of the impact of BIM on the FM sector and the benefits and challenges it presents.
FM innovator, Salisbury Group, has won a competitive tender to provide cleaning, security & support services for up to five years at Silvan House in Edinburgh, the head office of Forestry Commission Scotland and shared UK services for the Forestry Commission.
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