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Christeyns Food Hygiene, a specialist in food and beverage hygiene, has recently entered a sole distribution partnership for a brand new and unique hygiene verification tool - FreshCheck.
The big rendezvous for the cleaning, professional hygiene and laundry sector of the Iberian Peninsula, Hygienalia+Pulire is expanding this year with an increased covered exhibition area and more exhibitors than ever.
The manufacturer has confirmed successful results from deployment of its patented non-thermal plasma technology in two live hospital environments.
Here, John Brill, sales director for Nilfisk, tells us how he sees the TrackClean fleet management system working in practice...
"Oven-cleaning might not be the most glamorous job but it is one of the most crucial," says managing director, Angela Gill. "It is especially important to get it right when it comes to cleaning with chemicals in food preparation areas, and we're confident that our Neutral Oven Cleaner is up to the challenge."
SAC chair, Steven Spivak, Ph.D., is spearheading the selection of the symposium's technical agenda. "This theme reflects CIRI's core competency," he says. "Methods, measurement and management are critical elements required for effective cleaning, including disaster restoration. Those attending the 2019 symposium will gain a new and deeper understanding of these concepts that collectively define effective cleaning and restoration.
NanoTouch Materials' new self-cleaning surfaces address these concerns and particularly so its new launch - a self-cleaning film for touch screens that can turn any airport check-in kiosk or in-flight screen into a continuously self-cleaning surface.
Visionstate's product suite includes Internet of Things devices that help track cleaning, maintenance and supply utilisation. Its WANDA device is installed in both public and private facilities such as hospitals, airports, shopping centres, arenas and office buildings.
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Fatbergs have been in the news again lately with a 64-metre growth having been discovered just after Christmas in the sewers serving Sidmouth in Devon. My links with the bathroom manufacturing industry have led to some interesting debates about the various causes of these disgusting blockages and as well as the obvious culprits, such as careless householders and businesses emptying fats, oils and food debris into the sink and flushing wet wipes down the toilet, questions have been asked about the design of sinks, toilets and flushing systems as well as everyone's drive to create products which use less water, which means that often, less of what we're attempting to flush away, is dealt with efficiently.
Clearly we need to continue to cut the volume of water we use wherever possible and I'm surprised that I see so little of systems which use greywater. Basins that empty into the toilet cistern, which I used to see a decade ago and thought were a wonderful idea, don't seem to have caught on as I expected them to. Likewise I can recall writing with enthusiasm about a shower that used filtered, recycled water but have never learnt of any that have actually been installed and I wonder whether the likely cost of acquiring and fitting such new technology, has deterred us from pursuing this solution to conserving our precious water supplies.
I also wonder whether we're doing enough to educate people about taking care with the disposal of fats and oils, and warning that even if the wet wipe box says the wipes can be flushed, it's more sensible not to do so? Are people being made sufficiently aware of the benefits of fat traps to keep their pipework free flowing?
If you've never seen a fatberg in situ, here's a link to a short video. Does it make you want to take action and do whatever you can to prevent their formation? I'd love to know: www.sidmouthherald.co.uk
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This Week's News
To ensure that the UK will continue to be able to monitor and evaluate chemicals to reduce the risk posed to human health and the environment if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29th March, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has issued a reminder of the actions those involved in the chemicals business may need to take.
In the event of no deal, the UK REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals), will replace EU REACH Regulation and will be brought into UK law by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
The expanded partnership builds on RB's strength in convenient, ready-to-use solutions-via brands including Lysol, Airwick, Easy-Off and Resolve-and Diversey's advanced institutional cleaning expertise in hospitals, schools, and office complexes across the country.
* Syed Ahmed (pictured), CEO, Savortex will discuss the Internet of Things and how it can benefit the cleaning industry. Syed will show how IoT can help identify the hidden risks in buildings that humans can't - in terms of energy, waste and resources.
An exciting addition to this year's edition of the region's leading professional cleaning and hygiene event, the forum will bring together top experts and professionals from the healthcare sector to explore the key challenges facing healthcare cleaning.
A community group is taking Gloucestershire County Council to Court over the award of a £600m incinerator contract. Community R4C, a non-profit mutual society which has had support from celebrities including Jeremy Irons, Jonathon Porritt, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Kevin McCloud, claims the contract was unlawfully awarded, resulting in a massive rise in costs to taxpayers and a breach of procurement law.
They filed a lawsuit with the High Court last Friday.
Domestic cleaners report that it makes cleaning house carpets quicker; contractors like the way it breaks more down soil than basic wanding would and improves productivity; housekeeping teams appreciate its light weight and ease of use around beds, desks and other hard-to-reach areas.
Steam cleaning is an economical and environmentally-friendly process for the safe and effective cleaning of a number of different surfaces. The new ThermaSteam trailer-mounted industrial steam cleaner from Morclean, is a revolutionary, heavy-duty cleaning system built to effortlessly remove graffiti and chewing gum without the use of harmful solvents or chemicals.
The machine will also remove, paint, oil, grease, wax coatings and bitumen, as well as withstand hard work and regular use.
WhiffAway's fully recyclable Waterless Urinal System removes the need for customers to change urinal fixtures to go waterless and results in significant savings in energy and water consumption - and money - as well as eliminating urinal odours. Alongside its own global washroom brands, WhiffAway also contract manufactures bespoke solutions for many OEM, merchant and hygiene companies.
Hawaii Wildlife Fund, with the help of countless volunteers, has been cleaning Hawaii's coastlines for 15 years and just reached a milestone of recovering 500,000 pounds of plastic, including bundles of nets and line. Its efforts have been frustrated by an abundance of microplastic debris which is the most difficult to collect and remove from the beach because it takes so much time.
All this could soon be about to change...
A recently published book by independent restructuring professional Alan Gullan, provides new material on how the board of Carillion managed the company's financial crisis in the six months before it entered liquidation on 15th January 2018.
In the book, entitled 'Alan Gullan's guide to managing financial crises & restructurings in the UK', a 16,000-word Carillion case study is used to illustrate the principles underlying the guidance provided.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has this week announced Brandon Burton as its new standards chairman, taking over from longstanding standards chairman Howard Wolf on 1st January 2019.
"I'm excited to take on this new role within the IICRC," says Brandon. "Howie left some big shoes to fill, but I'm eager to begin this next chapter, and further develop the IICRC Standards program."
Luke joins the team, bringing with him over six years' industry experience having formerly worked for Industrial Cleaning Equipment.
DuPont Industrial Biosciences officially broke ground this week on its new site at the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary facility will utilise modern biotechnology to make industrial processes more efficient and products more sustainable.
The bio-based solutions created will have a direct impact on some of the most pressing societal issues of today: reducing food waste; reducing the environmental impacts of livestock farming and improving animal health; producing renewable fuels; and lowering environmental impacts in the textile and laundry industries.
A refuse collection company has this week been fined £1m after a worker was run over and killed. Canterbury Crown Court heard how, in October 2013, Veolia ES (UK)'s employee John Head suffered fatal injuries when he was run over by a reversing refuse collection vehicle (RCV) whilst he was walking across the yard, at the Ross Depot Waste Transfer Station in Folkestone. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive into the incident found that multiple vehicles, including RCVs and articulated lorries, were manoeuvring around the yard with no specific controls. The company failed to adequately assess the risks involved in the yard and did not implement industry recognised control measures to protect employees.
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