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Facing the cleaning industry's silent revolution? Nilfisk

The results of a survey recently conducted in the cleaning industry paints a picture of an increasingly growing role for artificial intelligence.

Industrial cleaning equipment company Nilfisk recently published 'Connecting to the Future', a white paper that explores the opportunities that connected devices and systems can deliver.

Drawing from their Global Cleaning Trends survey, this report paints a picture of how technology is expected to impact the industry.

The results were enlightening, but not especially surprising.

At first glance, the cleaning industry seems an unlikely candidate to benefit from advances in artificial intelligence and internet technology.

It is far more common for medicine, genetics and space flight to dominate conversations when talking about disruptive technologies.

But cleaning? Not so much. However, Emma Corder, country manager for Nilfisk South Africa, argues that this is not actually the case and that we could see meaningful benefits in the very near future. "Globally, there is a keen awareness that we need to produce food at an ever increasing scale to feed our growing population.

An undesired outcome from this pressure to produce more food more quickly could be a failure to maintain standards along the supply chain.
Poor management buckles SABSThe South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been placed under administration.

This follows Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies' decision during June this year to remove the entire SABS board as he had reportedly lost faith in its ability to effectively manage the bureau.

During May this year, Davies confirmed that the bureau was bleeding customers and potential revenue and in March this year he instructed its management to urgently oversee a detailed process to develop a turnaround strategy.
Local hotel group bans use of plastic straws Plastic

The movement to ban plastic straws is growing, but phasing it out can be more complicated than it seems.

However, recently major corporations like Starbucks, Bacardi Rum, Marriott Hotels and American Airlines amongst others publicly announced that they will phase out the plastic drinking aid in the coming years.

Local hotel group Tsogo Sun announced that in keeping with the international #nostraw campaign it will no longer be serving plastic straws at any of their 100 hotels and 13 entertainment venues around the South Africa.

Though just a small fraction of all plastic pollution, straws have become a symbol of waste to rally behind and a feasible way for consumers to feel like they're making a difference.
Mixture of targeted educational tracks at ISSA Show 2018 ISSA Showfloor

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced that this year's targeted education packages were designed to help attendees soak up all the skills, industry developments, good business practices, and technological advances available at this year's ISSA Show North America scheduled to run from 29 October to 1 November in Dallas, Texas.

The ISSA Show North America 2018 is regarded as the most comprehensive event available to the commercial and
residential-cleaning industry.

The show features more than 90 seminars, workshops, and networking events to provide attendees with an immersive learning experience.
Significance of sustainable cleaning as part of FM programmeISSA SUMMIT AFRICA LOGO

Building and facility management teams are constantly striving to ensure that their facilities perform at a superior level.

Optimising efficiency and increasing productivity are usually top of mind when establishing new processes for managing facilities.

Another operational aspect that has been cast into the spotlight is the introduction of environmentally sustainable practices.

A key part of being environmentally sustainable is implementing green cleaning processes to reduce a building's footprint on the environment.

Reducing chemical usage, limiting water use and encouraging recycling are all important techniques to ensure that your business is environmentally sustainable.

In this abridged article by Alicia Fenwick, senior manager brand activation, at Rubbermaid Commercial Products, provides an overview of why sustainable cleaning should be a key part of any facility management programme.
Preventing mould in an indoor-pool facilitySweat-Orr

For dedicated lap swimmers, families with children, or anyone who likes to splash around, indoor pools turn swimming from a summer pastime into a year-round passion.

People love indoor pools, which is why you can find them in hotels, gyms, and neighbourhood recreation centres.

Add a sauna, shower, and locker room, and your indoor pool morphs into a value-added luxury retreat.

However, all the water and steam welcome an uninvited guest: mould. Unsightly, smelly, and toxic, even a little bit of mould can drive patrons away.

Knowing how to prevent mould in your indoor-pool areas will protect swimmers and safeguard your valuable investment.
French Society recommends most effective hand-drying method in minimising spread of microorganismsETS_Washroom_hands_HR

New guidance on hand hygiene published by the French Society for Hospital Hygiene SF2H, strongly discourages the use of electric hand dryers as a method of hand drying in hospital washrooms and recommends instead the use of single use paper towels as the most effective way to dry hands and minimise the spread of microorganisms following a visit to the washroom.

Issued by France's leading healthcare society, SF2H's newly published guide, Hand hygiene and care – choice of products and how to use and promote them, offers the first new guidance on hand hygiene for many years.

It recognizes that good hand hygiene among healthcare professionals is essential in preventing infection and
cross-transmission of microorganisms in a healthcare setting.

The report was reviewed by 25 experts in infection control and microbiology, and will be widely circulated and read by those working to promote optimal hygiene and minimise the spread of microorganisms.

On the subject of hand drying, the report cites the most recent literature reviewed by SF2H, including a number of studies undertaken by Professor Mark Wilcox MD, consultant microbiologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and University of Leeds, UK, and Keith Redway of the University of Westminster.

These studies found that electric dryers contaminate both the air and the surfaces with bacteria and viruses in washrooms.
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NCCA Gauteng branch AGMNCCA

Gauteng committee members pictured from left to right: Steve Braham (SWB Sports), Patrick Makhubela (National and Gauteng Chairman) Neledzi Cleaning Services, Sandy Deale (Gauteng and Limpopo Administrator), Janine Botha (Numatic International), Arthur Bath (Treasurer) and Lennox Batchelor (Gauteng Vice Chairman) Bidvest Prestige

NCCA Gauteng Branch

The Gauteng branch of the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) held its AGM at the premises of Numatic International in Midrand on 16 August.

During the meeting the annual financial statements were approved and adopted and the new branch executive committee was confirmed.

The annual Chairman's Report was presented by branch and national NCCA Chairman Patrick Makhubela, who reported another good year for the branch, to which the audited financial statements bore testimony.

The NCCA Gauteng branch membership grew from 263
paid-up members in the previous year to 377 currently paid-up contract-cleaner members.
PBEH second AGMPBEH

Pictured from left are Clive Damonze (Board Member), Veronica Kweyi (Board Member), Thami Makeleni (Chairman), Yakshini Padayachee (Treasurer), Mmabatho Skosana
(Vice-Chairman) and Felicity Kent (PBEH Manager).


The Professional Body for Environmental Hygiene (PBEH) held its second AGM at the offices of NBC Holdings on 21 August.

Thami Makeleni delivered the Chairman's report and stated that over the past year the PBEH has been extremely active in activities and workshops as arranged through the Services Seta.

The PBEH regards skills providers as a very important link in skills development within the professional cleaning industry.

The Professional Body is working towards becoming the assessment partner for all occupational qualifications.

One of the changes made is the reduction of the number of designations to be registered with the PBEH in order to reflect specialisation in the designations, which include Hygiene Operator, Hygiene Practitioner and Hygiene Expert.
Industry lossHako

Cleaning industry stalwart John Hammill, director of business consultancy Hammill & Associates passed away on 6 September.

During his career John occupied senior management positions and directorships at major companies including Pritchard Services Group and Supercare Cleaning Services.

John was always regarded as an individual of impeccable integrity and a true gentleman. He served as a National Chairman of the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA).
Window vac for commercial operatorsKarcher

A new window vac has been developed by Kärcher to meet the requirements of commercial operators.

The window vac WVP 10, launched in South Africa during August, is a practical addition for manual cleaning of, for example, glass doors, mirrors, smooth tables, windows and tiles. With the WVP 10, dirty water that remains on surfaces following cleaning is simply vacuumed away – streak free and without any residue.

Kärcher designed this innovative machine for use by professional cleaners in shopping areas, public facilities, hotels and restaurants and at petrol stations.

The window vac can be used singlehanded because of the relatively low machine weight of 750 grams – similar to that of a tablet PC.

For more information visit: www.karcher.co.za
New TASKI AERO backpack prioritises comfort and flexibilityTASKI AERO

Global cleaning and hygiene technology provider, Diversey, recently introduced a new and exciting addition to its successful AERO range.

The new TASKI AERO backpack vacuum cleaner can be comfortably carried as a portable electric version, but is also available as a battery version for the ultimate in agility.

The TASKI AERO BP is a unique
3-in-1 solution that can be used as a backpack vacuum, tub vacuum and even a useful blower.

The backpack vacuum is ideal for cleaning in areas that are difficult to access with a conventional vacuum cleaner.

These include busy entrances, congested areas like schools, office buildings or public transport.

The battery model is exceptional for building circulation areas, or in areas where the presence of the public makes safety a priority.

For more information visit: www.taski-aero.com
World first EU food-contact-compliant nylon scraperNylon Scraper

Very hot and cold surfaces are notoriously difficult to scrape clean. The use of metal tools can scratch sensitive surfaces or even cause sparks.

Likewise, polypropylene scrapers are not able to tolerate prolonged contact with high temperatures and can turn brittle and crack in cold environments such as freezers.

With the above in mind, leading global manufacturer of professional cleaning systems, Vikan, has launched a new nylon scraper that cleans stubborn substances from surfaces from below freezing to as high as 175ºC.

Intended for use in the food and beverage industry, the Nylon Scraper is the world's first tool of its kind that is available in 5 colours and compliant with EU foodcontact regulations.

For more information e-mail: export@vikan.com
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Inaugural African summit for cleaning professionals a huge successISSA

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The first ISSA Executive Summit, powered by African Cleaning Review, featuring a speaker and educational programme specifically developed for the professional cleaning and hygiene industry took place on 6 September at Cape Town's Lagoon Beach Hotel and was hailed by the industry as a huge success.

This summit sends a clear message that the professional cleaning industry, despite a sagging economy, has embraced this initiative by participating at the highest level in carefully selected executive sessions, addressing pertinent business topics such as strategic thinking, transformational leadership, sales benchmarking, FM standards, brand identity development and the implementation of
green-cleaning strategies, amongst others.

The one-day summit, which was sold out with more than a month to go, attracted 155 of the industry's most senior leaders.

It was split into a Strategic Management Summit running simultaneously next to a
full-day International Accredited Auditing Professional (IAAP) workshop, presented by the ISSA's Cleaning Management Institute (CMI).

The IAAP workshop educated delegates on how to perform quality assurance audits within a facility.

Through an interactive programme delegates learned the technical skills needed to perform a facility audit as well as the ethical aspects of having this responsibility.

Following the conclusion of the workshop, delegates received formal CMI certificates, valid for a period of 24 months.
Recycling service for paper hand towels – world firstDyson Airblade

Tork PaperCircle® is the world's first recycling service for paper hand towels. It uses waste as a resource and turns used paper towels into new hygiene-tissue products.

It creates new circular standards for waste management and helps businesses reach their sustainability targets and stay ahead of customers' increasing expectations.

The service reduces its users' carbon footprint by up to 40 percent.

Around the world, companies are shifting to a circular economy – closing the loop for every part of their business.

Tork PaperCircle is enabling them to do the same for paper hand towels. It is the world's first recycling service for paper hand towels, which helps companies redefine their waste management and meet sustainability targets.

"Tork PaperCircle helps businesses make the shift from talking about sustainability to acting sustainably," says Äsa Degerman, Global Brand Innovation Manager at Essity.

The scale of global-hygiene-brand Tork makes it possible to compile and recycle used paper hand towels locally into new tissue products. Tork PaperCircle has proven a carbon footprint reduction of 40 percent* and pilot users report that their buildings generate about 20 percent less waste.

The service also provides businesses with recycling and waste-reduction statistics to showcase commitment and draw attention to their sustainability initiatives.
World of professional textile care on showExpoDetergo

ExpoDetergo International, the 18th international exhibition dedicated to machines, technology, products and services for laundry, ironing and textile cleaning, will take place from 19 to 22 October 2018 in Fiera Milano, Italy.

Market competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability have become today's norm as the industry combines innovative services and technology to meet demand and generate progress.

Therefore, ExpoDetergo International will be ideally positioned as a unique showcase with an integrated offer that will bring together Italian manufacturers with the most interesting solutions representing companies from all over the world in terms of dry and wet cleaning technology, ironing, textile supply, detergents, accessories, industrial automation systems, services and textiles.
SA offices and other buildings to disclose energy consumptionThe Department of Energy has published new draft regulations, which seek to make it mandatory for certain buildings to submit and publicly display their energy performance.

The new regulations apply to both government and private buildings and will be recorded in a new 'building energy performance register' to be created by the South African National Energy Development Institute.

The draft regulations define 'energy performance' as net energy consumed in kilowatt hours per square metre per year (kWh/m2 / year) to meet the different needs associated with the use of a building, which may include:
  • Heating
  • Hot water heating
  • Cooling
  • Ventilation and lighting (but excluding measured or assessed energy consumed by garages)
  • Car parks and storage areas
  • Outdoor services
Upon submitting their usage, each building will receive an energyperformance certificate, which will be valid for no longer than five years and must be posted at the entrance of the building.

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