INDUSTRY INSIGHT WWW.CHTMAG.COM NEWS COUNTYCLEAN GROUP APPOINTS COMMERCIAL MANAGER 4 OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2016 CLEANING HYGIENE TODAY ISSA AND ARCSI MEMBERS AGREE TO MERGER The memberships of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI) voted to approve the resolution to merge. As of 1 January 2017, the merger becomes effective and ARCSI will be officially known as ARCSI, A Division of ISSA. Under terms of the agreement, ARCSI members will retain their ARCSI memberships, but those memberships will expand to include global ISSA membership and benefits. Liquid waste management service provider, CountyClean Group has announced the appointment of Paul Monck as commercial manager. Monck joins the business with more than 15 years’ experience in the industry and is well versed in increasing turnovers and company market share. Having won key accounts and collaborated with utility providers such as Thames Water, Southern Water and Severn Trent Water as well as major retailers including Asda and Tesco, he brings with him a plethora of commercial knowledge and account management skills. Speaking about Monck’s appointment, MD, Mike Walker, said: “He is a big hitter within the industry and his addition to the team is a real coup for our organisation. Paul’s experience, and the team around him, will help the company to become a £20 million turnover business within five years.” CHSA URGES LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUYERS TO SPECIFY ACCREDITED PRODUCTS Exhibiting at the Local Government Procurement Expo, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) called on procurers of cleaning and hygiene products to specify CHSA Accredited product. The CHSA’s accreditation schemes for soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops are supported by a rigorous auditing process, which makes sure that what’s on the box, is in the box. To highlight the rigour of the auditing process to Expo delegates, the CHSA conducted Drop Tests. A British Standards Institute test, the Drop Test requires sacks to be filled to a pre-defined weight then dropped a specific height and checked for splits. The team also explained the full auditing process for each of the Schemes to delegates. The CHSA’s independent inspector visits Scheme members repeatedly through the year, selecting product from the warehouse and production line for inspection. Scheme Members that fail to meet the requirements may be ultimately expelled, a sanction not required in recent years as they value their membership. Initial Washroom Hygiene, has found that a third of UK workers admit to being on their smartphone while using the toilet, and almost one in 12 even consume food and drink there, leading to major concerns about the spread of germs in the workplace. The study questioned 1,000 office workers in the UK, to mark Global Handwashing Day (15 October) and to understand the state of handwashing habits in office environments. A third (32 per cent) of UK workers questioned said that they use their smartphones while in the office washroom, with Facebook (60 per cent), WhatsApp (36 per cent), playing games and emailing (both 18 per cent) the most popular activities. Also, 13 per cent even admitted to making phone calls from the cubicle. Most worryingly of all, around one in 12 (eight per cent) said they had eaten food in the office washroom. According to the World Health Organisation, hand hygiene is “the most important measure to avoid the transmission of harmful germs.” Thankfully, more than eight out of 10 (83 per cent) of UK office workers claim to always wash their hands after visiting the washroom and 31 per cent claim to wash their hands for more than 20 seconds every time. However, this good work could be undone by office workers’ unhygienic habits. NEW STUDY FLUSHES OUT WASHROOM HABITS IN THE WORKPLACE VAX TO CLOSE ITS COMMERCIAL FLOORCARE DIVISION Vax has announced it is to close down its commercial floorcare division, Vax Commercial, by the end of the year, with all existing trading relationships ceasing as of 31 December 2016. Martin Farmer, national sales manager of Vax Commercial said in a statement that the current sales team will remain in place until 5 December, after which time no further orders will be accepted or processed. In a letter sent out to all of its customers, Vax Commercial has said it will “continue to support its customers by honouring all after sales service and warranty liabilities”. A limited range of Vax Commercial floorcare machines, will be available via www.vax.co.uk from January 2017. Next year will see Vax concentrating on its core domestic lines as well as the launch of new key domestic ranges during the first six months.
Cleaning Hygiene Today October-November 2016
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