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Rising hygiene concerns to boost industrial floor scrubbers market 21/11/2019

In terms of revenue, the global industrial floor scrubbers market is estimated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of ~10% between 2019 and 2027, owing to numerous factors such as rising concerns about hygiene in the commercial sector, and growing industrialization in developing economies.

That's according to new report  Industrial Floor Scrubbers Market from Transparency Market Research. 

Innovation in the technology and design of industrial floor scrubbers with advanced features, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, performance data, maintenance alert, etc., is also expected to boost the demand for industrial floor scrubbers, subsequently driving the growth of the industrial floor scrubbers market.

Industrial floor scrubber manufacturers across the globe are emphasizing and rigorously capitalizing on the research & development of the robotic aspects of floor scrubbers. The emergence of this trend in the global industrial floor scrubbers market is attributed to the rapidly growing demand for automated scrubbing machines in developing nations. The burgeoning trend in the adoption of automatic floor scrubbing machines is highly influenced by persistent technology development, skilled labour crises, and scaling productivity expectations regarding daily cleaning tasks.

According to the industrial floor scrubbers market report, the manufacturing & warehousing end use segment is estimated to acquire a majority share in the global industrial floor scrubbers market, and expand at a rapid rate during the forecast period. However, in the near future, the healthcare and pharmaceuticals segment is estimated to grow at a prominent rate. The usage of industrial floor scrubbers in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals segment is majorly fueled by rising hygiene concerns within medical and healthcare facilities.

In terms of product, the walk-behind scrubbers segment holds a large share of the global industrial floor scrubbers market, followed by the ride-on scrubbers and robotic scrubbers segments. Walk-behind floor scrubbers dominated the industrial floor scrubbers market, both, in terms of value and volume, in 2018, primarily due to features such as affordability, low maintenance cost, easy operation for small and confined spaces, etc. Additionally, regions where labour shortage is not an issue also prefer walk-behind floor scrubbers.  

Presently, the industrial floor scrubbers market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to experience high growth during the forecast period. This strong growth is mainly driven by the advent of manufacturing industries in many Asian countries. Key industries such as manufacturing & warehousing, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare are already contributing toward its significant dominance. 

North America and Europe currently dominate the industrial floor scrubbers market. This is due to the presence of numerous industries, coupled with the presence of many key manufacturers of industrial floor scrubbers. Another factor that helps these regions dominate this industry is acute labour shortage and higher labour rates.

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Cleaners to receive the biggest tips this Christmas, research says 12/12/2019

New research from Direct Line for Business reveals domestic service workers are set for a Christmas bonus bonanza this year. Generous Brits are planning to give out £461 million in bonuses to service providers including cleaners, window cleaners and refuse collectors.

Cleaners are set for the biggest individual windfalls, with those who employ a cleaner planning to tip them just over £12 this Christmas. This is 47 per cent more than the amount Brits plan to tip refuse collectors (£8.18) and 53 per cent more than the amount planned for newspaper deliverers (£7.83). 

Online delivery drivers (£6.74) are set to earn the least amount in bonuses this Christmas, although as with the increase in internet shopping and home deliveries they still look to be collectively receiving gifts totalling £56 million.

Those in the 25-34 age range seem to be the most generous, estimating they will give £17.77 as a bonus while those over 65 expect to tip £7.74. 

Table one: Amount given in Christmas bonuses to domestic service providers

Service provider

Estimated number of people who will give this service provider a bonus

Average predicted bonus amount

Total bonus amount





Window cleaner




Postal worker




Refuse collector




Online delivery driver




Newspaper delivery person




The research was conducted by Consumer Intelligence among a nationally representative sample of 1,064 adults.

Brits have long relationships with their cleaners, which likely explains why they are set to receive the highest value tips this Christmas. The average length of time people have employed a cleaner for is just over three years (2019 research by Opinium), although one in nine (11 per cent) have had a working relationship with their cleaner for over 10 years, suggesting this is a relationship which is highly valued. 

Nandita Borkakoti, business manager for tradesperson, Direct Line for Business said: “Our research shows just how much we value those who help us at home, whether it’s by cleaning our property, collecting our rubbish or delivering our mail. Christmas is a time of generosity and it’s great to see how many of us plan to extend that goodwill to our domestic service providers as well as our friends and family.”

The Christmas bonus bonanza for the domestic service sector is a consequence of how many people use these services. Across the country, some four million people pay for cleaners to help in their home, while around 11 million pay for window cleaners. This demand is reflected in the importance of the cleaning industry to the UK economy, valued at £50bn and employing over 900,000 people, according to figures from the British Cleaning Council.

Cleaners are employed on a near weekly basis, visiting homes an average of 46 times a year, compared to window cleaners’ 17 times. Brits estimate that they spend around £17 on the average visit from a cleaner, compared to £14 for a visit from a window cleaner. This works out as an average monthly cost of a cleaner to be around £67, with men spending around a third more than women per month (£76 vs £56). 


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Toilets to give health checks by 2050, report says 19/11/2019

By 2050, toilets will use sophisticated technology that will offer complete health check MOTs, helping people anticipate harmful diseases and deficiencies from human waste to improve life longevity, according to a new report.

Results will be cleverly projected via a hologram in front of people’s eyes, with suggested lifestyle changes. 

The report from British Futurist James Wallman, and commissioned by toilet hygiene brand Bloo, looks at how the toilet will evolve over the next 30 years, and in particular how it will support sustainability and good health by 2050. It has been launched to coincide with World Toilet Day (19 November) and the launch of ProNature, Bloo's new toilet rim block that has 100% recycled plastic basket.

The 30-page future report reveals that the toilet will come to support people’s immune systems by analysing the contents of the toilet bowl, to check vitamin and sugar levels; anticipate potential diseases; flag any deficiencies - and when a person needs a checkup at the doctor. Results will also be shared with people’s insurance companies to help lower (or increase) their rates, based on their lifestyle choices. The MOT ‘Health Checker’ system will feature voice recognition, so people will effectively be able to talk with their toilet about their results. 

The toilet seat will be able to check heart pulse rates and blood pressure from the electrical and mechanical of the heart taken from the seat itself. In regards to checking sugar and vitamin levels; diseases and viruses etc, smart sensors in the toilet bowl will be able to check faeces and urine, and even urine flow.

Futurist James Wallman said: “The 2050 research and report reveals the toilet will offer the ultimate tech-enabled personalised experienced. With the average consumer currently spending on average three years in a lifetime on the toilet, by 2050, this will feel like time even better spent as the toilet becomes a key tool to improve life longevity.

He added: "With GPs being pressed for time, the 'MOT Health Check Toilet' will help give a whole new meaning to people 'paying a visit'. Although people will still need to visit their doctors, it will save hours of time, as toilets will soon give health updates from checking people's temperature to their sugar levels. This is all from the comfort of their toilet making it the best seat in the house." 

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Global waterless urinals market growing 18/11/2019

The global water free/waterless urinals market is estimated to reach a value of USD 50million by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of ~8%, according to a new report.

The market intelligence study from Transparency Market Research says this is due to numerous factors, such as rising concerns about public hygiene at the commercial level, and growing industrialization in developing economies. Innovation in technology and design of water free/waterless urinals with advanced features such as automated and touch-free operation urinals are expected to boost the demand for waterless urinals, subsequently driving the growth of the water free/waterless urinals market.

Different types of urinals are preferred according to the need. These include conventional urinals, ultra-low flush (ULF) urinals, high-efficiency urinals (HEU), and non-water urinals. The demand for ultra-low flush (ULF) urinals and non-water urinals has shown significant growth, encouraging manufacturers to increase investments toward research & development. The trend is expected to have a noteworthy impact on the global water free/waterless urinals market.

In addition, players in the water free/waterless urinals market are focusing on innovative urinal models that are equipped with unique and attractive designs, as poor quality of the construction and inappropriate designs of the urinals lead to the improper use of these facilities. Water free urinals are considered as a more appropriate option for the promotion of public urinals, as they overcome the water and infrastructure needs of conventional urinals.

Global Water Free/Waterless Urinals Market: Segment Analysis

According to the water free/waterless urinals market report, the commercial application segment that includes healthcare, hotels & restaurants, industrial, offices, schools & colleges, shopping complexes, etc., is estimated to acquire a majority market share in the global water free/waterless urinals market, and grow at a rapid rate during the forecast period. The growth of the commercial segment can be attributed to the infrastructure development of commercial spaces, particularly shopping complexes, malls, and offices. However, in the near future, the residential sector is estimated to grow at a prominent rate. The growth of the residential segment is majorly fueled by the likely increase in the construction of new residential arenas.

Global Water Free/Waterless Urinals Market: Prominent Regions

Presently, North America dominates the global water free/waterless urinals market, followed by Europe. The North America water free/waterless urinals market is predominantly driven by the growth of the market in the U.S. Due to the construction of high-rise buildings in the U.S. for residential and commercial purposes, the demand for waterless urinals has increased, thus driving the North America water free/waterless urinals market. 

Moreover, the demand for water free urinals in developing regions such as Asia Pacific and the Middle East & Africa is expected to increase significantly during the forecast period. The Asia Pacific water free/waterless urinals market is driven by increasing consumer awareness and technological advancements in water free/waterless urinals.

Water Free/ Waterless Urinals Market by Transparency Market Research.

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Man charged over £12000 for running illegal waste operation 15/11/2019

A Sunderland man has been ordered to pay over £12,000 after a hearing at Sunderland Magistrates Court.

On 30 October, Mr Clifford Shee, aged 55, of Bright Street in Sunderland, was successfully prosecuted by the Environment Agency and subsequently fined £1,999 [comprising of £1,230 for charge 1 and £769 for charge 2], and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and costs of £10,800.

The overall amount totalled £12,919.

Mr Shee was prosecuted for operating outside the requirements of three exempt waste activities, which included illegally storing mixed waste onsite containing general waste and food stuffs, storing hazardous waste inappropriately, and failing to keep accurate and correct details of waste transfer documentation between September 2017 and February 2018.

Mr Shee ran the operation from a site on Durham Road, Birtley.

Mr Shee was also prosecuted for failing to safely store ninety-nine 45 gallon drums, which contained polluting, hazardous and combustible wastes. This was made additionally careless as the drums were located near to a ditch that runs into Rowletch Burn, and sits only a short distance from the main North South Railway line.

Even though the drums were initially fly-tipped on to his property, Mr Shee failed to take appropriate steps to remove the hazardous items. He stored them for several years outside in the open air without any regard to the risks to the environment and neighbouring premises, through spillage or fire.

Mr Shee ignored all of the advice and guidance provided to him by the Environment Agency and deliberately continued to operate his waste company in breach of the rules.

Mr Shee entered guilty pleas to the charges under regulation 38(1)(a) Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, operating a regulated facility, namely a waste operation except under and to the extent authorised by an environmental permit.

Also section 33 (1) (c) of the Environmental Protection 1990, keeping waste in a manner that is likely to cause pollution or harm to human health and section 34(5) and (6) of the Environmental protection Act 1990 for failing to include certain specified information on waste transfer documentation.

Jonathan Stirland, acting on behalf of the defendant, told magistrates that Mr Shee had gaps in his knowledge about operating the site and was keen to undertake training. He also intended to remove some of the offending waste from the site but had been prevented from doing so by a faulty clutch on one of his vehicles. In respect of the 99 drums of waste, Mr Stirland told the court they had been fly-tipped on Mr Shee’s land and he didn’t know what to do with them.

When sentencing, the magistrates found Mr Shee’s operation of the facility without a permit as deliberate, telling him “…you knew what you did was wrong and you did it for a long period of time”, and “…disregarded advice given”.

In regards to the storage drums, the magistrates described Mr Shee’s behaviour in failing to take any steps to deal with them as “unbelievable”, calling his actions “reckless at the very least”.

Area environment manager for the Environment Agency, Jamie Fletcher, said: "Our role as regulator aims to help protect the public, residents and the environment from situations that may potentially cause serious harm. In the case of Mr Shee, he continuously ignored the advice from the Agency, and ran a waste company that was in breach of environmental rules that are in place for a reason to help protect people.

"The Birtley site contained almost a hundred hazardous storage drums, and if they were to leak or be set alight could’ve caused serious damage or health implications to local residents or the environment.

"The successful prosecution and level of fine shows how the Environment Agency is always looking to clamp down on unlawful activities, and will seek to bring to justice those individuals and businesses who aim to bend the rules."

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Industrial cleaning market to reach £45 billion by 2024 05/11/2019

The global market for industrial cleaning products is expected to reach GBP £45 billion by 2024 with a compounded annual growth rate—or CAGR—of 4.5%, according to a new market report.

The study by MarketsandMarkets places workplace hygiene initiatives as a key driver for industrial cleaning products due to increased regulations in developed regions. 

An increased focus on improved worker hygiene is predicted to drive demand in the manufacturing, food processing, and automotive industries. 

Cleaning also plays a very important role in the growth and performance of industries such as healthcare, hospitality, and retail.

Surfactants will become the largest ingredient type in the sector, while general cleaners are estimated to be the largest product type of the industrial cleaning market during the forecast period.

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Poor toilet hygiene behind E. coli superbug spread 24/10/2019

Antibiotic-resistant E. coli is more likely to be spread through poor toilet hygiene than undercooked chicken or other food, according to new research from a consortium including University of East Anglia.

E. coli is a Jekyll and Hyde organism. We all harmlessly carry it in our gut, as do animals.  However, some E. coli strains cause food poisoning whereas others cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), and infections after gut surgery. At worst, these develop into bacteraemias – bloodstream infections.

E. coli has become considerably more antibiotic resistant over the past 20 years both in humans and animals. Particularly important are strains with ‘Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBLs). These are enzymes that destroy many important penicillin and cephalosporin antibiotics. Many strains with ESBLs often have other key resistances too.

But until now, it has not been known whether antibiotic-resistant E. coli that cause bloodstream infections are picked up via the food chain, or passed from person to person.

To answer this question, scientists sequenced the genomes of resistant E. coli from multiple sources across the UK – including from human bloodstream infections, human faeces, human sewerage, animal slurry and meat including beef, pork, chicken also fruit and salad.

Their report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reveals that antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ strains of E. colifrom human blood, faeces and sewerage samples were similar to one another.  Strain ‘ST131’ dominated among ESBL-E. coli from all these human sample types.

Resistant E. coli strains from meat, principally chicken, cattle and animal slurry were largely different to those infecting humans. ST131 was scarcely seen. Instead, strains ST23, 117 and ST602 dominated.

In short, there was little crossover of ESBL-E. coli from animals to humans.

Lead author Prof David Livermore, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “E. coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties are harmless or cause brief diarrhoea.

“But E. coli is also the most common cause of blood poisoning, with over 40,000 cases each year in England alone. And around 10 per cent of these cases are caused by highly resistant strains with ESBLs.

“Infections caused by ESBL-E. coli bacteria are difficult to treat. And they are becoming more common in both the community and hospitals. Mortality rates among people infected with these superbug strains are double those of people infected with strains that’re susceptible to treatment.”

ESBL-E. coli are widespread in retail chicken meat and food animals too but, until now, the extent of transmission from these sources to humans has been uncertain, with the role of the food chain debated.

Prof Livermore said: “We wanted to find out how these superbugs are spread – and whether there is a cross-over from the food chain to humans.”

The team compared ESBL-E. coli from infected human blood samples with those from human faeces, sewage, food, dairy farm slurry and animals across five UK regions – London, East Anglia, Northwest England, Scotland and Wales.

The ESBL-E .coli infected blood samples came from NHS laboratories. Food studied included beef, pork, chicken, fruit and salad.

Prof Livermore said: “We looked at more than 20,000 faecal samples and around nine per cent were positive for ESBL-E. coli across the regions, except for in London, where the carriage rate was almost double – at 17 per cent.

“We found ESBL-E. coli in 65 per cent of retail chicken samples – ranging from just over 40 per cent in Scotland to over 80 per cent in Northwest England. But the strains of resistant E. coli, were almost entirely different from the types found in human faeces, sewage and bloodstream infections.

“Only a very few beef and pork samples tested positive, and we didn’t detect ESBL-E. coli at all in 400 fruit and vegetable samples – many of which were imported to the UK.

“In short, what the results show is that there are human-adapted strains of ESBL-E. coli, principally ST131, which dwell in the gut and which occasionally – usually via UTIs – go on to cause serious infections.  And that there are animal strains of ESBL-E. coli

“But – and critically – there’s little crossover between strains from humans, chickens and cattle. The great majority of strains of ESBL-E. coli causing human infections aren’t coming from eating chicken, or anything else in the food chain. 

“Rather – and unpalatably – the likeliest route of transmission for ESBL-E. coli is directly from human to human, with faecal particles from one person reaching the mouth of another.

“We need to carry on cooking chicken well and never to alternately handle raw meat and salad. There are plenty of important food-poisoning bacteria, including other strains of E. coli, that do go down the food chain. But here – in the case of ESBL-E. coli – it’s much more important to wash your hands after going to the toilet. And it’s particularly important to have good hygiene in care homes, as the most of the severe E. coli infections occur among the elderly.”

Prof Neil Woodford of Public Health England said: In order to tackle antibiotic resistance, we not only need to drive down inappropriate prescribing, but reduce infections in the first place. In order to limit serious, antibiotic resistant E. coli bloodstream infections, we must focus on thorough hand washing and good infection control, as well as the effective management of urinary tract infections." 

Extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli in human-derived and foodchain-derived samples from England, Wales, and Scotland: an epidemiological surveillance and typing study’ was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

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Three people hospitalised by cleaning chemical leak on plane 06/11/2019

Two staff members and a passenger have been hospitalised after a cleaning product leaked on an American Airlines flight forcing it make an emergency landing in Ireland on Monday 21st October.

"American Airlines flight 729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin due to an odour caused by a spilled cleaning solution in the galley," an American Airlines spokesperson said in a statement.

According to the pilot, the incident had been caused by “a cleaning product used at Heathrow” that had been left behind in a toilet, then spilled and seeped into the carpet. 

The noxious fumes from the spilled substance left two crew members temporarily unconscious less than an hour into the flight.

Several passengers also complained of burning eyes and skin irritation.

In audio from the cockpit, the pilot explained that although the product is believed to be non-toxic, the crew required immediate assistance. 

The pilot added that the leaking product was an aircraft interior cleaner made by Callington, a leading specialty chemicals manufacturer. 

Paramedics who met American Airlines flight 729 after it touched down in the Irish capital took the two staff and one traveller to hospital for evaluation, according to the airline.

One passenger aboard the flight said that some people were feeling unwell before the flight even departed Heathrow. He said the plane was delayed by an hour as a result.

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Ultrasonic cleaning market projected to grow 29/10/2019

The global market for ultrasonic cleaning products is expected to grow from US$ 1.6 billion in 2019 to US$ 2.2 billion by 2024 with a compounded annual growth rate—or CAGR—of 6.5%, according to a new study from market research firm Markets and Markets.

Improving efficiency and safety in cleaning operations of components is a key factor driving the growth of the ultrasonic cleaning industry, as well as the increased demand for eco-friendly cleaning processes with biodegradable waste discharge, according to the report.

The study also predicts that medical and healthcare sectors will hold the largest shares of the market due to concerns of cross-contamination. The Asian-Pacific region will see the largest rise in ultrasonic product usage, the report adds.

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‘Cleaners more at risk of diabetes than teachers’ 18/10/2019

A study has found that cleaners are three times more likely to develop Type Two Diabetes than university teachers and physiotherapists.

Professional drivers and manufacturing workers also face a similar level of risk, while specialist managers and dental hygienists are much less likely to fall victim to the disease, according to research from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute.

In the study, the team looked at the jobs and health of 4,550,892 people living in Sweden. They found that the overall prevalence of Type Two Diabetes was 4.2%, but analysis revealed stark differences between occupational groups.
Female cleaners recorded a 5.1% risk level – much higher than that of specialist managers who faced a risk of just 1.2%.
As for men, those working in manufacturing jobs had a prevalence of 7.8% and motor vehicle drivers had a prevalence of 8.8 %, while male computer scientists had a prevalence of just 2.5%.

Physiotherapists, dental hygienists and secondary education teachers had a 45-46% lower risk of contracting the disease than the most at-risk groups.
The researchers believe that these differences may be linked to the prevalence of lifestyle risk factors. For example, cleaners, drivers and manufacturing workers were significantly more likely to be overweight and to smoke than teachers and physiotherapists.

Dr Sofia Carlsson, who led the research, said: “If a job title can be used as a risk indicator of T2DM, it can be used to identify groups for targeted interventions. And hopefully this will inspire employers to implement diabetes prevention programmes tailored to their workforces.”

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