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British Institute of Cleaning Science People Watts all this then?

Stan Atkins, CEO of BICSc, reports.

On 1 September 2014 a new EU directive governing the en- ergy consumption of vacuumcleaners came into effect, and it is possible that the reach of this directive will be expanded to other electrical goods next year. The new requirements in- clude a limit on themaximuminput power (which has dropped from1600 to 900 watts) and 'minimal dust pick-up requirements'. To say that there has been ‘push back’ on this legislation is something of an understatement - groups that are not even affected by the changes to wattage limits as yet have voiced their descent. The European Commission has even had to post a rebuttal on its website to address the con- cerns of industry bodies and individuals alike. The rebuttal promises that new vacuumcleaners put on

themarket ‘mustmeetminimumdust pick-up require- ments’, based on a practical test thatmeasures the pick-up performance. Standardisation across the industry is some- thing BICSc has been pursuing for several years and the measurement of basic cleaning capacities would be of great use not only to retail consumers, but also to the cleaning in- dustry as a whole. However, the level to which a standard is useful is largely determined by the test requirements. For example, the requirements of the UK driving licence do not prepare its recipients for driving on a UKmotorway, let alone a German autobahn. Testingmust be relevant to the practical application of the task, and the only way to assess the testing is to read through the legislation itself. Upon doing so I discovered that this legislation does not

even affect all vacuumcleaners as wet, wet and dry, battery operated, robot, industrial, or central vacuumcleaners are exempt. However, for thosemanufactures of vacuumclean- ers covered by the legislation - namely electricmains-oper- ated vacuumcleaners - the additional tests and information requirements are substantial. Having read thought the docu- ment outlining the new regulations I found that the standard was three pages in length but there were 20 pages for the additional annexes! The dust pick-up test will be conducted on both carpeted and hard floors using established industrial equipment. There are, however, a few variations fromthe ac- cepted industrial norms, for example dust re-emission will bemeasured by Destruction Removal Efficiency (DRE) rather than inmicrons. The labelling that will detail the information follows the

standard guidelines onemight expect. Energy efficiency will be shown on the familiar red to green bar, in addition the ranking of hard floor, carpet, and dust re-emission will all be shown on a scale A to G. Sound levels are to be shown in decibels (dB) and there will be a figure for annual kilowatt (kWh) consumption. All of this will help tomake the informa- tion readily available and understandable, which is clearly essential to the effectiveness of any standard. Hopefully this standard will prove of use to both those within our industry and to the retail consumer.Who knows, itmay even help the EU reach its commitment to reduce electrical usage. For further information on BICSc accredited cleaning sys- tems contact:

Sources ter-vacuum-cleaners-ever [accessed 28/9/2014]. Official Journal of the European Union: Commission Dele- gated Regulation (EU) No 665/2013. With thanks to Andrew Dunning of Numatic for his assistance.

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Hydro Systems has an- nounced the appointment of John Shields as managing director of Hydro Systems Europe. Shields joined Hydro Systems in January this year as the organisation’s Euro- pean sales director and brings with him an extensive background in sales, manu- facturing and finance, plus a wealth of experience gained in senior executive roles within the cleaning industry. As managing director, Shields will lead Hydro Sys- tems’ entire European oper- ation, which also extends to the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia. Shields said: “It has been a

great year for Hydro Systems Europe. We have been suc- cessful in growing the busi- ness throughout 2014, and there is plenty of headroom for future growth, both close to home and abroad. I’m thrilled to take up the posi- tion of managing director for Hydro Systems Europe and look forward to the exciting growth opportunities that lie ahead. We have a strong team, a truly comprehensive range of products for a wide variety of applications, in- cluding some exciting new innovations in the pipeline,

Since its inception, the di- rectors of Monthind Clean have been keen to support a number of charity organisa- tions. Now that the company employs almost 1000 em- ployees, based in various lo- cations across East Anglia, it has been agreed that everyone who works for the company should combine their efforts, over the next year, for just one collective cause - Macmillan Cancer Support. Operations director, Simon

Biggs, said: “As a company it is part of our ethos to fundraise for local charities and support our staff in their individual charity endeav- ours. We felt it was time for a more cohesive approach that could involve everyone who works for us, and in de- ciding who would benefit most from our collective ef- forts, it had to be an organi- sation to which every member of our staff could relate. Although it’s very sad to say, it seems everybody has been touched by the ef- fects of cancer, whether di- rectly or indirectly.” Essex fundraising man- ager for Macmillan, Amy

and a high level of support from our parent company, the Dover Group. This puts us in a strong position to continue expanding the busi- ness throughout the rest of 2014 and beyond.”

David Picton, chief sustain- ability officer at Carillion, has been appointed a commis- sioner on the newly launched Industry and Parliament Trust Sustainability Commis- sion. He joins Parliamentari- ans, including Joan Walley MP, Adrian Bailey MP, Je- remy Lefroy MP, and Lord Whitty, as well as business people and academics. The Sustainability Commis-

sion is a new series of events exploring how businesses approach sustainability is- sues and what can be done to promote more sustainable business practices. Organ- ised by the Industry and Par- liament Trust and the University of Birmingham Environment and Energy, Economics and Management Cluster, the Commission will meet for six evidence ses- sions before a report is pub- lished in February 2015 outlining its findings. Joan Walley MP, chair of

the Environmental Audit Committee, said: “The In- dustry and Parliament Trust Sustainability Commission provides an important plat-

form for politicians, leaders from across business sec- tors, and academics to share knowledge, best practice and seek common goals, devel- oping a roadmap for sustain- ability that educates legislators and businesses of all sizes. There is too little engagement amongst par- liamentarians with the cross cutting green agenda. As chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee I am keen to see sustainability rise up the agenda for politi- cians and business people. This opening dinner has set a framework for discussion over the subsequent ses- sions and I look forward to being part of the project.” David Picton said: “The

launch of the Commission is a clear recognition of three key needs in sustainability: first, the need for businesses and the communities they engage with to understand each others capabilities, aims and challenges; sec- ond, the need for companies to invest resources in au- thentic, responsible busi- ness; and third, the need for organisations and govern- ment to support and reward the companies who deliver on such commitments. We look forward to shaping clear and actionable conclusions for sustainable business through this work.”

Partnering with Macmillan Cancer Support

Macgregor, said: “We at Macmillan are over the moon that Monthind Clean has chosen to support Macmillan Cancer Support. As a company, they have set themselves a target to raise £5000 to help provide Macmillan grants to people who really need it. Macmil- lan grants help people with cancer to meet costs that can arise from the condition and its treatment, like heat- ing bills or costs of trips to and from the hospital. The average grant given out last year was £298. Having a company like Monthind Clean supporting the charity will make a huge difference

to people living with and af- fected by cancer.” Although Monthind Clean

has set itself a tough target for the next 12 months, the company has already made a great start with money raised from coffee and cake meetings held at the com- pany’s Colchester and Nor- wich offices, and at a management meeting held in Ipswich. These events co- incided with Macmillan’s own ‘Biggest Ever Coffee Morning’ fundraiser, a day when the nation is permit- ted to gorge on cakes to raise money for others less fortunate.

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