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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) is warning all buyers of cleaning and hygiene products to be aware of unscrupulous profiteers capitalising on unprecedented demand for product.

New companies have been set up to buy and sell on products like hand and surface sanitisers, gloves, wipes, tissues and aprons. Some are also buying up

raw materials and attempting to produce some products. Primarily selling online, their products carry an exceptionally high mark-up and there will be no guarantee that they meet industry standards.

There’s also a marked increase in imported Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with fake or no CE marking, the certification mark that indicates conformance with European Union directives regarding health and safety or environmental protection.

The only way to be certain you get what you pay for is to buy from a CHSA member. All have signed the Association’s rigorous Code of Practice, which requires members to be ‘well established’ in the cleaning and hygiene industry, and to maintain a high standard in the conduct of its business.

The CHSA Accreditation Scheme stamp guarantees members of the Schemes for Distributors and Manufacturers of Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and

WCEC appoints new Master

The Chairman of a business which has been making hospital gowns for the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic has been appointed the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC).

John Shonfeld founded laundry and garment manufacturing and rental business, Tibard Ltd, with his wife Sue in 1979, from a bedroom in their family home. The company now has a turnover of £18.5m annually, employs 150 people and exports to the Middle East, Asia, Europe, China, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

In the past six weeks, Tibard has switched from producing chefs' wear and uniforms to making up to 10,000 gowns a


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Compliance to the CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes and Code of Practice is guaranteed by a rigorous auditing process conducted by an independent inspector. To be certain they purchase from reputable companies in these turbulent times, buyers of cleaning and hygiene products should look for the CHSA logo and CHSA Accreditation Scheme stamp.

Lorcan Mekitarian, Chair of the CHSA, said: “A 10-fold increase in demand for essential products like hand sanitiser, wipes and gloves is common. Our manufacturing members are working hard to meet demand and keep product moving through the supply chain to our distributor members, but it is incredibly challenging.

“Some price increases are inevitable as the cost of raw materials rises, but this is a long way from the extraordinary profiteering we have seen.

“I am proud to say our members are trading ethically. Instead of grabbing contracts at extortionate prices from desperate buyers, they are working hard to take care of their existing customers, warning of forthcoming restrictions in the supply chain and rationing where absolutely necessary.”

The diversion of available product to the NHS created a sharp decline in product in the standard supply chain, making it difficult for care homes, schools, businesses and other organisations to get what they need. With these products central to creating a safe environment into which people can return to work, demand will remain exceptional for the foreseeable future.

week – along with some shrouds – for use by medical staff in the UK and South Africa.

John has replaced Barrie Torbett as WCEC Master for 2020- 21. There have also been several other new appointments for the year, with Mr Torbett becoming Deputy Master, Gary Fage becoming Senior Warden, Jim Melvin as the new Junior Warden and Past Master Philip Morrish as the new Clerk.

John said: “Staff and colleagues at Tibard have rallied to the national cause to keep the NHS supplied during the pandemic. In the space of just a few weeks, we have found new suppliers and changed our product lines and we are now working 12 hours a day to meet demand.

“I am delighted and honoured to become Master of the WCEC and looking forward to performing the role over the next year but, for the immediate future, we are firmly focused on doing our bit to help the fight against Coronavirus.”

John Shonfeld is also a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Launderers.

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