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All CHSA Distributor Members to be Accredited by 2020

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has announced its intention to ensure all distributor members are approved as Accredited Distributors by 31 December 2020.
The CHSA Accreditation Scheme for Distributors ensures standards in the industry are maintained. Our Standards: Your Guarantee.
Approval as an Accredited Distributor means the distributor has successfully passed the independent inspection of its products, which must be supplied by a CHSA Accredited Manufacturer or conform to the standards stipulated in the relevant Accreditation Scheme. The rate of conformance amongst members during 2018 was excellent – 97.5% of relevant products across all Accredited Distributors are from CHSA Accredited Manufacturers.
The Accredited Distributor Scheme was established on 1 January 2017, all distributor members of the Association being invited to apply to join. More than half of the CHSA’s distributor members, including all the national networks and major distributors in the sector, applied and successfully completed the rigorous auditing process. These companies now use the Accreditation Scheme marque on their products and promotional materials to signal their commitment to guaranteeing “what’s on the box is what’s in the box”.
CHSA distributor members who have not joined the Accredited Distributors Scheme cannot use the Accreditation Scheme marque.
“The CHSA stands up for standards,” said Stephen Harrison, Chairman of the CHSA. “Our Accreditation Schemes provide the guarantee buyers of cleaning and hygiene products need – you get what you pay for. To make sure this guarantee is true for all our distributor members, our governing Council voted unanimously to aim to ensure every distributor member has passed the auditing process and joined our Accreditation Scheme for Distributors by the end of 2020. From 1 January 2021, those who do not do so will no longer be members of the CHSA.”
To join, distributors must sign a declaration that they will only stock and offer for sale CHSA Accredited products or products that conform to the same Standards as required by the relevant CHSA Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme and conform to the Association’s Code of Practice.
Gaining admittance to the Accreditation Scheme for Distributors is challenging. As with the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and Industrial Cotton Mops, applicants are admitted to the Scheme on the successful completion of an auditing process conducted by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector. Once they have successfully passed the audit and secured Accreditation Scheme status they will continue to be regularly audited, giving buyers of their products the certainty that standards are sustained.


Meesons FPJ140 2SF Security Portal Achieves Fire Rating Certification From Both Directions

Meesons has announced that its FPJ140 2SF has now achieved an EI60 Fire Rating from both directions. The FPJ140 2SF now joins FPJ140 1AF Security Portal in providing fire protection and smoke control on both sides of the flat side doors as per the European Fire Resistance norm: EN 13501-2 & EN 1634-1: 2014.
Achieving the fire rating on both directions of the flat side of the portal means that architects and specifiers have reassurance that the Meesons FPJ140 2SF and FPJ140 1AF Security Portal will provide the required levels of resistance to fire. The certification means the portals will retain their structure and integrity in the event of a fire and prevent the passage of flames of hot gases as well as limiting the temperature on the unexposed face of the unit.
The FPJ140 1AF can be supplied with a fire rating to meet either EI60 and EI120, providing 60 or 120 minutes respectively. FPJ140 1AF EI60 provides a more cost effective solution and with an option to increase the resistance to fire up to 120 minutes.
Meesons FPJ140 2SF and FPJ140 1AF are the only Security Portals that have been specifically designed as fully integrated stand-alone units, which have been independently tested by an accredited third party laboratory, to meet the fire rating requirements set out in EN 13501-2 & EN 1634-1: 2014.
Both Security Portals prevent tailgating and are suitable for new buildings and retrofitted into existing openings to create a safe, secure fire line.
Achieving the fire rating on both sides’ means that architects and specifiers can specify Meesons FPJ140 2SF and FPJ140 1AF Security Portals as part of a wider fire safety strategy ensuring the containment or prevention of fire spreading.
As well as maintaining a secure fire line, Meesons fire rated Security Portals prevent tailgating by only allowing the transit of one person at a time, ensuring only authorised users can gain access to a secure area.
“Our FPJ140 2SF and FPJ140 1AF are the only Security Portals that have been specifically designed to meet fire rating requirements as a single, fully integrated unit,” said Jeremy Terry, CEO at Meesons A.I. Ltd. “Gaining fire rating on both sides of the flat side doors provides specifiers with the assurance that the portals will perform exactly as tested and from both directions.”
The FPJ140 2SF and FPJ140 1AF Security Portals are available with Attack Resistant Class 3 & 4, EN1627-30:2000 or Bullet resistant glazing up to BR4–EN 1063 on the external curved side. This makes them an ideal entrance control solution for highly secure areas that also require the fire line to be maintained.
Meesons FPJ140 1AF Fire Rated Security Portal features a manual swing door with automatic sliding curved doors. The FPJ140 2SF features automatic sliding curved doors and flat doors. Both Security Portals can be customised to suit individual client requirements with different types of finish options available as well as the integration of third party devices. Battery backup is also provided, so in the event of power loss the units will remain operational for up to 6-8 hours.


Celebrating Industry Excellence in London

European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2019 open for entries
The annual European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2019 are now open for entries from service providers, manufacturers and distributors across Europe.
The awards, which recognise standards of excellence in the professional cleaning industry, are the only pan-European awards for the sector.
Bringing together the best in the cleaning and hygiene industry, the winners will be revealed at the glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner, which will take place on 17th October at The Church House, London, followed by an after-party at a surprise central London location – a hard act to follow after the major success of the post-awards celebrations in Berlin.
There are 10 categories designed to recognise success and reward excellence in the cleaning and hygiene sectors. They are:
•    Best use of smart solutions by service providers
•    Investment in training
•    Excellence in client/contractor partnerships
•    Added value excellence by distributors
•    Sustainability – best practice
•    Commitment to diversity in the workforce
•    Best initiative raising the profile of the cleaning sector
•    Technological innovation of the year
•    Leader of the year
•    Rising star award
The awards, now in their fourth year, were launched by the European Cleaning Journal and are organised by the Environment Media Group. This year’s sponsors include Tana Chemie, Ceris Burns International, Jangro, Vectair Systems, Vermop Salmon, Principle Cleaning, Greenspeed, Diversey, Amsterdam Rai, and Truvox International.
Michelle Marshall, Editor of the European Cleaning Journal, said: “Building on the success of the past three years, we are thrilled to be bringing the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards to London for the first time. Last year we received over 100 entries and we’re looking forward to hearing more about the great achievements from across the sector this year. The awards are open to businesses from across Europe so if you can demonstrate excellence in any of the categories, we’d encourage you to enter.”
Tom Lloyd, Operations Director at Principle Cleaning Services Ltd, added: “Winning two European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards for the second time in three years is such a great achievement for everyone at Principle. To be recognised as leaders in our industry across Europe is the greatest reward. It motivates us to continue to invest in our people to deliver outstanding quality through innovation in the London cleaning market. The awards evening is clearly meticulously planned and as a result, extremely well executed. It’s very enjoyable and well attended by many of the most proactive suppliers throughout Europe.”
Erwin Vos, Marketing and Communications Manager at CSU, added: “The European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards are a great way to share the best examples across the industry. CSU is a Dutch family-owned cleaning company that started in 1968 and we provide cleaning solutions for companies in several segments such as offices, schools, cure and care, leisure, hotels, food and many more. We are extremely proud that we won a European Cleaning & Hygiene Award both in 2017 (BeSense) and 2018 (FM Coalition) in different categories. This acknowledges that we are taking the right steps to always improve.”

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