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INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Aquateck – Better cleaning solutions – pure and simple

Aquateck from Oxfordshire company GreenTeck Global is a just-launched, innovative, product that looks set to make waves in the commercial cleaning market.

The process is environmentally friendly, green, cost-effective, efficient and safe… since it starts and ends with ordinary a salty brine.

Tap water is fed through a standard water softener and salt is added (0.5 gms per litre – sea water is approximately 30 gms per litre). This solution is then passed through the Aquateck electrolysis unit. 

The result is known as AW (Activated Water) contains FAC Freely accessible Chlorine– the world’s strongest natural steriliser – and chlorine (5 ppm, compared to around 1.5 ppm for water in a swimming pool) and produced at a rate of around seven litres a minute.

This AW can be used in a number of ways: spray-bottle applicators, direct application to surfaces, mop and buckets and even via industrial Floor cleaners; effectively replacing the need for aggressive and expensive chemical cleaners,

In a spray-bottle, the AW solution remains active for around 72 hours, but after use there is even no need to rinse because as it works it degrades back to ordinaryH20 and salt.

Greenteck Global already manufactures and markets a range of airborne ozone generators, but its founder David Thurston has high hopes for Aquateck across a wide range of markets that includes care homes and nursing homes, hotels and motels, conference and exhibition facilities, student accommodation / halls of residence in universities, colleges and schools.

Extensive scientific trials of the Aquateck unit have just been completed at the Burlington Court Care Home in Northampton with remarkably impressive results.  The large, modern, home has more than 100 residents and is rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, so standards are already high.

Swab tests for Recoverable Live Units (RLUs) were taken both before and after cleaning in different locations around the home on a daily basis and the AW was used in direct competition with the products used in the home’s established cleaning regime.  These sites included:

  • Door push plates – where frequent use means cross-contamination could be an issue
  • Handrails on staircases – also used regularly by staff and residents
  • Food contact surfaces – prone to bacteria unless cleaned regularly and thoroughly
  • Sluice room – lower than expected starting readings, possibly because of regular use with existing chemicals
  • A separate trial was also undertaken in one specific bedroom where staff had identified a persistent odour problem that was proving resistant to treatment.

The results across the fortnight of the trial showed that AW outperformed the existing chemicals across all the test areas: with the exception of just one day where it is believed there may have been an issue with the water supply prior to it entering the activation process.

Pre-cleaning swabs showed lower levels of RLUs, there was a significantly greater per centage reduction in the number of RLUs after cleaning and it appears AW gave greater and longer protection against the reappearance of RLUs.  In the bedroom trial, where carpets were treated using AW in home’s own steam-cleaner, staff reported a dramatic reduction in the odour and noted that this seemed to be an on-going improvement.

Burlington Court is owned by Tej Sehmi, along with two other homes in the area, with a new, fourth one currently under construction and due to open next year.  He said: “It is fair to say we were very, very impressed with the results.

“It certainly seems we were getting at least as good – if not better results – than with our existing regime.  However we could certainly save money by not having to buy the range of chemical products we currently use.

“These products are aggressive and there is potentially the risk of a serious incident if they are misused or accidentally mixed. We have to have COSHH training for our staff to make sure they understand how to use these chemicals and the dangers associated.  Whereas with the Aquateck unit there are no COSHH requirements because it is absolutely safe to use.  It is also true to say that our staff really liked using the AW because it was literally as easy as turning on the tap . . . odourless, completely safe to use and so no significant risk of any accident.”

David Thurston, who has been involved in the ‘ozone industry’ for around ten years, including time spent in Chine, the USA and Central America where it is already big business, added: “We are really grateful to Tej and all his staff at Burlington Court for giving us the opportunity to carry out this capability demonstrator in the field so to speak.

“I have known for a while just how effective our AW is and we have installations of our other trioxygen generators to back that up, but it is always nice to be able to produce results and hard data to back them up in a real, live working environment.”

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Unplanned waste removal, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Delivering rapid waste removal from a single point of contact, Biffa OneCall is an on-demand service that supports both business and domestic use. Providing man in a van, plant support, labour, bulk container and skip services to meet your waste removal requirements.

Services include: National coverage, Rapid response from 3 hours, Man in a van clearances, Large project clearances, Fire & Flood damage response.

OneCall takes care of it all. From just £85 (excludes VAT).


INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Spend time improving EHS performance, not implementing software

Introducing SAI 360 FastStart, the fast, ready-to-use, cost-effective software solution to meet Environmental, Health & Safety requirements.

Implementing a new software platform can be perceived as challenging by even the most experienced Environmental, Health & Safety professional, but not anymore.

SAI360 FastStart delivers pre-configured workflows, dashboard and reports based on industry best practice. As the solutions are ready to use the cost is much lower and implementation can be delivered in just weeks enabling a fast return on investment.

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Some of SAI Globals most popular out-of-the box FastStart options for EHS include:

  • Incident Management, including Near Miss and Injury Management
  • Action Management
  • Hazard Management
  • Inspections
  • Audits

Spend time improving your environmental, health & safety performance instead of implementing software, contact SAI Global about FastStart now and get the insights you need to enhance operational efficiency.

www.saiglobal.com/EHS | 01926 523149 | info.emea@saiglobal.com


Through a combination of cloud-based risk management systems, risk consultancy and engagement support we help businesses establish practical risk management in their business that can be operationalised alongside other business processes.

We believe risk management is more than just compliance and protection, that it can enhance operational performance, build resilience, develop employee engagement and deliver competitive advantage.

Our approach is simple we:-

  • Understand the Issue
  • Develop a Solution
  • Deliver and Implement
  • Continuous Support

Our systems can be a combination of the following:-

Business Continuity Management
Health and Safety Management
E Learning and Training
Legal and Employment Support

Engagement and support are really important to us; The short video below explains more of what BCarm can provide and bring to a business, in the words of our clients: BCarm – delivering risk management

BUSINESS CONTINUITY– it’s good to have a Plan B

Business continuity management identifies a business’s priorities to enable preparation of solutions to reduce the chance of, and minimise the effect of a disruptive event.

Business continuity is applicable to all industry types regardless of the size, location or complexity of the business and not surprisingly, there is an increasing requirement for effective Business Continuity measures; whether driven by supply chain, contract conditions, accreditations or business finance.

One of the biggest challenges with continuity planning is where to start, and then getting buy-in within the business; whether it is risk assessing key assets and resources or updating incident response plans and testing the BCP to find and close potential loopholes, the prospect of embarking on a BCP project can be daunting.

We work with clients to understand the Business Continuity requirements and then develop an appropriate action plan and once up and running, we can support the process with:

  • Scoping Sessions – to provide structure and a plan to develop business continuity plans, resources and arrangements in the business
  • Management Awareness Training –for key staff to gain an understanding of business continuity
  • We can also facilitate a detailed Business Impact Analysis and desktop exercises 
Click HERE to access our Incident Response Plan tool to enable you to build a structured plan to respond to a disruptive event


Managing Health & Safety can be a challenge using manual, excel based systems which can lead to human error, missing information and gaps in compliance. Effective health & safety management that is integrated into day-to-day business operations, delivers a range of benefits to the business beyond just safety – the BCarm health and safety management system helps you proactively manage risks, compliance requirements, enable identification of problem areas, manage and track incidents, and monitor performance.

The E-learning system will help identify further training needs and risk exposures at an employee level that can then be managed. BCarm typically provides over 3 hours of training per employee per year, with configurable training plans.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of Business Continuity, Health & Safety or E-Learning or, call Dan Bannister on 07917 238714 or email dbannister@bcarm.co.uk


INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Smart lockers with software that allows you to manage access wherever you are

No more money spent managing lost keys. Usage data to help you improve space utilisation. That’s why Deloitte, Selfridges and Xerox love Simplicity.

Simplicity lockers open with your building access card. They can be set to work with either a central control panel, or by touching the access card against the door. Users can also access their storage using our smartphone app.

The lockers work on a traffic light system. A red light indicates the locker is occupied and a green light shows it’s available. Each lock has an LED light to make it easier to see the contents. It also has a USB charger for charging your phone or tablet in your locker (up to 600 Ma max).

Simplicity also comes with ReleezMe software. This allows you to manage your lockers wherever you are. An essential tool for those facilities managers responsible for more than one site.

The software also allows you to:

  • Set rules for who can access certain sets of lockers and when.
  • Track locker usage and generate reports.
  • Send automated notifications to users.

Find out more: Simplicity ReleezMe


Established in 1990, FSI is a global-leader in CAFM software, with offices in the UK, Australia, Dubai, Canada and Hong Kong, plus an international partner network.

FSI has been a major influence on CAFM/IWMS technology for the built environment, delivering a truly versatile business tool.

FSI focuses on developing integrated workplace systems to enhance the client experience, and the Concept range helps to boost productivity, streamline business processes, support improved performance and increase profitability, in organisations of every type and size.

Concept Evolution: Core CAFM solution, merging powerful functionality with sophisticated technology to extend Facilities Management (FM) across borders, optimising process efficiency, accuracy and productivity throughout the lifecycle.

FSI GO: Mobile Application solution, extending the functionality of Concept Evolution and third party integrated systems to your mobile workforce.  The FSI GO app is available to download from the Apple, Windows and Google Play stores.

Concept Advantage: Suite of Apps, designed to encourage the entire workplace community to contribute to the success of the facilities they occupy. Connecting Concept Evolution CAFM technology to the business via end users and their mobile devices.

Effective and successful FM is put directly in the hands of all those on the receiving end, promoting a positive workplace environment and enhancing corporate wellbeing. The Apps and their container can be branded to make them your own. Functionality can be tailored to suit end users.


INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Dataminr Risk Manager

As advances in technology continue to increase the amount of data in the world and companies send more people to conduct business in remote locations, there is a growing expectation for organisations to gain information faster about incidents and threats that could impact them.

The “golden hour” refers to the critical time to respond to an incident. Naturally, the sooner a business is aware of a problem, the sooner it can start acting to reduce any potential negative impact.

By relying on traditional sources of information, such as the news media and some information providers in the security space, there is typically at least 30 minutes between the incident occurring and news reaching a company’s security and risk teams. Sometimes that can stretch to a couple of hours or longer before the business becomes aware.

The rise of social media, however, has transformed incident response. Around half a billion posts are transmitted every day on Twitter, which has become a rich source of insights when it comes to crisis response or dealing with potential threats to business. This data is extremely valuable, but extracting that value can be a challenge.

Dataminr uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning techniques to discover relevant signals from social media and publicly available data. Dataminr’s technology filters out the noise so only relevant content is delivered to security and risk teams. Using Dataminr, security teams can get the real-time information they need to make faster, more informed decisions.

For more info, visit http://info.dataminr.com/TSSrequestinfo2018.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Simplicity Storage – Smart storage for agile workspaces

By Simplicity Storage

With a traditional office move a desk, chair and pedestal or locker goes with each member of staff. But how about when a business moves to a more agile, flexible way of working?

We find project managers talk about the percentage of hot-desks that’s needed. Usually looking to provide a 60% or 70% desk-to-person ratio. But when we start talking to them about storage they’ll ask for a locker per person or even more. That’s something we’ll challenge them on. Because how can you have a flexible office space when you don’t have flexible storage?

Our Simplicity storage solution is dynamic and flexible. Staff can move from one floor to another without any help from facilities management. Each locker has an LED light which shows green when vacant and red when in-use. The user taps their building or storage access card on the front of the locker and pushes the door to open it. It’s then assigned to that user.

We also offer a software package called Releezme. The software integrates with access control and HR systems. It allows the client to automate system enrolment. And sends automated notifications to users. Plus, while we can’t create storage rules for our clients, Releezme will manage that for them.

People underestimate how important the software is. For example, one of our clients has three locker user groups. Everyone in theory has a dynamic locker. But if you’re a full-time employee who doesn’t open your locker for 21 days it’s will block your access. The facilities team can then generate a report of blocked lockers. So, it’s giving them detailed information to make a business decision going forwards. Saving office space, management time and ultimately money.

If you’re looking for custom-made smart storage contact our team for a quote today.


INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: ECA Group – Creating a cycle of continuous improvement for energy management

The team at ECA has developed a comprehensive, integrated range of services, to help their clients achieve efficient energy savings and cost reductions.

As energy management becomes even more important and challenging, ECA has brought their services together under one single banner ECA Virtuous, this product links all their services into one single goal:  To improve their clients bottom line profitability.

ECA virtuous is an all encompassing energy service through which your organisation embraces the mantra of ‘the cheapest energy is the energy you don’t consume’ and becomes a virtuous energy company.

ECA virtuous reduces your expenditure on energy through a strategic approach to business energy management that ensures a symbiotic relationship between the three key elements:

  • Your cost of energy
  • Your usage of energy
  • Your carbon obligations

ECA achieve this by:

  • Contract negotiations
  • Invoice validation
  • Organisational benchmarking based on actual business KPIs
  • Continuous monitoring of consumption data to detect wastage
  • Calls to sites to establish cause of exceptions
  • Site visits to identify wastage
  • Energy awareness staff training
  • Identification and delivery of reduction solutions
  • League table & performance reporting
  • Compliance reporting (EPC, DEC, ESOS, GHG)

Typical savings of between 5% &10% can be achieved by adopting ECA’s Virtuous service.

ECA are proud of the results they deliver to their clients, by understanding their needs and applying the correct strategies they deliver long term results.

The team at ECA would be delighted to identify savings for your portfolio.

Visit ECA’s web site call on: 01246 298 591 or email alan.little@eca-group.co.uk

Full range of services:

 (Market Intelligence & Contract Negotiation)

          (Bureau Services, Bill Validation & Query Resolution)

         (Energy Management, Profile Consumption Alarms)

         (Online access to energy data and reports)

        (EPC’s, & DEC’s, ESOS, Mandatory Carbon Reporting)

        (Historic Billing Audits)

         (Leak Detection & Tariff Validation)

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Stand up for your health! AJ Products brings you the workplace of the future

AJ Products thinks staying fit and healthy should be something that anyone can do.

We encourage office workers to get fit at their desks through our range of affordable sit-stand desks and active office furniture.

Plus, we have just launched an exciting new product range that will revolutionise meetings and conferences. Designed by AJ Products in-house designers, the latest addition is a height-adjustable meeting table that makes it easy to switch between sitting and standing meetings, boosting both productivity and fitness.

AJ Products is committed to making workplaces healthier and more active because asedentary lifestyle can lead to health conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and musculoskeletal problems. Given the long hours spent by many adults sitting down while at work, it is essential to combat this issue in the workplace. Standing up for just three hours a day every day burns 750 calories a week and is the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year.

Our innovative, ergonomic office furniture is just one area of expertise in our extensive product range. We also provide premises management equipment, lockers and changing room facilities, conference furniture, warehouse shelving and racking, workbenches, industrial matting and much more.

Established in Sweden in 1975, the AJ group now covers 19 countries across Europe with the UK business opening in 1999. Our aim is the same now as it was over 40 years ago: to provide the right products at the right prices in order to be a one-stop shop for all your workplace needs. Whether a one-off order or a large refit project, AJ Products is here for whatever you need. We can provide everything from project planning and design suggestions to quick delivery and installation.

We can make any workplace happier, healthier and more active!