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Where is this year going!  I cannot believe it is 1st May today and on the run up to the Tour De Yorkshire, taking place on 1/2/3 May, we have been making preparations to house more stock to support our customers who will benefit from the extra trade the Tour will generate.

The debut Tour de Yorkshire cycle race could bring up to £40m into the county’s economy according to organiser’s and we wish all the teams lots of luck.  We look forward to enjoying the buzz this will create in and around the county and watching it ourselves from the end of our road, near  Spectrum’s Scarborough Distribution Centre.

This month has been exceptionally busy for us.  Easter was a firm success for most of our tourism customers and we sold in excess of 60,000 meters of centre feed rolls and 20,000 litres of washing up liquid, amongst other things of course!  The green shoots of recovery are finally starting to grow bigger for most of us, good news!!

Taking the decision to change suppliers is never easy, however, we have engaged with a new provider, HPC Healthline, who will now supply our gloves and aprons amongst some other products.  Trading since 1968, they manufacture to the highest European standards, namely the Medical Devices Directive, PPE Directive and the Food Contact Regulation and they supply one of the most extensive ranges.  Our prices are extremely competitive and the feedback we have received from customers has been very encouraging – a good decision to change!            For further details of our gloves click here.

This month saw us deliver one of our free tool box talks at St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds.  10 housekeeper’s attended the COSHH and Cleaning and Hygiene Science module, available through our Hygiene Management Scheme and I am pleased to say they all passed with flying colours!!

Finally, 01st June 2015, sees changes to all COSHH Symbols, which will keep us all on our toes. We are currently training all our current customers on the new symbols and what they mean.   Click here -The CLP Regulation for more information. CLP stands for classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.  

The CLP Regulation adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK.

As GHS is a voluntary agreement rather than a law, it has to be adopted through a suitable national or regional legal mechanism to ensure it becomes legally binding. That’s what the CLP Regulation does. Ask your current supplier for more information if you are unsure or give us a call for some free advice.




Wednesday saw some of our team attending Welcome to Yorkshire’s annual conference, a really fantastic event showcasing what an exciting time it is to be living and trading in our beautiful region.

We, along with other exhibitors such as Yorkshire Coast Radio and one of our customers Julyan Bakers and Wold Top Brewery, welcomed over a thousand guests at The Scarborough Spa, providing a great opportunity to meet and chat to those involved with the tourism industry in Yorkshire. The place really was alive with a buzz of excitement thanks to all the exiting things ahead for ‘God’s own county!’

What really came across was how Yorkshire is being firmly put on the map as not only a national, but also an international, tourist destination. It is undeniably in part due to last year’s Tour de France, which whizzed through many a Yorkshire town, and village, allowing the world to see what a beautiful part of the country we live in. With overnight holiday visits increasing by 26% and a tourism industry now worth £7 billion pounds annually, the statistics speak for themselves – Yorkshire is on the rise!

Set to bolster these statistics even more is the Tour de Yorkshire (1st-3rd May 2015), promising to be a huge event attracting visitors from both around the country and around the world! With Gary Verity confirming the participation of Team Sky, Team Wiggins and Dame Sarah Storey in the women’s race, it is clear the event will hold some real kudos. Former England cricketer Matt Prior, also speaking at the event, confirmed his very own cycle team ‘One Pro Cycling’ will be taking part. Expect big things!

This year will also see Leeds become a host city for the Rugby World Cup, attracting visitors far and wide to one of our favourite Yorkshire cities. And don’t worry; all the excitement won’t die down after this year! With Hull being named the City of Culture 2017, we can look forward to a whopping 365 days of cultural activities running throughout the city!

Not only are we truly thankful to Welcome to Yorkshire for creating such a fantastic event that we feel hugely proud to have been a part of but for instigating some of these exciting events which will boost tourism, the associated businesses and as a result the economy.  It was thoroughly exciting to see all that is planned for our great region, instilling in us a sense of enthusiasm to serve this special county as best we can – bring it on, we say!



 You know that everything you touch could be a source of bacteria and germs. Starting with a desk at work to taps in bathrooms to mobile phones, germs have a lot of hiding spaces.  While there are some common places most of us consider germ hot spots (toilets for example), there are some unforeseen germ spots some of us tend to forget.

Fuel Pumps

Next time you fill up your car, make sure to use hand sanitiser before you drive away from the fuel station. Researchers have found that about 71% of fuel pump handles carried germs that could make you sick.


Elevator buttons, microwave buttons, coffee machine buttons and ATM buttons are all germ hot spots and many of these buttons do not get cleaned and sanitized regularly.

Menus and condiment bottles

While many restaurant employees are great at cleaning and sanitising tables, countertops and other surfaces, menus and condiment bottles can sometimes get overlooked. After you order, make sure to wash your hands before the food arrives.

Your car

Be honest, when is the last time you cleaned and sanitized the inside of your car? You likely drive it several times a day and touch the steering wheel, gear stick, dashboard and radio/CD/MP3 Player buttons. Make sure to dust, vacuum and wipe with sanitizer wipes often to get rid of germs and bacteria.

Your purse or wallet

Purses, handbags and wallets can be hotbeds for germs. Many of us (me included) put our bags on the floor, then move them to a surface like a counter or table, which can spread germs. Purses also tend to be dark and warm on the inside – two of the things bacteria love most. To reduce germs, keep your bag open to avoid moisture buildup, empty it out often and clean the contents and dump out any crumbs living inside.


January 2015 Catch Up

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a good holiday, whatever you were doing.

This month, we have had the privilege of working alongside the hardworking housekeeping team at Ampleforth College and Abbey.  This beautiful place has been the home of a community of Benedictine Monks since 1802 and is also a co-educational boarding school for 600 students aged between 13-18 and a hospitality provider offering pastoral retreats and pilgrimage's providing guests with time for reflection.Up keeping the beautiful antique mouse man furniture and old wooden flooring to preserve it for others to enjoy for years to come are some of the challenges to consider and we look forward to supporting the everyday cleaning issues that arise in order to keep such a place clean and hygienic. 

Our website continue to provide knowledgeable resources in our Hygiene Management Scheme section and COSHH training is readily available for all our customers to undertake, free of charge.  Once completed, this provides a downloadable certificate of competence.  To give you the chance to check this out, click on Resource Centre which is the second to last tab running along the top of the site, schroll down to the Hygiene Management Scheme and click on COSHH  E Learning.  The e mail address to log in is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the password is coshhtest.

This month sees the arrival of a new team member, Tim Chadwick.  He joins us a General Manager and he will be working closely with me and all the team.  Tim has recently returned to his home town of Scarborough after gaining 18 years management experience working in London as a Facilities Manager.  During this time he managed various projects with the most notable being The British Museum, The National Gallery, The O2 and South Bank University in the public arena, although gained corporate experience working with companies such as IBM and McKinsey & Company.  We are very excited about Tim joining us as we believe that his management skills will be easily transferred into the company focussing on high standards of service delivery and client satisfaction, whilst ensuring good team moral and motivation.

 tim chadwick

Our sunflower selfie competition which ran up until just before Christmas, saw Dan Hargreaves Chef at Copper Horse scoop the prize of a hamper of seasonal treats!  I am sure you will agree Dan's entry had the aww factor.

Until next month, keep safe and warm!





Our chemical manufacturers are now reviewing their products under the new Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). This system was created to standardise how the hazardous properties of chemicals are classified throughout the world. 

How products are Classified

As before, a system of calculations and thresholds is used to classify the products. This avoids the need for any unnecessary animal testing. Products containing ingredients that are over a certain threshold level are required to display the corresponding Hazard Pictogram and Statements on the label.

New Pictograms, Signal Words and Statements

New red diamond shaped Hazard Pictograms will replace the orange square Hazard Symbols, though some of the internal images are similar.

The new symbols are:

The orange CHIP symbols were accompanied by ‘Indication of Danger’ words, such as Toxic, Corrosive, Irritant etc but CLP will replace these with two new ‘Signal Words’. The word which appears with the pictogram will depend on the hazard class and category - severe hazards will include the word ‘DANGER’, whilst all others will include the word ‘WARNING’.

The ‘Risk (R) Phrases’ are to change to ‘Hazard (H) Statements’ 

    H200-H299        Physical Hazard
    H300-H399        Health Hazard
    H400-H499        Environmental Hazard

and the ‘Safety (S) Phrases’ are to change to ‘Precautionary (P) Statements’

    P100-P199        General         e.g. Keep out of reach of children
    P200-P299        Prevention     e.g. Protect from moisture
    P300-P399        Response      e.g. IF ON SKIN:
    P400-P499        Storage         e.g. Store locked up
    P500-P599        Disposal        e.g. Dispose of contents/container to. . .

Previously ‘Not Classified’ products

Some of the threshold levels in CLP are lower than under CHIP. For example under the CHIP system a product would need to contain more than 20% of an ingredient classified as R36 (Irritating to eyes) to trigger an ‘Irritant’ hazard symbol but under CLP this is reduced to 10% to trigger a hazard pictogram. This will result in many products being classified where previously they were not. 

The product formulation has not changed, only the system used to classify it. In our estimation, as many as 80% of previously non-classified products will now include a Hazard Pictogram on the label.

Versatile product label under old system CHIP – product was not classified:

Versatile product label under new system CLP – product is no classified:

Interpretation of the “Corrosive” Image

As mentioned above, some threshold levels are lower under CLP than under CHIP. 

This particularly affects the Hazard H318 ‘Causes serious eye damage’ (Which was R41 ‘Risk of serious damage to eyes’ under CHIP). This has changed significantly from a 10% threshold triggering an ‘Irritant’ symbol to a 3% threshold, triggering a GHS05 ‘Causes Damage’ pictogram.

The image we currently recognise as “corrosive” is and still will be used on Caustic Soda based products such as DISHWASH and OVEN CLEANER. However in the future it will ALSO be used on products which may contain only 3% of certain types of ingredients. It is now very important that users read the Hazard Statements on CLP labels rather than just relying on a glance at the image.

Concerns Over Classification

We accept, and agree, a global system of classifying cleaning chemicals is necessary but obviously there are concerns about how end users will react to seeing Hazard Pictograms on products where previously there were none.
After 20 plus years of CHIP symbols it is important that users are educated to understand the new Pictograms and Statements and how these affect the assessment and subsequent use of PPE if required. 

We would like to point out that the hazard classification on the label applies to the undiluted product only.

Communication and Training

It is going to be very important that users of chemicals are fully aware of the changes and understand the regulations. It is the responsibility of our cleaning chemical manufacturers, to communicate with customers and issue detailed product support information as the changes occur. This information will then need to be relayed to end users so they are able to recognise the new Pictograms and the associated risks and the need to review COSHH Risk Assessments.  


It is important to remember that to minimise the risks associated with a product, it should be used as recommended, which is stated on the label, Safety Data Sheets and through training.  

If you use chemicals at work, you should:

1.    Look out for communication regarding Classification changes on products and check that you are doing what is needed to use the chemical safely. 
2.    Check the Hazard and Precaution Statements that accompany the Hazard Pictogram on the label.
3.    Follow the advice provided on the new labels and, where appropriate, in Safety Data Sheets and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if required.
4.    Review COSHH Risk Assessments and update if necessary.
5.    If you are an employer, alert your employees to these changes and provide adequate information, instruction and training.

You will find further details on CLP Regulation via the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website