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Waste reduction initiative by NZ government

Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage released proposals to increase funding support for councils, community organisations and businesses for projects to recover and recycle more materials and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. “In the past decade, people have sent nearly 30 million tonnes of waste to municipal landfills around the country – a 50 per cent increase in waste that can often be recycled, composted or reused.  We can’t allow this situation to cont... Read More

New Combi-Oven Cleaning Solutions

KEMSOL OVEN CLEAN Combination Oven Cleaner A specialist cleaner for combination ovens that releases and suspends a variety of difficult heavy soiling including grease, oils and burnt on carbon deposits. Only for use on stainless steel. Not to be used on aluminium and mild steel. Ideal for combi-ovens, standard ovens, grills, hoods and fryers. KEMSOL OVEN CARE Combination Oven Neutralising Solution A jet spray solution for auto-dose usage through commercial combination ovens to neutralise cl... Read More

New Laws Concerning Toxic and Corrosive Substances

WorkSafe introduced law changes aiming to improve the storage of class 6 (toxic) and class 8 (corrosive) substances. Anyone using and storing these substances in quantities over the set thresholds will have to find a solution to accommodate the new requirements. The changes will take effect in two parts: having an established hazardous substances location from 1 June this year and having a location compliance certificate by 1 December this year.For more information on storage requirements, see ... Read More

New CEO for Chemical Solutions Ltd

Chemical Solutions Ltd (CSL) are pleased to have Paul Byrne join them as CEO. Paul will be leading New Zealand’s largest privately-owned cleaning product manufacturer. Previously serving as GM at Whiteley Corporation, responsible for NZ and South East Asia, Paul has an extensive leadership background and will oversee CSL’s own brands, as well as their Pacific Islands export business, supply contract manufacturing and private label services. “I am delighted to have been offered the opportu... Read More

A sanitizer prank gone wrong

t might have seemed like an innocent prank at first, but it ended in the court as an injury by an unlawful act, with dire consequences for the victim, who barely escaped a tragic end. Otago Daily Times describes the incident that happened in a Dunedin store in July of last year. A salesman popped in for one of his regular visits and thought it would be funny to put two squirts of sanitiser into one of his colleague’s drink bottle. "When I put the hand sanitiser in his bottle, I had thought h... Read More

Decanting leaves a worker with a critical eye injury

As reported by WorkSafe, a company in Tauranga has been sentenced with a $219,375 fine, following an incident in January 2017 that left one of their workers with a life changing injury. The incident happened while the worker was decanting a corrosive cleaning product and a piece of tubing flicked him in the eye. The impact of the tubing and the corrosiveness of the cleaning product caused so much damage that the worker’s eye unfortunately had to be removed completely. Due to significant scarr... Read More

Cleaning Chemicals in Food Operations Environments

The Food Act 2014’s requirements for surfaces that come in contact with food are that these surfaces must be cleaned and sanitised. Environmental Health Officers and MPI Auditors can do site audits in which they check how operators and staff are using cleaning chemicals, with a focus on sanitisers and their knowledge in areas such as: •    dilution requirements for different applications•    contact times for product to be left on surface•    ri... Read More

Kemsol Celebrates 25 Years

As part of Kemsol's Silver Anniversary (25 Year) celebrations, Chemical Solutions Ltd hosted a lawn bowls tournament at the local Mangere Bridge Bowls Club. Fortunately it was a gloriously sunny Wednesday afternoon on the green, to bowl for advanced players and novices alike - in contrast with the gloomy showers and flooding over the previous week. The event kicked off with staff - both from the past and the present - and with special guests, catching up over drinks and... Read More

Risks of long-term harm using Antibacterial soap?

It is well known that the industry has been torn over the use of anti-bacterial agents in liquid hand soap. Conflicting scientific studies show a reasonable benefit in the use of anti-bacterial hand soap, but other studies show little of no benefit between standard hand soap and those with anti-bacterial properties. The US Food and Drug Administration has made a ruling, banning  anti-bacterial soaps in the United States that contain any of 19 ingredients that have no evidence of b... Read More

The Kemsol Rebrand

Those that were at the Clean NZ tradeshow would have seen the new Kemsol labels on display. The Kemsol products have now been categorised into clear, singular colour and product categories, with associated images best suited for the products’ key purpose.They have been redesigned with a brighter, internationally user-friendly interface in mind under 11 categories, with unique colour bands which allow for easy and fast reference.Each category has an associated alpha-numerical reference, sh... Read More

Cleaning up our Oceans on a large scale

The brainchild of 21 year old Dutch entrepreneur (Boyan Slat), the Ocean Clean Up project,  is intended to clean up plastic from our world’s oceans – largely using the ocean’s own current.  In June 2014, Boyan teamed with scientists and engineers to make his Ocean Clean Up project a reality.  In simple terms, the plan was to deploy a huge V-shaped, floating barrier system below the ocean surface - anchored to the seabed. Sea life is often lost when they c... Read More

Proud to be Making a Difference

At Kemsol we re-use as much packaging as possible. Our operations team have worked hard on making sure we have a Good Practise approach to material we can’t use, some of that is empty packaging collected from customers and other packaging that distributors return to us.Astron Plastics take packaging damaged or other unusable items from us and have had some distributor trials underway for over 12 months now. We are pleased to say the program has been really popular and making a positive differe... Read More

False Economy with Cheap Cleaning Products

Hospitality Operators Confess To Wasting MoneySomething we are often going on about is false economy through the use of cheap cleaning products.With operating margins internationally being squeezed to breaking point, operators are looking for absolute value from every dollar spent servicing and maintaining their businesses. So it’s no surprise to learn that professionals are attempting to shop smarter to make their money go further. In a recent P&G UK survey, operators admitted however th... Read More

Why It's Time to Detox Your Desk

The Average worker comes into contact with more than 10 MILLION disease-causing bacteria lurking on their keyboard, phone and mouse.The Facts:More than 10 million bacteria lurk on the average office desk with 7,500 organisms hidden in your keyboardUnhygienic working conditions are a 'key contributor' to millions of working days lost world wide to sickness each yearBacteria and viruses can survive on hard surfaces for up to 24 hoursOur hands are a germ motorway; many surfaces they come into conta... Read More

Man dies after drinking wineglass full of soap

This incident is a scary reminder of the importance of storing cleaning chemicals in a safe location in the correct container with the correct labelling. As highlighted in this Spanish tragedy, it is easy to mistake a cleaning chemical for a beverage if it is decantered into a drink/wine bottle then accidentally stored in the fridge. It only took one sip for this mistake to become fatal.In 2012, two Auckland women were seriously injured after being served the poisonous chemical benzalkonium... Read More

Can you handle the dirty truth about wet wipes?

How often do you use wet wipes?A study by Cardiff University found that the cleaning tissues are helping to spread deadly superbugs in NHS wards. Seven commercially available wipes were tested on the most common hospital infections.In "every instance", the wipes actually spread potentially deadly infections from one surface to another, researchers said. They went on to warn that consumers who used them in their own homes, especially the bathroom, might as well go around spraying raw Campylobacte... Read More

Don't Get Blasé With Chemicals

Worksafe NZ warns as company finedA waterproofing company has been fined $33,750 and ordered to pay reparation of $2,500 after one of its employees was overcome by toxic fumes.The worker was applying a bitumen-based product to the inside of a grain silo at an egg farm near Hastings at the time of the incident in April last year.The man was wearing a respirator, but did not have a solvent filter available and so used a dust filter, meaning he was exposed to the toxic solvent fumes.The worker spen... Read More

Enough Plastic To Line Worlds Beaches

Plastic recycling is becoming more and more of a factor in our industry and many others, as part of what we can be doing from a sustainability standpoint to play our part in reducing the amount of plastic ending up in our oceans. Having a cradle to cradle recycling program can also assist to give you the edge commercially and a point of difference from all the others.The world's oceans are being filled with enough plastic waste to thickly line every coastline in the world, according to the first... Read More

Phones Carry Personal Germ Stamp

A new study by US researchers has found that many of the personally unique bacteria found on our hands can also be found on our smartphones.The findings, published in open-access journal PeerJ, open up the possibility of smartphones being used to check if a person has picked up bugs in germ-heavy environments such as hospitals, rather than testing the person themselves.The researchers, from the University of Oregon, sampled the hands and phones of 17 people for 7000 different naturally occurring... Read More

Virus Transfers Within The Office

A team led by microbiologist Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, has revealed in a recent study that a virus can spread around a whole building within two hours of coming into contact with just one surface. The team found that up to 60 per cent of the surfaces sampled were contaminated with the virus within just two to four hours. However, there is a simple solution for combating the spread, says Mr Gerba, who found using disinfecting wipes registered as effective against virus... Read More

Fist Bump Cleaner Than Handshake

A resent study has revealed that the traditional greeting of a handshake can facilitate the transfer of a high dose of bugs, fuelling the spread of contagious illness. The study is calling for people to ditch the traditional handshake in favour of the much more hygienic ‘Fist Bump’.The study, conducted by Aberystwyth University researchers, senior lecturer Dr Dave Whitworth and PhD student Sara Mela, was published in the American Journal of Infection Control, where it was reported that an al... Read More

Kemsol Goes Tropical!

We have been supplying to international markets for some time now, but this is our first ‘Rolling Billboard’!  Kaks, our distributor in Fiji have gone all out in showing the Kemsol brand off in the best possible way, ensuring that everyone in Fiji knows the best cleaning chemical brand to use and where to buy it. Good on you Kaks – looking good! Read More

Soap Nazis

BNZ are taking the lead in implementing measures to reduce recent high absenteeism due to colds, flues and tummy bugs. BNZ are calling for their senior managers around the country to encourage the use of hand sanitisers as well as sanitising all work surfaces twice daily. Click here to read the full article.It is great to see a company like the BNZ making such an effort to keep their staff healthy. Check out these great Kemsol sanitising products!Hand PatrolMicrobanSteri-DryBac-StopWhite An... Read More

Check out our New Road Sign!

It’s been a long time coming and quite an undertaking, but finally our new road sign is standing tall and proud! She’s a beauty, designed and installed by SignOn. The sign fits in perfect harmony with our building and certainly stands out from the crowd. Give us a toot if you’re driving by to let us know that you too agree she’s a beauty! Read More

Summer Time!

Summer Time!Summer Time! Means Getting The House Ready For Beers, BBQ’s and Fun Times.We have three fantastic products designed specifically for this task… Agent-Oxy (was Deck Clean)Removes soiling, mould and mildew from timber surfaces and restores weathered wood to a bright natural appearance without the use of acids or bleach.For outdoor use | Timber cleaner and rejuvenator | Domestic & commercial useClick to see full product details Moss-KillKills and prevents moss, mould, mild... Read More

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