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Nicky Biggart Elected Chair of CHSA Accreditation Schemes 

Nicky Biggart Elected Chair of CHSA Accreditation Schemes 
29 April 2024
 

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has elected council member Nicky Biggart as its chair of accreditation schemes.  

As the new Chair of The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) Accreditation Schemes Nicky will work with the Independent Inspector to manage the inspection process and ensure that members comply with the scheme standards. Reporting to the CHSA’s Governing Council, Nicky will also ensure the schemes reflect changes in the market. 

Nicky’s career began at Swallow Hotels, on the company’s graduate programme. She moved to John Deas & Company, the independent distributor that served the hospitality sector before joining Peter Grant Papers (now Northwood Hygiene Products) and then SCA (now Essity). Today she is the UK & European Sales Manager for the Professional Hygiene division at chemicals manufacturer, Evans Vanodine.   

 

“In the cleaning chemical sector we are seeing new entrants suggesting regulations are not necessary and restrict innovation. Without them, however, there is no guarantee the products will work or are safe to use."

–Nicky Biggart

Chair – The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) Accreditation Schemes

 

Nicky said: “In the cleaning chemical sector we are seeing new entrants suggesting regulations are not necessary and restrict innovation. Without them, however, there is no guarantee the products will work or are safe to use. This trend has strengthened my long-standing commitment to standards. The CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes have made a significant contribution to standards in our industry, and I am delighted to play my role in taking them forward.” 

Lorcan Mekitarian, Chair of the CHSA added: “We are delighted Nicky has taken on the important role of Chair of our Accreditation Schemes. She understands buyers and end users need standards and regulations to be certain they get what they pay for and is committed to both maintaining the integrity of the Schemes and spreading the word about their value. It’s no surprise her election was unanimous.” 

The CHSA has six Accreditation Schemes which help to maintain standards in the cleaning and hygiene industry, including:

 

  • Accredited Manufacturers of soft tissue guarantee the dimensions and count of every product and other required information is as indicated on the label.  
  • Accredited Manufacturers of plastic sacks guarantee they are fit for purpose and the dimensions and count and other required information are as indicated on the label.   
  • Accredited Manufacturers of cotton mops guarantee the weight, absorbency and, where relevant, the cotton content. They also guarantee the dimensions and count, and other required information are as indicated on the label. The dimensions and count of all ancillary products are also covered by the Scheme.  
  • Accredited Manufacturers of cleaning and hygiene chemicals guarantee the product volume and other required information is as specified on the label and fully supported by relevant test data. In addition, they guarantee the containers and plastic bottles holding the chemical products are recyclable.  

 

Picture: a photograph of Nicky. Image Credit: CHSA

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 29 April 2024

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