Antibiotic Resistance: A Hands On Solution


Antimicrobial resistance has gained notoriety as one of the most pressing public health issues the world faces today. It is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine.

One of the objectives of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance is to reduce infections by improving hygiene, sanitation, and infection prevention. The most effective and efficient means of infection prevention in the community and healthcare settings is hand hygiene. Successful infection control programs are based upon this. Through proper hand hygiene, staying home when sick, sneezing/coughing into one’s sleeve all play an important part in reducing the spread of infections in the community and healthcare settings. If we can limit the incidence of infections that require antibiotics, we can use them a bit more prudently. Through education about the importance of proper hand hygiene in the community and healthcare settings can reduce transmission of microbes which include resistant ones.

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Dealing with a stinky restroom?


Compact® with ActiveAire™ Tissue Dispenser uses state of the art motion sensing technology to neutralize odor where you need it most – in the stall. — (Brought to you by GP Xpress – Georgia Pacific)

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Comparing Consumer And Commercial Vacuums



Commercial or consumer? That is the question many building service contractors ponder when deciding on the type of upright vacuum they should purchase to clean their facilities.

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Unfortunately, cleaning industry consultants say far too many penny-pinching contractors are driving to their closest big-box store to buy vacuums intended for residential cleaning instead of buying commercial vacuums from jan/san distributors that are specifically designed to handle the wear and tear of professional cleaning.

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Why is Green Cleaning Important?


Earth-Day-2016_Dear-in-WaterGreen Cleaning means more than using “green” products. The success of a green cleaning program is dependent on numerous factors. While the selection of sustainable products is important, it will have little effect in the case of an inadequate cleaning regimen that leaves facilities dirty and the health of occupants, visitors and the environment at risk. A comprehensive green cleaning program should include sustainable options for chemicals, procedures, equipment, paper, liners, mops and matting.

The movement toward green cleaning does not imply that traditional methods are inadequate or have created unsafe conditions. Instead, it can be viewed as simply taking the next step beyond current approaches to further reduce impacts on the environment while continuing to maintain and improve the health, comfort and aesthetics of our surroundings.

Sustainable solutions minimize the impact of cleaning on people and the environment. More importantly, it is a process to protect natural resources for the future – not a single product alone. In articles and discussions about green cleaning, you will typically read or hear themes about the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.

People – pertains to fair and beneficial business practices toward labor and the community and region in which a corporation conducts its business.

Planet – refers to sustainable environmental practices. This practice entails reducing the ecological footprint by carefully managing consumption of energy, non-renewables and reducing waste as well as rendering waste less toxic before disposing of it in a safe and legal manner.

Profit – is the economic value created by an organization after deducting the cost of all inputs, including the cost of capital.

The cleaners used by the custodial staff have an impact on the residents and staff at Long Term Care facilities. By switching to safer chemistries, without sacrificing performance, residents and staff can perform in a safer environment and will reduce the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI).

How do you know if a product is truly green? We know that green cleaning creates healthier environments. However, to make sure that you are green cleaning you need to look for some type of third party certification endorsements from Green Seal, EcoLogo, Design for the Environment or BioPreferred. These third party certifiers review a manufacturer’s product to make sure that it adheres to strict requirements based on the effects to the environment.

Note: The facility janitorial staffs contribute as much to the well-being of patients as the medical staff. Keeping linens clean and reducing clutter helps improve the indoor environment and is conducive to healthy residents and staff.

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Swine Flu Outbreaks Put Spotlight on Hand Hygiene


A number of recent swine flu outbreaks within healthcare premises shows us that, as much as it pains us to admit it, the threat of healthcare acquired infections (HCAIs) is very real.

Such incidents must always serve as a reminder that we can never be too careful in applying basic healthcare hygiene procedures. That is of course not to say that healthcare establishments are being negligible, but something as seemingly minor as a single sneeze can have significant ramifications. Let us not forget that the swine flu pandemic of 2009 killed 142 people in England – it is a deadly serious issue.

As such, any time a viral outbreak happens, we should all re-evaluate how it could have been prevented.


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Hand Hygiene Beyond Hand Washing


No matter what the industry, chances are that your company has employees that make a living using their hands. Our hands are the connection we make with everything in our everyday lives however; it is one key element that is most likely to be overlooked when it comes to employee health and safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 40 percent of industrial workers will suffer from occupational dermatitis at some point in their working lives. Poor hand hygiene will lead to increased illness and can result in:

  • Disruption cost and lost productivity through employee absence from work
  • Reduced employee efficiency through illness at work and lower morale
  • Damage to an organization’s reputation

For any organization, implementing and maintaining appropriate hand hygiene practices is a daily challenge. Employers and facility managers have a legal responsibility to ensure that they provide a safe working environment for their employees. Addressing hand hygiene is an important part of this. Leaving occupational skin disorders unaddressed in the workplace can cost an organization millions of dollars. In fact, with estimated costs including time away from work, reduced productivity and workers compensation claims, occupational skin disorders costs exceed $1 billion each year in the U.S.

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