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The Importance of Handwashing

hand_washing_shutterstock_630315251No matter where you work, play or relax frequent handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Many diseases and conditions are transmitted by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. People do not realize it, but studies performed at the University of California1 found that the average office worker touches their eyes, nose or lips at least 15.7 times per hour. Just imagine how much indirect physical contact your hands encompass.  Door knobs, computer keyboards, light switches, steering wheels, and phones are all objects loaded with germs that are potentially one touch away from making you sick. Frequent hand washing may not totally protect you from getting an illness, but it will help tremendously in the fight against spreading germs.


When Should You Wash Your Hands?

According to the CDC2

·        Before, during, and after preparing food

·        Before eating food

·        Before and after caring for someone who is sick

·        Before and after treating a cut or wound

·        After using the restroom

·        After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

·        After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

·        After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

·        After handling pet food or pet treats

·        After touching garbage

How should you wash your hands?

·        Wet your hands with clean, running water.

·        Add hand soap, lather by rubbing hands together.  Make sure to get between your fingers, the back of your hands             and under your nails.

·        Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

·        Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

·        Dry your hands using a clean paper towel or air dry them.

Note:


1.The FDA found “no evidence” that antimicrobial soaps, such as those containing triclosan, keep people healthier than regular soap. Overuse of antibacterial products can reduce the amount of healthy bacteria on a person’s skin, which can make antibiotics less effective in the fight against new strains of bacteria, called superbugs.

2. After washing hands in a restroom always use a paper towel to open the door when exiting.

3. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content are an acceptable alternative.

Source:  1 PubMed.gov

               2 CDC.gov

 

"One Man's Waste is Another Man's Treasure"

Blue_Wrap_DressesIt’s finally getting warm and it is that time of the year for getting rid of old junk and cleaning up for spring, but this month, I am going to give a tip for those of us who work in a hospital or surgery center, on cleaning up something different. Blue wrap! Blue wrap plays a crucial role in maintaining the sterility of surgical instruments prior to use in operating rooms. Read more

 
Bring Your Floor Surfaces Back to Life

floorAfter a harsh winter, the floors in your facility need some TLC. Most of us have tight budgets and cannot afford to provide continuous refinishing with the risk of another storm and pounds of ice melt placed out to ruin your floor’s appearance once again. Read more

 

 

 

Understanding Microfiber Tools

microfiber_rag_shutterstock_664613347Microfiber products have come a long way since their introduction in the 1950s.  Microfiber cloths are now available in many colors and sizes and can be found in the form of mops, sweepers and hi-dusters. They are economical, reusable and play a major part in green cleaning initiatives. Read more

 

The Importance of Training

Training_shutterstock_crop_349455404Training is the most essential part of ensuring consistent and proper cleaning procedures. It communicates what is expected of your staff, increases job satisfaction, sharpens skills, and contributes to financial gain and efficiency in the workplace. Read more

 

Maintaining Your Lobby Floors During Winter Months

Auto_scrubber_shutterstock_230117131First impressions count.  That’s why it’s so important to always keep your facility looking great, especially in the winter months.  
Between the ice melt, snow, dirty water and debris being tracked in and of course staff shortages, it seemed like an impossible task to keep floors in top shape. Read more

 

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The Importance of Entrance Mats

With winter upon us, leaves are blowing throughout the streets and ice melt is already being spread outside your facility and on your entrance floors. That's why quality entrance mats will be the most essential tool you have in keeping your floors looking good. They should be utilized in every entrance of your building and directly outside its entrance points. Read more

 

 


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