Tips to Tackle Spring Break Cleaning at Any School
By Kim Syrios
Spring break, often referred to as "clean break" in the industry, is the perfect time to deep clean a school. This vacation period allows your staff to wash away sludge from winter, complete time-consuming projects, and evaluate work that needs to be accomplished over the summer. However, since the break is only a week, many facility managers find themselves scrambling to create a plan at the last minute. The following tips will help you create an efficient spring break cleaning schedule. (read more)
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Moving from Good to Great Hand Hygiene Pays Off
By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC, Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries
Is there a point of diminishing returns when it comes to hand hygiene? A newly published study conducted at University of North Carolina Hospitals recently helped us answer that very question and reported what many of us already suspected: more compliance with hand hygiene actually yields better results in terms of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) reduction.1 What’s impressive about this study is that the healthcare facility where it was conducted already had what is considered “high” compliance rates (82.6%).2 So, how did they accomplish this?
Stopping the Spread of Germs in K-12 Schools
By Megan Powell, Market Development Director
It’s inevitable that sick kids will end up in school from time to time. In a recent survey, almost three in four parents admitted they’ve sent their child to school sick.
There are a variety of reasons why this happens. Maybe the child’s symptoms haven’t appeared yet, or their parents don’t think a case of the “sniffles” is worth a sick day. Students could have a test or an event at school that they don’t want to miss.
Whatever the reason, when kids bring their illness to school, they can quickly spread germs to other students, teachers and staff. (read more)
Potential Cost Savings With The PURELL® Healthy Hands Campaign
By Megan Powell, Market Development Director
Did you know schools experience multiple financial effects as a result of illness-related absenteeism? Funding for schools in all 50 states is tied to attendance in one way or another, and there is often a direct correlation between the two. In addition, there are substantial costs associated with covering absent teachers, and in the event of a major outbreak, the cost of resolving the incident can be in the millions.
This article explains how a comprehensive hand hygiene program centered on PURELL™ products enables schools to maximize their funding and mitigate expenses by helping to keep students and teachers healthier. (read more)
School Is Back In Session
It is that time of year; everyone is busy getting ready for school to begin! Custodians are conducting last minute checks to facilities to make sure everything is ready for students and faculty. Here are a few reminders of things to include on your list to reopen your school:
• Conduct a walk through to see if everything has been completed.
• Look for dust that might have been missed – up high, behind doors and in corners.
• Double check areas that might have been overlooked, such as water fountains, cabinets and lockers.
• Pay attention to the small stuff as sometimes it’s the little things that get neglected, light switches, window sills, doorknobs, handrails, etc.
• Try to see the area that you are walking through as if you are a teacher, staff member, student or parent.
As the saying goes “if it had been a snake it would have bit me” and inevitably someone will see the snake or the dust bunny and that can take away from all of the hard work that was done this summer!
Once the school bell rings and classes are back in session, this could be the time to take a minute and start planning for the upcoming year. Planning might include cold and flu season protocols; procedures for the breaks – fall, winter and spring; and daily and interim processes. Developing a protocol to follow when cold and flu season hits, such as disinfecting all touch surfaces throughout the day and making hand sanitizer available, should reduce the number of absenteeism’s throughout the year.
Plus, proper attention to detail during the school year can actually save time and money. Attending to details such as cleaning behind doors, dusting window sills, blinds, bookcases and lockers, high dusting and window cleaning can greatly reduce the amount of time spent on these areas during breaks; thus allowing more time to take care of the bigger details.
Hopefully, these tips and suggestions will help during this school year and reduce the amount of extra work that is necessary in the future to maintain the level of cleanliness that you want for your school. A clean learning environment is a vital part to a great education for our youth, so thank you for all you do!
The Kelsan Marketing Team
Cleaning for Health (not Just Appearance)
An ISSA TV AlertYou've heard the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover." In the world of cleaning, that translates to "Just because a surface looks clean doesn't mean it's free of germs." In this Educational Quick Clip, Rosie Lyles explains the difference between cleaning for appearance and cleaning for health. She also offers expert tips on how to choose the right product for the job, where to use disinfecting wipes, and how to kill germs even on soft surfaces. Tune in now at www.issa.com/quickclips.
Achieving Sustainable Improvement in Hand Hygiene Performance
By Jeff Hall, Healthcare Business VP & GM, GOJO Industries
As we know, hand hygiene is one of the most important measures we can all take to reduce the spread of infection. In healthcare, hospitals are required to have processes in place to both measure and improve hand hygiene compliance. Yet, in the fast-paced hospital environment, hand hygiene can be a challenge. In fact, hand hygiene compliance rates average less than 50 percent in U.S. hospitals.
Our latest white paper examines the barriers impeding sustainable improvement in hand hygiene performance and offers strategies hospitals can use to overcome these challenge and sustain improvements in hand hygiene.
Hand Hygiene Is the Best Way to Prevent the Spread of HAIs
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) have many negative effects on hospitals and patients – causing thousands of preventable deaths every year and draining valuable resources from the nation’s healthcare system. HAI prevention is typically approached with a bundle of solutions – and hand hygiene is one of the critical components. (Read More)
CLEAN THE AIR TO SETUP STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS
According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is a problem in at least half of our nation’s schools. Poor INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) affects your students’ health and comfort: » Concentration and productivity of uncomfortable, unhealthy students suffer. » Students with asthma or allergies are particularly sensitive to indoor air pollutants, resulting in increased or more severe reactions and episodes. » Sickness and absenteeism rise. (read more)
ISSA VALUE OF CLEAN
Cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Discover more about the Value of Clean® in this new infographic from ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and learn how a modest investment in cleaning can help facilities reap big savings. View infographic
Cleaning Up Your Floor Care Program
The following article was written by Shaun Tinholt, Portfolio Lead-Machines and Tools, Diversey Care
Your facility faces a number of floor care challenges and must increasingly clean better with fewer resources. A new floor care machine might have a high initial investment cost, but it provides numerous benefits to your business and machine operators. It’s important to recognize the value of investing in a better floor care machine. Click here to read the full article
Georgia Pacific – Welcome to EcoSmart™
EcoSmart® is Georgia-Pacific Professional’s sustainability platform, which strives to meet our customer’s needs by addressing the social, economic & environmental dimensions of sustainability. (read more)
Ten Tips for Cleaning Schools Over Summer Break
For custodial workers, the summer months can actually be some of the busiest and most important months when it comes to school cleaning. This article from Cleanlink gives tips to make summer clean up productive. Read More
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It’s the middle of October. School routines are well established, the leaves are changing, and football is on television. For many of us, autumn evokes thoughts of time with families, sharing food, and enjoying colder weather. But, oftentimes a damper is put on these activities due to illness, such as the common cold or the flu. We know what steps we can take to prevent illness, ...
by Hanna Woodburn | Secretariat Director, Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing
It’s the middle of October. School routines are well established, the leaves are changing, and football is on television. For many of us, autumn evokes thoughts of time with families, sharing food, and enjoying colder weather. But, oftentimes a damper is put on these activities due to illness, such as the common cold or the flu. We know what steps we can take to prevent illness, such as...
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