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Tips to Tackle Spring Break Cleaning at Any School

By Kim Syrios

Tips to Tackle Spring Break Cleaning at Any School

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)


 


Four Main Causes of Restroom Odors

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Supplied by Impact Products.

An 18-month study conducted by the University of Toledo and Impact Products, a manufacturer of innovative tools and products for the professional cleaning and building industries, reveals that there are four core areas in a restroom from which most restroom odors emanate.

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Seven Ways To Make Cleaning Work Safer

Cleaning work can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of 800 private-industry occupations, cleaners are invariably in the top 10 when it comes to work-related injuries involving days away from work. Frequently reported...

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‘Break the Chain of Infection’ during International Infection Prevention Week

October 14, 2016, Arlington, Va. – To raise awareness about the importance of infection prevention, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is leading the annual observance of International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 16-22.

To learn more visit apic.org 

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Cold and Flu Rebate

Cleaning Promotion: Sept 19, 2016 - Feb 28, 2017

Save on select Clorox Commercial Solutions products with this end-user rebate.  The more you buy, the more you save.  

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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%).So, how did they accomplish this?

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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.  
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Potential Cost Savings With The PURELL® Healthy Hands Campaign
8/1/2016

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 Alert

You'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

Make hands clean, not contagious!

 

Join Kelsan and Deb today by supporting the Global Handwashing Day and pledge to make hands clean.

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, ...

Changing Seasons, Changing Habits

 

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...

Danger Lurking Under Your Sink

 
Have you ever thought twice about the cleaning products you use in your house? Most of us are inundated with cleverly packaged commercials for “miracle” cleaning products that just happen to be full of chemical toxins....

How Do You Predict the Winter?

 

You cannot, but you can prepare for the worst with Ice Melt.

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International Infection Prevention Week

 

Yesterday marked the first day of International Infection Prevention Week, which is an awareness campaign led by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)designed to stimulate interest in and highlight the importance of infection prevention.

This year’s theme is promoting engagement between patients, visitors and healthcare professionals around infection prevention. As an infection preventionist, I have always believed that everyone plays a...