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Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Nov 8, 2022 11:45:00 AM

Staying Healthy During the Season of RSV, Flu & Norovirus

By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  November 8, 2022

It’s common to catch a cold or a nasty flu during the Fall and Winter months. This year there are two additional viruses to be on the lookout for. Outbreaks of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and Norovirus have recently made headlines across the nation. Although the flu and norovirus are typically prevalent starting in Autumn spilling into Spring. This year RSV has stuck around past its season that usually peaks in July for the United States, leading to an estimated 58,000-80,000 hospitalizations among children younger than 5 years old and 60,000-120,000 hospitalizations among adults 65 and older.

What is the impact these outbreaks have on health of our building occupants and communities? Based on nationwide data provided by the CDC, there are roughly 430,000 hospitalizations per year between these three highly contagious viruses. Putting the health of our students, employees, and customers first is top priority. Facility management is heavily relied on by so many to provide a safe and healthy environment to work, learn and continue our established daily routines. With proper cleaning strategies and supplies combined with expert training and education tools you can help protect your building occupants against the viral trifecta of the season.

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Topics: virus, workplace wellness, facility maintenance

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Oct 25, 2022 12:00:00 PM

Floor Care Tips for the Facility Manager: Winter Edition

By: WAXIE Editorial Staff  |  October 25, 2022 

Parts of the country are experiencing their first snowflakes of the season. Snowfall makes for breathtaking views and an invigorating crispness in the atmosphere. However, as we approach the winter months new facility maintenance challenges arrive at our doorstep in the form of snow and ice. As the ground freezes over or the snow melts along pathways, trip and fall hazards arise. With proper matting and floor maintenance, you can avoid slips and falls to ensure a safe place for your building occupants.

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Topics: winter, floor care maintenance, floor matting, facility maintenance

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Sep 28, 2022 12:45:00 PM

Reduce Indoor Air Pollution and Increase Health with the Benefits of Clean Air

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By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  September 28, 2022 

As October swiftly approaches, so does the need to adapt to the change that is in the air…literally! With the autumn chill in the atmosphere and cold and flu season lingering around the corner, it is important to keep our health and the health of our buildings a top priority. Acclimating to the changing of the seasons can pose a real challenge for any facility manager, but with these tips to improve indoor air quality, we are here to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

October is nationally recognized as Healthy Lung Month, which is a great reminder of one of the best things a facility manager can clean and maintain—the air we breathe. Throughout this blog, we will be going over why air purification is integral to building maintenance and how you and your facility maintenance team can achieve cleaner air.

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Topics: cleaning equipment, indoor air quality, facility maintenance

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Sep 14, 2022 11:45:00 AM

Prevent the Spread of Foodborne Illness with Food Safety

By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  September 14, 2022

Food is one of the most important things on the planet. It provides nutrients for our body, brings us together, and accounts for the livelihood of 19.7 million Americans. How we handle our food, and the surrounding prep space is integral to our health and safety.

Whether you are prepping food at home, cooking in a restaurant, or using the office fridge to store leftovers from last night, food safety is an absolute must.

In fact, the CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Illness caused by foodborne pathogens can be prevented through proper hand hygiene, and surface sanitation that comes in contact with food.

September is National Food Safety Education Month (FSEM) and what better time to update and refresh your knowledge of two simple yet effective food safety cleaning practices?

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Topics: hand hygiene, Food Service, facility maintenance

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Aug 23, 2022 11:45:00 AM

How Touch-Free Technology Can Improve Restroom Cleanliness

By: Caitlin Dimalanta| August 23, 2022

Since 2020 our building management protocols have been rapidly evolving due to the ever-shifting nature of emerging healthcare needs. Terms such as “sanitize”, “disinfect” and “high-touch surfaces” have circulated through conversation more than ever. This new-found requirement for keeping areas clean and occupants healthy have called for facility maintenance teams to re-strategize and incorporate enhanced technology in efforts to keep our workplaces, schools, and communities safe.

Within a building the restroom is one of the hottest spots for germs and bacteria to be transferred due to the increased number of touchpoints throughout the area. The efficient and aesthetically pleasing design of touch-free dispensers significantly reduces the risk of spreading germs while leaving a positive impact on your customers, guests and staff.

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Topics: janitorial supplies, touch-free restroom

Posted by Keith Schneringer on Aug 9, 2022 11:45:00 AM

What We Know About the hMPXV Virus Part III

By: Keith Schneringer |  August 8, 2022

To wrap up this three-part blog series we will be walking you through identifying disinfectants that can inactivate the hMPXV virus and disinfecting best practices to keep your facility safe against the hMPXV virus. In our previous two blogs we provided a hMPXV overview that includes important info relating to infection prevention protocolshistory, symptoms, transmission, prevention, and effective infection control strategies. 

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Posted by Keith Schneringer on Jul 26, 2022 11:45:00 AM

What We Know About the hMPXV Virus (aka "monkeypox") Part II

By: Keith Schneringer |  July 26, 2022 

In this second article of this three-part blog series, we will be explaining infection prevention protocols, and effective disinfecting criteria you can use to combat the hMPXV virus. Before jumping into this second part, be sure to check out the first article that discussed the history, symptoms and methods of transmission of the virus.

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Topics: virus, health, infection prevention

Posted by Keith Schneringer on Jul 13, 2022 9:00:00 AM

What We Know About the hMPXV Virus (aka "monkeypox")

By: Keith Schneringer |  July 13, 2022 

In this three part blog series, we will be discussing what we know so far about the hMPXV virus (aka "monkeypox"). The hMPXV virus has emerged in headlines on a global scale and it is important to understand the facts in order to prevent the spread of this virus. The main purpose of this blog is to provide useful information about the virus such as its history, symptoms, transmission, prevention, and effective infection control strategies.

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Topics: virus, health, infection prevention

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Jun 15, 2022 12:30:00 PM

The Facility Manager’s Guide to Sustainability

By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  June 15, 2022 

The effort to conserve our planets’ natural resources has become a huge part of our lives especially when it comes to facility management. There is an influx of buildings that are striving for or have accomplished green building status via certifications like LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). With increasing incentives to go green, the number of LEED certified green building projects have experienced an upsurge from 296 certifications in 2006 to over 67,200 in 2018

In this blog we will be recapping the greatest tips from our 8 part blog series that covers the adoption of green cleaning procedures and techniques to higher level strategies and stewardship. Whether you are on the journey to a green building certification or looking to integrate more sustainable building maintenance practices into your routine this guide is here to help you foster a cleaner, healthier, greener, and safer building for re-entry and beyond.

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Topics: green cleaning, sustainability, facility maintenance