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Posted by Briana Smith on Feb 21, 2017 2:05:00 PM

Sharing Knowledge & Expertise Can Make a Big Impact

By Marklin Alford

Providing people with the tools and education they need to do a job successfully can be a challenge, but when it happens the rewards are immeasurable.

In 2013, with the encouragement of Charles Wax, I was recruited to be one of the instructors for the City College of San Francisco’s Custodial & Porter Training Course program, which trains and educates students for entry level employment as a custodian. Over 200 students take this course every semester.

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Topics: community involvement, education

Posted by Briana Smith on Feb 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Emergency Preparation for the Unthinkable – School Lockdowns

By: Briana Smith, Social Media & Product Branding Specialist, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

Unfortunately in this day and age, school lockdowns are becoming increasingly frequent with students and educators being stuck in classrooms for unknown quantities of time.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace safety, education

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 26, 2016 12:30:00 PM

What Facility Managers Should Review Yearly

By: Briana Smith, Social Media and Product Branding Specialist, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

It’s always good to have a game plan. Game plans make it easier for both you and your staff to be on the same cleaning & maintenance page.

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Topics: cleaning procedures, education, preventative maintenance, facility maintenance

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 27, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Flu Vaccine Warning by CDC is Reminder of Prevention & Important Role of Hand Hygiene

Guest Post By: James Arbogast, Vice President of Hygiene Science and Public Health Advancements, GOJO

As we enter into what is typically the height of flu season, health officials are warning of the potential for the season to be particularly severe. In fact, states across the nation are already affected, with widespread flu already hitting several regions. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s vaccine may have a diminished impact because the strain of the H3N2 flu virus has significantly mutated. Vaccines are developed based on predictive information, almost a year in advance of the season in which they are used. The path of mutation and most common flu strains can be unpredictable. The flu vaccine still provides great value in that vaccinated people are less likely to get infected and may have a milder illness if they do become infected.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, education

Posted by Briana Smith on Dec 12, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Taking a Closer Look at Hand Hygiene this Handwashing Awareness Week

Guest Post By: James Arbogast, Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancement, GOJO

Handwashing Awareness Week is a week-long campaign to educate people on the importance of handwashing as a preventive measure to take to reduce the risk of getting ill.

The Importance of Good Hand Hygiene

It has been reported that more than 80% of illnesses can be transmitted by the hands. This means that no matter what you touch, microorganisms often stick to your hands. Then, you might touch your face, mouth, nose and eyes and are basically ingesting those germs and putting yourself at risk for illness or infection. This is why good hand hygiene is so important. In fact, hand hygiene is one of the most important preventive measures we can take to reduce the spread of illness-causing germs.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, education

Posted by Briana Smith on Nov 20, 2014 12:30:00 PM

You Only Have One Chance to Make a First Impression

By: Briana Smith, Social Media & Product Branding Specialist and Fred Capriotti, Ontario/Palm Springs Sales Manager, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

Here’s What You Can Do to Make the Right One

With the advent of social media and the evolution of online review forums & platforms like TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google+, etc. first impressions of hotel rooms are vital. Guests are often quick & very vocal about any problems that they experience during their stay.

Oftentimes staff in housekeeping, at the front desk or a manager isn’t even aware that there was an issue until after the fact when negative reviews are posted. Managers are often willing to address any guest concerns that may arise, but it’s difficult to do if they are not made aware of the problem in the first place.

So what can you do?

Always put your best foot forward.

You can do this by:

• Having a cleaning program specific for your needs
• Training & educating your staff
• Finding out what your guests value
• Continuous learning
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Topics: green cleaning, education, hospitality

Posted by Briana Smith on Oct 30, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Hand Washing Helps Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases

So Why Aren't People Doing It?

By: Briana Smith, Social Media & Product Branding Specialist, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

Infection prevention is of great importance right now, especially with Ebola and Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) featuring prominently in the news headlines. It’s even more important than ever to educate and promote proper hand hygiene not only at hospitals and healthcare facilities, but for everyone in the community, including children. Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection transmission from one person to another, and it the easiest to do.

Bacteria & viruses can spread easily from one person to another whether through direct contact or when someone touches a surface contaminated by someone else who is infectious. Hand washing is considered ubiquitous when discussing infection prevention, but the problem is not everyone is actually doing it.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, education

Posted by Briana Smith on May 1, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Keeping Up with the Year-Around Cold & Flu Season

By: Briana Smith, Social Media & Product Branding Specialist, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, healthcare, education

Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 3, 2014 12:30:00 PM

12th Annual National Healthy Schools Day: April 8th

Compiled by: Keith Schneringer, LEED® AP O+M, Marketing Manager, WAXIE Sanitary Supply
Posted with permission from Healthy Schools Network, Inc.

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Topics: indoor air quality, education, healthy schools