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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

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on May 31, 2022 11:45:00 AM

Pandemic Aid Funds Brings High Tech Cleaning into Schools

By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  May 31, 2022 

Almost 100% of students in the U.S. have returned to schools across the nation for in-person learning. There are upwards of 50,000,000 students enrolled in pre-K-12 in our public school systems. When schools first re-opened for the 2020-2021 school year, it was estimated to cost approximately $2,000,000 per school district to safely reopen, taking into account the need for increased facility maintenance and transportation costs. 

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Topics: indoor air quality, healthy schools, facility maintenance

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on May 3, 2022 11:15:00 AM

Promoting Quality & Safety in the Workplace with Healthy Hand Hygiene

By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  May 3, 2022 

The past few years have presented the world with harrowing opportunities for improvement. One of the main areas we have collectively strived to get better at deals with hand hygiene. Thursday May 5th, 2022 is recognized as World Hand Hygiene Day. This year’s theme, “Unite for safety: clean your hands” is a short and sweet reminder to work together to create a safer and healthier environment for our community with good hand hygiene.

While typically this day focuses on those in the healthcare industry, the value of practicing good hand hygiene applies to all of us.

Facility managers continue to play an integral role that directly affects the well-being of their building occupants and ultimately the general public. The combination of the appropriate tools, proper training and processes contribute to healthy hand hygiene. 

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Topics: hand hygiene, Restroom Care, infection prevention

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Apr 21, 2022 11:15:00 AM

How Facility Management & Environmental Stewardship are Closely Connected

By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  April 21, 2022 

The 8th and final part of our series guiding you on the path to creating a cleaner, healthier, greener, and safer building for re-entry and beyond.

Throughout this series, we've explored the various components that make up a sustainable building program. For our concluding section, we will discuss how you can continue to achieve your green goals with ongoing environmental stewardship

Be sure to check out the other parts of this blog series to learn more about what it takes to foster a healthy building environment: 

Part 1: How to Develop a Sustainable Building Program 

Part 2: Green Cleaning Tools, Equipment & Technology for Healthier Indoor Environments 

Part 3: Planning an Efficient Waste Diversion & Recycling Program 

Part 4: Put a Greener & Cleaner Foot Forward: Entryway Matting 

Part 5: Reducing Consumption with Smart Purchasing Decisions 

Part 6: Cutting Down Facility Maintenance Costs with Energy Efficiency 

Part 7: The Role of Facility Management in Building Occupant Wellness

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Topics: green, LEED, environment, facility maintenance