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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

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Apr 7, 2022 9:15:00 AM

Healthy Buildings Start with Healthy People

Image courtesy of the World Health Organization

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta  |  April 7, 2022 

As the last couple of years have demonstrated, the importance of healthy buildings is essential to the health of the people who occupy them. Today is World Health Day, a day celebrated around the globe to promote the development of well-being societies that strive to prioritize health for all. This year's theme is “Our Planet, Our Health" which focuses on the steps we can take to protect the planet, and the well-being of all who inhabit it.  

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Topics: green cleaning, workplace wellness, sustainability

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Mar 22, 2022 11:15:00 AM

World Water Day 2022: Breaking Ground with Groundwater


By: Caitlin Dimalanta  |  March 22, 2022 

Today is International World Water Day. A day dedicated to raising awareness of preserving one of life’s most critical resources and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about how universally connected we all are through water. 

Water conservation plays a major role in developing a holistic sustainable building plan. There are a multitude of ways you can save water to achieve your green building goals—from easy proactive tasks like monitoring your water bill to detect leaks to implementing products that reduce water usage.

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Topics: water conservation, Sustainable Solutions, green cleaning, facility maintenance

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Mar 8, 2022 11:16:08 AM

Changing Perspectives: Representation at Every Level

March 8, 2022  |  By: WAXIE Editorial Staff

You cannot change what you cannot see. At WAXIE, we are challenging the status quo and we aspire to lead the industry by recognizing and supporting women across our organization through more representation and visibility.

Everyone has the opportunity to help others build their careers regardless of their job description or gender, and we encourage others in our organization and in the industry to actively mentor and assist women at all levels to grow and thrive.

There are many ways that someone can make a difference ranging from teaching women additional skills and knowledge, advocating on their behalf, and actively participating in mentorship programs such as ISSA’s Hygieia Network to guide them through obstacles they encounter in their careers.

We’d like to thank our remarkable female employees for their hard work, dedication, and tenacity in breaking the bias towards increasing diversity, inclusion, and equitability within our company and in the broader Jan/San, packaging, foodservice, and specialty product industries.

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Topics: company news

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Feb 15, 2022 9:30:00 AM

2022 Trends for the Cleaning Industry: Moving Forward

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta  |  February 15, 2022 

To wrap up our 2022 Trends for the Cleaning Industry blog series, we will be exploring how building occupant wellness, the supply chain, training knowledge and expertise will continue to shape facility maintenance this year.

Before diving into our concluding third part, be sure to check out the previous two blogs for more cleaning trends in store for 2022:

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Topics: training, indoor air quality, workplace wellness, supply chain

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Feb 1, 2022 10:55:00 AM

2022 Trends for the Cleaning Industry: Green, Lean & Clean

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta  |  February 1, 2022 

As we discussed in our previous article, 2022 Trends for the Cleaning Industry: Help Wanted, the labor shortage is having a big impact on facility and operations team’s ability to maintain clean, safe and healthy spaces for students to learn, staff to work and customers to shop in. 

So how else can teams be more efficient and productive? 

In this blog we will explore the continuing trends here to stay for 2022. These trends include smart waste and recycling strategies and with new chemistry and equipment you can reduce your cleaning time in half!

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Topics: cleaning chemicals, Sustainable Solutions, disinfectant, machines & equipment

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jan 21, 2022 10:47:00 AM

2022 Trends for the Cleaning Industry: Help Wanted

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta | January 21, 2022

The last couple years have been a roller coaster ride for everyone, complete with steep inclines, unexpected dips, sharp curves, and upside-down loop de loops, but the cleaning industry, in particular, has felt the impact on the pandemic keenly.

Janitors, custodial crews, housekeeping and environmental services staff have been on the frontline the entire time, keeping everyone as healthy as possible through cleaning.

And like many industries, we’re being affected by all sorts of shortages—from labor to supplies—that affect day-to-day capabilities and operations.

These issues have accelerated many of the trends that we’ve been seeing the last few years to maximize a facility maintenance program’s productivity through more effective and efficient processes and innovations.

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Topics: hand hygiene, machines & equipment, IoT, industry news

Posted by Caitlin Dimalanta on Dec 9, 2021 1:00:00 PM

The Role of Facility Management in Building Occupant Wellness

By: Caitlin Dimalanta | December 9, 2021

Part seven of an ongoing series guiding you on the path to creating a cleaner, healthier, greener and safer building for re-entry and beyond.

While working towards your sustainability goals, you are bound to encounter the topic of wellness. The challenges we faced these past couple of years have shaped us to prioritize our physical health wellbeing more than ever. The return on investment on facility wellness programs have the potential of increasing employee productivity & retention, decreasing healthcare & disability costs for your business along with reducing student absenteeism. 

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Topics: workplace wellness, sustainability, education, facility maintenance