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Posted by Briana Smith on Mar 7, 2017 2:30:00 PM

The Most Cost-Effective Use of Cleaning Chemicals

By: Briana Smith

I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret tip for keeping your cleaning chemical purchasing costs down – Dilution Control.

There are three ways of buying cleaning chemicals: ready-to-use products, bulk chemicals, and dilution control.

While each type has its benefits and areas of use, you’re going to get more bang for your buck by utilizing a dilution control system. Why? Just check out some of the reasons below.

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Topics: dilution control, workplace safety, cleaning tips

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 24, 2017 2:25:00 PM

Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents with a Three-Part Entrance Matting System

By: Briana Smith  |  January 24, 2017

Building entryways are major thoroughfares for people as well as all of the dirt, sand, dust and debris that gets tracked into buildings on the soles of shoes, especially when the weather gets nasty. As these particles begin to accumulate on a floor, there is an increased chance that someone may slip and fall.

Unfortunately, injuries incurred from slip and fall accidents can cost a company huge sums of money. The average cost per claim is $20,228 for a slip & fall workers’ compensation claim and $100,000 median per premises liability suit.

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Topics: workplace wellness, workplace safety, floor matting

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 Jul 10, 2014 2:30:00 PM

GHS Hazard Classifications in Relation to HMIS® III & NFPA 704 Rating Systems

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

As of December 1st, 2013 all employees exposed to chemicals had to be trained on the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) format to be in compliance with OSHA’s new Hazard Communication Standards. Now manufactures & distributors are moving into phase two: reclassifying and updating both labels and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS) into the new GHS format by June 1, 2015.

Over the course of the next year, chemical labels & current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will begin to look a little different. One of the reasons that GHS was adopted was to improve the understanding of hazards associated with chemicals in a workplace environment and to provide a more uniform & consistent way of communicating these potential hazards.

WAXIE is committed to keeping our customers informed & educated on all of the continuing changes in relation to the transition to GHS. Part of this will be an ongoing series of blog articles in which we’ll break down some of the major changes between the current versions and the new GHS formatted versions into “bite-size” pieces.

To view a timeline of GHS Compliance: http://info.waxie.com/events/events/ghs

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Topics: workplace safety, GHS

Posted by Briana Smith on Jun 20, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Ask Sadie: The Importance of Workplace Safety

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Topics: Ask Sadie, workplace safety, personal protective equipment, training process

Posted by Trent Fitzgerald on Aug 3, 2011 2:46:00 PM

When Is Floor Matting Essential?

Every facility, no matter the weather, should have a matting program. When planning a mat program, high-traffic areas should be pinpointed and consideration should be given to environmental exposure. Strategic placement of mats is essential for maximum effectiveness.
 
Entrance matting can improve air quality, protect floors and carpets, prevent slips and falls, and save you money and time. Each mat is designed to stop dirt and moisture by performing a specific job to keep your facility clean. A scraper mat that has aggressive scraping action should be placed outside the entrance to remove heavy soil. A wiper/scraper mat combining scraper bristles with softer, more absorbent wiping fibers should be placed inside the entrance to begin to dry the shoe. Lastly, a wiper mat to absorb moisture from shoes and reduce slips and falls should be placed further into the entrance. These three different mats should total 30 linear feet of matting in order to remove nearly 100% of incoming dirt and moisture.
 
Nearly 70-80% of the dirt, grime and dust in your facility comes in through entrance doors damaging your floors and carpets. One square yard of carpet can accumulate one pound of dirt in a week, and twice that in inclement weather. It is estimated that the cost to remove a single pound of dirt from a facility is in excess of $750. Approximately 42% of a floor’s finish can be removed within the first six feet of an entrance after only 1,500 people have entered.

You can capture, hold and hide incoming dirt with an effective entrance matting program. Your floors and carpets will look better and be protected from damage due to tracked-in soil and other debris. Maintenance time, labor costs, and slips and falls can be reduced and your facility will be cleaner with an enhanced appearance.

It is reported that 83% of industrial workers suffer from foot, leg and back pain at one time or another. Anti-fatigue matting has been proven to actually change the chemistry of the lower body, reducing lactic acid buildup by keeping muscles active. This translates into less strain and pain, better employee morale and attendance, and lower workers’ compensation claims.
 
Slips and falls are the #1 cause of injury in almost every setting. Slip-resistant surfaces, bright colors, beveled edges and static dissipation improve safety, saving you money and trouble.


Mat Placement Guide


WAXIE stocks a large variety of different styles and colors of mats including WAXIE-Green Eco-Mats. A WAXIE Sanitary Maintenance Consultant can help you put together a matting system. Contact us today (800) 995-4466.

 
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Topics: carpet, indoor air quality, workplace safety, floor matting