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11/08/2012

Is Your Facility Ready for Flu Season?

 
Prepare your facility or building for the flu season with these five essential tips.

Is your facility ready to handle flu season?  Think again - The U.S. Department of Health estimates that five to 20% of Americans will contract the flu each year, with more than 200,000 hospitalized for flu-related complications.

To help combat flu-causing organisms, Cintas Corporation has announced five disinfection strategies for targeting germ hotspots. By identifying the main areas where viruses and bacteria thrive, the tips can assist facility managers with disinfection efforts, keeping building occupants safe and healthy throughout the flu season.

Cintas offers the following germ hotspot disinfection tips:

1)      Disinfect high-touch surfaces

The Journal of Medical Virology estimates that viruses and bacteria can remain on hard surfaces for up to 18 hours. To reduce illness, ensure that high-touch surfaces such as door handles, desks, keyboards and phones are disinfected regularly. Use a combination of anti-microbial cleaners and disinfectants to remove and kill pathogenic micro-organisms that thrive in these areas. Increase cleaning frequencies of high-touch surfaces during the flu season to protect guests and staff against infection.

2)      Deep clean restrooms

The buildup of harmful germs in restrooms can easily transfer to guest hands and cause illness. To thoroughly sanitize restroom surfaces, implement a deep cleaning system that reaches all corners and sanitizes grout lines, walls, sinks, faucets and commodes. Combining high-pressure equipment and industry-grade chemicals will thoroughly remove harmful bacteria from restroom surfaces. 

3)      Be mindful of matting

While matting can be an effective method to trap and contain germs, soiled floor mats can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and microbes. In fact, research has shown that about 96 percent of footwear contains traces of fecal matter and dangerous bacteria. To ensure that illness-causing bacterium doesn’t transfer back onto shoes or into air, keep matting in top condition. Partner with a matting service provider and develop a weekly laundering schedule to ensure that matting stays clean and effective in removing bacteria from footwear.

4)      Don’t forget flooring

Flooring can contain more than 2 million bacteria per square inch, making it one of the top germ hotspots. To reduce overall bacteria levels throughout the facility, use clean mops and tools specifically designed to prevent cross contamination by separating dirty water from clean water. A mop service will replace soiled mops with clean mops on a weekly basis to ensure that tools are always in top condition.

5)      Promote hand washing

With more than 50,000 bacteria per square inch, hands are an area where germs commonly thrive. Encouraging frequent hand washing is the single most effective method for reducing the spread of illness among guests and employees. Provide anti-microbial hand soap at employee and guest sinks throughout the facility. Center-pull paper towel dispensers reduce contact between hands and dispensing units to provide an added level of protection against bacteria. In areas without sinks, consider installing hand- sanitizer dispensers or disinfecting wipe stations. Remind employees and guests about the importance of hand washing and how they contribute to infection-prevention programs.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

08/19/2014

A new battery has been developed that is free of toxic materials and longer lasting than its more expensive competitors.

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