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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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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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