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Infection Control

Tough Questions About Disinfectants Answered

Allen Rathey
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In an era of H1N1 (swine flu), MRSA and other contagious illnesses that can be transmitted environmentally, and directly or indirectly by surfaces, disinfectants clearly have a place in our
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Outbreak Control Case Studies

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Concerns About Hitchhikers

Robert Kravitz
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Normally, when we discuss cross contamination issues in the professional cleaning industry, the concern is that building occupants will touch potentially contaminated surfaces, such as countertops, doorknobs, ledges, railings and
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Seeing Is Not Believing

John Richter
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In December 1999, a four-part study was conducted assessing the cleanliness of 113 surfaces in various hospitals over a 14-day period. The surfaces were cleaned using conventional cleaning methods —
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Science-based Steps Of The Cleaning Process: Part Three

Michael Berry, Ph.D.
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Published with permission by the Cleaning Industry Research Institute© 2008 Examining Particles, Pollutants And Pesticides How is our health affected by these particles? Our respiratory system consists of the nose,
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Removing Blood Spots

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Editor''s note: When cleaning in sensitive environments such as hospitals or other medical facilities, it is important to perform thorough detail cleaning. Failing to clean bodily fluids, for example, could
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Steam Vapor: A Green Disinfectant

Benjamin D. Tanner, Ph.D.
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CM/Spotlight: Sustainability
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State Of The Science: Do Disinfectants Cause Antibiotic Resistance?

Benjamin D. Tanner, Ph.D.
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Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is a terrible problem. Scientists have historically attributed the rise in antibiotic resistance among bacteria to two main causes: Low-level use of antibiotics in animal feed
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No-touch Devices Have A Hand In Hygiene

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Often credited as being at the forefront of the green movement by driving sustainable initiatives, the commercial cleaning and maintenance industry is also a testing ground and launching point for
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Mis-LEEDing Info Made Clear

Armand Coppotelli
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Recently, a sales representative was informed by a distributor that a manufacturer promised the distributor''s customer they could gain 10 points toward their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Buildings
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