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February 2013

CM/Spotlight: Infection Control
Volume: 50
Edition: 2

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February 2013 Cover Story

Combating A Norovirus Outbreak

More advantageous than just helping control an epidemic, regimented hygiene can help in keeping norovirus out of your facilities and away from your staffs and building occupants.

Although the symptoms of norovirus often mimic those of a cold or the flu, the potential hazards of the bug should not be taken lightly.


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February 2013 Feature 3

Tips To Fight HAIs In Any Facility

While traditionally found in healthcare settings, superbugs aren't a problem exclusive to medical facilities, nor should they be treated that way.

Traditionally healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are becoming community-acquired and have found their way into other public spaces, presenting challenges to cleaning professionals regardless of where they work.


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February 2013 Feature 5

Encouraging Hand Hygiene To Discourage Germs

When promoting handwashing and hand hygiene, product choices can be the deciding factor in the battle against workplace illness.

Handwashing is the single most effective means of preventing the spread of infection, and more than 20 studies show that, on average, good hand hygiene practices can reduce illness and absence rates and the associated costs by around 40 percent.


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February 2013 Feature 4

Cleaning Up Some Disinfection Myths

Highlighting the truth about multipurpose products for simultaneous soil removal and germ deactivation.

Recent studies have shown that there continues to be significant confusion about whether you can both clean and disinfect at the same time and the correct processes and procedures for doing so.


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February 2013 Feature 2

Becoming A Certified Germ Killer

Having the right tools, the proper equipment and ample desire is not enough when lives are on the line; thorough training and continued education are major factors in the infection control equation.

While some companies and facilities have taken active steps to develop internal training and certification programs, there are several organizations that can provide effective curriculum resources and help educate workers.


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February 2013 Cleanthoughts

Resisting The Omnipresent Onslaught

Visual reminders that reinforce the significance of hygienically clean hands can help us all maintain good health and avoid the consequences.

We are taught from a very young age that clean hands are important; as children, we are instructed to wash them before eating, after visiting the restroom, following contact with sick individuals and any time they appear dirty.


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Insight from the JanSan industry.

Each month, we welcome readers to opine on the noteworthy — or even the trivial — aspects of their lives as JanSan professionals. The following is some of the correspondence we have received in recent weeks from letters to the editor, views expressed on our Forum and other industry-related correspondence around the CMM Community.

February 2013 Letters And Views

Letters To The Editor

Insights from the JanSan industry.

Each month, we welcome readers to opine on the noteworthy — or even the trivial — aspects of their lives as JanSan professionals.


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February 2013 Raising Standards

The Facilities Management Connection

Instead of being autonomous, facilities management departments have huge influences on entire organizations and companies.

Not only is cleaning the largest component of the facilities budget, but it is also the most visible piece of the management function — and, it has an impact on occupant health and hygiene.


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February 2013 Bidding And Estimating

Bidding In Healthcare Environments

If you are unfamiliar with the healthcare market, do adequate research before bidding on any account.

There is opportunity and potential profit in the cleaning of hospitals, healthcare facilities and medical-related offices.


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New offerings from equipment manufacturers, chemical formulators and those offerings services to the JanSan industry.

We invite companies and organizations to submit information on new products and services currently on the market or those soon to be available for purchase. We also encourage readers to communicate to us the unique types of cleaning and maintenance challenges they face so we can provide solutions by featuring offerings catered to their needs.

February 2013 Products And Services

Autoscrubber

Betco Corporation
Betco Corporation's new Stealth MicroRider delivers maximum productivity and innovative conservation technology to reduce cleaning costs by up to 36 percent.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Floor Finish

Buckeye International
Buckeye International's Proclaim concrete, terrazzo and hard floor coating provides a high gloss and exceptional durability.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Hand Soap

Deb Group
The Deb Group recently launched GrittyFOAM, the world's first and only heavy-duty industrial hand cleansing foam with suspended bio-scrubbers.
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February 2013 Products And Services

CMMS Programs

eMaint Enterprises LLC
eMaint Enterprises has been providing computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) solutions since 1986 that helps service providers improve work scheduling and response times, control costs, receive payment faster and improve billing accuracy — all while ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction.
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February 2013 Products And Services

General Purpose Cleaner

Enviro-Solutions Ltd.
ES74 from Enviro-Solutions is an excellent general purpose spray-and-wipe cleaner for use on almost any type of surface.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Cleaning Caddy

ITW Dymon
ITW Dymon has introduced the SCRUBS Breakroom 6-Pack Caddy, which features six of ITW Dymon’s SCRUBS pre-moistened wipes in a convenient caddy designed to make breakroom cleaning tasks easier and more efficient.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Touchless Cleaning

Kaivac Inc.
Kaivac's popular 1750 No-Touch Cleaning system combines capacity, power and compact size with an attractive price in order to deliver exceptional value.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Door Handle Disinfector

Kimberly-Clark Professional
A new Kimberly-Clark Professional product takes aim at germs left behind in restrooms by automatically disinfecting restroom door handles — offering consistent protection for people at a critical point of cross-contamination.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Electrolyzed Water

Lynnfield Green Technologies LLC
Lynnfield Green Technologies and its West Coast affiliate, Pure Planet Water, proudly announce a greener approach to cleaning and sanitizing: Electrolyzed water.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Floor Stripper

National Chemical Laboratories Inc.
National Chemical Laboratories (NCL) is pleased to announce the introduction of Bolt ultra-concentrated no‐rinse speed stripper.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Autoscrubber

Pacific Floorcare
Pacific Floorcare proudly introduces its new S-20 autoscrubber.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Stainless Steel Coatings

Rust-Oleum Corporation
Rust-Oleum has launched the Steel-Tech family of stainless steel coatings that are significantly more cost effective than similar coatings on the market.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Hand Towels

SCA Tissue
SCA Tissue's Tork brand recently announced the launch of its new finest collection of hand towels, which includes Premium Extra Soft, Premium and Advanced Soft.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Air Freshener

Spartan Chemical Company Inc.
Spartan Chemical Company recently announced the addtion of Clothesline Fresh fragrances to the popular, ready-to-use (RTU) Airlift Handi Spray line.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Hand Cleaner

STOKO Skin Care
STOKO Skin Care by Evonik Industries now offers KRESTO, its flagship heavy-duty hand cleaner, in a cherry-fragranced formula.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Wet/Dry Vacuum

Tornado Industries Inc.
Tornado Industries introduces the perfect 10 when it comes to commercial wet/dry vacuums.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Grout Cleaner

Ultra Chem Labs
Ultra Chem Labs' Bathroom and Grout Cleaner has been designed to produce a longer consistency when applied that allows the product to have an extended retention time on vertical surfaces.
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February 2013 Products And Services

Autoscrubber

Windsor
The Windsor Chariot 3 iScrub 26 is the next generation of highly productive stand-on cleaning equipment.
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February 2013 Spotlight: Infection Control

Dry Steam Vapor

Advanced Vapor Technologies LLC
Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation (TANCS®), a proprietary technology from Advanced Vapor, is a chemical-free, dry steam vapor disinfection system shown to destroy a vast assortment of pathogenic organisms within five seconds.
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February 2013 Spotlight: Infection Control

Touch-free Cleaning

Kaivac Inc.
Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning® systems thoroughly remove potentially harmful soils and other indoor pollutants, including chemical residue, to achieve a truly healthy facility.
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February 2013 Spotlight: Infection Control

Hand Hygiene Program

Symmetry
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) consider washing your hands with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer when water is unavailable the best defense against the spread of germs.
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February 2013 Spotlight: Infection Control

Alcohol-free Hand Sanitizer

WillSpeed Technology LLC
The world is a dirty place, and many people fail to practice proper hand hygiene, let alone wash their hands on a regular basis.
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February 2013 Contractor Success

Tips For Going Mobile With CMMS

Smoothly and painlessly transitioning into the new age of tracking with computerized maintenance management software.

CMMS applications for netbooks, tablets and smartphones are increasingly essential for maintenance management professionals, allowing users to monitor equipment status, as well as file and update work orders, wherever and whenever.


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February 2013 Contractor Success

Eliminating Bedbugs The Right Way

Heading advisories against using pesticides to treat bedbug problems.

In November 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) issued a health advisory about the dangers of misusing pesticides to treat bedbug infestations.


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February 2013 Tackling Trouble Areas

Tablet Technology In The Sales Arena

While distributor sales representatives are well positioned to take advantage of portable computing devices, tablets will not compensate for personal deficiencies.

Even in the JanSan industry — a realm that is notoriously slow to adopt new technologies — we’re seeing more and more distributors invest in tablets for their sales representatives.


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February 2013 Facility Focus

Cleanliness Equates To Fewer Sick Days

There is an undoubted connection between the cleanliness of an indoor environment, the health of occupants inhabiting the space and the productivity of the workforce therein.

Besides a person’s health, the cleanliness of a work environment has a direct effect on employee morale, productivity and attendance.


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February 2013 A Clean Sweep

The Positives Of Electrolyzed Water

An alternative to chemical cleaners and sanitizers, hypochlorous acid and sodium hydroxide help you be greener by saving money and increasing sustainability.

Since 1847, when chlorine was first used as a sanitizer, there have been few, if any, alternatives to the useful, moderately effective but often dangerous substances known as chemical cleaners and sanitizers.


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February 2013 Fact-based Management

A Synergistic Strategy For Success

Cleaning for health while simultaneously enhancing appearances is possible with a performance-based strategy that minimizes harm.

We must recognize the balance of risks and rewards from the chemical mixtures we adopt and form a hierarchy of toxicity to weigh the pros and cons.


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Stories surrounding success with sanitization, sterilization disinfection and other measures to remove unwanted soils and bacteria from surfaces and the air in the built environment.
February 2013 Infection Control Case Study: Advanced Vapor Technologies LLC

High-performance Cleaning And Disinfecting Without Chemicals

Following an evaluation of their proprietary dry steam vapor system, IEHA gives Advanced Vapor Technologies a thumbs-up.
February 2013 Infection Control Case Study: WillSpeed Technology LLC

The Next Generation In Infection Control Technology

In the relentless fight against pathogens, GermBloc antimicrobial products can provide a protective barrier and promote safe, hygienic cleaning and disinfecting.

This content was provided by WillSpeed Technology LLC as part of a paid advertisement. For more information, please contact WillSpeed Technology directly at (208) 608-8658 or www.WillSpeedTech.com/GermBloc.


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February 2013 Infection Control Case Study: Kaivac Inc.

Find Health In The Facts About The Flu

Myths and facts about the virility of the influenza virus, the impact of a flu shot and the importance of cleaning.

This content was provided by Kaivac Inc. as part of a apid advertisement. For more information, please contact Kaivac directly at (800) 287-1136 or www.Kaivac.com.


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