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CMM Weekly Recap—August 2, 2019

August 2, 2019

With the advent of August, many children will be returning to school soon. Custodians performing cleaning and maintenance tasks before the school bells ring will be interested to learn that proper building design in schools and other facilities that house children can help prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A study published this week in the journal Brain Injury found that floors, stairs, ceilings, and walls are among the top 10 products contributing to these injuries in youth. The researchers recommend several strategies to prevent TBI hazards in facilities including removing tripping hazards, such as area rugs, improving lighting, avoiding hard-surface playgrounds, and using stairway handrails without sharp edges.

Speaking of making facilities safe, a new study has found that educated cleaners play a large role in keeping buildings free from harmful pathogens, such as C. difficile. After completing training on hand hygiene, isolation precautions, personal protective equipment (PPE), and cleaning protocols 91% of hospital environmental services staff reported they were more comfortable wearing PPE, 96% were more confident in their ability to perform correct hand hygiene, and 96% better understood the importance of disinfecting high-touch surfaces. In addition, the frequency that high-touch surfaces were cleaned in the six surveyed hospitals increased from 26% to 62%.

A facility’s water supply also plays an important role in occupant safety. Set up precautions so your facility is not forced to evacuate and loose business like an Atlanta hotel that was linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease. Legionella bacteria grow best in warm water and can be found in shower heads and faucets, hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, decorative fountains, or plumbing systems in large buildings. Facilities are installing smart software systems that provide continuous monitoring of water pressure, flow, and other indicators to help prevent the growth of the bacteria.

Enjoy your weekend. CMM will be back with more news on Monday.

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