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CMM Weekly Review—July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

You may not realize it, but many of the tops news stories have a direct connection to the cleaning and maintenance industry. For instance, news that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids were scheduled to begin this week caused many workers to stay home to avoid deportation. As one of the businesses that could be impacted by absent workers, the cleaning industry is highly affected by the lack of immigration reform as its entire supply chain, from manufacturers down to cleaning service providers, are all struggling to find qualified workers.

Weather news about the large amount of rain caused by Tropical Storm Barry is also of concern for the cleaning, maintenance, and restoration industry, as tropical storms lead to flooding, a health hazard. CMM passed along floodwater safety tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help professional cleaners and restorers working in flood water avoid hazards such as tetanus, gastrointestinal illness, and exposure to downed power lines.

News of a respiratory illness outbreak in a Virginia retirement community has a direct correlation to the professional cleaning industry due to the link between cleaning and health. Busy cleaners faced with a large facility to maintain can be tempted to cut corners to save time. But those shortcuts come with a cost to human health, such as the 60 hospitalized and two dead at the Virginia facility. The retirement community has been working on reducing the risk of additional infections by closing the facility to new admissions, canceling group activities, keeping ill residents in their rooms, and increasing cleaning.

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