Scientists Invent Germ-Repellent Toilet Coating

December 3, 2019

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, have invented a new spray-on coating that could reduce bacterial growth on toilets, reports.

When sprayed on a toilet, the bacteria-repellent coating makes the surface too slippery for any pathogens to remain attached to it for long. Developers tested the coating by applying it to a toilet in a lab, then dumping synthetic fecal matter on the toilet. All the matter slid down the toilet surface without adhering.

Applying the coating is a two-step process. First researchers sprayed polydimethysiloxane silicone, a substance made of molecularly grafted polymers, on the toilet, which makes the surface very smooth once it dries. Next, the scientists applied a second spray of silicone lubricant. This process takes under five minutes and lasts for about 500 flushes before it needs to be reapplied.

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Protect Your Temporary Workers This Holiday Season

OSHA sets guidelines for temporary employee safety

December 3, 2019

The holidays are often a busy time for companies, requiring extra workers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds companies they have the same responsibilities in protecting temporary holiday employees as they do in protecting their full-time workers.

OSHA recommends that companies providing temporary staff, such as building services contractors (BSCs), along with the host employer both include their specific responsibilities in the work contract. Temporary workers must undergo the same safety training as regular employees, especially since they may not be as familiar with hazards of the jobs.

Follow these guidelines from OSHA to ensure your holiday help avoids injuries:

  • Stress communication between the staffing agency or BSC and the host to ensure that the necessary worker protections are provided.

  • Staffing agencies have a duty to inquire into the conditions of their workers' assigned workplaces. Ignorance of hazards is not an excuse.

  • The staffing agency also has a duty to inquire and verify that the host has fulfilled its responsibilities for a safe workplace.

  • Host employers must treat temporary workers like any other workers in terms of training and safety and health protections.

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Ecolab CEO Receives Award for Corporate Responsibility

December 3, 2019

Douglas Baker Jr., CEO and chairman of Ecolab Inc., has been named the inaugural recipient of the Dayton Award for Distinction in Moral Capitalism.

The award, presented by the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism, recognizes business leaders for their corporate responsibility efforts and their initiatives to improve society.

“We chose Doug as the first recipient of the Dayton Award because of his leadership around water and his dedication to improving lives through the products and services of his company,” said Stephen B. Young, global executive director of the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism.

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