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Do you know where your house is wasting water?
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As part of its sustainability effort, the IEHA brings you the following water-saving info from the EPA's Watersense Program: Did you know that, across the country, leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year? That's enough water annually to supply Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado combined. Each year, the average American home wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water on easy-to-fix household leaks. That's how much water a family uses to wash 10 months' worth of laundry, and it could be adding 10 percent to your water bill. More


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Combatting floor drain and restroom odors
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Anytime using a germicidal detergent in general floor cleaning, always poor excess solution down odor-causing drains. This can be done on a daily basis when cleaning. There are foaming drain maintainers that can be used nightly as well. These foaming enzymes and/or live bacteria products can be used daily. The foam allows for a longer dwell time around the drain and then assists in moving the enzymes and live bacteria through drain itself. As the foam turns into liquid, the foam has set-up the path for the enzymes around the entire circumference of the drain line. This will eat at odor-causing bacteria. More

Survey: 1 in 6 Americans frequently washes grocery totes, increasing risk for food poisoning
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Reusable grocery totes are a popular, eco-friendly choice to transport groceries, but only 15 percent of Americans regularly wash their bags, creating a breeding zone for harmful bacteria, according to a survey by the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and ConAgra Foods. "Cross-contamination occurs when juices from raw meats or germs from unclean objects come in contact with cooked or ready-to-eat foods like breads or produce," says registered dietitian and academy spokesperson Ruth Frechman. More

Thoughts on Mopping survey finds nearly 100 percent of cleaning professionals are aware that mopping spreads soils
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A new study conducted by Kaivac, Inc. — makers of the No-Touch Cleaning® System and the new OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning System — found that 97 percent of building service contractors and others involved in the professional cleaning industry are aware that "using mops and buckets can spread soils." The survey was conducted in March 2012. Nearly 200 respondents started the survey, while 99 answered all of the questions completely. More

Privacy curtains may be quickly contaminated
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Recent research published in the American Journal of Infection Control shows privacy curtains may be quickly contaminated with pathogens. For three weeks, the study authors obtained swab cultures from 43 curtains in 30 rooms twice a week. An analysis of the swab cultures showed 12 of 13 curtains were contamination with pathogens within one week. More

Hawaii's Team Clean Inc. stays true to island values
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Aloha, 'Ohana, ka­–kou, Kuleana and Mahalo: These are five values the Hawaiian culture holds dear but they also form the foundation of Honolulu-based building service contractor Team Clean Inc. Aloha is more than a greeting. It also epitomizes providing the highest level of caring and service possible in the projects the firm maintains and with the customers its 400 employees come in contact with each day. More

US Department of Labor's OSHA revises Hazard Communication Standard
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To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised its Hazard Communication Standard, aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. The new standard, once implemented, will prevent an estimated 43 deaths and result in an estimated $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for U.S. businesses each year. More

Public reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates still not required by a majority of states
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There is growing pressure on states to collect and report standardized, accurate data on surgical site infections and to make that data easily accessible to patients. This renewed focus on open access to performance quality data represents another milestone in the trend toward transparency in provider outcomes and pricing for consumers. More


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