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As 2011 comes to a close, IEHA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of IEHA's Cleaning Industry UPDATE, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

OSHA considering rule on infection exposure
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July 19, 2011 issue: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled two meetings to discuss the possible development of a proposed rule to protect workers from occupational exposure to infectious diseases. OSHA plans to gather comments on strategies that are currently used to reduce the risk of workplace exposure to infectious agents, and to more accurately distinguish the nature and extent of occupationally-acquired infectious diseases. Based on the responses received and an ongoing review of literature on this subject, OSHA is considering development of a proposed program standard to control worker exposures to infectious agents. More

Fast-food playlands under scrutiny
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July 19, 2011 issue: On a humid morning, Erin Carr-Jordan was crawling through the tubey slides of a McDonald's PlayPlace. When she got to the top of the colorful structure, she peered through a cloudy plastic window and mouthed the words: "This is bad. This is really bad." The 36-year-old mom and developmental psychologist from Arizona said she has visited and videotaped more than 50 such playlands as well as sending swabs for microbial testing. More

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Study finds pillows breeding ground for superbugs
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June 28, 2011 issue: Pillows at home and in hospitals have been overlooked as breeding grounds for infectious germs — including superbugs — according to a study. The study revealed that after two years of use, more than one-third of a pillow's weight is made up of living and dead dust mites, dust mite feces, dead skin and bacteria. More

Cintas and IEHA identify best practices for high touch surface cleaning in healthcare facilities
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Feb. 1, 2011 issue: In lieu of recent changes in guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control calling for increased cleaning performance and integration of new auditing controls to regulate cleaning efficacy, Cintas Corporation and IEHA released a list of best practices for reducing healthcare acquired infections and enhancing levels of cleanliness within a healthcare facility. More

OSHA to roll out 5 new rules; ergonomics not 1 of them
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Jan. 18, 2011 issue: The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will roll out five new rules this year designed to protect workers on the job — but a rule to curb ergonomic injuries will not be one of them. As a matter of fact, the form OSHA has employers fill out to report job health and safety ailments won't even have a separate column for ergonomic ills — also called musculoskeletal disorders — until Jan. 2012, OSHA staffers predict. More

Study: Hospital privacy curtains laden with germs
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Sept. 27, 2011 issue: The privacy curtains that separate care spaces in hospitals and clinics are frequently contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria, according to a U.S. study. To avoid spreading these bacteria, which can include the dangerous MRSA "superbug," healthcare providers should make sure to wash their hands after routine contact with the curtains and before interacting with patients, said Michael Ohl, from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, at a Chicago conference. More

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New research reveals harmful fungal pathogens living in dishwasher seals
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June 21, 2011 issue: A potentially pathogenic fungus has found a home living in extreme conditions in some of the most common household appliances, researchers have found. A new paper published in the British Mycological Society journal, Fungal Biology, shows that these sites make perfect habitats for extremotolerant fungi (which includes black yeasts). Some of these are potentially dangerous to human health. Modern living comes with an increasing need for electrical household equipment such as dishwashers, washing machines and coffee machines. More

The top 5 worst household odors — and green solutions
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Aug. 9, 2011 issue: When Americans were surveyed to determine the five worst home odors, more than eight out of 10 said rotting garbage or "garbage can" odor is the most offensive household smell. Rounding out the top five, in order, were pet odors, mold, body odor/sweat and tobacco odor. Nearly 70 percent of all respondents ranked these five domestic smells as the worst, with significantly more women (75 percent) turning their noses up at tobacco odors as compared to men (59 percent). More


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Antibiotic superbugs CRKP and MRSA: Who's at risk?
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April 12, 2011 issue: Misuse of antibiotics has led to a global health threat: The rise of dangerous — or even fatal — superbugs. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is now attacking both patients in hospitals and also in the community and a deadly new multi-drug resistant bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP is now in the headlines. More

Nasty bugs lurking on your cellphone
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Oct. 25, 2011 issue: The next time you reach for your cell phone, consider this: A new study found that 92 percent of cell phones in the U.K. have bacteria on them — including E. coli — because people aren't washing their hands after going to the bathroom. The E. coli came from fecal bacteria, which can survive on hands and surfaces for hours. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London looked at cellphones in 12 cities in the U.K. They took 390 samples from cellphones and hands, which were then analyzed for germs. People were also asked about their hand hygiene. More


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