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Cleaning up safety: Janitors and cleaners face multiple hazards
National Safety Council    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Without a janitor or building cleaner to disinfect objects and surfaces, repair lighting fixtures and perform maintenance on the environmental systems that make workspaces comfortable, employees' workdays would be much more hazardous, unclean and unpleasant. No employee may have a greater impact on a building's safety and health environment than a janitor or cleaner, said John Poole, master registered executive housekeeper, Cleaning Industry Management Standard assessor and authorized OSHA outreach trainer. More


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How 1 hotel became a zero-waste facility
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When John Ford, manager of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, watched a garbage truck dump garbage from the hotel into the landfill last fall, he was surprised by the amount of food waste and recyclable materials. He had thought his hotel was doing a great job with its environmental and recycling efforts, but realized he was mistaken. Actually seeing what waste the hotel was putting into the landfill was the first step on the hotel’s recent journey to become a "zero waste" facility. Zero waste is actually a bit of a misnomer. One of the key statistics when moving to zero waste is the diversion rate, which is the percentage of material diverted from the landfill, and zero waste is achieved with a 90 percent diversion rate. In addition to reducing the waste in landfills, zero waste is also about reducing the amount of overall consumption. More

The robots are coming to hospitals
The Wall Street Journal (subscription)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Robots have already staked out a place in the healthcare world — from surgical droids that can suture a wound better than the human hand to "nanobots" that can swim in the bloodstream. But the stage is now set for a different kind of robots, one with a sophisticated brain and an unlimited tolerance for menial tasks. In the next few years, thousands of "service robots" are expected to enter the healthcare sector — picture R2D2 from "Star Wars" carrying a tray of medications or a load of laundry down hospital corridors. Fewer than 1,000 of these blue-collar robots currently roam about hospitals, but those numbers are expected to grow quickly. More

Disinfecting and sanitizing in foodservice facilities
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In 2011, record amounts of cantaloupe, grape tomatoes, chicken, strawberries, ground turkey and pre-packaged salads were recalled because of foodborne illness and contamination. The economic and reputational costs of a food outbreak, due to lack of sanitation and infection control measures, can be incalculable. Still, the numbers are sobering. In 2000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that foodborne illness from two E. coli organisms, plus Campylobacter, Salmonella and Listeria, cost $6.9 billion, and the National Restaurant Association estimates that just one foodborne illness can cost a restaurant upwards of $75,000. More

Minimum impact: Reducing the detrimental effects of hospital waste
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Healthcare waste is a complicated and costly compliance challenge to healthcare organizations. It can include everything from chemical hazardous waste, construction and demolition debris, infectious red bag waste, pathological waste, pharmaceutical waste, laboratory reagent waste, radioactive waste, recyclables, solid waste and wastewater. More

Lower MRSA infection rates associated with certification
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According to a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control, hospitals whose infection prevention and control programs are led by a director who is board certified in infection prevention and control have significantly lower rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections than those that are not led by a certified professional. More

Cleaning up C-diff, together
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Of the long list of contagious infections quality leaders deal with, Clostridium difficile is perhaps the most troublesome. And as if the original infection wasn't bad enough, many hospitals are starting to see NAP1 and other hyper-virulent strains. But in the face of this increasingly resistant adversary, some organizations are forming interdisciplinary task forces and successfully decreasing C-diff incidence by changing the way staff cleans and administers antibiotics. More

Paper towels vs. air dryers
Today's Facility Manager    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With nearly 85 percent of adults washing their hands after using the restroom, hand washing rates are at an all-time high, according to an observational study conducted by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute. For years, proper hand hygiene has been a topic of concern in hospitals, schools, restaurants, and office facilities with more awareness campaigns happening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports Global Hand washing Day and dedicates an entire day to raise awareness of global hand washing. More


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