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IEHA's EHT — The Industry's 1st peer-reviewed publication — announces new EHT Technical Advisory Committee
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IEHA, in an effort to help ensure the scientific basis and technical accuracy of content published in its primary publication, Executive Housekeeping Today, has announced the installation of the new members of its Technical Advisory Committee for peer-review of technical articles prior to publication. "IEHA wishes to thank the core volunteer experts below for their hard work in offering peer-review of technical content in advance of it appearing in EHT," says Beth Risinger, CEO/executive director of IEHA. "Coupled with the skills and experience of our Senior Editor Laura DiGiulio, we believe this will make EHT more valuable to the cleaning industry — and especially to IEHA members — than ever before." More


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The Healthy Facilities Institute, IEHA and ProTeam launch vacuum cleaner performance survey
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The Healthy Facilities Institute, IEHA and ProTeam have launched a vacuum cleaner performance survey to promote greater awareness of the role proper selection of vacuum cleaners plays in cleaning and protecting indoor air quality. The survey endeavors to prompt thinking about the question: What are the most important issues to consider for vacuum purchases? Click here to take the survey. More

Survey looks at battery-powered cleaning equipment
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An April 2012 survey asked cleaning professionals their thoughts about battery-operated cleaning equipment, such as those found in autoscrubbers. Conducted by Tornado Industries, participants were asked the type of battery now found in their cleaning equipment, 52 percent indicated it was a "deep-cycle flooded" battery. This type of battery is designed to power equipment for long periods of time. The other respondents were divided equally, using either absorbed glass mats batteries or gel batteries. More

Report: Low Seattle hotel wages amount to 'hidden subsidy'
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A new report from a Seattle nonprofit group says that downtown Seattle's hotels are projected to enjoy tidy profits this year — at the expense of hotel workers and local taxpayers. The report called "Our Pain, Their Gain: The hidden costs of profitability in Seattle's downtown hotels," notes that between 2006 and 2010, the State of Washington spent more than $44 million to cover an average of 4,224 uninsured hotel workers per year. More

Hand sanitizers are safe, beneficial when used as directed
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With cases of intentional misuse of alcohol-based hand sanitizers being widely reported, the American Cleaning Institute offers reminders that the products provide key benefits when properly used. "Intentional misuse of hand sanitizers should not discourage the use of a product that contributes daily to public health," says Nancy Bock, ACI's senior vice president of education. "Simply put, hand sanitizers are safe when used as directed. One case of product misuse — intentional or otherwise — is always one too many. But let's not lose sight of the fact that millions of people are not abusing these products and do responsibly use them as needed." More

Reducing lint on reusable OR towels
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Providing an OR towel that has little lint or is lint-free is a universal challenge for all laundry facilities that supply reusable OR towels to a healthcare facility. You can take some key steps to ensure that the product coming out of processing has a minimum amount of lint. More

University of Pennsylvania wins top honors nationwide in EPA's Green Power Challenge
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the winners of the 2012 College University Green Power Challenge and the top winner in the Green Power Challenge is the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, more colleges and universities who are participating in the Challenge are located in Pennsylvania than any other state in the nation. Of the 73 universities participating, 17 are located in Pennsylvania and are buying green power — power from renewable resources. More

Steamed up: Revised ANSI/AAMI sterilization standard in practice
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As a recommended practice standard that provides guidelines and recommendations, the American National Standards Institute/Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation ST79 Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in healthcare facilities is an all-encompassing standard covering everything from workflow through the sterile processing department to instrument identification and traceability. More

Carpet cutbacks without compromise
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The sting of the recession may be waning, but building owners, facility managers and housekeeping departments continue to slash spending across the board — and carpet cleaning is no exception. Vacuuming, interim maintenance and deep cleaning extractions are being performed less often, and in some cases skipped altogether to save money. Reducing the frequency of carpet maintenance and cleanings can have a negative impact on the life of carpeting, say distributors. But on the flipside, making the right cutbacks can help preserve carpet life. It all depends on what type of carpet cleaning program end users implement and what areas of the carpet they choose to focus on. More

Asking the right questions when selecting infection prevention technology
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Mark Stibich writes, "As the chief scientific officer for Xenex Healthcare Services, I see firsthand the selection process for room disinfection systems at many facilities. As with any hospital purchasing process, multiple individuals are involved. The biggest difficulty is that the people involved may all be asking different questions. Some individuals may get very interested in the different technologies while others will only care about the economics of the purchase. I believe that by taking the group through a question forming exercise, the selection process can be streamlined. Of course, before getting to the question, it is best to understand the problem." More

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