Federal Trade Commission proposes revised
The Federal Trade Commission Share
The Federal Trade Commission proposed revisions to the guidance that it gives marketers to help them avoid making misleading environmental claims. The proposed changes are designed to update the Guides and make them easier for companies to understand and use. The changes to the a "Green Guides" include new guidance on marketers' use of product certifications and seals of approval, "renewable energy" claims, "renewable materials" claims, and "carbon offset" claims. The FTC is seeking public comments on the proposed changes until Dec. 10, after which it will decide which changes to make final. More
ISSA Innovation Award results are in!
The votes are in for the 2010 ISSA Innovation Award Program! Winners in the competition's five respective categories — Chemicals; Paper/Plastics; Power Equipment; Services, Technology & Other Products; and Supplies/Accessories — include:
One2Clean Automatic Dispenser by Gent-l-Kleen Products, Inc.
Cascades Intelligent Paper by Cascades, Inc.
Power Equipment Category
EBG-20 Surface Preparation Machine by Square Scrub, Inc.
Services, Technology & Other Products Category
Discover Watts NXT Lithium Battery Management Systems by Discover Energy Corp.
The Cleaning Station by The Cleaning Station More
Hand disinfection may not prevent rhinovirus, influenza virus transmission
Medscape Medical News Share
Despite expectations to the contrary, the use of a hand disinfectant did not achieve significant protection against transmission of rhinovirus-associated illness, influenza-associated illness, or infections in a randomized double-blind trial presented here at the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Hand disinfectant did reduce the incidence of the common cold, however. More
Released: Third edition of Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools
Healthy Schools Campaign announced the release of the updated, expanded and re-designed third edition of The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools. The third edition includes updated information and resources on infection control, sustainability, green cleaning for food service, laundry care, new technologies and more. It was developed with the support of 23 national education stakeholder organizations and 34 cleaning industry corporate leaders following the distribution of more than 90,000 copies of the popular and highly-regarded first and second editions. More
What you need to know about QR codes
ISSA ran an ISSA.com poll that asked about QR code — matrix barcode — scanners. We were surprised to learn that only 10 percent of you reported having a QR scanner on your phone. For the rest of you — including the 50 percent who are not aware of the technology — this article is intended to teach you about the value of this new, growing technology. More
5 tricks to keep towels soft and fluffy
Yahoo! Shine Share
Being enveloped in a soft, plush bath towel after a hot shower is one of life's little luxuries. The problem, though, is that even the softest, plushest among them tend to stiffen after multiple washings — which is actually a function of the chemical detergents most of us use, which coat fabrics and build up on towels in particular (they're designed to absorb, after all), and over time, you wind up with that icky scratchy feeling. There are some tricks you can employ, however, to stave off hitting the rough patch. More
Pharmaceutical waste: A public health challenge
Drug Topics Share
The Environmental Protection Agency is the federal agency that enforces the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act governing the regulation of solid and hazardous wastes from its generation to disposal. A solid waste may be a solid, liquid, or gas. A material must be a solid waste before being considered hazardous waste and includes any pharmaceutical product that is no longer needed. Hazardous pharmaceutical wastes are deemed unsafe to the environment and must go through a specialized disposal process to prevent their introduction into sewers and landfills. Hazardous wastes include drug products and any containers that held drugs. More
Natural biodetergent could disinfect air conditioning
coils in hospital settings
Infection Control Today Share
Air conditioning systems represent one important source of microbial pollutants for indoor air. In the past few years, numerous strategies have been conceived to reduce the contamination of air conditioners, mainly in hospital settings. The biocidal detergent BATT2 represents a natural product obtained through extraction from brown seaweeds, that has been tested previously on multidrug-resistant microorganisms. BATT2 has been utilized for the disinfection of fan coil units from four air conditioning systems located in hospital environments with a mean degree of risk. More