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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: Are They Really?

May 7th, 2019|WW- Cleaning & Maintenance, WW- Eco-Friendly Choices|

You probably get the occasional urge to do some intensive cleaning. But getting everything sparkling clean usually meaning having to go out and buy a bunch of cleaning products. When given the choice, do you buy “green”? Now that people are more aware of environmental issues, most of us try to make socially responsible decisions to reduce our carbon footprint. Things like recycling and composting have simply become an ingrained part of daily life. [...]

Ecodesign: What Exactly Does That Mean?

May 6th, 2019|Commercial, Industrial and Institutional, WW- Eco-Friendly Choices|

The limited amount of available and renewable resources on our planet is making our current model of “extract- fabricate-dispose” increasingly unviable. Ecodesign is the approach to designing products so that they are more respectful of the environment and society. It’s a concept that’s becoming increasingly embraced by industries, particularly those facing ever-stricter environmental standards, such as the manufacturing of chemicals. These challenges are forcing researchers to develop formulations that meet or even exceed the [...]

Drying Show-Down: Paper Towels Vs Hand Dryers Make your bets!

May 2nd, 2019|WW- Cleaning & Maintenance|

Most of us know that the risk of spreading bacteria is much higher on wet or moist skin than it is on dry skin (which explains why drying so essential in good hand hygiene). But which method is better for getting rid of all those public bathroom bacteria – paper towels or electric hand dryers? Choosing between paper towels and hand dryers might seem trivial to some people. But for those who work in [...]

Clean Has No Scent

April 8th, 2019|Commercial, Industrial and Institutional, WW- Cleaning & Maintenance, WW- Eco-Friendly Choices|

One of the newest issues to confront a building manager is the one of using scent in cleaning products or to use fragrances to “freshen” specific rooms such as washrooms, lobbies, cafeterias and general office. Today, there is a growing population that suffers from allergies to various fragrances, scents and odours. Their reactions can vary from mild to severe. In some cases, allergic reactions can result in a decrease in performance and an increase [...]

ECOLOGO Certification – What’s the Point?

April 5th, 2019|Non classé, WW- Cleaning & Maintenance, WW- Eco-Friendly Choices|

When it comes how ingredients are listed the labels of cleaning products, there’s no universal “green law” or regulation in Canada that manufacturers must comply with. That means it’s up to cleaning services contractors looking for safer and healthier cleaning products to carefully read the labels of “green” products to ensure they don’t contain any toxic or carcinogenic ingredients.  Third-party evaluation Manufacturers truly concerned about the safety of their green products opt to have [...]

Kitchen sponges: crawling with bacteria!

March 29th, 2019|WW- Cleaning & Maintenance|

Sponges are widely used in kitchens because they make tasks like washing dishes and cleaning countertops easy. But what’s supposed to be an ally in good hygiene can actually become a serious health risk when not used properly. That’s because the average kitchen sponge is dirtier than a toilet or even a garbage can. Just one cubic centimetre of sponge can hold up to 50 billion bacteria. That’s nearly seven [...]

Why “green” cleaning makes sense

March 29th, 2019|WW- Eco-Friendly Choices|

Did you know? The average person spends 90% of their time indoors. And inside air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside air. What’s more, there’s a growing body of research showing that environmentally friendly cleaning products can actually improve air quality in work environments. Green cleaning means much more than simply using “green” products, however. The real objective to implementing a green cleaning program is to achieve a cleaner and healthier building while also [...]

The silent killers that firefighters face

September 27th, 2018|WW- Health & Wellness|

What does the smoke from a fire and a cabinet full of chemicals have in common? They often contain the same dangerous materials. During a fire, firefighters must brave not only flames, but a slew of other hazards as well: gas, smoke, heat, blood, body fluids, toxins, contaminants… Fortunately, these risks are reduced by wearing protective clothing, which serves as a thermal and physical barrier. That being said, this protection is certainly not perfect [...]

What you need to know about salmonellosis

September 27th, 2018|FB- Safety & Sanitation|

Does the thought of eating undercooked chicken make you shudder? It should, because there’s a real risk of becoming contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella is the bacteria that cause salmonellosis, an infectious food-borne zoonotic disease that can lead to serious health problems in some people. (Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted directly or indirectly between animals and humans). There are more than 2,000 types of Salmonella bacteria around the world. Most are found in the digestive tracts [...]

Water baby

September 27th, 2018|PS - Health & Wellness|

Introducing babies to the pleasures of being in water can sometimes be a little daunting – often more so for the parents than for the children themselves! While it’s normal for the first experiences with pools to be met with a certain degree of fear and anxiety, a growing number of parents are eager for their wee ones to be comfortable in water. But is there an ideal age for introducing babies to swimming? [...]

So long handshakes

September 27th, 2018|WW- Health & Wellness|

Greeting someone with a friendly hello and a handshake is something most of us do by reflex. In fact, the average person will shake hands roughly 15,000 times during his or her lifetime. But as antibiotics become increasingly ineffective and the fear of infectious outbreaks of the past making a comeback continues to grow, perhaps it would make sense to cut out the handshake altogether. The fist bump wins hands down Our hands touch all sorts [...]

SPILL MOP

July 3rd, 2018|WW- Cleaning & Maintenance|

An ultra-absorbent mop that’s safe and convenient If your first instinct is to panic whenever there’s a liquid spill, it’s probably because you don’t have the right tools to deal it. Whether the spill happens in a restaurant, in a veterinary clinic, in a hospital corridor, in a resident’s room or in the lobby of an office building, it needs to be cleaned up quickly. This goes double in the event of a hazardous [...]