ECOLOGO Certification – What’s the Point?

April 5th, 2019|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 [...]


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 [...]

Hot Water Therapy: The Benefits of Spas

June 19th, 2018|PS - Health & Wellness|

The benefits of hot water therapy have been known to people since ancient times. In fact, hot water therapy has been widely used in some countries as an effective form of rest and relaxation for thousands of years. The word spa means “health through water”. No wonder then that spas are growing in popularity here in Canada! When properly practiced – that is, without excess temperatures (extremely hot water is to be avoided) or [...]

Learning Good Hand Hygiene is Child’s Play!

June 6th, 2018|WW- Cleaning & Maintenance, WW- Health & Wellness|

The places where children play – whether it’s at the local park or the neighbourhood daycare – tend to be crawling with germs. That’s because children have not yet figured out how to prevent spreading germs. Most adults cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze. Young kids? Not so much. And what about thoroughly washing their hands after going to the bathroom? Don’t bet on it. Basically, wherever you find children, you can [...]

Replacing Trans Fats in the Industry

June 5th, 2018|FB- Health & Wellness, FB- Our Experts|

Who doesn’t enjoy eating French fries or potato chips from time to time? After all, frying is one of the oldest and most popular forms of cooking. It gives food that taste, colour and texture we love so much. Of course, most fried food is not exactly what you could call “healthy”. Partially hydrogenated oils have long been widely used in the food industry because of their ability to withstand high heat and remain [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Listeriosis

June 4th, 2018|FB- Health & Wellness|

Listeriosis is a foodborne illness primarily caused by ingesting food contaminated with a bacterium called Listeria monocytogenes. Approximately 150 Canadians are infected with listeriosis each year. Though rare, listeriosis can sometimes lead to death, especially in people with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly, pregnant women (and their fetuses), and very young children. How to avoid listeriosis? Listeriosis is not contracted by coming into direct contact with an infected person. Nor is contamination [...]