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How does influenza spread?

This virus is spread primarily from one person to another via the airborne route of transmission. When a person with Influenza is coughing and sneezing they are expelling tiny droplets into the air which contain the virus. Most people who get Influenza are exposed to the virus by breathing in these tiny droplets expelled by sick people. The virus however can be spread onto environmental surfaces via these same droplets. If a healthy person touches a virus contaminated surface and then rubs their eyes or nose they are then potentially exposed to the virus. Some studies suggest the virus contaminated surfaces can still infect people 8 hours after initial contamination. What is the Best Way to Prevent the Spread of Influenza in the Workplace? People with Influenza like Illness (ILI) symptoms should be encouraged via workplace policies to stay home. Even with workplace policies there still may be [...]

Ice melter facts!

There are many factors that should be reviewed when planning your Ice Melter Program. The following information provides facts about Ice Melting products that will allow you to make an educated decision when choosing Ice Melter Products. How Ice Melters Work When ice melter granules contact ice or snow, they begin to form a brine solution. This brine is central to the melting process, as it will not freeze initially. The brine becomes more diluted as it melts the ice or snow, until it eventually refreezes. How long it takes for this refreezing to occur depends on the amount of ice melter applied and the effectiveness of each granule. Some ingredients melt ice at lower temperatures, and prevent refreezing longer than others. For example, rock salt will melt ice down to -15°C (5°F), while urea will only melt ice down to -4°C (25°F). When to Apply Ice Melters [...]

Bed bugs : what should we know ?

Bed Bugs are parasitic insects that have become an issue in residential, commercial and institutional settings. Bed bugs are opportunistic and can be accidentally picked up from many indoor environments so they are a potential problem for anyone. The remainder of this document will briefly outline what you can do to monitor, control, prevent and deal with a bed bug infestation. Refer directly to the references at the end of the document for specifics on processes and for greater details. Where they live, how they move and how to recognize them Bed Bugs do not jump or fly but walk to and from their host and hiding areas. As such they prefer to hide and rest in areas near to where they feed such as mattresses, box springs, cracks in furniture, underneath cushions, in chairs and sofas, cracks between walls and baseboards, underneath area rugs, etc. They are visible [...]

How to enhance the level of wellness in the workplace ?

Improving Worplace Wellness can be achieved by these simple techniques : Wash, Wipe and Sanitize. Wash, Wipe and Sanitize, your hands The best way to stay healthy is to recognize that our hands and everything we touch like tables, door handles and chairs have the potential to spread germs between peoples. Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness at work, at home or while traveling. Handwasing requires only soap and water or a hand sanitizer. According to te Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), handwashing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection. Remember, wash your hands : After using the bathroom Before preparing food After changing diapers Before eating ...

Antimicrobial surfaces: to clean or not to clean?

In recent months there has been a growing discussion about the use of antimicrobial treatments on surfaces designed to supplement conventional cleaning and disinfection practices. An article in a Newspaper in South Western Ontario even went as far as to suggest that the manufactures treatment would make it unnecessary to disinfect surfaces on their products. What are the issues with this ? Will Antimicrobial Surfaces still have to be cleaned to remove gross soils? It is a long and well accepted fact that gross soils form a barrier that protect microbes from the killing effects of antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial Surfaces will in our opinion still have to be cleaned for the surface treatment to provide its best possible antimicrobial effect in everyday use. Does Health Canada review and approve performance claims of Antimicrobial Surface treatments in the same way as hard surface disinfectants? Antimicrobial Surface treatments are not [...]

Does Salt and Water make a Good Cleaner?

The arrival of water chlorine generators utilizing electrolytic cells in the recreational water industry has been the precursor to an emerging technology in the field of janitorial services. In fact, we are seeing more and more devices powered by water and salt on the market that promise to generate a cleaner. How does this technology work, and is it economical? How does it work? When exposed to an electric current in an electrolytic cell, an aqueous salt solution can generate sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and sodium hydroxide (basic compound). These two compounds are the active ingredients in the cleaning solution generated. Although these systems have real benefits—such as creating a captive system, eliminating the need to handle concentrated chemicals, reducing transportation and storage requirements, and allowing for greater precision when diluting the cleaning solution—they also have certain drawbacks that are rarely mentioned. What are the drawbacks? This type of [...]

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