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Customized Soap Dispensers Help School Show Their Pride

Providing a quality education is the primary objective of any school. Tutelage in the classroom is the backbone of this education, but lessons learned outside of the curriculum are important, too. The development of a sense of community and compassion for society as a whole is a fine example of the type of valuable lessons…

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How to Zaps Infections by Technology

A germ-zapping robot called LightStrike from Xenex is used at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) hospitals to help curb the spread of infectious diseases. This mobile robotic device is used in intensive care units, medical surgery units, operating rooms and in rooms where patients suffering from Clostridioides difficile (also known as C.diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus…

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Fastest-Growing Commercial Cleaning

Commercial cleaning is one of the fastest growing franchise opportunities. Five commercial cleaning franchises ranked in the top 50 of Entrepreneur magazine’s Fastest-Growing Franchises list. Two companies, Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. Inc. and Stratus Building Solutions, finished in the top 10 franchises. “We are thrilled to be named as one of the fastest-growing franchises,” says Afshin…

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Superbugs Make Handwashing More Important

Drug resistant superbugs have been making some scary headlines lately. Antibiotics aren’t working, but the good news is, washing your hands correctly still does. According to an article on Gizmodo, handwashing alone isn’t going to stop superbugs. But, there’s proof that proper handwashing can lower the risk of Candida auris spreading during an outbreak. According…

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pets – are they good or bad for our health?

This week sees the second of 2, apparently conflicting publications, one saying that having domestic pets is good because it reduces the risks of allergy – the other warning that they pose an infection risk. The studies show how important it is to keep new research findings in perspective. Having pets in our home may…

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First Statewide Ban on Styrofoam Begins in 2021

Facility managers and staff working in commercial kitchens, schools, and other facilities in the state of Maine that provide food services have until January 1, 2021 to find replacements for polystyrene food and beverage containers. Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a new law that prohibits the sale or distribution of disposable containers made of polystyrene,…

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The hygiene misnomer -undermining public health

In a presentation given at the Microbiology Society conference, Sally Bloomfield set out what needs to be done to achieve hygiene behaviour change whilst also addressing need for exposure to essential microbes. The ‘hygiene hypothesis’ first cited in 1989 proposed that lack of exposure to childhood infections due to smaller family sizes, improved household amenities…

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Only 60% workers wash hands after toilet

UK office cleaning company SMC Premier surveyed UK office workers about their hygiene habits at work and the results revealed a disturbing statistic that only 61% of respondents wash their hands properly with warm water and soap after going to the toilet. The survey also uncovered that women are more hygienic than men after using…

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Students Encouraged To Appreciate Housekeeping Staff

A recent editorial in The University of Maryland College Park’s student newspaper encouraged students to show some consideration and appreciation for the university’s custodial staff. In fact, the article on The Diamondback website asks students to consider “making the extra two-minute hike to the dumpster outside” with their food remnants and “maybe try not to…

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Mother’s Day 2019

When is Mother’s Day 2019? Mother’s Day 2019 is on Sunday, May 12, 2019 (in 7 days). What is Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly…

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