2020 is the year of shortages. With the Covid-19 pandemic shortages have been seen in quaternary disinfectants, gloves, hand sanitizer, masks, paper products, and other items related to stopping the spread of Covid-19. We understand the frustration and anxiety that comes along with worrying about whether or not you can order something when you need it most. We’ve put together a catalog to help you know what items we have stocked with our dependable supply chain to help get you through cold & flu season and stop the spread of Covid-19. We’re here to help, and together we will get through this.
Click here for a full catalog of our Covid-19 related stock items
How Long Can Covid-19 Last on Surfaces?
According to an article by the Cleveland Clinic the virus typically lasts:
• 5 days on glass
• 4 days on wood
• 3 days on plastic and stainless steel
• 1 day on cardboard
Some Concerns about Disinfecting
When disinfecting surfaces to kill covid-19 pathogens it’simportant to be cautious. There’s a trend right now that you should only use List N disinfectants to clean and disinfect.Disinfectants can be harmful to the person applying it, building users, and the environment when used incorrectly or used too frequently. Some List N disinfectants can cause health risks such as cancer and central nervous system damage and are categorized only as disinfectants by the EPA (not cleaners). Only use them when needed and remember the 2-step process: cleaning and then disinfecting.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Tips to Remember
Cleaning before disinfecting cleans harmful residue left behind by disinfectants you use. It also makes sure disinfectants can do their jobs properly. Ensure you’re following proper dilutions and dwell times and pay special attention to surfaces people come in contact with that can easily spread the virus.
Some of the information regarding covid-19 is uncertain, and we continue to learn more about how it works every day. Covid-19 is mainly spread by inhaling tiny droplets released when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. However, large droplets can, and inevitably will, land on surfaces. Remember to follow a cleaning and disinfecting regimen to help ensure a healthier building and stay safe.
Learn more about ways to clean and disinfect during an outbreak like Covid-19: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCBRKPZWY0g
To learn more about Covid-19 surface life statistics visit health.clevelandclinic.org/how-long-will-coronavirus-survive-on-surfaces/
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, training is important now more than ever and many companies are shifting towards online training platforms as a tool to help their employees gain knowledge and work efficiently. The key to helping your team retain their training is to involve them. Not investing time into your employees increases liability, increases employee turnover, and increases productivity costs. Online training platforms helps you invest time in your employees even when you’re busy with your other duties since users can access trainings on their own time and devices, and they can become certified faster.
How do Learning Management Systems Help Me
- You can manage a learning experience for your whole team
- Allows an interactive user experience that can include videos, quizzes, knowledge checks, etc.
- Data-driven quality checks allow you to see trends in the outcomes of your staff, and allows you to focus the learning on these topics
Things to Remember
- Building courses can be time-consuming up front, it’s better to plan make a plan about how to build your courses logically or hire someone to do it for you
- Attention spans are short so try to incorporate micro and macro training courses that don’t overload your employees
- Ensure all your content meets learning standards and is consistently updated
A Changing Industry
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the game when it comes to training. As it becomes safer to re-open fully once a vaccine is administered and cases go down, in-person training will make a come back but online training is here to stay. Technology exists that allows your employees to access online training on their laptops, tablets, and cell phones no matter where they are. Learning management systems make it easier to track work that is completed, provides education and protocols needed to complete certification, and identifies if someone is certified. The cleaning industry is becoming more and more data-driven and moving at a faster speed than before, and online training platforms help you keep up.
What is Critical Care?
Envirox, our chemical manufacturing partner, now offers their Critical Care disinfectant in gallon size containers. Critical Care is a disinfectant, viricide, fungicide, and acts as a deodorizer. It is a List N disinfectant that kills the virus that causes covid-19 with only a 3-minute dwell time and has a low toxicity profile which leaves behind less residue. With demand for disinfectant wipes and sprays during the coronavirus spike, producers of quaternary ammonium disinfectant compounds are in a shortage. Critical Care utilizes silver ion technology which means you can avoid having to worry about the recent quat shortage. You can guarantee stock and less supply chain issues to ensure you are ready to disinfect your buildings.
What are silver ion disinfectants?
Silver ions bind to the bacterial cell wall blocking transport of substances in and out of the cell. They are then transported into the bacterial cell where they block the respiratory system destroying energy production of pathogens and stopping replication of a virus. Using a silver ion disinfectant like Critical Care is better for the environment and poses less health risks to custodians and building occupants, and Critical Care kills the COVID-19 virus (SARS CoV-2) with only a three minute dwell time.
How can utilizing a gallon system help my facility?
There is a shortage of bottles and spray heads for disinfectants you may be used to ordering at ease in the past. Cleaning and disinfecting has never been more important. Ensuring you are stocked by ordering by gallons allows you to be prepared, you can refill the ready-to-use Critical Care bottle or labeled pump up sprayer as needed. Critical Care is currently stocked and has a secured long-term supply, so you can be less stressed and be certain you’ll have enough disinfectant. Utilizing a gallon system that reduces waste to help the environment also means you’re being more sustainable and you can save up to 10% off the MSRP of Critical Care RTU.
Visit www.envirox.com for more details and reach out to a sales professional if you have any questions.
Surprisingly, a toilet is not a restroom’s most unsanitary place. There’s many different surfaces that harbor bacteria in a restroom that are often overlooked but can’t be missed to prevent germ transmission. Amid the covid-19 pandemic ensuring proper cleaning and disinfecting measures are more important than ever. Public restrooms are confined high-traffic areas that can (and already have/will continue to) contribute to the transmission of coronavirus.
There are many high-touch points that are often overlooked when a custodian or training program is focused on floors and toilets.
- Door handles are usually unavoidable when entering or exiting a restroom. Cleaning and disinfecting handles as well as touch soap and water dispensers (that harbor more bacteria than their touch-free alternatives) are important steps not to forget. Jet air dryers spread 1,300 times more bacteria than paper towels according to the Journal of Applied Microbiology. If you have a jet air dryer consider speaking with your sales professional about the benefits of using a touch-free paper towel dispensing system.
- Other common touch points that can be overlooked include light switches and grab rails. Rails should be cleaned with microfiber cloths frequently following proper label instructions for the chemicals used. It’s important not to use steel wool or anything that could cause grab rails to rust.
- Restroom stall walls and stall handles/locks are near toilets and can become covered in bacteria from toilet plume. Take extra care to ensure they are cleaned and disinfected when cleaning the rest of your restroom since most people touch stall door handles or stall walls when exiting a stall.
- Remember to use disinfectants and other products on the U.S. EPA’s List-N that are effective against SARS-COV-2 and always follow proper dilution and application dwell times
As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, it’s essential to follow a strict cleaning protocol and keep in mind overlooked high-touch points which spread germs. We’re all in this together and implementing a training program that highlights proper restroom cleaning and disinfecting is imperative to the health and well-being of your team and patrons in your building.
For the complete article, click here: https://www.cmmonline.com/articles/5-high-touch-surfaces-you-cant-miss-in-restroom-cleaning
Richard Brown, the assistant director of building services at Princeton University, credits online certification courses as a tool for helping him (and his team) analyze data, achieve standards of clean, recognize best practices, excel at customer service, and plan and strategize to be proactive rather than reactive.
Brown, only three months into his role, recommended the team utilize the ISSA CMI Custodial Supervisor Certification with the hope of improving communications and making work more efficient for his team. It includes four sections, each covering a particular area of supervising and managing custodial maintenance work, with the goal of improving operations while providing opportunity to advance career opportunity and improve skillsets. They aid in the development of leadership qualities and technical workplace skills. Brown’s leadership team embraced his proposal for the ISSA CMI Certification and started with a five-day training trial, then utilizing the program full-time after seeing results.
After on-site training was complete, a four-question survey validated employee confidence and appreciation. Brown states even the most tenured employees expressed thanks for the program itself, its relevance, and appreciated the fact that Princeton University invested in their personal career development. He says after implementing the program they “experienced a genuine cultural shift and new ideas began to emerge from team members at ALL levels”. The cultural shift has been maintained by fostering one-on-one interviews with the thirteen supervisors who participated in the certification, and by referring to the ISSA CMI Certification training manual for specific topics and chapters. This helps to gather feedback that leadership then uses to continually improve the building services department.
To achieve operational requirements and foster a culture of open and honest communication “we must recognize that the most valuable resource any organization possesses are its team members”. Those who successfully achieve the custodial supervisor certificate can then continue to earn additional certification which helps achieve professional goals and helps benefit the department. Investing in continued professional development is critical to advancing organizations and creating a positive work culture.
To read the full article you can visit www.cmmonline.com/articles/princeton-university-takes-a-professional-approach-to-cleaning-with-cmi-certification.
Did you know trash can liners can amount to 20-25% of your overall spend?
The first step in any sustainability program is to reduce consumption through efficiency measures. Reducing the energy necessary to constantly change liners by ensuring you’re using correctly sized liners, consolidating liner and receptacle stock, and conducting a waste assessment are all ways to make your facility more sustainable and save on cost. Although the process of waste reduction can seem mundane and isn’t a cure-all, it’s an essential part of the process of enhancing sustainability.
To select the proper can liner, it’s important to think about what’s going into your bag. If a sharp object is going into your bag it’s best to choose a linear low-density bag that’s more resistant to ripping. These bags handle a lower capacity than high-density bags so it’s important to remember what applications the bag will be used for. High-density bags are good for higher loads but less resistant to tearing especially once they’re punctured (by plastic eating utensils, industrial waste, etc.).
Determine the correct liner size in gallons or dimensions, estimate how much weight will be going to the bag, and use a dimension guide based on the amount a receptacle can hold if needed. For example, if you have a rectangular receptacle in the bathroom that is 24”x18”x46” (l x w x h) and will mostly be used for paper towels, it’s best to use a 42×61 high-density star seal style bag. This makes sure there is little to no chance for tearing and this type of bag maximizes carrying capacity while nearly eliminating leaks.
To learn more you can visit colonialbag.com and refer to their training manual. Ask your sales professional about ways we can help assist with a waste assessment which will help set clear measurable goals to prevent waste and establish recycling programs.
Pike Systems is hiring an equipment specialist for Northern Illinois. To apply or view our posting, please click here:
Pike Systems welcomes Tonya Obrochta to our Healthcare Team! Fighting infections like c. Diff has never been so critical. Tonya rounds out our healthcare team and is our first but not last Infection Preventionist!
With 27 years of Healthcare experience, Tonya is a leader in promoting best practices and quality assurance. Her career as a nurse in a variety of settings, launched a focus on Infection Prevention. For the past 6 years as an IP Nurse, she worked with policies/procedures, accreditation preparation, environmental services, ambulatory surgery, hospital/clinic and safety team. As the IP educator, Tonya participated in quality control measures, product safety and review, and served on the occupational health committee. The training, knowledge and dedication to best-practice clinical outcomes, allows her the unique opportunity to now partner with the industry. An active member of APIC, she holds certificates in Fundamentals of Infection surveillance, prevention & control, Epidemiologic principles, IP Strategies for the surgical setting, Infection Control programming and Meeting CMS Conditions for coverage for ASC’s. Tonya remains current in evidence-base guidelines and is actively working toward her IP certification in the Long-Term Care setting. Her focus on achieving clinical outcomes through training and processes for the healthcare facility, highlights her belief in the importance of reducing healthcare-associated infections.
As the students gear up for a new year of learning, it is important that custodians too prepare for a school year and make sure all the auto scrubbers are in working order. Pull out your equipment and test it to be sure that it is running properly prior to the return of the kids, be proactive with issues before you need to use the machine.
Having issues, we can help! Read below for some troubleshooting hints!
Poor Water Pick-up:
- If your squeegee is worn or torn, try reversing or replacing it. Also, if it is out of adjustment, move so that the blade touches the floor evenly across it’s entire width. Remove any debris that may be stuck in the squeegee.
- If the drain hose is leaking, secure the drain hose cap or replace it.
- Remove any debris that may be clogging the vacuum hose or grid. Check the float to make sure it is not stuck closed.
- If the tank cover is not closed correctly, or the gasket is damaged or leaking, you may need to replace gasket and seal cover properly.
Poor Scrubbing Performance:
- The brush or pad may be worn out, replace them and start out the school year on a fresh one!
- If you are using the wrong chemical or dilution rate, call Pike Systems for advice on which chemical is best for your application and how it should be diluted.
- If the machine is not using enough solution, increase solution flow on the control panel.
Inadequate Solution Flow / No Solution Flow:
- Is the solution tank empty? It may be as simple of a fix as refilling the tank.
- The solution lines, valves, filer or trough may be clogged. Flush the lines, trough and clean solution filter.
Machine Does not Run:
- If the scrubber is not running, the issue could be in the batteries. Are the batteries connected? Make sure to charge the batteries fully.
- Check for error fault codes in the service manual as the issue could be in the main system control.
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