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Handwashing to Avoid the Flu

  • The  influenza season has started in Canada with increases in all influenza  indicators observed this week.
  • More  regions reported sporadic or localized activity compared to the previous week.
  • A  total of 278 laboratory detections of influenza were reported, of which 97.8% were  for influenza A viruses, predominantly A(H3N2).
  • Eight influenza outbreaks were reported: one in a hospital, five  in long-term care facilities and two in other settings.
  • Seven paediatric influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported through the IMPACT  network.

These are some recent stats from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Flu Watch. Yes, it’s flu season and if you’re like me, you are seeing sick people everywhere you go. Luckily, Dec. 5 – 8, 2012 is Handwashing Awareness Week. What a better way to brush up your handwashing skills and potentially avoid this year’s flu virus. Washing hands is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of germs. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time or don’t know how to properly clean their hands. Millions of dollars are lost each year by companies due to reduced productivity from sick employees. Eighty percent of diseases are spread by touch so germs are transmitted to others through contact with hands and surfaces touched by unclean hands. So a little education can go a long way.

Sensitive Cleaning for Sensitive Building Occupants

Pregnant women, children with asthma, the elderly. These are all segments of the population that are particularly sensitive to cleaning products. Chemicals used in hospitals, schools, daycares and nursing homes can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other adverse reactions to those with certain health conditions.

The number of people suffering from asthma and allergies is on the rise. An allergic reaction can be set off simply by breathing in a cleaning chemical with strong fumes. There is evidence suggesting a link between certain chemicals found in some cleaning products and breathing ability. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences did a study showing a link between a chemical called 1,4 DCB (dichlorobenzene) and lung function. This is a chemical often found in room deodorizers and other cleaning products. Those who had the highest levels of this chemical in their blood had worse lung function. With the rise of asthma and allergies in both adults and children, there is now an increased need to customize cleaning programs based the sensitivities of those occupying the building being cleaned.

Why you should care about being CLEAN and GREEN?

The industry mindset for cleaning contractors has always been to use the cheapest chemicals regardless of the toxic effects on employees, customers, and the environment. Sadly, custodial workers are twice as likely to contract occupational asthma as any other occupation, including coal miners. The goal of EFS Clean Building Services is to change that mindset.

EFS Clean brings a unique perspective to the cleaning business. As opposed to being created from a custodian background, common in the cleaning industry, EFBS expertise comes from the product manufacturing side of the business. Working with manufacturers like Johnson-Diversey, Ecolab, North American Cleaning Equipment, and Tennant-Nobles gives EFS Clean staff an in-depth knowledge of chemicals and equipment. Learning how chemicals work, what’s in them and how they are applied is invaluable knowledge for EFS Clean’s customers. This expertise is even more valuable to those looking for a “green” cleaning program that uses safe products and practices.

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