Most of us are aware that germs exist in hospitals. We expect that stringent cleaning standards are being followed in order to kill germs that are lingering in the environment. How are germs transmitted in hospitals? It's an important question to answer, as it endangers the lives of patients and staff. The Hospital Microbiome Project, a year-long study was designed to, “better understand the development of bacterial communities.”[i] This study gathered samples from surfaces, air, staff and patients. It is important to note that the study was conducted in a new hospital setting prior to opening and continued while populated with patients and staff. Findings showed the spread of germs were more likely to occur staff-to-patient than patient-to-staff. It also found that drug-resistant germs lived more numerously on surfaces than…
Most of us remove our shoes when we enter our homes so we don’t bring dirt into the house. We take this action so we can keep ourselves healthy. Unfortunately, there is more than just dirt hanging around on shoes, there is a community of germs and bacteria.People want to feel safe while they are working out so providing a clean gym is a must. Making sure equipment and high touch areas throughout the gym are cleaned and disinfected is a high priority. Hopefully, staff and members are visibly cleaning equipment, using hand sanitizer, and cleaning free weights. We trust that deeper cleaning is happening behind the scenes in locker rooms, bathrooms, shower stalls and that floors are being mopped. It is no secret that all these areas harbor germs. But,…
Members come to a gym to improve and maintain their health. Stretching, lifting weights, strength building exercises, and cardiovascular fitness are all parts of the workout experience designed to keep members healthy. What gym-goers don’t want to experience however, is a dirty gym that does not take the health of its members seriously. Gym owners and staff have a responsibility to provide a safe, and germ-free environment. Cultivating a community of cleaners begins with setting standards that need to be followed by everyone. But, it is not enough to just set the standards, gyms need to follow-through and enforce them as well.
According to the CDC, 48 million people are sickened by food borne illnesses causing 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually.[i] The PEW Charitable Trusts estimates that the economy, healthcare and workplaces take a combined hit of $152 billion each year resulting from the costs of foodborne illness.[ii] These costs are likely to increase, as foodborne illnesses are not completely preventable, only containable.
SANITIZING FOOD PROCESSING SURFACES AND EQUIPMENT: DEFINITIONS AND PROCEDURESIn the food industry (whether manufacturing or food-handling), the importance of keeping surfaces, equipment and utensils sanitary cannot be overemphasized. Soils (food waste and bacteria) can build up on surfaces if they are not regularly cleaned, and maintained increasing the risk of foodborne illnesses unintentionally being produced inside your business. According to the CDC, in the United States alone, foodborne illnesses account for 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths a year.[i] Making sure sanitary procedures are in place will help protect your business from contributing to these staggering statistics.
Hotels are investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in building fitness facilities that boast state of the art equipment. Yet, they continue to use hazardous cleaning products that damage the equipment but fail to do eliminate the viruses and infectious diseases that linger on high touch surfaces. Dangerous infections like MRSA and even Norovirus can be lurking about in hotel gyms and on equipment. The CDC website states that one of the ways to contract the highly contagious Norovirus is by touching contaminated surfaces –“over 80% of outbreaks occur from November through April.”
In the age of social media and online reviews it is more important than ever to keep your hotel customer approved. According to SiteMinder, 96% of travelers take reviews into consideration when booking a hotel. Even more telling is Statista's survey that found 84% of people say hotel cleanliness is ‘very important’ to them.
Profit loss is just one of the many ways a food manufacturing plant suffers following a recall. On average, it costs a company around 10 million dollars to issue a recall. This cost does not include costs for litigation, mandatory governmental costs when an incident occurs at the plant, or the cost of lost consumers and sales.[i]The damage to future sales is staggering. For example, in 2015 Blue was forced to issue a recall on [name of product] when an ingredient from a third party supplier tested positive for Listeria. Ten people were sickened across 4 states and 3 fatalities were reported. Blue Bell lost millions of dollars in sales in 2016 following the incident and is still dealing with lawsuits.[ii] In 2016, Dole lost $25.5 million as a result…
In the hospitality industry, trying to eradicate pathogens and contagions from surfaces can seem like an endless task. With so many areas to consider: lobby, check-in desk, guest rooms, restaurants, pools, business center, and gym facilities- all with multiple surfaces, how do you decide which products to use while ensuring that pathogens are being killed properly? What if there were scientifically proven pre-identified criteria designed to make the decision making process easier?
According to the CDC approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff attend over 130,000 public and private schools daily in the U.S.[i] With numbers like these it is easy to see why influenza can spread so quickly in schools. The public is well educated about the peak flu season occurring November through March. But, this timeframe reflects when the majority of people are affected, which means people are actually developing flu-like symptoms prior to these months. So, the start of the school year is the perfect time to take precautionary cleaning measures in order to prevent the outbreak of flu from disrupting your teaching environment. Equally important though is maintaining the same standards of cleanliness throughout the school year, to keep staff and students safe.