Keeping Colds and Flu at Bay in Corporate America

Millions of people suffer each year with the misery of runny noses, coughs, and sleepless, fever-filled nights. In the United States alone, the flu results in $7 billion a year in lost productivity and 17 million missed work days. Pause on that statistic for a moment. Every year the US economy misses out on $7 billion dollars of productivity because people get sick from the flu. It’s a staggering number, but facility managers and maintenance supervisors can be the difference between a building where people are healthy and working or sick and sent home.

In addition to the productivity toll, the flu can cause serious complications and even death. The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the worst in history with an estimated 80,000 flu related deaths. Doctors are hopeful this year’s flu will not be a repeat of last year. However, in late October the US Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first pediatric flu death of the season. This sad news is a reminder that the winter flu season has begun and that flu remains a very real public health concern.

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Keeping the Flu and Colds at Bay with Proper Sanitation in Schools

Millions got sick. Over a hundred thousand were sent to the hospital. More than ten thousand dead. These frightening statistics sound like something from a war report or terrorist attack, but in fact, these numbers describe the estimated impact of a flu season in the United States. Final data from the 2017-2018 season is coming in and the numbers are expected to be just as bleak and maybe worse.

In addition to the human toll, flu and other illnesses hurt the economy with reduced productivity and lost money – lots of money. Last year’s flu accounted for 32 million missed school days and $9.4 billion in financial losses. For schools, notorious for rapidly spreading germs, lost productivity means a heavier workload when staff go home sick and the remaining employees try to do their jobs. A flu outbreak at a school can be so widespread that schools may close down completely as dozens did in early 2018.

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Cleaning and Sanitation in Craft Beer Brewing

[B]rewing is 90 percent cleaning and 10 percent paperwork” according to experts at Craft Brewing Business. This statement is no surprise to the thousands of craft brewers across the country who depend on clean brewing systems to produce high quality beers. If their beer tastes bad, they go out of business. But a clean brewing system means more than just good tasting beer. Keeping contaminated beer away from the consumer is also a public health issue.

The Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in 2011, now gives the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jurisdiction in breweries. In the interest of protecting the public, the FDA will come and inspect your brewery for cleanliness and adherence to federal food production regulations.

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Pro Tips for Choosing the Right Pressure Washer

Facility managers and maintenance technicians know cleaning is a necessary evil to keep equipment working properly and facilities well maintained. For big cleaning jobs, you’ll often need the muscle of a pressure washer to get the job done quickly and with excellent results. Pressure washers come in a variety of sizes, pressures, and flows and each pressure/flow combination is made to handle a different kind of cleaning. Selecting a pressure washer that’s too small means you’ll be cleaning for hours and hours. Picking one that’s too big and you end up with damaged surfaces or uneven cleaning.

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Top HEPA Vacuum Product Features and Differences for Radioactive Waste Cleanup

There are some cleanup jobs at power plants that require more than a wet vacuum. Plant operators are well aware that radioactive and other types of hazardous waste require a certified industrial vacuum cleaner. For five years, that has been the modus operandi for radioactive waste management teams at the ill-fated Fukushima Power Plant. Recently, Japan announced the completion of radioactive waste cleanup at the plant. Whether it’s a huge catastrophe or a relatively smaller incident like the recent scare at a Idaho Falls Radioactive Waste Management Plant, your fleet of HEPA vacuums needs to be primed and ready.  

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