Stopping the Spread of CA-MRSA in Athletic Programs

In March 2006 the University of West Virginia’s All-Big East point guard Mike Gansey was a busy man. His Mountaineers were preparing for the NCAA basketball tournament and, with the NBA draft a just few months away, Mike was hoping for a future in professional basketball. His prospects for an NBA career were good having been invited to several NBA workouts. In July that year his dream became real and Mike signed with the Miami Heat playing in several Heat summer league games. But the summer games and tryouts left Mike tired and weak, more than just normal fatigue after a hard workout. His conditioned worsened and his knee began forming puss-filled sores that left him bed-ridden for two weeks. Doctors diagnosed Mike with a highly contagious bacterial infection called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. MRSA is a type of bacteria resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat most staph infections. The infection in Mike’s knee and the weight loss associated with his fight against the sickness likely ended his NBA career before it started. He never played in a regular season NBA game.

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Innovations in Maintenance Technology

Facility managers with chillers and heat exchangers in their buildings know that a big part of routine maintenance is merely keeping the equipment clean. Cleaning the internal components, cleaning the housing, and even washing down the work area might be a messy and tedious job, but it’s necessary to ensure the proper function of the HVAC system. Clean equipment simply runs better and breaks down less frequently.

Over the years the complexity of HVAC equipment has increased, but many basic maintenance tasks like cleaning haven’t changed very much. Luckily for technicians, the tools needed to perform this work have improved, and dirty jobs like cleaning, pressure washing, or descaling can be completed faster than ever before.

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Webinar! Cleaning and Sanitation in Bakery & Snack Food Manufacturing: A Changing Landscape

A combination of legislation and trends are changing cleaning and sanitation in the bakery & snack food industry. To help participants navigate the changes, Goodway Technologies is hosting a free webinar “Cleaning and Sanitation in Bakery & Snack Food Manufacturing: A Changing Landscape”  on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. EST.  The webinar host, Evan Reyes, will discuss how the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) heightened emphasis on cleaning and sanitation has changed the food and beverage landscape. Trends that are affecting sanitation, such as increased consumer awareness of food allergens and the additional challenges with ready-to-eat (RTE) baked goods, candy and snack bars will also be discussed. Participants will learn about proper cleaning techniques, best practices and available sanitation solutions. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the webinar. Register for free for the webinar here.

Evan Reyes currently serves as National Account Manager for Goodway Technologies, a global sanitation equipment provider, where he specializes in helping customers in the food and beverage industry strengthen their quality and food safety programs through the introduction of new cleaning and sanitation technologies.

Don’t miss this important webinar!

Next Steps:

  • Register for our webinar on January 9 at 11:00 AM EST entitled “Cleaning and Sanitation in Bakery & Snack Food Manufacturing: A Changing Landscape”.
  • Learn more about our solutions for the food and beverage industry.
  • Subscribe to our blog to stay informed about the latest HVAC news and insight.
  • Utilize our in-house experts and allow them the opportunity to assess your specific equipment and determine what cleaning method will offer you the best results.
  • Ask about our customizable capabilities.

Infographic-Products for Cooling Tower Health

A neglected cooling tower can lead to lower efficiency, shorter equipment lifespan and even Legionnaire’s disease outbreaks.  As such, cooling tower maintenance is a must for any proactive facility maintenance professional. ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 is a good resource to use when developing a maintenance and emergency cleaning plan, but where to turn to for equipment? Check out this helpful infographic for some of Goodway’s best products and chemicals for cooling tower maintenance.

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Mission Critical Cooling: Focus on Data Centers

A 2016 report by the Ponemon Institute studied 63 data centers across the United States and calculated that the average cost of a large data center outage is $740,357. That astounding number probably makes IT professionals and data center maintenance staff a little nervous. No one wants to be the person who made a mistake that cost the company $740,357! Businesses that cannot keep data centers online also lose customers, costing the company even more money. Finally, there is the high price to rebuild their reputation and bring customers back. The pressure to keep data centers up and running has never been so high.

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