Superbugs--a silent epidemic quietly sweeping their way across the United States--are antibiotic-resistant germs brought about by the overuse of disinfectants and the absence of strict cross-contamination controls by the custodial department.

Superbugs--The Silent Epidemic
Superbugs are antibiotic-resistant strains of disease-causing bacteria that have led to the infection of millions, as well as the annual deaths of tens of thousands of people, just in the U.S.
A superbug is a disease-causing bacteria that is immune to treatment with antibiotics.

Workplace Hygiene

Workplace hygiene is a critical component of cleaning for health first, requiring adherence to high-quality handwashing practices, self-policing desk cleanliness, and shared workspace behaviors.

The Importance of Workplace Hygiene
Poor workplace hygiene can lead to several expensive issues, including absenteeism, presenteeism, and the elusive sick building syndrome.

Mold Cleanup

Mold inside of schools and offices can have a range of effects, from unsightly to deadly, depending on the strain, and has been directly linked to several preventable deaths over the last few months in both school dorms and medical care facilities.

Addressing Mold Cleaning Challenges
A mold cleanup was recently completed by the facilities maintenance staff at Oklahoma University after a series of complaints were filed by students concerned with the potential health issues.

Hand Hygiene And Its Impact On Absenteeism In Schools

Student absenteeism is a critical component of school funding and is directly influenced, almost exclusively, by student health, much of which may be correlated to hand hygiene and school surface sanitation.

How Hand Hygiene May Impact Absenteeism in Schools
School-aged children are highly susceptible to several germs commonly found on surfaces throughout every school and facility in the United States, including:

Influenza - The flu.

Cleaning for Health

Cleaning for health sometimes referred to as green cleaning, is an alternative approach to facilities maintenance and janitorial services which focuses on the use of safer cleaning products, and scientifically advanced equipment to reduce the exposure to toxic chemicals and natural resource waste.

Cleaning for Escalating Flu Conditions

As the flu season ramps up, facilities managers and custodial staff are increasing the frequency of cleaning activities to combat the challenges of the, often deadly, influenza virus.

Increasing Cleaning & Disinfection Services to Combat Rising Instances of the Flu
Over the last few weeks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a sharp spike in confirmed cases of influenza, as well as widespread rates of infection across 48 states.

Don’t Eat At Your Desk

Statistically speaking, your office desk and everything on it is teaming with more germs and bacteria per square inch than the office toilet seat, underscoring the importance of regular cleaning and hand hygiene.

Your Office Desk Could Be Dangerous
Before we begin, it's important to keep a few well-documented facts in mind:

Germs are everywhere.

The High Cost of Low Quality Cleaning

98% of office workers are affected by contagious diseases acquired from the workplace as a direct result of poor cleaning and sanitation practices, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars per year in healthcare costs and absences.

The Cost of Cutting Corners When Cleaning
The temptation to cut corners--it happens to all of us.