Hygiene

hospital

Benefits and limits of UV-C Disinfection systems

New UV-C Disinfection technologies are being implemented across the globe in an attempt to eliminate harmful microorganisms before they reach patients.
pesticide resistance

Urbanization turbocharging pesticide resistance

Canada’s growing cities are fueling pesticide resistance as rodents, bed bugs and cockroaches better adapt to human environments.
hotel housekeepers

Precarious work takes toll on hotel housekeepers

A hotel housekeeper in Canada is estimated to assume 8,000 different body postures every shift. Repetitive motion injuries are common.
seasonal influenza

Prepping for flu season with the value of cleaning

Health officials won’t quite know what to expect until later this fall, but facilities should still brace themselves no matter what flu strain will spread.
rodent activity

Warmer weather to boost fall rodent activity

Summer-like conditions this past September and now October may contribute to higher rodent activity in the fall season.
handwashing

Few wash hands properly in germy schools

When educating children and young adults about good hand hygiene practices, it’s important to implement the right handwashing practices.
infection prevention

Better infection prevention needed in schools

Infection prevention and control, while taken seriously in healthcare settings, isn’t always a priority in educational facilities.
pests

No vacancy for pests in hotels

With the right strategy in place, hotels can put out the “no vacancy” sign for pests and help ensure guests have a pleasant stay.
infection control

Infection control downplayed in surface selection

Staff continue to face challenges with cleaning, disinfecting and infection control because purchase items often don’t meet PIDAC best practices.
plastic films

Keeping the dirtiest pests out of foodservice areas

To avoid negative publicity, it’s important to be aware of the dirtiest pests that are the greatest risk to your restaurant area.
cleaning healthcare facilities

Clean healthcare facilities without cutting corners

Cleaning healthcare facilities presents a unique challenges due to the presence of pathogens that require a higher cleaning protocol.
skin dryness

Workers’ hands risk severe skin dryness in winter

Workers in cold environments are at high risk of experiencing severe skin dryness, which is a serious issue often overlooked.
hand hygiene

Improving hand hygiene in healthcare facilities

Studies have shown that the strategic placement of soap and sanitizer dispensers has been shown to influence hand hygiene.
legionella risk

Addressing Legionella risk in buildings

ASHRAE Standard 188, released in 2015, requires that buildings evaluate where Legionella growth may occur in all water and plumbing systems.
bedbugs

Facility fights bedbugs with creative invention

Bedbugs are becoming a huge concern in North America, spreading throughout hotels, stores, offices, apartment buildings.
cockroach infestation renovated schools

Schools face risk of cockroach infestation

Cockroach infestations in schools are not uncommon. All it takes is one female with an egg case to start a population. Here are some prevention strategies.
cleaning audits

Technological advances in cleaning audits

Facilities still don’t perform frequent quality cleaning audits to meet goals, but innovators are developing more accessible and cost-effective tools.