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The Benefits of Using a Professional Washroom Service Company

posted Jan 26, 2017, 6:11 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 6:12 PM ]

Promoting clean and safe working environments should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Hygienic surroundings aren’t just about keeping staff and clients happy either, it’s one of the most essential steps to encouraging a healthier environment all of us can benefit from.

Using the services of a professional washroom company takes the stress away from keeping premises fresh and sterile yourself. But these benefits go well beyond a high level of cleanliness. Paying attention to the image of your business and surroundings is a vital part of positive brand identity. Thus, it makes sense to invest in a level of sanitation that promotes good management, attention to detail and a work environment that cares about its appearance. Here’s why every business should invest in professional washroom services and cleaning.

1. Helps to Promote a Greener, Safer Environment

People that encourage a cleaner environment are raising the standards for everyone around them. We all know about how setting an example can go a long way and it’s these small internal changes we can make that help promote a better world we live in. Many professional cleaning companies are specifically trained and dedicated to creating a cleaner and greener environment. You can request earth-friendly products to be used and work with a green company that practices sustainable cleaning methods too. For businesses that want to support the environment or promote themselves as a green company, these benefits can be significant.

2. Valuable Time and Money Savings

Time and money are two valuable things. Business owners are constantly striving for ways to cut down costs and manage time more effectively, but cleaning services isn’t always in the forefront of their minds to tap into these advantages. Hiring a service that looks solely after the cleaning requirements frees up more time for you to concentrate on the bigger picture. And it doesn’t take long for these valuable time and money savings to be reaped!

3. Ensures Equipment is Properly Maintained

Leaving cleaning services to the professional ensures that all equipment within the workplace is maintained according to any strict health and safety regulations. Some industries rely on this more than others, but every business can benefit from workplace equipment that’s up to scratch. Using cleaning services like washroom accessories, urinal facilities, sanitary disposal, parenting rooms and fly control all require equipment that’s maintained properly.

Trying to look after cleaning requirements such internally can be detrimental to workplaces. Equipment that isn’t maintained accordingly can end up being costly to businesses – especially when avoidable repairs and replacements have to be taken out. It’s important equipment used for such services is upheld by professionals to prevent deterioration and any costly repairs. Look for a professional cleaning company that has a 24-hour response guarantee, this way if there are any problems or breakages with the equipment, the turnaround time to have it fixed is quick.

4. No Need to Worry about Running Out of Supplies

Another valuable way to save time is to assign someone else to keep track of cleaning and equipment supplies. This can encourage a better working environment for office workplaces because business owners can spend more time on what they do best – managing staff and clients. Having a professional cleaning service maintain the workplace washrooms, you never need to worry about running out of supplies as they will keep on top of it for you. 

5. Leave it to the Professionals to Maintain a Germ-free Environment

No business owner, regardless of the industry you’re working in, should have to worry about maintain a germ-free workplace. But every business owner should make it a priority to invest in such cleaning services – because having a clean work environment is a key consideration for boosting productivity and ensuring happy staff and clients. Once a cleaning company is contracted to look after these services, solutions can be tailored to suit the industry environment, client needs and budget. And as long as washrooms, staff kitchens and other key areas are clean and sterile, few people will get sick and nasty germs are less likely to spread resulting in a better health and morale boost for all.

Cleaning professionals are better equipped to deal with what needs to be done. This increases the safety of workplaces and encourages a better environment for everyone – benefits that are vital and valuable.

Author Bio: 

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson who writes for Envirocare Systems (original tite: The Benefits of Using a Professional Washroom Service Company in Perth ) – Perth’s green business dedicated to effectively handling and maintaining all workplace cleaning services. You can catch Jayde on Google+ to discuss this piece.

minnow is a new health provider app

posted Jan 21, 2017, 10:50 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Jan 21, 2017, 10:56 AM ]


Check out a new health app that works like a mobile personal assistant for either 

individuals or health professionals. The minnow app helps you store, organize, and share health contacts. 

Learn more about minnow >

Individuals can store their health service providers so they can remember 

contact information, appointments, instructions, or other details from their visits.

A general health pool that an individual may create and maintain could include minnows like:

Individual health pool

Primary physician

Date for last physical

Health insurance 




Physical therapist








For health professionals, the minnow app can help store vendor information, partner organization 

contact info, product information, and other details related their work in the health field. 

It doesn’t matter whether you work at a hospital, regional facility, small specialist office, health association, and so forth.

For example, an Infection Preventionist may create an infection control pool that contains minnows like:

Infection control professional pool

CDC contacts

Partner facility contacts

Infection control consultants

APIC or APHA show information

Glo Germ rep contact info

Training ideas

Facility initiatives


Besides reminding you of contact or health product information, you can use minnow to 

send health provider recommendations. Individuals can easily send their preferred providers to 

family and friends. And health professionals 

can pass on recommended providers and ideas to colleagues at neighboring facilities or at trade shows.

Still not clear on what minnow does? 

You can read up a little more about what minnow can help you do in the following links. 

See more about minnows >

See more about pools >

Maybe more examples of pools may help clear up how minnow can help you as a health professional. 

Some other health pools may include:

Pregnancy/Birth Pool:



Lamaze class info

Lactation specialist

Birthing center

Kid’s Pool:


Children’s dentist

Autism specialist


Speech therapist

New health employee orientation pool:

Important contacts


Handwashing guidelines

Facility health initiatives

Meeting schedules

Health exec:


Facility health initiatives

Regional contacts

Health association contacts

CDC contacts


Injury Pool:

Orthopedic surgeon or specialist

Physical therapist


Prescription tracking

Vision Pool:



Eyeglass center

Prescription details

1-800-Contacts account

Last check-up

Weight Loss Pool:

Personal trainer


Yoga/Pilates instructor

Gym info (locations, website, renewal info)

Geriatric Car Pool:

Assisted living facilities

Physical therapist

Primary physician



Holistic Health Pool:

Massage therapist



Essential oil

Spiritual consultant


Meditation guru

Other alternative health

Let us know if you want to know more about how you can use the minnow app in your health profession. 

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Waterless urinals make a difference.

posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:20 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 12:21 PM ]

What happens when your bladder is full? Urine trouble. We like to joke, but the way we use urinals is a serious matter. And in a world that’s becoming more green conscious, making the switch to waterless urinals has never been so encouraged.

Waterless urinals are an alternative that rely on gravity to drain. When properly maintained they are odor free and more hygienic. But the real hype lies in the serious impact on people’s savings and the environment.

Urinals Matter

The world is looking at a 40% water shortage by 2030, if consumption habits and industry and production policy are not changed. That shortage would not just affect shower times, but also food security.

Australia, despite being the driest habitable continent, is breaking records with water consumption, according to international water experts Hoekstra and Chapagain. Australians use an average of 341,000 liters of water a year – well above the world average of 57,000 liters.

In commercial premises, conventional urinals can consume up to 20% of fresh water usage, so the role urinals play in meeting reasonable water consumption targets needs to be taken seriously. From hotels to restaurants and corporate office buildings, almost everybody can benefits from waterless urinals.

The Importance of Maintenance

For waterless urinals to be effective in saving time and money, they need to be maintained accordingly. Whilst they do differ with cleaning from water flushing urinals and are easier to look after; they do require TLC to keep in working order. Waterless urinals should be periodically sprayed with a mild cleaner and wiped down and staff should be educated on the plumbing wastepipe system to avoid clogs and damage to the pipe.

Maintaining waterless urinals isn’t too different than maintaining conventional urinals. High traffic areas should be kept clean and disinfected daily but a bi-weekly flush out is sufficient for others. Liquid-seal waterless urinals require less maintenance than dry waterless urinals and won’t need to be repaired or have flush valves replaced, making them a great asset for businesses. Sealant and cartridges will be required with a cleaning agent to disinfect the piping.

Many parts of Australia are supplied with very “hard” water, meaning high in mineral content. This water sees supply pipes and cisterns becoming “furred up” over time, and limescale combines with uric acid salts found in urine to form a hard scale which gradually blocks waste pipes. Bacteria can stick to the limescale on the surface of urine bowls. Waterless urinals avoid this issue, making them easier to clean and maintain than regular water flushing urinals.

Time and Money Savers

Waterless urinals are made of vitreous china or porcelain – as are most toilets. There are two types of waterless urinals. The first uses a liquid sealer and the density difference between the sealant and the liquid waste means that the less-dense sealant floats, creating a barrier. This type of toilet can then either use a cartridge or an integrated drain trap. The cartridge design uses disposable inserts that fit into the urinal base, while the integrated trap uses a liquid that separates waste through a basin trap.

The second type doesn't need a seal to work – it instead uses a flexible silicone diaphragm housed in a removable cartridge. This diaphragm allows the urine to pass through, then seals over, preventing odours from entering the room.

There's also a less common model, manufactured in Australia, that uses solid blocks full of microbes to neutralise bacteria and filter waste downwards.

So not only do waterless urinals not smell, but they are also more hygienic. When urine leaves the body, it’s generally sterile. It's the mixing of water with urine that encourages bacteria to grow. Waterless toilets prevent urine from being exposed to both water, the minerals in water and the air.

On top of that, they don't need water supply pipes or a flush system.

A family with four men or boys, each flushing a 5.7 litre toilet three times a day would save 24,800 litres of water a year if they installed a waterless urinal. Such water savings can be translated into money savings, on top of the savings in maintenance and time.

Be Part of the Solution

A lot of that water consumption is taken up by industry and business, but families, government institutions, and medium sized businesses can still do their part.

There are numerous ways individuals and organisations can save water – from shorter showers, to recycling house water, using water tanks, and alternative farming methods. A waterless urinal is one of these measures that is worth looking into.

Some institutions, such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, are installing waterless urinals in order to reduce water consumption. You too can be part of the eco-friendly solution today.

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson who writes for Envirocare Systems – Perth’s green business dedicated to handling auditing and effective waterless urinal maintenance. You can catch Jayde on Google+ to discuss this piece.

Staying Safe: Infection Control In Rehabilitation Centers

posted Oct 25, 2016, 8:34 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Oct 25, 2016, 8:39 AM ]

Infection control in rehabilitation centers and other alternative healthcare facilities is just as important as infection control in a conventional hospital setting. Because they tend to be high traffic institutions, with many transitory patients passing through on a daily basis, maintaining a clean environment for all members of staff, patients and visitors remains vital.               

A Setting that Poses its Own Unique Challenges

In rehabilitation facilities where individuals are receiving treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, healthcare professionals have to work within certain difficult parameters, such as not knowing whether their patients have recently taken either drugs or alcohol, and knowing that they are likely to lie about their consumption levels or their behaviors whilst under the influence. Why is this problematic for health care providers? Because addiction can lower your inhibitions and increase your likelihood to engage in risk taking behaviors that you would be unlikely to engage in without the influence of drugs or alcohol. In a recent study 51% of females under the age of 25 reported engaging in risky behaviors whilst under the influence: this can be as large as engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse with someone of unknown sexual history or as seemingly small as eating food that has been prepared in an unsanitary environment or not cooked properly. However both of these actions can lead to an increased risk of infection entering the facility environment, as they could cause embarrassing illness outbreak and lead to germs being spread in problem areas, such as bathrooms.

The Importance of Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene remains the most effective and least expensive measure that centers and facilities can adopt to prevent the transmission of pathogenic organisms in any healthcare setting, such as a hospital, rehabilitation or treatment center. Despite this knowledge about the importance of hand washing, compliance with good hand hygiene techniques remains dismal. In fact, an average of only 30%–50% of individuals regularly wash their hands and maintain good hand hygiene: it is predicted that this figure is lower amongst the addict community.                                     

Good hygiene is particularly important in rehabilitation facilities because chronic diarrhea is a very common symptom of drug withdrawal, particularly if substances like heroin, ketamine and dextromethorphan are withdrawn suddenly.  Fluid loss is a huge problem for individuals suffering from associated vomiting and diarrhea as a result of withdrawal, so it is important that their hydration levels and electrolyte intake remains high: this poses another logistical problem for rehabilitation health care providers, as they need to ensure they have drinking water situated in a way that is convenient for individuals that need regular bathroom access without increasing the likelihood of experiencing cross contamination. C. difficile, the bacteria and spores of which are found in feces, can be picked up from contaminated bathrooms and surfaces (such as doors or drinking fountains) and can cause potentially fatal infection, so it is important that exposure to this bacteria is reduced as much as possible.

Ask, Wash, Share

In order to keep infection and the spread of bacteria to a minimum, it is OK to ask clinicians, nurses and patients if they have washed their hands and to allow time for hand washing during appointments and treatment if necessary. Hand gel and other mobile sanitizers can be hugely useful in these circumstances, and having the products visible and available can help serve as a visual reminder of the importance of hand washing. Hand washing can even be used as a shared experience, and could be utilized as a way to begin group therapy and rehabilitation sessions (washing the hands both of the germs they contain and of the problems of the day). A huge 4% of hospital inpatients will acquire a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) as a result of their hospital or healthcare facility stay, and in the worst case scenarios these infections can prove fatal. That’s why it’s so important for clinicians and staff working within rehabilitation centers and other alternative health care facilities to practice good hand hygiene and take as many steps as possible to ensure infection control during the treatment of their patients. 

Understanding and Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections – Infographic

posted Jan 18, 2016, 9:42 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 12:54 PM ]

Please enjoy this infographic to help understand and prevent HAI's (Hospital Acquired Infections). 

Infographic brought to you by Cleaning Services Group of UK

Germ Songs to teach hand washing and infection control

posted Jan 8, 2016, 10:16 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 12:55 PM ]

This is song list 2 of 3 for hand washing rhymes. Songs about germs can help engage children to wash their hands better. Fun activities will often lead to a higher retention of the concepts, which is a great start to habits. Classrooms are areas that harbor germs and viruses. As a teacher, you need to be constantly reminding just to keep most the class healthy. 

Cold and flu season can hit schools hard. If your students aren't up to date with hygiene habits (hand washing, coughing, sneezing, staying home when sick, etc.) then you could have a real issue on your hands within a few days.

We try to give activity ideas that can be used in most classrooms. We also promote the usage of Glo Germ. Glo Germ comes in gel, powder, or mist form to simulate all the ways that germs can spread. You simply apply the germs and let the students see them under a black light. You can test handwashing with Glo Germ or show how a cough can travel. 

Hope you survive the sick season!

One, Two, Rinse Off the Germs

Tune:  One, Two, Buckle My Shoe


One, Two, rinse off the germs 
Three, Four, add some soap 
Five, Six, scrub again 
Seven, Eight, wash away 
Nine, Ten, clean again!

Actions:  Kids can rub their hands together while singing the song

Eency Weency Viruses

Tune:  Eency Weency Spider


Eency weency viruses took over my hands again!
I walked to the sink and washed it down the drain
Now each time a germ gets on my hand
I scrub it off with soap and rinse the germ away!

Actions:  Kids can do the actions for the following words:

Hand – Point one finger in the middle of the opposite hand

Away – Throw both hands high in the air


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Glo Germ Christmas Holiday Infection Control Lesson

posted Nov 9, 2015, 7:29 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 12:56 PM ]

Use Glo Germ to teach a great infection control lesson during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday seasons.

 Glo Germ Health Lesson

Glo Germ Lesson: All I Want For Christmas

All I Want For Christmas


Content Objective:

The students will be able to practice effective hygiene principles in preparation for the holiday break in order to reduce the amount of illnesses brought back to school.  The optional 3 week span will help build good habits.  Also, the students will understand the good (Nice) and bad (Naughty) nature of germs. 


Glo Germ Kit, colored paper, scissors, glue, markers, glitter, educational and promotional posters, prizes (i.e. pencils, magnets, etc.), Certificates of Achievement, and any other design materials.


  • Habit
  • Hygiene Principle
  • Mores

Building Background Knowledge:

Ask students the following questions:

  • How long does it take to build a habit?
    • The average time to build a habit is three weeks.
  • Why is it important to form a habit of practicing good hygiene principles at school, home, or in public?
    • It is a very responsible thing to do in order to not get sick often and also to not spread illnesses to other people.



  • Discuss with the students which hygiene principles would be easy to follow/practice as a class for the 3-4 week period leading up to the holiday break.  Decide on at least three habits to track.
  • Use the Glo Germ to illustrate how germs spread and affect us daily.
    • Have students apply the Glo Germ Gel or Powder.  Make sure they get it all over their hands (i.e. doorknobs, sinks, pencils, or other designated area)
    • Using the black light, show students how germs lurk on their hands
    • Have them wash their hands and check for the germs again
    • Use the Identifier Lotion or Powder for many of the activities and games supplied by OUTFOX in this manual



You must prepare the students for habit building exercises (training, tracking method, follow up, incentives, etc.).  Discussing that the lesson will extend past the current activity (recommended to last at least three weeks before the holiday break) is imperative for the students to adjust their mindsets.  The planned activity for this lesson is for the students to create their own germ and “Holiday Hygiene Chain.”

A proper introduction to the lesson includes using the Glo Germ training kit and the related tools.  Explain how germs seem to get the best of us during the colder times of the season.  The fluorescent simulation germs of GloGerm create a “gross out” out factor that will get the students’ minds focused on increasing their hygiene standards. 

As part of the lesson, introduce how there are good germs and bad germs (i.e. Naughty and Nice germs).  Explain that we need to work hard to keep Naughty germs off our hands by washing them often (before class, before and after recess and lunch, and whenever they are visibly dirty, etc.). 

The students should then be introduced to the “Holiday Hygiene Chain.” Discuss that each day, every student can cut a link from their chain after washing their hands (you specify the time for these daily hand washings- most teachers schedule the hand washing before lunch). 

The chain will get smaller the closer the holiday break comes.  By the time the holiday arrives, the students should have a habit of washing their hands well before a meal or whenever you schedule the hand washing session.

To create initial excitement for the germ creation and chain building, explain that there will be a prize for the best looking Naughty and Nice germ (or other type of contest you choose). 

Give Certificates of Achievement to all students.  Hand out prizes to the winners of the designated contest or as you see fit.

“Hands On Experience:”


  • Have the students draw, color, and cut out their germ they create.  The germ they create serves as the top piece where the chain will attach. 
  • Have the students create a linked chain from colored paper (color of their choice).  Determine the amount of days from the training until the holiday break (or other day). 
  • Paste or tape the chain to the germ.
  • Hang the Holiday Hygiene Chains on the wall where they can be accessed by the children.
  • Each day, the students can cut a link from the chain after washing their hands.  Multiple hand washings in the day can make up for days that the student was absent.

Wrap Up:


  • Take note of the attitude changes of the students as the time goes by.  Do they remember to wash their hands?  Are they eager to get another link cut off?  Are they washing their hands more often in other situations in result of the habit forming exercise?  Are the students beginning to police themselves because of the enlightened hygiene standards?

Home Connection:


  • Have the students create and start their own Holiday Hygiene Chain at home with family and friends.  Send a note home that explains the chain and how the student can cut a link when they wash their hands at home (one a day).
  • Send the students’ created germs and any remaining links home with them when the holiday break begins.
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Preparation for a Glo Germ lesson

posted Oct 11, 2015, 10:39 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 12:57 PM ]

Steps to follow for an effective infection control lesson

Preparation for Your Training 

  1. If you purchased the Glo Germ system, review all of the materials in the package you have purchased. Please read all of the suggestions and warnings to avoid any unwanted result. 
  2. Write out an outline of how your training will proceed that will be optimal for your audience. See the subsection “Conducting Health Assessments” to help prepare for your training (previous blog post). Make sure to properly introduce the training to get the maximum results. An outline might contain the following sections: 
    1. Introduction (explain the hygiene issue and related statistics) 
    2. Activity explanation (explain the glow in the dark element and how it ties into unseen germs) 
    3. Perform the activity (show where you planted the invisible/semi-invisible Glo Germ gel/powder with a black light or have the audience apply lotion/powder) 
    4. Post activity explanation (explain how germs stick around despite our efforts to remove them). 
    5. Recognition (point out good examples of those audience members that were able to clean the best). 
    6. Conclusion (tie in the training to your organization and its goals) 
  3. If applicable (according to training suggestions below), plant some Glo Germ powder before any member of your audience enters the room. 

Quick Training Instructions: 
  1. Preface the trainings and what the audience will experience. 
  2. Apply Glo Germ lotion, powder, mist, or spray OR reveal that you have applied the materials to counters, students, papers, etc. 
  3. Use the black light to show the effect of germ spreading. 
  4. Have participating (effective if all have Glo Germ (or Glitterbug) lotion/powder applied to hands) students wash hands and other affected areas. 
  5. Re-Check applied areas with the black light to emphasize hygiene. 
  6. Conclude with explanations and statistics.

Your Glo Germ training system

If you purchased Glo Germ, the packet in front of you will likely resemble what is shown in the featured picture here: Glo Germ. Package contents may differ depending on the package or training version purchased. If you have questions about any of the package contents after reading the Training Instructions please call or email us. For best results, use the Program, Game and Activity Ideas in this blog roll. A single training can be forgotten more easily than a well thought out program that uses many elements of teaching and learning.

Good luck!

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The Definitive Child Road Safety Guide

posted Jul 27, 2015, 9:57 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 12:57 PM ]

Knowing and applying these safe steps is considered as a significant contribution towards creating more vibrant and liveable communities and attaining safe and sustainable transport to the benefit of all who use the roads.

A Look at Child-related Road Accidents Worldwide

  • · Every 4 minutes, a child in some part of the world is involved in a road accident.­ 
  • · According to the World Health Organization: For children 15-17 years old, there is no greater threat to their lives than road traffic crashes. 
  • · Boys account for nearly twice as many road traffic deaths as girls worldwide. This increased risk for boys is thought to be due to greater exposure to traffic, as well as a tendency for boys to take more risks than girls. 
  • · 38% of children involved in road accidents are pedestrians in Low to Middle income countries. 
  • · 36% of children involved in road accidents are passengers in High income countries. 

Seven Strategies to Keep Kids Safe on the Road 

  1. Don’t exceed 20 mph or 30 kph in high-pedestrian traffic areas 
    1. Speed is the number 1 contributing factor in every road accident. That’s why speed must be limited and controlled on every high-pedestrian traffic area such as schools and residences. 
    2. Driving with a speed limit of up to 20 miles per hour or 30 kilometres per hour reduces the dangerous aspect of a car greatly. 
  2. Never drink and drive 
    1. Going beyond 0.05g/dl BAC (blood alcohol concentration) increases the risk of road-related accidents by 2500% or 25x. 
    2. UAE enforces a strict rule when it comes to drinking alcohol. So don’t even drink a sip if you’re going to drive.
  3. Wear helmets 
    1. For cyclists, this is the single most effective strategy to reduce the risk of head injuries that are mostly fatal in nature. 
    2. A helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 69%--decreasing death risk by as much as 40%. 
  4. Wear restraints in vehicles 
    1. Aside from wearing a seat belt, putting children on restraints while riding a vehicle are estimated to reduce significant injuries by 59%, fatalities by 70% on infants, and between 54-80% on young children. 
    2. Restraints include specialised and age-appropriate car seats and booster seats. 
  5. Improve visibility 
    1. Wearing light coloured clothing and using reflective materials on articles such as backpacks and vests are effective ways to improve a child’s visibility on the road at any time. 
    2. For motorists, opening the vehicle’s lights is known to reduce traffic crashes by 29%. 
  6. Get trained or informed in providing appropriate care 
    1. Learning certain emergency care techniques and first aid will benefit the young children involved in a road scuffle. Because of their age, the young have an extraordinary capacity for recovery.
  7. Educate both children and motorists 
    1. Being actively involved in teaching children and motorists alike in the discipline of safe driving and exercising judgment on the road prove invaluable to every person in lessening life-threatening risks. 
    2. Sharing the importance of adhering to laws and regulations, teaching proper road ethics and etiquette and educating about the meaning of road signs will help reduce the probability of a child being involved in a road accident. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. 

About the Author:

Born and raised in the Philippines, Joanna has been living in Dubai with her family for the past 10 years. Her journey to parenthood inspired her in spearheading, the best parent's planning platform for after school kids activities in UAE.

Glo Germ for Food Processing Organizations

posted Jun 1, 2015, 2:02 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 2:03 PM ]

Almost every week there are reports of people getting sick, getting checked into hospitals, and some evening dying over contaminated food.

Salmonella in spinach, contaminated cantaloupes, bad broccoli, and so forth. These contaminated food reports aren't even mentioning the bacteria that often comes from meat processing plants.

In reality, most food processing operations are constantly struggling with the potential of foodborne illness outbreaks.  It only takes one outbreak to shut down operations, ruin brands, and alter the quality of life for a consumer.

The only way to avert a foodborne illness outbreak is to have a thorough hygiene and infection control program.  The program needs to be instituted from executives to the janitorial staff. The avoidance of germs needs to be almost religious for all the employees. One employee's negligence can bring the whole system down.

Besides introducing rules, reminders and hype around the program, you need the right teaching tools.  The Glo Germ System is a tool that can get your organization on track and excited about infection control.

Glo Germ helps your staff members realize how germs spread and which operations are letting germ enter the food.  Hand hygiene and hand washing stations are musts to combat germs and reduce the spreading.  The fluorescent powder and gel tests handwashing through UV black light technology.  Simply use the blacklight to test how well the hands were washed.

The need to train on glove usage is very important as well.  Glove (and other personal protective equipment - PPE) usage is often misunderstood by many workers.  Gloves may may block the bacteria and other germs from the employees' hands (although studies show that germs can penetrate). However, the gloves are also conductors of germs as workers touch various places with germ covered gloves.  

Glo Germ shows the spread from the dirty glove usage (because workers rarely switch for new gloves between tasks). Also, glove removal is a cause of for germ spreading.  Employees often flip contaminated material during removal.  Glo Germ gels and powders are simulation germs that work to teach proper handling! 

Glo Germ can help your food workers and janitorial staff see how well they are cleaning up crucial areas. If the cleaning is not conducted correctly then there is no clean process or machinery that will combat an already contaminated area.  Glo Germ helps test the environmental cleaning processes.

If you need more ways to use Glo Germ in your food processing plant then please contact us.

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