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Top Tips for Selecting a Good Washroom Service Company

posted Nov 3, 2017, 12:13 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 12:15 PM ]




Promoting a clean and environmentally conscious workplace not only improves your staff happiness but is also a representation of you as a business owner. Both staff and customers who visit your business expect a clean and well-maintained workplace.

Intrusting your washroom service needs to a well-respected company will relieve the stress of maintaining a highly sterile and clean workplace. Washroom service companies bring with them expertise and quality purpose-made products to match your business needs. However, finding the best company to suit your situation can often take a bit of research.

Here are a few of the best tips to help you find the right washroom service company for your business:

Product Designs and Features

This tip is a no-brainer. When you are looking for washroom accessories you want the most advanced and environmentally friendly products with all the latest features. Have a chat to some washroom service providers about what sets their products apart from their competition. Most providers will have a range of different products on offer. The best way to find the right one is to discuss your needs and ask the company how they can satisfy them.


Read Some Testimonials

Testimonials are a great way to gauge not only the quality of a business but also their service offerings. Customers only write testimonials when the business they are dealing with is performing to or above expectations.

Have a read through some customer testimonials from different washroom service providers to see how pleased their customers are with their service. Have a search for them online as well. Social media reviews will also give you a better understanding of the quality of their service.

Local and Trustworthy

Have a look for local washroom service providers and help support the local industry. Local companies are likely to put more effort into providing a great quality service. Your service provider should look to build real relationships with you and your business and show they care about providing you with the highest possible service.

As they are local, you can speak to other businesses in your area who have dealt with the company to better understand whether they can satisfy your requirements. Having a local provider also makes it easier to hold them to account and they know this, so they will likely go above and beyond to provide you with the best possible service.

Focus on Even the Smaller Things

While all companies will explain that they have the best products and will provide the best service, it’s important that they focus on the small things as well. When chatting to service providers about your washroom needs, analyse their tone of speech and the effort they put into providing quality and helpful information.

Companies who put in the effort to go that extra mile will be a great asset to your business. With it, will bring all the advantages of maintaining a clean workplace for your staff. Working with a transparent and informative company will ensure less stress and more productivity.

Price to Match Service Offerings

If you want the highest quality service, as you can expect, it will cost a bit extra. However, it’s important to ensure that the service offerings match the cost. Speak to a few providers and inquire about their different levels of service and the costs associated with each option. This will give you a baseline to compare costs from different providers, to ensure you get the best possible service without leaving your price range.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY - Place Environment as A High Priority

Environmental impact is no longer just an afterthought or bonus of working with one company. It’s now a very important factor that should be used to guide your decision-making process. Look for a company that has a genuine environmentally conscious outlook on all business operations.

Environmentally conscious companies should be investing in toxin-free and environmentally-friendly products. By working with companies that put an emphasis on the environment, it will reflect well that your business is also environmentally conscious.

As with any long-term decision, it’s extremely beneficial to take some time researching and shopping around before deciding on which washroom service company is right for you. Follow the tips above to ensure you not only get a great service, but also a company that is genuinely concerned about the environment.

Author Bio

This article is written by Alex Hamilton, who writes on behalf of Envirocare Systems – A Perth based earth-friendly washroom accessory provider. You can catch him on Google+.

Glo Germ Mist ingredients

posted Mar 16, 2017, 7:41 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 7:42 PM ]

The following is information from the MSDS sheet for the Glo Germ Mist product.

Glo Germ™ Company 
PO Box 537 
Moab, Utah 84532 

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) 

Section 1: Identification 

GLO GERM™ MIST Refill 
For use in MIST Spray Canister 

Emergency & Information Telephone Numbers 
1-800-842-6622 Glo Germ™ M-F 9 am -5 pm MST 
1101 South Murphy Lane, Moab UT 84532 
1-800-424-9300 ChemTrec® 
NFPA Ratings H F R 1 0 0 

Recommended use: Training aid used to simulate airborne bacteria and demonstrate surface contamination for cleaning technique. For external use only. See product label for specific use and instruction. Do not ingest. Avoid contact with eyes. 

Section 2: Hazard(s) Identification 
  • No hazardous ingredients present in hazardous concentrations. 
  • Health Rating: 1 
  • Flammability Rating: 0 
  • Reactivity Rating: 0 
  • HMIS Rating Scale: 0 = Minimal; 1 = Slight; 2 = Moderate; 3 = Serious; 4 = Severe; N = No information provided by manufacturer; * = Chronic Health Hazard 

Section 3: Composition/Information on Ingredients 
  • Distilled Water < 91% 
  • Glo Germ™ White Powder <10% 
  • Anti-Foaming Agent (Trade Secret) < .04% 
  • Suffocant (Trade Secret) .01% 
  • Note(s): See Section 15 for chemicals appearing on Federal or State Right-To-Know lists. 

Section 4: First-Aid Measures Glo Germ MIST Refill Revision Date: 30-July-2015 Page 2 of 5 
  • Eye contact: Flush with water immediately and for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present. Continue flushing until discomfort is eased. If irritation persists seek medical advice/attention. 
  • Skin contact: If discomfort or redness occurs, wash off with warm water and soap. Should problem persist, seek medical advice/attention. 
  • Ingestion: Drink 1 to 2 glasses of water. Do NOT induce vomiting. Get medical attention if discomfort or symptoms occur. 
  • Inhalation: Move to fresh air. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. 
  • Medical Conditions: Generally aggravated by exposure – Allergic or slight skin irritation may occur. 

Section 5: Fire-Fighting Measures 
  • This product is not flammable. Use fire-extinguishing media appropriate for surrounding materials. 
  • Flash Point: Boils before flashing 
  • Flammable Limits: Unknown 
  • LEL: Unknown UEL: Unknown 
  • Extinguishing Media: No recommendations or restrictions for product. 
  • Special Fire Fighting Procedures: No special firefighting procedures are indicated. 
  • Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: None 

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures 
  • Do not get in eyes. Use personal protective equipment as required. Prevent runoff. For small spills, clean up with an absorbent towel. For larger spillage, absorb with earth, sand or other non-combustible material and transfer to containers for later disposal. Observe government regulations (see section 13). 

Section 7: Handling and Storage 
  • Handling: Use in well ventilated area and avoid contact with eyes. 
  • Storage: For best results, ensure container is tightly closed. Avoid freezing and temperatures above 100 deg F. 

Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection 
  • Eye protection: Not required for normal use. 
  • Skin protection: Not required for single use of short duration. For prolonged or repeated exposure, use impervious clothing over parts of the body subject to exposure. 
  • Respiratory protection: Not required for normal use. 
  • Ventilation: Adequate ventilation in accordance with good engineering practice is necessary. Glo Germ MIST Refill Revision Date: 30-July-2015 Page 3 of 5 

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties 
  • Physical State: Liquid 
  • Appearance: Opaque White, Under UV light will appear blue 
  • Odor: Mild 
  • Odor Threshold: No Information Available 
  • pH: No Information Available 
  • Relative Density: No Information Available 
  • Melting/Freezing Point: No Information Available 
  • Solubility: No Information Available 
  • Initial boiling point/range: No Information Available 
  • Flash Point: Product is aqueous solution containing > 50% water 
  • Evaporation rate: No Information Available 
  • Flammability: No Information Available 
  • Partition coefficient: n-octanol/water: No Information Available 
  • Auto-ignition temperature: No Information Available 
  • Decomposition temperature: No Information Available 
  • Viscosity of Product: No Information Available 
  • VOC Content: Products comply with US state and federal regulations for VOC content. 

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity 
  • Reactivity: None under normal conditions. 
  • Stability: Stable under normal conditions. 
  • Conditions to avoid: None under normal processing. 
  • Incompatibility (materials to avoid): None 
  • Hazardous Polymerization: Will Not Occur 
  • Hazardous Decomposition Products: In the event of combustion, oxides of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur will be formed. 

Section 11: Toxicological Information 
  • Information on likely routes of exposure 
  • Inhalation No known effect 
  • Skin Contact No known effect 
  • Ingestion May cause irritation of the gastro-intestinal tract. 
  • Eye Contact Can be irritating to eyes, especially those with contact lenses. 
  • We have not carried out animal testing, therefore we have no Toxicological Data specifically for this product. The Toxicological Data, where provided by the raw material manufacturer, can be made available upon request. 

Section 12: Ecological Information* (non-mandatory) Glo Germ MIST Refill Revision Date: 30-July-2015 Page 4 of 5 
  • Ecotoxicity: Not regarded as dangerous for the environment. 

Section 13: Disposal Considerations* (non-mandatory) 
  • Disposal should be in accordance with applicable regional, national and local laws and regulations. 

Section 14: Transport Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • Not regulated. 

Section 15: Regulatory Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • SARA Title III SECTION 313: This product contains no chemicals subject to reporting requirements of Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act. 
  • California Proposition 65 (CARCINOGEN): A component of this product is manufactured in a facility that uses a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer* Ingredient Name CAS-Number FORMALDEHYDE 00050-00-0 
  • OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 This product is not considered hazardous as defined. 
  • SARA Sections 311 thru~ 312 Reporting of this product is not required. 
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) All components in this product are listed, or are excluded from listing on the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 8(b) Inventory. 
  • Clean Water Act This product contains no ingredients regulated by the Clean Water Act. 
  • Clean Air Act This product contains no ingredients regulated by the Clean Air Act. 
  • Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAPS) This product contains no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP’s). 
  • Clean Air Act Amendments (ODS) No Glo Germ Company product contains an ozone depleting substance (ODS), nor are any of our products manufactured with them. Glo Germ MIST Refill Revision Date: 30-July-2015 Page 5 of 5 
  • Coalition of Northeast Governors (CONEG) This product is in compliance with CONEG (i.e., total cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury < 100 ppm). 
  • FDA 21 CFR Glo Germ Company products are not listed by the FDA for use under 21 CFR since potential applications are so numerous that specific applications must be submitted to the FDA for inclusion in the 21 CFR FDA listing. 

Section 16: Other Information 
  • *Glo Germ™ Powder is manufactured in a plant that uses Formaldehyde. In 10 years of random sample testing at independent labs, Formaldehyde has not been detected in Glo Germ™ particles. The original manufacturing method included using Formaldehyde for “curing” and the nature of the process ensures that any remaining formaldehyde is offgassed. 
  • Disclaimer: The information contained herein is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Glo Germ™ Company makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, concerning the safe use of this material in your process or in combination with other substances. 
  • *Note: Since other Agencies regulate this information, OSHA will not be enforcing Sections 12 through 15(29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)).

Glo Germ Oil ingredients.

posted Mar 15, 2017, 12:15 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 12:16 PM ]

The following is the MSDS information for the Glo Germ Oil or liquid Glo Germ.

Glo Germ™ Company 
PO Box 537 
Moab, Utah 84532 

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) 

Section 1: Identification 

GLO GERM™ OIL BASE (LIQUID) 

Emergency & Information Telephone Numbers 
1-800-842-6622 Glo Germ™ M-F 9 am -5 pm MST 
1101 South Murphy Lane, Moab UT 84532 
1-800-424-9300 ChemTrec® USA 
1-703-527-3887 ChemTrec® International 

NFPA Ratings H F R 0 1 0 

Recommended use: Training aid used to determine hand washing effectiveness specifically to avoid transmission/spread of microbes. For external use only. See product label for specific use and instruction. Do not ingest. Avoid contact with eyes. 

Section 2: Hazard(s) Identification 
  • No hazardous ingredients present in hazardous concentrations. 
  • Health Rating: 0 
  • Flammability Rating: 1 
  • Reactivity Rating: 0 
  • HMIS Rating Scale: 0 = Minimal; 1 = Slight; 2 = Moderate; 3 = Serious; 4 = Severe; N = No information provided by manufacturer; * = Chronic Health Hazard 

Section 3: Composition/Information on Ingredients 
  • Glo Germ™ Orange Powder:>20% 
  • White mineral oil percentage: <80% 
  • USP White Mineral Oil CAS 8042-47-5 Drakeol ® 19 mineral oil USP 0 1 0 
  • Component Exposure Limits: OSHA, PEL, ACGIG TLV Unites: No limit 

Section 4: First-Aid Measures 
  • Eye contact: Flush eyes with large quantities of water immediately and continue to flush until discomfort is eased. 
  • Skin contact: If discomfort or redness occurs wash off with warm water and soap. 
  • Inhalation: First aid is not normally required. If breathing difficulties develop, move victim away from source of exposure and into fresh air. Seek immediate medical attention. 
  • Ingestion: Seek medical attention if any discomfort occurs. 
  • Medical Conditions: Generally Aggravated by Exposure- Allergic or slight skin irritation may occur. 

Section 5: Fire-Fighting Measures 
  • This material may burn, but will not ignite readily. If container is not properly cooled, it can rupture in the heat of a fire. Vapors are heavier than air and can accumulate in low areas. 
  • Flash Point: > 380°F / 193°C 
  • FP Method: COC, ASTM D92 
  • Flammabilty Class : Unknown 
  • LEL: Unknown UEL: Unknown 
  • Extinguishing Media: Dry chemical, carbon dioxide, foam, or water spray is recommended. Water or foam may cause frothing of materials heated above 212°F. Carbon dioxide can displace oxygen. Use caution when applying carbon dioxide in confined spaces. 
  • Special Fire Fighting Procedures: No special firefighting procedures are indicated. 
  • Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: None 

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures 
  • This material may burn, but will not ignite readily. Keep all sources of ignition away from spill/release. 
  • Prevent spilled material from entering storm drains, other unauthorized drainage systems, and natural waterways. Spilled material may be absorbed into an appropriate absorbent material. 
  • Immediate cleanup of any spill is recommended. 
  • Spilled material and empty containers must be disposed of in accordance with local state, and federal regulations. 

Section 7: Handling and Storage 
  • Storage: Keep container(s) tightly closed. Use and store this material in cool, dry, wellventilated areas away from heat and all sources of ignition. Store only in approved containers. Keep away from any incompatible material (see Section 10). Protect container(s) against physical damage. 

Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection 
  • Eye protection: Not required for normal use. While contact with this material is not expected to cause irritation, the use of approved eye protection to safeguard against potential eye contact is considered good practice. 
  • Skin protection: Not required for single use of short duration. For prolonged or repeated exposure, use impervious clothing over parts of the body subject to exposure. 
  • Respiratory protection: Not required for normal use. If use of material results in vapor or mist, use an organic vapor respirator with a dust and mist filter. All respirators must be NIOSH certified. Do not use compressed oxygen in hydrocarbon atmospheres. 
  • Ventilation:Upon generation of vapor or mist, adequate ventilation in accordance with good engineering practice is necessary. 

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties 
  • Appearance (physical state, color, etc.); Translucent orange 
  • Physical State Liquid 
  • Specific Gravity 0.88 
  • Color/Appearance Transparent Water-white 
  • Odor None 
  • pH Not applicable 
  • Boiling/Cond. Point > 580°F / 303.4°C 
  • Melting/Freezing Point No data 
  • Solubility See Below 
  • Evaporation Rate No data 
  • Vapor Density No data 
  • Vapor Pressure < 0.1 
  • Note: Unless otherwise stated, values are determined at 20°C (68°F) and 760 mm Hg (1 atm). 
  • Odor Threshold: No data 
  • Pour Point: 10°F / -12°C 
  • Solubility in Water: Insoluble 
  • Solubility in Other Solvents: Soluble in Hydrocarbons 
  • Partition Coefficient (n-octanol/water) (Kow): No data 
  • Decomposition Temperature: No data 

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity 
  • Stability: Stable under normal ambient and anticipated storage and handling conditions of temperature and pressure. 
  • Conditions to Avoid: Avoid all possible sources of ignition (see Sections 5 and 7). 
  • Materials To Avoid (Incompatible Materials): strong oxidizing agents. 
  • Hazardous Decomposition Products: Combustion can yield carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other oxides. 
  • Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur. 

Section 11: Toxicological Information 
  • Routes of Exposure: Skin absorption, accidental ingestion or intentional misuse, eye contact, inhalation unlikely. We have not carried out any animal testing, therefore we have no Toxicological Data specifically for this product. The Toxicological Data, where provided by the raw material manufacturer, can be made available on request. Other Health Effects: Low oral toxicity, but ingestion may cause irritation of the gastro-intestinal tract. 

Section 12: Ecological Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • Ecotoxicity: Not evaluated 

Section 13: Disposal Considerations* (non-mandatory) 
  • Small amounts (less than 5 Litres) of unwanted product may be flushed with water to sewer. This material, if discarded as produced, is not a RCRA "listed" hazardous waste. However, it should be fully evaluated for hazardous waste characteristics prior to disposal (40 CFR 261). Use which results in chemical or physical change or contamination may subject it to regulation as a hazardous waste. Along with properly characterizing all waste materials, consult state and local regulations regarding the proper disposal of this material. Container contents should be completely used and containers should be emptied prior to discard. Container rinsate could be considered a RCRA hazardous waste and must be disposed of with care and in full compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Larger empty containers, such as drums, should be returned to the distributor or to a drum reconditioner. To assure proper disposal of smaller empty containers, consult with state and local regulations and disposal authorities 

Section 14: Transport Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Shipping Description: Not regulated Note: If shipped by land in a packaging having a capacity of 3,500 gallons or more, the provisions of 49 CFR, Part 130 apply. (Contains oil) 
  • International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG): Shipping Description: Not regulated 
  • International Civil Aviation Org./International Air Transport Assoc. (ICAO/IATA) Shipping Description: Not regulated 

Section 15: Regulatory Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • *See Section 3 to determine regulatory information required in your City, State, Country. 

Section 16: Other Information 
  • Most Recent Revision 10/22/2014 
  • Glo Germ™ Powder is manufactured in a plant that uses Formaldehyde. In 10 years of random sample testing at independent labs, Formaldehyde has not been detected in Glo Germ™ particles. The original manufacturing method included using Formaldehyde for "curing" and the nature of the process ensures that any remaining formaldehyde is offgassed. 
  • Disclaimer: The information contained herein is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Glo Germ™ Company makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, concerning the safe use of this material in your process or in combination with other substances. *Note: Since other Agencies regulate this information, OSHA will not be enforcing Sections 12 through 15(29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)).

Glo Germ Powder ingredients

posted Mar 8, 2017, 6:32 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 10:34 PM ]

The following is MSDS information for Glo Germ. 


Glo Germ™ Company 
PO Box 537 Moab, Utah 84532 

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) 

Section 1: Identification 
GLO GERM™ POWDER 
All colors 

Emergency & Information Telephone Numbers 
1-800-842-6622 Glo Germ™ M-F 9 am -5 pm MST 
1101 South Murphy Lane, Moab UT 84532 
1-800-424-9300 ChemTrec® 

Recommended use: Training aid used to determine hand washing, cross-contamination avoidance and surface cleaning effectiveness specifically to avoid transmission/spread of microbes. For external use only. See product label for specific use and instruction. Do not ingest. Avoid contact with eyes. 

Section 2: Hazard(s) Identification 
  • No hazardous ingredients present. 
  • Health Rating: 1 
  • Flammability Rating: 1 
  • Reactivity Rating: 0 
  • HMIS Rating Scale: 0 = Minimal; 1 = Slight; 2 = Moderate; 3 = Serious; 4 = Severe; N = No information provided by manufacturer; * = Chronic Health Hazard 

Section 3: Composition/Information on Ingredients 
  • 100% Melamine Resin(plastic) 
  • Component Exposure Limits: OSHA, PEL, ACGIG TLV Unites: No limit 

Section 4: First-Aid Measures 
  • Eye contact: Flush eyes with large quantities of water immediately and continue to flush until discomfort is eased. 
  • Skin contact: If discomfort or redness occurs wash off with warm water and soap. 
  • Ingestion: Seek medical attention if any discomfort occurs. 
  • Inhalation: Move to fresh air. If symptoms persist seek medical attention. 
  • Medical Conditions: Generally Aggravated by Exposure- Allergic or slight skin irritation may occur. 

Section 5: Fire-Fighting Measures 
  • Flammable Properties: During a fire, irritating and toxic gases may be formed. Do not breathe smoke or fumes. Wear suitable protective equipment. 
  • Flammability Class NA 
  • Flash Point: None 
  • Explosive Range: None 
  • Flammable Limits: Unknown 
  • LEL: Unknown UEL: Unknown 
  • Extinguishing Media: Use dry chemical, alcohol foam, carbon dioxide or water spray when fighting fires involving this material. 
  • Fire Fighting Instructions: Keep unnecessary people away. Isolate area. Stay upwind. Wear self-contained breathing apparatus. 
  • Special Fire Fighting Procedures: No special firefighting procedures are indicated. 
  • Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: None 

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures 
  • This product is not defined as a hazardous waste under EPA 40 CFR 261. Sweep slowly to avoid stirring up dust and dispose of in sealed container along with regular waste. Do not flush to sewer to dispose. 

Section 7: Handling and Storage 
  • Handling: When using large quantities use in a well ventilated area. Improper handling may lead to dust cloud formation which, as with any organic dust, may be an explosion hazard. 
  • Storage: Store in a dry area. 

Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection 
Eye protection: Not required for normal use. 
Skin protection: Not required for single use of short duration. For prolonged or repeated exposure, use impervious clothing over parts of the body subject to exposure. 
Respiratory protection: Not required for normal use. 
Ventilation:Upon generation of large amounts of dust, adequate ventilation in accordance with good engineering practice is necessary. 

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties 
  • Form: Powder 
  • Appearance/Color: Typically White, Orange or Yellow under normal light. Under UV light, white will appear blue or green, Orange is fluorescent orange, and Yellow is fluorescent yellow. 
  • Odor: None 
  • Solubility (in water): Insoluble 
  • Boiling Range: None 
  • Evaporation Rate: Non Volatile 
  • Vapor Density: Non Volatile 
  • % Volatile Weight: 0. % 
  • % Volatile Volume: 0. % W
  • eight/Gallon: 11.41 
  • VOC None 
  • Items not applicable to product as material is stable, non-reactive and not a fire hazard the following have not been evaluated further: Auto-ignition temperature, Flammability (solid, gas), Upper/lower flammability or explosive limits, Decomposition temperature, and Viscosity, Upper/lower flammability or explosive limits, Vapor pressure. 

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity 
  • Stable or Unstable: Stable 
  • Conditions to avoid: Heat, sparks, and open flame 
  • Incompatibility (materials to avoid): Strong Oxidizers 
  • Hazardous Polymerization: Will Not Occur 
  • Hazardous Decomposition Products: In the event of combustion, oxides of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur will be formed. 

Section 11: Toxicological Information 
  • Routes of Exposure: Skin absorption not possible as particles are too large, accidental ingestion or intentional misuse, eye contact, inhalation. We have not carried out any animal testing, therefore we have no Toxicological Data specifically for this product. The Toxicological Data, where provided by the raw material manufacturer, can be made available on request. Other Health Effects: ingestion may cause irritation of the gastro-intestinal tract. 

Section 12: Ecological Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • Ecotoxicity: Not regarded as dangerous for the environment. 

Section 13: Disposal Considerations* (non-mandatory) 
  • Dispose of in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. 

Section 14: Transport Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • Not regulated. 

Section 15: Regulatory Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • SARA Title III SECTION 313: This product contains no chemicals subject to the reporting requirements of Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. 
  • California Proposition 65 (CARCINOGEN) This product is manufactured in a facility that uses a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer* Ingredient Name CAS Number FORMALDEHYDE 00050-00-0 
  • OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 This product is not considered hazardous as defined. 
  • SARA Sections 311 thru~ 312 Reporting of this product is not required. 
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) All components in this product are listed, or are excluded from listing on the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 8(b) Inventory. 
  • Clean Water Act This product contains no ingredients regulated by the Clean Water Act. Clean Air Act This product contains no ingredients regulated by the Clean Air Act. 
  • Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAPS) This product contains no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP's). 
  • Clean Air Act Ammendments(ODS) No Glo Germ Company product contains an ozone depleting substance (ODS), nor are any of our products manufactured with them. 
  • Coalition of Northeast Governors (CONEG) This product is in compliance with CONEG (i.e., total cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury < 100 ppm) . 
  • FDA 21 CFR Glo Germ Company products are not listed by the FDA for use under 21 CFR since potential applications are so numerous that specific applications must be submitted to the FDA for inclusion in the 21 CFR FDA listing. 

Section 16: Other Information 
  • Most Recent Revision 11/14/2014 *Glo Germ™ Powder is manufactured in a plant that uses Formaldehyde. In 10 years of random sample testing at independent labs, Formaldehyde has not been detected in Glo Germ™ particles. The original manufacturing method included using Formaldehyde for "curing" and the nature of the process ensures that any remaining formaldehyde is offgassed. 
  • Disclaimer: The information contained herein is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Glo Germ™ Company makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, concerning the safe use of this material in your process or in combination with other substances. 
  • *Note: Since other Agencies regulate this information, OSHA will not be enforcing Sections 12 through 15(29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)).

Glo Germ ingredients - Gel

posted Mar 8, 2017, 8:58 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 9:08 AM ]

The following are Glo Germ ingredients from the MSDS sheet.

Glo Germ™ Company PO Box 537 Moab, Utah 84532 

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) 

Section 1: Identification GLO GERM™ LOTION BASE (GEL) AND SURFACE CLEANING DETECTION GEL 

Emergency & Information Telephone Numbers 
1-800-842-6622 Glo Germ™ M-F 9 am -5 pm MST 
1101 South Murphy Lane, Moab UT 84532 

1-800-424-9300 ChemTrec® 

NFPA Ratings H F R 0 1 0 Recommended use: Training aid used to determine hand washing and surface cleaning effectiveness specifically to avoid transmission/spread of microbes. For external use only. See product label for specific use and instruction. Do not ingest. Avoid contact with eyes. 

Section 2: Hazard(s) Identification 
  • No hazardous ingredients present in hazardous concentrations. 
  • Health Rating: 0 
  • Flammability Rating: 0 
  • Reactivity Rating: 0 
  • HMIS Rating Scale: 0 = 
  • Minimal; 1 = Slight; 2 = Moderate; 3 = Serious; 4 = Severe; N = No information provided by manufacturer; * = Chronic Health Hazard 

Section 3: Composition/Information on Ingredients 
  • Glo Germ™ White Powder:>15% 
  • White lotion percentage: <85% 
  • CETEARETH-20 1-5% CAS-No.: 68439-49-6 
  • The ingredients are present in non-hazardous concentrations. Glo Germ™ Gel/Surface Cleaning Detection Gel are educational training materials. They are NOT cosmetic nor are they a medical device. These products contain: Glo Germ™ Powder Purified Water, Glyceryl Mono Stearate,Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, White Petrolatum, Glycerin, Organic Soy Bean Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Mineral Oil, Carbomer 934, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, & Propylene glycol. Component Exposure Limits: OSHA, PEL, ACGIG TLV Unites: No limit 

Section 4: First-Aid Measures 
  • Eye contact: Flush eyes with large quantities of water immediately and continue to flush until discomfort is eased. 
  • Skin contact: If discomfort or redness occurs wash off with warm water and soap. 
  • Ingestion: Seek medical attention if any discomfort occurs. 
  • Medical Conditions: Generally Aggravated by Exposure- Allergic or slight skin irritation may occur. 

Section 5: Fire-Fighting Measures 
  • This product is not flammable. Use fire-extinguishing media appropriate for surrounding materials. 
  • Flash Point: Boils before flashing 
  • Flammable Limits: Unknown 
  • LEL: Unknown UEL: Unknown 
  • Extinguishing Media: No recommendations or restrictions for product. 
  • Special Fire Fighting Procedures: No special firefighting procedures are indicated. 
  • Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: None 

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures 
  • Spilled material may be scooped or wiped up by using an absorbent towel. Spilled material and empty containers must be disposed of in accordance with local state, and federal regulations. 

Section 7: Handling and Storage 
  • No special precautions need to be taken for safe handling or storage. For best product results: Avoid freezing and temperatures above 100 deg F 

Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection 
  • Eye protection: Not required for normal use. 
  • Skin protection: Not required for single use of short duration. For prolonged or repeated exposure, use impervious clothing over parts of the body subject to exposure. 
  • Respiratory protection: Not required for normal use. If use of material results in vapor or mist, use an organic vapor respirator with a dust and mist filter. All respirators must be NIOSH certified. Do not use compressed oxygen in hydrocarbon atmospheres. 
  • Ventilation:Upon generation of vapor or mist, adequate ventilation in accordance with good engineering practice is necessary. 

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties 
  • Appearance (physical state, color, etc.); Cream, Opaque White 
  • Odor; None 
  • Odor threshold; N/A 
  • pH; 6.50 - 7.50 
  • Relative density; 0.97 - 0.99 @ 68 °F 
  • Melting point/freezing point; Not evaluated 
  • Solubility(ies); dispersible in water 
  • Initial boiling point and boiling range; Not evaluated 
  • Flash point, Boils without flashing 
  • Evaporation rate; N/A 
  • Partition coefficient: n-octanol/water; Not evaluated 
  • Items not applicable to product as material is stable, non-reactive and not a fire hazard the following have not been evaluated further: Auto-ignition temperature, Flammability (solid, gas), Upper/lower flammability or explosive limits, Decomposition temperature, and Viscosity, Upper/lower flammability or explosive limits, Vapor pressure, Vapor density. 

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity 
  • Stable or Unstable: Stable Conditions to avoid: None Incompatibility (materials to avoid): None Hazardous Polymerization: Will Not Occur 

Section 11: Toxicological Information 
  • Routes of Exposure: Skin absorption, accidental ingestion or intentional misuse, eye contact, inhalation unlikely. We have not carried out any animal testing, therefore we have no Toxicological Data specifically for this product. The Toxicological Data, where provided by the raw material manufacturer, can be made available on request. Other Health Effects: Low oral toxicity, but ingestion may cause irritation of the gastro-intestinal tract. 

Section 12: Ecological Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • Ecotoxicity: Not regarded as dangerous for the environment. 

Section 13: Disposal Considerations* (non-mandatory) 
  • Small amounts (less than 5 Litres) of unwanted product may be flushed with water to sewer. Larger volumes should be sent for disposal by approved waste contractor. Consign empty container to normal waste. 

Section 14: Transport Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • Not regulated with the IATA. 

Section 15: Regulatory Information* (non-mandatory) 
  • *See Section 3 to determine regulatory information required in your City, State, Country. 

Section 16: Other Information 
  • Most Recent Revision 01/31/2017 Glo Germ™ Powder is manufactured in a plant that uses Formaldehyde. In 10 years of random sample testing at independent labs, Formaldehyde has not been detected in Glo Germ™ particles. The original manufacturing method included using Formaldehyde for "curing" and the nature of the process ensures that any remaining formaldehyde is offgassed. Disclaimer: The information contained herein is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Glo Germ™ Company makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, concerning the safe use of this material in your process or in combination with other substances. *Note: Since other Agencies regulate this information, OSHA will not be enforcing Sections 12 through 15(29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)).

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 

Dermatologist

Ophthalmologist

Optometrist

Physical therapist

Psychiatrist

OBGYN

ENT

Chiropractor

Masseuse

Dentist

Etc.


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

Etc.


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:

OBGYN

Midwife

Lamaze class info

Lactation specialist

Birthing center


Kid’s Pool:

Pediatrician

Children’s dentist

Autism specialist

Nutritionist

Speech therapist


New health employee orientation pool:

Important contacts

Codes

Handwashing guidelines

Facility health initiatives

Meeting schedules


Health exec:

Reports

Facility health initiatives

Regional contacts

Health association contacts

CDC contacts

Etc.


Injury Pool:

Orthopedic surgeon or specialist

Physical therapist

Pharmacy

Prescription tracking


Vision Pool:

Ophthalmologist

Optometrist

Eyeglass center

Prescription details

1-800-Contacts account

Last check-up


Weight Loss Pool:

Personal trainer

Nutritionist

Yoga/Pilates instructor

Gym info (locations, website, renewal info)


Geriatric Car Pool:

Assisted living facilities

Physical therapist

Primary physician

Hospice

Nutritionist


Holistic Health Pool:

Massage therapist

Acupuncture

Chiropractor

Essential oil

Spiritual consultant

Healer

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. 

Email us at info@OUTFOXprevention.com



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

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