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“Thank You for Not Smoking” – Ontario Requires Signage in Trucks

One of the confusing aspects of transporting dangerous goods is the web of different regulations that can affect a shipment. In order to comply fully with a requirement, you must know what regulation imposes that requirement, and carefully study what it says. For example, an Ontario truck driver was recently inspected while carrying flammable liquids. He was told by the inspector that he should have “No Smoking” signs in his truck.


SCA Acquires Wausau Paper

SCA has acquired Wausau Paper for $513 million. SCA’s acquisition of the Wisconsin-based manufacturer strengthens the company’s presence in the North American tissue market. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, pending approval by Wausau Paper shareholders.

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Integrating Steam into Routine Cleaning Practices

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare is a complex continuing care and rehabilitation hospital in the east end of Toronto, ON. In April 2013, the facility moved into a newly-constructed, state-of-the-art hospital two-and-a-half times larger than the previous half-round building. The move to the new hospital provided the opportunity to review our cleaning practices and procedures, and make the necessary improvements.

The Importance of Cleanliness

Cleaning plays a vital role in our daily lives. Be it personal hygiene, such as washing our hands before we eat or covering our mouths when we cough, or setting a standard for environmental cleanliness, effective cleaning is our first line of defense against viruses and infectious diseases. While in healthcare environments the practical value of cleaning is widely accepted, in other fields such as education, property management, foodservice and hospitality, it is seen only as a necessary expense. Most building owners and facility managers view cleaning as a cost rather than an investment. As cleaning solution provider, we need to explain to executives, especially those “who hold the purse strings,” that maintaining a clean environment can pay for itself many times over, and often in surprising ways.

Necessity of Proper Disinfection and Sanitization: Being pro-active to minimize the havoc of antibiotic resistance

Infectious diseases caused by microbes constitute a tenacious and major public-health problem all over the world. Notably, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are the leading cause of death in acute care hospitals in both Canada and the United States. New infectious diseases are constantly emerging and old ones, that were thought to be under control, are regaining lost ground. Microbes smartly change their genetic make-up, which further challenges the development of antimicrobials.

Are Restrooms a Litmus Test for School Quality?

The hallmarks of a good school: brilliant professors, rich traditions, strong job placement rates – and clean, well-stocked restrooms? According to a new survey commissioned by Cascades Tissue Group in advance of Global Handwashing Day (October 15) and the upcoming cold and flu season, 65 percent somewhat or strongly agree that restrooms help shape the perception of the quality of schools they’ve attended over the past 15 years. In fact, 60 percent of those participating in the Cascades 2015 U.S. School Restroom Survey recommend prospective students inspect restroom quality at schools they’re visiting before making decisions to enroll.

Cleaning Industry Embraces Activated Water

Activated or engineered water technology isn’t new to the cleaning industry. In fact, it’s been around for a long time. In the past, this technology required large machines that were cost- and size-prohibitive to most customers. But in recent years, the cleaning industry has seen the emergence of technologies that activate water in small, hand-held devices for commercial cleaning purposes — a huge step forward for the green cleaning market.

Color-coding Prevents Cross Contamination, Breaks Language Barrier

The renewed interest in color-coding systems has largely been triggered by frequent news stories about illnesses in hospitals, schools, restaurants and the like. Sickness can spread through cross-contamination, when an infected person touches something and then a janitor picks up the virus or bacteria on a cloth or mop and transfers it from area to area while cleaning. Color-coded wipes and tools dramatically reduce this problem by containing contagions. For example, restrooms may represent only 5 percent of a building’s space, Neufeld says, but they can house 80 percent of the germs.

Research Continues to Validate Efficacy of UV Disinfection

As hospitals face increasing pressure to reduce their hospital acquired infection (HAI) rates, evidence continues to mount that ultraviolet (UV) disinfection can destroy the pathogens that cause infections. Hospitals using Xenex pulsed xenon Full-Spectrum™ UV room disinfection technology have shown, in multiple peer-reviewed published studies, reductions in HAI rates greater than 50 percent. The Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot™ is the only UV disinfection technology that has been shown, in multiple peer-reviewed published outcome studies, to help hospitals reduce HAI rates.

Trends Report For Retail Industry Released

The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) has released its annual review of the state of retail facilities management and key trends impacting the industry’s leading retailers. The Internet of Things (IoT) tops the five retail industry issues impacting store maintenance professionals and suppliers managing multi-site facilities. While FM cannot control market conditions they can shape the retail environment they operate within by using advanced technology, data management, and developing the diverse set of skills needed for the future.

ISSA Innovation Awards Too Close to Call

Each year, ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, recognizes the industry’s most groundbreaking products and services with its distinguished ISSA Innovation Award Program. Cleaning-industry distributors and end customers may vote to determine the winners at and are automatically entered for monthly drawings to win Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth speakers.

Self-cleaning toilets coming to downtown Montreal next year

Finding a loo in downtown Montreal will get easier next year when the city installs a dozen self-cleaning public toilets. The Ville-Marie borough passed a budget last Thursday of more than $1 million per year for the project, for the next three years. A similar idea last year was shelved due to lack of bidders, but a new call for tenders will be launched soon.

Building Performance Report Shows Growth In Sustainability

Over the past year, global real estate firms have reduced energy consumption in buildings by the equivalent of almost 280,000 barrels of oil and cut carbon emissions by the equivalent of removing 25,000 cars from the road, according to a new report, Greenprint Performance Report: Volume 6, released by the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance. The annual report, which measures the performance of properties owned or managed by Greenprint members, shows that some of the world’s leading real estate firms are on track to reach Greenprint’s overall goal of reducing building emissions and energy consumption by 50 percent by 2030.

Considerations For Green Cleaning

Sustainable business practices have moved from a “nice to have” to a “must have.” To many, the term sustainability means being environmentally responsible but it encompasses much more. Sustainability is the delicate balance of meeting current operational needs without compromising future generation’s ability to do the same. For facility management, this means ensuring building and occupant health and well-being, without harming the environment.

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