The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed poor indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental threats to public health. Because most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, the need to engineer commercial spaces to improve air quality – and the indoor environment in general – and limiting the spread of pathogens becomes increasingly more critical. We address this challenge by offering products that create clean surfaces, clean air, and clean water in addition to clean hands. We also know from the news that our aging water infrastructure cannot be depended upon to deliver clean, safe water. In 2104 the World Health Organization (WHO), the White House, and the European Union went public with the growing threat of microbial resistance to antibiotics. With antibiotics becoming less effective, it again will be possible to die from simple bacterial infections that were treatable in the recent past. Below is a brief overview of some of the proven technologies we employ to combat the aforementioned threats to our health.
BioProtect for surfaces: BioProtect, when applied to a surface, provides a long-term biostatic layer of protection.
BioProtect for laundry: We can make antimicrobial clothing, sheets, and blankets. And it can be done conveniently in a standard home laundry setting.
Sanders Filters: These filters are used in homes on the HVAC system, and they can be configured for point-of-use systems. They provide submicron filtration from .1 micron and higher, the size of known pathogens.
Pure Hand hand sanitizer: Pure Hand is safe, non-flammable, and doesn’t dry the skin.
Point-of-use water filters: These filters are for showers and sinks, filtering out as much as 99.99999% of all bacteria.
Shown below are some of the conditions and pathogen-driven illnesses affecting people in the settings of various commercial enterprises that we are able to address with our HELP, along with links to studies and stories that highlight some of the issues in particular categories:
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a phenomenon affecting building occupants who claim to experience discomfort and negative health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building but where no specific illness or cause can be identified. SBS also is used interchangeably with “building-related symptoms”, which orients the name of the condition around patients rather than a “sick” building. A 1984 World Health Organization (WHO) report suggested up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide might be subject to complaints related to poor indoor air quality. Read more here…ht some of the issues in particular categories:
Our program addresses surface hygiene, air quality, and water hygiene within your facility. Our measured, quantified system evaluates air, water, and surface hygiene, and the information is used in an approach that combats the hidden cost of presenteeism and absenteeism. The insurance industry estimates that the annual cost of absenteeism per employee costs between $800 and $1,200 a year. The cost of presenteeism is estimated significantly higher at $1,000 to $1,800 per employee annually. Take a minute to sort out what illnesses cost your company. HELP addresses presenteeism and absenteeism with these simple programs. We can demonstrate that our program will pay for itself with reduced labor costs in daily cleaning.
Enhance air filtration with energy savings: We study the effect of outdoor air pollution on the productivity of indoor workers at a pear-packing factory. We focus on fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a harmful pollutant that easily penetrates indoor settings. We find that an increase in PM2.5 outdoors leads to a statistically and economically significant decrease in packing speeds inside the factory, with effects arising at levels well below current air quality standards.
Hand hygiene program: Hand hygiene interventions have been, and will continue to be an important component of the public health response to seasonal and pandemic influenza.
Surface hygiene program: The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential role of fomites in human parainfluenza virus 1 (HPIV1) transmission by assessing the occurrence of HPIV1 on surfaces in an adult setting (office).
Our program addresses surface hygiene, air quality, and water hygiene within your facility. Our measured, quantified system evaluates air, water, and surface hygiene, and the information is used in an approach that combats the hidden cost of presenteeism and absenteeism. Our program also limits the money spent on cleaning. Submicron air filtration is a persistent cleaning technology. It easily will reduce the costs tied to massive amounts of dusting generally required to keep surfaces clean. Your marketing edge becomes an allergy and asthma-friendly environment for employees and customers. Many retail establishments have a need for higher levels of cleanliness, such as pharmacies and grocery stores. We can demonstrate that our program will pay for itself with reduced labor costs in daily cleaning.
Enhanced air filtration with energy savings: Identifying air pollutants that pose potential adverse health exposures in retail stores will facilitate exposure mitigation. Assessing the role of ventilation in mitigating this exposure is important to understand the energy implications of maintaining acceptable indoor air quality.
Surface hygiene program: Increases in population growth and mobility have enhanced pathogen transmission and intensified the difficulty of interrupting disease spread. Control of viral disease spread requires a clear understanding of how viruses are transmitted in the environment.
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Schools are the epicenter of disease outbreaks in our communities. The Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as a top environmental threat in the United States (Read about the IAQ program here). HELP addresses surface hygiene, air quality, and water hygiene within your facility. Our program addresses surface hygiene, air quality, and water hygiene within your facility. Our measured, quantified system evaluates air, water, and surface hygiene, and the information is used in an approach that combats the hidden cost of presenteeism and absenteeism. Productivity levels in schools drop when teachers and students are absent. Improved indoor air quality in schools is a program pushed by the EPA to enhance hygiene and air quality in school systems throughout the country. Outbreaks of various diseases are growing. Numerous schools are shut down annually for decontamination. This year we have had outbreaks linked to whooping cough, mumps, and measles. These outbreaks impact both the school and community. We can demonstrate that our program will pay for itself with reduced labor costs in daily cleaning with our Benefits Calculator. These savings allow the workforce to focus more energy on deferred maintenance in the school.
Enhance air filtration with energy savings: Ventilation is associated with thermal comfort and students’ learning outcomes. The ventilation system requires scheduled maintenance or replacement as well as ongoing ventilation adjustment to accommodate the number of students at any one time.
The Built Environment and Childhood Allergic Asthma: Susan Lynch presents potential links between the built environment and childhood allergic asthma.
Surface hygiene program: The benefits of good hygiene and proper cleaning can be a hard sell because they are not clearly visible in the short term. However, the benefits for our students are huge in reduced absenteeism and reduced health care costs.
Prevention of norovirus infection in schools and childcare facilities: The particular focus of the report is on norovirus, which is of major public health importance. It is one of the most common causes of childhood gastroenteritis and with epidemiological characteristics that promote a high rate of infectivity and transmission.
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Our program addresses surface hygiene, air quality, and water hygiene within your facility. Our measured, quantified system evaluates air, water, and surface hygiene to combat the spread of secondary infection within your facility. The hand wipes used in gyms today don’t work. In fact, they help to grow the microbial resistance problem while draining your pocketbook. The labels list the dwell time for the product at 3 minutes. The last time we wiped down a piece of equipment with a disposable wipe, it was dry in seconds (virtually no dwell time). Odor is another issue in fitness facilities. Our persistent cleaning technologies combat odor-causing germs. We move to a green cleaning program using water and microfiber on your gym equipment. We save you money and keep your facility measurably cleaner at a lower cost. Our eco-friendly program will make your facility friendly to those with asthma and allergy concerns. One simple protocol change of requiring everyone entering to apply hand sanitizer will go a long way toward keeping your facility healthier and cleaner. Towels can be protected from odor-causing bacteria using our laundry program, discussed elsewhere on this site. We can demonstrate that our program will pay for itself with reduced labor costs in daily cleaning.
Enhanced air filtration with energy savings: How coughs and sneezes float farther than you think, discussed in this novel study that uncovers the way coughs and sneezes stay airborne for long distances.
Hand hygiene program: Absenteeism due to illness from transmissible infections is a major problem in educational institutions.
Alcohol-free instant hand sanitizer reduces elementary school illness absenteeism: Compared to the hand washing-only control group, students using an alcohol-free instant hand sanitizer were found to have 41.9% fewer illness-related absence days, representing a 28.9% and a 49.7% drop in gastrointestinal- and respiratory-related illnesses, respectively.
Surface hygiene program: A person’s mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour — material largely left behind by previous occupants and stirred up from the floor — according to new research by Yale University engineers.
Laundry program: According to Discovery News, some of the astronauts’ exercise clothes are treated with a formulation of 3-(trimethoxysilyl) propyldimethyloctadecyl ammonium chloride, which manufacturer PureShield claims to disrupt microbial membranes. Others are impregnated with copper, which claims to be toxic to microbes at high doses.
Improving hygiene in your assisted living facilities can impact the bottom line. When your guests and their families are happy, they are more likely to actively promote your business. In 2104 the World Health Organization, White House, and the European Union went public with the growing threat of microbial resistance to antibiotics. With antibiotics becoming ineffective, it will again be possible to die from simple bacterial infections that were treatable last year. The need to engineer spaces to limit the spread of pathogens becomes increasingly more essential. We address this challenge by offering products that create clean surfaces, clean air, and clean water in addition to clean hands. The No. 1 capital expense in senior care is the replacement of the carpet. Most of the carpet is replaced because of odor, not wear. Our surface protection system works wonders on the odor and will impact how often you need to change the carpet. We can demonstrate that our program will pay for itself with reduced labor costs in daily cleaning.
Hand Hygiene in Skilled Nursing Facilities: This paper focuses on one of the pillars of an infection control program: Hand Hygiene. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention identifies hand hygiene as the number one thing a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of infection.
High rates of MRSA transmission found between nursing home residents, health-care workers: Healthcare workers frequently contaminate their gloves and gowns during everyday care of nursing homes residents with drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, according to a 2015 study.
Senior living community takes precautions after two Legionnaires’ cases found: A four-month-old senior living community in Maryland is taking precautionary measures after two residents were found to have Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal lung infection contracted through the inhalation of bacteria-contaminated water droplets.
Clean laundry is critical in the hospitality and medical industries. Our program fits well with the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) requirements (Read more here…). We can further provide you with the ability to make your laundry antimicrobial in your tunnel washers. The scope of HLAC requires hand hygiene, air quality and surface hygiene. They also require vehicles to be sanitized. Textiles are just another surface, and they are the surface that contacts patients the most in the hospital, so all surfaces to include air, are vital to address, too.
Enhanced air filtration with energy savings: The results of this study suggest that aerosol partitioning from the routine handling of soiled textiles can contribute to airborne exposures to bacteria, fungi and pathogens in the health care environment.
Nearly half of hospital uniforms are washed in temperatures too cool to kill bacteria, says DMU research: De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) researchers have recommended there should be national guidelines set for washing uniforms of nurses and other hospital staff after it was revealed 49 per cent of those surveyed did not use water hot enough at home to kill off certain bacteria.
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Margins remain tight in the hospitality industry. There are a few major hotel companies experimenting with super health rooms. HELP for the hospitality industry can set a hotel apart from the competition. Allergy / asthma-friendly rooms will attract customers as those affected by these issues are a significant demographic. Our system provides enhanced hygiene that can be used to encourage the return of frequent travelers who need or seek healthy asthma-friendly rooms.
Enhanced air filtration with energy savings: The results of this study suggest that aerosol partitioning from the routine handling of soiled textiles – sheets, bedding, etc. – can contribute to airborne exposures to bacteria, fungi, and pathogens in the hospitality environment.
Effectiveness of Laundering Processes Used in Domestic (home) Settings (2013): While this focuses on home laundry, the principles easily extrapolate to a commercial setting in hospitality-driven businesses.
Water hygiene program: Legionella is a growing concern. Numerous hotels have had legionella problems in 2016. Water hygiene is important.
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Surface hygiene is a significant issue in the first responder community. Our police and fire departments are on the front line of pandemics. Keeping the fire and rescue crews safe and limiting the spread of disease in the community by having clean ambulances are critical. Environmental hygiene is needed in vehicles, offices, and storage areas. Ambulances throughout the world are contaminated with bacteria. Hygiene standards remain low because of workloads that don’t allow time for proper cleaning. Also, an issue is the use of hand wipes that don’t provide enough dwell time to kill the bacteria on the surfaces on which they are used. The cleaning tools used actually help to grow superbugs by using sub-lethal doses of disinfectant. The bacteria then turn the disinfectant into a food source. The turnout gear used by fire services smells, and that should be addressed. Helmets, hoods, and masks all are potential sources of infection. The introduction into the first responder community of the Healthier Environmental Living Program with persistent cleaning technology will curb secondary infections suffered by employees and patients. It will provide a marked morale boost because the gear they have to pull on doesn’t reek.
Microbial Air Quality and Bacterial Surface Contamination in Ambulances During Patient Services: This study revealed high microbial contamination (bacterial and fungal) in ambulance air during services and higher bacterial contamination on medical instrument surfaces and allocated areas after ambulance services compared to the start of ambulance runs. Additionally, bacterial and fungal counts in ambulance air showed a significantly positive correlation with the bacterial surface contamination on medical instruments and allocated areas.
Study Reveals EMS MRSA Infection Risks: Exposure to microscopic superbugs like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) go undetected in our daily work and can be responsible for prolonged hospitalization, amputations, and severe organ damage
Bacteria as the menace to human life in sanitary ambulances: Bacteria isolated from the surface of internal ambulance paneling can be a certain threat to patients' health with lowered immunity and/or during immune-suppressing treatment, particularly Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus haemoliticus.
Medical facilities such as those used by clinics, dentists, and veterinarians can greatly benefit from our HELP. It will reduce odor and secondary infections, keeping the environment clean helps to reduce secondary infections. Bioaerosols, surface contamination, and odor all negatively impact these businesses. Bio-loading in the air, water, and on surfaces highlight that all modes of transmission need to be addressed.
Bio-aerosol sampling for airborne bacteria in a small animal veterinary teaching hospital: The detection of significantly higher airborne microbial loads in different rooms at different times of the day suggests that the probability of acquiring nosocomial infections is higher at these times and locations.
Hand Hygiene practices in a dental teaching center: The data here suggest areas of improvement: (1) A comprehensive intervention including care organization/clinic ergonomics/planning/anticipation of materials needed for care; (2) the development of HH education program should include the educators since the behavior of students is strongly influenced and formed by their mentor’s attitude and behaviors.
Self-reported hand hygiene perceptions and barriers among companion animal veterinary clinic personnel in Ontario, Canada: Forgetting to perform hand hygiene was the most frequently reported barrier to hand hygiene compliance in this study.
Hand Hygiene and Face Touching in Family Medicine Offices: A Cincinnati Area Research and Improvement Group (CARInG) Network Study: Clinicians and staff in family medicine offices frequently touch their T-zone and demonstrate the mixed quality of hand cleansing. Participants’ self-rated URTI prevention behaviors were not associated with how well they actually perform hand hygiene and how often they touch their T-zone.
Occupational health and safety in small animal veterinary practice: Part I — Nonparasitic zoonotic diseases: Occupational exposure to zoonotic diseases is an inherent risk in veterinary medicine. It is not a realistic goal to completely eliminate the potential of contracting a zoonotic disease; rather, the focus should be on greatly decreasing the risk.
Cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces in health care: Toward an integrated framework for infection and occupational illness prevention: A more integrated approach can support multidisciplinary teams with the capacity to maximize effective and safe C&D in health care.
Environmental cleaning and disinfection: The guidelines in this article provide veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary health care workers with an overview of evidence-based recommendations for the best practices associated with environmental cleaning and disinfection of a veterinary clinic that deals with small animals.
Ask the expert – laundering scrubs: If in your facility scrubs do not function as personal proactive equipment (PPE)—most scrubs function as uniform and not PPE—then OSHA does not have oversight on laundering. If the scrubs function as PPE, then the employer is in violation of the bloodborne pathogen standards by having employees clean, launder, and maintain them on their own (uniform)
Hidden Water Danger: From July 16 through August 15, 2012, a Chicago hotel reported eight people contracted the flulike Legionnaires’ disease from possible water sources such as the pool, hot tub, and fountain areas. Eight guests were affected, including two deaths. This disease is not transmitted from person to person. The culprit again is Legionnaires’ disease, present in a water source.
How Mold Impacts Your Home
Molds impact businesses in numerous ways, affecting customer and employee health and degrading hygiene levels needed to support food safety.
In the educational system, mold impacts school indoor air quality requirements. For businesses with offices, it affects hygiene and productivity levels of employees and students.