The 5 most common places germs build up in your commercial kitchen.

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We live in a world of germs. There’s no way around it.

There are ways to reduce the amount of infection-causing bacteria and microbes that lurk and thrive in the areas that affect us the most, however.

Tackling germ build up with the proper cleaning supplies in your commercial kitchen is the foundation of food safety.

Food safety is of utmost concern in your commercial kitchen, so it’s important to know the most common places germs build up to prevent bacteria from causing safety concerns. Temperature plays a key role in bacteria build-up, with the “danger zone” between 40˚ and 140˚ Fahrenheit, where harmful bacteria multiply at the fastest rate. To grow, bacteria also require nutrients (nearly any type of food supplies the nutrients), moisture, and time (with bacteria able to increase 1,000-fold in just two hours).

The best way to prevent the build-up of germs in your commercial kitchen is to minimize the environmental factors bacteria need to grow by keeping things cold, cleaning thoroughly, and keeping things dry in the kitchen. Even though your commercial kitchen may look clean on first glance, there are several common places likely harboring germs. So, where can you find the most germs growing in your commercial kitchen? Here five of the most common:

1. Kitchen Appliances & Components

Kitchen appliances can be difficult to clean, and when not cleaned thoroughly components become breeding ground for bacteria and germs. When cleaning appliances, pay special attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as gaskets (like on blenders) and rubber seals. These surfaces are attractive to germs because they are porous, unlike non-porous stainless steel, which resists germs and bacteria more effectively. So, stainless steel appliances or those with mostly stainless steel parts are more germ and bacteria resistant than appliances with plastic or rubber components.

Your commercial dishwasher is an excellent place to clean the rubber and plastic components of smaller commercial kitchen appliances such as food processors, blenders, and coffee makers (as long as the manufacturer’s recommendations indicate the components are dishwasher safe).

With bigger kitchen appliances like refrigerators, plastic compartments (drawers for meat, produce, etc.) and seals (around the door) are the most likely to harbor germs. It’s important to pay special attention to these areas when cleaning, which may mean removing those components to give them a thorough wash. Before placing the components back in the large appliance, allow them to air dry, which eliminates bacteria’s needed moisture factor for growth.

2. Kitchen Tools & Drains

Again, tools which are porous, such as a rubber spatula, are more likely to harbor germs and bacteria than stainless steel tools. Don’t forget sink and floor drains when considering areas of bacteria and germ growth – also typically a porous surface through which many germs pass during each use. Traps under sinks are also a common place to find colonies of bacteria growing, and must be cleaned frequently.

The film that builds up on drains, traps and garbage disposals is writhing with bacterial colonies. It must be cleaned very thoroughly with scrubbing and a strong chemical. Try scrubbing the drain or disposal with your cleaning solution and leaving it on until the next use, which will ensure bacteria do not regrow in the interim. You can clean traps using boiling water and bleach, and should do this every two weeks or so.

3. Food Storage Containers with rubber components

Even food-grade safe plastic food storage containers often have rubber seals or other components, which are most vulnerable to bacteria and germ growth due to their porous nature. Clean these thoroughly and frequently to avoid buildup of germs and bacteria. Again, allow them to air dry after cleaning. Of course, food storage containers must be cleaned after every use with very hot water and a disinfecting chemical in order to kill bacteria.

4. Cleaning Cloths

Sponges and cloths used to wipe counter surfaces are a big breeding ground for germs and bacteria. It’s important to wash and/or replace these items daily if not more often, and to always use very hot, soapy water when rinsing them. Experts recommend doing away with the use of sponges altogether in the commercial kitchen, and using a clean dishcloth on at least a daily basis. You can run scrubbers through your commercial dishwasher to disinfect each day.

 In considering cloths used for cleaning in your commercial kitchen, also consider replacing and cleaning your mop, as this is a cloth which comes into contact with a wide range of bacteria and germs while cleaning floors. It must be cleaned with strong chemicals in order to kill bacteria on a daily basis, and replaced often.

5. Kitchen Surfaces

Raw meats carry a host of harmful bacteria which are killed when it is cooked, but any surface it comes into contact with prior to that must be cleaned thoroughly to kill the bacteria. Among harmful bacteria present in raw meat is one of the most harmful, Escherichia coli 0157:H7, which can be fatal especially for children. In addition to meats prepared on a surface, other items are often set on surfaces which contain germs and bacteria, including boxes, bags, and other food preparation items.

With cutting boards, it is smart to have one for preparation of meat products and another for fruits and vegetables. Clean the one used for meat with a bleach solution between each use, allowing it to air dry. Countertops can be cleaned using a spray-on bleach solution and then wiped dry to kill bacteria. As most commercial kitchens have stainless steel countertops which are more resistant to bacteria and germs, they may not be as likely to harbor colonies of germs.

By being aware of the most common places germs breed in your commercial kitchen, you can prevent food-borne illness and encourage food safety.

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What is drilling detergent and how can it save your company money?

drilling-detergentSmart drilling is a must in today’s economy.

Efficiently extracting every drop of oil from old, underperforming, or otherwise delicate wells is especially important. Maintaining the integrity of new and reliable wells is also vital.

The use of drilling detergents has been a common practice in the oil drilling industry to help achieve the aforementioned goals. Drilling detergents can improve the thermal stability, lubricity, and integrity of well-bores. These benefits can lead to incredible savings.

Detergents also aid in the enhancement of water flooding techniques, act as effective surfactants, and are used as cleaning agents for rig wash and other applications that rely on cleanliness for safety and efficiency.

Here’s how.

Understanding drilling detergent

Oil drilling relies on dispersants. These are simply cleaning chemicals that break up solids or liquids that impede the drilling process by turning them into small particles. In this way, the particles are separated and dispersed from the oil. Drilling detergents are a specific type of dispersant that are used to aid in the extraction of oil from foamy and muddy mediums. The detergents separate the foamy component of the medium and disperse it into the air. Detergents are basically used to limit foaming in muddy mediums, including fresh water, sea water, and brine system muds.

Drilling detergents are also used to aid in the removal of metal particles left behind from the drilling process, dirt and build-up, and mud that occurs in the well-bore and casing.

How can drilling detergent save my company money?

An effective drilling detergent has multiple applications that can help save time, improve efficiency, create a sustainable drilling site, and save money.

There are two ways in particular that drilling detergent can save your company money:

  1. As a well bore cleaner, drilling detergents help maintain a free flowing well bore. As oil wells are heavily used, they age and can decline in production. Part of the reason they become less efficient is because of build-up caused by sand, waxes, water emulsions, and acid stimulation chemicals. When sediment and emulsions are broken up and dispersed from the well bore, a more productive flow can be achieved. By cleaning out and essentially opening up a well bore, oil can flow through it faster and in greater volumes, increasing the productivity of oil wells and requiring less energy to extract. Drilling detergent is a powerful well bore cleaner that has the potential to not only extend the life of wells, but increase their flow.
  2. As a rig wash, detergents play an important role in meeting environmental sustainability goals, and keeping equipment clean, safe, and operating with efficiency. Environmental monitoring and restrictions at drill sites are becoming more intense. Scrutinizing the products that are used to clean and maintain drilling machinery is commonplace. From waste water regulations to municipal disposal laws, detergents can help reduce the environmental impact of drilling operations. Using rig washing detergents is a must for drilling projects. Its use improves safety conditions for drilling crew members and helps to prevent contaminants from impacting the environment at the drill site. These detergents break down solids, oil, and bacteria that enter the drilling fluid during a project. The biomass created by the rig wash makes clean-up easy and efficient by helping release the material from the surfaces it adheres to and helping it biodegrade more easily after clean-up. Clean machinery and drill sites take less time and money to clean up, and reduce costly accidents. By introducing effective detergents to your maintenance routine, you can realize improved efficiency of equipment and better safety for your employees.

 Additional money saving uses for oil drilling detergent

Of course, there are many more uses for detergents at drill sites. A more comprehensive list of how drilling detergent can be used includes:

  • Universal Cleaner/Degreaser. Drill sites can become awash with grease, mud, oil, and other substances drawn up from the well bore. Having a powerful and effective detergent on hand can help clean up areas quickly to keep operations moving smoothing, and to improve the safety of the worksite.
  • Coil tubing cleaner. Keeping your coil tubing clean and unclogged improves efficiency and production.
  • Engine cleaner. A clean engine is a safe and efficient engine. Detergents can be diluted and used as effective engine cleaning solutions that remove grease, oil, and other build-up that can inhibit the performance of an engine.
  • Oil spill and driveway cleaner. Drilling detergents play a key role in effective oil spill clean up.
  • Parts cleaner and shop cleaner. You can keep a tight ship by cleaning your shop with drilling grade detergent. 
  • Slick water surfactant. Higher pressure shale fractures can be achieved by using drilling detergent as a slick water surfactant. By reducing the surface tension of the water, detergents can increase the flow of water in wells, helping the slurry create more pressure.
  • Water flood surfactant.  Water flooding old and underperforming wells has proven an effective way to revitalize them. Stimulating the well with water can rejuvenate a well and allow it to continue producing at higher rates. Introducing a small amount of detergent as a surfactant during the flooding process can reduce trapping and create improvements in sweep efficiency.

Drilling detergent comes in concentrated form, which allows customization of formulas for different applications. Mixing a detergent with water typically enhances its performance.

Overview of Drilling Detergent Benefits

  • Detergents are used in multiple drilling areas that rely on water base drilling fluids.
  • Drilling detergents work to emulsify oil in fresh and sea water muds.
  • They reduce the viscosity of contaminants present in oil.
  • Drilling detergents reduce torque and drag during drilling operations.
  • They reduce occurrences of bit balling.

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How does foaming hand soap really work?

foaming-hand-soapSoap is one of those things that you don’t notice until you run out of it.

There you are with greasy fingers after buffalo chicken wing night, and your hand soap dispenser is coming up empty. A real drag. Advancements in soap technology, specifically foaming hand soaps, are making soap a more noticeable commodity, however.

Soap has evolved from its ubiquitous bar form to liquid and foam options. Liquid soap wasn’t marketed until the 1970s, and foaming soap has only recently become popular. Public restrooms and business restrooms around the world now rely almost exclusively on liquid soap options because of their relative cleanliness, sustainability, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness.

So if liquid soap was such an improvement, why the need for foaming hand soap, and how does foaming hand soap really work?

Foaming Hand Soap

Truth be told, foaming hand soap is a form of liquid soap. It is derived from a diluted form of liquid soap that is infused with air to create a foamy lather as it leaves the dispenser. Specialized dispensers are required to use foaming hand soap properly. Some are designed for use without refilling, and others (permanent dispenser in public restrooms and businesses) are refilled regularly.

Some soap is kept in a pressurized container, and some is mixed with air in the dispensing unit when the pump is activated.

A pump-style dispenser has two chambers. One chamber holds soap and one pumps air into the dispensing unit when the pump is depressed. Pressurized dispensers are usually automatic and activated by placing hands directly underneath them. When the pump operates, the pressurized soap is released from its container in a measured amount. These types of dispensers aren’t refilled by adding more soap, but are refilled with a sealed packet or cartridge of pressurized soap.

Benefits of Foaming Hand Soap

Foaming hand soap is considered to be easy on the environment, affordable, efficient, hygienic, and an all-around sustainable option. There’s no doubt that it has grown rapidly in popularity over the last five to ten years. Manufacturers benefit from having to produce less soap per sale, and consumers benefit from having to buy less soap, packaging, and transportation per unit.

Here’s a closer look at the specific benefits of foaming hand soap and how they make a measurable impact on environmental, financial, and sustainability decisions:

  • Environmentally friendly. Foaming hand soap is firing on all cylinders when it comes to being easy on the environment. Because it is a diluted form of liquid hand soap, less soap is used per hand washing session. It is also thinner and less likely to clog drains, which people often use harsh chemicals and detergents to resolve. When less soap gets rinsed down the drain, less soap ends up in the environment. Another less obvious environmental benefit is the conservation of water. Industry studies have revealed that people who wash their hands with foaming hand soap use 16 percent less water to lather and rinse their hands than those who used regular liquid soap. The same studies suggest that foaming hand soap can be used to lather without wetting the hands and water need only be used to rinse the soap away, which can reduce water usage during hand washing by up to 45 percent. Foam soap doesn’t rely on chemicals to create lather, either. Forced air causes natural lathering, which helps foaming soap biodegrade faster than traditional liquid soap. Additionally, you can get more hand washes per package with foaming soap, reducing packaging and transportation impacts on the environment.
  • Cost-effective. Wasting less soap means buying less soap. Foaming soap dispensers release less soap than regular liquid soap dispensers do, allowing users to achieve the same level of cleanliness with less soap. Less soap per hand wash makes the same amount last longer, which costs less. Manufacturers also need to make less soap per unit they sell. Consumers save by having to pay for less packaging and transportation, in addition to the benefit of having to use less product per hand wash.
  • Sustainable. Foaming hand soap is environmentally friendly, but it is also sustainable in a larger context. By reducing the amount of emissions required to transport it, reducing the amount of packaging needed to distribute it, requiring less of it to be used per hand wash, and by using less water to rinse it away, foaming hand soap is a more financially and environmentally stable product. As an additional bonus, foaming soap dispensers need to be refilled less often, saving both time and money. Several studies have also linked foaming hand soap used in tandem with automatic dispensers to reduce infection in work spaces and improve the health of employees that use it.
  • Measured amount for proper hygiene. Because foaming hand soap lathers more easily, less of it is required to achieve an acceptable level of hand hygiene. Consumer surveys have also consistently revealed that hand washing is easier with foaming hand soap than with liquid soap. Foaming soap maintains this advantage because it is dispensed in a ready-to-lather form. Less of it is needed to fully cover hands in lather. Less of it is wasted and washed down the drain, as well.

There’s no doubt that foaming hand soap is giving solid form and liquid hand soaps a run for their money. The longterm benefits of soap that requires less chemicals to manufacture, is hands down easier on the environment, and saves money for both the manufacturer and the consumer are hard to ignore.

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Top 8 best contract packaging designs and why you should copy them

package-designContract packaging is becoming the norm for manufacturers and distributors in the post-recession economy. Commercial cleaning suppliers in particular have implemented improved methods of operation, including the use of contract packaging, that have left them poised to profit as the economy improves.

By relying on third party professionals for contract package design and manufacturing, companies can reduce their overhead. Handing packaging off to someone else means less equipment, training, and staff to pay for.

Packaging is better off because of it, in our opinion. Contract packagers are manufacturing experts who have made it their business to work with companies that need packaging solutions for their products. Efficiency, cost-effectiveness, technological advancement, speed, inventory control, the list of benefits that contract packagers provide their clients stretches out longer than you may realize.

Advancing Contract Packaging Design

While cost savings and efficient manufacturing are key elements that are driving cleaning suppliers toward contract packaging solutions, we have seen unique and lively advancements in package design, as well.

Here are 8 of our favorite contract packaging designs that span industries and applications.

#1 Brushman Shaving Brushes

Creating a visually arresting package design can combine elements of unconventionality, unique graphic design, and humor. Brushman’s new shaving brush packages also lean on the actual product as part of the full design impact of the packaging.

Strategically placed photos of men’s faces are printed just below the fine, vertically displayed bristles of a shaving brush. The graphic display jumps out from shelves and takes some of the mundane out of the daily shaving routine.

#2 Two Hoots Winery

You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, or a wine bottle by it’s label. Two Hoots is turning that old adage on its head, however. Their new wine labels use art and graphics to convey the stylistic qualities of the wine they contain, creating an intuitive brand experience that relies heavily on packaging design.

The simple, bold caricatures target a young audience that relates well to visual marketing and communication. Using packaging elements to market and describe the qualities of their product is ahead of the curve, and an approach that we tip our hats to.

#3 Thelma’s Cookies

Everybody loves cookies. The smell, feel, and flavor of freshly baked cookies can’t be beat. That’s why the packaging design that Thelma’s has adopted is one of our favorites.

The mother and son company packages their cookies in a slender box that is designed to look and open like a small oven. The cookies even slide out on a miniature tray, capturing the feel of removing fresh cookies from the oven.

If there is brilliance in the contract packaging world, Thelma’s has found it. By combining a unique visual design with the visceral pleasure of opening an oven full of cookies, this company is using contract packaging to enhance their product instead of just delivering it.

#4 Word Puzzle Universal Wrapping Paper

The visually familiar landscape of a crossword puzzle rarely leaves the typeface of the newspaper. That’s why creating wrapping paper printed with word puzzle style phrases for common occasions caught our attention.

Thinking outside of convention, this type of packaging engages its audience with a unique take on something otherwise common.

Relying on simple design to create compelling impacts is one of the most exciting things about contract package design. Word Puzzle Universal Wrapping Paper is a prime example of how unique application of the ordinary can yield extraordinary results.

#5 Bellroy’s Carry Carriers

For a company that manufactures carry brands, selecting a packaging design that carriers its carriers was essential. The chic elegance of their products carries through into every aspect of Bellroy’s package design.

Wallets, billfolds, and sleek purses are packaged and shipped in minimalist card stock envelopes. With sewed seams and tasteful graphics printed on the envelope’s interior, customer’s will want to save their Bellroy package along with their Bellroy product.

#6 Dogwood Coffee’s Letterpress Labels

Coffee is a cherished commodity. It is ubiquitous in morning rituals, business meetings, late night dates, and family get togethers. Social interaction and cultural events rely on coffee as a catalyst for conversation, sharing, and community. An honored product deserves an honored package.

Dogwood Coffee Company opted for a classic letterpress label and packaging to convey the simplicity and elegance that it approaches its coffee and its customers with. Regionally renowned for their superior roasting techniques and smooth flavor, Dogwood’s contract packaging solution carries their brand through from the whole beans clacking in their bags to steaming cups up of coffee on kitchen tables, construction site thermoses, and coffee shop lattes.

#7 Coca Cola’s “Split Can”

European and Asian markets have been treated to Coke’s clever and intriguing split can.

With a simple twists, customers can share their Coke with a friend.

Part of the company’s marketing message in overseas markets is to “Share Happiness.” The split can packaging concept literally divides a 12oz. can of Coke into two smaller ones.

Coke has been notable for creative marketing tactics for decades. This new twist on packaging is an incredibly creative way to continue to bring marketing innovation through packaging to their industry.

#8 Klein Constantia

Not only is this company’s name and product unique, their contract packaging is truly one of a kind.

Klein Constantia honey comes in a beehive-like package that communicates the fresh, elemental quality of the sweet nectar that lies within.

Complete with miniature card stock bees and elegant graphical wrapping, Klein Constantia’s package creates more than novelty. It meets the sensational flavor of fresh honey head on with a compelling and unique packaging solution that might actually makes its honey taste better.

Contract packaging has the potential to make your product better. Take some time to discuss your approach to packaging, and use our 8 favorite contract packaging examples to start forming your own unique product delivery experience. You won’t be sorry you did.

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What You Need to Know About Dwell Times

dwell-timeDwell Time

Proper cleaning depends on good equipment, good staff, and good supplies. It also relies on dwell time. When an all-purpose cleaner is used on floors, walls, windows, and other surfaces, it needs to remain on a surface for a specified amount of time for it to properly penetrate dirt and disinfect.

Spraying and wiping will not allow the cleaner to perform at its full potential, and will reduce the effectiveness of an otherwise excellent cleaning program.

Each product has a different recommended dwell time. Some can last a few minutes, while others may need a 10 minute dwell time or longer. Make sure that you and your staff are fully aware of the dwell times of the cleaning products you use.

Reading Labels

Although manufacturers are required to post dwell time specifications on cleaning product labels, it remains up to cleaning staff members and trainers to make sure those requirements are followed. Surveys have showed that many end users simply apply and immediately wipe a surface, assuming the cleaning product will take full effect.

That type of cleaning is ineffective for proper disinfection, however. Taking the time to allow sufficient dwell time can reduce infection in work places, school, hospitals, and other areas where large numbers of people are exposed to high touch surface and high traffic areas.

Top to Bottom Cleaning Method

Training is an important and effective method for ensuring proper dwell times. Emphasizing the importance of top to bottom cleaning methods can help increase dwell times and improve disinfection rates. Using a top to bottom cleaning method can also be a useful way to ensure that cleaning supplies have enough time to fully penetrate dirt, grime, and odor-causing urea crystals in restrooms. By applying a cleaner to all the surfaces of a room and then working from the top of the room down, all areas will be fully saturated and disinfected by the cleaning agent.

Dwell time alone is not the only factor that determines proper disinfection. Thorough scrubbing and adequate rinsing techniques are also required to achieve adequate conditions for disinfection. Clean cloths, mops, and other cleaning equipment should be well maintained and properly used when cleaning disinfected areas, as well.

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Why You Need To Handle Contract Packaging Early On

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Product development is an exciting and important process for any company. Input from multiple departments is necessary. Materials and suppliers need to be sourced.

While most commercial cleaning suppliers don’t follow this practice, including your contract packaging supplier in the development process has been identified as a best practice in a survey conducted by the Foundation for Strategic Sourcing (F4SS).

Supplier members identified the involvement of contract packaging early on in the development process as a characteristic of some of their best ad most successful customers.

Including Suppliers in Product Development

Inviting suppliers like contract packagers into the development process can yield significant benefits, including new product development. Why? Some of the reasons might surprise you:

  1. Contract packagers are expert manufacturers. Many companies wait to contact packagers until they have specs and measurements for their product. Packagers can bid on the contract, and companies can save money by choosing the lowest bidder that can meet their requirements. Selecting a contract packager before specs are created eliminates the bidding process, but it saves money in other ways. Packagers are expert manufacturers that deal with the design and creation of packaging products every day. Many contract packagers have more manufacturing experience than the companies they work with and can easily navigate the selection of technology, machinery, process, and other cost saving decisions.
  2. Real time estimates. How much more would is cost to create packaging that accommodates a slightly wider product? Will using a different packaging material impact price? Questions about changes that affect the packaging and the price of a packaging contract can be made during the development process and can inform the decisions that shape a product when a contract packager is at the table during product development.
  3. Speed. The sooner a packager knows the specifications of a product, the sooner they can modify their equipment and facilities to create packaging and shipping solutions.
  4. Relationship. Working closely with a contract packager during the design phase of product development through its completion creates a close relationship. Your contractor gets a thorough understanding of how you do business, what motivates your decisions, and basically why you do what you do. This knowledge not only helps them work more closely with you, but allows them to emulate your practices and style in their packaging and manufacturing processes, creating a more seamless and cohesive final product.

Try bringing your contract packager into the fold the next time your development team begins work on a new product design. You might be pleased with the outcome, and save some money in the long run, as well.

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Why Your Business Will Benefit from More Hand Washing

wash-hands-at-workBenefits of Hand Washing

Regular hand washing is an important hygienic practice that reduces the spread of infection and improves people’s health. That’s not news. A recent survey that asked people how often they go to work sick, is news, however. The importance of hand washing in a work environment with sick people cannot be overly emphasized. The survey found that nearly 60 percent of employees go in to work even when they are ill. Thirty percent said they felt compelled to go to the office because they played an essential role in the company.

While going to work despite feeling under the weather might seem like a way to continue contributing to the workplace, it could actually have the opposite effect. Not only is the ill person’s productivity compromised, they also put their fellow employees at risk of infection, which could have a much larger impact on company-wide productivity.

Spreading Infection in the Workplace

Elevator buttons, faucet handles, copier interfaces, water coolers—workplaces are full of high touch surfaces that are hot spots for germs, dirt, bacteria, and viruses. Touching one of these surfaces after an infected person does is all it takes to encounter microbes that could compromise your health and your productivity.

Several studies have highlighted that break rooms, eating areas, and restrooms are places workers can be exposed to contaminants. It’s impossible to make everyone with a sniffle or cough stay at home instead of coming into work (and many people don’t have the option of time off), but you can modify your own preventative care behavior, which includes regular hand washing.

Protect Yourself

Washing, wiping, and sanitizing high touch areas, keeping personal work stations clean, and washing hands regularly are the most effective methods of preventing workplace infection. The previously cited survey revealed that many American workers are getting the message:

  • 79 percent say that they wash their hands after touching or talking with a sick coworker.
  • 97 percent wash their hands after using the restroom.
  • 81 percent clean their work stations to prevent germ build-up.

Preparing for Flu Season

With flu and cold season on the horizon, preparing to stay healthy is especially important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorized last year’s flu season as an epidemic. You can take care of yourself and help maintain a productive workplace by taking the following steps:

  • Say something. Let your manager or human resources department know that by keeping restrooms clean, regularly sanitizing high traffic areas, and educating employees, infections can be reduced.
  • Wash your hands. Wash them before and after you eat. Wash them after using the restroom. Wash them after touch germ hot spots in your office. And wash them after using the break room.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. You’ll recover faster and you won’t put your coworkers at risk, keeping your workplace productive.

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Can Your Company Benefit from Contract Packaging?

contract-packaging-serviceIs Contract Packaging For You?

A good product stands on its own, and stands the test of time. But even the best products don’t stand a chance without excellent packaging. When it comes to product packaging, cleaning companies have in-house or contract packaging options.

Third party packaging has become increasingly popular in the modern economy. Its reliability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness make it an easy choice for many companies that wish to bypass the costs of an in-house packaging department.

Contract packaging is particularly beneficial for small and mid-sized companies that want to save money on the equipment and staff involved in product packaging operations.

Shipment Ready Packaging

Using a professional contract packaging service means tapping into highly efficient equipment, staff, and processes that you would otherwise have to invest in or replicate. Contract packagers can handle high capacity orders, large volumes per package, and can move quickly. They have the experience, expertise, and industry knowledge to provide your product with packaging that equals its quality and reflects positively on your business. Professionally packaged products are ready for shipment and make your inventory ready for instant mobility.

Speaking of inventory, you can also use a contract packager to keep your inventory at a minimal level, leaning on their quick turnaround when you need to boost your numbers, and dialing it down when things slow down.

Contract packaging staff are also individually trained and educated in high quality service. Their business is making your product look good, and they do it well, on time, and within budget, or you’ll find someone else. Good contract packagers are an asset to your business and boost the quality of your brand.

Cleaning Supplier Contract Packaging Services

National Purity is a full service contract packaging company that can handle the processing of nearly any volume of powder, paste, and liquid.

Packaging capabilities and operation flexibility include:

  • Powders. Packages that span from 1/2 lb. bags to 2,000 lb. super sacks.
  • Pastes. A wide variety of convenient sizes.
  • Liquids. Ranging from small bottles to buckets, drums and tank trucks.
  • Pilot Projects. Production runs for new test products.
  • Capital Expenditure. We have dedicated equipment to meet nearly any custom packaging need.
  • Flexibility. Capable of handling orders of virtually any size and volume.

Save Time with Package Design

Outsourcing the design of your packages is another impactful way to save time and money. Contract packagers can create designs that make sense for your product, meet industry regulations, and deliver an attractive product. Professional packaging makes your product look good and relieves you of the cost of hiring designers and prototype testing.

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How Schools Can Save Money With Hand Hygiene

handwashing-studyStudies Emphasize Importance of Hand Washing

Students in the United States miss more than a collective 164 million days of school because of illness. In the kindergarten through twelfth grade school system, that equates to an average 4.5 sick days per student per year.

This has implications not only for the quality of education for those students, but also for school funding. The Deb Group has reported that school districts across the country lose an average of $30 to $50 per student every year.

In a school district that serves 50,000 students at a $30 per student reimbursement rate, absenteeism of just 1 percent could add up to a loss of $15,000 per day. If each of those 50,000 students misses their average 4.5 days of school per year, unrealized revenue could quickly total into the millions of dollars.

Hand Hygiene Reduces Infection

New studies have revealed that reducing infections in schools can be accomplished with a simple and comprehensive hand hygiene program. In fact, one study reported by the Deb Group showed a hand hygiene program that reduced the number of students who missed more than four sick days by more than 60 percent.

Another study published by the Journal of School Nursing in 2009 highlighted the levels of surface contamination present in schools. The study examined the survival of viruses and bacteria on high touch surfaces in classrooms. Pencil sharpeners, faucet handles, water fountains, and paper towel dispensers were the most highly contaminated surfaces, including survival of the contagious Influenza A virus and Norovirus.

Preventative Hygiene

Shielding students from all infections is an unrealistic goal, but you can make a significant improvement in their health during the school year by instilling effective hand washing techniques in their daily routine. Wash hands with water and hand soap before every meal, after each time they use the bathroom, and after encountering high touch surfaces in classrooms.

Avoiding infection at school also means reducing the spread of bacteria and germs in your home. Many parents need to take time off from work to care for a sick child and become sick themselves in the process. Keep your whole household healthier by creating a culture of proper hand washing.

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The Myth of Hand Sanitizers

hand-washing-hygieneNo Replacement for Soap and Water

Although hand sanitizers are marketed as effective hand washing solutions, they still remain no match for good old soap and water. Even the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an authority on many matters of public health, specifically recommends that hand sanitizers not be used to replace soap and water for effective hand washing.

Proper Hand Washing

Many hand sanitizers claim to kill more than 99 percent of germs. While they may have the ability to do so in clinical testing environments, hand sanitizers do no remove the dirt and grime that bacteria and germs thrive in. Sanitizers may kill the outer layer of germs, but the microbes that remain embedded in and under dirt particles remain. Scrubbing your hands with soap and water, forming a lather, and rinsing them with clean water remove the germs along with the dirt particles they cling to. Hand sanitizers are not recommended to replace proper hand washing.

Facts About Hand Sanitizers

Remember these facts when using hand sanitizers:

  • Every sanitizer is different. Alcohol content and percentage of germs killed will vary between brands. Some experts recommend not using alcohol-based sanitizers. Alcohol-free products, however, can have widely varying germ kill rates. Do your research and use sanitizers as a supplement to a good soap and water hand washing program.
  • Avoid recontamination. Using a hand sanitizer does not protect your hands from contamination for an extended period of time. Like soap and water, once your hands are dry and touch a contaminated surface such as a door knob, toilet seat, or cell phone, they will once again host germs and bacteria.
  • Alcohol-based products can be dangerous. The effectiveness of many hand sanitizers relies on the sterilizing properties of alcohol. Sanitizers with 60 percent or higher alcohol content will effectively kill germs that they come in direct contact with. The trade off, however, is that you are exposing your skin to 120 Proof alcohol. If you give the product to your children, you are equipped them with a powerful alcoholic substance. Not only is alcohol a poison, it is also highly flammable and can cause skin damage.

Remember that hand sanitizers are effective at killing germs, but only ones that they encounter. The dirt removing qualities of soap and water are much more effective at removing germs from your hands.

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