Winter Slip and Fall Reduction Tips

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Winter is starting to kick in more and more throughout Canada. As it does the chance for slipping and falling can definitely increase. The most beneficial thing you can do to help yourself is take your time and be careful. Additionally here are some other tips to help keep you and your fellow employees safe during the winter months.

1.  Appoint Employees to Monitor the Weather

Those individuals can review any up-coming severe weather conditions and relay any important information to the rest of the staff. Additionally they should review or create a snow removal and safety plan and other information relating to the overall safety of your office building

2.       Wear Anti-Slip Footwear

With the potential of snow and ice it is important to have good traction. While it may be a bit bulky to carry around, having a pair of non-skid shoes you can easily change into at your desk will help in keeping your traction once leaving the building. Try and stay away from sneakers, leather shoes, plastic soled shoes and even cowboy boots (though not that common) when regularly going outside.

3.       Well mark “Danger Zones”

Have the janitorial staff or someone from your staff put out “Wet Floor” signs near entrance ways and other potentially slippery locations. Tile areas near entrance ways are a highly dangerous area that should be marked.

4.       Use Additional Floor Mats

It can be hard to recognize a slippery floor. By using additional floor mats it will help to reduce the tracking of ice and snow into the building. Additionally make sure the floor mats do not have frayed or curled up edges and have a rubber backing.

5.       Let Employees Sprinkle additional Salt

By placing buckets of salt with a cup near entrances enables employees the opportunity to sprinkle more salt if they feel it is too slippery. They can easily and conveniently take care of spots missed or needing more attention.

As in any situation it is important to plan ahead. Do your best to be well prepared for any situation and plan for the worst. Using these simple steps will help in reducing the potential for slips and falls at your workplace. Be safe and take your time.

Washroom Hygiene

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As most of probably know, washrooms can be a hot spot in relation to germs, bacteria and other unsanitary creatures. Although we would like to think everyone washes their hands the fact of the matter is this is not always the case.

Even after washing your hands it is still possible to spread germs if your hands had not been washed correctly. Recent studies have shown that only 5 percent of people wash their hands correctly in order to reduce the spread of germs. Even more concerning is that about 10 percent of people do not wash their hands at all. Taking this into consideration, as we move into the heart of cold and flu season there are five key steps to help in the reduction of spreading germs.

  1. Encourage Frequent Hand washing – although not everyone does it, this is still the most effective way to reduce the spread of germs. The proper hand washing technique involves using warm water with an antiseptic soap and rubbing your hands together for at least 20 seconds.
  2. A Comprehensive Cleaning System – making sure the cleaning staff follows a specific schedule using the proper equipment, cleaning solutions and safety precautions is crucial. Using a color coded cleaning system is beneficial in eliminating cross-contamination.
  3. Use Professional Cleaning Solutions – as with anything, using the right products can help promote a high level of cleanliness.
  4. Have the Washrooms Cleaned Regularly – making sure the washroom is cleaned on a regular basis is essential. Depending on the amount of traffic going through the washroom, it should be well cleaned at least once a day. If not more. Cleaning on a regular basis helps to prevent build up and the spread of harmful bacteria.
  5. Focus on Key Touch Points – door handles, faucets, toilet handles and paper towel dispensers are highly touched areas in a washroom. These key points of contact should be thoroughly cleaned using proper disinfectants and cleaning techniques. This will help in the reduction of cross contamination.

By following these 5 steps you should see a reduction in the spreading of germs. It is impossible to know what everyone does or does not do after using the washroom. Follow these steps and help to protect yourself throughout the year and especially during the cold and flu season.

Paper Towels vs. Electric Dryers

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Does anyone ever wonder which is more hygienic for drying your hands after washing them? The most common ways to dry your hands is by using paper towels, a conventional warm air dryer or the new, popular high-speed air dryers.

Answer: Using paper towels to dry your hands is far more hygienic than using electric hand dryers. Actually, according to an independent study, electric dryers increase the amount of bacteria on hands and can spread cross contamination in public washrooms. The study, measured the number of bacteria on subjects’ hands before washing and after drying them using the three different methods.

The study showed that drying your hands with paper towels results in a significant decrease in the numbers of bacteria on the hands. This in turn makes the individual far less likely to contaminate other washroom users or the room environment. In turn you might even benefit by not drying your hands at all.

We often hear that electric dryers are the most hygienic solution to drying our hands. Based on the findings of this study as well as others this may not be the case. In fact we could actually be putting ourselves in greater harm by using electric dryers over paper towels.

A Healthy Work Space Increases Productivity

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As the weather begins to drop and cold and flu season really begins, a clean workspace is not just good for your health but also employee productivity. According to a recent customer survey by Staples Advantage Canada, the business-to-business division of Staples, maintaining a clean and tidy workspace increases productivity.

A resounding 94 per cent of the customers polled said they feel more productive in a clean workspace, with 77 per cent stating they produce higher quality work in a clean and organized environment.

In addition to being more productive, 60 per cent felt that better implementation of health and wellness guidelines would decrease illness at work. Of the customers polled, 45 per cent admitted to going into the office when sick, thereby spreading their germs throughout the workspace.

While 95 per cent of respondents felt they maintained good hygiene and a clean office environment, only 37 per cent admitted to cleaning their personal workspace daily. One in three respondents said having more cleaning supplies readily available would help maintain good health at the office.

Recent research from Kimberly-Clark Professional echoes the argument, finding that hygiene wellness programs are said to reduce an employee’s chance of catching a virus by as much as 80% in an office of roughly 80 employees. Further to that point, the best method to battle bacteria and illness is to encourage employees to use hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes on germ hot spots such as desks, doorknobs, photocopying machines, break rooms, and restrooms.

 

SOURCE Staples Advantage Canada

Sustainability: What does it really mean?

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One of today’s most trendy tag words is “Sustainable.” While numerous businesses, associations and groups use it in their daily marketing efforts, do they really know what it means and where it comes from? The majority of businesses relate it the environment, but should it be?

In truth Sustainability is a concept, defined as “a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It does not specifically target the environment. That said, in today’s business a company will not be successful if it is perceived to harm the environment. You must be able to show you care and are doing your part to minimize impact to the environment. Showing you care will help you be profitable and keep people happy. If all aspects are working together then you will have a sustainable business.

For many, being sustainable is thought of as just too expensive. While this may be true at the beginning, it will likely decrease your costs in the long run. This is a result of newer more efficient technology. Installing more efficient equipment or other forms of technology should pay for them in themselves and then some over time.

Bottom line, in order for a company to be “sustainable” they must be profitable.

UTCS is an Accredited Contractor for the Vancouver Area

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 We’re Accredited

We are pleased to announce we have officially been named an accredited contractor through Contractor Check. By becoming an accredited contractor our current and potential customers in the Vancouver area can be assured they are working with a safe, professional, well trained, fully insured reputable company. By receiving this accreditation it shows we are fully compliant with legislative requirements, as well as any specific requirements your company might have.

In order to gain accreditation Ultra-Tech Cleaning Systems had to show an acceptable level and commitment to health and safety policies and training practices. Additionally we were required to show our project capabilities, number of employees and geographic coverage. This information is gathered in order to help potential clients in their selection process of contractors for new contract jobs.

By becoming an accredited contractor with Contractor Check we have opened ourselves up to new and exciting opportunities within the Vancouver janitorial industry. We are happy and excited to be working with them.

For more information please go to http://www.contractorcheck.ca/

Lotus Pro Water Cleaning System

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utcsUltra-Tech Cleaning systems have recently partnered with Lotus Pro. Lotus Pro is a chemical free, odorless water cleaning system. What it does is transforms water into an aqueous ozone cleaning solution. This is accomplished by running a water supply through their system and dispensing it into the spray bottles or mop buckets to be used for cleaning.

The Lotus Pro system takes cleaning “green” to a whole new level. It is not a “green” chemical. In fact it is not a chemical at all. It uses water and oxygen to create aqueous ozone, a natural cleaning and sanitizing product. It is nature’s most powerful cleaner.

Currently Ultra-Tech has this system installed in a couple of our locations with great reviews. This system we are able to eliminate numerous cleaning agents as well as their bottles.  Not only does it work, it works better than other “green” chemicals.

Give us a call today to discuss how this technology can benefit you and your building.

For further information please go to the Lotus Pro website:

http://www.tersano.com/pro_high_capacity.html