Category: Jan/San

NFSM Week 3: Can 9,000 Deaths a Year Be Avoided? 16

NFSM Week 3: Can 9,000 Deaths a Year Be Avoided?

Editors Note: This is the third installment of a special series related to September’s National Food Safety Month. View the postings for Week One and Week Two to stay caught up on all things food safety! Welcome to Week Three of National Food Safety Month! This week, the focus is on “Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices That Will Prevent Cross-Contamination.” Cross-Contamination can be described as the moving of pathogens from one food to another, which is ready to eat and will receive no further cooking. An example would be allowing cooked food to touch uncooked food, or surfaces that were or...

Cleaning Shortcuts Come at a High Cost 19

Cleaning Shortcuts Come at a High Cost

There is a new trend sweeping the nation called “skip cleaning” that’s gained popularity in the post-recession world of cleaning. The idea is, by cutting back on cleaning, you’ll save money on electricity, cleaning supplies, and commercial cleaning labor costs. In theory, the idea makes sense, but while cleaning shortcuts may save money in the short term, the long term cost to your health and your assets may not be worth the bargain. Many companies have opted to reduce their janitorial services to save money, which results in less vacuuming, less sanitizing, and longer periods between deep cleaning. The negative...

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New study finds schools are unprepared for pandemics

A new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control finds that 40% of schools in the United States are unprepared for a new pandemic. “Less than half of U.S. schools address pandemic preparedness in their school plan, and only 40 percent have updated their school plan since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, according to study published in the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.“ Approximately 2,000 elementary, middle, and high school nurses in 26 states were surveyed. It was found that these schools were not prepared for another pandemic. Schools are mandated by the U.S....

September is National Food Safety Month 21

September is National Food Safety Month

SCA is proud to be the sole sponsor of the National Restaurant Association’s 18th Annual National Food Safety Month (NFSM), which kicks off Sept. 1. The theme of this year’s focus is “Be Safe- Don’t Cross Contaminate”, and will emphasize the importance of safe food handling and kitchen prep for the food service industry. SCA encourages Foodservice Operators to visit to learn more about the campaign, to download educational materials and to register for the NFSM communications. Several useful materials can be found on the website, including activities for employees to complete, posters, and videos that highlight the importance...


How Green, Sustainable Practices Benefit the JanSan Industry

The green trend of the past few years has actually proven to be a smart move for the JanSan industry. According to Steven Ashkin at “If being Greener and more sustainable in today’s economy can help a cleaning contractor, jansan distributor, manufacturer, or other entity cut costs, improve worker productivity, and enhance overall operating efficiency, then most will believe it is worth investigating. Fortunately, we are now learning that operating in a Greener more sustainable manner can generate these savings and benefits.” What was initially perceived in the industry as a trend has now become a standard business practice....

Odorless Healthcare Facilities are Better for Visitor Experience 25

Odorless Healthcare Facilities are Better for Visitor Experience

Cleaner smelling healthcare facilities leave visitors and patients with a better impression of the care they receive. Visitors can gauge a facility’s effort in addressing those concerns by simply looking at the space. How a healthcare facility is maintained reflects heavily on the quality of service provided. For example, odor and cleanliness play a huge factor in how people judge a restaurant or store — so why not the same at a healthcare facility? Healthcare facilities need to lower the health risks of residents while still providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all. Well-placed sanitizers and lack of cleaning...

Prevent Infections in Health Care Facilites 33

Prevent Infections in Health Care Facilites

Preventing infections in health care facilities has always been a top concern of health care providers and professionals. Health care-associated infections (HAIs) continue to plague facilities in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that one out of every 20 patients will become infected with an HAI. Among the most prevalent infections are Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and the Norovirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues guidelines for preventions of these infections. Sanitation and sanitizer play a heavy roll in the prevention of these infections. CDC’s Six Steps to C. difficile Prevention:...


Venus Products Discontinuation. Now Earth Friendly.

Venus Products will be discontinued and will be now branded as Earth Friendly products. From today’s press release: “Venus Laboratories had operated under the Venus Laboratories name from 1967 to 2007. In 2007 we officially began doing business as Earth Friendly Products rather than Venus Laboratories. Our change in name reflects our success with the Earth Friendly Products brand and our commitment to manufacturing the most effective plant-based cleaners in the world. Effective July 1, 2012 we will no longer produce any Venus Laboratories products, with the Unitab being the only exception. Earth Friendly Products is currently made up of...


STOKO introduces Kresto® Cherry!

  The same high quality, high performance you know and trust in Kresto, now with a cherry fragrance! Quickly cleans heavy dirt, grease, grime and oil Leaves hands fresh and clean Skin conditioners keep hands healthy under tough conditions Formulated for optimum skin compatibility & maximum cleaning ability        Ask your local STOKO Representative today for Special introductory pricing for a limited time –  10% off until June 15  2000ml SOFTBOTTLE 6 pack (SVP Ultra Disp.) 2000ml SOFTBOTTLE 2 pack (SVP Ultra Disp.) 400ml Tool Box Squeeze Bottle 9 pack 1/2 Gallon Pump Top Bottle 4 pack Trial Pack-...

If They Make My Lab Smell Good, They Will Work Anywhere 28

If They Make My Lab Smell Good, They Will Work Anywhere

The Fresh Products line, including Eco Fresh products, are a great opportunity.  Don’t take our word for it, though.  Sheila Earley, Lab Director for the Summerville Commissioners of Public Works in Summerville, South Carolina has the run down for you. Check it out here.