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Blog Reminder: Training Aides

RJ Schinner is committed to providing DSR’s with training and other information to help you expand your knowledge. Please visit the Training Aides section for helpful information on Foodservice, JanSan, Liners, and general safety. This section is updated so check back often. Related Posts:3 Keys to Selling GreenWant to Be a Hero?Top 10 Traits of an Elite Salesperson

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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....

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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 FoodSafetyMonth.com 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...

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Technology Essential to Foodservice Growth

Technology is becoming increasingly important in daily life, and is being used in ways previous generations never could have imagined. In the foodservice industry, it’s becoming a do-or-die necessity, leaving those without the latest innovations left behind. TheDailyMeal.com observes that the industry is “more dependent on technology than most restaurateurs realize, and foodservice as a whole lags far behind when it comes to incorporating technological advances into their marketing and operations.” The article goes on to discuss the importance of a technological presence in foodservice to today’s and future generations. Aside from the obvious  needs such as cooking equipment and...

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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 DestinationGreen.com: “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....

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C. Diff Deaths Require Action From Healthcare Industry

When the sick and injured are hospitalized, the last thing that they expect is to contract a fatal infection. Frighteningly, that’s exactly what the trend has been throughout the last two decades. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a spore-forming bacteria found naturally in human and animal feces, water, and soil. It survives and spreads in the intestines, replacing healthy bacteria and releasing toxins that cause intense diarrhea, often leading to other fatal complications. In an article in USA Today, Hannah Morgan explains that “the germ thrives in settings where antibiotics are in wide use, and its proliferation has accelerated as...

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CDC Issue Precautions on Swine Flu at Agricultural Fairs

With the late summer/early fall state and county fair season in full swing, the CDC issues precautions against viral infections around livestock. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are asking people attending agricultural fairs to take precautions when around pigs because of a rise in the number of cases of a new strain of “swine flu” virus in humans. Especially vulnerable groups, such as the sick, the under 5s, pregnant women and seniors should avoid contact with the animals altogether, they urge. In a report issued on 3 August, the federal agency gave news of 12 new...

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Clorox Healthcare™ Bleach Germicidal Wipes Receive U.S. EPA Registration to Kill Clostridium difficile Spores in Three Minutes

Eariler this month, Clorox released news that their germicidal wipes had recived EPA registration to kill C. Difficile. The press release states: OAKLAND, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Clorox Professional Products Company, a division of The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX), announced today that Clorox Healthcare™ Bleach Germicidal Wipes are now registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) spores in three minutes, the fastest C. difficile contact time available for disinfecting wipes.1 Clorox Healthcare™ Bleach Germicidal Wipes are now EPA-registered to kill a total of 51 microorganisms, including all ESKAPE pathogens (E. faecium, S....

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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...

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Top Restroom Complaints

When polled, the top five most common restroom complaints that commercial office facility managers received were odor problems — particularly urine odor — and visibly dirty floors. Urine Odor Odor problems are the types of complaints that are directly related to cleaning — or, in this case, the lack thereof. Visibly Dirty Floors BSCs agree that this is one issue that, compared to the other top complaints, strictly pertains to cleaning quality. Unless occupants have extremely dirty shoes or are spilling substances on the floors on a regular basis, dirty floors are caused by poor cleaning performance. …. Periodical deep-cleaning...