SANITARY SOLUTIONS Early Childhood Facilities Environmental Health & Safety Solutions Newsletter Designed for Directors and Administrators of Child Care facilities
Happy New Year!
Community Parents Head Start
Let me begin by wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year! We want to thank those that supported us last year and look forward to reviving old relationships and developing new ones in 2013. 2012 was a challenging year in many ways and personally, I am glad it’s over. I am, however, enormously proud of our updated web site and social media enhancements. We feel that WrightCo is the best kept secret in the child care industry. We need you help to get the message out. Please start by sending this newsletter to a colleague or sign up your site directors for this free monthly health and safety publication. Visit our web site, www.wrightcoonline.com, and follow us on your favorite social media platform, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. We know you’re busy, so let us keep you current. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of our 2013 plans with you and ask for your help. Our primary focus will continue to be helping Early Education and Care Directors
Hurricane Sandy is long gone, the Atlantic Ocean has receded, but left from its surge is the devastation that will last for months if not years. I was in Far Rockaway about week after Sandy hit and saw the destruction and despair first hand. I also saw the amazing resilience and perseverance of the Community Parents, Inc. Head Start Staff under the leadership of Cynthia Cummings its Executive Director. Who returned to find they had been under 5 feet of water. But in a matter of days they had gone from being a victim of Hurricane Sandy to a Disaster Relief Center. It is one thing to read the emergency preparedness manuals with regard to how the planning, impact, relief and recovery phases are supposed to happen and another to see it in action and working.
While Community Parents has a lot of work to do, having lost everything on the ground floor of their facility, to the extent possible they are back providing early education and care for the children and families of Far Rockaway. The children and families of Far Rockaway still need your support, it’s not too late to help. If you want to be confident that your donation reaches the families in Far Rockaway, donate through Community Parents, Inc. Head Start a 501C3 organization. Mail your donation today to Community Parents, Inc., 90 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 (care of Hurricane Sandy Families). The program and families thank you in advance.
Volume 8 issue 7
The Concentration Has Changed
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) has important information about the concentration of new bleach solutions and how it impacts our recommendations. Effective 12/12/2012 - For those of you who use a diluted bleach solution as a sanitizing and disinfecting product in your early care and education programs, the concentration of bleach solutions sold in stores has changed in many areas of the country. The new bleach solution available in many stores is 8.25% sodium hyochlorite solution (higher than the formerly available bleach solution of 5.25%-6%). The 8.25% solution is being produced by both brand name companies as well as companies that produce generic products. Several companies have communicated to us that they have discontinued manufacturing the 5.25%-6% sodium hypochlorite bleach solution and will no longer be available at many stores. The NRC is working with our experts to determine if an updated recipe can be formulated and used across bleach products containing this higher concentrated sodium hypochlorite solution. Until we obtain Inside This Issue Happy New Year!
Client Spotlight-Community Parents
Bleach Solution Change
Vacuuming and Indoor Air Quality
Health Tip -Influenza
Safety Now - Matting
Willie Logan - Employee of Year!
Leading Environmental Change In Child Care
Bleach - Change in Concentration (from pge. 1) clear guidance on the feasibility (due to varied manufacturers instructions) of providing a new recipe to replace the one currently listed in Appendix J of Caring for Our Children, 3rd ed. for use with non-EPA-registered bleach products, the NRC recommendation for now is: If you are using an 8.25% sodium hypochlorite solution, use only an EPA-registered product. This designation along with a number is on the label. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for diluting the product for sanitizing or disinfecting, as WrightCo’s well as for the contact time. (Instructions on how to determine this for the EPA-registered product you are using can be found here) If you cannot use an EPA-registered product at this time, Management Consulting Services we recommend you contact your state and/or local health department for assistance in creating the safe dilutions necessary to sanitize and/or disinfect surfaces in your early care and education environment.
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If you are using a 5.25-6% sodium hypochlorite solution, continue to follow the dilution and focused business solucontact time instructions provided in Appendix J. http://cfoc.nrckids.org/Bleach/Bleach.cfm for tions? Call us for a Free more information. Erin Wilkins, Resource Librarian (Erin.Wilkins@UCDENVER.EDU) Happy New Year - (from pge. 1) solve problems, save money, increase custodial productivity, go green and implement environmentally sound sustainability concepts. Our secondly we will focus on providing much needed business and best practices support to Family Day Care Providers. Our goal here is to help them promote and grow their businesses and assist them in purchasing critical services at competitive rates. Notice in our initiatives that we have moved beyond health and safety into marketing and organizational management consulting in an effort to share some of our other core strengths. Here is a list of several of our 2013 initiates: 1. 2. 3.
Examine School Readiness’s impact on the preschool environment issues ( or vice versa), New!! Training Module to help translate going green into direct cost savings, New!! Training Module to help make sense of sustainability concepts and translate them into direct cost savings, 4. New!! Training Module for Directors available via six video blog podcasts to be developed and offered throughout the year, 5. Provide selected in-service training modules online, 6. Offer training in a community near you, (If you have a conference room or training space and would consider hosting a training contact (firstname.lastname@example.org), 7. We have instituted a 30 minute free phone consultation, please register online at: wrightcoonline.com 8. We have Instituted a Discount Program for early in-service bookings. Contact us at: wrightcoonline.com for a quote and our discount schedule 9. New!! Marketing in-service training –“How to Promote My Business (Program) -Tactics, Tools and Strategies for Success” (It is really about business now.), 10. New!! Organizational Management In-service training “Vision Mission & Values for Ap plied Strategic Planning” Take care and check out all the articles in this month’s “Sanitary Solutions”. We appreciate your reading it and request your participation in determining its editorial content. Send us your facilities issues (email@example.com) and we will make every effort to research and share the information with your colleagues.
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Reduced Vacuuming Impacts IAQ
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Reducing vacuum frequencies hurts a carpet’s life and appearance, but these cuts can also adversely impact a facility’s indoor air qual- www.wrightcoonline.com/Staff_Training_Programs.html or www.wrightcoonline.com/custodial_Training.html ity and will adversely affect the health of building occupants. Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their “Big Germs Little health, but they may not know that indoor air quality can have a People - Health & Sanisimilar effect. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) tation in the Preschool studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor air Environment” levels of many pollutants may be five times higher than outdoor levels. People spend as much as 80 percent of their time inside; in- We make sense of the door air quality may be a public health risk. science and human ogram We will discuss During the past several decades, construction of more tightly factors affecting your program. regulatory compliance, disease transmission, cross sealed buildings, reduced ventilation rates to save energy, the contamination, a team approach to sanitation and use of synthetic building materials and furnishings, and the use of practical cleaning solutions. chemically formulated products have increased the potential for indoor air pollution. “OSHA Universal Precautions” According to the American Lung Association, indoor air quality can Blood borne Pathocause or contribute to the development of chronic lung diseases gens & Bodily Fluids” such as asthma. It is estimated 40 million individuals in the United States are affected by allergies. Allergies are an overreaction of the This in-service program covers immune system to foreign substances. This over reaction weakens what a blood borne pathogen the immune system, draining a person’s energy and leaving him/ is, how the OSHA blood borne her more susceptible to infectious diseases caused by viruses and pathogens standards apbacteria. ply child care personnel. We cover HBV and HIV and how they are transmitted, Allergic reactions can range from mildly uncomfortable to life the function of your exposure control plan, how threatening, as in a severe asthma attack. Health experts are espe- to reduce risk of exposure, work practice controls, cially concerned about people with asthma. These individuals have hand washing, personal protective equipment, very sensitive airways that can react to various irritants, making housekeeping and hepatitis B vaccination series breathing difficult. The estimated number of people with asthma and post exposure evaluation and follow-up. has risen more than 59 percent since 1970. The number of asthmarelated deaths has also increased. “Environmental The largest source of indoor air pollution is from the common dust Services mite. In 1993, John W. Maunder, Ph.D., director of the Medical EnManagement” tomology Center at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, published a paper entitled “Carpets, House Dust Mites and Asth- Designed for managma” in which he states, “There is no longer room for serious doubt ers and supervisors about the dominant role of the house dust mite in both the initial the program provides induction of asthma and in the subsequent triggering of wheezy both theory and pracattacks.” tical aspects of managing custodial activities in a childcare Asthmatics are not allergic to living mites but to the airborne feces setting. Discussions include how to conduct a facility of mites and, to a much lesser extent, to dead mites. Dr. Maunder assessment and develop a quality assurance program, states that although living mites are difficult to remove from car- determining the appropriate number of man-hours, and pet, their feces are readily removed from carpets by proper clean- custodial work loading. Practical supervision monitoring systems and human resource tools will also be discussed. ing. A recent study concludes that carpets may benefit indoor air quality by acting as a filter for indoor air, trapping and holding dust mites, pollutants, and allergens such as pollen, pet dander and molds, which play an important role in allergic diseases. The key to maintaining good indoor air quality in a school or office building is to clean this filter regularly, i.e., remove these pollutants through vacuuming. The science shows regular vacuuming is important and necessary, not just to protect and maintain carpets appearance, but for hygienic reasons, as well. BJ Mandelstam - President of Cleaning Matters
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Slip and Fall Accidents
Implement a comprehensive matting system — According to the National Floor Safety Institute, a slip and fall accident occurs every eight seconds. To help protect against slips and falls, strategically place matting around entry ways to prevent water and debris from entering the building. Additionally, safety matting provides increased traction in high traffic areas of a facility where slip and fall accidents frequently occur. Industry standards suggest placing 12 to 15 feet of entrance matting to capture 80 to 90 percent of dirt and moisture from people’s shoes.
WrightCo’s ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONSULTING We work with our clients to develop a strong custodial program, solve problems, implement new cleaning systems, or just measure your current operation.
Solving Problems: • Is your cleaning staff right sized? • Are you getting too many cleaning complaints? • Do you need help HEALTH TIP writing a Request For Proposals? A particularly early flu season hospitalized 2,257
Congratulations Willie! “Willie Logan was crowned Community Parents Incorporated 2012 employee of the year. The first for our maintenance department; now that is news”! Cynthia Cummings-Executive Director. Mr. Logan has been a custodian in Head Start for 7 years of which 4 years has been with the Community Parents Organization. Community Parents, Inc. has served the community since 1966 (47 years) and has been a client of WrightCo since 1998 (15 years). Question: Mr. Logan was you surprised by receiving “Employee of the Year” recognition? Answer: Yes, while I noticed the placard with the names of others who had received the honor in the past, all of whom I have a great deal of respect for, I didn’t think it was even possible for a custodian to receive the award.
and left 18 children dead before the end of 2012, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Saving Money: yoAnswer: While I received the honor and Prevention (CDC), the numbers haven’t even peaked • Is your budget shrinking? individual recognition, I have to accept it on • Do you need proven yet. Experts indicate that this flu season began roughbehalf of myself and co-worker because he is cost saving solutions? ly five weeks prior to average years. equally responsible for the sanitary and main• Do you need to work tenance condition of the facility. Point of fact; if load based on time & It’s recommended that “All people 6 months and something goes wrong we both get blamed. It’s task, or team cleaning? older are recommended to receive an influenza vaca team effort. cination each year. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will The recognition inspires me to be the best cusIncreasing Productivity: protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 todian I can be. Don’t get me wrong we all need • Is your cleaning staff virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus. Certain to get paid to pay our bills, but I am more motisharing the workpeople are at ‘high risk’ of serious complications from vated by the recognition. I encourage all my coload equally? seasonal influenza;. people 65 years and older, chil• Does your cleaning staff workers to do their best; you never know what dren younger than five years old, pregnant women, can happen. have the right tools and and people of any age with certain chronic medical Question: What message would you give to equipment for the job? conditions.” the 300 or so directors and administrators who • Do your employees may read this? need more training or Those affected by the flu are reporting: Answer: If they don’t have an employee rec• Supervisor training? • Nineteen percent reported cough ognition program they should. This is one of • Sixteen percent report a sore throat those things once given could never be taken Increasing Value: • Fifteen percent experience fatigue away. • Do you need to adopt • Fourteen percent complain of headache Question: Finally, whose idea was it for the or adapt a Green • Body aches plague 10 percent crown and cape? Cleaning program? • Seven percent report fevers • Are you getting the • Three out of four people with the Answer: NOT MINDS!! We had fun with it most out of your cleanthough. g flu had not been vaccinated Best ways to prevent the flu: • Doctors recommend getting the flu shot • Washing hands properly and regularly is essential • If you have symptoms of the flu, stay home until you are well to prevent spreading the infection • Wait at least 24 hours after a fever before returning to daily activities • Clean and disinfect high touched surfaces to prevent spreading the infection • Deep Clean Bathrooms
ing organization? • Have you considered adapting industry best practices? • Would you like to have performance cleaning audits? • Do you know how to take the next step? Call (516-808-4295) Or firstname.lastname@example.org
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