Educators Give White Paper on Preventing the Spread of H1N1 Extra Credit
A White Paper on reducing the risk of H1N1 virus in school settings has received so much attention by educators in the Ohio area that Kaivac, Inc., which prepared the paper, is making it available to educators throughout the country.
Entitled Cleaning to Reduce the Risk of the H1N1 Flu Virus & Other Disease Outbreaks, the White Paper was first presented to Ohio school administrators by Valley Janitorial Supply based in Hamilton, Ohio.
According to Angelo Poneris, customer service manager for Valley, educators were impressed with the "detail" in the White Paper, providing administrators specific steps they can take to keep their schools, students, and staff healthy.
"If you take a close look at most of the information being released about H1N1 prevention, much of it is very generic, general, and even vague," says Poneris. "This [White Paper] cuts right to the core of the problem so schools know what steps they can take to protect themselves."
Science, Cleaning, and Cleaning Modes
The White Paper emphasizes the need for more science in cleaning, especially using science to prove that surfaces are hygienically clean, preventing the spread of potentially harmful germs and bacteria.
For instance, it discusses the use of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) rapid monitoring systems that can detect if harmful microbes might be present on a surface. The White Paper is very specific, listing how much ATP is acceptable on a surface. "A student's desk should have an [ATP] reading of less than 30 and a soap dispenser less than 60 to be safe," explains Poneris.
There is also discussion of the need for two cleaning programs or modes to deal with the risk of disease. The first is routine cleaning, when there is not an imminent threat of a disease, and outbreak cleaning, when H1N1 or a similar threat does exist.
"Outbreak cleaning requires a magnification of the entire cleaning process," says Poneris. "Cleaning frequencies are intensified and [school] administrators and cleaning professionals are instructed [what] actions to take to help prevent the spread of disease."
The 23-page White Paper is available by visiting the Kaivac Web site at http://www.kaivac.com/documents/Protecting_against_H1N1_kaivac_04.pdf
About No-Touch Cleaning
Designed to remove the maximum amount of soil, bacteria, and other biopollution, Kaivac's patented No-Touch Cleaning systems combine an indoor pressure washer, a powerful wet vacuum and chemistry into an integrated system. Empowering workers to hygienically clean without touching contaminated surfaces, these systems not only clean better, but also cut labor, chemical, and equipment costs while raising worker morale and image. In fact, studies show that Kaivac's No-Touch Cleaning systems are 60 times more effective in reducing bacterial contamination on tile and grout surfaces than mops, which are more likely to spread contaminants than remove them.
About the KaiFly Flat Surface Cleaning System
The patent-pending KaiFly system combines microfiber and squeegee technologies to rapidly remove harmful disease-causing biopollutants from desktops, chalk and dry erase boards, tabletops, stalls, partitions, windows, and other above-the-floor flat surfaces. KaiFly is scientifically proven through Petri-film testing to remove 80 times more bacteria than towels or rags, making it an ideal process for reducing the risk of H1N1, MRSA, norovirus, and other contaminants living on flat surfaces.
Ergonomically designed, KaiFly also cleans in half the time or less than traditional methods, while relieving strain on workers' backs and shoulders.