Winter Safety Tips for Cleaning Professionals

Winter CleaningWinter is just around the corner, which means we’re in for some harsh weather, below freezing temperatures and heavy snowstorms. If you’re a cleaning professional, it’s time to start padding your current safety practices with some extra precaution.

Bulk cleaning supplies aren’t enough to keep everyone safe during the long winter months. Nearly eight million emergency room visits each year are the result of an accidental slip or fall – making prevention a top concern for most cleaning professionals.

  • Take extra care with building entryways. These high traffic areas should always be uncluttered and free of debris.
  • Always have ice melt on hand in advance of an upcoming winter storm.
  • The winter months are much darker, which calls for additional lighting. Ensure all entryways are well lit throughout the day, instead of just turning them on during night time hours.
  • Keep your eye out for ice build-up around outdoor water sources like gutters and downspouts. Ice patches are common in these regions.
  • Make sure you have a matt system in place for the winter months to keep walkways throughout your building clean and dry.
Stay tuned for more cleaning tips from the National Purity Blog this winter.

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New Hand Washing Survey Reveals Some Gross Statistics

Most of us can agree that regular, thorough hand washing is an essential component to good health, but that doesn’t mean we actually practice what we preach. According to a new survey conducted by KRC Research for the global hygiene company SCA, Americans aren’t washing their hands as much as they should.

The survey interviewed 1,000 adults across the country and found the following:

  • 71% claimed to wash their hands on a regular basis
  • 58% have witnessed others leave a public restroom without hand washing
  • 35% have witnessed a co-worker leave the restroom without hand washing
  • 20% have witnessed a restaurant worker leave the restroom without hand washing

With flu season just around the corner, regular hand washing is even more important – especially for restaurant workers. So how can we encourage better hand hygiene habits?

According to the study, 61 percent of respondents were more apt to wash their hands if they considered the public restroom they were using to be clean and orderly. Simple restroom upgrades like hands-free faucets or hands-free hand soap dispensers, as well as paper towels and bulk cleaning supplies also increased their likelihood for hand washing.

Check out the infographic breakdown below.