"School boards and administrators often consider the maintenance budget as soft money that they can cut without affecting core academic program needs; however, scientific literature demonstrates otherwise." - EPA
Health, attendance and academic performance can improve with increased maintenance. Schools with better physical conditions show improved adademic performance, while schools with fewer janitorial staff and higher maintenance backlogs show poorer academic performance.
"Each year since our IAQ management program began, we have been able to boost both reading and math test scores and have created exceptional learning environments that promote student success." - Dave Hill, Blue Valley School District, Kansas
Blue Valley School District is a customer/partner with PUR-O-ZONE and is ranked in various reports and publications as one of the top public school districts in the United States.
EPA Excellence in IAQ Report (Leading with Blue Valley School District)
Starting an IAQ and Cleaning for Health program begins with planning and documentation. PUR-O-ZONE can assist you in Kansas and western Missouri with methods that are appropriate for your particular building(s). Just start here.
Seems as if every few months there is another “germiest places” list. The lists are popular, and often capture a few minutes on the morning news. But what is the real importance of this germ information?
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Head lice are inappropriately associated with poor hygiene. This creates a stigma which is unearned and in the past kept students from their studies for days waiting for "nit-free" hair.
Are you ready for fall and winter? Really ready? A little prevention could save you a bundle.
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Here are five things you can do to improve health in your building this fall:
TIP 1 - Incorporate a Cleaning for Health focus into your daily cleaning routines. Make a list of common touchpoints that your staff will clean and treat with a specialized disinfectant cleaner, like Envirox Critical Care, that provides residual effectiveness.
TIP 2 - Utilize a desktop cleaning system, like Kaifly, that allows janitors to quickly clean and disinfect the desks in your offices or school. Many studies have shown special attention to desktops pays dividends that well exceed the cost of incorporating them into the routine. Video demonstration.
TIP 3 - Remind people about healthy hands through your newsletter and posters. This type of behavior modification can improve on the surprisingly high percentage of persons who use restrooms without washing their hands.
TIP 4 - Install hand sanitizer stations, like Purell with skin conditioners, outside restrooms, near breakroom facilities, inside conference rooms and at the front entryway to your building. A corporate culture of hand hygiene is signalled by these opportunities to reduce cross contamination between workers or students.
TIP 5 - Use a rapid restroom cleaning system, like Kaivac, to leave more surfaces 99.9% free of bacteria with just water. The Rapid Restroom Sanitizing system is lab proven more effective and 40% faster than normal methods. By focusing on restrooms your staff can break a major source of cross-contamination in buildings.
Download items from our Healthy Hands Toolkit
You may have heard concern about a disease that has been identified on the Arabian Peninsula and has spread to several European countries. Related to SARS, but with a far worse mortality rate, MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, has infected 77 in eight countries with 42 deaths, or a mortality rate of 55%. SARS caused worldwide concern in 2003 with a mortality rate of 9.6%.