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California Revises Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Regulation

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) off-gas from products commonly used or found in public facilities, resulting in decreased indoor air quality (IAQ), occupant health and productivity, and organizational performance.

California's Revised VOC Regulations
The State of California recently completed its revisions to the state's Regulations for Reducing VOC Emissions from Consumer Products.

Flood Damage Cleaning

Facility flooding due to burst pipes or natural causes requires swift action to prevent costly additional damage to the built environment and a range of health and safety concerns, including infection and exposure to non-biological contaminants.

The Dangers of Flood Damage to Facilities and Occupants
Depending on the source, flood waters can potentially carry a host of biological and non-biological contaminants, including:

Bacteria.

A Clean Workspace is Good for Your Mental Health

A growing number of studies have established a strong correlation between workplace cleanliness, occupant wellbeing, and workforce productivity.

The Impact of Stress and Employee Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace
Data gathered by mental health experts establish a strong connection between workforce mental health challenges and significant reductions in workplace productivity, resulting in billions of dollars in annual losses to the U.S. economy.

Stopping Facility Mold Before It Spreads

Rapid mold growth in facilities is a common issue resulting in expensive damage to the built environment and potentially resulting in severe occupant health issues, OSHA violations, closures, fines, lawsuits, and medical-related costs.

The Dangers of Facility Mold
Mold spores commonly enter facilities through

Open doors or windows
Vents
Poorly filtered HVAC systems
On the bottom of occupant shoes or on their clothes, and;
On pets in buildings that allow them.

Influenza Season 2022

Based on the influenza data from Australia, the U.S. may be heading for a severe 2022-23 cold and flu season.

Dire Predictions for the 2022-23 Cold and Flu Season
U.S. health officials are urging increased vigilance and action this cold and flu season due to the record-breaking pre-pandemic levels of influenza spreading across Australia.

Updated Monkeypox Cleaning Guidelines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released updated guidance regarding facility cleaning and safety measures to address the emerging monkeypox outbreak.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency
On August 4th, 2022, U.S. HHS Director Xavier Becerra elevated the status of the ongoing monkeypox outbreak to a public health emergency.

Germiest Office Hotspots

With cold and flu season and the start of the new school year just around the corner, it's time to address your facility's cleaning and germ hotspot disinfection policies and procedures.

Hybrid Working Models Contribute to the Spread of Office Germs
The hybrid working model--home part-time and office part-time--combined with communal workspaces and hot desking contributes to the rapid transmission of germs and bacteria, resulting in increased rates of illness and decreased worker productivity and mental wellness.