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  • 21 Feb 2018 10:10 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Researchers at a university in Norway followed 6.235 people for over 20 years, collecting data on their health and behavior. What they found should make us all think twice about using chemical cleaners. In one example, forced vital capacity (FVC)—a measurement frequently used to assess lung strength and capacity—declined much more quickly for women frequently exposed to cleaners. Specifically, the data showed a 4.3 mL/year faster decline for women who cleaned at home and a 7.1 mL/year faster decline for those who worked as professional cleaners.

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    What does this mean in real life? This increase in decline was comparable to 10 to 20 pack-years of tobacco smoking. "Pack-years" is a term used by clinicians to measure tobacco smoking and is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. They also found that asthma was 12 to 13 percent more common in women who frequently used cleaners. "We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age." Cecile Svanes, M.D., Ph.D., one of the study's authors and a professor at the university, explained to ScienceDaily.

    More at source: Science Daily

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  • 20 Feb 2018 6:51 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    The European Community Respiratory Health Survey aimed to find out more about the long-term effects of using cleaning products. The study looked at lung function in 6,230 participants in 22 locations around the world. Participants answered questions about how often they used cleaning products and had their lung function measured.


    The study found that women responsible for cleaning at home or professionally suffered a more rapid decline than women who were not responsible for cleaning. The same trend was not observed in men, however. The authors did not offer a reason for this gender difference, though there were fewer men than women in the study and a smaller percentage of those men engaged in “occupational cleaning.”

    More at source: Fortune

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  • 15 Feb 2018 11:24 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Questions are emerging about the performance of a city contractor that has provided Denver airport janitorial services for decades, just as it’s set to win a $115 million contract.

    DENVER, CO. - Feb. 20, 2015: ...

    City Councilman Kevin Flynn, who received a copy of the protest letter filed by a losing bidder last week, on Monday night triggered a one-week delay in the council’s consideration of the maximum five-year contract with ISS Facility Services. Council rules allow any council member to initiate a one-time delay of a contract, and ISS’s deal will be back at the council for a vote Feb. 20.

    More at source: Denver Post

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  • 12 Feb 2018 7:22 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week, and that’s likely to rise, Schuchat said in a conference call Friday. 


    There were 40,414 deaths in the U.S. during the third week of 2018, the most recent data available, and 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza, according to the CDC data. The number for that week is expected to rise more reports are sent to the agency.

    More at source: Fortune.com

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  • 09 Feb 2018 10:47 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitors working for the city of Waco, Texas will keep their jobs despite the city outsourcing to a private organization.


    The City Council approved a compromise plan in a 6-0 vote that will phase out city workers in favor of private contractors, but current city janitors will retain their positions at 16 buildings.

    In late February, UBM Enterprise will start providing janitorial services at 14 buildings, covering about 400,000 square feet.

    Eventually, the city plans to transition all janitorial services to the private firm. The move will save the city about $420,000 on its yearly $1 million cleaning bill.

    Source: Axcess News

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  • 05 Feb 2018 11:54 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Aunt Fannie's helps maintain the healthy microbes destroyed by traditional cleaners needed to keep us healthy. The biodynamic, evolutionarily-adapted cleaning and pest solutions developed from unique, whole, and food-based ingredients, enhance the healthy and natural balance of home and office microbiomes.

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    “We are very excited about our partnership with Target,” said Mat Franken, CEO of Aunt Fannie’s. “Target has emerged as a true wellness-brand, from its corporate wellness mission to stocking better-for-you options on its store shelves. Partnering with Target allows us to reach new consumers who are just starting their natural journey and to reach those health-conscious consumers who already shop at Target for all of their natural home essentials, family and pest needs.”

    More at source: Global News Wire

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  • 01 Feb 2018 8:02 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray colleges last semester began using cleaning solutions produced by Orbio Technologies, which manufactures greener alternatives to conventional cleaning products.


    Orbio sells machines that use electrolysis to convert water and salt into diluted sodium hydroxide and hypochlorous acid — which can be used as a general multisurface cleaner and disinfectant, respectively. Murray and Benjamin Franklin are the first residential colleges to buy machines for on-site generation of those cleaning solutions. One Orbio unit, located in the Murray basement, will service both colleges.

    More at source: Yale Daily News

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  • 30 Jan 2018 12:18 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    This year’s flu season has been devastating for children across the country. And several schools have closed their doors in efforts to fight the illness.


    Schools in at least a dozen states have cancelled classes for days at a time after staff and students became sick, CBS News reports. Officials at Bishop Lynch High School, in Dallas, Texas, shut the school down for days so crews could disinfect the property.

    “This year it really is unprecedented,” school nurse Patty Barton told CBS of the illness. “I probably saw about 30 kids here on Monday and sent 10 home.”

    More at source: People

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  • 29 Jan 2018 9:00 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)


    You get a clean carpet! And you get a clean carpet! Twenty-one dogs and countless "accidents" later, that's Oprah Winfrey's longest-lasting rallying call. As she reveals in a new episode of Vanity Fair's "Secret Talent Theatre," over the years, the media mogul has become something of an expert in the art of stain removal. And now, she's sharing her tried and true strategy for lifting red wine, gravy, and, yes, dog poop right out of the carpet with the rest of us mere mortals.

    More at source: Bon Appetit

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  • 26 Jan 2018 12:39 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)


    THE 20/10 RULE

    Start breaking yourself of the marathon habit, Hoffman says, by training yourself to do short bursts of cleaning followed by a break. “Set a timer. When it goes off, you stop and do something else. Sit down with cup of tea or take the dog for a walk or mess around on the internet. If necessary you get right back to cleaning [when the break is over].” That could be 20 minutes and 10 minutes, or five and 45, whatever it takes.

    More at source: NBC News

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