Best’s Best: Working hands-free

At the beginning of the pandemic, my office quickly began using hinge doorstoppers to help stop the spread of disease over surfaces. The doorstoppers are still in place, keeping doors all throughout the office open to pass through easily. The doorstoppers were already on-hand well before the pandemic began, and before many people in this […]

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4 tips for managing an empty school this fall

As we head into autumn, the time to make the difficult decision is here: Will students return to school campuses or not? Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati and the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network in Ohio published a new study stating that “school closure may have been associated […]

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Your vigorous disinfecting could be hurting occupant health

Returning to the new normal leaves many anxious occupants concerned with the potential for their own workplace making them sick. Well-intentioned cleaning crews, facilities managers, and occupants fill buildings with disinfectants to stop the spread of infection. While viruses are on the top of these individuals’ minds, it goes largely unrealized that filling commercial buildings […]

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Could flushing a toilet spread COVID-19?

Another new behavior to stay on top of to prevent coronavirus transmission: closing the toilet lid when you flush. Scientists found that flushing a toilet can create a cloud of droplets containing coronavirus that will linger long enough to be inhaled. Aerosol droplets rise nearly three feet and can land on other surfaces in the […]

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Returning to school this fall

In the face of a new pandemic, with more questions surrounding the situation than answers, schools around the U.S. switched to fully remote learning in the spring. Parents were challenged to manage their kids’ education while grappling with their own work and a new set of restrictions to adhere to. The situation shined a spotlight […]

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Is your building making you sick?

Air filtration systems may be doing a lot more for your building than you think. Air filters work by trapping and collecting particulates, biological materials, and gasses as air moves through a building’s HVAC system. Initially, air filtration systems were used in commercial buildings to protect HVAC units, reducing the need for facility cleaning. In […]

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Get a handle on hygiene

Addressing the anxiety associated with the spread of viruses over surfaces without going over the facility’s budget can seem nearly impossible. Some places simply just cannot switch over to sensor technology no matter how badly they would like to help limit the number of surfaces people are putting their hands on, especially in restrooms, where […]

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Reopening: Here’s what you forgot to consider

So you’ve finally gotten the green light to let people come in through your building’s doors once again. Your first thought is to make sure everything is disinfected. Like, really disinfected. You’re using disposable products wherever possible, all of the surfaces have been wiped down so many times that you can see your reflection in […]

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