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Green Drain Prevents Odors and Other Floor Drain Problems

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Drainage technology is an area that has evolved very little since the invention of modern plumbing. Pipes haven’t increased in size, yet buildings are getting bigger and the volume of matter we now push through pipes are stressing them out. So, it’s not surprising that drain blockages have increased from things like: solids being flushed by waste disposals and macerators, as well as fats and solids being washed away in commercial kitchens.

To compound the problem, many buildings are going “green” — creating plumbing nightmares. Low-flush toilets, water-saving devices on taps and shower heads, and energy-efficient boilers are all well and good, but they can work against the original design of modern plumbing. Gravity and water are needed to push content through the pipes. The Green Drain™ may just be the solution you need!

Green Drain trap seal 

Water flows down; bugs, odors, and sewer gas stay out.

The Green Drain™ is an economical floor drain trap seal that allows water to flow down the drain while preventing pests, odors, or harmful gasses/pathogens from infiltrating the living or work space. It features a specially designed flap that springs back into place — stopping reverse airflow from escaping into the room. The Green Drain™ is available in four sizes to fit most commercial floor drain pipes.

Green Drain™ solves these problems.

Dry Traps

Airflow can reverse direction due to a dry trap. Instead of airflow going down the drain, it moves into the living/work area—allowing germs to spread. This can lead to pathogen spread. Viruses such as NORO and SARS can spread quickly through pipes and out drains. Green Drain™ eliminates the need for chemical treatments and respecting the “green environment” movement.

Sewer Smells

When the airflow reverses, sewer gas odors travel back into the living/work space through the drains. Sewer gas contains highly toxic substances such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. These gases are extremely flammable and exposure can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and irritation to the eyes and respiratory tract. The Green Drain™ has a one-way valve which eliminates odors, but still allows drains to functional properly.

Pest Infiltration

Flies can appear in restrooms and kitchens from floor drains. These flies originate in filthy conditions that can transmit microbes that are unhealthy. Also, people in restaurants, schools, and other public buildings can experience bronchial asthma by inhaling the dust fragments from dead flies. The Green Drain™ features a silicone skirt that stop pests from infiltrating.

Kid-tested, IAPMO approved!

The eco-friendly Green Drain™ is safe to use around children and pets. It complies with the applicable requirements of ASSE 1072-2007. It’s designed to eliminate odors escaping from drains, fumes wafting from sewage buildup, and pest infiltration. Whether in new construction or retrofitting into commercial or industrial floor drains, Green Drain™ is your solution that will save you time, money, water, and energy.

Here is a partial list of commercial businesses that benefit from the Green Drain™:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Food processing plants
  • Hospitals
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Chemical plants
  • Schools
  • Laboratories

If your business is being negatively affected by odors and bugs caused by your drains, talk to us and see if Green Drain™ is the right solution for you.

Available from your local Aire-Master service representative

Contact your local Aire-Master representative to see how the Green Drain can combat your pest and sewer odors.

From MSDS to SDS (Safety Data Sheets)

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SDS - safety data sheets

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HSC) in 2012, adopting its version of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Among other things, this required a switch from MSDS to SDS for information about chemicals employees might be exposed to in the workplace. Material Safety Data Sheets did not have a set format, making them inconsistent and more difficult to read and compare. Safety Data Sheets all follow the same format. Here is a collection of links providing more information about how to read, store, and use Safety Data Sheets.

From MSDS to SDS — GHS Brings Big Changes to Safety Data Sheets

“Maintaining an MSDS for every hazardous chemical and making them available to employees as part of the HCS’s Right-to-Know provisions – which says employees have the right to know about the chemicals to which they are exposed – is one of five key responsibilities employers have under the HCS.”
http://bit.ly/2u0KibU

How to Read A Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

“The information contained in the SDS is largely the same as the MSDS, except now the SDSs are required to be presented in a consistent user-friendly, 16-section format. This brief provides guidance to help workers who handle hazardous chemicals to become familiar with the format and understand the contents of the SDSs. The SDS includes information such as the properties of each chemical; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards; protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting the chemical.”
http://bit.ly/2ukYwDT

The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) FAQ

“With OSHA’s regulatory updates under the Globally Harmonized Standard (GHS) which took full force in 2016 in the US, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are now called Safety Data Sheets (SDS). You will see both terms throughout this FAQ as it references various OSHA interpretation letters issued with the older term.”
http://bit.ly/2uZO2vn

The Change from MSDS to SDS

“OSHA’s HazCom 2012 rules require companies to have a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for every hazardous chemical in the workplace. The SDS sounds like the old Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), but it’s not quite the same. For the difference to make sense, you need to know some of the story behind the change.”
http://bit.ly/2vpQCNl

A Personal Story Stands Out

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Postman

Our first work smarter item is an article on Entrepreneur that underscores the importance of storytelling in marketing. A personal story always stands out from crowd of noisemakers. We are often so familiar with our own stories that we think they aren’t interesting. But we all have a story to tell. Share yours.

The Secret Weapon That Will Make Your Business Stand Out in the War of Ideas

“A Silicon Valley venture capital investor turned to me during a recent lunch and said, ‘I’ve seen more than 2,000 pitches, and I can only remember about 10 of them.’ ‘What made the 10 stand out?’ I asked. ‘They all told a personal story.’”
http://entm.ag/1rdgsPo

Asking for Advice Makes You Seem More Competent, Not Less

“You hear a lot about fears of heights or spiders or clowns, but down deep, most people are most afraid of this one thing: sounding dumb. New research shows that people shy away from asking for help for fear of appearing less competent, but that this is an unfounded fear: Asking for advice actually makes you seem more capable.”
http://sciof.us/1XMGQtL

Avoiding Germs on Airplanes

“A former airline industry employee reveals some things you should know before flying. Airplanes can be much more germ-filled than you think. Don’t fly without hand sanitizer.”
http://dailym.ai/1KQyKPm

Some Hand Dryers “spread germs 1,300 times more than paper towels”

“Dyson Airblade hand-driers spread 60 times more germs than standard air dryers, and 1,300 times more than standard paper towels, according to research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.”
http://bit.ly/1SAGrfQ

There’s a Better Way to Wash Your Hands

“You do it several times a day: You grab some soap, rub your hands together for 20 seconds or so, then rinse. Yet if you’re aiming to get rid of as much bacteria as possible, you’ve been washing your hands all wrong.”
http://bit.ly/1SoupAA

Smell Dating: The first mail odor dating service

Is this really a thing?
http://bit.ly/1nk0f8F

Quote of the Day

“To add value to others, one must first value others.” — John Maxwell

3 Ways to Make Your Workplace Safer Through Hand Hygiene

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Hand hygiene is crucial in the workplace. Illness-causing germs can spread quickly, and keeping your hands clean is the best way to prevent your coworkers and yourself from getting sick. Here are three simple steps you can take to make sure proper hand hygiene is available to your employees, customers, and visitors.

Make sure all your restrooms have good, working soap dispensers

Hand Sanitizer DisplayThe free standing pump bottles of soap from the department store are fine for home use, but a business setting requires a better system. You need large capacity wall mounted soap dispensers, and you need to keep them filled. Make sure you have a way to quickly repair or replace a dispenser if it starts leaking or malfunctioning. Paying for soap service can relieve you of headaches like this; the service provider is responsible for maintenance.

Make hand sanitizer available to everyone

Alcohol based hand sanitizer isn’t terribly expensive. Keep plenty of it around, in various forms — wall-mounted dispensers, pump bottles, and giveaway-sized bottles. The small bottles of sanitizer even make great promotional items; have them branded with your logo, and they not only help prevent illness, they become advertising. However you choose to make hand sanitizer available to employees and visitors, don’t be stingy with it. Make it abundantly available to everyone. It costs little and benefits much.

Make paper towels available in the restrooms

Even if you have warm-air hand dryers in your restrooms, offer users the choice of paper towels as well. Paper towels are more effective overall, for several reasons:

  • Some hand dryers can actually blow out bacteria.
  • Hand dryers depend on users washing and drying their hands longer than most people do.
  • The friction of paper towel use removes bacteria from the hands.
  • Many users will simply not wash their hands if they have to use the hand dryer instead of paper towels.

The last thing you want to do is create an environment where a customer might get sick. If you have employees, you want to keep sick days to a minimum. Providing proper hand hygiene is an easy, relatively inexpensive way to keep your facility safe.

New: Enzyme Floor Cleaner for Tile and Grout

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Step Safe Enzymatic Floor CleanerAire-Master has just introduced Step Safe, a new enzyme floor cleaner for tile and grout. This concentrated cleaner breaks down grease that builds up on hard surfaces. It is especially effective in kitchen areas around stoves, grills, and fryers.

Step Safe requires no floor equipment to apply — just a mop bucket, a mop, a squeegee, and a stiff brush. This is a no-rinse product; its bio-enzymatic action continues to work long after the floor is dry.

Slips and Falls are Costly

As we have noted before, slips and falls cost US businesses billions of dollars annually. Greasy floors are slippery floors. Step Safe is designed to help restore traction to the greasiest floors and prevent costly accidents.

Keep Your Floors Safe — and Beautiful

When used in conjunction with a floor maintenance program, Step Safe breaks down and removes the toughest grease from tile and grout joints — helping to prolong the life and beauty of your floors. Step Safe is great for high-traffic areas such as lobbies and entryways.

Directions

Before use, make sure the floor is free of loose dirt and debris. Add 1–2 oz. per gallon
of cold or warm water and mix thoroughly in a mop bucket. (Do NOT dilute with hot water.) For heavily greasy floors, use 4 oz. per gallon. Mop and saturate floor with the mixture.

Let the cleaner dwell on the floor 15–30 minutes for penetration. Scrub the floor with a stiff, bristled brush. Squeegee the remaining water into the floor drain. DO NOT RINSE. Allow to air dry. No personal protective equipment (eyewear or gloves) is required to use Step Safe.

Availability

Step Safe is shipping now, so contact your local Aire-Master service representative, and give it a try! For more information, download the Step Safe flyer (PDF).

Wash Your Hands at Work

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Person washing hands

No matter where you work, chances are you are surrounded by surfaces covered with germs: phones, computer keyboards and mice, copier and elevator buttons, door knobs, sink faucets, coffee pot handles, stair rails, and many more. Even a desktop can have more germs than a toilet seat.

If you touch a contaminated surface, then touch your eye, nose, or mouth, you are at risk of getting infected — we all touch our faces often, without realizing it. No wonder a virus can spread through a building in 2 – 4 hours.

The best way to keep yourself and your coworkers from getting sick is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Make hand washing a habit, part of your routine throughout the day. According to the CDC you should wash your hands:

  • As soon as you get to work
  • Before and after eating or preparing food
  • After using the restroom
  • After handling trash
  • Between meetings
  • When using shared office equipment like copiers
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • Whenever your hands are dirty
  • After shaking hands with someone

Also from the CDC, how to wash your hands properly:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Finally, here are some suggestions for employers and managers to help encourage good hand hygiene at work:

  • Provide employees with wipes, disinfectants, cleaners, and hand sanitizer.
  • Post signs encouraging frequent hand washing.
  • Send an office-wide e-mail encouraging hygienic activities at work and at home.
  • Incorporate hand hygiene into existing health and safety programs.
  • Keep restrooms, kitchens, and break areas supplied with cleaning products and hand soaps.
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