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New: Enzyme Floor Cleaner for Tile and Grout

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, Product Information, Safety

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

By Business, Hand Care, Safety

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.

Slips and Falls Cost US Businesses $15 Billion

By Business, Cleaning And Disinfecting, Safety

Slips and Falls Cause Workplace Injuries in 2011
According to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, workers’ compensation costs to US businesses involving trips, slips, and falls totaled 15.6 billion dollars in 2011. This amounts to 28% of all workers’ compensation costs for the year.

SlipperyBusinesses must make employee safety a top priority. Greasy, dirty, slippery floors are a serious workplace hazard. Clean, dry floors can help prevent slips and falls. Daily mopping may not be enough to remove built-up, ground-in soil. Aire-Master Floor and Wall cleaning service removes these soils and leaves your floors clean, dry, and safe.

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How to Read an MSDS

By Business, Safety

UPDATE: See From MSDS to SDS (Safety Data Sheets)

A Material Safety Data Sheet — MSDS — is designed to tell you everything you need to know to use a chemical safely. Although there are many different types of MSDS, each must include the eight parts listed below.

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Chemical Name

  • the name on the label
  • date the MSDS was prepared
  • name and address of the manufacturer
  • phone number for emergencies

Hazardous Ingredients / Chemical Identity

  • names of dangerous substances in the chemical
  • safe exposure limits such as PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit) or TVL (Threshold Value Limit)
  • common names for the chemical

Physical Characteristics

  • how it looks and smells
  • boiling and melting temperatures
  • evaporation rate (percent volatile)
  • how easily it dissolves
  • how heavy it is — so you know whether it will sink, float or dissolve in water

Fire and Explosion Data

  • the “flash point” — the lowest temperature in which it could catch fire
  • whether it is flammable or combustible
  • the best way to put out a fire involving the chemical

Reactivity

  • conditions that can cause it to burn, explode or release dangerous vapors
  • substances that react with it

Health Hazards

  • the dangers of inhaling or touching it
  • first aid procedures
  • dangers for people with medical conditions

Usage, Handling and Storage

  • how to clean up a spill or leak
  • how to handle, store and dispose of the chemical

Special Protection and Precautions

  • personal protective equipment that should be used
  • other equipment for working with the chemical
  • special procedures
  • signs that might be posted
  • information not covered in other sections

Always read the MSDS before working with any chemical!

Note: Not only should workers use the MSDS to protect themselves from injury, but it could greatly affect insurance claims in the event of injury. Insurance companies may examine the MSDS of any product that was involved in an accident. If the worker was found negligent in their use of the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as outlined in the MSDS, and injured by the product, they may receive substantially lower disability payments.