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- Global public health organization NSF International has launched a new program that helps hotels, resorts and other hospitality settings prevent food and water contamination.
- IEHA and Phoenix-based Best Western International (BWI) are partnering to produce the first Healthy Hotel Housekeeper (HHH) Certification, with the goal to make hotel environments cleaner and healthier by empowering housekeeping professionals with knowledge and training, supported by an ongoing certification program administered by IEHA.
- Housekeepers in 2,100 Best Western hotels in North America have adopted measures including UV wands, black lights and cleanable remotes.
- Even with the resurgence of bed bug infestations, the public health community has yet to mount a coordinated response to the problem. The results of surveys conducted at four events reveal public health agencies need to take action.
- While most are aware of the prevalence of bed bugs, more research must be done in regards to their behavior, effect on humans, and rampant spread; and action must be taken.
- The Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assists the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships.
- Data from many facilities show that a properly commissioned building with controls and equipment functioning properly can save 5%-15% in total building energy cost. With a little knowledge this can be done without compromising IAQ.
- Since a floor that is slip-resistant when wet will generally be slip resistant when dry, taking measurements of the condition of floors by benchmarking the wet Coefficient of Friction (COF) is an important starting point to raise safety levels.
- The benefits of carpet are forgotten or ignored in the face of perceived hazards.
- There are many factors that can affect IAQ, such as human activity within the building, the building’s construction materials, and the types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in a building.