Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Self-Disinfecting Door Pads

Scientists at the University of Leeds in England have designed a system that disinfects doors after each use and has helped to reduce the amount of germs by 90%.  Handwashing is still always recommneded, but this new system will help to reduce germs and cross-contamination immensely.

Door Pads

Sunday, September 17, 2017

More Fat News

Here's more information from National Geographic regarding fat blobs clogging sewers in cities around the world.

Fat Blobs

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Custodian vs Janitor

The poll that just ended asked if there was a difference between a custodian and a janitor.  100% of the answers said yes.

Back on April 16, 2008, I posted about the difference between the two titles. I've re-posted those comments again here.

What Is A Custodian?

What is a custodian? Do they differ from a janitor? What is their job like?
Basically, the two words are similar. A janitor often times refers more specifically to the work they do, that of cleaning. A custodian is portrayed as more than just a cleaner. He also maintains and takes care of a building as well as performing cleaning tasks. In a school setting, custodian is the preferred term.
The duties of a custodian differ from person to person depending on their job description, the time of day they work and their skills. They may be required to unlock the building in the morning, put up flags, bring in newspapers, de-ice walkways in cold weather, check HVAC systems and so on. Then there is the exciting world of cleaning! Toilets, sinks, floors, vacuuming, dumping garbage, windows and more. Add to these duties such things as setting up and tearing down tables, chairs, risers and other furniture for special events. And don't forget the sporting events. Cleaning these events requires cleaning the stadium at times, the gyms, locker rooms, concession stand area, bathrooms and more. At times, it can be quite overwhelming and tiring.
Custodial work can also be enjoyable. Having the opportunity to meet teachers, the public, administration, public officials and others adds to our ability to interact with others and to absorb more knowledge. Dealing with outside vendors who specialize in various trades is an exciting way to add to our repertoire of information too. And don't forget the students. What an ideal way to be a mentor and example for our young people!
Custodial work involves much, but much can be given back. Although at times stressful, the benefits outweigh the negatives in the long run!

Monday, August 28, 2017


F.O.G. (Fat, Oil, Grease) These lipids are clogging sewers around the world and wreaking havoc on city sewer systems.  This National Geographic video gives a glimpse of what is happening.  More info can be found on nationalgeographic.com.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Restrooms, Phones, Germs and Toilet Plume

According to an article in Time magazine, using your phone in the restroom "and then leaving with it is kind of like going in, not washing your hands and then coming back out...It’s the same level of concern."  Studies show that phones have ten times more germs than toilet seats. And because toilets spray creating a "toilet plume" when flushed, that just adds to the germs present.  So, be smart, wash your hands frequently and stay healthy.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PHMB Treated Gloves Reduce Contamination

Researchers have found that gloves treated with disinfectant reduce contamination of other items touched and help to promote a healthier environment.  This article in Infection Control Today highlights the specifics of this unique glove.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Toilet Plume

Leaving the lid open when you flush the toilet allows aerosolized particles of fecal spray to fill the room and can easily reach heights of 15 feet. Imagine if your toothbrush or other items are nearby? The best thing to do is close the lid before flushing. Here's the full article from the European Cleaning Journal.

If you usually leave the lid up when you flush the toilet, you may want to reconsider. Because it has been revealed to Business Insider that "when you flush a toilet, the swirling water that removes your waste from the bowl also mixes with small particles of that waste, shooting aerosolised faeces into the air".
This unfavourable phenomenon is known as 'toilet plume'. Microbiologist Philip Tierno told Tech Insider: "It is a good idea to lower the seat, especially if the bathroom is used by multiple people."
This is because aerosol plumes can actually reach a height of 15 feet when the toilet is flushed. And these potentially infectious bacteria and viruses can reach far across the room and even contaminate places such as the nearby sink, the floor and even your pot of toothbrushes.

Business Insider says: "The microbes also remained on the toilet bowl's porcelain surface after multiple flushes, and while the number of microbes decreased after the first few flushes, the population levelled out and remained until it was scrubbed off (with or without a detergent)."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Bacteria Don't Leave

New scientific research has determined that no matter if you microwave or wash your dish sponge in boiling water, the amount of bacteria basically remains the same.  Cmmonline referenced an article in Discover that shed more light on this subject.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Excrement That's Over the Top

In South Africa, there is an emergency situation where there are not enough janitors to clean the overflowing, plugged, unsanitary 136 restrooms in Wallacedene, a housing settlement in the suburb of Cape Town.  Janitors don't have the proper PPE or vaccines to do the job properly.  Sometimes they are shoveling out the excrement to be hauled away and buried.  The full article can be read here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Where Am I?

You may have noticed that I haven't posted much in the past few weeks.  Why not? Basically, because I'm in the middle of getting our brand new 300,000+ square foot new high school up and running.

Since I started here on March 7, I have been ordering equipment and supplies for our department, taking deliveries, going through training on multiple building systems including, but not limited to electrical, plumbing, HVAC, security, fire, safety harness use, intercoms, clocks, grounds and more.  I have been working on getting the custodial areas for cleaning together, writing up Duty Descriptions for each area, working with the staff, moving items, hanging things and so much more.

The school opens on September 6 and we will be ready.  So, now you know where I've been.  More to come!