Building operators and facility
managers are learning how
eliminating dirt and killing
germs can improve their
SHINY HOTEL floors are inviting. Germless desktops are a ne- cessity and bacteria-free hospital rooms are critical. More lodging professionals, school administrators and health
care operators are beginning to understand that a clean environment plays a crucial role in their success. As a result, while
sales in the slow-growth industrial and institutional cleaning market merely track the population expansion in the US,
there are signs that sales may improve a bit in the years ahead.
Industry experts expect US I&I sales to climb to nearly $14 billion as we head into 2014.
“Industry growth is tracking the population growth rate,” ob-
served Cali Sartor, director marketing, Spartan Chemical.“But the
value of having a clean facility is trending upward for building
owners and health care operators.”
Similarly health care facilities benefit tremendously when the
emphasis is on clean. Infection rates can drop dramatically when
a hospital or nursing is cleaned properly. But how can operators
be sure that the staff is cleaning properly?
Spartan offers HealthCheck, a three-pronged program that
ensures proper environmental cleaning and reduces health care-
associated infections (HAI). According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, approximately one out of every 20 hos-
pitalized patients will contract an HAI. HAIs are also a public
health issue; adding approximately $30 billion to US health costs
each year. Meanwhile, Spartan notes that training is the No. 1
issue in helping to prevent HAIs.
Money-, time- and resource-saving I&I solutions were front
and center last month at the International Sanitary Supply
Association’s (ISSA) Interclean North America tradeshow in Las
Vegas. Exhibitors promoted products with plenty of data to back
up their claims.
Diversey, a unit of Sealed Air, for example, highlighted the
benefits of its Oxivir cleaner disinfectants, which rely on hydrogen peroxide to kill a wide variety of pathogens (including TB,
MRSA and Norovirus) in as little as 60 seconds.
“We’re always trying to improve the customer’s productivity,”
explained Carolyn Cooke, VP, North America-Healthcare. “Now,
we’re rolling out larger sized (11x12 inches) Oxivir wipes that
provide the same kill in an easy to use form.”
The focus on infection control is stronger than ever in health
care facilities, noted Cooke. An estimated 100,000 Americans die
annually from HAIs, according to the CDC. At the same time,
health care administrators are boosting their efforts to elimi-
nate pathogens that cause these HAIs, due to more rigid pen-
alties packaged into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act. Facilities that report high rates of HAIs also risk losing
Tom Branna • Editorial Director
Gojo helps keep health care
providers in compliance.