Tips for Reducing Illness-Related Absenteeism

It’s flu season. Illness is a main cause of student and staff absenteeism. Pathogenic organisms (germs, viruses, bacteria) are easily transmitted in areas where people gather, such as in educational facilities, and can result in infections and illness. Those illness can then result in days out of school for students as well as staff, impacting the process of education. Diseases such as the flu, the common cold and norovirus (vomiting/diarrhea, stomach flu), are common — and now the coronavirus is making news — but their occurrence and spread can be reduced by good hand hygiene and routine cleaning and disinfection of commonly touched surfaces.

What can school and campus administrators do to help curb the spread of disease-causing pathogens and therefore reduce illness-related absenteeism? They can work to create a more hygienic learning environment.

In this presentation, information and advice will be presented that will assist you in creating a healthier environment for your students and staff. Please join us to learn about:

  • The use of antimicrobial products in the classroom and their benefits
  • Proper foot and desk protectors versus tennis balls for sound mitigation — hypoallergenic solutions over toxic choices
  • The advantages of closed-loop hand-soap systems over bulk refill dispensers, and how to properly clean and disinfect bulk refill dispensers
  • Principles of cleaning and the custodial cause and effect, and why this is so important
  • GREENGUARD® Gold Certification and the impact on VOCs impact (mitigation) over traditional cleaning chemicals

Available On-Demand
Duration: 1 hour

About Our Speaker:
Mike WattMike Watt, director for Training and Innovation, Avmor
Mike Watt has some of the deepest and in-depth knowledge of the cleaning industry and all things cleaning of most anyone in the industry. Everything he does is from a journeyman’s perspective and the bottom line with Mike is clean for clean sake. Mike has been in the cleaning industry his entire life, as a cleaner during high school, a director of Operations for a contract cleaning company, a general manager for a janitorial supply organization, and his current role as director of Training and Innovation has seen Mike in almost every cleaning and restoration type of environment and he can speak with authority to all aspects of cleaning. In 2019, Mike was awarded ISSA Canada’s Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution for work he has done for the Canadian Cleaning and supply industries. Mike has been a Key Note speaker at Education Facilities Managers Associations for School Boards as well as Long Term Care Associations.

A special thanks to our sponsor Dynamic Air Quality Solutions for providing this free event.

Dynamic Air Quality Solutions manufactures high-efficiency air cleaning systems that improve indoor air quality (IAQ), save energy, and reduce operating costs. Dynamic Air Cleaners can reduce outside air requirements and remove airborne contaminants including odors from ventilation air brought in from the outside. Proud partner of ASHRAE headquarters renewal project.

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