Amasht Hygiene E-news | May 2012
Vacuuming Can Improve Indoor Air Quality
The fundamental reason building service contractors clean is to protect the health and safety of the building occupants. Protecting health and safety should involve careful chemical selection and usage, non-skid floor
finish, restroom disinfection, touch point sanitation, and prompt removal of trash to avoid attracting pests.
The most significant benefit a janitor can provide is to improve indoor air quality. Dust generated in the building includes soot, bacteria, allergens, paper dust, mold and dust mite droppings. Then there’s dust from outside: pollen, spores, various natural environmental toxins (arsenic, lead, lithium, antimony), pesticides and fertilizers. Finally, there are fine particles, as asbestos and coal dust that can cause more than 50 occupational disease syndromes.

Janitors can use HEPA filtered vacuums, hard surface floor vacuums, microfiber dust wipes and damp mops.
Fewer noxious particles inhaled by the client’s employees means lower health care costs, fewer sick days,
and a more productive, healthier staff at work.
Most of the dust in a building resides in the carpet. A thorough vacuuming program will pull high proportion of dust from the carpet, and remove it from the building. A vacuuming strategy designed to remove the dust could involve aggressive vacuuming of entry mats and the carpet near entrances, moderate vacuuming of traffic paths, and as/needed detail vacuuming (once or twice per week). Using a backpack vacuum allows janitors to easily reach corners, edges and under furniture. Allergens (spores, pollen, bacteria, dust mite droppings) range in size from about 10 microns in diameter down to a micron. Standard paper vacuum cleaner bags generally filter out particles down to about 10 microns. Vacuuming with a standard paper bag (or a cloth bag) pulls lots of fine dust (and allergens) out of the carpet, and pumps it into the air. Fine particles can remain airborne for eight hours. A HEPA filter will capture particles down to 0.3 microns in diameter, thus grabbing virtually all allergens.

Providing a healthier workplace through proper vacuuming will set BSCs apart from the competition.
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