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FDA approved! EPA registered! What does it all mean?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/10/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in EPA, FDA

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FDA approved! EPA registered!

You've probably come across these declarations within the last few months as the COVID-19 guidelines called for increased hand hygiene and disinfection. Sure, throwing around the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) or EPA's (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) weight makes products seem safe and effective, but what is each agency responsible for, and what do their regulations and approvals mean? 

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Learning from Past Pandemics & Outbreaks

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/3/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Pandemic

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most severe in recent history, it isn't the first pandemic, and it will not likely be the last. All pandemics and epidemics leave some imprint on human behavior; COVID-19 is no exception. While we take lessons from past pandemics, the one lesson to carry into the future will be preparing for future outbreaks.

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How filthy is your phone?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/19/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Safetec Products

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Be honest, how often do you clean your phone screen and case?

With COVID-19 still surging worldwide, increased attention has been placed on preventative actions, such as handwashing, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, wearing a facemask, and staying home when sick.

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Misconceptions about disinfection

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/12/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Disinfectant, SaniZide Pro 1

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There is a ton of information swirling around about cleaning and disinfection best practices amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It's enough to make you dizzy! Furthermore, it's likely the surfaces in your home or facility are not as clean as you think they are.

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Keep your hands healthy while washing them often

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/5/20 9:30 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Hand Washing, Cold and Flu

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on the importance of handwashing often and adequately. With the pandemic still in full swing and rolling into cold and flu season, washing your hands frequently is still the most effective way to prevent the transmission of infections.

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Debunking common flu myths

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/29/20 9:17 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Influenza Season

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The flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory virus caused by one of three different virus types: influenza A, B, or C. The primary way illnesses like colds and the flu spread from person to person is through the droplets that sick people expel when they cough and sneeze. You can also get the flu by exposure to saliva passed by contact, such as kissing or sharing eating utensils. Sometimes people get the flu because they touch an object or surface with flu virus on it, and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

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Is SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Airborne?

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/22/20 9:15 AM / by Megan Malke posted in COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised its guidance on how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads to include airborne transmission. This means that people with COVID-19 can infect others even if they are more than six feet apart via aerosols, which can linger in the air for "minutes to hours" and travel father than six feet. Why is this significant, and what does it mean for you? Let's dive in.

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Preparing a Spill Response

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/15/20 9:40 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Spill Kits

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No matter how much we try to avoid them, spills happen- and they can happen in any facility or business. While some small spills might be easy to clean up, other substances could be dangerous to humans or the environment. We all hope we never need it, but spill preparedness can save lives and prevent injury or illness.

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A vaccine will help fight but not end the COVID-19 Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/8/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in COVID-19

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As COVID-19 infections nearly reach 8 million in the United States, many wonder when life will get back to normal. Most Americans are hinging the return to normalcy on a COVID-19 vaccine being available by early 2021.

Scientists worldwide are working in o verdrive on potential treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 with global infections reaching 32 million. While having a safe vaccine by early
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Diversity and Inclusion at Safetec

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/1/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in diversity

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One of our proudest accomplishments is the diverse team we have today. At Safetec, we not only encourage you to be yourself, but we also celebrate our differences. Our culture at Safetec is about having a safe and welcoming environment where people feel comfortable to do their best work. We often refer to our employees as the heart of Safetec, and you can feel it beating when you step into our facilities.

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