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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 CDC, FDA, EPA

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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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OSHA vs EPA; The Jurisdiction of Two Compliance Titans

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/10/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in OSHA, CDC, FDA, EPA

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In the modern workplace, proper cleanliness and sanitation are vital to making sure that disease doesn’t spread. However, in the healthcare world keeping your facility disease free isn’t nearly as easy. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Health Safety Administration regularly update strict guidelines for facility sanitation and the production of sanitation products. These major players are responsible for updating the compliance regulations on businesses and public health in general.

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What Is The CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/25/18 10:00 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Airline & Cruise Industry, CDC, FDA, EPA

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) to assist the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses on cruise ships. By training cruise ship employees on public health and monitoring GI illnesses and investigating or responding to outbreaks are two of the ways VSP helps the cruise ship industry. They also make unannounced operational sanitation inspections to make sure cruise ships are following their regulations.

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Preparing for Spring Weather - CDC Recommendations

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/24/17 8:30 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in CDC, FDA, EPA

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Zika Virus - Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/12/17 9:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in CDC, FDA, EPA, Outbreaks

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CDC Study Finds Flu Vaccine Saves Children’s Lives - CDC Press Release

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/6/17 8:30 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Cold and Flu, CDC, FDA, EPA

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Who is at Risk of Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/8/17 9:15 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in OSHA, CDC, FDA, EPA

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There are a number of professions that have associated risks of having exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The pathogens that get the most attention in these fields include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and some others.

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Cleaning for Infection Prevention: Norovirus

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/17/17 9:15 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control & Prevention, CDC, FDA, EPA

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Norovirus is one of those viruses that infects so many people each and every year. It is spread so quickly and easily that once you realize that it is out of control, it is nearly too late - and you are probably already sick or are feeling symptoms.

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Cleaning for Infection Prevention: Cold and Flu

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/4/17 1:25 PM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control & Prevention, Jan-San, CDC, FDA, EPA

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11 Recommended Cleaning & Disinfection Practices to Prevent the Spread of Colds and the Flu

In 2014 ISSA put together an amazing guide titled Cleaning for Infection Prevention: Cold and Flu that is still incredibly relevant today. In this guide there is a particular section that covers recommended cleaning and disinfection practices that we will share with you below. 

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Cleaning For Infection Prevention: Enterovirus D68

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/21/16 3:00 PM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control & Prevention, Jan-San, CDC, FDA, EPA

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Continuing on with our "Cleaning for Infection Prevention" series, our topic is now Enterovirus D68. Many people may refer to this virus as Non-Polio Enterovirus. 

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