New Year, New Look

As 2020 is over, let us look to a brighter year this coming 2021 with color everywhere!

Make old bollard posts look like NEW! No scraping and no painting. Forget all about that mess.

Eagle® Bumper Post Sleeves give life to those old rusty posts. These slide-on post sleeves will not fade, rust, or crack. They eliminate annual scraping and painting while protecting vehicles and the post from impact damage. Unique vertical ribs provide extra impact protection while allowing for easy slide-on installation.

Nine colors to choose from!

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PROTECT YOURSELF: The Proper Usage of Face Masks

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The use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is now essential as we move along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Knowing what to use and how to use this equipment helps you protect yourself and the people around you.

We cannot emphasize enough the value of proper handwashing and sanitization at all costs. Adequate usage of masks will also help to contain the spread of this virus.

What mask to wear?

Here are the types of masks you can use and when it is appropriate to use them.

Cloth Mask – For the general public, if a surgical or medical mask is not accessible, the use of a cloth mask, bandana or scarf is an alternative to use. It does not provide adequate protection, yet a better use rather than covering your mouth and nose. Refer to the below image for a better understanding of the Do’s and Don’ts in using this type of mask.

Surgical Mask – It is used by people who take care of sick patients with respiratory infections and symptoms such as cough, sneezing, and fever. Mostly used by health care and frontline workers, disposable, loose-fitting, and effective in blocking particles from droplets, splashes, sprays to keep germs reaching mouth and nose. Proper disposal is required. Below is the infographic on how to effectively use the mask.

N95 Mask – Not to be used routinely by the general public. This type of cover is made of polypropylene material, which can filter out 95% to 99.9% of particles even smaller up to 0.3 microns in size. It should only be worn by healthcare and frontline workers who are attending and entering rooms of a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patient, collecting specimens, and using medical equipment and supplies that came in contact with a potentially contaminated surface.

Face Shields over Face Masks
It would also be right to consider using face shields along with face masks in preventing the spread of the virus. It would help reduce the exposure and emissions of droplets from cough and sneeze considerably. Here are some of the benefits of using face shields over a face mask:

• Covering the eyes with your mouth and nose. Droplets from cough and sneeze can also enter your body through eyes; hence, a full cover for your face could be helpful.
• You can’t touch your face.
• Reusable and offer decontamination potential (though you may need to dispose of this after several uses, it is crucial to get your face shields disinfected after each use).
• Less chance of having painful or damage ears and nose bridges in using the protection for a more extended number of hours.

PPE may not only be useful during the pandemic but may serve as a safety armor in any fieldwork across all industries. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

Resources:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks
https://reflectionsipc.com/2020/06/19/covid-19-ppe-face-coverings-masks-shields-personal-safety-depends-on-more-than-what-you-wear/
https://www.narayanahealth.org/blog/know-about-proper-usage-disposal-and-reuse-of-mask/

Protect Your Stormwater System

Runoff from rainfall is often managed through a series of drains that make up a stormwater runoff system. This system carries out stormwater or rainfall water that is not being absorbed by the ground and becomes surface runoff. This runoff flows directly into surface waterways or is channeled into a storm drain, then discharged to surface waters.

Maintenance and regular stormwater servicing are often required to meet local and federal regulations. Slow draining due to clogs may cause the system not to function properly, resulting in a bigger issue to address.

With the help of UltraTech’s Ultra-Filter Sock, you can stop harmful substances from entering the stormwater system. These 9-foot long socks are placed in front of storm drains. Their woven geotextile material allows water to flow through into the storm drain while the media inside the unit removes pollutants. Easy to use, no hassle to install!

Other Key Features are:
• Use in front of storm drains, around downspouts, in gullies and ditches, or anywhere there is potential for harmful stormwater runoff. Woven polymer casing allows water to pass through quickly while filtration media inside removes pollutants.
• High UV rating allows extended life in the sun and elements.
• Available in 9-foot lengths. Units can be overlapped for longer coverage.
• Looped ends allow units to be staked in place and assist in transport.
• Available with different types of media depending on which pollutant is present. (Multiple Ultra-Filter Socks can be used in a “treatment train” if the potential for more than one contaminant or a large quantity of a single contaminants is present.)
• Option for heavy metal removal available.

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Resources
• https://www.spillcontainment.com/products/filter-socks/
• https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater-maintenance
• https://www.buildingsolutions.com/industry-insights/stormwater-management-system-maintenance

Cabinets to Keep PPE Safe & Secure

If you are returning to work, there is a chance that PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is now an essential part of your job. Cabinets from Durham Manufacturing can provide a secure storage solution for your various PPE items, with more than 460 cabinets to choose from.

Below are 3 different cabinet options that can be used to store your PPE or any items you want to keep safely secured.

Electronic Access Control Cabinets (click here)

• Electronic lock has the ability to store audit trails

• Traceability has helped some users reduce inventory consumption by 30%

• Heavy duty, all welded, 14-gauge steel construction

• For additional security utilize the 3-point locking system with pad-lockable cast steel handle (pad-lock not included)

• Shelves bolt easily into place with the hardware that is provided

• Full height recessed doors with 7 gauge leaf hinges to prevent sagging

• Available with solid door on right and a windowed door on the left, or with both solid doors

• 6”H legs, provide access for forklifts and have pre-drilled holes allowing for lagging to the floor. (Constructed of 3/16” steel)

• Durable, gray, textured powder coat finish

Cabinets with Bins and Shelves (click here)

• Heavy duty, all welded 14-gauge steel

• 3-point locking system with chrome keyed handle and 5/16” diameter lock rods

• Full height welded piano hinges for increased strength and rigidity of doors

• Fully welded louvered panels reinforce door and hold Hook-On-Bins®

• Hook-On-Bins® installed easily with no tools required

• Hook-On-Bins® by Durham are included

• Double doors open at 180º for full access to product

• Adjustable shelves rest on louvered panels and adjust on 4” centers. No tools required for installation

• Cabinets ship fully assembled

• Durable, gray, textured powder coat finish

Extra Heavy Duty Lockable Storage Cabinets (click here)

• Extra heavy duty, all welded 12-gauge steel

• 3-point locking system with pad-lockable cast steel locking handle (pad-lock not included)

• Flush doors with 7-gauge leaf hinges to prevent sagging

• Double doors open at 180º for full access to product

• Shelves bolt into place easily using fasteners provided and adjust on 2-1/4” centers

• 6”H base/legs which provide access for foklifts; pre-punched holes allow for lagging to the floor. (constructed of 3/16” steel)

• Cabinets ship fully assembled

• Durable, gray, textured powder coat finish

To view Spill 911’s full line of Storage Cabinets, click here.

Deep Cleaning To-Dos After a Food Manufacturing Facility Shutdown

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting normal operations for countless food and beverage manufacturers. This disruption may occur due to limited staff numbers (as a result of social distancing requirements, layoffs, or staff sickness); additional sanitation requirements in relation to the control of COVID-19 transmission; changes in the level of production (up or down); and even site shutdown. These in turn can lead to a loss of resources for, or focus on, food safety sanitation.

Food manufacturers have a legal obligation to produce safe food and it is therefore essential that routine sanitation practices continue and that additional sanitation is undertaken after a period of shutdown. Employers also have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of their workforce, including minimizing their risk of COVID-19 infection.

Sanitation for Food Safety

Review your sanitation SSOPs and ensure you have the right tools for the job:

•Review Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) for required tools and equipment
•Review your color-coding plan
•Check all shadow boards, tool racks, and storage locations for tools that need to be replaced

Check individual work stations to ensure the correct material handling tools are present:

•Ensure that all tools are present in their correct areas
•Make sure tools match the established color-coding plan

Discard any tools that are damaged or that are in poor condition:

•Damaged tools can harbor microorganisms and allergens in deep gouges or cracks
•Pieces or materials may break off in production areas, causing foreign body contamination
•Damaged tools can injure employees

Clean brand new tools before their first use in your facility:

•Even new tools could be contaminated with allergens, microbes, or foreign bodies
•Manufacturers of cleaning and material handling tools do not sanitize or sterilize tools before they are shipped to end-users unless they specifically state otherwise
•Even tools that are individually wrapped should be cleaned before their first use

Clean existing tools:

•Tools that are not properly sanitized and dried after use or prior to shutdown may become a source of contamination on re-use
•Cleaning and material handling tools themselves can be vectors for pathogens

Clean the nooks and crannies:

•Include spots or areas within the facility, equipment, or tools that are hard-to-reach or inspect
•They are much more difficult for the sanitation crew to properly clean and disinfect. It’s critical to carefully clean gaskets, hollow tubes and supports, rough welds, gaps in equipment, dead-ends and joints and crevices.

Sanitation for COVID-19 Control

This cleaning is what should be done on an ongoing and frequent basis when the plant is back in operation:

•Surfaces that are commonly touched by employees should be cleaned more frequently. These include handrails, door push plates, turnstiles, utensils, cart and bucket handles, taps, hoses, cleaning tools, machine control panels, scales and bulk ingredient bins.

•Consider adding a unique color to your color-coding plan to specifically clean these non-food contact surfaces
•Tools should also be cleaned between use by different people to lessen the chance of spreading COVID-19

Train Staff on the Importance of Food Safety and COVID-19 Safety Plans

Training is an important step in building and maintaining a food safety culture. This applies to general food safety plans and enhanced COVID-19 safety plans. A culture of food safety includes:

•Strong leadership that encourages cooperation
•Ongoing food safety training for employees and higher-ups
•Engaged and informed employees
•Self-audits built into the work structure
•An organizational structure based on a complicated chain that gives more people more responsibility instead of a direct flow
•Empowered employees who share responsibility for and are rewarded for practicing food safety
•A robust food safety plan that contains preventative measures and controls

Additional Resources

Remco and Vikan have numerous resources available online:

go.remcoproducts.com/covid
remcoproducts.com/cleaning-tool-maintenance/
remcoproducts.com/ust-white-paper/
remcoproducts.com/how-to-choose-the-right-brush-for-food-processing-needs/

To view the full line of Remco products available from Spill 911, click here.