In the same way that Healthy Buildings Australia provides solutions to create healthy living spaces, we also provide services for businesses and commercial facilities, creating healthy spaces beneficial to both employees and customers.
Save money - reduces the high cost of cleaning and dusting your facility.
Boost productivity – healthier environments reduce absenteeism and staff turnover.
Customer loyalty – consistently clean facilities bring repeat customers.
Better Health – creates a sustainable hygiene program.
Cleaner, safer work environments reduce cleaning costs, boost productivity and improve your bottom line. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.
The CSIRO has listed poor indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental threats to public health. Because most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, the need to create healthy commercial spaces becomes increasingly more critical.
We address this challenge by offering products that create clean hands, clean surfaces and clean air, improving the indoor environment in general through improve air quality and limiting the spread of pathogens.
BioProtect for surfaces - BioProtect when applied to a surface provides a long term bio-static layer of protections
Sanders Filters – provide submicron filtration from .1 micron and up, this is a significantly higher level of filtration than the .....
Pure Hands – hand sanitiser provides a safe none flammable that doesn’t dry out the skin.
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a phenomenon affecting building occupants who claim to experience discomfort and negative health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building but where no specific illness or cause can be identified. SBS also is used interchangeably with “building-related symptoms”, which orients the name of the condition around patients rather than a “sick” building. A 1984 World Health Organization report suggested up to 30% of new and remodelled buildings worldwide might be subject of complaints related to poor indoor air quality.
Our program addresses surface hygiene, air quality and the spread of pathogens within your facility. Our measured, quantified system evaluates air and surface hygiene and the information is used in an approach that combats the hidden cost of staff sickness and absenteeism. The insurance industry estimates that the annual cost of absenteeism per employee costs between $800 and $1,200 a year, however the cost of sick employees coming to work is estimated almost twice as much at $1,000 to $1,800 per employee annually.
Hand hygiene program: Hand hygiene interventions have been, and will continue to be an important component of the public health response to seasonal and pandemic influenza.
Enhance air filtration with energy savings: We study the effect of outdoor air pollution on the productivity of indoor workers. We focus on fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a harmful pollutant that easily penetrates indoor settings. We find that an increase in PM2.5 outdoors leads to a statistically and economically significant decrease in packing speeds inside the factory, with effects arising at levels well below current air quality standards.
Surface hygiene program: The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential role of fomites in human parainfluenza virus 1 (HPIV1) transmission by assessing the occurrence of HPIV1 on surfaces in an adult setting (office).
Many retail establishments have a need for higher levels of clean, our program addresses surface hygiene, air quality and the spread of pathogens within your facility. Our measured, quantified system evaluates air and surface hygiene and the information is used in an approach that combats the hidden costs involved in the avoidance of creating a healthy space. Our program limits the money spent on cleaning because submicron air filtration is a persistent cleaning technology. It easily will reduce the costs tied to massive amounts of dusting generally required to keep surfaces clean. Your marketing edge becomes an allergy and asthma-friendly environment for employees and customers. We can demonstrate that our program will pay for itself with reduced labour costs in daily cleaning.
Ventilation and indoor air quality in retail stores: Identifying air pollutants that pose potential adverse health exposures in retail stores will facilitate exposure mitigation. Assessing the role of ventilation in mitigating this exposure is important to understand the energy implications of maintaining acceptable indoor air quality.
Fomites in the Spread of Respiratory Viral Disease: Increases in population growth and mobility have enhanced pathogen transmission and intensified the difficulty of interrupting disease spread. Control of viral disease spread requires a clear understanding of how viruses are transmitted in the environment.
How many times have you seen someone forget to wipe gym equipment down after use? Or even worse, use the towel they just used on their face. Stack on top of this the fact that sanitation wipes don’t work, instead they help to grow the microbial resistance problem while only providing short term protection against bacteria, viruses, mould and mildew. Odour is another issue in fitness facilities. The Healthy Buildings persistent cleaning technologies combat odour-causing germs while providing a long-lasting, green cleaning program to protect your gym equipment. Our program addresses surface hygiene, air quality and hand hygiene within your facility. Our measured, quantified system evaluates air and surface hygiene to combat the spread of secondary infection within your facility.
We save you money and keep your facility measurably cleaner for longer. Our eco-friendly program will make your facility friendly to those with asthma and allergy concerns. Towels and training clothes can also be protected from odour-causing bacteria using our soon to be launched laundry program. We can demonstrate that our program will pay for itself with reduced labour costs in daily cleaning.
Pathogens from coughs 'hang' longer than you think: How coughs and sneezes float farther than you think, discussed in this novel study that uncovers the way coughs and sneezes stay airborne for long distances.
Bacteria spike just because you enter a room: A person’s mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour — material largely left behind by previous occupants and stirred up from the floor — according to new research by Yale University engineers.
The importance of gym cleanliness: A gym is an abnormally damp environment where sweat creates moist conditions ideal for germs, bacteria, mould, mildew and viruses.
Aged Care and Assisted Living
Healthy Buildings Australia wants to support assisted living facilities in providing best possible palliative, respite and aged care possible. A safe, clean, pathogen FREE environment for staff, guests and their families will ensure everyone has the best chance of staying fit, healthy and strong. The Healthy Buildings approach will provide a cost-effective solution which allows staff to focus more on providing quality of life based care than spending time on cleaning and odour/pathogen management.
The Healthy Buildings Australia approach uses the most up to date, environmentally friendly, non-toxic cleaning products available while providing 24/7 surface protection and odour control as well as improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) through our unique air filtration. We can demonstrate that our program will pay for itself with reduced labour costs in daily cleaning.
Hand Hygiene in Skilled Nursing Facilities: This paper focuses on one of the pillars of an infection control program: Hand Hygiene. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention identify hand hygiene as the number one thing a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of infection.
High rates of MRSA transmission found between nursing home residents, health-care workers: Healthcare workers frequently contaminate their gloves and gowns during every day care of nursing homes residents with drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, according to a 2015 study.
Senior living community takes precautions after two Legionnaires’ cases found: A four-month-old senior living community in Maryland is taking precautionary measures after two residents were found to have Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal lung infection contracted through the inhalation of bacteria-contaminated water droplets.
Margins remain tight in the hospitality industry. Using the Healthy Buildings program in the hospitality industry can set a hotel, restaurant, pub/club or café apart from competition with a reduction in cleaning costs alone. Submicron air filtration is a persistent cleaning technology which will easily reduce the costs tied to dusting required to keep surfaces clean. Used in combination with the BioProtect antimicrobial surface protection, you will be creating a healthy space which ensures your customers experience will be as good as it can possibly be.
Enhanced air filtration with energy savings: The results of this study suggest that aerosol partitioning from the routine handling of soiled textiles – sheets, bedding, etc. – can contribute to airborne exposures to bacteria, fungi and pathogens in the hospitality environment.
Effectiveness of Laundering Processes Used in Domestic (home) Settings (2013): While this focuses on home laundry, the principles easily extrapolate to a commercial setting in hospitality-driven businesses.
Schools are the epicentre of disease outbreaks in our communities. Productivity levels in schools drops when teachers and students are absent and the spread of sickness can have long term adverse effects on a child’s learning. Our program addresses surface hygiene, air quality and the spread of pathogens within your facility. Our measured, quantified system evaluates air and surface hygiene and the information is used in an approach that combats the hidden cost of student sickness and absenteeism. Improved indoor air quality in has been linked to the prevention of outbreaks of various diseases. In the United States, numerous schools are shut down annually for decontamination of outbreaks linked to whooping cough, mumps and measles. These outbreaks impact both the school and community.
Building characteristics, indoor environmental quality, and mathematics achievement in Finnish elementary schools: Ventilation is associated with thermal comfort and students’ learning outcomes. The ventilation system requires scheduled maintenance or replacement as well as ongoing ventilation adjustment to accommodate the number of students at any one time.
The Built Environment and Childhood Allergic Asthma: Susan Lynch presents on potential links between the built environment and childhood allergic asthma.
Cleaning Up: Battling Germs in School Facilities: The benefits of good hygiene and proper cleaning can be a hard sell because they are not clearly visible in the short term. However, the benefits for our students are huge in reduced absenteeism and reduced health care costs.
Prevention of norovirus infection in schools and childcare facilities: The particular focus of the report is on norovirus, which is of major public health importance. It is one of the most common causes of childhood gastroenteritis and with epidemiological characteristics that promote a high rate of infectivity and transmission.
Medical facilities such as those used by clinics, dentist and veterinarians can greatly benefit from the Healthy Buildings program. It will reduce odor, secondary infections and the spread of sickness/disease causing pathogens while keeping the environment healthy and the air as clean as possible. Nowhere is it more important to create a healthy space through clean hands, clean surfaces and clean air.
Cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces in health care: Toward an integrated framework for infection and occupational illness prevention: A more integrated approach can support multidisciplinary teams with the capacity to maximize effective and safe C&D in health care.
Hand Hygiene and Face Touching in Family Medicine Offices: A Cincinnati Area Research and Improvement Group (CARInG) Network Study: Clinicians and staff in family medicine offices frequently touch their T-zone and demonstrate mixed quality of hand cleansing. Participants’ self-rated URTI prevention behaviors were not associated with how well they actually perform hand hygiene and how often they touch their T-zone.
Occupational health and safety in small animal veterinary practice: Nonparasitic zoonotic diseases: Occupational exposure to zoonotic diseases is an inherent risk in veterinary medicine. It is not a realistic goal to completely eliminate the potential of contracting a zoonotic disease; rather, the focus should be on greatly decreasing the risk.
Bio-aerosol sampling for airborne bacteria in a small animal veterinary teaching hospital: The detection of significantly higher airborne microbial loads in different rooms at different times of the day suggests that the probability of acquiring nosocomial infections is higher at these times and locations.
Hand Hygiene practices in a dental teaching center: The data here suggests areas of improvement: (1) A comprehensive intervention including care organization/clinic ergonomics/planning/anticipation of materials needed for care; (2) the development of HH education program should include the educators, since the behavior of students is strongly influenced and formed by their mentor’s attitude and behaviors.
Self-reported hand hygiene perceptions and barriers among companion animal veterinary clinic personnel in Ontario, Canada: Forgetting to perform hand hygiene was the most frequently reported barrier to hand hygiene compliance in this study.
Environmental cleaning and disinfection: The guidelines in this article provide veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary health care workers with an overview of evidence-based recommendations for the best practices associated with environmental cleaning and disinfection of a veterinary clinic that deals with small animals.
Ask the expert – laundering scrubs: If in your facility scrubs do not function as personal proactive equipment (PPE)—most scrubs function as uniform and not PPE—then OSHA does not have oversight on laundering. If the scrubs function as PPE, then the employer is in violation of the blood borne pathogen standards by having employees clean, launder, and maintain them on their own (uniform).