How Undesirable Particles Get Into Your School
Have you ever thought about why your students and teachers continue to get sick, even though your school looks sparkling clean? Or have you just accepted your current level of absences as the status quo. It’s just how things are?
Well, it’s time to challenge your thinking.
That’s because technological advances in areas like indoor air quality, sanitizing, measuring equipment, microbiology, UV light technology, air filter technology, and even proprietary equipment used has greatly advanced. Non-Core Business Solutions (NCBS) is creating a new industry, the “Building Environmental Services industry.
This new industry provides building environmental services that make your buildings healthier, and remove as many of the invisible undesirables as practical that make you sick. These environmental services companies replace the services of the present: “janitorial” and “custodial” companies. These “janitorial” and “custodial” companies only remove the visible dust dirt and polishes the floors which makes your building look clean. Some custodial and janitorial services companies sometimes say they improve indoor air quality and the healthiness of your building, and some do to some extent. But few if any can measure up to Non-Core Business Solutions or prove their effectiveness by measurements with scientific instruments and most importantly by decreases in absenteeism.
First, let us explain the problem. The real problem isn’t that your school doesn’t appear “clean.” We’ve often had it happen where several different people in the same building inspect the “cleaning” at the same time on the same day and grade it anywhere from “excellent” to “poor.” Appearances, after all, can be deceiving. When you use scientific instruments to measure the healthiness of a building like we do, everyone sees the same numbers.
The real problem is the number of undesirable particles that enter your school and are allowed to live there.
What sneaks in? These unwelcome guests:
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) – Carbon-based chemicals, which sometimes have no odor at all.
How Do These Undesirable Particles Get into Your School and Cause Unnecessary Absences?
They use a number of tactics to get in. Some include:
- Through your school’s HVAC system
- Right through your front doors when they open
- On the hundreds, possibly thousands, of people that enter your building
- With the furniture, fixtures, paint, and paper that gets brought into your school
How Bad is the Problem?
You probably already understand that lots of germs, bacteria, and viruses congregate where many people meet. But let’s get down to the level where those undesirable particles actually exist to see the true extent of the problem.
For example, just a single person has trillions of germs in and on them. Let’s put that in proper prospective. If you had a trillion dollars, you could spend a million dollars a day and it would last 2,740 years.
The truth is that every person in your school sheds 50 to 100 hairs daily and .1 ounces of skin cells.
So how many germs do you think each person adds to your school each day? Millions? Billions? Trillions?
We don’t know the exact number. But you’ll have to multiply your guess by the number of students and staff at your school.
It’s Really Amazing That People in Schools Don’t Get Sick More Often Than They Do.
You have the responsibility for keeping your building healthy and everyone in them as healthy as you can with the available technology. Everyone must participate in keeping their interior building environment as healthy as practical. Everyone – the administration, principal, teacher, students, and parents – they all have a role.
Around 80% of all germs enter your body through your hands. Everyone in your school should wash their hands PROPERLY at least 3 times every day plus each time they go to the restroom while at school. If that doesn’t happen, it will be very difficult to keep your students, teachers, and administrative personnel healthy, no matter how good or advanced your building sanitizing /cleaning service is. Hand sanitizer helps, but it does not replace proper handwashing while at school.
Remember, janitorial or custodial staff’s or companies have no strategy or responsibility for keeping your school healthy. They only keep it “clean” visually.
We at Non-Core Business Solutions use technologically advanced sanitation strategies to improve your school’s health. Using these advanced processes, NCBS will remove most of the mold mildew dust mites, allergens, bacteria and viruses from your buildings, and in many case save you 10-20% on your labor present custodial costs. Utilizing the combination of these steps, we can improve health at your school, which will result in far fewer absences and lower cost.