Four Things You Need To Know About No-Touch Disinfection

As we’ve always known, schools are where most students need to be, and they are now reopening while we’re still in the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we will also be entering another annual cold and flu season with its attendant absenteeism and other adverse health impacts. It’s enough to make anyone responsible for providing and maintaining healthy environments lose some sleep!

Disinfecting all of the critical high-touch objects in our buildings is a challenge for any housekeeping program at the best of times, even more so during periods of increased illness rates and outbreaks. However, we believe that an established technology known as No-Touch Disinfection (NTD) can help solve this problem. 

Through the use of electrostatic spray devices, NTD augments your current daily cleaning and disinfection practices, allowing you to ensure complete disinfectant coverage of all high touch surfaces economically and efficiently.  As you are probably aware, this approach is now being used to provide enhanced disinfection for everything from nursing homes to passenger planes to schools.

Implementing NTD can be easy once the facility’s requirements are appropriately matched to the correct application technology and disinfectant chemistry.  Once the technology is selected, education and training enable the safe deployment of NTD.

Here are some guidelines when evaluating NTD:

What is electrostatic spray application?

During periods of heightened threats of infection or actual outbreaks, you need to be able to ensure 100% coverage of all frequently touched surfaces and objects. Imperial Dade offers electrostatic and spray disinfection systems that can meet everyone’s budget and application requirements.  These units impart an electrostatic charge to the disinfectant to achieve 360 degree surface coverage. As a result, large areas can be effectively and efficiently treated economically.

Handheld Victory Electrostatic Sprayer

What needs to be considered when instituting a NTD program?

In an educational setting, the disinfectant needs to be matched to the organisms of most concern, be it the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the infection known as Covid-19, Influenza, Norovirus, MRSA, or any number of other bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Then, is it necessary to treat the high-touch objects on a weekly or more frequent schedule?  Also, will the areas to be treated be adjacent to occupied spaces?  Can corded equipment be used in the desired regions, or is there a need for battery-powered devices for portability?

Which disinfectants can be applied electrostatically?

Most importantly, the disinfectant chemistry for NTD needs to be compatible with this type of application equipment.  Is the disinfectant product approved or authorized for this application method, with electrostatic spray, mist, or fog?  What is the label dwell time requirements and the efficacy against the microorganisms of concern?  Regarding SARS-CoV-2, is the disinfectant on the EPA List N of products approved for use against the coronavirus?  Fortunately, according to the EPA website, products on List N are effective against all strains of SARS-CoV-2 as genetic changes to the virus do not impact the efficacy of disinfectants.  Finally, regarding your staff, what is the safety profile of the product and the recommended Personal Protective Equipment?

What types of NTD devices and disinfectants are available?

There are several manufacturers of NTD devices and chemistries that are available.  Many customers have found success with the corded Clorox Total 360 systems. However, many others prefer the ease and portability of the Victory Innovations line of battery-powered electrostatic sprayers.  Furthermore, the Victory units are designed to use a wide range of disinfectants, including peroxide and chlorinated tablets, so the chemistry can be tailored to meet the individual educational facility’s budget and infection prevention needs.

Clorox Total 360 System

Your Imperial Dade sales consultant has the resources, knowledge, and expertise to make the correct product recommendation for your specific needs.  Don’t hesitate to contact a branch near you to learn more about how No-Touch Disinfection can benefit your school.

Hand Hygiene – An Important Way to Beat COVID-19, the Flu, and Other Illnesses

If we have learned anything from our experience with COVID-19, we know that we are supposed to wash our hands.  Study after study shows that proper hand hygiene is the most critical thing we can do to prevent the spread of infection in education, healthcare, or any other field serving the public.  This is mainly in viral diseases, such as COVID-19, influenza, and other respiratory maladies. Even gastrointestinal viruses like norovirus can be controlled through proper hand hygiene.  Beyond COVID-19, the stakes remain high as colds, the flu, and norovirus outbreaks result in millions of lost school and work days and costs the economy tens of billions of dollars.

Unfortunately, even during the pandemic, research shows that poor compliance to proper hand hygiene continues to be a significant obstacle to controlling these illnesses, even in the highly regulated healthcare field where healthcare-associated infections are a constant threat. For example, while over 50% of students wash their hands in schools, less than 20% use soap.  Men are also less likely to wash their hands properly – come on, guys, we need to get into the game.

Poor compliance can be attributed to several different factors we can control.  The condition of the restroom and the supplies provided throughout the facility can and does encourage people to help keep their hands in a more hygienic condition.  The following four considerations can summarize these key actions.

1.            Hand Care Products that Encourage Use

Get rid of the bulk soap dispensers.  There has been significant development in hand soap formulations that improve performance and reduce skin irritation. In addition, hand soaps from many manufacturers come in hygienically sealed cartridges, eliminating contamination.  These are the types of products people are looking for when washing their hands away from home.  Remember, the idea is to encourage hand hygiene and not look at the expenditure only as a cost.

2.            Convenient Dispenser Locations

There should be sufficient dispensers in the restroom to facilitate the hand washing process.  In addition, hand sanitizer dispensers should also be available throughout the building.  As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol hand sanitizer is effective against the SARS_CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as those pesky colds and flu viruses. It is a viable option for hand hygiene when hand washing isn’t an option.  However, as with hand soap in the restroom, empty hand sanitizer dispensers are a common complaint.  Dispensers need to be routinely checked and filled. 

3.            Access to Paper Towels and Facial Tissue

Simply put, most people like to dry their hands with paper towels, and most people don’t actually like hand dryers.  Paper towels provide for higher compliance, and the mere wiping of wet hands can remove bacteria and viruses through mechanical action.  But, just as with soap and sanitizer, empty dispensers discourage compliance.  Lastly, where practical, providing facial tissues is a great way to control cross-contamination from sneezes and runny noses. 

4.            Established Educational Programs

As with any behavior change, education is key. Every primary hand care and paper company can provide educational programs and materials appropriate for a wide range of audiences.  Whether it be elementary students, college campuses, or the workplace, tools are available to help promote effective hand hygiene.  Talk to your Imperial Dade sales consultant and find out if there is more that you can be doing to encourage this vital health and wellness behavior.

Visit https://imperialdade.com/Locations to find a branch near you.

Best Odor Control Practices for Carpets, Restrooms, Dumpsters, and More

Controlling odors in and around a facility is a common problem for most cleaning professionals. Odors can lurk in many places: carpets, restrooms, dumpsters, and more. The best way to eliminate odors is to understand the cause of the smell. Once you identify the problem, consult this list of solutions to control the offending odors.

CARPETS

  • Carpet odor stemming from a food source, vomit, or urine should be approached with a carpet sanitizer.
  • Using an extractor to kill the odor source is recommended. If you can still smell the odor after thoroughly rinsing the carpet, follow up with an enzyme product.
  • After extracting the carpet, use a carpet fan, not a box fan. It dries carpet faster. Be sure your carpet is dry in 24 hours, or there is a risk of mold bloom.
  • Pet odors can linger in carpets. Enzymatic digesters will get to the source, killing the odor and not just covering it up.

RESTROOMS

  • In restrooms, urine is often the source of odor. Disinfectants will not impact urine that has dried. If urine odor is present, use an enzyme. If you are using an enzyme, do not use a disinfectant in the same area. Disinfectants destroy the enzymes before they are able to digest the bacteria. 
  • Check the floor drains, a common source of the odor. If the trap in a floor drain dries out, it will emit sewer gas. Use a drain cleaner, enzyme, or water to keep drains odor-free.
  • Don’t forget to clean often missed spots. The base of toilets, under urinals, urinal throats, partitions, and walls are often overlooked. Ceilings should be cleaned once or twice a year.
  • While it doesn’t replace a good cleaning program, adding an air care unit to help with transient odors will add to a pleasant restroom experience.

OTHER BUILDING LOCATIONS

  • Janitor closets can omit odors. Keep a tidy closet! After use, rinse mops with clean water and hang to dry. Empty and rinse mop buckets.  Clean, empty, and air out recovery tanks on equipment.
  • Inadequate ventilation can be cause challenges. If possible, open windows or clean air vents to improve air quality
  • Is the odor coming from the dumpster area or wastebaskets? There are several products made specifically for this application.

If you need more information on a specific odor or area, please contact your Imperial Dade Sales Consultant. A good daily cleaning routine will keep odor problems to a minimum! Visit https://imperialdade.com/Locations to find a location near you.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

5 BEST PRACTICES TO PREVENT AND CONTROL MOLD

Mold and mildew are hot button topics any time of year but especially during humid summer months. According to the EPA, “Mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Because mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to buildings and building contents, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.”

How is mold linked to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?

When mold grows indoors, there could be reports of musty or moldy odors. These should be investigated immediately. Mold can be linked to various health issues such as headaches, allergic reactions, asthma symptoms, nasal irritation, and nausea.  For more information on Indoor Air Quality, please review the EPA’s Guide for Building Owners & Facility Managers.

What are the 5 best practices to prevent and control mold?

  1. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cleaning
  2. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials or furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  3. In areas with a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (e.g., by drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  4. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (e.g., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  5. If mold is a problem, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

If you think your facility has mold or mildew you should first understand what type issue you have.  If the issue is flood water, please review the EPA Fact Sheet Flood Cleanup Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems”

There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

If you see mold, how do you get rid of it?

Who should do the cleanup depends on several factors. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you and your team can handle the job yourself by following the guidelines below.

However, if the affected areas are greater than 10 square feet, a professional remediation contractor may be required for the cleanup.  In any event, check the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, which gives advice on all building types.

What do you wear when removing mold?

  • Wear an N-95 respirator.  Please note that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that respirators fit properly (fit testing) when used in an occupational setting; consult OSHA for more information (osha.gov).
  • Wear gloves. Long gloves are recommended.
  • Wear goggles.

What are the best methods to cleanup mold?

  1. Scrub mold off hard surfaces, and dry thoroughly.
  2. Discard contaminated absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles.
  3. Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold.  Wear appropriate PPE.
  4. Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated with mold – it could spread mold throughout the building.

What chemicals should you use when removing mold?

Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial cleaning products, disinfectants, or a bleach solution. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions for use (see product label) and ensure proper ventilation throughout the cleaning process.

If you choose to use a cleaner-disinfectant product, check the label to ensure that it has efficacy claims for fungal organisms, such as Aspergillus niger. Niger is a black mold commonly associated with high moisture events.

Some disinfectants may even offer residual antifungal benefits that can help control the return of the mold problem.  Most importantly, certain disinfectants contain odor control agents that help eliminate the moldy odors, which are frequently a cause of student and staff complaints.

If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold, never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.

Who else can help when I have a mold problem?

Whatever mold situation you may be facing, it is suggested that you consult with your Imperial Dade sales consultant for recommendations specific to the needs of your case and your facility.  Our representatives know what products and equipment may be needed to help you resolve your problem as quickly as possible. Visit https://imperialdade.com/Locations to find an Imperial Dade location near you.

Improve Your Cleaning Program Results With Resources from Imperial Dade

Maintaining an efficient cleaning process is vital for any business but improving that process and garnering better results are equally important. As a customer of Imperial Dade, numerous programs and resources are at your disposal to ensure that a healthy environment for your staff and customers is provided.

Imperial Dade’s HyProtection Zone Program: Hand Hygiene and High-Touch Surface Disinfection

This program provided by Imperial Dade is ideal for educational facilities, restaurants, fitness centers, office buildings, retail stores, hotels, and houses of worship. This program assists customers in improving their hand hygiene, cleaning, and high-touch surface disinfection protocols. By participating in this program, consumers will benefit from site surveys where critical touchpoints will be identified, product reviews that ensure that the right products are being used on each surface, and an in-depth explanation of the best practices. For even easier accessibility, onsite or virtual HyProtection Zone training is available through the Imperial Dade Cleaning Institute. The training will be conducted by experienced consultants who will guide you through the process and provide informed recommendations to guarantee a healthy and clean environment that prevents the spread of illnesses.

Imperial Dade’s EatSafe Program: For a Clean Dining Environment

The EatSafe Program assists restaurants and other foodservice establishments in providing a safe and welcoming environment for their customers. The program contains core product recommendations for every individual area in your facility, help for visual learners such as wall charts for cleaning tasks, and assets that can be used to promote the EatSafe program to your guests. In addition, the increased sanitation performance helps present an establishment that is hygienic and clean. The three core areas are front-of-house touchpoints such as table-tops, chairs, and menus, restroom fixtures like faucets, flushers, dispensers, door handles, and floors, including hard surfaces and carpeting and matting.

Imperial Dade’s Environmental Service Program: Victoria Bay Equipment and Chemicals

This program is customizable to each customer’s needs. Offered are dish and laundry equipment, chemicals, and dispensers. All of which are backed by 24/7 emergency technical service. Whether it’s warewashing, tackling everyday kitchen cleaning challenges, following proper 3-compartment sink procedures, or utilizing Victoria Bay’s chemical management system, this Imperial Dade program can maximize efficiencies and effectiveness.

Imperial Dade’s Cleaning Institute: Delivering Cleaner, Healthier Facility Solutions

Imperial Dade offers exceptional training to customers on a variety of topics ranging from general cleaning to floor care. Our Director of Training teams with our sales staff to make specific labor-saving recommendations. A computer-aided task analysis system identifies opportunities for a company and then suggests relevant training to accomplish the tasks at hand. The benefits of this program include improved safety, enhanced wellness, increased productivity, and reduced overall costs.

Imperial Dade offers highly effective consultative programs to better customers’ processes and help them maintain peak performance in areas of cleanliness. Visit https://imperialdade.com/Locations and contact a location near you.

7 Things You Need to Know About Caring for Luxury Vinyl Tile

Around since the 1970s, vinyl composition tile flooring (VCT) has been the most common type of commercial flooring. It can be found almost everywhere: hospitals, offices, retail, and schools. Building managers love its durability and life expectancy, whereas custodians prefer it because it is familiar and easy to maintain.

Recent trends have seen a surge in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) placement in commercial properties. It is easy to see why. Everyone loves how LVT can imitate many different varieties of hardwood or stone. In addition, LVT is very budget-friendly, easy to install, and durable!  Caring for these floors can be a snap if you follow some simple guidelines. But first, don’t forget these essential steps:

  • Check the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Test products in an inconspicuous area to determine suitability.
  • Safety first! Wear PPE and set up wet floor/area closed signs during floor maintenance.

Best Practices for Daily LVT Cleaning

  1. Proper use of floor matting provides the first level of protection to your floors by preventing soils from entering the building.
  2. Sweep or vacuum floor (Do not use a vacuum with an agitator).
  3. If needed, use a microfiber mop to pick up fine particles.
  4. Do not use harsh chemicals. Use a product specifically made for LVT.
  5. Clean floors using a damp microfiber cloth.
  6. Do not saturate the floor. Too much water can work into seams and edges destroying bonds.
  7. NEVER USE A HIGH SPEED BURNISHER! Burnishing can cause the layers to separate.
Before and After

When these steps are used for daily cleaning they can reverse the visual effects of standard wear and tear. The solution will fill the scratches and will help flooring maintain its original look.

For more information on luxury vinyl tile or any other types of floor care, contact the experts at Imperial Dade. For a location near you, visit https://imperialdade.com/Locations today.

What Happened to the Supply Chain?

Over the last year and a half, significant challenges have arisen in maintaining a robust and reliable supply chain for both businesses and consumers. This past week, news channels spotlighted the problems that continue to plague businesses in all sectors. The White House has created a task force including the secretaries of commerce, transportation, and agriculture to address the issues. From paper products to semiconductors, food products to transportation services, companies are struggling to keep up with increasing demand.

Another sector that has been experiencing severe supply chain issues is the plastics industry. Plastic resins are an integral part of the economy. Plastic is used in countless products and product packaging and are vital to multiple industries. Pandemic-related plant shutdowns, ocean shipping delays, and harsh winter storms wreaked havoc on the industry. With plastic resin shortages now predicted to last until the summer, it is essential that businesses utilize suppliers that can successfully maneuver the bottlenecks, backlogs, and raw material shortfalls that negatively impact the supply chain.

The health crisis highlighted weaknesses in the way modern supply chains operate, and it is vital for companies to take additional measures to ensure material availability during difficult times.

Businesses are now diversifying their acquisition of products and formulating new ways to monitor supply partners. Shipping companies are also adjusting to accommodate backlogs. However, the current shortage of labor in the American workforce must also be overcome to successfully address supply chain issues. Lack of truck drivers, warehouse workers, and other employment sectors will hamper some of the efforts to make the corrective changes needed to address product availability on a wholesale and retail level.

For over 85 years, Imperial Dade has been a leading supplier of foodservice packaging and facilities maintenance supplies and equipment. Over the decades, our team has overcome the challenges that arise when the supply chain is compromised. We have dealt with shortages caused by wars, natural disasters, and other crisis-level events. By maintaining strong business partnerships with hundreds of manufacturers, the dedicated procurement and logistics experts on our team have been able to respond to shortages and shipping disruptions.

Imperial Dade prides itself on being able to meet the ever-changing demands of our customers. Our sales consultants work closely with customers to identify product options and alternatives that will meet their needs. Through creative adjustments to our procurement practices, we’ve worked to reduce the challenges in obtaining foodservice packaging, maintenance supplies, and PPE.

If your company requires supplies to meet the increased demands projected for this year, contact the experts at Imperial Dade. We are committed to providing a wide range of solutions to our customers, helping them overcome the challenges that may develop in the supply chain. To learn more about the many resources we have to offer, contact the Imperial Dade location near you.

Can’t Touch This: The Benefits of a Touch-Free Restroom for Your Business

As the world continues adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 environment, the importance of maintaining clean and sanitized facilities has become paramount to offices, schools, restaurants, and all other commercial buildings. Customers are more likely to be loyal to businesses that have enacted additional precautions for the safety of their clientele. One way companies have adapted to this new environment is through the utilization of touch-free restrooms.

The popularity of touch-free or contact-free lavatories was already on the rise prior to the pandemic. Yet, as scientists continue to discover how transmissible the disease is, the importance of touch-free restrooms has become abundantly clear to large and small businesses alike.

The Victoria Bay Restroom Collection is a complete dispenser and refill solution.

Here we will discuss some of the advantages of having a touch-free restroom for your business:

Increased Cleanliness and Improved Sanitation

The first and most obvious benefit to having a touch-free restroom is the reduction in the number of germs that customers are exposed to. Touch-free toilets, sinks, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers reduce the likelihood of customer contamination due to physical contact.

High-touch areas often spread germs more easily between employees and customers. By removing the need to physically touch these appliances, you will mitigate the potential for employee illnesses due to viral and bacterial exposure and increase client confidence in your business’s sanitation policies. In fact, three in five Americans agree that utilizing automatic paper towel dispensers in public restrooms would improve their perception of the business’s cleanliness, according to a survey conducted by Sofidel.

Streamlined Amenities for Customer Convenience

Touching various surfaces like faucets, paper towel dispensers, and soap dispensers can be cumbersome to some of your customers. If someone is using their smartphone or carrying a handbag or briefcase, the added convenience of simply putting your hand in front of a sensor saves time and effort. In addition, touch-free restroom fixtures increase accessibility for customers suffering from mobility issues and have difficulty manipulating handles and knobs.

Reduction in Water Usage and Waste

Touch-free restrooms also reduce water consumption and waste products. By utilizing sensor-controlled faucets, water is only being used while a customer or employee is actively washing their hands. Over time, the elimination of unnecessary water use can add up to significant savings on water usage, which is both good for the environment and your bottom line.

Touch-free soap and paper towel dispensers can also save you money by reducing product usage from customers and employees. With the ability to individualize soap and paper allotments, you can minimize soap and towel waste. As every business owner knows, resource management, even on a small scale, is critical to the company’s long-term success.

Enhanced Reliability and Long-Term Viability

Both customers and employees can be demanding when it comes to bathroom amenities. From kicking toilet handles to pushing against faucets and soap dispensers, your restroom can sustain a lot of damage during use. Incorporating touch-free features can help reduce the likelihood of a client or employee being too rough with your restroom fixtures. This will improve the reliability and lifespan of all elements in your restrooms.

Imperial Dade: Your Source for High-Quality Touchless Restroom Solutions

Imperial Dade is a leading supplier of facility maintenance supplies and equipment for large and small businesses. We offer a wide range of products, including the Victoria Bay restroom dispenser collection, to help upgrade your existing conventional restroom into a touch-free environment. From touch-free soap dispensers to automated in-stall air freshener dispensers for your existing toilets, Imperial Dade is your only source for high-quality touch-free products at an affordable price.

For more information about Imperial Dade and how we can transform your business, contact us today!

Congress Enacts Far-Reaching Initiatives to Help Small Businesses

As our nation continues to recover from the setbacks experienced due to the spread of COVID-19 and government-backed closure mandates, the business community has looked towards our leadership to provide relief from the severe economic downturn. Recently, the federal government enacted funding to help small businesses recover from the pandemic’s financial toll.

As the leaders of various economic sectors attempt to rebuild from the impacts of sudden revenue decline experienced in the last year, several specific measures have been taken to assist certain industries that have been particularly affected.

Here we will outline some of the assistance now available to businesses that have experienced hardship due to the pandemic.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created to assist the severely affected restaurant industry. Due to the threat of viral spread, many restaurants needed to close to protect the health and safety of the citizens they serve. This was economically devastating and caused widespread financial losses leading to permanent closures and significant setbacks to any restaurants that managed to weather the storm. Aid package details include:

  • Eligibility determinations made by the subtraction of 2020 gross receipts from 2019 gross receipts.
  • If not in operation for the entirety of 2019, the difference is determined to be 12 times the average monthly gross receipts available from 2019 and the average monthly gross receipts received in 2020 (SBA Formula).
  • If not in operation until 2020, grants are awarded in the amount equal to “eligible expenses” subtracted by gross receipts received in total (SBA Formula).
  • If not in operation as of the application date for the grant but has “eligible expenses,” assistance would be equal to the aforementioned expenses (SBA Formula).
  • Pandemic-related revenue loss for a company is reduced by any amount received from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for either the First Draw or Second Draw in 2020/2021.

The Small Business Association (SBA) can also make adjustments to awards dependent on current demand and “relative local costs” in markets where the RRF is applicable.

Other important aspects of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are:

  • A 21-Day initial period where small businesses are given priority for grant awards.
  • Expenses must have occurred between February 15, 2020, to December 31, 2021.
  • Awarded grants must be used on payroll, mortgage obligations, utilities, building maintenance, rent, construction to accommodate outdoor patronage, PPE, cleaning supplies, food and drink inventories, supplier costs, operating expenses, paid sick days, and all other expenses deemed essential to maintaining operations during the pandemic.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and other important information regarding the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, please visit the Restaurants Act website.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Along with the funding now available through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 offers additional support to businesses suffering due to the pandemic. The American Rescue Act of 2021 is a broad effort to stem the losses sustained by the country as a whole. Some of the significant components of this initiative include:

  • Aid to State and Local Governments: $360 billion to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments pay for expenses tied to the pandemic, including cleaning supplies and PPE equipment.
  • Funds allocated to Educational Institutions: $176 billion to help the education sector.
  • Grants to the Transportation sector which include money intended for transit agencies to maintain payroll and purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees.

There are also several provisions within the Act that provide for workplace safety initiatives that include $150 million to the Department of Labor for worker protection concerning COVID-19. Additionally, direct payments and tax provisions provide relief on an individual basis for all those impacted by events surrounding the pandemic.

For more information regarding the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, please visit the White House website.

Further efforts are underway to provide more relief to institutions and businesses in an effort to assist them in opening safely. Provisions set forth in the HEALS Act would grant funding for efforts to maintain a clean and protected environment business environment. Officials in all branches of our government have pledged to do what is necessary to help the American people and the business community.

Pandemic Preparedness and Recovery with Imperial Dade

Imperial Dade is more than just a distribution company. We specialize in providing our clients with the products and services they need to keep the workplace clean and safe. We will continue to be a leading source of the supplies necessary to keep your company running. From our selection of cleaning products to janitorial supplies, Imperial Dade offers a wide range of products and consultative services that help our clients including restaurants, educational facilities, and retail stores navigate the realities of doing business in the age of COVID-19.

For more information about Imperial Dade or to speak to one of our representatives, contact us today.

Why Become a GBAC STAR Facility?

Organizations and institutions nationwide are taking active steps to prevent the spread of the ongoing pandemic within their facilities. To this end, the GBAC STAR Accreditation Program has emerged as a key solution in helping businesses prepare, respond, and recover from infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

The Global BioRisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) is a division of ISSA, a leading global trade organization for the cleaning industry. Their STAR Accreditation Program was launched in May 2020 to combat the intense COVID-19 breakout. Over 2,500 businesses have been accredited so far and can be found on the GBAC STAR Facility Directory. As this program’s success continues to grow, facilities from all over the world have expressed their interest or have committed to accreditation.

The GBAC STAR Accreditation Program was established to help organizations and institutions develop a comprehensive cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention system through extensive training from some of the cleaning industry’s leading minds. The program teaches correct disinfection techniques, cleaning best practices, and proper protocols relating to biohazard situations. Each facility must complete the 20 GBAC STAR Elements to earn its accreditation. Resources such as the Readiness Assessment Checklist and the Recommendations for a Successful Accreditation worksheet are available on the GBAC website.

Any facility can apply for accreditation, regardless of size or industry, including but not limited to:

  • Convention Centers
  • Stadiums and Arenas
  • Office Buildings
  • Schools
  • Hotels
  • Athletic Clubs
  • Retail Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery Stores
  • All Public Venues

GBAC STAR is considered to be the gold standard of safe facilities. Earning this esteemed accreditation shows a commitment to prioritizing health and wellness. Accredited facilities must first undergo a rigorous screening process to prove their dedication to championing cleanliness.

“We’re doing everything we can to create the safest and healthiest environment possible. We didn’t want to create our own standard; we wanted to be accountable to the most credible third-party standard that exists. Working with GBAC ensures compliance with critical guidelines for the highest standard of cleanliness, and it is our hope that other venues will follow suit as we navigate through these unprecedented times.”

Tom Garfinkel, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium Vice Chairman and CEO

By demonstrating appropriate work practices and employing strict cleaning and disinfection protocols, GBAC STAR facilities instill confidence in employees and consumers. Additionally, employees of all ranks will feel empowered in knowing proper cleaning procedures to provide a safe environment.

Imperial Dade, a member of ISSA and janitorial products supplier to Hard Rock Stadium, encourages organizations and institutions to consider a GBAC STAR Accreditation. Our GBAC Trained Technicians are available to help answer questions, review cleaning chemicals and procedures, as well as provide a number of other COVID-19 resources. Visit www.ImperialDade.com for a location near you and contact us today.