IEHA and The Housekeeping Channel (HC) Promote Clean and Healthy Schools For Dummies Pocket Guide – Warding Off Cold and Flu Season Through Preventive Steps

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The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) and The Housekeeping Channel (HC) are pleased to present free flu-prevention information for schools.

Clean and Healthy Schools For Dummies

Proper cleaning, sanitation and good personal hygiene practices are the most effective means of controlling the spread of common diseases — more effective than vaccines or antibiotics.

The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) and The Housekeeping Channel (HC) are pleased to present free flu-prevention information for schools.

According to the free ($4.50 S&H) IEHA pocket guidebook, Clean and Healthy Schools For Dummies:

“Proper cleaning, sanitation and good personal hygiene practices are the most effective means of controlling the spread of common diseases — more effective than vaccines or antibiotics.

Effective cleaning of frequently touched school surfaces, combined with hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizers where soap and water is not available, has been shown to significantly reduce the number of infections and reduce absentee rates due to illness by 50 percent or more.”

With this in mind, IEHA and HC are pleased to share the following information to assist schools and parents of school-aged children.

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In addition, IEHA, HC and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) all stress the importance of frequent handwashing.

According to the free ($4.50 S&H) IEHA pocket guidebook, Clean and Healthy Schools For Dummies:

“Making sure your hands are clean is one of the best things you can do avoid infection. Make sure that you wash:

            *         Before and after eating or handling food

            *         After you cough into your hands or contact blood or body fluids

            *         After using the bathroom or changing a diaper

            *         After handling animals, their toys, leashes, or waste

            *         After touching something that has a good chance of being contaminated, such as a trash can or cleaning cloth

            *         Before dressing a wound, giving, medicine, or inserting contact lenses

            *         More often when you’re sick or during the cold or flu season

            *         Whenever they look dirty.”

Also from the free ($4.50 S&H) IEHA pocket guidebook, Clean and Healthy Schools For Dummies:

“For healthy schools, proper cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and restrooms must be top priority. The emphasis on proper is important. Some ways of ‘cleaning’ are ineffective in removing microbial contamination, and others have been shown to actually spread contamination to other surfaces. Further, cleaning with chemical cleaners involves the potential for contamination of the environment, which can be harmful to health unless you choose products, methods, and equipment carefully.”

About IEHA

IEHA is a 3,500-plus professional member organization for persons employed in facility housekeeping at the management level. The organization was founded in 1930 in New York City, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State’s capitol, Columbus. Executive Housekeepers are managers who direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. They supervise staffs ranging from a few to several hundred people and handle budgets from a few thousand dollars to millions. IEHA provides members with an array of channels through which they can achieve personal and professional growth. Some are: leadership opportunities; resource materials; education program designation; employment referral service; a Technical Question Hotline (1-800-200-6342); networking; an annual convention and trade show, including several educational sessions; and a monthly trade publication, Executive Housekeeping Today. Please contact IEHA’s Association office at (800) 200-6342 for more details, or go to http://www.ieha.org. For a free copy (plus $4.50 s&h) of Clean and Healthy Schools for Dummies, visit http://www.ieha.org/showcatproducts.php?cid=1.

About HC

The Housekeeping Channel (http://www.housekeepingchannel.com) strives to be the Web's most comprehensive storehouse of factual information for consumers and media on achieving a clean, organized and healthy indoor environment.

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