Monday, January 30, 2017

Green Cleaning K-12 Schools!

Green Cleaning K-12 Schools
Accommodating a large number of students, educational facilities can quickly become breeding grounds for fast-moving germs if the building is not cleaned properly. Guardian Service Industries goes above and beyond to ensure the cleanliness of your school and strives to help you keep kids in the classroom.

Guardian’s school cleaning professionals deliver: an immaculate facility through cleaning practices that maximize efficiency, dedicated and experienced support to handle any cleaning challenge and 24-hour operations support and measured inspections.
Our Guardian Green Clean program plays a vital role in creating a healthier environment through the use of certified chemicals, documented processes, training, tools and support. Additionally, Guardian incorporates LEED practices in all of our cleaning specifications.
But more importantly, Guardian offers more than just competitive pricing. We provide your campus with a sense of security and trust. Our operational experts recruit and our in-house human resources team trains employees that fit well with your existing educational culture.
Guardian uses strict hiring and training guidelines to employ only the highest quality personnel who have also been screened thru Guardian’s multiple tier screening practice.
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Influenza is a threat every year, but this flu season has the World Health Organization on “High Alert”

The flu strikes every winter. But this influenza season is particularly dangerous. Outbreaks of “avian influenza” or “bird flu” have been reported in 40 countries since November. This sharply increases the likelihood that deadly bird flu stains may begin infecting humans in larger and larger number.
Now, the World Health Organization is on “high alert.”  And for good reason.

Influenza is a threat every year, but this flu season is different.

40 countries is an unusually large number of outbreaks, in a wide geographical range of locations. The number of cases has increased steeply since December. Some of these outbreaks result from a new strain of influenza; Asia is facing severe outbreaks of the H5N6 influenza virus in animals, which was actually created by four existing viruses swapping genes.
Even more ominously, there are signs that this outbreak could be the beginning of the worst possible scenario for pandemic flu: human-to-human transmission of avian influenza. Currently, most flu epidemics are limited by a convenient combination of factors. The most deadly type of influenza is avian influenza type H7N9. About one in three infected people die of it. Avian influenza, however, is transmitted among birds and from birds to humans. It does not transmit from human to human. The types of influenza that are transmitted from human to human are less deadly.
However, flu viruses evolve quickly. Epidemiologists have known that sooner or later, an influenza virus will combine the deadliness of avian influenza with the human-to-human transmission of lesser serious flu viruses. When that times comes, we’ll be looking at a massive, deadly pandemic, launched by birds and continued among humans. Wild birds bring influenza viruses to domestic bird populations. Influenza spreads rapidly in the tight conditions of commercial poultry farming.
Right now, there are two reported clusters of avian influenza in China that may actually have transmitted human to human. The WHO hasn’t ruled it out. There have been 111 cases of H7N9 – in humans – in China since January 3rd; that’s more than all of December. This looks like an outbreak that is just getting started.

The Asian outbreaks of H5N6 avian influenza have so far been mostly limited to animals, but they are huge animal outbreaks.

South Korea is now at the highest level of alert for avian influenza. It’s the first time South Korea has gone to that alert level. H5N6 has been found in wild birds, domestic poultry, and cats. Twelve percent of poultry has been culled. China’s Xinjiang province has culled 55,000 chickens as a result of H5N6 infection, and Hong Kong has reported finding H5N6 in wild bird droppings. There have also been two cases of H5N6 infection in humans in China.
A third strain of avian influenza, H5N8 is also spreading. Outbreaks of H5N8 have been reported in Europe and the Middle East. H5N8 has been found in wild birds in Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, and Spain. Poultry farms are now under enhanced biosurveillance after H5N8 was identified in an Italian turkey farm. Kuwait has reported the first cases of H5N8 ever identified in the country, found in backyard birds including geese and pheasants. H5N8 has also been reported in Egypt, Iran, and Israel in the last few months.
It is not just avian influenza that is particularly bad this flu season. The number of influenza cases among humans to date in Europe and East Asia is higher than average. Most cases are influenza type A H3N2, which is a variant of swine flu that also spreads human to human.
Influenza outbreaks, across the board, are especially severe this season. One strain of avian influenza, H7N9, is breaking out all over China in humans. Another strain, H5N6, is in birds all over East Asia. H5N8 is in Europe and the Middle East. All of them are showing up in higher numbers than usual. What does all this mean? The WHO warning doesn’t provide much insight. Director-General Chan didn’t ask for specific actions, simply that countries adhere closely to the international health regulations and maintain effective reporting and tracking of influenza.
There is no clear conclusion to be drawn from this year’s flu season, but one can conjecture. We know that influenza viruses can share genes with each other, to transfer immunity to certain anti-flu drugs, and to create new virus subtypes. We also know that there are more cases of influenza, of many different kinds, appearing during this flu season.
The concern, in my opinion, is this: a new influenza virus subtype, with the human-to-human contagion of a swine flu and the ferocious fatality rates of avian influenza. If such a subtype were to appear, these are the kinds of conditions that would breed it. If it does appear, early warning will be our only real chance to stop a pandemic.
Pandemic influenza would be catastrophic. The 1918 flu pandemic killed between 20 and 40 million people, at a time when international commercial air travel did not even exist. Pandemic flu would spread much faster now. Yet, as Director-General Chan pointed out in her statement, we are “not at all well enough” prepared.
The WHO’s International Health Regulations — which include a set of guidelines on how governments should respond to a public health emergency —  are always important. They are our best bet for containing public health threat in a time of unprecedented globalization; they cover surveillance and response to disease outbreaks. Right now, however, they are not just important but vital. Carefully tracking influenza won’t guarantee that we can stop a pandemic, but failing to track guarantees we won’t succeed.
http://www.undispatch.com/influenza-threat-every-year-flu-season-world-health-organization-high-alert/ 
Alanna Shaikh is an international development professional based in Cairo, Egypt, who has run programs in East Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Shaikh also blogs at thisworldneedsbrave.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

3 REASONS YOU SHOULD CLEAN-UP YOUR WORK SPACE RIGHT NOW

A CLEAN WORK SPACE IS IMPORTANT, FOR YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL IMAGE.

When you’re talking about business, appearance means more than many of us realize. But appearance doesn’t stop at the business suit you choose or the tie you select; it extends into your workplace habits and beyond.
We’ve all struggled with maintaining the appearance of our work spaces, especially when schedules are tight and deadlines are looming. However, neglecting the tidiness and overall attractiveness of our work space can have negative consequences–ones  you might not have considered before.

WHY IS A CLEAN WORK SPACE IMPORTANT?

We’ve all had that one co-worker whose work space was simply unattractive. This can be papers, office supplies, dirty coffee cups and food wrappers covering every inch of their desk. This can be books piled in chairs, Post-its covering every surface or a general sense of clutter.
When you enter this co-worker’s office or workspace, you don’t think about the multi-million-dollar contract they won last week. Instead, you may see their uncleanliness as an inability to be successful on the job. Maintaining a clean work space is important to your personal and professional image, to your company and its image, and even to your health.

1. PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL IMAGE

There are several ways that a cluttered, unorganized work space negatively impacts your professional image. For starters, disorganization reflects poorly on you in front of your co-workers and clients. If you can’t be trusted to keep your desk tidy, how attentive are you to the details of their account?
Professional people should take pride in their jobs–and this translates to how they organize their work space.
Remember: a tidy work space and office makes it easier to be productive, find the things you need, and finish tasks. When clients visit, they’ll see your organization (or lack thereof) as a direct reflection on you, your seriousness in business, and your professionalism.

2. COMPANY IMAGE

The cleanliness of your office also reflects on your company as a whole. If you haven’t yet landed a client, it’s important to make a good impression on them as they visit your work space for the first time. Clutter, dirty dishes, overflowing trash cans, and disorganized desks send a clear message: you’re overwhelmed or otherwise lacking in professionalism.
And don’t kid yourself: clients know how hard it is to work efficiently in a dirty, cluttered, and disorganized environment. A messy office might make them question your ability to prioritize correctly. They want a company that can handle their account and concerns swiftly and efficiently.

3. HEALTH

One of the most important reasons to maintain a tidy office? Health concerns.
Work place illness is one of the leading causes of inefficiency and falling behind in your tasks. And lack of cleanliness might be the culprit behind every runny nose you’ve gotten and sick day you’ve taken.
Did you know, dirty air ducts, refrigerators and office equipment are some of the leading causes of worker illness?
A buildup of dust, lint and pollen can create breathing hazards for everyone in the office, triggering asthma attacks, stuffy noses and other uncomfortable health issues.
Workers who consistently eat at their desks without cleaning up, throwing away wrappers or putting their dishes away can attract a host of disease-carrying vermin, including cockroaches and mice.
Put some systems in place for cleaning your own work space. Once a day, collect all of your dirty dishes, food wrappers and coffee cups. Take minute to wipe down your desk. Clean old food out of the refrigerator. Tell management when the carpeting is getting dirty or when the air ducts need to be cleaned. All of these things can go a long way towards helping you maintain the best and most efficient work space possible.
How can we help? Contact Us! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Guardian Provides Industrial & Manufacturing Facilities Best In Class Service!

Guardian Service Industries provides comprehensive janitorial, maintenance and porter services to manufacturing and industrial facilities, including warehouses. We understand the unique requirements and needs of industrial facilities and will work around busy and changing production schedules.

We help maintain safe and clean production and manufacturing areas and clean and healthy environments in dense work spaces. We also assist our industrial clients in setting up and maintaining Zero Waste and recycling programs.
In addition to general janitorial services, Guardian provides the following benefits to manufacturing and industrial facilities:
  • Customized floor maintenance for a variety of industrial floor surfaces
  • We can schedule your floor maintenance programs around busy manufacturing schedules
  • We respect and appreciate the unique requirements of cleaning and maintaining proprietary materials and equipment.
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New York's Green Cleaning Program - Policy

New York's Green Cleaning Program & Policies
Mission, Overview and Background of the Environmental Services Unit
Elementary and Secondary Schools in the State
Chapter 584 of the Laws of 2005 - New York State Green Cleaning Law amends the New York State Education Law and Finance Law to require elementary and secondary schools to procure and use environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products with assistance from, and in accordance with, guidelines prescribed by the OGS Commissioner. The Law went into effect in September 2006.

State Agencies
Executive Order 4 - Establishing a State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program (EO 4) was signed on April 24, 2008 and promotes policies within state agencies and authorities that reduce the potential impacts on public health and the environment and reduce the consumption of materials and energy. EO 4 requires every state agency and authority to develop and implement a Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship Program, which must include projects, programs and policies designed to reduce the public health and environmental impacts of their operations, such as reduction or elimination of the use and generation of toxic substances, pollution and waste. Additionally, the EO 4 interagency committee has identified green cleaning products as an item for which green specifications will be issued. OGS considers the continuation and enhancement of agency green cleaning programs to be part and parcel of compliance with EO 4, and that agencies and authorities must utilize green cleaning practices in complying with EO 4. Therefore, the Green Cleaning Guidelines and list of approved cleaning products apply to both school districts and state agencies.
2010 Guidelines
OGS has updated the Guidelines and Specifications for the procurement of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for elementary and secondary schools as well as state agencies and public authorities. This comprehensive Guidelines and Specifications document details all aspects of a green cleaning program that schools and state agencies need to follow to comply with the Green Cleaning Law and EO 4.
Other Policies and Guidelines
Other state and federal policies and guidelines that, under certain circumstances, supersede the policies described above.
Information on Seasonal Influenza - The New York State Department of Health has posted a number of documents on their website, including guidance on three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.
Prevention of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections - The New York State Department of Health has posted several online health advisories for the prevention of MRSA in various settings including schools. These advisories describe the symptoms and transmission of the disease, and outline preventative measures including environmental cleaning and disinfection. The site contains additional general information on MRSA.
Information on Hand Sanitizers in Schools - The State Education Department addresses several questions related to hand sanitizing products and hand cleaners/soaps.
Reports
June 2007 Environmentally Sensitive Cleaning and Maintenance Product School Impact Report Pursuant to Chapter 584 of the Laws of 2005 (Updated 2010). This report documents the State Education Department's (SED) analysis of the impact of the guidelines and specifications on the purchase, procurement, and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products by elementary and secondary schools.
Response to Comments (2010)
The public comments received by November 20, 2009 on the Green Cleaning Proposed Guidelines have been reviewed. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide public comments.

Based on our review of all comments, the Office of General Services, in consultation with representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health, Department of Labor and State Education Department, developed groupings of similar comments, which we called categories. We then created a heading or title for each category, provided our response to that category, and attached all associated or related comments. Below you will find a Table of Contents that lists all 8 categories. Please find the category you wish to view and click on it. You will be linked to that specific category, which will be followed by the response, then by all the related comments.

Feedback from these comments was helpful in amending the final Guidelines for Green Cleaning document below where appropriate.

Please find the category you wish to view and click on it in the Table of Contents. You will be linked to that specific category, which will be followed by the response, then by all the related comments.
https://greencleaning.ny.gov/policies.asp 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Did You Know Guardian Cleans Biopharmaceutical Companies?

At Guardian Service Industries, we understand that Biopharmaceutical facilities require special cleaning programs designed for effective and consistent cleaning to avoid cross-contamination and the cleaning processes must be verified as effective. Our cleaning program can be broken down into three phases: the cleaning process and cycle development, cleaning validation, and maintenance.

Our cleaning program is driven by regulatory expectations to ensure that residues from one product will not carry over and cross-contaminate the next product. An effective cleaning program is vital to your success and ours.
Each facility has its own distinctive expectations for contract services. With this premise in mind, Guardian builds our plan around your clearly defined expectations. We can help you maintain a clean environment by offering a broad range of cleaning and support services — enabling you to manufacture your products in a safe, clean working environment.

Safety and performance are paramount in Biopharma facilities as they are in other market sectors. Our industry-leading expertise and uniquely integrated cleaning solutions will help save you time, resources and money – delivering real operational efficiencies and cost savings.
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guardian Presents - Our Aviation & Transportation Solution

Did you know we specialize in aviation and transportation? 
Your travelers may not always notice our cleaning teams working throughout the airport, but they will notice their work! However our subtlety, doesn’t mean were any less meticulous about how we look. If anything, we take pride in our appearance and that of our cleaning equipment. Why? Because we understand were representatives of your facility.
Besides maintaining floors and surfaces, our team is always ready to respond to emergencies and immediate needs. In fact, our response times are measured in minutes, if not seconds. All our systems can be customized to meet the demands of TSA and other security agencies without interrupting their essential functions.
Our systems are also designed to work with ever-changing passenger loads. From downtime to full-capacity holiday seasons!
Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs                                                                      
  • http://www.guardian-service.com/industries/aviation-transportation/

Friday, January 13, 2017

Guardian's Supervisor Of 2016

Guardian Introduces Olsi Mehidri 

Guardian Service Industries is pleased to introduce you to our Supervisor Of The Year Olsi Mehidri! Per Jeremy Bressler, Vice President Operations, "Olsi applies fairness and consistency to all actions, communicates goals and expectations clearly and holds staff accountable, but more importantly, he treats all with dignity, respect, and integrity." 


What defines a Model Supervisor? 
Model Supervisor Behaviors: 
 Applies fairness and consistency to all actions. 
 Communicates goals and expectations clearly and holds staff accountable. 
 Provides tools for achievement. 
 Removes unnecessary barriers to accomplishment and assists with problem solving. 
 Provides feedback in a constructive way and manages issues in the workplace. 
 Treats all with dignity, respect, and integrity. 
 Collaborates with other peers and organizations and supports an environment of collaboration. 
 Empowers everyone to achieve their best and offers development opportunities for future growth.  Understands and supports work life balance. 
 Appreciates the contribution that a diverse workforce offers, and supports efforts to sustain a diverse workforce. 
 Safeguards and manages assets and institutional resources for the greatest support for institutional goals. 

Please join Guardian in congratulating Olsi Mehidri for his accomplishment!  #Leadership #TeamWork#Supervisor #GuardianJanitorial #GuardianSince1918

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Did You Know We Do Sports & Entertainment?

Guardian provides janitorial and facility maintenance services to stadiums, arenas and event centers. Our staff works effectively and efficiently to clean and sanitize your entertainment venue’s restrooms, common areas, food vending areas and more.
Guardian uses only USDA approved cleaning products and disinfectants for your food vending areas. We can also handle any size hard floor maintenance jobs with our auto scrubbers. Additionally, Guardian also provides best in class carpet cleaning for your entertainment venue’s executive suites and box suites.

Additionally, we are an environmentally sustainable full service facility solution provider delivering a single source for services, including:
We specialize in provide subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility management and deliver to customer –
  • CIMS Certified & LEED Certified Experts on Staff
  • Customized cleaning services to meet your specific needs
  • Comprehensive Proprietary Green Cleaning Training & OSHA Training
  • Customized unarmed and armed security services to meet your specific needs

Monday, January 9, 2017

Guardian's Employee Of The Year - 2016

Another year, another amazing employee!

Guardian Service Industries is pleased to introduce you to our Employee of the Year Vincenzo D'Angelo! Per Jeremy Bressler, Vice President Operations, "Vincenzo exhibits commitment to quality in carrying out his job responsibilities, is an asset to the staff of his department and exhibits exemplary service in his daily work. 



But more importantly, he portrays a positive attitude toward his work responsibilities, co-workers, and customers and serves as a role model for others! Please join Guardian in congratulating Vincezo D'Angelo for his accomplishment!

About Guardian

Established in 1918, Guardian Service Industries, Inc. is a 4th generation family-owned Janitorial, Security and Engineering & Operations staffing corporation. With over 1,000 clients and maintaining over 120 million square feet throughout the Northeast inclusive of commercial buildings/facilities, government buildings, residential communities, schools, industrial facilities, transportation hubs, and retail outlets we are a full facility solution provider.

We specialize in providing subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility maintenance, inclusive of Janitorial Services, Security Services, Engineering & Operations, Pest Control, Lighting and Electric, Window Cleaning, Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador, and Marble, Metal and Wood Restoration.

Guardian Service Industries, Your Facility Solution Provider.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What the New Administration Could Mean for Green Buildings

By: Camille von Kaenel

President-elect Donald Trump and some of his cabinet nominees—including Rick Perry at the Department of Energy and Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency–have rejected the mainstream science on climate change and vowed to roll back environmental rules like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. This has architects worried that Trump’s administration could reverse other regulations, including those relating to green buildings.


Trump railed against green office buildings specifically in a 2012 interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, saying they were “green because they don’t give you enough energy.” Only a couple of the properties associated with his name, such as the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., have sought LEED certification, according to a directory kept by the United States Green Building Council.
Todd Myers, the director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center, who has fought green building standards for schools, sees the election as an opportunity for the federal government to do away with regulations like the General Services Administration’s requirement of LEED certification for federal facilities. “The current administration has wanted to look green. The problem is, looking green and being green are two different things,” Myers says. “If the Trump administration only cares about results, we may actually do better at creating energyefficient buildings, because they will go with what works rather than earning plaques,” he says, referring to the USGBC emblems displayed in LEED-certified buildings.
Federal buildings have been seen as leaders in energy-efficient retrofits and new green construction—but that could change. Trump has vowed to rescind many of President Barack Obama’s executive orders, which could include the one signed in February 2015 requiring that federal buildings cut energy use by 2.5 percent each year through 2025.
Regardless of what action Trump takes with his predecessor’s executive orders, the GSA would still be required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to follow general sustainable-building principles (the agency updates its requirements in a yearly policy document). Pruitt, whose record of suing the agency he may soon lead has worried environmentalists, could not singlehandedly revoke GSA’s LEED-certification requirement. The EPA does have several discretionary programs that seek to facilitate green building, like Water Sense, Energy Star, and Portfolio Manager, that “may receive some scrutiny or be impacted under the new administration,” says Taryn Holowka, the senior vice president of Marketing, Communications and Advocacy at USGBC.
Department of Energy efficiency standards have also become a target, with the House Freedom Caucus asking the Trump administration in mid-December to scrap a slew of new rules for household appliances. But Holowka says she is confident that green-building policy will remain a bipartisan issue and that the private sector would continue to seek out sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.
The vast majority of policies that could affect green building, from incentives to energy codes to building codes, is set at the local level, according to Russel Unger, the executive director of the Urban Green Council in New York. “When you drill down to any individual city, whoever’s in federal office doesn’t affect the industry that much,” he says. “There’s tremendous innovation going on, and a lot is driven just because the market and owners want to make a better building than the last one, and [this innovating] is grounded by a suite of local laws and state programs.”
The belief in the power of individual cities to shape environmental policy was borne out by the mayors of 90 of the world’s leading megacities. In December, at a conference sponsored by the organization C40 Cities, held in Mexico City, they vowed to redouble their efforts to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. The mayors identified buildings as the sector with the most cuts to offer, primarily through building data reporting, new energy codes, and municipal and commercial building retrofits.
Camille von Kaenel writes about the business and politics of climate change for ClimateWire of E&E Publishing in Washington, D.C.