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  • 'Tis the Flu Season

    Jul 11, 2017

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    The last thing anyone wants during the holiday season is the flu. During the hustle and bustle this time of year, it’s important to practice effective hand hygiene and protect your health so you can feel your best while shopping, traveling and celebrating. So how can you focus on spreading holiday cheer and not germs this flu season? Try some of these tips so you can stay merry and healthy.

    Get the rest you need. Lack of sleep can affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to illness. After long days of running errands, traveling or attending a holiday party, be sure to give your body the rest it needs.

    Sanitize your hands and your surroundings. While the spirit of the season may be all around us, so are numerous types of bacteria. Seats on a plane or bus, your desk at work and shopping carts are common places for you to pick-up unwanted germs. Hand washing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 20%, so protect yourself by washing your hands and sanitizing your surroundings before touching them.

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    If you’re not feeling well, stay in. You don’t feel like yourself when you’re sick. While it can be hard to miss out on some holiday fun, it’s important to put your health first. Let people know you won’t be able to attend a gathering if you’re feeling under the weather. They’ll understand and appreciate your mindfulness to allow them to spread cheer, not your germs.

    If you are sick, don’t prepare food. Bacteria is not a favorable secret ingredient. It’s important to prevent cross-contamination since 80% of all infections are transmitted by hands. Be courteous of others and don’t contaminate your famous holiday dish with your illness.

    Stay hydrated. Water helps your body transport nutrients to keep you energized and healthy. Nourish your body by following the 8x8 rule; drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.

    Take in holiday joy, not germs. Those cookies in the break room and bowl of roasted peanuts at the holiday party are tempting to pick up and eat, but sharing is not always caring when it comes to festive treats. Use the proper utensils when adding food to your plate and steer clear of food that has been touched by other people. Your appetite and your health will be satisfied.

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  • Introducing the Compass™ Hand Hygiene Program

    Jul 11, 2017

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    We are excited to announce our latest innovation, the Compass™ Hand Hygiene Program! Compass is the first and only dispenser that actively guides each user to proper hand hygiene practices with each and every use.

    The Compass dispenser features an LCD screen that walks through each step for proper handwashing or sanitizing as outlined by the World Health Organization.

    More than just a dispenser, the Compass program empowers facility managers and cleaning and maintenance staff to build healthier environments by using a full platform of market-specific support materials.

    Implementation Guides


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    The Compass hand hygiene program is a fully customizable hand hygiene solution for any facility, in any market. For program implementation, take advantage of the full implementation guide for your market, available on betco.com.

    Table Tents, Posters, and Billboards

    Educational material customization is the key to a consistent brand message that tells patients, guests, employees and others that your brand is invested in improving health and hygiene in your facilities.

    Customize your market-specific table tents, posters and dispenser billboards using our online customization tool. Sharing your commitment to your healthy community is as simple as point-and-click!

    Market-specific customization includes:

    • Acute Care
    • Long Term Care
    • K-12 Education
    • Higher Education
    • Food Service
    • Property Management

     

    Custom Logo and Message Inserts

    Using the online customization tool, you can upload your business or school logo for even more customization options. Proudly display your logo inside the sight window of your Compass dispenser for public awareness.

    Compass is More than Just a Dispenser

    It's about building a healthier community, together.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 80 percent of all infections are spread by the hands. Now you have the power to make a positive change in your community!

    Handwashing education in the community:

    • Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%
    • Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
    • Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
    The Compass Hand Hygiene Program improves the health of your guests, customers and staff while reducing the spread of germs that cause illness.

     

    Watch the video below to learn more about the Compass program.

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  • FDA Issues Final Rule on Triclosan

    Jul 11, 2017

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the rule that 19 active ingredients are no longer considered GRAS/GRAE (Generally Recognized as Safe/Effective) for use in over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic washes intended for use as either a hand wash or a body wash. This rule goes into effect on September 6, 2017.

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    The FDA states: “On or after this date any OTC consumer antiseptic wash drug product containing an ingredient that we have found in this final rule to be not GRAS/GRAE or to be misbranded cannot be initially introduced or initially delivered for introduction into interstate commerce.”

    One of the active ingredients affected by this ruling is triclosan, the most widely-used active ingredient in OTC consumer antiseptic washes.

    Betco® already offers many non-triclosan skin care solutions that comply with this new rule. In the next 12 months, we plan to introduce additional skin cleansers that will meet this criteria for consumer antiseptic handwashing for use with any of our innovative hand hygiene platforms.

    This ruling does not affect antiseptics used by healthcare professionals, antiseptics used by food industry professionals or consumer antiseptic rubs (i.e. hand sanitizers). Consumer antiseptics are defined as those primarily used in homes, schools, daycares or other public settings.

    You can find full details of the FDA ruling here.

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