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IEHA Goes Red for American Heart Month

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Georgia Coastal Chapter of IEHA went red for its February chapter meeting held on the campus of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Members wore all shades of red and accessories to commemorate National Wear Red Day® By doing, we increased awareness regarding cardiovascular disease in women. It’s imperative that women know vital numbers such as their, Total Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) and how important these numbers are in determining risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease.

Thanks to Diversey, Kimberly-Clark, Thornton Brothers and Jason Long of Nilfisk for vendor presentations on industry topics such as: Combating the Flu, Floor Care Equipment Maintenance, and Creating Exceptional Learning Environments. Special Thanks to Sylvia White and staff of Georgia College and State University for such an excellent campus experience.

Chapter President Gloria Strauthers, REH, of Exodus Management and Consulting, LLC., conducted this month’s training on “Understanding Facility Security.”  The importance of protecting people, property and other resources,  has garnered more attention than recent years.  80% of active shooter incidents occur in the workplace and approximately 2 million people a year are affected by some form of workplace violence in the US, according to the FBI.  To date, the US has experienced 45 mass shooting incidents, according to gunviolencearchive.com.

Furthermore, FBI statistics show that Home Break-Ins (Burglary) are the most common threat to our home. In the U.S. a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds and homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into. These alarming trends should give us pause in the re-evaluation of facility/home processes such as access control, fire detection and suppression, emergency and active shooter responses to mitigate vulnerabilities. It’s important to note, that everyone is responsible for facility security and should have some level of awareness regarding potential threats in their environment. Each member in attendance received CEUs for this training. To view the active shooter training click this link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0

Congratulations to our door prize winners. We gave away the following Valentine’s Day gifts:

  • $25.00 AMC Movie Gift Card
  • $25.00 Outback Steak House Gift Card
  • Valentines Coffee Mug
  • HB Electric Griddle
  • Box of Elmer’s ChocolatesIMG-4528

Finally, all members were encouraged to support of our upcoming Regional meeting hosted by Georgia Coastal Chapter, which will be held in conjunction with the Experience Show in Atlanta, GA, April 26-28th.

IEHA is a Division of ISSA, The worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. Founded in 1930, IEHA is non-profit 501(c)6 organization devoted to helping & enabling facility managers maintain cleaner, safer, and healthier buildings… from schools to hotels to hospitals and everything in-between. We offer the esteemed housekeeping certification to professionals seeking to maximize their growth potential within the industry by obtaining a CEH, REH or MREH certification. Membership is open to individuals who direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. Visit www.ieha.org for more information.

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