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Straight Talk, an ISSA podcast, presents a curated playlist of the hottest topics facing the cleaning industry today—from health and safety to infection prevention to innovative products to business development and much more. ISSA, the worldwide cleaning association, brings together the top experts and decision makers give our listeners and members the most up-to-date information for their businesses.

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Straight Talk, an ISSA podcast, presents a curated playlist of the hottest topics facing the cleaning industry today—from health and safety to infection prevention to innovative products to business development and much more. ISSA, the worldwide cleaning association, brings together the top experts and decision makers give our listeners and members the most up-to-date information for their businesses.

    ISSA Media Investigates: Global Fraud and Non-Delivery of PPE

    ISSA Media Investigates: Global Fraud and Non-Delivery of PPE

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused new and unique circumstances that led to demand for personal protection equipment outpacing supply very rapidly. The pandemic’s massive and urgent needs caused chaos in supply that forced U.S. importers to quickly identify new sources for PPE. That urgency combined with restricted travel forced some companies to modify or abandon their normal due diligence processes for vetting new suppliers. And that led to some serious fraudulent activities.

    Get involved and help with this anti-fraud and recovery effort. Join the PPE Fraud Coalition LinkedIn Group here.

    • 25 min
    The Relentless Invasion of Fruit Flies and Gnats

    The Relentless Invasion of Fruit Flies and Gnats

    Jennifer Gordon is an urban and medical entomologist who understands that even the most common and what might seem harmless insect can still become an issue in a home or office, even a potential health hazard. In this Straight Talk! broadcast, she explains the impact of fruit flies and gnats and what the cleaning industry needs to know about these pests.
     
    For professional support and help with any entomology issue, including project work, speaking and training, and more, visit the Bug Lessons website.

    • 8 min
    How ISSA and IFMA Pushed Through Their Darkest Pandemic Moments

    How ISSA and IFMA Pushed Through Their Darkest Pandemic Moments

    Both ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and IFMA, the worldwide association for facility management professionals, created and implemented strategies to not only serve, but to empower their members to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Don Gilpin, the president and CEO of IFMA, along with John Barrett, the executive director of ISSA, share their thoughts, how they responded, and their view of the future of the industry.
     

    • 20 min
    PPE Fraud and its Impact on the Global Cleaning Industry

    PPE Fraud and its Impact on the Global Cleaning Industry

    Douglas Stein is the CEO of PPE Advantage and has been deeply involved with several aspects of the global issue of PPE fraud, an unfolding drama documented by ISSA Media. Here is his story.

    Get involved and help with this anti-fraud and recovery effort. Join the PPE Fraud Coalition LinkedIn Group here.

    • 14 min
    Nursing Home Study Reveals Surface Cleaning and Disinfection is More Critical Than Ever

    Nursing Home Study Reveals Surface Cleaning and Disinfection is More Critical Than Ever

    SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks in nursing homes have been devastating during the pandemic, and have led to the creation of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) units within nursing homes to care for affected patients. Until now, the frequency and persistence of SARS-CoV-2 environmental contamination in these units have not been studied.

    Patty Olinger, the executive director of GBAC, along with Jeff Cross, ISSA media director, analyze the details of a recent study by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Olinger provides seven critical steps based on a recent article she authored on the coronavirus and COVID-19. To access the study, follow this link. To access Olinger’s article entitled “The Virus Doesn’t Care”, follow this link.

    • 8 min
    When Bed Bugs Attack!

    When Bed Bugs Attack!

    This episode is not only about the details of an insect, but it’s a psychology lesson as well. Bed bugs are named for where you usually find them, where you hope you would normally be comfortable and safe. When you have a bed bug infestation, it can lead to all types of psychological effects. In this episode of Straight Talk!, Jennifer Gordan, an urban and medical entomologist with Bug Lessons Consulting, shares details not many might be aware of when it comes to bed bugs, the impact on public health, why they invade, and how to get rid of them.

    Learn more about pest and rodent control topics here.

    • 12 min

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