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5 Helpful Tips to a Clean Keyboard and Mouse in the Comm Center

Posted by Joanna Pease on Oct 1, 2015 10:54:47 AM

Keeping your Comm Center CleanI am lucky. Every day I step into my office, and there is my laptop. Nobody has touched it. I do not need to worry about if someone using my desk before me ate dinner, or if they are sick, or if they washed their hands after…. Ok, you get the picture. Antimicrobial work surfaces are a great start to cutting down on the sharing of germs in a 911 Comm Center, but what about the keyboard and mouse?

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Topics: Germs

Protect Your Comm Center Against the Spread of Germs

Posted by Eric Parks on May 18, 2015 12:03:56 PM

DirtyKeyboardAs a Communications Supervisor, I often wonder how we can better protect ourselves from the germs, common cold and flu type symptoms, we all bring into the comm center on a daily basis. In my own center and in many of the centers I visit, I notice air purifiers, hand wipes and hand sanitizers sitting throughout the workplace.

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Topics: Germs, Accessories

Dispatch Furniture Options: Why Iron Man says "Be Selective"

Posted by Megan Lewis on Apr 6, 2015 12:01:00 PM

IronManI was listening to a Podcast interview with Robert Downey Jr. the other day, and the interviewer asked him how he goes about choosing his roles and knowing he’s going the right direction with what he does choose to do. Downey responded by saying that people who have 30 choices when choosing a fabric, for example, will never be 100 percent confident in their choice and will always think they could have done better. When given only three choices, people tend to be completely confident in what they chose, why they chose it and at the end of the day, feeling like they got the best bang for their buck. He’s picky! Downey’s response is so applicable in many arenas, but for the topic of this blog, I thought it was especially poignant — and not just because he looks awesome in that Iron Man suit.

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Purchasing, PSAP Workstation Furniture, Acoustics, Lighting, Dispatch Consoles, Germs, Antimicrobial

Top 7 Furniture Features Every 911 Dispatcher Wants for Christmas

Posted by Joanna Pease on Dec 23, 2014 10:03:35 AM

DispatchChristmasWhen you start thinking about your 911 Comm Center and those little things you'd really like, you might start to come up with a wish list. Let's face it, everyone has a wish list! The focus is usually on the basics: height adjustable workstations, monitor mounting, cable management, and CPU storage. You've been good all year, right? So ask yourself - what about those little extras on your wish list? What do you really 'want for Christmas?'

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Topics: Treadmill and Bike Desks, Dispatch Consoles, Human Interest, Germs, Accessories

Have a Cold? Joanna's 3 Tips To Staying Healthy in a 911 Comm Center

Posted by Joanna Pease on Oct 1, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Joanna'sTipsForStayingHealthyina911CommCenter Cold and Flu Season is HERE! And if you have already caught a cold like me, the first thing you might do is blame your co-worker, significant other, your child or maybe even your work schedule. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can stay healthy this season.

Antimicrobial Laminate

Shared work spaces definitely warrant LysolClorox and other disinfecting wipes. But if you are looking for added protection, 

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Topics: Health, Germs

Fabric vs. Steel: Debunking the Myth About Germs in Your Dispatch Center

Posted by Megan Lewis on Jul 24, 2014 12:16:00 PM

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Dustmites. Influenza. Common cold. Montezuma’s Revenge (OK, maybe that one’s a little dramatic). If you’ve ever been inside a dispatch center or spoken with dispatchers, you know one of their biggest complaints is that they work in a "petri dish". And in some ways, they do. The reality is that anywhere you find groups of humans working, eating and sneezing, you’ll find extra supplies of germs, viruses and more.

So how can Comm Center Managers combat the swarm of bacteria that constantly invade office environments? Believe it or not, outfitting your dispatch center with certain workstation materials can play an essential role in keeping these pesky goobers at bay.

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Topics: Health, Acoustics, Germs

Eliminate Airborne Germs in the 911 Dispatch Center - FACT or FICTION?

Posted by Rebecca Cassidy on Feb 20, 2014 2:44:00 PM

XybixAirborneGermEliminatorSo you’ve heard rumors about a UV-C air filtration device for 911 Dispatch Centers that can help reduce 99% of airborne bacteria. But does it actually reduce illnesses? Fact or Fiction?

The answer is...FACT - it does!

Did you know that the most effective air purifier is natural sunlight? The invisible “C” band deactivates the DNA and kills dust mites, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. Since our buildings block out most of the sun’s UV rays, our indoor air pollution is sometimes 100 times higher than outdoors. Christine Whiteman, an EPA administrator says “Indoor air quality has a great deal to do with children’s health, particularly when you’re talking about asthma.”

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Germs

A Review of Disinfecting Wipes for 911 Dispatch Workstations and Consoles

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jan 29, 2014 3:50:00 PM

ConsoleCleaningProductsWith so many cleaning products available for cleaning your dispatch workstation and consoles, a question we are commonly asked is "what cleaning product(s) will kill the most germs and help to prevent sickness in our 911 Comm Center?"

This can be a rather loaded question and can answer it in a few different ways. Assuming that most, if not all of you, want to clean your shared workstation to prevent against the common cold, flu, and various other bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. I’ll be discussing cleaners that are disinfectants/sanitizers. I find it best to mention the United States Environmental Protection Agency or EPA’s website as a good reference. Here you can find many products that have been evaluated for efficacy to make sure the public health label claims are accurate. (As with all cleaning products, be sure to read the label for proper usage and safety instructions.) I in no way promote these products and the purpose of this blog post was to explore what options are available for use in cleaning a your workstation and the pro’s and con’s of each.

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Topics: Health, Dispatch Consoles, Germs

No More Germs in the Dispatch Center Please: Making the Case for Antimicrobial Work Surfaces

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Dec 2, 2013 3:54:00 PM

How would you like to share in a piece of that flu your co-worker had last week?  It sounds disgusting, but did you know that bacteria such as staph, or MRSA can survive on fabrics and surfaces for days and often even weeks?  That's right, weeks!  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the build-up of such bacteria on work surfaces leads to things such as illness and allergic reactions that can be difficult to treat.  Furthermore, bacteria if left unchecked can cause some other pretty serious problems in the workplace including odors, stains, and degradation of work surfaces.  Below are some key reasons why choosing antimicrobial work surfaces makes good business sense.  

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Topics: Health, Dispatch Consoles, Germs

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