Straight Talk – an ISSA Podcast

Straight Talk – an ISSA Podcast

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.

Episodes

December 30, 2021 20 mins

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 futu...

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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, includi...

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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...

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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.

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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 l...

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December 30, 2021 12 mins

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 mi...

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In this episode of Straight Talk!, we check in with Howard Partridge, a business coach and best-selling author and owner of Clean as a Whistle and Phenomenal Products. He discusses success during the pandemic and what his company has done to grow despite ongoing challenges facing small businesses.

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Working in and maintaining safe and healthy facilities in what we call the built environment is confusing and challenging, even more so in the past two years.  Chris Arlen, the president of Revenue-IQ and the author of "Rebuilding Trust in the Built Environment", published in ISSA Today magazine, discusses current conditions, where we are now, and what facility owners and managers can do as workers return to the office.

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Chris Arlen is the president of Revenue-IQ and is an expert craftsman with RFPs, or requests for proposals. 

Anyone can respond to an RFP... but to get a valuable contract and build your company, your RFP response needs to be persuasive, and tell a story, rather than simply quoting a price. In this Straight Talk! webcast, Arlen explains what every cleaning contractor needs to know in order to benefit from the time spent re...

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In this episode of BioTalk, a GBACtv production, hear what went well and what didn't go so well in 2021, and what we learned as an industry. We dig into the science and the layered support when it comes to cleaning, disinfection, and air purification. Then get the thoughts on predicting the end of the pandemic, offered by both infection prevention experts: Patty Olinger, the executive director of GBAC, and Dr. Paul Meechan, th...

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Brant Insero is the senior director of education, training, certification, and standards with ISSA. In this episode of Straight Talk!, he explains how cleaning education and certification is critical to fostering confidence in school settings. 

While most judge their surroundings by sight and smell, when you enter a building, how clean and safe it is goes much deeper. Insero discusses four key components all facility manag...

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John Schauff is the director of government services and training with Spartan Chemical Company, and has spent years on a myth debunking journey. Schauff explains the myths and misinterpretations related to cleaning and disinfection and sets the record straight on what you need to know right now and in the future. Learn how these four disinfection myths affect you and your company or organization, and how to hone your technical expe...

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Termites are known as the silent destroyers of homes or facilities because they chew and eat their way through wood and cellulosic materials. They cause billions of dollars in property damage each year.

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January 21, 2022 11 mins

Saul Strain is the owner and president of ABC Sales & Services in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. He believes in and uses the many resources offered by ISSA, the global cleaning industry association. This is his story about the company's journey using resources offered by ISSA and strategies that should be embraced by any company or organization.

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Stephen P. Ashkin is the founder of The Ashkin Group and is extremely interested in the state of schools and educational opportunities for students, especially regarding how the built environment impacts learning. In this episode of Straight Talk!, Ashkin describes the huge gap in funding that is growing annually and the need to do something about it.

In his comments, he references an important document and encourages ever...

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Both Pete Consigli and Cliff Zlotnik are dedicated, passionate industry advocates and have spent decades as  the industry’s watchdogs. In this segment of Straight Talk!, they discuss how the industry has evolved and the work they have done to help the modern restorer.

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Jon Isaacson is the host of The DYOJO Podcast and is known as The Intentional Restorer. In this episode of Straight Talk!, Jon proves to be a challenging guest but an entertaining one at the same time.

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John Downey calls himself a "formerly important person" but he is far from hanging up his hat and retiring. The founder of Cleanfax is busy with his work as the executive director of CIRI, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute. In this special on-location interview, Downey discusses his work and what he is doing to help promote the value of cleaning.

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Employers want to pay their workers a wage that is competitive and provides them with a decent quality of life for working families. The solution to this can be implementing a “living wage” program. Chris Arlen teams up with Michelle Murray from Living Wage for US, a non-profit organization that helps employers navigate the nuances of a living wage program. 

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February 18, 2022 16 mins

Joe Lepore is the founder and chairman and Domenico Lepore is the general manager of LCS Facility Group, serving clients across the United States. They have grown their company into a success story by tapping into and utilizing the benefits of ISSA. This is the story of their journey and how they are worthy of imitation.

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