In the past, Broadalbin-Perth’s buildings and grounds staff has been proactive in addressing both local and national health concerns. For example, when MRSA, a drug-resistent staph infection, began affecting some high school athletic teams in the U.S. during the 1990s, Broadalbin-Perth began using cleansers specifically designed to attach and kill the bacteria. Recently, in response to concerns about the H1N1 influenza (swine flu), the district purchased and installed automated hand sanitizers at key locations throughout its buildings.
In addition to addressing known health concerns, Broadalbin-Perth’s buildings and grounds staff has changed many of its cleaning products to “green” alternatives. These “green” products are not only better for the environment, they are also healthier for the buildings’ occupants – students, teachers and staff. The “green” products that Broadalbin-Perth purchases are comparable in cost to their traditional counterparts. The district also saves money on these products by purchasing them in bulk and by buying them under state and local contracts.
How important is it to you that the district be proactive in responding to evolving public health considerations and concerns? How important is it to you that the district use cleaning products that are better for the health of students and staff, as well as the environment?
- Since July, the district has spent approximately $5,000 to fight the H1N1 influenza (swine flu). This money has been used to purchase automated hand sanitizers and refills for the dispensers, as well as sani-cloth wipes for cleaning the cafeteria tables and fitness center equipment.