The AeraMax Pro AM III wins the North American Office Products Award for Innovation of the Year

 

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The winners of the North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) were announced at the SP Richards (SPR) ABC show in Washington, DC, on 21 June 2016.
The awards were launched in 2010 by Office Products International (OPI) in association with SPR. Now in their seventh year, these awards set the industry standard and aim to find the best business products in North America. They were judged by a panel of leading re-sellers and the winners were announced during a packed General Session at SPR’s ABC.
Fellowes and its AeraMax Pro AM III won the award for Product Innovation of the Year.

WHY?

Absence at work because of sickness costs the US economy half a TRILLION dollars every year and much of that is caused by unhygienic workplaces. While much emphasis has been placed on surface cleaning, little has been to done tackle the problem of illness caused by airborne contaminants. At least until now.The AeraMax Pro is an essential health as well as a budgetary innovation for companies.” Steve Hilleard, CEO of OPI

What was the criteria?
Nothing determines the success of any industry more than innovation. It is the lifeblood of our sector and without it we become commoditized. These awards seek to discover the truly innovative products and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve. “Innovations” can include products, technology solutions, significant enhancements or supply chain innovations.
The judges were looking for:
• Functionality
• Design
• Originality
• Potential to generate revenue
• Excellent supporting marketing material and content, especially video.

About the AeraMax Pro III

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  • Cleans air in common areas such as schools, offices, waiting rooms, restrooms, and other areas of high concentrations of contaminants
  • True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne contaminants including viruses and allergens
  • Activated carbon filter reduces odors and VOCs
  • Patented EnviroSmart technology detects the environment and automatically adjusts performance
  • Works in spaces 300-700 square feet
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty

Commercial Air Purifier Case Studies: How Businesses Are Improving Indoor Environments

Commercial air purifiers fit the needs of many companies, from retail to restaurants to healthcare offices seeking to enhance the quality of the indoor air of their business. Often commercial grade air cleaners are implemented to solve customer complaints or to simply maintain the overall air purity, for a higher standard of customer experience.

 

LegoLand Uses commercial air purifiers to create a better guest experience at their retail location.

 

Animal Care Clinic minimizes airborne pollutants due to heavy traffic with commercial  air purification.

 

Evergreen Health Services addresses odor issues with commercial air purifiers.

 

 

 

Are You Storing Half-Filled Boxes? How to Conduct a Box Audit

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Evaluating your records room needs, you may realize that many boxes taking up space may be half-filled or even empty. As records get moved around throughout the year, inefficiencies in records management can arise that can consume critical space that can be used by new files and Bankers Boxes. 

A simple box audit is a four step process that helps eliminate wasted records storage space.

Step 1: Separate boxes into two groups: those boxes that need to be retained and those that can be destroyed.

Step 2: Capture details at the file level. What files in the retained boxes are still relevant? The labeled box may need to be retained, but perhaps some of the files inside are no longer needed. Often a box is designated as retained, then at the file level, most of the folders inside end up being shredded, leaving you with an empty box.

Step 3: For files that are retained, consolidate and restructure. You may be able to organize a handful of files from a nearly empty box into a box that has some reserve space. This may require relabeling of retained storage boxes.

Step 4: Destroy all unneeded records.

Using this simple organizing method, one company was able to reduce the volume of records in storage from 7000 cubic feet to only 495 cubic feet!

Not sure how long you should keep records, the IRS has some tips: Records-Keeping for Taxes

Guide for Determining How Bankers Boxes You Need.

How Many Files Fit in a standard Banker’s Box?

Here’s the dimensions and capacity for a standard banker/copy box: 12.5′”W x 15.5′”D x 10.5′”H

Depending on the type of paper and the amount of file folders that you have in each box, you can fit approximately 2000 to 2500 sheets of paper.

 

How Many Bankers Boxes Fit in Storage?

To figure out how many boxes of documents you have, think about this:

If your documents aren’t packed tightly and you have 150 sheets per inch, then you need one standard banker’s box for every 13” to 16” of space on your shelves (round it down to a foot to make it easier).

If you can’t fit one more piece of paper on your shelf, you’re probably closer to 200 sheets per inch.  In that case, you’ll need one standard Banker’s Box for every 10” to 12” of space on your shelves.

Laminating Infographics for the Classroom

Prepare for back-to-school with classroom decor that educates. Infographics aren’t just for online. Print them out and laminate  and post in the classroom for year-long learning benefits, from science facts to good behavior tips in class. Find these and other printables at WeAreTeachers.   Choose the perfect laminator for creating durable printable classroom learning tools.

Quick Learning Tips Posted on the Classroom Wall

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Reminders to Kids About Appropriate Classroom Behavior

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Insightful Infographics That Can Be Referenced in Class as Part of a Lesson

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Selecting A Klutz-Friendly Phone Case

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You know who you are. You have dropped, dunked, scraped and juggled you phone (or phones) so many times you wonder if you are worthy of cell phone ownership. Sure, you have phone cases but the issues with phone cases are nearly endless.

  • A protective phone case that is so bulky it turns your sleek thin phone into a pocket-bulging brick.
  • A stylish phone case that offers more sizzle than steak leaves a noticeable scar on your phone’s fashion sense

BodyGloveMobile figured out a simple solution: combine the two into a powerfully stylish, protective case that defies the clumsiest smartphone user.

BodyGlove Mobile ShockSuit phone cases are engineered to withstand the roughest conditions, while staying slim. Constructed of 3 layers, a built-in screen protector, and covered buttons and ports, this case meets military drop test standards. Body Glove is confident this Military Duty phone case can handle anything life throws your way.

Three Layers of Protection

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  1. Outer layer is a true shock absorber, converting harmful impact into cushiony diffused energy.
  2. Hard Shell inner layer is pure tough for added strength.
  3. Built in Screen Protector keeps screen scratch free.

 

Very Slim

With all these layers of protection the ShockSuit still keeps its elegant figure.

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Select a ShockSuit for your Device:

iPhone 6/6s

Galaxy S6 Edge

LG G4

Galaxy S6

iPhone 5/5s

LG G3

iPhone 5c

Galaxy S4

Galaxy Note 3

iPhone 4/4s

Galaxy S III

How Computer-Based Testing Impacts Cheating

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The shift to computer-based mandated testing creates new privacy concerns in the testing environment. As more states adopt digital testing platforms in schools, the risk among students for cheating rises.

  • During the 2014-2015 school year, roughly 5 million students across 10 states and the District of Columbia adopted new state mandated tests*
  • Nearly 81% of students took the exams on a computer or other technology device
  • Temptation for students to cheat is high, especially on high-stakes testing
  • 64% of students admit to cheating on a test**

New technology for improving privacy in the test-taking environment.

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Fellowes® PrivaScreen™ Blackout Privacy Filters keep on-screen information private, protecting test-takers from unwanted glances and making it easier for proctors to oversee technology-based exams. Learn more about installing privacy filters for classrooms.

 

* Edweek.org

** Plagarism.org

Fighting Baby Allergies During Spring and Summer

A runny nose is only one of the many symptoms that may indicate a baby allergy. If your child has red, itchy eyes, rubs their nose often and when you wipe their nose the discharge is clear, these are other indicators of an allergy. Typically children do not show signs of outdoor allergies until the age of three. Though indoor pollutants such as mold and dust may affect children as young as six months. Here are some steps to help prevent baby allergies in the home.

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Look for telltale signs of allergens in your baby

Observe

Watch when your baby experiences symptoms the most, excessive sneezing or fussiness because of itchy eyes, etc.  If they exhibit heightened symptoms while in their crib, the culprit may be dust mites in the crib bedding or dust or mold in the nursery.

Clean

A thorough cleaning may reduce allergens in a specific environment like the baby’s room. Dust everything, including normally unnoticeable areas like the blades on a ceiling fan, vents in the room and the tops of door sills. Also look for signs of mold, possibly around windows where moisture is getting in. Replace crib bedding with hypoallergenic mattresses and sheets.

Purify

Run an air purifier in the nursery. Check out air purifier reviews to find the best one for your needs. However, a HEPA air purifier is key for cleaning indoor air, capturing most airborne particles including allergens. You may also want to get one that has a carbon filter for odors, a nice feature for diaper changes.  Many air purifiers like the AeraMax Baby Air Purifiers have extra quiet performance so as not to disturb babies as they sleep.

The Rise of the Tablet in the Workplace

A recent survey from Dell revealed the growing impact of tablets over other mobile devices for workplace productivity. Learn more about tablets for the workplace and work travel.

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  • 73% of IT decision-makers surveyed said that tablets are a standard tech device offered to employees at their organization.
  • One-third said their company has developed tablet assignment/BYOD policies

 

Departments who use Tablets

  • IT 93%
  • Sales/Marketing 70%
  • Executives 67%
  • Administrative 60%

Tablets and other Mobile Devices

  • 75% find tablets as companions to laptops
  • 85% as partners for smartphones
  • 81% of respondents said tablets increase productivity

 

Expanding Tablet Productivity For Work

Using the MobilePro Series™ Executive Folio for iPad Air® / Air® 2 offers tablet protection and expanded utility with the following features:

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  • Slim, all-in-one mobile workstation allows you to conveniently carry and work with an iPad® and paper
  • SmartConnect Case™ (patent pending) allows for an iPad Air®/Air® 2 to be used in-folio, free-standing or hand-held, in vertical or horizontal orientation, and at three viewing angles
  • SmartConnect System™ (patent pending) magnetically attaches keyboard cover to inside of folio
  • Includes removable Bluetooth® keyboard (iOS®, Android™ and Windows® compatible) with integrated wrist support for increased comfort and productivity
  • Also features a ballistic nylon exterior, business card holders, a pen loop, a file folder, a refillable writing pad pocket and a magnetic closure
  • Accommodates an Apple® Smart Cover®

 

Managing Mobile Device Security in Healthcare

 

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The use of mobile devices in healthcare is growing. More than half of doctors use tablets for their practice and 74% also use smartphone for professional purposes. However, with the efficiency that mobile technology brings, there is also risks of data infringement. Tablets or smartphones set down momentarily in an examining room leave private patient information exposed and with more devices in play, the more vulnerable becomes a healthcare network to breaches.

These best practices for healthcare workers using mobile devices help prevent data breaches.

  1. Implement auto-locking features on devices. When a tablet or smartphone is set down it should automatically require password access to open. Activating this feature ensures information remains protected in the device.
  2. Use privacy filters. Physicians may be wary of their digital device use in the office, but may feel more comfortable outside work using the same device. Prying eyes can see screens which may contain patient information. Blackout privacy filters ensure that no one can see the screen from side views. Only the user of the device can see the contents of the screen. Learn more about blackout privacy screens for mobile devices
  3. Use remote lock features. If a device is stolen, a physician can implement this feature to completely lock the device after several failed attempts at guessing a password.
  4. Use encryption. Transferred data from phones to tablets to laptops is becoming the norm in healthcare, which can leave emails and attachments exposed. All transferred data should be encrypted to prevent breaches.
  5. Update security software. Once hackers identity a device as used by a healthcare professional, they may be more persistent in their hacking attempts to access the confidential data. Updating security software across all devices helps prevent harmful apps and malware from infiltrating networks.

 

Asthma Rates in Children Rise. School Facility Managers Seek Solution

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Asthma rates in children under the age of 5 have increased 160% over a 14-year period.

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Asthma is the most common illness in childhood and the leading cause of absenteeism among school-aged children. It is often triggered by common airborne contaminants including dust, mold, allergens and viral respiratory infections, such as the flu. Unfortunately, people with asthma are more likely to suffer severe complications from influenza, which frequently spreads through the air in common areas such as classrooms, restrooms and locker rooms.

Asthma and allergies can also be triggered by poor building conditions, hazardous building materials or even cleaning supplies. Half the schools in the U.S. have IAQ complaints stemming from these factors. Workplaces often have similar problems, especially in restrooms, conference rooms and break rooms that regularly experience high traffic. In these areas, HVAC adjustments often can’t adequately address the problem.

Approximately 1 in 4 buildings, including schools and offices, suffer from sick building syndrome (SBS) because of poor indoor air quality.

Buildings with SBS often cause immediate symptoms such as dizziness, focusing difficulties and nausea for many occupants. They also create unsafe environments for those with allergies and asthma.

Optimizing Schools with Air Purification 

To minimize asthma reactions at school, many educational facility managers are turning  to new indoor air purification systems like AeraMax for protecting indoor environments during the school season. These commercial air cleaners purify the air in common areas such as schools, offices, waiting rooms, restrooms, and other areas of high concentrations of contaminants. The True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne contaminants including viruses and allergens and the activated carbon filter reduces odors and VOCs. AeraMax commercial air purifier product line also features patented EnviroSmart technology that detects the environment and automatically adjusts performance.

Schools Step Up

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