From Our Journal

Safety precautions are crucial in any industry. Safety within chemical industry applications is incredibly important since a failure to adhere to regulations can have long-term or catastrophic consequences. Last week, over 100 people were treated after a chemical leak at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. “Investigators believe the leak was some sort of mixture of bleach and sulfuric acid.” Thankfully, the patients have been treated and discharged in good condition. Chemicals may, especially if not properly used, endanger our health and poison our environment. Incidents like this are a scary reminder that any business dealing with dangerous chemicals should constantly review and check... READ MORE

Over 80% of employees in America feel there is something that makes their job stressful. Fortunately, there are several things business employers can do to make a positive impact on the mental health of their employees. One of the biggest issues affecting employees, especially today is: cleanliness, or lack thereof. It's important to understand the relationship between cleanliness throughout the workplace with the wellness of employees. Clean Environments Can Improve Health Issues Organization is key to reducing stress by establishing a cleaning process that will help employees feel safe - examples include: removing clutter, being more efficient, and staying on top... READ MORE

In the wake of COVID-19, the question remains: “Will the enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes that have been developing over the past year remain once the pandemic is completely over?” Thankfully, according to a recent survey conducted by the ACI or the American Cleaning Institute, the answer to that question is “yes”. Data collected by the survey suggests that cleaning practices are still at the front and center for a large majority of Americans. Another survey revealed that around 85% of respondents are “very or somewhat likely” to maintain the same level of cleaning and disinfecting practices that were created since the... READ MORE

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted and vaccinations rolling out, restaurants and stores have begun to open back up. After a long year, this means society is going one step further to coming back to normal. An OpenTable survey recently revealed that 54% of respondents are planning to dine at a restaurant at least once a week in 2021. Although this is great news, it’s incredibly important for businesses to open back up to keep a culture of cleanliness. Restaurants that can successfully provide a strategy or plan, and also have the most updated cleaning equipment will have a chance to... READ MORE

Lavo employees have experience and knowledge in the chemical dispensing world. Our goal is to deliver new products and excellent customer experiences to our partners. Our team is also always growing: Recently, we have gained two new employees in our customer experience and marketing departments. Meet the new members of our team! Ana Favila Procurement and Customer Experience Leader Why did you decide to join the Lavo Team? I was very excited to join the Lavo team because it presented the opportunity to grow professionally, intellectually, and personally. The Lavo team had already established a great foundation and I was... READ MORE

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the workplace dynamic has changed. However, with vaccines rolling out, businesses have started letting their employees return to offices. It is essential to have an in-depth plan for this to happen safely and allow workers to feel at ease coming back into the office. If necessary, it's a good idea to provide an effective training plan for getting employees safely back to the workplace. A clean work environment and facility are still crucial to maintain. It’s also important to have full transparency as well as open lines of communication with your employees. The Top 5... READ MORE

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its annual Inspection Observation Data for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. This data clearly shows how frequently several different violations were seen when doing FDA food facility inspections. This past year, the FDA issued eighty-seven citations for personal violations during food inspections. These can include "failing to address hygiene issues or other good manufacturing practices in relation to employees handling food products." This type of violation was significant in terms of all of the violations in 2020. In terms of the year 2021, it's important to prevent these types of violations. Sanitation citations... READ MORE

Today, more and more businesses have been incorporating IoT technology to improve the productivity and efficiency of their operations. So, how exactly would your facility benefit from the impact of new technology? IoT technology opens the door to a whole new set of capabilities. It allows for tracking user behavior and generating appropriate data, which is then used to optimize customer experience. IoT technology can also reduce the amount of time spent searching for the cause of a problem, creating easier solutions and increasing profits. IoT applications can allow remote monitoring of products (both the machines and the formulas used for various solutions), therefore reducing the number of on-site... READ MORE

Regulations for food processing and safety are constantly changing, and the past year has accelerated the modernization of the industry and governance around it for the safety of staff and customers. Recently, the FDA released its 'New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint', a 10-year plan that builds on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The blueprint contains 4 core elements: Tech-enabled traceability Smarter tools and approaches for prevention and outbreak response New business models and retail modernization Food safety culture The FDA also emphasizes that “a strong food safety culture is a prerequisite to effective food safety management.” How... READ MORE

Connected solutions are useful in coupling data and equipment together to show the efficiency and effectiveness of commercial laundry operations. Connected laundry equipment has the ability to keep people safe, save time and money, and can allow a total overview of all the systems you care about in one place. The Laundry Cleaning Process Used Against COVID-19 Global research has proved the correct wash process is an important and effective step in eliminating viruses, including COVID-19. According to an American Laundry News article, "Washing and drying according to routine standards and procedures. For hot-water laundry cycles, detergent or disinfectant in water at 160... READ MORE