Richard’s personal experience was his most valuable business inspiration
I needed lower back surgery, L-3, L-4 and L-5 to be specific. We all have friends and colleagues with back issues and a good percentage of them don’t have the desired results from that surgery, but my prognosis and attitude was positive, and I was living a severe physical issue – debilitating pain with a loss of mobility. At the time, I never dreamed this experience would lead to my quest to help improve the world with our company, Green Cleaning Technologies.
This next statement may sound petty, but my most significant memory of the nine-month journey through scheduling, recovery and healing was the pre-surgery examination and blood work at the local hospital where the surgery would be performed. I had been diagnosed with Lupus a decade earlier and that disease as well as my back problems was the result of a 42 car pileup due to a jack-knifed tractor trailer on what is commonly known as black ice in a mid-March storm near Buffalo, NY. We were in vehicle number 37. Enough about that as we all have personal experiences.
It was a cold January day and I was sitting in this hospital waiting room with about 20 other people. I was pretty healthy at the time except for the back issues and I remember being really excited to get the surgery behind me to end more than five years of numbness and suffering, including some mental fog from the use of prescribed pain medications.
My memory? At least a dozen of my waiting room mates were coughing, sneezing, wheezing, hacking. After all, it was some H-number flu season plus all the other germs floating in the air. For almost 60 minutes, I was mentally frozen at the possibility I would never get into surgery the next week, as I would be infected with the flu and not able to go under anesthesia.
True story. I remember when I looked at the furniture in this waiting room… fabric upholstered chairs with wide plastic armrests… WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THIS FURNITURE WAS DISINFECTED OR EVEN CLEANED? Need I mention the available technology at this time was alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are only effective for 15 seconds (while they dry out your skin). I did not understand this back then, and some still believe this is state-of-the-art today. Really, 15 seconds!
It is personal experiences like this that affect and inspire who we are, what we know and how we deal with illness, pain and life. Why are we so excited today to introduce tested and proven technologies like our SafeScience 24 hour antiseptic hand sanitizer, GermFree 24 XPD? This provides “Extended Protection Disinfecting” on your hands with a non-chemical quartz disinfecting molecule for up to 24 hours. FDA approved.
Why am I equally delighted to introduce our 7/30/90 day GermShield XPD (EPA Approved) that would have extended the protection on those hospital elevator buttons and the waiting room arm rests to seven days and the fabric upholstery to 90 days? I am delighted because we can now help people w/all-natural, safe, effective & tested solutions, including getting people through that surgery that can improve their lives and the lives of their friends and families.
At the time of my back surgery, I don’t remember HAI’s (Hospital Acquired Infections), Antibiotic Resistance and Food Illnesses being in the news like it is today. With our SafeScience integrated technology portfolio, we can reduce all of these issues, from daycare centers to schools, sports facilities to restaurants and from the waiting room to the operating room. And, don’t forget your home.
Ten years later, I am thrilled to report my back surgery is still 120% successful and I am privileged to help serve America with experience, technology and products to help all of us be “Proactive versus Reactive” in our personal environments and for better health. If you haven’t already, please watch our Hand Protection Video at our website SafeScienceTV.com and visit our web store so “We Protect You” too. Always contact us with questions regarding your facility protocols and our products for hands, all surfaces and indoor air quality. Smiles! https://www.safesciencetv.com
Richard Kampas is President of Green Cleaning Technologies, LLC (GCT). He bought a portfolio of green cleaning and disinfecting products with acquisition of the SafeScience, Inc. company of Boston in 2007. Continuous improvement and the addition of new technology, products and years of rigorous field experience has made GCT leading experts in disinfecting, all natural green cleaning, mold, insects and indoor air. Kampas’ Lupus experience has made this both a personal and business journey, especially keeping all products skin safe, lung safe, food safe and odor-free (except the bug products that have natural odors). You can contact GCT at Sales@SafeScienceTV.com or 1-866-GREEN-80.