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Cleaning the Slate: Truman's ECOLAB Station Receives an Upgrade

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150630-07
Release Date: 6/30/2015 10:33:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ethan Miller, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- To the 5,000 Sailors who work aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), the ship is more than just a place of employment. It is where they sleep; where they eat. It is their home.

It is up to each Sailor to keep their ship clean and safe, and a new machine is making it easier to get the job done.

Truman's new ECOLAB machine functions as a dispenser for all required cleaning solutions aboard the ship.

'The new ECOLAB is an upgrade for us,' said Logistics Specialist Seaman S. R. Hinojos, the ECOLAB custodian. 'The older machine had some issues with draining and the pipes had rusted with time, but the new one works great.'

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) Airman A. M. Maisano, supervisor of Truman's hazardous material (HAZMAT) mezzanine, said access to sanitation materials is key to keeping the crew healthy and the ship safe.

'The ECOLAB is a universal area for everyone to come and get cleaning products,' said Maisano. 'Sanitation helps stop the spread of sickness, and when people know a local area where they can come and get what they need, they can prevent a lot of health concerns before they happen.'

In addition to individual convenience, ECOLAB helps the ship save time and money on a departmental level.

'It keeps people from having to order their own cleaning supplies,' said Machinist's Mate 1st Class F. C. Murphy, HAZMAT assistant leading petty officer. 'Having one central location means... rather than wasting money and waiting around, the ship can provide [cleaning supplies] for them in bulk for use at the ECOLAB station.'

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