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Are You Following Best Practices for Cleaning

Last week we looked at the overview of these issues, today we will look at the first of these three.

• Not using the proper procedures/best practices for your segment of the cleaning business
• The wide range of surfaces needing cleaned/disinfected,
• Lack of education and easily understood training for housekeepers whose first language is not English.

Let me break it down for you…there are best practices for your segment of cleaning. If your segment is healthcare, the AHE (Association for the Healthcare Environment) and IEHA (International Executive Housekeepers Association) both have many best practices and procedures you can purchase.

If you are in the business of cleaning educational facilities, APPA (formerly the Association of Physical Plant Administrators) is a great resource of best practices for you.

The ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) offers the CIMS (Cleaning Industry Management Standard) with CITS (Cleaning Industry Training Standards), whereby your company or facility can become certified to a set of standards. CIMS is the first consensus-based management standard that outlines the primary characteristics of a successful, quality cleaning organization.

I think you get the point, seek out the professional organization with the most applicable cleaning standards for your organization and join it; become a certified professional. Make sure you and your organization are using the best!

As a leader in the cleaning/maintenance company or department, you need to understand the dynamics of getting the job done with the workforce you have, retaining the best workers and building a team that delivers on a daily basis. At the end of the day, the building has to be safe, clean and disinfected.

Isn't it time that you effectively addressed this gap in education in your Environmental Services or Housekeeping Department? The GCI-EVS Technician Certificate will insure the frontline workers have the knowledge to perform their job tasks to a standard. That knowledge will instill pride in those workers who are often ignored or neglected when it comes to effective education and training.


Guest Blog Post by Darrel Hicks:

Pedagogy has partnered with the Green Clean Institute to bring professional development education for frontline staff that promotes proactive best practices within environmental health services operations.

Environmental Services Technician Certification program is an 12 month education program that once successfully completed offers your staff a certification.
Modules covered within the educational program are:
  • 600 - CITS Basic Cleaning 101
  • 601 - EVS Technician (Part 1)
  • 602 - EVS Technician (Part 2)
  • 603 - Patient/Resident Safety and Satisfaction
  • 604 - Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • 605 - Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • 606 - Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA)
  • 607 - Infection Prevention
  • 608 - Health Impacts of Cleaning
  • 609 - Cleaning Patient/Resident Rooms
  • 610 - Chemicals & Disinfection Knowledge
  • 611 - Clean, Green and Healthy
  • 612 - Surface Cleaning in Healthcare Settings
To see the education on environmental services cleaning offered by Pedagogy and the Green Clean Institute, click here.
Posted: 1/21/2016 8:00:50 AM
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