Cleaning Professionals world-wide play a significant role in protecting public health. They do so by preventing the spread of illnesses and infections. Most stereotypes are placed on individuals in these positions; as companies impute less value by not requiring educational and certification attributes to perform such duties. The lack of these requirements often solidifies a company’s reason for offering lower wages to those seeking job opportunities in housekeeping or custodial roles.
Ask yourself, would you have your wisdom teeth extracted by someone who is not board certified, has not completed medical schooling? Of course not! So why appropriate such low standards for cleaning professionals. The truth is, most executives are not fully abreast of the Science of Clean. They become so enamored by numbers; that it’s foreign to know that cleaning standards and esteemed certifications exist. This plethora of options is intended to complement an executive’s need to meet stringent requirements such as The Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies. Let’s point out that standards exist in all areas of the marketplace. So why limit cleaning professionals?
The primary purpose for hiring qualified cleaning personnel is to defend the public health; not to make an environment appear clean. One of the benefits of having a Registered or Certified Executive Housekeeper onboard, is to open the door for effective collaboration with upper management. They are the subject matter expert (SME) who can articulate the proper investment in cleaning products or services and calculate the financial benefits they provide. Another advantage of hiring qualified and credentialed front-line staff is that they give the first line of defense against epidemics, pandemics, and outbreaks. Why? Because they have a vested interest in those outcomes.
Professional organizations, such as ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and IEHA, have training programs available specifically for frontline cleaning professionals. For example, ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Training Standard (CITS) offers the opportunity for frontline cleaners to receive training in specialty categories after passing a Cleaning 101 exam. Additionally, The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) has the most prestigious certifications available in the Cleaning Industry. These certifications identify the recipient as being part of an elite group of cleaning professionals who by combining education and experience with dedication to the industry have achieved an elevated level of expertise. Lastly, the Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) offers basic and advanced Custodial Technician Training and Certification programs, covering tasks such as carpet care, hard floor care, and restroom care.
The cleaning industry does is in fact, Clean for a Reason. Our reason is not to be subjected to stereotypes, cheap labor, or to be stifled in career growth. It’s to protect your loved ones pre-and post-surgery, it’s to allow a chemotherapy patient the opportunity to come home to a clean house and focus on recovery, it’s for a single mother to start a new day in the office without fear of catching the flu and infecting her child. Now that’s the real Value of Clean.
Ultimately, society has a role in Changing the Way the World Views Clean. It first starts with YOU, The Executive, The Manager, The Supervisor, The Owner, it’s your willingness to understand what cleaning professionals do and why they do it, that starts the change process. Thank a Cleaner Today. Lives are saved Every day because of them. Today’s blog is dedicated to the many volunteers of Cleaning for a Reason.
Please visit http://cleaningforareason.org/ and support the efforts of Debbie Sardone, who is President of Cleaning for a Reason. Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization that serves all the United States and Canada, whose mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Their goal is to allow these brave individuals the ability to focus on their health and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge. Donate your services today!