Cleaning is our first defense against the ongoing threat of ‘super bugs’, influenza viruses, and more recently E.coli , C.difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) outbreaks. Within community settings such as schools, offices, retail, hotels, etc; the value of clean is less understood as cleaners tend to undervalue their role. Why? They are often told make the place look good–clean for shine and not health. That’s where Exodus comes in. We consult with cleaning program leaders to identify and address gaps that are barriers to the implementation of a Cleaning for Health Program.
Cleaning for Health- is a widely-accepted cleaning approach that protects public health, without adversely affecting the health of staff, building occupants, or the environment. To adopt such an approach requires systems thinking through the evaluation, standardization, training, and managing of the entire cleaning program systems. In other words, connecting the people with the processes.
To achieve a Cleaning for Health Program, we collect and analyze data on your program’s current cleaning processes, products, and outcomes. Based on collected data, we identify opportunities and make recommendations on what best practices can be implemented to improve cleaning outcomes and lower the total cost of cleaning. We evaluate the following:
- Cleaning Chemical Understanding & Usage-(Science behind Cleaning)
- Surface Cleaning and Disinfection Practices
- Standard Operation Procedures
- FTE Analysis & Workloading- (ISSA Cleaning Times and APPA Standard)
- Cleaning Assignments- (Task, Time & Frequencies)
- Equipment and Tool Optimization
- Learning Management Systems & Certification Pathways
- Compliance with Industry Quality Standards
- Service Delivery Systems
Upon evaluation, the consultant then identifies areas of improvement and partners with the client to make concerted efforts to address gaps in your cleaning program.
Exodus believe that adopting a cleaning for health program will better position your program/facility to not only achieve the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification, but lower costs, improve processes, and decrease staff turn-over. By obtaining a CIMS certification, you are demonstrating that your program is structured to deliver consistent, quality services that are designed to meet the customer’s needs and expectations. Visit www.issa.com for more info.
Exodus is a Registered Environmental Services Executive and member of ISSA-The World Cleaning Association and promotes “Changing the Way the World Views Clean” mission. The building cleaning industry can be both rewarding and exciting and can offer those who work hard the opportunity for advancement.
“Cleaning for Health, Not Shine.”
Exodus advocates membership into the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), and becoming a Registered or Certified Environmental Services Executive. Certified cleaning professionals are subject matter experts (SME) who can articulate the proper investment in cleaning products or services and calculate the financial benefits they provide.