A clean facility. It’s a relatively simple concept. If a workplace looks and smells good, we recognize and appreciate it.
But for those who are in facility management, a clean facility means much more.
A clean environment benefits your customers and guests, employees and your organization’s bottom line. Research from ISSA1, a worldwide cleaning industry association, bears this out: Clean facilities are not just a cost. They generate revenue.
Customers notice a clean facility, especially these days
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is an economic relief package spurred by the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. In the simplest of terms, the CARES Act provides funding for education and government entities to spend on COVID-related activities.
Each industry has its jargon, the industry-focused terminology that peppers conversations and serves as shorthand. The facility management (FM) industry is no exception. Here are some of the FM industry’s cleaning terms—some you likely know and, perhaps, some that will be new to you:
Antimicrobial soap – Cleaning detergent with antiseptic properties.
Bio-enzymatic – Cleaning products that use non-pathogenic “good” bacteria to digest wastes, soils, stains and bad odors.
Creating a safe and healthy workplace is a growing priority for all employers, especially as cold and flu seasons seem to hit harder each year and novel viruses emerge. To accomplish this goal, businesses must look beyond standard cleaning. Clean facilities don’t just look better—they provide a healthier, high-performing environment that makes for happier employees and customers, too.
Our new guide, Cleanliness at work—How to protect your people and your profits with LEAN cleaning, offers practical tips and techniques that help reduce risk and improve cleaning best practices.
More than ever before, employee health and safety are of the utmost importance. However, providing a safe and healthy workplace has also never been more complicated. What are the best ways to protect your people and stop the spread of illness, while maintaining productivity and a healthy bottom line? LEAN cleaning helps you strike the balance.
“How can I be more productive at work?” continues to be a hot question for today’s workers. No matter your industry or role, everyone is looking for new ways to power through the day. And it’s no wonder—on an average eight-hour workday, more than two hours are lost to non-value added activities. These include:
20 minutes preparing to start work
15 minutes looking for tools and supplies
30 minutes retracing steps
15 minutes lost due to complexity of work
25 minutes lost to rework loops
If it only cost $10 to improve safety for your employees and customers, plus avoid paying $100,000+ in damages, would you do it? Most people would say, “Of course!” Yet this expense (the average cost of one bag of ice melt) is often overlooked or delayed.
Ice melt helps minimize slips, trips and falls in snowy or icy conditions. While there are other methods for de-icing, ice melt works faster and lasts longer than products like rock salt thanks to its mix of sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, and calcium chloride.
Sickness can impact both personal safety and business productivity. With this year’s season on the horizon, now is the time to prepare to keep your employees and business healthy. 80% of germs are transmitted by hand-to-hand contact, so keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps to avoid illness and outbreaks in the workplace.* Here are four steps to reduce germ transmission and boost wellness.
1. Explain proper handwashing
Need help taking the trash out? Selecting the right can liners for your facility can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. However, any ol’ bag won’t do. Get to know these bag basics and choose your liners wisely!
1. Determine the proper resin type for your application
LLDPE – recommended for sharper objects and will stand up to heavier, irregular waste
HDPE – recommended for paper and non-sharp objects with light to moderate transport needs
2. Determine how much weight your can liner needs to hold
Improving results requires seeing cleaning as a holistic function of a facility. Some companies treat cleaning either as a simple housekeeping task or a necessary evil. This mentality often leads to neglecting processes, taking shortcuts and looking for the cheapest and easiest solution. The potential negative effects and expensive consequences far outpace any dollars saved upfront, and as a result, the whole facility suffers. Applying the same principles to cleaning as one would to any other critical facility function is the most effective way to experience positive results.