- THE MAGAZINE
ISSA has released a new standard industry professionals can use when working in or with K-12 schools to promote a cleaner and healthier indoor environment to benefit children’s learning experiences, according to a press release. The ISSA Clean Standard: K-12 establishes steps for objectively assessing the effectiveness of cleaning processes in an educational facility.
Based on the philosophy of “Clean, Measure, Monitor,” and with an emphasis on high-performance cleaning, the Clean Standard: K-12 focuses on:
· The desired levels of cleanliness that can reasonably be achieved;
· Recommended monitoring and inspection procedures to measure the effectiveness of cleaning
· How to use the measurement and inspection results to assess and improve cleaning processes and products, ultimately resulting in a clean, healthy, and safe learning environment.
Assessing cleaning effectiveness can help improve the process and ensure that the desired level of cleanliness is achieved and maintained at school facilities. This is especially important in light of the growing body of evidence that concludes that improved hygiene in schools results in reduced illnesses and reduced absenteeism.
“The Clean Standard: K-12 is a wonderful sales tool that will help differentiate our products and processes in a credible and objective manner based on their superior cleaning effectiveness,” said Jon Scoles, president, Scoles Floorshine Industries.
ISSA will provide a variety of education and tools to help members use the standard in educational facilities. Free “how-to” guides are available to help industry professionals implement the recommended steps to measure, monitor, and adjust processes.
ISSA will host a free Webinar November 5, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. (CT) to help members understand how they can use the standard with school decision-makers.
The standard was developed through a consensus-based process including experts representing all sectors of the cleaning industry, such as:
· The Healthy Schools Campaign
· The National Association of State Boards of Education
· The American Federation of Teachers
· Manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products
· Contract cleaning service providers focused in this market
· Industry consultants
It is based on multi-year scientific research guided by the independent Cleaning Industry Research Institute’s (CIRI) Science Advisory Panel. The study involved thousands of measurements taken with ATP (adenosine triphosphate) measurement systems from high-touch surfaces recognized as posing health risks in schools (i.e.: student desks, cafeteria tables, and restroom sinks and stall doors). The ATP measurements were conducted in numerous schools across the United States to account for potential geographic or climatic variations.
To register for the instructional webinar, visit www.issa.com/events. There also will be a session, November 18, at 11 a.m., as part of the ISSA Convention Seminars program held during ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2013, November 18-21, in Las Vegas, NV. Read more at www.issa.com/schedule.
Licenses also are available for third-parties interested in providing training on how to measure cleanliness based on the standard. To learn more about offering training, contact David Schweizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.