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"The power of one, if fearless
and focused, is formidable,
but the power of many working
together is better."
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
There are some ongoing issues within the cleaning and hygiene
industry that could be discussed and debated until we are all blue in
the face -- and even then the situation or perception won't have changed. But it's not a lost
cause and I'm not even close to turning blue.
There are inefficient and time-wasting workers in every industry. I'm sure a particular
person has come to the mind of everyone reading this. However, there are also many
hardworking individuals whose jobs impact the lives of every single one of us. Particularly in
the healthcare sector.
Doctors, nurses, anaesthetists and surgeons are high on the list... but what about cleaners?
If surgeons stopped doing their job -- performing surgery -- many people would be sick and
the death rate would increase tenfold. If cleaners stopped cleaning, the same result would
occur, just on a much slower timeline.
There would be dirt, grime and infestation everywhere. Infection and disease would spread
and slowly but surely, people would become deathly sick. This might be a simplistic example,
but that doesn't mean it's not true.
So, can someone explain to me why a cleaner's role is not considered as important as a
surgeon's? In his article on page 23, Greg Whiteley, agrees saying "the importance of cleaning
staff's role in preventing healthcare associated infections (HAIs) is massively underrated. The
core function of cleaning is to remove microorganisms that can cause disease, illness, and
If everyone truly understood the vital importance of cleaning, especially in healthcare where
it's often a matter of life or death, then there would be no reason to sell cleaning services
based on price. It would be based on ability and results -- cold hard facts from independent
audits. Let those numbers do the talking, not the ones with the dollar signs.
Our industry needs to unite and lobby against key stakeholders, including federal and state
health departments to bring about change, as these are the organisations fixated on cost and
cutting cleaning budgets.
July/August INCLEAN 2016
Focuses: • Human Resources • Education
Human resources is a critical and constant issue for both property owner/
managers, manufacturers and distributors, in the pursuit to recruit and retain
valuable staff, keep up to date with the growing technology of today's industry
and deliver quality services with beneficial outcomes. INCLEAN looks specifically
at the HR issue of recruitment and how good staff can impact a business' growth.
Ever-present is the need for further education and training for companies to
compete in the market and to strengthen the industry as a whole. We explore
the interactive software and social media technologies used to offer more
comprehensive education programs and the economic value of ensuring training
is included in the budget.
Published: 7th July
Editorial deadline: 23rd May
Advertising booking deadline: 1st June
Advertising material deadline: 9th June
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