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The HIAE is a private, 674-bed hospital with nine ambulatory
clinics in São Paulo. It is one of the most highly respected
healthcare institutions in Latin America that is committed to
improving resource productivity and efficiency by focusing on the
management of non-renewable resources and waste to reduce their
“The Hygen system was piloted on one floor of the Morumbi
campus of the HIAE,” explained Rubbermaid. “Water and chemical
usage, cleaning time, employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction
were measured and compared to a control floor, which continued
to use the conventional method of cleaning using disposable cloths,
spray bottles, ladders and ‘hands and knees’ cleaning.”
An ergonomic risk assessment was also conducted using the
Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) tool.
“Following the three week trial from late July to mid-August
in 2013, the system reduced cleaning time, water use, chemical
use, potential EVS injuries and worker’s compensation claims.
The majority of EVS employees also said they preferred using the
Rubbermaid Hygen microfibre system.”
EVS teams make a significant contribution to the financial
performance of their organisations. Improvements in room
turnaround time can lead to increased revenues as well as
increased patient satisfaction by reducing wait times in the
“The average time dedicated to terminal or discharge cleaning
using conventional methods at HIAE was one hour and five
minutes,” said Rubbermaid. “Terminal cleaning efforts using the
Rubbermaid Hygen microfibre system took 27 per cent less time,
allowing EVS workers to accomplish this task in just 47 minutes.
Daily patient room cleaning was reduced from 16 to 13 minutes
per room, a 19 per cent reduction in time.”
The presence of harmful chemicals also poses risks for human
health and the environment. Therefore, control of chemicals
in a hospital setting is important to minimise risks to patients
and employees, as well as to prevent harm to the surrounding
community. Implementation of Rubbermaid’s Hygen microfibre
system led to a 47 per cent reduction in total chemical
consumption for both terminal and daily cleaning.
Based on the success of the trial, and with its vision of improving
cleaning performance and productivity while preserving resources,
HIAE has formed a partnership with Rubbermaid Commercial
Products and has implemented the Rubbermaid Hygen microfibre
system in all 10 of its facilities.
The Rubber maid Hygen microfibre system is said to
deliver three critical components – optimal cleaning
perfor mance for infection prevention; a complete
system of products and dedicated field support to
provide seminars. In order to verify these product
claims, Rubber maid tested the Hygen system at
the Morumbi campus of the Hospital Israelita Albert
Einstein (HIAE) in São Paulo over a three week period.
INCLEAN’s assistant editor Lizzie Hunter spoke with
Rubber maid about the outcome of the system’s trial.
trial results in improved
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operations and knowledge requirements for Certificates II and III in
Cleaning Operations, including, for example BSCAA
Cleaning Induction Course and Infection Control for Cleaning and
Housekeeping, both modules costing only $29.70 each.
BSCAA executive director, Barbara Connolly, said that since the
Federal Government withdrew funding for training cleaners, it has
changed the structure of provision of competency standards for a
number of industries including cleaning.
A number of Skilled Services Organisations have been set up as
industry reference committees to set standards for training packages,
in consultation with industry, as part of a four-year plan.
“Because the cleaning industry has no specific entry requirements,
it was not funded, so we have developed a set of affordable online
training modules to fill a need,” Barbara noted.
“Because the workforce is often transient, without government
funding a cleaning contractor is not prepared to invest in providing
training to competency standards for an employee, often requiring
12 months to two years to complete, unless there is some prospect
that person will still be there in two years’ time.
“The majority of cleaners employed in CBD buildings, for
example, are 457 visa workers who may be studying to be
engineers. They are a good work force because they are intelligent
and speak English, even if it’s not their first language, and they
can work for 20 hours a week and earn $400 to spend,” revealed
Barbara. “They and other migrants and refugees make up a
significant part of the workforce.
“Therefore a company is only going to do in-house training to do
just what is necessary for them to do the job safely,” she stated.
“As the industry association, we’re filling the gap – cleaning in
Australia is a professional skilled workforce and if the workers
progress to doing Certificate III, to the stage where they are
supervising or going out getting contracts, they can earn from $80,000
to $250,000 a year; it is better paid than hospitality,” Barbara shared.
“We have had a reputable RTO prepare our training modules and if
workers do the courses they become more attractive for employers.”
Red Cross Training Services, which used to run Certificate I, II and
III courses in Cleaning Operations, also confirmed it had stopped
offering these courses in Adelaide about six months ago, citing
insufficient interest once the government funding had dried up, after
which the Red Cross-run Certificate III course would cost a student
about $1800 a year.
Meanwhile Strategix Training Group used to run Certificate II and
III in Cleaning Operations in Adelaide but according to the State
Manager SA, Wade Kelly, has not run these courses for some time.
Strategix requires 10 students minimum and their costs for Cert II
Cleaning is $1850 per person and Cert III Cleaning $2650 per person.
“Student numbers declined when the government cut funding for
training,” he said. “We still operate these courses in other states and
can easily duplicate them and run a course in Adelaide. However,
we have only been running them on demand and with a minimum
number of students to make it work, with all costs associated,
depending on the numbers attending.”
Queensland-based Human Resource Training (HRT) which
provides a range of training courses and used to offer Certificate II
and Certificate III in Cleaning Operations in Adelaide, now offers
these courses only online.
The Certificate III course offered through HRT includes 19 units
of study at a cost of $1995, with practical assessments undertaken
at its Underdale facility in Adelaide. Queensland students,
subsidised by the Queensland Government, pay only $570 or $285
for concession holders.
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