Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools®
What McDonald's has done for Hamburgers and French Fries - standardizing, speed, cost and quality control - Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools® (PC4HS™) does for educational facilities – with “better and healthier” as the minimum standard.
Frederick Winslow Taylor's ideals of systemization and standardization, developed in the early 1900's, underpin Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools' mission to streamline cleaning processes through systematized methods and standardized products and equipment.
Finding the one best way to clean means analyzing the facility's needs and the tasks involved in meeting those needs. It means assessing method and equipment options and available workforce and then putting it all together in a systematic cleaning program that runs like a finely crafted watch.
Just as every wheel or gear in a fine watch performs a specific integrated function, so should every part of a viable cleaning program. By designing a plan, selecting the finest parts and fitting them all together in synchronized fashion, the watchmaker creates an accurate timepiece. Finding the one best way to clean begins much the same way - with a carefully devised plan.
A needs analysis, including the desired level of clean and the frequency of cleaning necessary to reach that level, can serve as the groundwork for such a plan. This often keys on the building's use, traffic flow and outside influences such as weather conditions.
Schools and universities require daily clean-up of classrooms and common areas, daily disinfecting or sanitizing of desk tops, water fountains and doorknobs, and more frequent restroom cleaning than many other facilities.
A thorough needs analysis should include any special needs the building may have. In addition to routine cleaning and monitoring, are there other tasks, such as window cleaning, that will need to be performed? What are the budget constraints? A clear understanding of the building's needs in relation to budget allows cleaning managers to develop a plan that works - for both the customer and the cleaning operation.
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Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools®
PC4HS™ involves an easy start-up or implementation process - without disruptive impacts - because training and roll-out are carefully managed, and occur over a two week period.
Here is a short description:
- The PC4HS Representative (initially Rex Morrison) meets with the principal and head custodian at the first school to be implemented, usually at a convenient time on the first Monday of the program, to orient these stakeholders.
- The PC4HS Representative explains the nature and scope of the program and how it will work. He/she answers questions, allays fears, and reassures the principal and head custodian that the program will produce positive impacts and not disrupt normal duties. It will not interfere with the nightly cleaning of the school, and importantly, the school will be cleaner and easier to maintain after just the first day of PC4HS training.
- The PC4HS Representative strives to emphasize positive aspects of the previous work, for example, making statements such as: “I found the school to be well organized and generally quite clean during the pre-implementation review, although, as in all schools, there is room for improvement and refinement.”
- PC4HS begins actual cleaning by splitting (in half) the duties of one of the 8-hour-shift-night custodians to co-op those duties during a 4 hour training session consisting of both demonstration (as permitted under District or Union rules) and “train the trainer” orientation. This occurs daily during the first week.
- The second week PC4HS works with all night custodians in their areas to equip and train them individually.
- PC4HS allocates a few hours each morning of the second week to train the day and head custodian in the management responsibilities of the program.
Note: this is a simple and organized implementation of the PC4HS Process designed to emphasize and produce only positive impacts for the school, teachers and custodians. The purpose of the implementation is to provide a foundation for cleaner “more germ-free student and staff spaces” without increasing the workload of individuals or putting pressure on budgets.