Background to importance of using a Complete Cleaning Service if you are managing educational facilities in the 21st-century.
Visionclean works with Schools/ Universities/Nursery Schools/Daycare Centres and Colleges.
We have set out to complete a study of the importance of cleaning to the management of educational facilities of all types, but particularly those that have younger children as their pupils. We have endeavoured to expel certain misleading facts about where the vulnerabilities are and how they are often overlooked in institutions that have very large premises and extremely high footfall throughout.
It is a fact identified in a study by a specialist cleaning association in the USA, that dirty schools lead to an increase in the number of sick people in the facility. Students/pupils miss millions of school days every year due to coughs, colds and flu type infections.
Primary school pupils contract between 8 and 10 colds and infections every year. Across all forms of education, pupils average 4.5 days of absence per year. This sadly increases to an average of 5.3 days for teachers, much of which is caused by infections caught in educational facilities.This brings with it both social and economic costs. Pupil absence creates additional stress on the educational system and teacher absence costs millions of pounds annually in sick leave, classroom downtime and the additional cost of replacement/substitute teachers.
As most head teachers and Board of Trustees are aware having a clean school is not just about appearance, but plays an important role in the health of the school.
We have listed below key facts that are affecting educational facilities, but are out of sight and therefore often out of mind.
It is a little known fact that Cold and flu type virus can live on surfaces from just a few seconds to up to 48 hours. Although most people are aware of infection via direct contact with a sick person, this helps to show the extent of germs being contracted by touching contaminated surfaces then by touching eyes, nose or mouth, createing a need for higher standards.
- Toilet seats have 3200 bacteria per inch (BPI)
- A cafe food tray however can I have 33,000 bpi
- Cold water tap in the sink can have 32,000 bpi
- A normal lunch plate can have 15,800 bpi
- A computer keyboard can have up to 3300 bpi
- A water fountain can have 270,000 bpi
This illustrates how unexpected areas of risk can occur, and increase the effect of badly managed cleaning in facilities.
The reality in 2016 is that school budgets are being cut and it is harder for the school management teams not to have to look at the cost of their cleaning services, but sadly this risks schools becoming dirtier environments.
Unfortunately not enough school authorities offer adequate guidance to their institutions on infectious disease prevention. And often cleanliness is only defined by visual inspection.
However at Visionclean our aim is to create quantitative methods of monitoring, as these can be used to improve our standards. We apply ISSA K2 – K12 standards sets, that have been created to manage higher standards of cleanliness. With this we : –
- Set desired levels of cleanliness
- Create a monitoring system
- And build in an audit system to oversee this.
- We then work with the site management team/caretakers to create a clean, safe and healthy environment.
At the same time as increasing the level of cleanliness to endeavour to improve sickness prevention, Vision clean has created an efficient management structure and operating process, that means we expect to deliver these higher standards while being able to remain very competitive with our costs.