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TOMORROW’S CLEANING SEPTEMBER 09
Infection detection
JAMES CLEARY, LEAD TRAINER OF CLEANING AND
HYGIENE TRAINING, GIVES US A LESSON IN INFECTION
CONTROL AND HYGIENE.
Personal hygiene is always the concern of the another person and another infection begins. The benefits of professional training in the
individual but for the cleaning industry This spread is limited by the humble tissue cleaning industry extend far beyond the topical
professional, excellent personal hygiene must and good personal hygiene. When a virus debate of infection control. In the modern age,
be met with uncompromising dedication to reaches a surface, it can live for up to 24 it is essential that the cleaning professional is
infection control.
hours without a host. On a softer surface this given the same considerations as any other
might only be as long as 20 minutes but this member of staff in order that things run as
In order to control infection, an understanding
is long enough smoothly and effectively as possible, whatever
of the virus is one of the best tools we have in
the location.
dealing with it. Equipping a cleaner with this
This is not the time to cut corners with cleaning
crucial tool is as important as supplying them
procedure and an investment into professional Wherever possible training should be certified.
with practical equipment and the only way this
training for care taking and cleaning staff is one The main body for certification of cleaning
can be done is via professional training.
of the most important investments a business training is the British Institute of Cleaning
or company can make. The confidence of staff Science (www.bics.org.uk). Cleaning and
It is not the complexity of the virus that makes
and patrons is priceless. Hygiene Training, are a registered training
it difficult to control; most viruses and bacteria
are not difficult to kill and destroy. In order to
When assessing an area for cleaning, the
provider of BICS courses; this means that
control the spread of a virus or germ from one
whole area is taken into consideration and
students attending our courses receive quality
person to another, and thus limit the infection,
treated equally. In terms of infection control, it
training to the best industry standard available.
the key lies not in any particular germicide,
is invaluable to focus on particular places and www.cleaningtraining.ie
but rather it lies in the awareness of the
return to them often to keep on top of new
cleaning staff. Knowing where a virus can
particles. Training can alert the cleaner to
linger and how these places should be treated
these areas and allow them to see an area in
is only achieved through training.
terms of separate risk areas, saving time and
money by focusing the efforts in the places
Flu viruses are widely known to spread through where attention is essential, for example, door
the air. Particles from a cough or sneeze reach handles, buttons, taps, handrails etc.
Working towards achieving awarding body status
The British Institute of Cleaning Science expected to be presented to the Qualifications • Suction Cleaning
(BICSc) is in the process of becoming a Credit Framework may look something like:
recognised awarding body by applying to • BICSc Level 1 Certificate in Cleaning, on
• Sanitary ware cleaning (toilets, urinals,
Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and the QCF consisting of units dealing with:
sinks, basins, replenishment of toilet
Examinations Regulator).
requisites)
• Health and Safety
Achieving Awarding Body Status will provide
• Dust, damp wipe, wash, polish application
• Employability
external recognition and allow BICSc to apply • Waste Clearance
for accreditation of its qualifications.
• Customer care
• Single solution mopping
Accredited qualifications will then be included
• Communication skills
on the existing National Qualifications
We will keep you updated as to developments
Framework (NQF), soon to be replaced by the
• Team working
of this activity and how it will affect
Qualifications Credit Framework.
• Functional skills (low level adult literacy
users/employers/centres.
This process has the full backing of the sector
and numeracy)
We are continuing business as usual with our
skills council, Asset Skills. • An introduction to the cleaning industry
existing qualifications. However, the Institute
will need to revise some of its working practices
This work is being undertaken to assist the A set of basic cleaning skills that may be
and procedures; this work is now well underway.
Institute with future developments towards based around practical tasks including:
improved standards for the cleaning industry, • Mop Sweeping
www.bics.org.uk
assisting learners with clear career pathways
and requirements for achievement of Ofqual
• Chemical Competence
recognised awarding organisation status. • Machines; safe use and care
In principle, the scope of qualifications • Storage of Equipment
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