If you’ve never given it much thought, you might think that all cleaning services are more or less the same. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some providers hold themselves to a higher standard than others. This difference in quality is often reflected in the cost of your services, and for good reason. High-quality janitorial servicesabide by multiple industry standards that ensure maximum cleanliness and safety, optimal performance, and environmentally friendly outcomes. Additionally, the best providers are responsive, efficient, flexible, and transparent in all their dealings and operations.So, if you’re looking to hire a cleaning company for your facility, you want one that meets the highest industry standards. In order to do that, it helps to know what these standards are in the first place, and what they signify. Let’s outline the standards and certifications that the best janitorial companieshave in common.
Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) Certification and Green Cleaning
CIMS, created by the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), is an all-encompassing management standard for janitorial service providers. To achieve CIMS certification, a company must display its adherence to six areas of management best practices: quality systems; service delivery; human resources; health, safety, and environmental stewardship; management commitment; and, more recently, green building (GB). The organization must then undergo an official ISSA assessment that carefully reviews its processes to ensure CIMS compliance. Cleaning companies that are CIMS-certified set themselves apart from other providers by boasting a commitment to quality, efficiency, and customer relations. Providers can also become CIMS-GB certified to demonstrate an ability and pledge to reduce their negative impact on the environment and encourage the use of Green Seal chemicals and LEED-certified equipment (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). And they may further convey their commitment to the environment by becoming a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Janitorial companies must also abide by both state-level and federal regulations laid out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA regulations are designed to ensure that individuals and organizations are well-protected from all potential occupational threats, such as impact damage, bloodborne pathogens, fire hazards, and more.Because OSHA is such a large organization that covers all industries, it can be challenging to find the standards that apply to janitorial services for a given state. To simplify this task, OSHA uses 6-digit codes under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The NAICS code for janitorial standards is 561720. The regulations under this classification include a number of tasks that janitorial providers and workers must adhere to, like receiving proper training, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), controlling hazardous substances, etc. Organizations that fail to meet these regulations may face monetary penalties and other legal actions.
Your facility deserves the best janitorial services. Hire a provider that not only meets the highest industry standards, but is also always looking for ways to improve its operations, relations, and outcomes. The Budd Group is proudly CIMS- and CIMS-GB-certified, a member of the USGBC, and deeply committed to training all of our staff in the various protocols outlined by OSHA and other industry-specific organizations. To learn more about our services, our people, and our mission, give us a call today at (800) 221-8158!