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Cleaning standards,

Environment and sustainability

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Customers always want more performance. Added to that, our environment demands that its resources are used sparingly and considerately. Hence, the topics of environment and sustainability have become increasingly important.

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Standards required of operation and acceptance of cleaning tasks have changed in the past 10 years. Staff assigned the tasks want equipment that is as easy, safe and convenient as possible to use. Evidence of people opting for sustainable practices can be seen in developments in zero-emission drives and alternative energies, systems which use less water and cleaning agents, filters which clean air to a high degree and numerous other features.

The better cleaning machine is always the more simple one. This is not necessarily in contradiction with improved performance and ergonomics. Customers do not want excessive complexity but simple and robust solutions. Simplicity makes machines easier to operate and less prone to failure.

Today’s machines provide an ergonomically conceived workplace at which long hours of work represent no major problem. Cushioned seats, optimum vision of the work area or generous legroom are not the only reasons for considerably greater working comfort. Thanks to the inclusion of electronic control units, operation has been simplified considerably. The driver no longer needs to manipulate various switches, levers and knobs but can operate the entire range of machine functions via a single knob. Cleaning programmes are often integrated in the control units which can be adapted to specific building characteristics.

Developments in the area of environmental considerations have continued in the same way. Greater efforts have been made to reduce water and chemical consumption or optimise them even further. In the case of scrubber-driers, for example, an electronically regulated water feed to the brushes combined with water retaining rings results in a considerable drop in water and cleaning agent consumption. The effect of this is also a reduction in the wastewater produced. At the same time, the reduced water requirements and larger water tank mean the machines can be operated for longer periods between refilling. This also means that unnecessary set-up times are dispensed with and the practical area coverage of larger ride-on vehicles is increased dramatically.

Cleaning agent dosing systems, stationary or on-board, combined with automatic filling systems serve to increase efficiency and environmental protection. This is because the filling of the solution tank is time-consuming and binds the operator to the machine. Valuable working time is lost as a result. Incorrect dosing leads to poorer cleaning results and, in the case of overdosing, puts an increased burden on materials and drainage systems as well as increased costs for cleaning agents.

Hako machine solutions and the service goals make cleaning more economical, more operator-friendly and more environment-friendly. The purchase of a machine is therefore not to be seen as a cost factor but rather as an investment, which reduces the cleaning costs and thus pays for itself. Tools such as computer-based economy calculations help to make these advantages and benefits transparent to the customer.

 

Dr Ralf-Hendrik Steinkuhler
Head- Marketing, Hako-Werke GmbH

 

Healthy High Performance

Cleaning Programme from Diversey

Diversey’s comprehensive programme to maintain safe, healthy and high-performing facilities

ADDRESSING THE ISSUES

Reduce Impact and Costs with Healthy High Performance Cleaning

Smart building owners and managers in organisations from across all sectors and industries are taking action to reduce the negative impacts of their facilities. Diversey, the leading provider of safe, healthy, high-performing facilities has developed a comprehensive, new approach to cleaning that goes far beyond appearances. It is called Healthy High Performance Cleaning or HHPCTM in short.

HHPCTM from Diversey is designed to improve a building’s environmental quality and sustainability with a cost neutral or cost reduction impact on operations. It is a unique, all-inclusive approach designed to ensure a clean and safe work environment, increase employee productivity and satisfaction, and enhance the value and integrity of buildings while reflecting organisational mission and values.

Why Healthy High Performance Cleaning

HHPC was developed to help you minimise the environmental, health, and safety impact of your buildings on employees, tenants, occupants, customers, visitors and cleaning staff. HHPC takes a total survey of your facility, its mission and the activities within it. Chemicals are just a part of a much more comprehensive solution to making your facilities safe, healthy and high-performing.

HHPC starts with environmentally preferable chemicals then offers proven cleaning strategies, procedures and purchasing guidelines for consumables, tools and equipment. With HHPC, you get:

  • A clear perspective on the need for green cleaning and green cleaning concepts.
  • A review of market influences and individual responsibilities along with stewardship principles which are core to HHPC.
  • Cleaning strategies, procedures and guidelines backed by the most up to date training support tools.
  • Environmentally preferable janitorial guidelines for chemicals, paper and liners and tools and equipment.
  • A pathway to earn credits towards certification from LEED for Existing Buildings Green Building Rating System.

There has never been a greater need for HHPC because it is a key part of operating facilities in an environmentally responsible way. HHPC will help your organization achieve the benefits of operating a healthy high performance building, such as:

  • Improved employee and occupant health
  • Improved worker / employee productivity
  • Reduced worker’s compensation claims for custodial staff
  • Sustained or improved organisational reputation and brand equity among employees, customers and the surrounding community
  • New opportunity to market and differentiate

Diversey’s HHPC approach looks to the third party, certifying organisations like Green Seal for chemicals and the USGBC for buildings to validate that cleaning products and facilities meet the highest standards. Independent certifications like these assure that high levels of performance are met as well as assuring that health, safety and environmental criteria are applied.

For those who work in organisations that place high strategic value on ongoing sustainable operations of your buildings, HHPC can help earn points under the US Green Building Council’s LEED-EB rating system. HHPC for LEED-EB provides you the potential to earn as much as one third of the points needed for certification. Go Beyond appearance with Diversey’s Healthy High Performance Cleaning Programme.

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