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Sanitation in Schools: Hillyard Helps Deliver Clean, Safe and Healthy Learning Environments

Posted by THE Cleaning Resource on Jul 6, 2016 1:01:00 AM


July 7, 2016

Founded in 1907, Hillyard is a leading manufacturer and distributor of cleaning and hygiene solutions. Helping people deliver clean, safe and healthy facilities is our purpose, passion and focus. It's what we do. It's everything we do - every day!  We have the cleaning expertise and know-how that matters. It's how we help improve outcomes, lower cleaning costs, and deliver results that your stakeholders demand. 

With over a century of expertise in cleaning and sanitation products, Hillyard understands the importance of healthy indoor environments. And, with decades of experience working with schools, we have particular understanding of the stakes for school campuses. On school campuses, poor indoor environmental quality (IEQ) can lead to a large range of direct and indirect problems. Obviously, poor cleaning and disinfection processes can cause illness, requiring absence from school.

And even when health problems do not lead to absence, symptoms from illnesses can lead to decreased performance while at school. Recent studies suggest that poor IEQ may directly reduce a person's ability to perform specific mental tasks requiring concentration, calculation or memory. Research is also beginning to show linkages between IEQ and various emotional factors including image, self-esteem and attitude, all of which affect academic performance. An effective school cleaning and disinfection program can have a profound positive impact on occupant health, well-being and performance.   

In his report titled "The Contribution of Restoration and Effective Operation and Maintenance Programs on Indoor Environmental Quality and Educational Performance in Schools," noted environmental researcher Dr. Michael Berry concluded the following: "There is a demonstrated link between effective facility management programs for cleaning and maintenance and environmental quality of schools. The quality of the school environment, to include air quality, determines an overall sense of well-being and shapes attitudes of students, teachers and staff. Attitudes affect teaching and learning behavior. Behavior in turn affects teaching and academic performance."

Proper cleaning and disinfection of frequent touch surfaces can significantly lower disease transmission via direct and indirect contact with contaminated surfaces. Proper management and disposal of food waste can minimize pest infestations and vector-borne diseases transmitted from flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, etc. attracted to such waste.   

At Hillyard, we understand that buying cleaning supplies and equipment is just a small part of the total cleaning results equation. Our experience tells us that providing clean, safe, healthy learning environments is more than just a procurement-driven decision. School sanitation requires a cohesive environmental cleaning plan.

The Hillyard website presents a full listing of products and services specifically designed for the needs of schools. Delivering clean, safe, and healthy facilities requires:

  • A vendor partner that has the focus, understanding and expertise in implementing the right cleaning processes that deliver the best results at the lowest total cost
  • A vendor partner that understands clean, safe healthy buildings are delivered by people, and that elevating and motivating your custodial staff is critical to delivering results

  • A vendor partner that takes the time and has the ability and expertise to train your custodial staff to deliver the best possible results

  • A vendor partner that has developed the right quality management tools that keep cleaning results at a high level

We can help when:

  • Budgetary constraints force your staff to do more with less

  • You need to understand the impact of outsourcing and insourcing decisions

  • You are looking to implement the right sustainable cleaning practices that make a difference

  • You want to compare current cleaning standards to best practice benchmarks

  • You need clean, safe, healthy facilities within your budget

To find out more about how Hillyard can help schools effectively manage sanitation initiatives, visit our website.

Topics: Education Market, Poor Air Quality, Blog

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