Frank states that all over the globe, cleaning managers and business owners responsible for cleaning public facilities got a wakeup call last month — it''s called H1N1 influenza, or swine flu.
He notes that all key departments within an organization — facility operations, communication, finance, human resources, security, food services and so on — should be involved in emergency preparedness planning and execution.
Frank adds that the plan should include an accurate description of various emergency situations — from natural disasters, such as floods and earthquakes to accidents like chemical spills and fires to pandemics and so on.
According to Frank, for further peace of mind, cleaning organizations that go through Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification have their emergency and disaster plans reviewed and validated by an expert, third-party accreditation specialist.
David Frank is a 30-year industry veteran and the president of the American Institute for Cleaning Science. AICS is the registrar for the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standards certification program.
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