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March CMM: Light bulb maintenance

April 01, 2009
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The March issue of CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine is now available online, featuring Mike Nelson''s Tackling Trouble Areas article on light bulb maintenance.
Nelson states that many building service contractors (BSCs) take on different add-on services such as floor, window and carpet care to help improve their bottom line and make themselves a more crucial part of their clients'' business operations.
He notes that lighting maintenance is one such service that can be lucrative, but may also be a trouble spot and even dangerous if done improperly or without the correct tools or training.
Nelson adds that although it may seem that anyone can change a light bulb, it can be a dangerous task if performed improperly, and BSCs who wish to add this service must pay strict attention to all aspects, including ladder safety and the potential for mercury contamination from broken bulbs.
According to Nelson, compared to other add-on services, lighting maintenance is one of the least expensive for BSCs to add to their arsenal of services. However, the right tools, along with proper training and good old commonsense, are essential — as is an awareness of how to do the task in a healthy and environmentally preferable way.
Mike Nelson is vice president of marketing for Pro-Link, a JanSan-focused marketing and buying group based in Canton, MA. He was directly involved in preparing and writing Pro-Link''s BSC Resource Book, which is available to the group''s members. He can be reached at 800-74-LINKS or
Click here to view the digital version of the March issue.
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