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Standardized Cleaning For The Bottom Line

Training Case Study: ProTeam Inc.

August 24, 2012
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ProTeam LogoDouglas County School District in Carson, Nevada, consists of seven elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools serving more than 6,000 students.

In hoping to advance cleaning processes, improve the health of students and staff and gain mastery of the bottom line, Bill Blumenthal, custodial supervisor of the Douglas County School District, looked toward the newly formed Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PCHS) system to save money and jobs while enhancing the health of the indoor environment.

Three years ago, the Douglas County School District implemented the innovative PCHS system and has not looked back.

PCHS is a non-profit consortium dedicated to helping schools implement a standardized system to optimize cleaning within tight budgets.

PCHS has preferred products — those that produce superior cleanliness with effective time management — and ProTeam vacuums are on that short list.

ProTeam Super CoachvacProTeam Vacuums Make The Grade

Relying heavily on ergonomic and efficient tools like ProTeam's Super CoachVac® and carefully timed cleaning practices, the Douglas County School District was able to turn their program around.

"In the last three years, we've found tremendous savings," says Blumenthal. "None of our full-time people lost their jobs. We've actually added positions and still had ongoing annual savings in six figures."

Blumenthal saw an immediate response from staff, administration and the public after implementing process cleaning.

He received e-mails from teachers who said, "My room hasn't looked this good in 30 years."

Not only is the Super CoachVac® faster to maneuver around classrooms crowded with desks and chairs than a conventional upright, but its powerful suction captures 43 percent more dirt and dust than other vacuums.

Four Level® Filtration filters 99.9 percent of impurities down to one micron in size.

To put that into perspective, one micron is about 1/70th the width of a human hair.

Creating Safe Learning Environments

Perhaps most rewarding was hearing feedback from the students at the high school at which he started when he joined the district.

Prior to the implementing the standardized system, only 50 percent of students responded favorably to a question about the health and safety of the school environment.

After the change, that number steadily rose to 80 percent of students who now feel that their school is healthy and safe.

"Our school district was looking for a more efficient way for our custodians to clean, and we wanted to raise the standard and improve our practices," proclaims Blumenthal.

Since standardizing the Douglas County School District's cleaning processes and adopting ProTeam backpack vacuums, Blumenthal says they have raised standards, cut the budget and reduced absenteeism.

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