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ISSA release 1.17

January 17, 2013

ISSA Releases New Value of Clean Paper
Studies reveal proper investment in cleaning reduces risk of spreading illness & improves a facility’s bottom line

LINCOLNWOOD, IL — As the United States faces the worst influenza (flu) outbreak in the last 10 years, facility decision makers now have a new, free tool to help them prove not just the value of improved cleaning in protecting building occupant health, but also the financial benefit such steps can produce.

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, has released a new Value of Clean paper, available at www.issa.com/valuetips, which aggregates data from mainstream business, facility management and cleaning-industry specific studies, quantifying the positive impact of cleaning on a business’ bottom line.

One of the key points the paper addresses is the increased productivity achieved in a workplace that takes additional cleaning and hygiene steps to avoid transmission of viruses and other illnesses, and how this can lead to higher business profitability.

The association’s intent in releasing this paper is to educate facility decision makers regarding the often-overlooked connection between cleaning and key metrics that impact every organization’s financials.  The paper encourages facility decision makers to look beyond the impact within the cleaning department and to explore the broader impact on the entire organization. Among the areas covered are:

•    Work-ticket resolution costs
•    Occupant wellness: absenteeism
•    Occupant wellness: improved productivity
•    Image enhancement: customer satisfaction
•    Asset preservation
•    Energy savings
•    Reducing hospital associated infections (HAIs).

“Connecting cleaning to a business' ultimate bottom line is a new approach many facility managers haven't considered, because they frequently view this area of their operations as a cost instead of the profit center it can be,” says ISSA Director of Industry Outreach Dianna Steinbach. “The results we have gathered prove that reducing cleaning budgets, or avoiding requested increases in proper cleaning, can be penny-wise and pound-foolish. In fact, such cut backs usually prove more costly in the long run, a fact many organizations don’t realize.”

ISSA Aims to Change the Way the World Views Cleaning

Ongoing cost pressures, complex environmental considerations, new product innovations, and increasing threats from pandemics and other health issues, continue to reshape the scope of the global facility management industry and increase the need to re-evaluate the role cleaning plays.

To help decision makers address these issues, ISSA is dedicating a growing number of resources and expertise to more effectively educate the commercial market about the vital impact cleaning has on human health, the environment, and the bottom line.

The Value of Clean paper is supported by additional tools and programs ISSA has made available to advance clean and drive innovation. A Value of Clean Calculator, which can quantify specific value for facility managers, is available exclusively through ISSA members. To find your ISSA member vendor, visit www.issa.com/directory.

To help protect building occupants against outbreaks such as the current flu outbreak, an online Pandemic Kit also is available at www.issa.com/pandemic. Additional facility management and cleaning specification resources can be found at www.issa.com.

About ISSA
The leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA has a membership that includes more than 6,100 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building service contractor, in-house service provider, and associated service members. ISSA helps its members and their employees make valuable contacts through the industry’s largest cleaning shows, produced in conjunction with Amsterdam RAI under the brand name ISSA/INTERCLEAN®. ISSA also helps increase members’ professionalism and success through its popular global Web site, ISSA.com, and by offering business tools, educational products, industry standards, publications, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry.
The association is headquartered in Lincolnwood, IL, USA, with regional offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Leicester, United Kingdom; Monterrey, Mexico; and Shanghai, China. ISSA regularly works with more than 85 associations, alliances, advocacy groups and government agencies around the world to promote the value of commercial and institutional cleaning. For more information, visit www.issa.com.