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ICAN/ATEX: How many areas should be included in a cleaning audit?

December 6, 2013

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When performing or creating a cleaning audit, how do you determine how many areas to audit?

Is it by sq. footage? If so, how many sq. ft. per area audited?

Friday’s Answer:

A cleaning audit could collect and process data for worker productivity (sq/ft cleaned per hour), safety and OSHA conformance, itemized cleaning costs, best practices, product and equipment effectiveness, review for outsourcing or bringing back in-house services, or quality scores, among other things.

A quality inspection system could vary depending upon the frequency of inspections that you want to maintain.

Probably the most common frequency is once a month of all cleanable areas in a facility, or a minimum of one inspection per FTE (full-time equivalent) per month.

Time allotted can vary with the coverage. It will take longer to run an inspection with 25 or more items and a scoring of 1-10 then with a simple inspection of pass or fail for 10 items or cleaning tasks.

It’s not unusual to see government contracts of over 1 million sq/ft requiring a fulltime quality inspector.

This is to ensure conformance to contract.

One FTE QA person is usually able to inspect all of the employee’s quality performance once a month in that 1m sq/ft facility.

New workers might require  ... Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation

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