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Friday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning audit

April 20, 2012

Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: 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?

The 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 ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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