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Upper Merion Area School District receives CIMS certification with Honors

October 29, 2009
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — ISSA recently announced that the Upper Merion Area School District is the first K-12 school district in America to achieve Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification with Honors, according to a press release.
According to the release, CIMS applies to the management, operations and performance systems of cleaning organizations; compliance with the standard demonstrates that a cleaning operation is structured to deliver consistent, quality services designed to meet customers'' needs and expectations.
CIMS-certified organizations, in addition to undergoing a comprehensive assessment of management and operational execution, must demonstrate compliance with the five core principles of the Standard: Quality systems; service delivery; human resources; health, safety and environmental stewardship; and management commitment, the release stated.
As part of the certification process, an independent, accredited assessor conducted on-site reviews of Upper Merion Area School District''s systems, processes and documentation and visited randomly selected Upper Merion Area School District employees to ensure that their activities are consistent with its documented systems and processes, the release noted.
William Dillon, custodial coordinator for the Upper Merion Area School District, said: "Upper Merion knew that achieving CIMS certification would not only be a great fit with our program, but reaching such as milestone will remind us to strive for excellence, which is part of the district''s Mission Statement."
Included among the elements of CIMS are making sure an organization has a site-specific scope of work that sets forth cleaning service requirements and ensuring that the organization has a quality plan for assessing whether such service requirements are met, as well as service delivery, workloading, purchasing, employee training, worker health and safety and corporate organization requirements, the release added.
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