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Articles by Allen Rathey

April 2014 Facility Focus

Optimizing Performance, Productivity And People

How best practices, employee training and new technologies drive results in the Duke University Health System.
April 4, 2014

The environmental services group has adopted best practices in information access, cross-training, clean technology and human resources to optimize performance.


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April 2014 A Clean Sweep

A Look Back With Allen Rathey

Tracking industry development and answering reader questions.
April 3, 2014

Allen Rathey looks back on his time with CMM.


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Online Exclusive - Cart Before The Horse

Avoid Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Cleaning Professionals as Prevention Doctors

December 10, 2013

The goal of facility cleaning should be to "Treat the Whole Patient" by striving to make the entire indoor environment clean and healthy as a Standard Operating Procedure.


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Avoid Putting The Cart Before The Horse

The right way to use chemical cleaners and disinfectants.
October 10, 2013

Using “cleaning” chemicals without carefully following directions is putting the cart before the horse, because chemicals used improperly can’t do the intended job.


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Putting the Cart Before the Horse - Sustainability – Part 1

July 16, 2013
Part of sustainability is limiting or controlling the consumption of finite resources, notably petroleum.
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Online Exclusive

Horse And Cart - Clean For Health First And Appearance Follows

June 18, 2013
When you prevent or remove micro-contaminants or pollutants to protect health, you address the real problem.
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Cleaning For Health – The Hiring And Training Solution

May 1, 2013
Assuming you have attracted and hired the right people, it is vital to train them well.
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CMM Online Exclusive

Cleaning For Appearance Is The Problem

A treatise against the superficial nature of perceived cleanliness.
March 18, 2013

Our society’s love affair with cleaning based primarily on “surface” or “superficial” aspects might lead to short-term, unhappy and even “cheap” relationships between cleaners and customers.


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CMM Online Exclusive

A Manifesto For Cleaning Industry Wisdom

It is time to stop putting the proverbial cart before the horse if we are to consistently achieve healthy cleaning outcomes.
February 5, 2013

Why is it that we focus on cleaning for appearance — how things look and smell — and then complain that our industry and profession gets no respect?


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January 2013 Cover Story

A True Gauge Of Efficacious Cleaning

Soil removal over time is a cleaning performance indicator that examines actual soil removal in a given period to realistically define productivity.
January 1, 2013

Since labor is the number one investment we make in cleaning, we ought to know what we are accomplishing during that time. After all, time is money, and labor is the real currency of cleaning.


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