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The Custodial Technician Training and Certification Program was developed by CMI more than 20 years ago and has been helping cleaning operations adopt best practices ever since. The program, which is regularly updated and refined, is designed for frontline custodians and teaches basic and advanced skills in all areas of commercial building cleaning.
CMI's Train the Trainer course is held six to eight times each year at locations across the country. The three-day course provides the tools and skills you'll need to implement a training program for your custodial team or to enhance your current program. The Train the Trainer program meets the training requirements set forth in both ISSA's Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and Green Seal's GS-42.
This program is specifically focused on customer service in a custodial environment from handling complaints, difusing confrontations, taking ownership of tasks, getting along well with other members of the team and much more.
This one-day course covers all aspects of cleaning and its relation to sustainability. Sustainable cleaning is a much broader and encompassing term that includes not only the products and processes, but long-term environmental, social and financial impacts related to the cleaning and maintenance of a facility or building.
Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification applies to management, operations, performance systems and processes. Compliance with the Standard demonstrates an organization is structured to deliver consistent, quality services that are designed to meet the customer's needs and expectations.
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, part of UL Environment, was founded in 2001 with the mission of protecting human health and quality of life by improving indoor air quality and reducing chemical exposure.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Design for the Environment program helps consumers, businesses and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well, are cost-effective and are safer for the environment.
The EcoLogo Program, which is managed by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing, provides customers – public, corporate and consumer – with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership through rigorous research and comparison of scientifically relevant criteria that reflect the entire lifecycle of the product.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries with offices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) BioPreferred program has the purpose of promoting the increased purchase and use of bio-based products. The program is expected to promote economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops standards to ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has the mission of promoting an environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. FSC believes that we can meet our current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world's forests for future generations.
We provide technical cleaning and how-to articles on carpet spotting, carpet odor removal, daily and long-term carpet care, as well as information on setting up and managing carpet care programs including carpet extraction and low-moisture cleaning.
Also included are articles from our sister publication Cleanfax, which is a magazine focused on residential and commercial carpet care issues.
More time and money are spent on floor care than any other process. We provide technical and programmatic solutions for the daily and long-term cleaning and maintenance of hard floor surfaces.
A good program of vacuuming, dusting and damp and wet mopping can make a positive impact on visitors and building occupants and minimize exposure to harmful soil and bacteria. Project-based floor care tasks like stripping, refinishing and sealing hard floors are a critical part of maintaining a positive image and prolonging the life of your hard floor.
In addition to our regular coverage of infection and outbreak control, we bring you special coverage of developing disease outbreaks with timely coverage of the spread of the disease and the ways you can mobilize your staff to protect your facilities and their inhabitants from cross-contamination.
We highlight the most recent information on current disease outbreaks, updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tips on infection control and preventing cross-contamination, as well as new products and technologies that address this important topic.
We provide actionable information on hiring, firing, establishing training programs, incentives pertaining to continued education, conducting employee performance reviews and quality control. Our sister company, the Cleaning Management Institute (CMI), offers a wide range of training and education products that can be found through The CMM Store.
Facility maintenance tasks include integrated pest control, lighting replacement, roof maintenance, painting and managing preventive maintenance programs. Facility professionals are being asked to take on more of these responsibilities and we bring you expert advice and information on a wide range of building maintenance activities.
Restrooms are the source of more building occupant complaints than any other area of the facility. We address this from the tasks for daily restroom care and maintenance to the more challenging topics of tile and grout cleaning, odor control and preventing cross-contamination through sanitization and disinfection.
In addition, we follow the product and technology trends surrounding restroom care, including no-touch cleaning, the use of microfiber cloths and measuring the cleanliness of surfaces.
The safety of workers and security of building occupants and their property has never been as important as it is today. We cover safety issues like personal protective equipment (PPE), material safety data sheets (MSDS), chemical safety, ergonomic equipment trends and procedures and slip, trip and fall issues.
The cleaning and maintenance staff also impacts the safety of the building and its occupants, so we provide information and solutions on locks and security systems, emergency preparedness, background checks for staff and more.
Sustainability is used to describe many facets of the cleaning and maintenance operation, including green cleaning, recycling programs, waste handling, minimizing energy usage, renewable energy sources, using green certified products, etc.
The trend toward more sustainable operations, especially in government buildings and public schools, is growing and we keep you on top of the most recent news and information related to green or sustainable certifications, sustainable products and technologies and procedures to make any cleaning operation more sustainable.
From trends in equipment technology to software that assists with workloading and employee management, we provide expert advice to keep you on the cutting edge. Implementing the solutions in this section can help increase your team's productivity and efficiencies.
Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts (ATEX) page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.
Cleaning & Maintenance Management is more than just a magazine. We cover the topics that matter most to you in many formats, including a traditional print magazine, an interactive digital publication, e-mail correspondence and online exclusive content.
Sharing is caring, and because we care about helping you create and maintain safe, healthy, productive work and learning environments, we welcome you to download any of the charts, graphs, posters or insightful ramblings available to you and your colleagues.