Reno NV - Tuesday, August 31, 2010. The Washoe County School District (WCSD), Reno NV, has announced a pilot program - starting in several of its elementary and high schools - based on the Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) model. Under ICM, management selects cleaning systems and continuously improves them via scientific measurement of outcomes.
According to Rick Martin, Housekeeping Operations Supervisor: 'WCSD is one of the distinguished group of school systems in the nation to earn ISO 9001 certification. Washoe County School District has chosen the Continuous Systems Improvement Program to demonstrate a commitment to WCSD's 63,000 students and 8,600 staff. The Process Cleaning program we use and the ICM pilot are an extension of our commitment to continuous improvement and cleaning for healthier environments.'
'If successful, the ICM pilot will integrate measurement principles and practices into Process Cleaning, based on modified Team Cleaning, used in our nearly 100 schools,' said Rex Morrison, WCSD Housekeeping Training Supervisor.
'In Process Cleaning, one person uses specialized techniques to clean within a single zone,' Morrison explained. 'This differs from the standard Team Cleaning method which creates an 'assembly line' approach for cleaning an entire building.'
Process Cleaning itself employs the tools and techniques associated with Team Cleaning, such as using backpack vacuum cleaners to clean both carpet and hard floors, while keeping the familiar relationships and customer service aspects of zone cleaning intact.
'We began performing daily and detail cleaning more thoroughly and cost-effectively under Process Cleaning, and actually saved $180,000 during the first year of the Process Cleaning pilot,' Morrison said. 'We believe the ICM pilot will drive savings even further, with strong cleanliness and health benefits.'
Early results with the ICM pilot program and new equipment have been heartening.
'So far, in testing with spray-and-vac machines under the ICM model, we have been able to cut the time we traditionally take to clean restrooms in half with better results, including a significant reduction in ATP levels after cleaning,' said Morrison.
'Before the spray-and-vac units it took us two minutes per porcelain fixture to clean our restrooms. With the new system we have been able to reduce that to one minute. If deployed, this will result in enough savings in our high and middle schools to more than pay for the equipment in a few months plus give us much more hygienic student and staff spaces.'
What future does ICM hold for WCSD's cleaning program specifically and for custodial operations generally?
'With ICM, we believe custodians can step out of an old-fashioned paradigm of cleaning and into an exciting new age of sanitation, scientific testing and evaluation,' said Morrison. 'We expect this program to succeed and take our district and ultimately schools in general to new levels of verified cleanliness, with resulting health and attendance benefits.'
Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) is an open-source system in which ‘best practices' are defined by scientific measurement of cleaning outcomes. It is currently being administered by the non-profit International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), a 3,500-plus professional member organization for persons employed in facility housekeeping at the management level. Disclaimer: IEHA does not endorse products, systems or services.
The Washoe County School District includes the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village, Gerlach, Empire and Wadsworth, Nevada. The District provides each of its 63,000 students with a superior education in a safe and challenging environment and is committed to graduate every child career and college ready. For more information visit: www.washoecountyschools.org. Follow WCSD on Twitter at WCSDTweet. Disclaimer: Washoe County School District does not endorse products, systems or services.