The Simon Institute is in the process of revising its standard SI-0001 Safe Use of Cleaning Chemicals. From the project prospectus:
Cleaning workers and patrons of facilities are injured or killed due to improper chemical handling. Accidents are frequently caused by what are considered to be “safe” household cleaning chemicals. On other occasions, the accident is a result of misusing and/or mixing dangerous chemicals that have no place in a regular cleaning operation. (LEARN MORE HERE)
The status of the current revision of SI-0001 incorporates comments which were approved by a majority of the Consensus Body Members who submitted ballots on Ballot #2. Circulation of the exposure draft is limited to the Simon Institute Consensus Body at the moment but subject matter experts in the education facilities industry are welcomed to participate in the continued development of this and other Simon Institute standards. To do so you may contact Kristie McNealy at the Simon Institute (307-282-0795), email@example.com for more information.
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Category: Occupational Health & Safety, Facility Asset Management
Colleagues: Richard Robben, John Lawter
Posted October 15, 2017
It is difficult to underestimate the contribution an ANSI accredited suite of standards for custodial enterprises will make to our industry’s #TotalCostofOwnership agenda. In 2013, seeing that there were no accredited consensus standards for the education facilities industry, custodial service experts at the University of Michigan approached two trade associations to create these standards. (See History of University of Michigan Leadership in Infrastructure Standards). The Simon Institute responded and has begun the rollout several of them; a few listed below:
- Cleaning Chemical Handlers Permit – SI 0001
- Determining Custodial Workloads, Frequencies and Tasks – SI 0002
- Janitorial Storage, Utility and Work Areas – SI 0003
Background information on the professionalization of the custodial industry is covered in the videoclip linked below: