60+ companies achieve ISSA CIMS certification

CIMS assists cleaning organizations in developing an operational system that improves cleanliness outcomes and contains costs.
Friday, August 13, 2021

More than 60 companies achieved ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification in 2021, the association reports.

The certification is designed to help organizations improve the quality and efficiency of their business and cleaning operations by outlining the primary characteristics of a successful cleaning organization.

Created by the industry for the industry, ISSA describes CIMS as the cleaning industry’s first consensus-based management standard. It assists cleaning organizations in developing an operational system that improves cleanliness outcomes and contains costs at the same time.

CIMS applies five core elements of management best practices—quality systems; service delivery; human resources; health, safety and environmental stewardship; and management commitment—and requires a cleaning company or in-house cleaning department to meet 100 per cent of the mandatory elements and 60 per cent of the recommended elements, per section.

The green building certification, CIMS-GB, can also help organizations earn points under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB: O&M), thereby supporting customers seeking LEED certification.

For CIMS and CIMS-GB, an ISSA-accredited third-party assessor conducts an on-site review to ensure the organization’s activities are consistent with the documented systems and processes.

Canadian-based companies to have achieved or renewed their certification this year include Alpine Building Maintenance in Delta, B.C., the Calgary Board of Education, Envirosafe Janitorial, Inc. in Surrey, B.C., Exclusive Maintenance in Laval, Queb., Oxford Properties Group in Toronto, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Reliable Maintenance Products Ltd. in Sudbury, Ont., St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., Ultra-Tech Cleaning Systems in Vancouver, the University of Toronto, and Westcare Facility Services Ltd. in Calgary.

“We’re excited to welcome both new and renewing companies to our growing list of CIMS-certified organizations,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “It has never been more important for businesses to showcase their commitment to facility cleanliness, and these firms that have achieved CIMS certification understand that to the fullest.

“We applaud all of these organizations that have chosen to elevate their standards of cleanliness and management best practices to deliver quality results consistently.”

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