Housekeeping

International Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week

Celebrating International Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week

The Indoor Environmental Healthcare and Hospitality Association (IEHA) encourages the industry to celebrate and thank housekeeping and environmental services (EVS) staff.
facility managers

Facility managers & a cleaner experience

Open communication from management and staff will be key to normalizing new and fast-evolving cleaning procedures.
immunity

Debunking the immunity myth around cleaning

There's an established theory that over-enthusiastic cleaning can weaken immune systems, particularly those of children.
Healthcare Housekeepers Association

Healthcare Housekeepers Association expands across Canada

The Ontario Healthcare Housekeeping Association (OHHA) has rebranded as the Canadian Healthcare Housekeepers Association (HHA).
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Hospital housekeepers feel underappreciated during pandemic

A recent study suggests that hospital housekeepers and environmental service staff have low self-esteem in their jobs.
IEHA

IEHA renews focus on healthcare and hospitality

IEHA has announced an updated brand identity, including a new name and logo, to reflect its role in the healthcare and hospitality industries.
teleworking

How to manage service providers remotely

One of COVID-19's major challenges has been maintaining or improving cleaning activities when the managers responsible are not on-site.
ISSA Canada

Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers Association merges with ISSA Canada

The healthcare housekeeping industry in Ontario is applauding the merger of OHHA with ISSA Canada.
zero-energy schools

ISSA standard instructs school cleaning practices

The goal of the standard is to provide schools with a tool that will help them measure and monitor the effectiveness of the cleaning processes.
caring for rubber floors

Helping rubber floors bounce back

Rubber floors require specialized care to keep them looking and performing at their best. In fact, maintenance requirements are often underestimated.
green cleaning audit

Steps for conducting a green cleaning audit

A green cleaning program is about more than simply using ‘green’ products.

Why housekeeping is vital to stair safety

Here are some cleaning techniques to help prevent slip and fall accidents on stairways.
environmental surfaces

Environmental surfaces can be infection gateway

Recently released guidelines from Ontario's Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee address the cleaning and disinfecting challenges that housekeeping staff continue to face in healthcare facilities.
Laundry

Fairmont Royal York: Service Second to None

There’s no missing the Fairmont Royal York when flying over Toronto, pulling into Union Station on one of the main train lines or travelling into downtown.
hotel housekeepers

Precarious work takes toll on hotel housekeepers

A hotel housekeeper in Canada is estimated to assume 8,000 different body postures every shift. Repetitive motion injuries are common.
rodent activity

Warmer weather to boost fall rodent activity

Summer-like conditions this past September and now October may contribute to higher rodent activity in the fall season.
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Hidden costs of custodial injuries

Cleaning contractors and facility managers that hire their own cleaning staff are often not aware of hidden costs that can result from custodial injuries.