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Green cleaning - custodial effectiveness assessment

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EBOM-v4 EQc6: Green cleaning - custodial effectiveness assessment 1 point

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Intent

To reduce levels of chemical, biological, and particulate contaminants, which can compromise human health, building finishes and systems, and the environment, by implementing effective cleaning procedures.

Requirements

ESTABLISHMENT

None.

PERFORMANCE

Implement the strategies set forth in the facility’s green cleaning policy and perform routine inspection and monitoring. This inspection must verify that the specified strategies have been implemented and must identify areas in need of improvement.

Additionally, conduct an annual audit in accordance with APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities’ Custodial Staffing Guidelines, or a local equivalent, whichever is more stringent, to determine the appearance level of the facility. The facility must score 2.5 or better.

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When should we conduct the audit?

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How many times can we conduct an APPA audit? We want to use the results of our first audit to improve housekeeping practices and then perform a second audit to see if we’re closer to reaching our desired level of cleanliness.

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How frequently do we have to conduct an APPA audit?

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Isn’t the APPA audit just for educational facilities?

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I have multiple tenants in my building. Do I need to audit 10% of each space type in each tenant area?

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In our multi-tenant building there are many spaces that are currently vacant or mid-fit-out. Should those spaces be included in the audit?

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Intent

To reduce levels of chemical, biological, and particulate contaminants, which can compromise human health, building finishes and systems, and the environment, by implementing effective cleaning procedures.

Requirements

ESTABLISHMENT

None.

PERFORMANCE

Implement the strategies set forth in the facility’s green cleaning policy and perform routine inspection and monitoring. This inspection must verify that the specified strategies have been implemented and must identify areas in need of improvement.

Additionally, conduct an annual audit in accordance with APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities’ Custodial Staffing Guidelines, or a local equivalent, whichever is more stringent, to determine the appearance level of the facility. The facility must score 2.5 or better.

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When should we conduct the audit?

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How many times can we conduct an APPA audit? We want to use the results of our first audit to improve housekeeping practices and then perform a second audit to see if we’re closer to reaching our desired level of cleanliness.

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How frequently do we have to conduct an APPA audit?

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Isn’t the APPA audit just for educational facilities?

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I have multiple tenants in my building. Do I need to audit 10% of each space type in each tenant area?

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In our multi-tenant building there are many spaces that are currently vacant or mid-fit-out. Should those spaces be included in the audit?

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We plan on training two in-house staff to conduct the audit. Do we have to purchase a copy of the APPA Custodial Staffing Guidelines?

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Stephen Ashkin

The Ashkin Group LLC
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