Healthy Facilities™

A Primer on Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools

By PC4HS Staff

Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools® (PC4HS) optimizes efficiency, cleanliness, ease of deployment and health factors through a carefully designed and documented system tailored for K-12 school districts.

 

PC4HS is owned by a non-profit consortium with a mission of "schools helping schools." It has been successfully implemented for a decade in more than 100 schools in the Western United States, and has recently been introduced to districts in the Midwest and Southeast United States.
 
PC4HS raises the average productivity of school custodians, with less exertion for workers, lower cost to the district and healthier outcomes for students and staff. It applies Integrated Cleaning and Measurement™ (ICM) principles to determine, track and continue improvements and is compatible with International Standardization Organization (ISO) 9001, the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and other quality management programs.
 
PC4HS implementation is risk-free for public school districts and all fees are refundable with the exception of travel expenses if savings objectives are not met when agreed-upon steps are followed. The fee structure and refund policy is congruent with the non-profit mission of the PC4HS Consortium.
 
System Structure

PC4HS uses well-defined management principles and practices including task specialization, standardization, time and motion benchmarks, training and workloading to ensure results within budget. Color-coded service maps are created for both daily and deep cleaning, and service assessment logs are used for tracking and documentation purposes. Staff is provided with on-site guidance materials such as simple, wearable "dog-tag" schedules outlining tasks and where each worker should be during each part of the shift.
 
Process Cleaning is built on certain equipment/technology cornerstones subject to modification based on a determination of current best practices.

 

System Initiation

An initial onsite two-day assessment provides the school district with a basic implementation outline based on cleanable square feet, building layout, special needs, current staff and desired reductions. Net savings – subtracting total program implementation investment and costs for district-wide deployment including labor, supply and equipment needs – are determined by this initial assessment and provided in writing and on Excel spreadsheets.