On Wednesday 18 May the University's Cleaning Services Team was visited by a representative from the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The visit was to promote the BICSc Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite (CPSS), a newly improved assessment scheme for accredited training in the cleaning industry. Aston University will be the very first organisation to adopt these new skills.
The Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite, suitable for anyone involved in the cleaning industry, gives a greater emphasis on the health & safety aspects of cleaning; highlighting the importance of not only the operator’s safety but that of others and diligence to the surroundings. There are three mandatory units: chemical competence, equipment safe use and care, and storage of chemicals and equipment. All operatives will have to complete these mandatory skills before moving on to specific skills.
There are also 25 core skills, as well as specialist tasks available to suit all environments and their requirements. Once the mandatory skills have been achieved, each operative becomes a Practitioner Member of the British Institute (PBICSc) - recognised by the issue of a photo identity card and membership of the Institute. The CPSS allows cleaning operatives to learn what is directly relevant to them, and the environment within which they clean, to meet the specific needs of each business and industry.
The Cleaning Services Team at the University has pledged that all of Aston’s 45 cleaning operatives will be trained and assessed to meet the mandatory skills by the end of June 2011. Aspects will let you know how they get on!
Words by Maureen Kelso and Louise Russell
7 June 2011