Celebrate the value of clean! National Cleaning Week, March 28 and runs through April 3, 2021, celebrates the value of clean and the positive impact cleaning has on public health and our economy.
Why should businesses celebrate clean? Investing in cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line.
Bacteria & germs are a big cost for business & industry. Take a look at infection-related costs across just a few industries:
- Employees pick up more than a paycheck at work according to WebMD. In offices, 92% of phones are contaminated with bacteria such as staphylococci and E. coli. The annual cost of missed work and lost productivity due to illness is $260 billion in the US.
- The average cost of a food-borne illness outbreak for one fast food restaurant is between $3,968 and $1.9 Million according to a Johns Hopkins Study.
- The average cost of a food-related recall is $10MM, one of many eye-opening facts in the paper 7 Ways Antimicrobial Light Delivers A Cleaner Bottom Line.
- The cost of Hospital Acquired Infection penalties to hospitals in just one state averaged $291,474 per year per hospital, with approximately 39% receiving this penalty according to statistics from NY State.
And when it comes to retail and public spaces, customers care about cleanliness, according to statistics on the ISSA website:
- Cleanliness was ranked as the most important factor when it came to customer satisfaction at a quick serve restaurant
- Cleanliness was the most important feature to customers when it came to where they shop.
National Clean Week is a great time to take a look at your facilities or spaces and make sure they’re hitting the high standards you’re setting for your employees, customers and your bottom line.
This is also a week to recognize essential workers who have been keeping spaces clean on the frontlines, discover training opportunities, support charities and more, according to ISSA, a trade association for the cleaning industry. A schedule of events and resources can be found in the ISSA website,
Information about how innovative antimicrobial LED technology can reduce surface contamination around the clock in your spaces can be found at vyv.tech.