DENVER, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- To recognize the millions of hardworking professionals in the U.S. and around the globe who keep workplaces clean and safe, Kärcher and the Building Services Contractors Association International (BSCAI) are celebrating October 19 as Thank Your Cleaner Day.
There are more than 2.3 million janitor and building cleaner jobs in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These trained professionals dutifully support office buildings, factories, schools, healthcare facilities, public buildings and other workplaces.
Kärcher, the world's leading provider of cleaning technology, has teamed up with partners around the world to recognize professional cleaners. Thank Your Cleaner Day was first celebrated in 2015 by Kärcher New Zealand in partnership with the Building Services Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ).
In the U.S., Kärcher North America is teaming up with BSCAI, a worldwide network of more than 2,000 member companies that provide cleaning, facility maintenance, security, landscaping and other related building services, to encourage businesses and employees to express their appreciation of their own onsite cleaning staff. BSCAI member companies will be personally thanking their own cleaning professionals for their significant contribution to the overall health and well‑being of communities nationwide.
"Sick and injured employees cost businesses billions of dollars a year in health costs and lost productivity," said Chris Mundschenk, CEO of BSCAI. "Our industry's dedicated cleaners play a key role in combatting the spread of germs and illness while minimizing interruption to employees."
With more than 11,500 employees across 60 countries, Kärcher is participating in Thank Your Cleaner Day and working with partners like BSCAI to call on individuals to express their appreciation to cleaners.
"Many of the individuals who keep our workplaces clean and safe do so in the evenings and on weekends, and thus do not cross paths with those who benefit," said Hannes Saeubert, Kärcher North America CEO. "Thank Your Cleaner Day was established to encourage ourselves and others to recognize the dedicated professionals we depend on and the valuable service they provide."
Office managers and employees alike are encouraged to share the following materials, available on ThankYourCleanerDay.com, in their workplace and on social media with #thankyourcleanerday to help raise awareness of the value workplace cleaners provide and encourage others to express their gratitude:
- Did You Know that there are four times as many bacteria on pens than on toilet seats? Share this infographic showing the germs found on common workplace objects and surfaces.
- Before They Were Stars: From the Pope to Mariah Carey, learn of the notable figures and celebrities who got their start and work ethic as professional cleaners.
- A Day Without: Watch and share this video reminding us what our workplace may look like without the benefit of professional cleaners.
- Choreography of Cleaning: Learn how to achieve a clean environment through organization and hard work.
- Portrait of a Cleaner: Hear how one outstanding cleaning professional in Texas leads a team with the mantra, "show up every day, do a good job and be willing to help one another."
About Kärcher North America
Kärcher North America is one of the largest subsidiaries of Alfred Kärcher, GmbH & CO. In North America, Kärcher produces and distributes products and services under the brands Kärcher, Windsor Kärcher Group, Prochem Kärcher Group, Landa Kärcher Group, Hotsy, Water Maze, Graco, Spraymart, Cuda and Shark. The company's solutions serve customers' cleaning needs in an economical and environmentally-friendly manner. Visit www.karcher.com/us for more information.
For more than 50 years, the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) has been the Business Resource for Contractors™. BSCAI represents a worldwide network of companies from across the United States and throughout the world that provide cleaning, facility maintenance, security, landscaping and other related services to building owners and managers. The association provides contractor-specific educational programs, individual certifications, publications, a members-only purchasing program, seminars, industry data and research and networking opportunities, all developed specifically for leaders in the building service industry. For more information, please visit www.bscai.org.
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