A message from AHE Executive Director, Patti Costello
Please join AHE in ongoing efforts
Help AHE transform how the broader healthcare community recognizes environmental services professionals and their teams . . . but more importantly how environmental services views themselves.
Defining the Role
AHE has started this initiative to encourage professionals in the field to begin, or continue to refer to the departments and the personnel caring for the healthcare environment as environmental services professionals rather than as housekeepers, janitors and custodians. The staff and management teams responsible for maintaining the clinical environment of care require different skills and competencies from those needed in the commercial cleaning and general maintenance industry and it's time we address this critical distinction.
The knowledge of healthcare environmental services professionals and their front line staff is rooted in the fundamentals of infection prevention, microbiology and evidence based practice related to cleaning and disinfection. And, there are key differences between healthcare and non-healthcare roles associated with managing multiple waste streams, floor care, linen handling and distribution.
What can I do?