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Eco Warriors

Environmentally aware domestics

Keeping our hospitals clean and safe against infection is a top priority and domestic staff are on the frontline in the ongoing drive to reduce HAIs.

Now 35 female staff from acute hospitals across NHSGGC have upped their skills by achieving a British Institute of Cleaning Science to carry out this important role and add to their understanding of sustainability issues in the work place.

Training included how to reduce our carbon footprint by using less water, energy and chemicals, disposing of waste in a more environmentally friendly way, safe use and care of equipment and storage of equipment and chemicals.

Nominator Mary Anne Kane, general manager (corporate) facilities, said: “These valuable skills will assist in the drive to reduce HAI’s by assisting in tackling them at source.

“Staff members are able to pass on their new knowledge to their colleagues and so promote and increase the good practice that exists within this service.

“They will also be more confident and able to speak about their work and how they can contribute to the board’s sustainability agenda as well as empowering themselves and co-workers to act more responsibly generally in relation to the environment.”

The training was organised through the Women and Work Project and supported by Asset Skills, the sector skills council for cleaning services.