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Acknowledging Dinesh’s views was Poonam Jalan, Manager Housekeeping, Fortis Healthcare, Noida, who believed that the healthcare sector expected higher standards of cleanliness. “These days, people have become very conscious about cleanliness and hygiene. I am here at the Show to find out more about new equipment which could be used in the healthcare sector. And also about economic sanitizers & disinfectants and eco friendly chemicals,” she added.

Not just in hospitals or malls or hotels, people expect clean washrooms everywhere; even at an exhibition hall. With thousands visiting the Show, keeping washrooms clean is all the more challenging. To ensure that delegates, exhibitors and visitors travelling from as far as Hyderabad and Kashmir are given the comfort of a clean washroom, Best Practice Washroom gave the existing toilets at the NSIC grounds a complete makeover with all the hygiene products in place and janitors keeping the place spic and span. While many were aware of touch-free soap dispensers, tissue towels, auto janitors and toilet seat cleaners, the sanitary bin left many women awe-struck. The inquisitive Chief Minister also suggested that the airports of Delhi should install feminine hygiene products. Well, not only airports, a sanitary bin is essential in every place where women are employed. It’s not a luxury; it’s a woman’s necessity after all.

Isn’t it a fact that girl students drop out of schools because of improper washroom and lack of sanitary waste disposal system?

“Washroom hygiene is a challenge and we came looking for solutions for feminine hygiene,” said Prem Prakash, Takshila Educational Society which owns and runs DPS Patna, Pune, Ludhiana. “I got a team of 11 people to the Show because they are the actual users of the cleaning products at our school premises. It is they who have to tell the organisation what is suitable and what changes they want in the existing cleaning systems at the school. They also have to get educated in green cleaning so that they know why it is essential to adopt them. Very shortly we want to introduce green chemicals. Nothing can be more expensive than the environment. We are already planning to get products like urinal blocks and floor cleaning solutions.

“We have our in house housekeeping team. We practise mechanised cleaning and are proud to say that we are one of the best maintained schools across the country. Our management is clear about having clean schools. In fact, they are so keen on having clean premises that they spent about र8 lakhs to purchase equipment and that was seven years back when no one had heard of mechanised cleaning,” he added.

The awareness of mechanised cleaning is as much needed at every school as at every institution that is directly related to cleanliness and hygiene. Topping the list is catering colleges. More than 50 students and staff of the Banarsidas Chandivala catering college visited the Show. Catering requires essential knowledge about cleaning as it is related to food. “Yes, we want to know all that is related to housekeeping and cleaning. To ensure that the housekeeping staff keep the food area clean, we have to ourselves know how to keep the place clean,” said a second year student. Truly, the youth are more cleanliness conscious these days! Cleaning as such is ok but when it comes to cleaning washroom, it’s not a very soothing job, opined another student.

But, the janitors do it all the time. At many places, janitors do not have the proper safety gadgets while cleaning washrooms. “They don’t get proper training and education either. Today, there’s even manpower crunch,” said Prem Prakash.

“The hotel industry in India has shown that it can match international standards. The products displayed here are of international standards. Good to see products like the air cleaners coming to India. We are from facility management background so the knowledge of new equipment and chemicals will help,” said Rahul Agarwal, PG student, Ashok Inlead School of Hospitality, Gurgaon.

Definitely, cleaning cannot be limited to just the floors and washrooms, indoor air quality is equally important. Caere launched the Pure Room at CIS which drew a lot of attention. Pest is another area that needs to be tackled effectively to ensure cleanliness. Besides the mosquito killer, rodent catchers interested the CME-Northern Railway. This in particular would be suitable for the office area, said KD Mainrai. Some of the stations of the Northern Railway have successfully eradicated rodents using scientific pest management systems.

While, the visitors found their solutions, the exhibitors and cleaning industry visitors were equally enthusiastic. “We were able to identify a couple of distributors for our products,” said Richard Dias of Only The Best, supplier of toilet seats and Ion bulbs which do away with any kind of odour in the air.

So did Carind srl which has received several enquiries from Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat and even Hyderabad. “Exhibiting at Clean India Show has been very effective for our business. We are new in India and never expected such a good response from the show. The Indian market is huge; there is always scope for multiple players in this market. The tremendous response has encouraged us to participate in the Clean India Pulire show in November 2011,” said Cedric Cornello, Agent for Carind Srl, Italy.

Even China based Zhe Jiang Danau Industries Ltd were all-praise. “India has a big market. We have to first understand the market and surely in time to come, we can establish a good demand,” said Zhang Weimin, Sales Manager.

“It’s a core industrial exhibition. We never had such exhibitions in India earlier. I got to see a whole new range of machines,” said Abhishek Gupta, GM Business Development, A2Z Infra Services Ltd.

“Definitely, the exhibition has been fruitful. I got the opportunity to spend time with different cleaning vendors and to understand the technology better. This in turn would help us in smooth operation at the airport. We knew a few of the machine/equipment vendors very well because they have supplied machines to our airport,” said Raghavendra V. Gondkar, Associate Manager-Customer Facilities.

Clean India Show 2010 Facility Management –  Level Next seminar

Across section of senior professionals from all over India attended the two day seminar on Facility Management-Level Next on November 25 and 26 at the Clean India Show. Facility managers, general managers and vice presidents of leading companies, including HCL Tech Ltd, YES Bank Ltd, Reliance Money Infrastructure Limited, Tata Consultancy Services, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Patni Computers, DIMTS, Paharpur Business Center and many more participated in the seminar. Organised by Clean India Journal with Jones Lang LaSalle as Knowledge partners, the Seminar focused on topics ranging from engaging an FM service provider at construction stage, delivery of FM services to green cleaning, soft services, waste management, asset security and best practices.

Reaction :

“The seminar has been a good platform for facility management professionals to interact with industry experts and understand the growth & development happening in India and across the world.” –  Kavita Mazumdar, Sr Manager-Admin Services, Ranbaxy Labs Ltd

“Arrangements were good and topics selected were quite relevant. More sessions on HR issues in this field and interactions with customer-service providers are welcome.” – Kabita Das, GM, Paharpur Business Centre

“The panel discussion on ‘Engaging an FM Service provider – Too soon or too late?’ and ‘Waste management: Moving Towards Zero Waste Level’ techniques brought new insights into the concept as a whole. I feel that the standards and rates for facility management services are to be fixed on per square feet area to be covered instead of man head basis. Whereby you emulate the value of a labourer who is currently seen as a cleaner on a minimum wage basis. We look forward to a conceptual change in the industry as whole.” – S Shanker Rajhan CEO,  Lancor Maintenance & Services Ltd

“We have to be practical and realistic on what can be done to reduce the waste. We talk of big solutions, which are neither cost-effective nor can be implemented. How many bio-gas plants are installed and how many of them are working? Are there any strategies that have been implemented and given results? We talk of ‘green building’ but do we have expertise on the subject? The problem is we discuss a lot but implement nothing at the end. However, the ‘Green Cleaning’ presentation by Nitin Bhatnagar of Haylide Chemicals gave us insight an into the correct usages of choosing green chemicals.” –  Dr Sanjay Arya, Associate Professor-Hospital Administration, AIIMS

“The topics chosen for the seminar were relevant and very interestingly moderated. The session on “Soft Services: Challenges & Opportunities Ahead” was an interesting subject moderated by Amit Dhawan of G4S Facility Services. I look forward to attend many more interesting panel discussions like this one.” –  Neeraj Sahdev, Sunlight Upkeep and Maintenance

“It was a great pleasure to attend the seminar as all the topics discussed and debated were relevant and were of great importance. It was a good learning experience. Clean India Journal should come up with more shows and seminars.” –  Manish Bhardwaj, Manager-Housekeeping, Maharishi Ayurveda Products Pvt Ltd

“Perfect seminar for creating awareness about HR, retention, facility management and waste management. Here was a chance for enhancing knowledge and networking.” – Dheeraj Chauhan, Manager- HR & Admin, Gates India Pvt Ltd

“It was good healthy two day session. The facility management organisations need to come up and think more than just winning contracts.” – Yogesh Singh, Assistant Manager-Administration, Patni Computer Systems Ltd.

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