Facilities Department Custodial Services
Due to the increased awareness of the general public with regard to health and safety issues as well as the enactment of stricter regulatory laws, Custodial work is emerging as a profession. The general public perception of Custodial work, however has not kept pace with these changes. Most people notice the duties performed by the Custodian only when these tasks are not performed properly or not at all.
Due to the increased awareness of the general public with regard to health and safety issues as well as the enactment of stricter regulatory laws, Custodial work is emerging as a profession.
The general public perception of Custodial work, however has not kept pace with these changes. Most people notice the duties performed by the Custodian only when these tasks are not performed properly or not at all.
The Custodial Services division of the Facilities Department is structured as follows.
The process of maintaining our sites is constantly taking place. Sites are set up and maintained during the usual school day and then restored for the next days use at night. Grounds are maintained during the daylight hours and snow is removed whenever necessary by our staff. When it snows our staff is quick to respond and operate as though school is going to open in order to be ready for all options. At times the decision is made to close or delay the opening of school but we try to be ready to open, on time, safely. Our staff utilizes the use of pagers which are on 24 hours in order to be prepared for emergencies. We also utilize two-way radios in order to be more efficient in our work.
Our crews are responsible for setting up for all activities both during the school day and after hours, during the week and on weekends. We insure that the schools are prepared following these events for the next day of school.
Some of the areas of note regarding our department and the methods we utilize in maintaining our sites are as follows:
Legislative impact on Custodial Services
1. Bloodbourne Pathogens Legislation - Our staff has been trained on how to handle potentially harmful bodily fluids. Kit are provided to each site to properly control and clean up vomit or other fluids. All sites are equipped with the latest technology concerning the chemicals we use. All chemicals are used through a proportioning device which insures these products are used at the proper dilution.
2. Integrated Pest Management - We contract for pest control and elimination for all our sites. We specify when selecting our contractor that we must comply with all areas of the concept of IPM. The basic concept of IPM is to control the use of pesticides so that sites are monitored for pest activity before any chemicals are used. When it is necessary to use these chemicals only the safest product can be used. These products must be applied when the areas to be treated are to be vacant for a required amount of time. Notification must be given throughout the process both prior to the treatment and following. Records are kept both on site and in the Operations office as to all treatments.
3. Recycling - At Neshaminy we have been using a comingled recycling program for which we have received recognition from the greater Philadelphia recycling awards commission. In our program, all waste is recycled with the exception of any wet or food waste.
4. Indoor Air Quality - We have been working to insure we can keep the air quality good for all. We work along with our Facilities & Engineering department to clean filters in our heaters, air conditioners and ventilating units regularly. We also have begun to use the latest in BackPack style vacuums which remove much of the dust that is brought into the buildings.
5. A.D.A. Compliance - We currently use Bay West paper and soap dispensers in all our sites. These dispensers comply with all ADA requirements for these type of dispensers. We also have been installing Auto-flush type units in some rest rooms. This means a hands free operation of urinals and toilets. These units help to eliminate the possibility of encountering any germs which would normally be transmitted from this contact. We also use finishes and treatments on our floors which are rated to comply with all ADA requirements.
The following are some links where you can learn about some of the more detailed information regarding our work.