ISSA has celebrated the opening on its new office in Seoul – marking the fifth international office the global cleaning industry association has opened as part of its strategy to help change the way the world views cleaning.
The ISSA South Korea office is run jointly by ISSA and the Korean Institute of Cleaning Science (KICS), led by local industry leader, Danni Lee.
Its main focus is to help advance the Korean cleaning industry via three core initiatives: education, certification, and localized member services.
“I am so excited for this day to finally arrive because I have wanted to bring ISSA to Korea ever since I saw people dying during the local MERS outbreak in 2015,” said Lee.
“My goal always has been to teach people how to prevent the spread of disease through proper cleaning and disinfecting and now we can introduce more advanced methods to the Korean industry because of ISSA’s local presence.”
In addition to the technical expertise ISSA is disseminating through its Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) certification courses (including Basic and Advanced Cleaning Technician), the association also has launched its Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) in Korea.
Samsung S-1 is the first local organization to complete CIMS certification and has already reported a 20 per cent increase in profitability due to the implementation of the ISSA practices it learned.
John Barrett, ISSA executive director, agreed. “I am happy and encouraged to see the potential that exists in Korea and the desire to make a true difference in the role cleaning can play in improving public health,” he said. “It’s clear that companies in this market are willing to invest in international standards that can raise the bar, and that they trust in ISSA as the global leader to help them achieve greater success.”
The local ISSA team has graduated two dozen students from the CMI courses and is currently taking reservations for training workshops to be held over the next few months.
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