A world first initiative developed in New Zealand, known as Thank Your Cleaner Day, has now become a global event, with the day now recognised in more than 30 countries.
The initiative was first created in New Zealand by the Building Service Contractors Association of New Zealand (BSCNZ) in 2015.
October 20 is Thank Your Cleaner Day – where cleaners are championed for the special role they play in keeping our workplaces clean, safe and hygienic.
Sarah McBride, CEO of the BSCNZ, told INCLEAN NZ Thank Your Cleaner Day is even more important this year as cleaners remain on the frontline during the pandemic.
“Thank Your Cleaner Day was a bit different for everyone this year, but also a timely reminder as to why the day is so important.
“While we weren’t able to hold events like we have in the past, the day is still dedicated to celebrating cleaners and acknowledging the important work that they do and the contribution that they all make to New Zealand and society as a whole.”
Kim Puxty, national president of the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA), said the pandemic has highlighted that cleaners are the “unsung frontline workers”.
“Every day, tens of thousands of skilled, hardworking cleaning staff are onsite to ensure premises are clean, safe, and hygienic. Cleaners work day, night and weekends to prevent the spread of infection, to keep your schools, daycares, hospitals, working and living environment safe. Thank Your Cleaner Day recognises the hard work cleaners do and lets them know they are valued and appreciated,” said Puxty.
Hamish Matheson, region president – Oceania, Karcher, said the event is now celebrated in almost every region around the world.
“If you think about the last 18 months, the role of the cleaning industry, and specifically cleaners, has never been more important. Cleaners are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that we can go about our day-to-day business in a safe and healthy way.”
Quayclean CEO, Mark Piwkowski, said the day highlights and recognises the indispensable work conducted by cleaners across all industries.
“Quayclean cleaners have done an amazing job throughout the COVID pandemic. We cannot be prouder of the quality of their work, of their work ethic and of their commitment when operating as an essential frontline service,” said Piwkowski.
Piwkowski said his staff had achieved amazing results over the past 12 months and added they will continue to be an essential workforce as more Australian public sites, major venues businesses and schools re-open in the weeks and months ahead.
“As we now enter a new phase of living and operating with growing high levels of double dose vaccinations, our trained cleaners are committed to ensuring all sites are thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and decontaminated,” he added.
Comment below to have your say on this story.
If you have a news story or tip-off, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up to INCLEAN’s newsletter.