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Wednesday, 13 November

Dropping in to See Drop Tests

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has called on local government procurers of cleaning and hygiene supplies to specify accredited products.

“Our Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and Industrial Cotton Mops are recognised as driving up standards in the industry,” explained Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Accreditation Scheme Panel. “Supported by a rigorous auditing process, the Accreditation Schemes make sure that what’s on the box is in the box.

“We exhibited at the Local Government Procurement Expo to explain the benefits of the Schemes to local government buyers of these products. Our goal is to persuade them to specify CHSA Accredited products in their tenders or tell their cleaning and hygiene contractors to use only CHSA Accredited product.”

To highlight the auditing process to Local Government Procurement Expo delegates, the CHSA conducted waste sacks Drop Tests. A British Standards Institute test, the Drop Test requires sacks to be filled to a pre-defined weight then dropped a specific height and checked for splits.

The team also explained the full auditing process. The CHSA’s independent inspector visits Scheme members repeatedly through the year, selecting product from the warehouse and production line for inspection. He confirms the labels comply with the relevant Scheme’s specification, the dimensions of the soft tissue are as specified and the industrial cotton mops and refuse sacks are fit for purpose and the dimensions are as specified.

Scheme Members that fail to meet the requirements may be ultimately expelled, a sanction not required in recent years as they value their membership.

Picture: Exhibiting at the Local Government Procurement Expo, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association called on procurers of cleaning and hygiene products to specify CHSA Accredited product.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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