The Canadian sanitary industry will hold its annual trade show, Can Clean 2006, in the National Trade Centre at Exhibition Place April 26-27. This year the show focuses on Green Cleaning, with an emphasis on new and innovative products. With more government bodies – federal, provincial and municipal - demanding the use of green products and more consumers insisting on a safer work environment, the marketplace is changing.

Can Clean 2006 is produced by the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) and is the largest trade show of its kind in Canada. It will attract more than 4,000 delegates who will meet 125 manufacturers and distributors from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. These exhibitors will feature the latest in floor and window maintenance products; accessories such as mats and matting, safety devices and waste and recycling containers; maintenance chemicals, disinfectants and environmentally acceptable alternatives; paper products and washroom products; computerized housekeeping and distribution systems; and power equipment, including everything from back-pack vacuum cleaners to high-end warehouse ride-on vehicles. End users of the products include hospital housekeepers, contract cleaners, environmental service managers, school and church custodians, hotel and motel housekeeping managers, window cleaners, plant managers, carpet cleaners and maintenance supervisors at casinos, private clubs, airports, shopping malls and government installations.

In addition to all that’s happening on the show floor, a series of seminars presented by John Walker, former Director of Education and Training for the International Sanitary Supply Association will explore the hottest industry topics. Wednesday, April 26th, the first day of the show, features a two-part program. Microbiology for Cleaning Workers explores what cleaning workers should know about microbiology. In this seminar, Walker will explain the general principles of microbiology that every cleaning worker must understand. Training topics include routes of transmission, a brief history of microbiology and how cleaning workers must protect themselves. SARS, avian flu, Hantavirus and the other microbiological pests will be exposed, in the context of the cleaning function.

Green Cleaning Priorities-Sustainability is a hot topic in the cleaning industry. In this session John Walker, who is also a contributing editor of Contracting Profits magazine, will demystify the “green” movement and provide the information delegates need to operate a green cleaning program.

The first seminar of the two-part program on Thursday, April 27th is Microbiology in Your Restroom Cleaning Program. Restrooms are the major public healthcare risk in all facilities and also a main source of complaints. Walker will reveal the most important tactics required to clean restrooms. He will explain the best way to clean public lavatories and show how odors, vandalism and graffiti can be dealt with in the restroom environment. Walker will provide delegates with the information they need to win the battle against restroom complaints.

In The Workloading Conundrum session, John Walker will deconstruct workloading. In the past decade, much has been written about custodial workloading. Team Cleaning, zone cleaning, gang cleaning, day versus night cleaning and process cleaning are all options that have been presented as the panacea to a cleaning operation’s budget challenges. Walker will provide an accurate description of all the work assignment methods and demonstrate what really works.

Registrants attending both sessions on either April 26th or 27th will receive a CSSA endorsed certificate recognizing their participation in the program. Seminar registrants will also receive a complimentary visitor’s badge admitting them to the trade show.

Admittance to Can Clean 2006 is free to CSSA members and end users of sanitary maintenance products.

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