The Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS)
The ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) sets forth a management framework designed to assist building service contractors and in-house cleaning service providers develop quality, customer-centered organizations and is based on universally-accepted principles that have proved to be the hallmarks of well-managed, successful cleaning operations.
In short, CIMS is a standard developed by the cleaning industry, for the cleaning industry – and it can be used as a framework for cleaning service providers to demonstrate service excellence and for cleaning service specifiers to pre-qualify service expectations.
To help meet the growing demand for green and “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certification, the Cleaning Industry Management Standard & Certification Program has been expanded to include new “Green Building” (GB) criteria and a new optional GB designation.
Implemented as the sixth dimension of CIMS, the new criteria and designation offer cleaning organizations a certification that is closely tailored to provide their customers with precisely what they need to secure points under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB:OM) Green Building Rating System, while greening their operations overall.
As such, CIMS-GB certification demonstrates a cleaning organization’s capability to assist LEED projects in earning points toward LEED EB:OM certification, and offers customers assurance that the building service contractor they select is prepared to partner with them in the LEED process.
And in the future, it appears that CIMS-GB certification will be included as a compliance path to demonstrate that a LEED project has a Green Cleaning Policy and has implemented a Green Cleaning Program. As currently written, the proposed revision of the LEED EB:OM Green Building Rating System (scheduled to be released in 2012) will include the option for a CIMS-GB certification to fulfill the Green Cleaning Policy prerequisite.
WAXIE is a member of ISSA and employs CIMS-GB ISSA Certification Experts to help customers achieve CIMS and CIMS-GB certification. GPS® Green Partner Support serves as a guide for cleaning organizations looking to implement a low environmental impact cleaning program.