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Late summer and early fall in the South is a great time to start thinking about adding on new construction cleanup services to your existing business model. This vital service would help service a region that experiences a barrage of hurricanes and storms, leaving many of your clients in need of cleanup jobs done. Adding on construction cleanup services comes with its own list of pros and cons, according to an article in the Balance. The costs to enter into these services is low, there is good earning potential and new construction cleanup pairs nicely with other diversifications to your business such as outdoor touch-up work, lawn care and window cleaning.

This year, the ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America Tradeshow and the ISSA Convention succeeded at being the place where key cleaning industry leaders and members gathered for new information, new opportunities and new connections. According to an ISSA press release, 757 exhibitors were present. Out of those, 142 were new and 18 percent were from outside the U.S., bringing in people from 24 countries.

We all know the janitorial industry is getting much more high-tech. At recent cleaning tradeshows, we have seen examples of floor scrubbers that remembered where and how to scrub floors in certain areas of a facility – no driver needed. For distributors, there were examples of dashboard systems that allowed them and their clients (including cleaning contractors) to make more effective product-buying decisions by allowing for a close comparison of products.

Everyone’s first priority when natural disasters and severe weather strikes is safety. Safety is the number one concern before, during and after catastrophic events. In the past several months, the U.S. and its territories have been hit by three major hurricanes, causing significant damage in the South. In this issue of SERVICES Magazine, we are going to look at the impact hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria had on the southern U.S. and aggregate some of the best tips to help you deal with work in the aftermath.

Establishments with 250 or more employees must electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300.

Gail Evans, the global chief information officer at Mercer, dropped out of college to support her family with a custodian job. Evans reflects on how working in the janitorial industry taught her lessons that set her up for continued success.

After the two disasters rocked Texas and Florida, jobs in the BSC arena increased dramatically for a short period of time as everyone pitched in to help recovery and relief efforts.

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