Healthcare Cleanliness Services
Inadequate cleanliness levels pose the highest risk when they occur in hospitals and health care facilities. Proper cleaning and auditing standards in hospitals are essential to guaranteeing public health and safety.
In recent years, there have been calls for greater accountability in ensuring the cleanliness of public health care facilities. This serves to better prevent disease outbreaks, guard the wellness of staff and patients, and protect facilities from litigation. Providing our health care clients with systems and services that improve cleanliness in a clear and transparent manner is core to our business.
As an unbiased auditor and consultant, we hold all systems accountable and assist in developing strategies and approaches to our clear goals of improving cleanliness, morale, and the bottom line.
Some of our Service offerings for our Health Care Clients Include:
- Independent cleaning audits that will enable you to compare your facility’s cleanliness to other Canadian Hospitals.
- Our independent audits can complement internal inspections and provide unbiased, in-depth reporting on all aspects of cleanliness. These audits establish accountability for contractors and in-house staff; cleanliness levels will increase as a result.
- Inspections can be used as an ongoing benchmark tool, revealing the source and cause of any deficiencies.
- The Westech Standard for auditing cleanliness, now in version 9A.
- Implementation of a web-based cleaning audit system including:
- Integrated Canadian auditing/cleaning standards.
- Certification training for your internal cleaning auditors.
- Web-based auditing technology using Apple devices with a hospital-specific database.
- Auditing capabilities include visual audits, UV marker audits, observational coaching audits, ATP Audits, & several other features.
- Reporting capabilities that include web-based analytics reports, robust graphing tools and detail and summary reports
- Implementation of a productivity management software system that informs you of exactly how many people you need to clean your facility while improving the efficiency of your department and balancing your workloads.
- Customer satisfaction surveys.
- Hand hygiene web-based auditing system.
- Food safety web-based auditing system.
- Patient-led assessment system.
- Contact management system.
Please see “Our Process” for more information on our cleaning auditing systems.
The BC health authorities have worked with Westech over the past 14 years. Together, we have developed and implemented a best-in-class visual audit system that is in place across more than 170 facilities within the Province. Implementing a “standardized” visual audit program has been a foundational piece to seeing significant improvements made to the overall cleanliness in BC health care facilities. In addition, the monthly cleaning audits carried out by the Westech team help our cleaning program operators improve upon their servicing methods. Through timely reporting, our cleaning program operators have the visibility to address cleaning challenges quickly. This benefit is then passed on to our patients and staff by having a cleaner environment. Westech is an innovator within our industry and has helped us design many other audits programs and patient survey methodologies.
The BC health authorities have worked with Westech over the past 10 years. Together we have developed and implemented a best-in-the-class audit system. The outcome of using this standardized Provincial audit has been a significant improvement in cleanliness in BC health care facilities. In addition, the monthly cleaning audits carried out by the Westech team help our cleaning contractors improve upon their servicing method. This benefit is then passed on to our patients and staff by having a cleaner environment. Westech maximizes technology and is innovative, professional and knowledgeable with regards to the hospital housekeeping process. They have consistently delivered on time and budget. We look forward to continuing the close association between British Columbia health care facilities and Westech.
The London Health Sciences Centre hospital engaged in finding a reputable company to perform a hospital-wide cleaning audit this past summer. The Request for Proposal was successfully answered by Westech Systems Inc. The audit was needed to establish a cleaning baseline for our facilities. The information was essential for the creation of a Housekeeping Request for Proposal for the outsourced areas of the hospital. Our experience with Westech was excellent. Dean Waisman and his experienced crew did a very thorough, professional job. The audit report provided us with solid information that would lead us to changes in our cleaning practices.
In our journey to adopt best practices and improve our performance in environmental cleaning, we engaged Westech as our cleaning auditor and partner. As a result of this partnership, our staff and leaders have learned new skills and we are now able to set realistic goals based on Westech’s experience and expertise. Our results have improved and continue to improve.
Over the past year, Westech has provided services to our hospital. You have provided service in the following areas: training, quality improvement, process improvement, auditing, reporting, and analytics. In every case, your services have been excellent. It is a pleasure to work with you and your team. Your commitment to patient care and patient safety by focusing on improving housekeeping quality is second to none. Your team’s creativity shows in how they create and deliver customized training and certification packages tailored to achieve exceptional learning amongst participants. Your innovations and improvements in both online reporting and analytics capabilities, as well as your customized reporting and analysis supports, have helped us focus our attention on identifying areas for continuous improvement. I am grateful for the outstanding level of customer service both you and Meg have shown throughout our time working together. I feel comfortable to trust in your industry-leading expertise, knowing that we share common goals for excellence in housekeeping quality. Please take this opportunity to share my sincere thanks with the members of your team for their commitment to keeping patients safe through their focus on housekeeping quality.
Island Health – VIHA
Westech has been used as a standardized quality audit tool for lower mainland health care facilities for more than 15 years. Over those years, Westech has been responsive to our needs and have made process/tool improvements in order to maximize the value of their reports. The Westech audit reports are an important part of our performance monitoring system and used in discussion with our service providers on areas for improvements.
The Westech team offers great value with a blend of customer service, expertise and user-friendly technology. 3rd party facility cleanliness audits are excellent tools that directly contribute to enhanced quality and trust. The audits help to identify opportunities and lead to great coaching moments with staff. Westech’s team is highly responsive and offer excellent customer service and value. We consider them a trusted partner in our housekeeping program and find them to be highly adaptable to our needs and requests.
Northern Health’s (NH) experience with Westech has been very beneficial. We have made significant strides in improving the cleanliness ratings of our facilities by using the housekeeping auditing tools developed by Westech Inc. In NH, we use internal auditors using the tools developed, as well as being rated through external verification by Westech auditors. NH has also utilized Westech’s workload planning software against new provincial cleaning standards and auditing standards to control how to best efficiently apply our available human resources. These tools have improved our understanding of how to utilize the housekeeping staff to their best abilities and to the best effect on our cleanliness audits. NH is also utilizing Westech in the development of a food-safe auditing tool that can be used internally by NHA supervisory staff to monitor our food services departments. Our relationship with Westech continues to evolve as we look to adhere to Provincial standards and best practices in the Province of BC and Canada.
“Reliable, Responsive, a True Partner”
I’ve been working with Westech for a number of years now and can say that our organization has always been pleased with the quality of services and products delivered by Westech. We have relied on Westech’s expertise, professionalism and collaborative approach to develop, implement and maintain a broad array of quality programs that contribute directly to the high quality and safety of the care environment within our organization. The team is a pleasure to work with and truly understands the needs and requirements of health care systems. Most recently, Westech has worked with us to develop an application in support of our Patient Advisor Led Site Environmental Assessment program; leading the way in increasing the patients’ voice on the quality of our care environments. Thanks, Westech.
Westech = Improved Patient Experience!
Westech has provided us with an auditing tool that is user-friendly, provides valid data, helps us find our cleaning gaps and even supports daily staff coaching.
Innovative products and amazing service! Northern Health uses several different audits from Westech including Visual, UV, Patient Satisfaction, Food Safety, and Hand Hygiene audits. We have also used the TechniClean housekeeping management/workload measurement tool to quantitatively determine the FTE required to clean a specific facility and to produce work assignments as well. The customization and support from the Westech team is incredible!
The Facilities Operations Team at William Osler Health System works tirelessly to ensure we provide a safe, clean and welcoming environment to all of our patients, staff, and members of the general public. Our partnership with Westech Cleaning Audit Systems has driven internal process improvements with our front line cleaning practices and changed the way we conduct our cleanliness assessments which have improved the quality and consistency of the care we provide on a daily basis. Having an electronic audit tool at our fingertips with multiple reporting capabilities allows us to obtain quick detailed performance updates on a daily, weekly, quarterly and annual basis. The unannounced external audit assessments competed by Westech engrain best practice approaches in our facility on a daily basis while providing an external perspective on our internal performance metrics and quality measures. We are very pleased with the results that we have achieved in our organization through our partnership with Westech Cleaning Audit Systems and we look forward to achieving continued success in the future!
The Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority has been working with Westech Systems for over four years conducting quarterly cleaning audits. Our experience has been great; they are very professional and provide us with excellent data to continually improve our cleaning performance and methods. The reports that they provide enable us to pinpoint areas that require review and improvement and also provide the reassurance that our cleaning staff are doing a thorough job and meeting our cleaning standards.
Stanton Territorial Health Authority (STHA) has worked with Westech for over three years. Westech auditors are professional and knowledgeable with regards to hospital housekeeping processes. In partnership with Westech, the cleanliness of the facility has continuously improved, thus improving the patient’s experience and the environment for staff.
At Alberta Health Services (AHS), our mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible for all Albertans. We have core values that are at the heart of everything we do; in part Accountability and Excellence. Our partnership with Westech and the clean audit system empowers us to improve through quantitative measurement of our cleaning outcomes. The Clean Audit program provides the capability of having a standardized provincial auditing model. It allows us the opportunity to benchmark and compare like facilities and have consistency in approach and methodology to cleaning outcome expectations. The program enables our Environmental Services department to be accountable and open to continuous improvement. This benefit is most important to our patients and families as we work hard to ensure they have a clean and safe environment.
The BC Health Authorities have worked in collaboration with Westech over the last 14 years to develop and continuously improve our healthcare cleaning audit program. Westech brings a unique blend of operational knowledge in healthcare cleaning practices, an extensive network of audit expertise and an ability to tailor their software to support our evolving needs. As a result, BC has been on the forefront in developing a provincial benchmark and supporting our operations teams with meaningful quality improvement data.