Keeping it clean

environmental services and housekeeping week

It’s not as easy as you think.

Some people think environmental services and housekeeping is an easy job. But many people don’t understand that it involves a lot of hard work and exposure to hazardous chemicals and bio-hazards.

Environmental services and housekeeping employees clean up patient areas, offices, restrooms and hallways to keep our healthcare facilities clean and germ free. They disinfect door knobs, handles, sinks, fixtures and walls to stop the spread of germs. Using extreme caution, they also perform garbage pickup and disposal. They aid in the prevention of communicable diseases by thoroughly sanitizing public areas and private rooms alike.

Physically, workers must be able to stand and walk for long periods and reach and bend. The job also involves pushing a cart and using a ladder to clean walls and vents, along with some lifting.


Together, let’s celebrate Environmental Services & Housekeeping Week (September 11-17) with a challenge! Just complete this puzzle and you will be entered into a draw to win one of three $50 pre-paid gift cards. If you need help with the answers, you can find them on our website.

Once you have successfully completed the puzzle, you can mail it to our head office, attention Communications at 125 Mural Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1M4, fax it to 905-695-1768 or scan and email it to Just remember to include your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and membership number to verify your eligibility. Limit – one entry per member. The deadline to submit your completed puzzle is September 26, 2016.

If you have any questions about this contest, please contact the MRC at 1-877-672-7348.

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