Professional Cleaning in the Health care Industry in South Africa comprises public and private hospitals and clinics.
The public sector has a total of 422 hospitals and 3841 clinics. With a total of 35 217 beds. The private sector consists of 3 main hospital groups, primary healthcare facilities and independent hospitals forming the National hospital network.
Life Healthcare 66 Healthcare facilities and 7644 beds
Mediclinic 49 Hospitals and 7855 beds, ER 24 forms part of Mediclinic.
Netcare 54 Hospitals and 9424 beds including the 87 Primary healthcare facilities.
An interesting productivity fact is that in an open plan office environment with good housekeeping one cleaner per 8 hour shift can clean up to 1100 square meters. In a hospital because of Infection control protocols and continues spot and spill cleaning ,one cleaner per shift can effectively clean 600 square meters. As in all cleaning, labour is 80% of the cost therefore resource productivity should be optimally calculated and applied.
Worldwide, the CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides invaluable research data and subject matter expertise in Infection Control.
The first SAQA Healthcare Qualification for the cleaning industry was registered in March 2022. The information and document is available from the PBEH (The Professional Body for Environmental Hygiene)