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Aug. 23, 2006 -- No. 389

UNC team cleaning pilot honored with two national awards

The university was honored recently with two national awards for its pilot program of Operating System 1 (OS1), a housekeeping approach to cleaning facilities, at the annual OS1 Users Group Symposium.

UNC was honored for the Best Rookie Program, which goes to the program in its pilot year that achieves the highest level of excellence. Nominees are selected based on criteria including organizational cooperation and enthusiasm, training, challenges met and other significant progress.

Carolina also won for Best Communications Program, awarded to the organization that provides the best overall communication program to stakeholders about the benefits and challenges of the OS1 program.

In addition, UNC-Chapel Hill received special recognition for the Green Certified Cleaning Program, which recognizes commitment to minimizing environmental harm and achieving high levels of sustainability in green practices.

This year's winners were announced last month at the annual OS1 Users Group Symposium Awards Dinner held in Midway, Utah. Attending and accepting on behalf of the university were Housekeeping Zone Manager Joseph Ellison and Crew Leader Gwen Alston.

OS1 is a comprehensive cleaning system that approaches cleaning through state-of-the-art technology, teamwork, ergonomic equipment and more efficient cleaning supplies. This cleaning process is intended to provide a safer, healthier and more efficient working environment that benefits housekeepers and building occupants alike.

Nominees are selected annually by the OS1 Power Users Group, a non-profit organization composed of experienced OS1 users who are dedicated to improving the cleaning profession through better business practices and benchmarking with peers.

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UNC facilities contact: Brandon Thomas, (919) 843-0838 or brandon.thomas@facilties.unc.edu