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Orkin & ASHES Promote Healthier Pest Management Practices

Orkin & ASHES Partnership to Contribute to HealthcarePestControl.com

Healthcare professionals looking to bring their facilities’ pest management programs in line with industry best practices have a new resource at their fingertips. Orkin Commercial Services and the American Society of Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) announced today the launch of HealthcarePestControl.com, an interactive online handbook that provides free training tools on smarter pest control practices and even offers an interactive self-assessment that visitors can use to “score” their pest control programs against best practices recommended by ASHES, Orkin and other experts.

“ASHES members and others in the healthcare industry have told us that they need more training and educational materials for themselves and for their employees, and this site delivers both,” said Orkin Training Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “By allowing healthcare professionals to tell us about their pest control programs through the online self-assessment, we can give them customized and relevant tips they can implement immediately.”

After completing the self-assessment, users will be eligible to receive a free copy of ASHES’ Recommended Practice: Integrated Pest Management, a best-practices guide to healthcare pest control co-authored by Orkin and ASHES experts (a $45 value).

“Quality, safety and environmental sustainability are areas we always encourage our members to keep at the forefront of their operations,” said ASHES Executive Director Patti Costello. “By implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM), managers have an opportunity to work on all three areas at the same time. We are pleased to be working with Orkin on this important project.”

Orkin has collaborated with ASHES since 2005 to help educate healthcare providers about Integrated Pest Management (IPM), starting with the development of the ASHES Recommended Practice on the subject. Using the information on healthcare pest control practices gathered at HealthcarePestControl.com, Orkin will present additional recommendations later this year, culminating in educational sessions at the ASHES Annual Conference in September, led by Orkin Training Director Dr. Ron Harrison.

About ASHES
The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) is the premier professional association for environmental services, housekeeping, waste management and textile care professionals in the healthcare industry. ASHES provides educational programs, opportunities to network with peers on a national level, recognition for personal and professional achievements, as well as affiliation and collaboration with the American Hospital Association on public policy and advocacy issues related to environmental services.