Denmark -Cleaners in direct employment serve as role model -March 23, 2015

The only Danish hospital that has a unique training scheme and employed cleaning staff.

At least once a year the cleaning workers at the Regional Hospital of Randers put down mops and dusters to undergo supplementary training. The hospital’s unique training scheme for cleaning staff has now earned it a place – as the only Danish hospital – in an EU project that aims to develop European standards for hospital staff training. In the FOA trade union magazine for cleaners it was said that hospital cleaning staff have become highly skilled workers. Keeping such a high level of training is only possible, because the hospital employs its own cleaning staff (currently 150 out of a total staff of 1,800).

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