International Housekeeping & Environmental Services Week

September 12, 2023



International Housekeeping & Environmental Services Week is an important week, one that highlights the invaluable contributions of hard-working custodial staff members in our workplaces. Held every year during the second week of September, this week serves as a platform to recognize and appreciate the dedication and hard work of housekeeping and environmental services staff.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour takes great pride in acknowledging and honouring these unsung heroes who work tirelessly to ensure clean and safe environments for everyone. Housekeeping and environmental services staff play a vital role in various sectors, including healthcare facilities, hotels, schools, and offices. They are the backbone of cleanliness and maintenance, ensuring that spaces are visually appealing but also safe and hygienic for all occupants.

Their work often goes unnoticed, but their efforts are essential for the smooth functioning of any establishment. We want to express our gratitude and admiration for the custodial staff members who dedicate themselves to keeping our premises clean. Their commitment, attention to detail, and hard work contribute significantly to the well-being and comfort of everyone who utilizes these spaces. They are the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes, ensuring that others can go about their daily lives without worrying about cleanliness and hygiene.

Their work is physically demanding, requiring them to sweep, mop, dusting, disinfecting, and waste management. They often work long hours during unconventional shifts to maintain cleanliness. In addition to their cleaning duties, housekeeping and environmental services staff also play an essential role in promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility. They are responsible for waste management, recycling initiatives, and eco-friendly workplace practices. Their efforts contribute to creating healthier and more sustainable environments for everyone. During this week, we encourage everyone to appreciate these custodial staff members’ dedication and hard work. Whether a simple thank you, a kind gesture, or a note of appreciation, every recognition goes a long way in boosting morale and acknowledging their contributions.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with housekeeping and environmental services staff, advocating for fair wages, safe working conditions, and recognition of their crucial role in our communities. We recognize that their work often goes unnoticed, but their efforts are vital to our well-being. Let us unite and show appreciation for these hard-working individuals during International Housekeeping & Environmental Services Week and all year. 

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