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Levels of Certification – Point Totals

Certification LevelPoints
Bronze60-74
Silver75-84
Gold85+
1
Getting Started
Required
To assist school districts in developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve their preparedness efforts, and to ensure the implementation of facility management practices that are healthy, safe, sustainable, and equitable.
1.1
Define a Performance Period
Required
1.2
Determine a Representative Sample
Required
1.3
Plan Development
Required
1.4
Onboarding Training for Cleaning Personnel
Required
1.5
Communications
Required
2
Procurement of Facility Operations and Maintenance Products
Possible Points: 16
To ensure that school district purchases reduce negative environmental and human health impacts and help reduce the spread of infectious disease, while also delivering effective functional performance.
2.1
Consumable Goods
Min. req plus 8
2.2
Durable Goods
Min. req plus 4
2.3
Powered Equipment
Min. req plus 4
3
Facility Operations and Maintenance
Possible Points: 40
To ensure the institutionalization of facility Operations and Maintenance practices that are healthy, safe, and sustainable.
3.1
Facility Cleaning
Possible Points: 8
3.1.1
Cleaning by Hand
2
3.1.2
Sanitizing Tasks
2
3.1.3
Disinfecting Tasks
2
3.1.4
Cleaning with Powered Equipment
2
3.2
Location Specific Cleaning Requirements
Possible Points: 10
To ensure the institutionalization of cleaning practices that are healthy, safe, and sustainable.
3.2.1
Food Service, Dining Areas, and Break Rooms
3.2.1.1
Cleaning and Sanitizing
1
3.2.2
Restrooms
3.2.2.1
Supply Labeling and Cleaning Procedures
1
3.2.2.2
Maintaining Drain Traps
1
3.2.3
Laundry
3.2.3.1
Laundry Handling
1
3.2.3.2
Detergent Dispensing
1
3.2.4
Entryways
Points Possible: 2
3.2.5
Laboratories
Points Possible: 1
3.2.6
ATP Monitoring
Points Possible: 2
3.3
Floor Maintenance
To establish a uniform, consistent process by which hard-floor surfaces in the building will be cleaned and maintained, using healthy and sustainable practices, products and tools, in order to reduce occupant exposures to environmental health hazards.
3.3.1
Routine Floor Maintenance
1
3.3.2
Periodic or Restorative Floor Maintenance
1
3.4
Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance
To establish a uniform, consistent process by which carpets/soft flooring in the facility will be cleaned and maintained, using healthy and sustainable practices, products and tools, in order to reduce occupant exposures to environmental health hazards.
3.4.1
Routine Carpet Maintenance
1
3.4.2
Interim or Restorative Carpet Cleaning
1
3.5
Waste, Recycling, and Composting Handling
To implement healthy, safe, and sustainable cleaning practices, maintain a waste-free environment, prevent inappropriate odors and pests, and reduce occupant exposures to environmental health hazards.
3.5.1
Trash and Recycling Storage
Points Possible: 1
3.5.2
Trash, Recycling, and Compost Collection
3.5.2.1
Trash Collection
1
3.5.2.2
Recycling Collection
1
3.5.2.3
Compost Collection
1
3.5.3
Communication
Points Possible: 1
3.6
Material Handling and Storage
3.6.1
Proper Material Handling and Storage Practices
1
3.6.2
Chemical Use Policy
1
3.6.3
Spill Kits
1
3.6.4
Dilution Control
1
3.6.5
Closed Dilution Control System
1
3.7
Powered Equipment Maintenance
To minimize the impact on occupant and user safety, health and environment from powered equipment.
3.7.1
General Powered Equipment Maintenance
3.7.1.1
Standard Operating Procedures
1
3.7.1.2
Battery Maintenance Schedule
1
3.7.2
Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance
Points Possible: 1
3.8
Pest Management
Possible Points: 5
To protect occupants from environmental health hazards and improve the indoor air quality of school facilities.
4
Building System Operations and Mantenance
Possible Points: 20
To protect the health and safety of building occupants and improve the indoor air quality, water quality, and reduce environmental health hazards in school facilities by promoting building system maintenance and repairs.
4.1
HVAC Systems
To ensure the proactive, preventative, planned and reactive maintenance of all installed HVAC devices and fixtures to maximize their period of usefulness and improve the indoor air quality of school facilities.
4.1.1
Standard Operating Procedures
Required
4.1.2
Assessing Ventilation
4.1.2.1
Document Current HVAC System Performance
1
4.1.2.2
Explore HVAC System Modifications
2
4.1.2.3
Implement HVAC System Modifications
3
4.1.3
Air Filters
2
4.1.4
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
2
4.2
Water and Plumbing Systems
To provide a safe, potable water distribution system for building occupants and provide testing and treatment of non-potable water usages, reducing potential environmental health hazards from water sources.
4.2.1
New Plumbing Installations
Required
4.2.2
Potable Water Testing
1
4.2.3
Water Quality Emergencies
1
4.2.4
Backflow and Drainage Maintenance
1
4.2.5
Cooling Towers
2
4.2.6
Dormant Buildings
1
4.3
Sidewalk, Pavement, and Grounds Maintenance
To protect occupants from environmental health hazards at school facilities.
4.3.1
Site Management Plan
2
4.3.2
Hardscape and Pavement Maintenance
2
5
Ongoing Monitoring, Evaluation, and Training
Possible Points: 24
5.1
Indoor Air Quality Planning, Monitoring, and Reporting
To ensure processes, procedures and tools are in place to monitor indoor air quality, while balancing the impact of HVAC on energy consumption, and help to identify opportunities to improve indoor air quality in schools.
5.1.1
Action Planning to Address IAQ Issues
5.1.1.1
Mold, Moisture, and Humidity Control
1
5.1.1.2
Contaminant Reduction
2
5.1.1.3
Asbestos Management
1
5.1.1.4
Emergency IAQ Issues
1
5.1.2
Indoor Air Quality Monitoring
5.1.2.1
CO2 Monitoring
4
5.1.2.2
Ongoing Monitoring for Contaminants
3
5.1.2.3
Building Occupant Engagement
2
5.1.3
Reporting on IAQ Issues
Possible Points: 3
5.2
Performance Measurement, Metrics and Data Tracking
Possible Points: 2
Use data to strategically inform budget and operations decisions.
5.3
Staffing Formulas
Possbile Points: 1
Ensure proper staffing is utilized to effectively promote healthy, safe, sustainable and equitable facilites managment practices.
5.4
Ongoing Training
To ensure that cleaning and maintenance personnel work in the safest and most effective manner possible and receive appropriate training to promote health, safety, sustainability, sanitation, and minimize the spread of infectious disease through their work.
5.4.1
Annual Training for Cleaning Personnel
2
5.4.2
Cross-Departmental Training
1
5.4.3
Procurement Training
1