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Training concept:

EcoCleaner – Modules on ecological building cleaning

The EcoCleaner training modules are based on the “Leonardo – lifelong learning” European training project. The training courses were developed in collaboration with German and Austrian partners in a 2-year project phase and implemented in the three countries. The courses were very soon in very high demand and SDK therefore decided to continue to offer the courses after the completion of the project. The 3-day course has been adapted to local circumstances and can be booked in the form of individual day modules or as a complete course. The modules are offered at regular intervals throughout the year.

EcoCleaner - Image of the profession / waste management, safety at work

By no means everyone can clean. Conveying the necessary know-how including with regard to environmental and sustainability aspects is part of these training modules. Tips on and examples of how to prevent waste in the private and work environment are intended to highlight potential savings and therefore permit a reduction in disposal costs. Safety at work concerning the correct ergonomic posture and protection of the skin are very important aspects. Environmental protection and with it sustainable exercise of one’s profession goes hand in hand with all these points.

Aim

To create awareness of the image of the profession of expert cleaners, which does not yet exist in Luxembourg, with the emphasis on ecological cleaning. The focus is on the health of cleaning staff and protection of the environment with regard to the correct handling of cleaning agents.

EcoCleaner - Human and eco-toxicology/marking of chemicals / cleaning techniques

Knowing the hazards and effects of cleaning agents on people and the environment is indispensable to permitting sustainable and efficient cleaning. Understanding how a cleaning agent works and knowing its main components and pH value and also taking into account a colour code are preconditions for handling these substances professionally. The marking of chemicals is an important clue to the hazardous nature of a cleaning agent. Correct cleaning starts with the selection of the cleaning agent and equipment and includes personal protection equipment and the correct posture and technique.

Aim

The second part of the “EcoCleaner” course is addressed to all those who would like to formulate a basis for sustainable, ecological and economical cleaning. The theoretical content is implemented and learnt directly in many practical exercises.

EcoCleaner - Cleaning techniques for floors

Machine floor cleaning is an important aspect of professional cleaning and is intended to make the work easier. However, the use of machines only makes work easier if people know how to use the machines correctly and they can always maintain the correct posture.

Aim

The third part of the “EcoCleaner” course deals intensively with the various types of flooring and their associated floor cleaning methods with and without machines. Recognition of the various types of flooring is a precondition for the selection of the correct cleaning product and the type of cleaning e.g. which mop, which machine, which pad. The theoretical content is implemented and learnt directly in many practical exercises.

Course contents:

The various versions of manual and machine floor cleaning are presented and practical exercises are conducted for the right implementation.

Waste prevention and waste management in Luxembourg

Safety and the future SuperDrecksKëscht®’s motto for over 25 years. The services are directed towards both businesses and municipal authorities and state institutions that would like to optimise their waste management. Intelligent waste management permits recycling of products and often reduces disposal costs. The 2012 Luxemburger Abfallgesetz (Luxembourg Waste Act) demands a maximum of waste prevention and separation, including for apartment blocks.

Aim

This course is intended to show attendees by means of many examples that waste prevention is not be equated with eliminating consumption. Intelligent consumption, not least with the “clever akafen” campaign, offers an opportunity to rely on alternative products or methods without polluting the environment too much. Waste cannot always be entirely avoided but there is a big distinction between whether products end up in the refuse bin or are recycled. The recycling options available in Luxembourg are shown and illustrated by a visit to a waste syndicate.

Course contents:

How can waste be prevented and what can every individual do? What options does a business have for preventing waste and what is the result of this at a financial level? What options are there in Luxembourg for recycling waste and how do they work? An insight into the problem is to be provided and approaches to a solution indicated by visits to waste treatment plants.

Chemistry in day-to-day life

For many, chemistry is a closed book. But it is ever-present and we encounter it again and again in our daily lives. Even baking a tasty cake is a complex procedure in which chemical processes are initiated. And chemical processes occur constantly even in our bodies, for example when we eat. Lastly, the entire world consists of chemical elements bound to each other in a variety of ways. Chemistry consists of knowledge of the conversion of substances that links all the other natural sciences from biology to physics and medicine. So we should all understand a little chemistry.

Aim

This course is intended above all to remove the fear of this scientific discipline among non-chemists who have to date preferred to give chemistry a wide birth. For one thing, it is intended to provide an introduction to the bases of chemistry. For another, child-like curiosity should be aroused about apparently simple processes in our day-to-day lives by clear experiments and questions. Also suitable for school classes.

Course contents:

History of accidental discoveries. Pioneers of chemistry as a science. Arrangement of the elements. What do atoms actually look like? What are chemical reactions? What happens in a laboratory? Composition of the earth, of people … Chemistry in day-to-day life by means of simple chemistry experiments with products found in the home.

Dealing safely with hazards

Regardless of whether a person is a baker, a carpenter, a production worker or a hairdresser, there are legislative provisions on health and safety at work for all professions. But unfortunately accidents at work still occur time and time again, whether through the fault of an individual or because of organisational or technical defects. Even where laws govern safety at work and its observance is monitored by ITM (Inspection du Travail et des Mines, [Inspectorate of Workplaces and Mines]), in the end the individual can only protect himself by knowledge of the hazards and proper conduct.

Aim

This course is intended to highlight the importance of the subject of safety at work, which many find rather dry, in an informal atmosphere. Whether they work on a freelance basis, as employees or as housewives (or house husbands), everyone should be familiar with the principles of safety at work for the sake of their own health and safety.

Course contents:

Potential hazards, signage, laws, protective clothing, what to do in an emergency? How am I protected in my workplace? Why do accidents happen? Tour of the safety installations at SDK. Identifying and handling hazardous substances.

Visit to the SuperDrecksKëscht® centre in Colmar-Berg

Safety and the future - SuperDrecksKëscht®’s motto for over 25 years. You can experience this “live” in Colmar-Berg. The problem substances that you hand over at the mobile SuperDrecksKëscht®within the municipality or at the recycling site come to the logistics centre and here they are processed. If you want to see innovative recycling processes up close and would like more information about what happens next with the products, you should visit us.

Aim

More information and transparency in product processing lead to greater safety and understanding of separated waste collection and processing. Only informed and enlightened citizens can exploit all the options of separated collection.

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