New for 2017, the Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards have replaced the previous Attendant of the Year Awards provided by the Loo of the Year Awards and relate specifically to the dedicated cleaning staff that look after the facilities, rather than the washrooms themselves.
Mike Bone, Loo of the Year Awards managing director, said: “As part of changes being introduced to celebrate our 30th anniversary we decided that Washroom Cleaner more clearly describes our entrants staff who clean and maintain their washrooms. The original Attendant of the Year Awards were introduced some years ago when public toilets dominated entries and ‘toilet attendants’ were employed in most entrant’s washrooms.”
While the range of gradings and national Loo of the Year Awards and UK/Ireland trophies provide adequate recognition of the washrooms and their providers, it is the people who look after each facility - be they individual washroom cleaners, in-house cleaning teams or external cleaning/FM contractors - who also deserve recognition.
All cleaning staff will automatically be entered for Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards for all entries that are declared as ‘full time attended toilets’ on the entry form. Judging will be completed at the same time as the Loo of the Year Awards inspection and any cleaning staff seen at the time of the unannounced visit are deemed to represent the whole cleaning team. There will be Washroom Cleaner of the Year Award national winners in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and overall UK/Ireland trophies.
The Individual cleaner national awards and trophy will be presented to the cleaner(s) who, in the opinion of the judges, is/are performing a high quality ‘ambassadorial’ role for the washroom provider in terms of appearance, attitude, commitment, and efficiency.
In-house cleaning team national awards and trophy will be presented to the cleaning team employed by a washroom provider with multiple entries in the Loo of the Year Awards who, in the opinion of the judges, are performing a high quality ‘ambassadorial’ role for the washroom provider in terms of appearance, attitude, commitment, and efficiency.
External contractor cleaning team national awards and trophy will be presented to the cleaning contractor company or organisation which, in the opinion of the judges, is providing a high level of service to one or more Loo of the Year Award entrants.
National and UK/Ireland awards and trophies will be presented at the 2017 event which will take place on Friday 8 December at St Johns Hotel, Solihull.