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HotellerieSuisse and SGS have worked together to launch measurable monitoring of cleaning and disinfection in the Swiss hospitality industry.

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Through this collaboration, HotellerieSuisse enables its members to better control current hygiene and disinfection protocols, simplifying the fight against hygiene risks, to reduce them while strengthening standards.

In the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for the Swiss hotel industry to ensure high-level and traceable hygiene and disinfection standards. This is crucial to conducting frequent inspections, training cleaning staff, using appropriate products and implementing measurable tests.

The measurable monitoring of cleaning and disinfection, developed by HotellerieSuisse and its trusted supplier SGS, is a modular model that consists of staggered services, tailored to the hotel industry. Hotels can benefit from various services, including laboratory analyses and/or on-site audits, to actively improve and measure the control of current hygiene and disinfection protocols.

Labeling

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, SGS has developed an approach to support hotels around the world and enable them to resume their activities as quickly as possible, under maximum security conditions. The overriding objective is to protect guests and employees and to cushion the financial consequences of the crisis.

The monitoring of cleaning and disinfection aims to optimize the hotel industry processes and establish a control label. Depending on the module chosen, institutions may apply to be labeled. SGS then organizes an independent external inspection. This label will support hotels' communication campaigns on their cleaning and disinfection efforts. This is a complement to the existing labels in Swiss tourism, which are based mainly on a principle of self-certification.

Collaboration with Swiss companies

SGS is the world leader in inspection, verification, control, analysis and certification, recognized as a benchmark for quality and integrity. As a Swiss company, SGS attaches particular importance to sharing its know-how in the Swiss market. The company wants to support Swiss hotels in preventing risks for their employees and guests, so that the Swiss tourism industry resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.

Daniel Beerli, Head of Swiss Hotel Classification said: "HotellerieSuisse wants to offer its members the opportunity to comply with these increased quality requirements and apply for certification. We are confident that these services can be implemented and will be measurable, which is why we consider collaboration with SGS to be a benefit to the entire industry.”

Peter Possemiers, SGS Executive Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety Services adds: "As a Swiss company, we are very proud to support our national hotel and restaurant industry by helping establishments improve hygiene controls, to enable tourists to experience this beautiful country safely."

For further information, please contact:

SGS Environment, Health & Safety Services
e: EHS.COVID19helpdesk@sgs.com

About HotellerieSuisse

HotellerieSuisse is the expert partner for all forms of accommodation/the hospitality industry in Switzerland. Since 1882, HotellerieSuisse, together with its 3,000 members and 2,000 hotels, has stood for a quality-conscious and forward-looking hotel and accommodation industry in Switzerland.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.