SOLON, OH, AUGUST 11, 2020 — Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative
flooring and sports surface solutions, announces joining the Clean Hospitals
network to contribute to improve hospital hygiene and to promote effective,
sustainable and evidence-based cleaning guidelines.
With millions of patients affected by nosocomial infections worldwide each
year, many of which are avoidable, Clean Hospitals aims to increase patient
safety and raise awareness on the importance of hospital environmental hygiene.
Led by Professor Didier Pittet, World Health Organization Expert from the
Faculty of Medicine of Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland, Clean
Hospitals is a not-for profit association which brings together the industry,
members of academia, hospitals, governmental bodies, and key stakeholders from
“Our collaboration with the organization will keep all Tarkett divisions
informed of the most up-to-date science and technology for keeping our
facilities and communities safe,” said Margaret Bartholomew, healthcare segment
manager, Tarkett North America. “Tarkett is committed to pursuing only the
healthiest materials and solutions for its products, and this partnership is
another important step in that spirit.”
Tarkett has more than 70 years of experience developing flooring solutions
for healthcare environments. The company estimates projects in the U.S. acute
healthcare market this year to be about $4 billion. Through this partnership,
Tarkett will share its longstanding expertise on flooring with Clean Hospitals’
working groups and will contribute to advance research on cleaning and infection
control protocols on flooring.
“Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance are two key
issues in healthcare facilities, which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19
crisis. Joining the Clean Hospitals network is an important step to support the
healthcare community,” said Tarkett CEO Fabrice Barthélemy. “We will contribute
to accelerate the adoption of the best hospital floor cleaning protocols that
respect people’s health and the environment. The collaborative and scientific
approach of Clean Hospitals with a strong focus on patients’ lives and
healthcare workers’ safety fully meets Tarkett human-conscious design
“The great achievement of Clean Hospitals is to be able to make people work
together to make the best and most appropriate decisions,” said Pittet. “This
sharing of experience and knowledge is unique and is key. Working together with
our stakeholders allows us to react as a network when there is an identified
need to create awareness, look at research, new innovations, methods and support
training and education. This initiative commits to make healthcare facilities
safer through strengthening and streamlining healthcare environmental hygiene.
Clean Hospitals is happy to welcome Tarkett. This collaboration will bring a
different expertise area within the group and we know that the difference is a
Supporting the healthcare community through Tarkett Human-Conscious
For decades, Tarkett has been committed to developing innovative flooring
solutions with people in mind: patients, medical staff, and cleaners.
In 2013, Tarkett made the decision to move away from using antimicrobials on
its floors and instead to promote high standards of cleaning and infection
control procedures with an appropriate use of disinfectants. This pioneering
move was based on the risk inherent with the overuse of antimicrobials,
potentially leading to antimicrobial resistance.
Through the partnership, Tarkett’s goal is to develop and deploy the best
cleaning and disinfection protocols with the minimum impact on human health, the
environment and biodiversity by limiting the overuse of biocides and
Clean Hospitals and Tarkett: a collaborative approach to raise
The Covid-19 crisis has provided strong evidence of the important role of
cleaners in healthcare facilities to stringently follow cleaning protocols.
Clean Hospitals' goal is to raise industry standards and increase the visibility
of environmental hygiene in patient care through an evidence-based approach.
Ultimately, these improvements in environmental hygiene are expected to benefit
public health by lowering rates of healthcare-associated infections and reducing
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With a history of 140 years, Tarkett is a worldwide leader in innovative
flooring and sports surface solutions, with net sales of €3 billion in 2019.
Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, rubber, carpet,
wood, laminate, artificial turf and athletics tracks, the Group serves customers
in over 100 countries across the globe. Tarkett has 12,500 employees and 33
industrial sites, and sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for
hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields.
Committed to change the game with circular economy, the Group has implemented an
eco-innovation strategy based on Cradle to Cradle® principles, with the ultimate
goal of contributing to people’s health and wellbeing, and preserving natural
capital. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment B, ISIN: FR0004188670,
ticker: TKTT) and is included in the following indices: SBF 120 and CAC Mid 60.
About Clean Hospitals
Clean Hospitals is a coalition of international stakeholders who work explicitly
to promote Healthcare Hygiene. This initiative was born from a lack of strong
guidance for environmental hygiene, missing awareness and the need for a whole
sector to improve healthcare environmental hygiene. Clean Hospitals seeks to
harness the collective strengths of industry, academia, hospitals, governmental
bodies and key stakeholders in order to collaborate across disciplines and
interest groups. We aim to use the knowledge and momentum generated by our
research and working groups to raise industry standards and increase the
visibility of the hospital environment in patient care. Although the hospital
environment tends to be one of the most understudied and underfunded areas in
healthcare, there is enough literature in the field to prove that a
well-maintained patient environment is crucial for preventing the spread of
healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. Beyond patients,
hospital environment hygiene also has a direct impact on the lives of the people
working in the hospitals, as well as a broader impact on communities and the
environment. The improvements in hospital environmental hygiene will benefit
public health by lowering rates of healthcare-associated infections, reducing
antimicrobial resistance, and protecting hospital staff as well as the larger