AP­PEAR­ANCES The Messe would be im­pos­si­ble if it weren’t for peo­ple keep­ing it clean. Plaza Watch met Heinz Got­tlieb, CEO of Got­tlieb Fa­cil­ity Ser­vices, a com­pany that em­ploys around 600 of the 700 staff clean­ing staff dur­ing Basel­world.

Plaza Watch International - - Baselworld - Words AN­DERS MODIG PHOTO G eor­gios K e f a l as

I guess that you guys have to work around the clock to keep the fair­grounds spick and span?

Well, we have peo­ple here 24/7. But the hours be­tween 3 and 7 in the morn­ing are ac­tu­ally only for the pi­quet ser­vice. That means that we are on call in case any­thing would hap­pen that re­quires emer­gency clean­ing. This is su­per im­por­tant, the show must go on as soon as pos­si­ble. It could be a small fire or some­thing like that – it re­ally looks like a pig sty af­ter the fire brigade has done their job. And it is very im­por­tant that ev­ery­thing is good af­ter­wards, and the job must be quick. And how of­ten is the pi­quet ser­vice put to use?

Luck­ily this is very rare, per­haps ev­ery sec­ond year you could say on av­er­age, and I base this on the fact that we have worked with the Messe now for 40 years. And what about the ev­ery­day work? For in­stance, how much lit­ter is pro­duced dur­ing the Basel­world?

Around 14 tons per day. Dur­ing the whole week 94 tons of lit­ter is pro­duced that we take care of. And then there is of course the clean­ing in the stands and in the public ways. What hap­pens with the lit­ter?

Ev­ery­thing gets sorted, we re­ally have a very strong ecol­ogy pol­icy. Dur­ing Basel­world we have around 100 peo­ple that work all day long only with the sorting. What is it that makes Basel­world a spe­cial place to work?

It is such spe­cial fair be­cause of the as­tro­nom­i­cal val­ues on site, the se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus is ex­tremely rig­or­ous. Ev­ery sin­gle one of our staff is se­cu­rity checked, it is like an FBI con­trol. Apart from clear­ing this all the staff need to go to se­cu­rity school, ecol­ogy school and qual­ity train­ing. And if you re­ally want to learn ev­ery­thing there is to know about clean­ing you must go 3 years to school.

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