When it comes to the health and safety of your staff, having a clean office environment significantly lowers the risks of accidents and also illnesses.
But there is another aspect of keeping your business premises clean that also impacts on health and safety, and that is window cleaning.
First of all, it is not a good idea to get office staff or any other employees to clean windows in the workplace. The only exception to this might be any maintenance staff you employ, and then, only if they are trained and experienced with working off ladders.
Protecting members of the public
Of course, it’s not just the health and safety of your staff that you have to think about when having your windows cleaned at work. It’s members of the public too. If you have passers-by in the vicinity when window cleaning is in process, they also can be at risk from falling objects or slippery walking surfaces.
The welfare of cleaning contractor operatives
Health and safety considerations don’t stop with staff or joe public either. You also have to consider the welfare of the cleaners themselves. If you employ window cleaners who used untrained or inexperienced staff, you could also be deemed to be culpable if they get hurt in the process.
The danger is even greater of course if your offices are in a high rise. Working at height is always inherently dangerous, and these types of falls can cause severe injuries and are often fatal. There is also an increased risk for any members of the public who are allowed to stray into the area.
The advantage of using a professional approved cleaning contractor
The safest way forward for any business is to use a firm of professional cleaners like us here at Associated Cleaning Contractors. Our health and safety standards are impeccable; when you employ us, you are safe in the knowledge that:
– All our procedures are tried and tested and are covered by appropriate COSHH risk statement – We regularly monitor and update or procedures – All staff operating cleaning platforms are covered by IPAF operator certificates – Any tower erections are PASMA certificated – We periodically carry out health and safety spot-checks – All cleaning projects we undertake have pre-drawn up specifications – We carry out regular audits involving the client where appropriate
Keeping your windows sparkling clean is not only good for those working inside the building, but it also has a positive effect on outsiders too. Employees have a clear view of the world outside, and visitors and passers-by are assured of the professionalism and integrity of the business owners.
Here at ACC, we cover all aspects of commercial cleaning within our project management remit. For more information, call us on 01204 495 222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.