There is an almost indefinable moment when a building site transforms into a completed building and this is the point when the clean-up crew is called in. Clean-up on a construction site is vital to whisk away dusty footprints, mud and other detritus of a building that might otherwise be overlooked. But it is not enough to simply call in the cleaners, there are several steps that must be taken first.
Planning the clean-up
The cleaning supervisor should visit the site with the construction project manager and go around every room that needs to be cleaned. This serves a dual purpose, ensuring that the cleaners know in detail what is expected of them and giving the cleaners an idea of how much cleaning will be needed so they can draw up an accurate quotation.
Consider Health and Safety
Next, a method statement and health and safety risk assessment must be drawn up. These pieces of documentation are vital, protecting both the cleaners and the construction company from any risk of injury, and also providing proof of commitment to legal compliance.
The method statement is at core a plan for the cleaning job, laying out how the job will be completed, the tools and appliances needed, and any chemicals or cleaning materials that will be used.
The health and safety risk assessment examines the minutiae of the method statement, pointing out where training must be given (for example, in the use of certain appliances), where there is risk to the cleaner on the job (for example, if windows are still being glazed, there is a risk of falling, and if cranes are still on-site, a hard hat may need to be worn), and also the hazards of using certain chemicals, and whether ventilation machinery is needed to remove harmful fumes. The risk assessment will also detail any PPE (personal protective equipment) that must be worn by the cleaner. This can include hard hats, high-visibility clothing, dust masks, safety boots and more.
Agreeing the plan
Once these two documents are drawn up, they should be signed by both parties and then distributed to the cleaners who will be working on the job. This process should not take longer than a few hours (although arranging training where necessary could take a little longer) and should not delay the smooth and expedient hand-over of a beautifully built, immaculately clean property to the new owners.
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