H & S Factors For Cleaning Companies

by David Smith - Date: 2007-05-21 - Word Count: 426 Share This!

Health and Safety is an absolutely vital factor in the running of a successful Contract Cleaning Company. The Cleaning Industry is recognised as a high-risk area for work related ill health and injury, and regulations are put in place for exactly that reason. As an employer you are responsible for ensuring the Health and Safety of everyone who may be affected by their work.

For Cleaning Companies in the early stages of business this can be a daunting task. By reading the following advice you can start to think about ways in which you can manage your cleaning contracts and staff in an effective way.

When visiting a new site on quoting for a contract ask yourself � Is the site a safe place to work? Do you have any concerns about access, ventilation, and storage? Premises that are cluttered with obstacles will not only affect the ease to which your staff can carry out their tasks, but can pose fire risks, trip hazards and other potential dangers to your staff. Remember � they are your responsibility. Under current legislation you are legally obliged not to put your employees into situations where they could come to harm, whether that harm is immediate, short term or potentially long term.

Are your employees fully trained, competent and confident in carrying out their work in the safest possible way? All of your employees should be familiar with your company's Health and Safety Policy, emergency procedures, Method Statements, COSHH assessments and safe working practices such as storage of chemicals, materials and equipment, and the means of disposal for certain chemicals. Remember � this is not just a matter of providing documentation, all staff must fully understand all aspects of Health and Safety in their work. This is a particular problem for employees who may have English as a second language, or anyone who, for whatever reason has difficultly understanding written English. If you know or suspect that this may be the case for any of your employees, then consider the provision of Health and Safety documentation in picture format for them, as well as lengthier and heavily supervised training sessions. Always make special considerations for those who may be vulnerable through inexperience, age, disability, and in their ability to understand written and/or spoken English. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your employees fully understand all aspects of Health and Safety. Further considerations on these issues will be continued in the second part of this article.


David Smith writes prolificaly on a variety of topics associated with cleaning of which Health and Safety is just one.

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David Smith is the owner of Sparkle Cleaning Services a commercial and domestic cleaning services company operating throughout the UK Your Article Search Directory : Find in Articles

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