Safety guidance for every commercial cleaning activity
Occupational Health and Safety is one of those non negotiable requirements of every business. When you engage a commercial cleaner for any cleaning task it is important that you have prepared some safety guidelines for your cleaners as well as your business employees. It cant be stressed enough just how important these safety guidelines are as there can be significant risk of injury occurring while workers are engaged in these activities.
Here are some areas to consider.
When a floor is being mopped and cleaned, there should be appropriate “Wet Floor” signs displayed, reducing the risk of slippage and falls. Any fall can result in serious injury – and you should do everything in your power to reduce the risk.
Care should be taken when cleaners are required to use ladders to perform cleaning tasks. Your guidelines should require that someone stand below the ladder to ensure that the ladder does not over balance and cause the cleaner to fall.
In addition to that the ladders should be of sufficient quality to ensure that self-balancing does not create any threat of slippage.
Heavy lifting is another area that requires some attention. Proper education should be given to all staff likely to be involved in heavy lifting jobs. The risk here is significant and costly back injuries . Training should cover the correct postures to adopt.
Waste disposal and collection within the office requires some thought. It is essential to separate combustible waste items and keep them well away from any kind of heat or flame.
Proper material storage is another area where written guidelines should be mandatory. By way of example it has been known that some cleaning staff have stored ladders in front of electricity panels – completely hiding the panel. The potential hazards of not being able to locate the electricity panel in a time of fire are obvious.
Safety equipment is also needed while performing many cleaning tasks. Essential equipment like gloves, glasses and aprons can be useful safety shields and are able to protect workers against dust and chemicals.
If you operate a business within the Melbourne area and you need assistance with any aspect of commercial cleaning then give Envy Cleaning Solutions a call at 1300201341.We will arrange to make a mutually convenient time to discuss your requirement.