Is Your Office Cleaning In Safe Hands?
Any cleaning company on your business premises should take Health and Safety seriously, with many cleaning operations involving the use of chemicals and equipment, you should be confident that the cleaning operatives and any other users of your building are kept safe and free from injury. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) identifies the need for a competent person to oversee the Health and Safety of the Cleaning operations, ensuring their legal duties are met. This competent person, a manager or the business owner should have knowledge of their legal obligations and provide documentation in the following areas:
- An up to date Health & Safety Policy
It is stated in law that every business must have a policy for managing health and safety. This policy should explain how the company will manage health and safety in their cleaning operations and the cleaning operative should have been given a copy.
- Staff Training
The cleaning operative or team of operatives working in your building should have received and have recorded evidence of training in safe working practices, including personal protective equipment, working at height, slips trips and falls, manual handling and safe use of hazardous substances.
- Risk Assessments
The Cleaning Company Manager responsible for Health & Safety should have a documented risk assessment of any hazards within your building, the risk associated with these hazards and how this risk is to be eliminated or controlled.
- COSHH Assessment and Safety Data Sheets
There should be a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) assessment for any specific chemicals and Safety Data Sheets for ALL chemicals used, a copy of these assessments and data sheets should be kept and available on site. Cleaning Operatives should always be using chemicals in labelled containers.
There should be up to date public and employee liability insurance documents available on site, to ensure that all visitors, staff, clients and the cleaning operatives are appropriately covered. This should be reviewed annually.
At Cleaning Technique Ltd we are supported by Sentinel Safety Solutions Ltd and are proud to provide a safe and compliant cleaning service that adheres to Health & Safety Legislation. If you would like to know more about the services we offer please contact us