It’s important in any job that you take the right precautions to ensure your safety and those around you, and this is definitely of the utmost importance when you’re working at height in the cleaning industry.
Whether you’re using stepladders to clean hard to reach areas in offices or you are tasked with a full warehouse clean you should always ensure that the correct planning and equipment is used to ensure maximum safety at all times. Unfortunately, accidents do happen in the cleaning industry, but many of them can be avoided if the correct precautions are taken prior to cleaning.
As part of the Regulations, duty holders must ensure:
- all work at height is properly planned and organised;
- those involved in work at height are competent;
- the risks from work at height are assessed and appropriate work equipment is selected and used;
- the risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and
- equipment for work at height is properly inspected and maintained.
- There is a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height.
Duty holders must:
- avoid work at height where they can;
- use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height; and
- where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur.
As a business if you are having cleaning work carried out at height then you should make sure that you adhere to the Work at Height Regulations 2005, which puts the responsibility on employers, the self-employed and individuals who control a workforce, like facilities managers or building owners who are in charge of contracting others to work at height on their premises. This means the letter of the law lands with you.
Know the Risks of Working at Height
A lot of the correct procedures for work at height come down to risk assessments. Ensuring all work carried out is well planned and organised, the risks of the work involved have been fully assessed and the correct equipment is provided to carry out the work – not using unsuitable objects such as chairs or stools to reach high areas – are all key to working safely at height.
Following on from this, those who are employing workers to carry out work at height should also assess that the person(s) using the equipment are fully competent to do so and are fully trained on how to operate the equipment safely. It is also the employer’s responsibility to ensure regular maintenance checks on equipment and that any faulty apparatus is risk assessed and replaced.
Naturally, working at height should be avoided unless completely necessary to reduce the risk of falls and accidents. However, in cases where it is unavoidable the above precautions should always be employed so the workers have the most appropriate equipment available to them and the correct measures in place to avoid any mishaps. You can also use other measures, such as harnesses or other equipment that will lessen the distance of a fall and the likeliness of injury should an accident occur.
When working at height, safety should always be paramount; so good planning, well maintained and appropriate equipment and a competent workforce is essential to maintaining the best possible Health & Safety. Hy5 Commercial Cleaning Ltd, can help you ensure complete safety whilst carrying out work at height with their professional high-level cleaning service.
With over 10 years’ industry experience of working at height Hy5 will ensure all parameters are met and provide 100% customer satisfaction.
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