A good commercial window cleaning company places health and safety right at the top of its list of priorities. After all, if a client can’t trust an outside cleaning contractor to care about the safety of the public and its employees, how can they trust it to keep their premises clean? Always check that the professional cleaners you choose have an unblemished safety record, especially when you are employing them to undertake higher risk jobs such as cleaning windows at height. We discuss commercial window cleaning and the law.
The Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 (HSW Act)
Any company cleaning their own windows needs to understand and apply the HSW Act. In short, it states that all employers must ensure that those they employ and anyone impacted by their work must be reasonably protected from risk. One of the advantages of hiring a commercial window cleaning provider is that they are used to working within the law and have the knowledge and experience to ensure that everyone stays safe.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 state that employers and anyone else managing work at height (such as cleaning windows) must plan, supervise and carry out the project using competent people and the right equipment. This includes avoiding working off the ground where it is possible to do so. For instance, by carrying out cleaning from the inside, from an existing safe platform or balcony, or by using telescopic water-fed poles. If none of these things are possible, additional equipment must be used to minimise the risk from falls.
Choose a provider with the right skills and experience
Even a client who knows their building well can benefit from the added security of employing an outside contractor with expert window cleaning skills and experience. Professional cleaners will know whether windows can be safely cleaned within the existing limits of the building or whether additional tools, platforms or abseiling equipment are required in order to comply with any duties under the law.
Whenever cleaning windows at height is unavoidable, limit your liability for risk by choosing a professional contractor who already has experience in creating the right working conditions, can provide protective equipment and offers standardised emergency procedures. Take responsibility and stay safe.
Commercial window cleaning and the law – where to find out more
We are proud to be a Safe Contractor approved and an ISO 9001 certified company. We ensure that all processes are followed safely, and all access equipment and machinery is fully certificated. All operatives are fully trained to carry out the works in hand and any project is coordinated by a Ryemead Site Manager who is IOSH trained and First Aid Qualified.
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