For factories, it is vital that they maintain high levels of cleanliness. Not only does maintaining high levels of cleanliness affect the health and safety of the workplace, but it affects the quality of products that they are producing and handling.
In the UK, it’s reported that an average of 22 workers die in workplace accidents. There was also an average of more than 3,100 reports of major injuries and about 4,100 reports of injuries kept workers away from work for seven days or more.
Health and Safety inspections are carried out on a regular basis to determine the cleanliness and safety precautions carried out by a business. Failing to comply with guidelines set out by The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974. Along with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Puts employee lives at risk and may result in fines and loss of the business.
To prevent this from happening, factories need to meet all of the required standards. Some of which can be implemented by using correct cleaning methods.
Keeping on top of cleaning
As factories often operate around the clock, dirt and grime can build up on floors. This can seriously affect the safety of workers but also affect the productivity of the workplace.
To combat the build-up of dirt and grime, having a deep clean can help remove all dirt from hard to reach areas and deep down in surfaces, and regular cleaning can help keep on top of any build-up, ensuring that factories meet inspection standards. Whilst this can be done inhouse by employees or your own dedicated cleaning team, hiring commercial cleaning services such as A&R Cleaning Services who have experience in providing industrial cleaning, can help improve overall cleanliness.
Cleaning individual machines daily is unrealistic and counterproductive, so when you are cleaning them, leave the finer details as part of a monthly clean. However, this should be depended on the type of product your business produces, and the mess associated with them.
Regular cleaning should be carried out daily to take care of all the main health and safety concerns. Having daily cleaning can help keep on top of floor cleanliness to prevent slips and trips, remove debris from workstations, as well as meet hygiene requirements for communal areas which is a vital part of a daily cleaning routine.
Give you peace of mind
As a business owner, you want to focus on running your business, ensuring that it is operating smoothly, and your workers are productive and working in a safe environment – not focusing on who should be regularly cleaning the factory.
Having professional commercial cleaning company such as A&R Cleaning Services in is better, as we can clean within a scheduled time frame – ensuring that it doesn’t affect the running of your business. Also, we can take the hassle of having your workers do the cleaning as this isn’t a good use of their time and can increase health and safety risks.
To prevent health and safety issues, we at A&R Cleaning conduct regular audits to ensure that cleaning standards are regularly maintained. If standards drop, we implement improvement programmes to bring standards up. Also, all of our cleaning operatives are inhouse trained in COSHH, Manual Handling and Health and Safety.
When you see a factory from the inside, they will have vaulted ceilings with supports and fixtures. Even though these are hard to reach areas, they shouldn’t be ignored and so require specialist industrial cleaning. Ignoring other high areas such as windows, light fittings, warehouse walls will lead to a build-up of dirt and dust, and when blown off they can contaminate the manufacturing of products. Avoiding these areas can present a fire risk and if these areas unclean and are pointed out during a health and safety inspection, it can make your factory grind to a halt, making you lose time and money.
With high places come high risks and dangers so it is essential that when you are having these areas cleaned, that the cleaners that are carrying out the work are certified to work with the types of machinery for assessing and conducting these types of cleans.
A good cleaning company
With ladders a thing of the past with health and safety rules, insurance and regulations, a good commercial cleaning company should have fully trained and certified staff that are able to operate cherry-picking machinery, allowing them to access impossible to reach areas.
Not only does having a professional cleaning service ensure that your workers are able to work in a clean and safe environment, but it can also help improve the quality and levels of production. No one will want to work in an environment that makes them feel unsafe or unhygienic.
A&R Cleaning Services have over 40 years experience in the commercial cleaning industry and have conducted industrial cleans for factories and industrial units across South Wales.