Do Cleaning Companies Need To Write Risk Assessment?
By Josephine Coipel
In the cleaning industry one of the most probable harm arises from falling from height especially when performing window cleaning. But majority of the time it is due to either lack of safe use of ladders training, or disregard towards the rules.
So how does a risk assessment help?
A Risk Assessment is about evaluating a task that is proposed to be carried out, in order identify any potential hazard and the potential harm that could arise from the hazard, with the aim of implementing means to eliminate, reduce or control the risk. This could be done by finding a safer way of cleaning, wearing PPE (Personal, Protective, Equipment) and ensuring whosoever might be harmed has clear indication of the potential risk and were possible cordoning off the area. Falling from a ladder can be very much fatal.
It is required by law that a specific risk assessment is carried out by the employer if 5 or more people is employed. But as a common sense approach this should be done irrespective.
Common Hazards associated with Window Cleaning
Falling from ladders, slip, trips and fall, extremes of weather causing ill Health, lone working
Common Hazards associated with Carpet Cleaning
Slips, trips and falling over trailing hoses, cables or stepping from wet soft floor to hard floor Musculoskeletal injuries from lifting Carpet Cleaners, contact with solvents and other cleaning chemicals that may cause irritation, burns or dermatitis
Common Hazards associated with Office Cleaning
Falling from heights, lone working, slip, trips and fall, contact with bleach and other cleaning chemicals
Common Hazards associated with End of Tenancy Cleaning
Falling from Heights, slip, trips and fall, contact with hot ovens, cleaning sharp edges/ corners, Contact with bleach and other cleaning chemicals that may cause irritation, burns or dermatitis, collecting sharp waste.
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