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The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations place a duty on employers to ensure the workplace including any furniture, furnishings and fittings are kept sufficiently clean.
The regulations also require the following to be implemented;-
- Providing suitable receptacles to collect general office waste and arrangements to ensure they are emptied on a regular basis to stop the build up of rubbish in the office.
- Providing sufficient sanitary closets for both male and female employees.
- Providing running hot and cold water, toilet paper, hand soap and a means of drying hands.
- Arrangements for cleaning of spillages and dealing with defective sanitary equipment should also be in place.
By the introduction of an office-cleaning schedule this will reduce risk from micro-organisms which will help prevent the spread of disease. A specialist office cleaning company can help you draw up a cleaning schedule and assess the frequency to ensure all areas are cleaned and sanitsed on a regular basis.
It is recommended that cleaning operatives are trained to a minimum industry standard qualification of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) - Stage 1. If outsourcing office cleaning to a specialist contractor, companies should ensure this is specified during the tender process as this may cause future problems with poor safety awareness and result in poor cleaning standards.
Risk assessment should be carried out to control any hazards that cleaning operatives and office building users may encounter from the carrying out cleaning operations on site.
- Manual Handling
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Clinical Waste
- Infection Control
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