Health and Safety
These days health and safety effects us in every walk of life. But we don’t take health and safety seriously because we have to, we take it seriously because we genuinely care about the health and safety of our window cleaners as well as the public that we clean around. We don’t want to get hurt and we certainly don’t want to unintentionally hurt anyone while we are window cleaning. Therefore we have taken measures to reduce any risk incurred while we are at work. Some of these steps are:
- Regular theory and practical training
- Carrying out and updating Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS)
- Accreditation with CHAS
- Never working at height unless it is the last resort and safe and practical to do so.
Working at height
According to the HSE work at height includes “work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.You are working at height if you:
work above ground/floor level
could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground”
Most falls and accidents to window cleaners involve the use of ladders. The work at height regulation 2005 requires that “when planning and organising window cleaning you must avoid work at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so, for example by using telescopic water fed poles or cleaning windows from the inside.”
CHAS Accreditation means that we are pre-assessed to be fully compliant when it comes to health and safety in window cleaning. Every year we have a health and safety audit to make sure that we have remained compliant and are up to date with new regulations. These means that our clients can rest assured that we will always be working to best safety practice.
Regular theory and practical training
We want all our window cleaners to be fit and well. As a result, we have regular training sessions and toolbox talks to prevent any accidents or injury. These may be for example a toolbox talk in manual handling, working at height or anything else that is relevant to window cleaning.
Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS)
Regardless of whether a client requires it or not we always carry out a RAMS as a matter of course. This is because Stayclean are constantly picking up new sites and no site or property is the same. Spending the necessary time doing this greatly reduces the risk of an accident happening.