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OH&S requirements for commercial cleaning sites

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

These days most commercial cleaning work is serviced by contractors. A flow-on effect of this is the rise in workers compensation premiums from 2.67% to 10.52%. This notable increase has resulted in greater emphasis being placed on OH&S requirements to ensure that contract cleaning is carried out in the safest possible way.

The process should begin during the planning stage. Both the client and the contracted cleaning company have a responsibility to each other to clearly demonstrate their respective commitments to specific health and safety requirements.

 

Two sides of the story

Generally speaking, one of the main tenets of the contractual agreement from the property owner’s/manager’s side is the guarantee of a safe working environment for the cleaning contractors. This includes under normal day-to-day duties, but also heavily applies to post-hazardous situations, ensuring that work can and will only resume after an area has been deemed safe again.

Cleaning contractors are required to demonstrate that they possess the below systems which property owners/managers generally now regard as an absolute minimum:

  • Compliance with Health and Safety legislative requirements
  • OHS managements systems
  • Compliance with workers comp. and injury management requirements
  • Risk Management systems
  • OHS Incident notification
  • OHS Performance reporting
  • Property Specific Safety Management Plan

 

The above accreditations need to be proven before cleaning equipment has even been touched. Despite common misconception – commercial cleaning is inaccurately reflected by an individual in overalls boasting a sub-standard vacuum cleaner. This industry has become a science, and credible cleaning contractors provide safe and structured services.

To maintain a certain level of standard; cleaning contractors need to provide their staff with career development and ongoing training. Whether the individual executing the cleaning services or overseeing them – being able to identify issues before they become problems is becoming a necessity.

Supervisors and managers are now more commonly able to identify potential hazards and risks without the necessity to engage OHS consultants. This means immediacy in developing real solutions to avoid the avoidable, as well as cost savings for clients.