Supervision and Management:
These rules are to be used with the general health and safety rules issued by the company.
Supervisors and Management must know and understand the company’s health and safety policy rules.
They must ensure, as far as possible, that all employees within their jurisdiction also know and understand the policy and rules.
Staff must be aware of health and safety rules of customers and any special hazards present in the buildings in which employees work.
Employees must not be allowed to undertake any work which puts health and safety at risk.
Be sure that employees are familiar with the machines they operate.
Where defective or suspect machinery is reported, make sure it is taken out of service, labeled as such and examined as soon as possible.
Make sure that employees are familiar with the buildings in which they work, particularly fire precautions and procedures and fire exits.
Know the location of telephones or alarms for use in an emergency.
Ensure that first aid kits are available where necessary and are complete.
Set a good example to employees and encourage an active interest in health and safety at work.
The health and safety rules have been drawn up by the company for the protection of employees. Each employee, however, has an obligation to take reasonable care for health and safety of his or herself and of other persons who may be affected by his or her omissions at work.
Any employee who is in doubt in regard to health and safety in relation to any machine, process or work procedure must raise the matter with his or her immediate supervisor.
All accidents are to be reported, however trivial they may appear and the appropriate entry is made in the accident book.
Where customers have particular rules on health and safety within their premises or draw attention to specific hazards, their rules, etc. will be read in conjunction with or as an extension to these rules.
Workers must wear protective clothing or safety equipment which is issued, it will used at all times when carrying out work.
Employees must examine all items of equipment before use and report any suspected defects to their immediate supervisor.
Furthermore electrical equipment such as vacuum cleaners must be used with care. The plug must be properly removed from the wall socket and not pulled out by using the mains lead.
Plugs and leads must be examined for signs of wear and damage.
On no account must electrical machines be allowed to come into contact with water, except where it is designed to do so, e.g. A scrubbing machine. We do not handle machines with wet hands.
Try not to continue to use any machinery which appears not to be functioning properly.
Electrical machines must only be repaired by a properly qualified person.
Keep all cables clear of machinery when in use.
Be aware to not leave unattended machines connected to the power supply and switched on.
We do not recommend you attempt to remove parts of the machine. e.g. brushes, discs, while machinery is connected to the power supply.
Staff may only use machines after they have had instruction and training in their use.
In the process of cleaning floors, do not walk on a wet floor. If you have to, take special care in case you slip.
It is not recommended that you place buckets, mops etc. where yourself or others could fall over them.
When cleaning floors with water or carrying out other floor maintenance procedures in occupied buildings, warning signs reading Wet Floors- Cleaning in Progress, should be displayed on all approaches and left until surface is dry.
Always check that any taps which have been used are firmly shut off before leaving the premises.
Try not use any cleaning agents, chemicals, etc. for any purpose other than that which they are supplied.
It is not recommended that you mix any solutions or chemicals. The results could be FATAL. (i.e. Spirits of salts mixed with, or in contact with, bleach produces lethal gas).
Handle all solutions with care. So far as possible do not allow contact with skin. Avoid spillages and fumes.
In respect of carpet and upholstery cleaning, check the fabric of the pile in order to ascertain what type of cleaning system is required. Always carry out a “test” clean on a small patch of the material prior to carrying out the cleaning of the whole area.
Acid cleaning agents may also be used under strict supervision by staff authorized in their use.
Avoid using materials if you are not certain about its use.
All containers must be clearly marked. Materials must not be decanted into unmarked containers.
Ladders and Access Equipment:
Where ladders or other access equipment is being used, make sure it is safe before you mount it.
If on a ladder etc. do not attempt to over-reach. You may over-balance.
Remember that the base of the ladder or equipment is secure and will not slip.
Don’t attempt to use equipment for a purpose for which it is not intended.
If equipment is used where others pass by, make sure they are aware of the hazard.
Mount a particularly high ladder without someone to steady the base. Be extra careful in strong wind.
Take care when lifting heavy weight.
Bend your knee’s, not your back.
lifting a weight beyond your capability will not be needed.
Be particularly careful when carrying loads up and down stairs.
No running is acceptable in the workplace. Walking only.
Wear suitable footwear.
Watch out for machine cables and wet floors.
If cleaning stairs be careful if you step back.
The work above hand height without a proper step-ladder or other equipment.
Employees are expected to familiarize themselves with the buildings in which they work. Fire procedures must be noted, particularly the location of fire exits.
Try to avoid the use of inflammable materials, particularly spray polishes, etc. near naked lights.
Use a separate metal bin.
Personnel are to be aware of the fire drill for the building you work in.
Know where fire extinguishers are positioned.
Ensure all electric fires or similar heaters are switched off.
Always wash your hands after using cleaning materials.
If you or your household suffer from any infectious disease, this must be reported to your supervisor.
Workers are to take extra care to not damage furniture and equipment.
Avoid your faculties to be impaired by drink, drugs etc.
Keep your equipment clean and tidy.
On Customer Premises:
Disconnect any plugs or leads unless you know this is in order, and then reconnect them after you have finished.
Note which doors are locked and if you are not satisfied tell your supervisor.
Therefore take care not to damage furniture and equipment.
Before disposing of rubbish bags and contents of waste paper bins, or anything near them, ensure the materials being thrown away are in fact rubbish. If in doubt, do not throw away.
Please do not clean computers and VDU’s unless you have been advised to do so and then make sure the equipment is switched off and only proprietary cleaning equipment and applications are used.
Finally If you are not sure, ask and if you see a hazard be sure to report it.