When you think about janitorial services, you likely think about taking out trash, dusting and vacuuming, but it is so much more. In today’s litigious society, janitorial services are also about the health and safety of your staff and customers.
While it may seem easier and more cost effective to have your own employees handle your janitorial service needs, cleaning is not just another task. Without the necessary knowledge and skills, what seems to be a “simple task” can lead to accidents and injuries to your employees, and create hazardous conditions to customers.
In fact, the leading causes of accidental injuries while performing cleaning and maintenance tasks include: falls from the improper use of stepstools and ladders; back injuries from lifting heavy objects in the wrong manner; and trips and slips.
A risk assessment can help you determine the dangers in your commercial space so you can address them and take preventative measures to reduce the chance of accidents. Is it worth the risk to have your workers performing these tasks without the proper training? If an injury occurs, it will cost you much more than hiring a professional cleaning company will. And without the skills necessary, the chances of an accident occurring are high.
One way to mitigate risk is to outsource janitorial service to a professional cleaning company. Here are some ways to reduce risk by hiring a janitorial company:
Proper Chemical Handling
The products used when cleaning may be considered hazardous and require proper handling. Anytime chemicals are used, one should have knowledge of what these agents are, how to handle them, and how to properly apply them for their most effective use.
Occupational dermatitis is a major health risk often overlooked by employers when having their workers perform cleaning tasks. Professional cleaning company employees know if or when certain cleaning products are hazardous to breathe and their impact should they come in contact with skin or eyes.
Many times if chemicals mix the result can be noxious fumes, so must be stored and used properly to prevent injury. Rarely are your employees trained in such. Your janitorial service provider has been trained which includes knowing how long a product should stay on a surface for proper disinfection and the correct agents to use on each specific surface.
Professional cleaners know how to properly use ladders, stepstools, and even scaffolding, preventing falls from heights. They also have been trained on how to properly lift heavy objects and use cleaning equipment such as mops and vacuums, power washers and more, decreasing back and other body injuries.
Slip and Trip Hazards
Training for your janitorial service staff includes how to keep areas safe from items that can cause slips and trips for your staff and customers as well. Because they specifically work on floor care, they are keenly aware of floor damage, trip hazards, slippery floor conditions, and proper product usage to reduce the chance of slips or trips and falls on your property. This is a concern for property managers who don’t want a personal injury lawsuit due to their carelessness.
Furthermore, employees of janitorial service companies are watching for simple items such as making sure doors and drawers are shut and trash cans are in the proper place so no one trips.
Because they typically work afterhours, they can allow cleaning agents enough time to work on greasy floors, use a squeegee on wet floors to lessen dry time, and use the correct amount of product in the right areas in order to prevent slips.
Professional Janitorial Service Provides Peace of Mind
Janitorial services provide more than just cleaning services, they provide piece of mind that their employees are trained in how to properly climb, lift, clean, and handle chemicals. Professionally trained workers will insure that your place of business has not only be completely and properly cleaned, they will actually help prevent accidents. A space that has been cleaned by a janitorial service is a safe space for your employees.
Denver based AAA Building Maintenance uses highly trained employees and chemicals specifically formulated for the specialized task at hand. Whether temporary construction cleaning, ongoing commercial cleaning services, or maintenance support, we are here to help property owners and managers obtain and maintain a level of cleanliness they desire. Call us today to schedule your free building audit and quote for your specific needs at 303-716-2802.