Health and Safety in cleaning

    Health and Safety in cleaning

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    It is very important that when cleaning or providing cleaning services the work is done to a standard that meets expectations and delivers on the service level agreement. At Cooper cleaning this is what we work to achieve daily within the contract cleaning sector.

    However, it is important that the work is carried out safely and therefore at Cooper Cleaning we have decided to share with you regarding some of the legal requirements.

    Below are some of the laws and acts that shape the rules on how we work in the UK.

    • HASAWA 1974
    • Management regulations
    • COSHH
    • Manual handling
    • PUWER
    • Electricity at Work

    These acts cover a lot of aspects, but this time will only focus on Employer and Employee responsibilities.

    • It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. Employers must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.
    • Employers must ensure
    • Safe operation and maintenance of the working environment, plant and systems
    • Maintenance of safe access and exit of the workplace
    • Safe use, handling and storage of dangerous substances
    • All staff receive adequate training on Health and Safety
    • Welfare provisions for staff at work are adequate
    • There is a written policy on Health and Safety
    • Employees responsibility
    • Whilst complying with Health and Safety regulations is primarily down to employers, employees also have certain responsibilitiesMaintenance of safe access and exit of the workplace
    • Employees responsibility
    • The Health and Safety Executive states:
    • “Workers have a duty to take care of their own Health and Safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions at work.
    • Workers must co-operate with employers and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.”

    Next time we will talk about the main hazards in the workplace.

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