Health and Safety for Window Cleaning

Health and Safety for Window Cleaning

From our induction to our on-site work, we take health and safety seriously and are therefore very proud of our 100% track record with no accidents or incidents since we started providing commercial window cleaning services in 2002.

Our very high standards in health and safety have been recognised by achieving Safe Contractor Approval for the 6th consecutive year and our CHAS accreditation for the second consecutive year and copies of these certificates along with a copy of our Insurance Policy is provided to all customers.

We put the safety of our staff, customers and the general public ahead of anything else. It is our responsibility to ensure our window cleaning teams understand and are fully conversant with health and safety guidelines, in particular safe window cleaning methods, risk assessments, method statements and recent changes to work at height legislation. We constantly monitor, review and improve our procedures to reduce any possible hazards that may arise.

Whilst cleaning windows with water fed poles is inherently safer than using ladders, our teams still need to recognize the risks including; trailing hoses, wet pathways and the risk of injury to others due to the incorrect handling of water fed poles.

The risks are greater when window cleaning is carried out using mobile platforms or via abseiling. Operatives will not only be trained and have the necessary insurance to use this equipment but  they will also pay particular attention to any changes in the weather and the risks associated with carrying out work at height.

These risks and hazards are assessed by our professional window cleaning teams prior to commencing a clean in the form of RAMS (otherwise known as a “Risk Assessments” and “Method Statements”).

Risk Assessments and Method Statements

Prior to the commencement of any window cleaning our professional window cleaning team will carry out a thorough “Risk Assessment” of your site.  The purpose of this is to identify anything that could jeopardise the safety of the operatives, the customer or the general public.

Different methods and buildings will present different risks, for instance a busy city centre road side site will have different risks from a quiet industrial estate.  The teams will utilize safety tools such as warning signs and hi-visibility clothing to minimize the risks they have identified.

When it comes to the weather, high winds can hinder the safe use of the water fed poles, and freezing weather can cause water that falls on pathways to become an ice hazard.

The teams have to be continually vigilant throughout the clean as weather conditions and hazards can be constantly changing.

Method Statements detail how the work is to be completed taking into account all risks and hazards the team have identified.  It is the tool that ensures the correct method of operation is applied to each job undertaken.  It should contain the sequence of works, and identify the associated risks and control measures.

If you are looking for a window cleaning team that are compliant with health and safety legislation, call us today on 0800 118 2830 for a free quotation.