Cleaning can be a lonely job at times, in that you are there say cleaning offices or other commercial or domestic cleaning spaces, when no one else is actually present in the building - maybe early in the mornings, or late at night.
And never more so than now with Covid-19 precautions and restrictions, and making sure both cleaners and everyone else are safe. Ensuring cleaners are there on their own and out-of-hours is a definite help.
However, there are concerns with this; for people, buildings, and items being left more exposed. But these are all manageable, once you’re aware of what they are and have sufficient risk assessments and safety procedures in place.
Therefore, here are three keys issues to be aware of, that we’ve laid out in a traffic-light format to easily remember.
So, starting with the first ‘red’ one where you need to stop straight away and arrange, to the final ‘green’ go one and get safely on with things.
1. The ‘Red’ Access Arrangements
So, to begin with stop and bottom-out what the practical access arrangements are for the cleaners to enter and exit the property.
After all, the whole building or a least part of it may be completely empty and need correctly locking and unlocking. So, having sets of keys and access codes for doors and alarms is essential.
Plus, don’t forget to carefully log and store these, and to even go through things like what lights to turn on and off, or what visitors log-book to sign in order to help the cleaner safely complete this on their own.
2. The ‘Orange’ Security Measures
You then need to get ready to look at what security arrangements are either put in place afresh or existing ones then clearly communicated.
In addition to practical things like turning alarms on and off, and knowing what rooms can’t be accessed, remember the importance of GDPR and personal security requirements.
So, any kind of paperwork when cleaning offices or personal items when in homes - ideally arrange to be locked-away beforehand, or clearly explain what can and can’t be even moved and tidied away.
3. The ‘Green’ Lone Worker Requirements
As the cleaner is getting ready to get on with their cleaning duties, complete a suitable Lone Worker assessment that helps with their personal safety. And link this with any other ones on site, for example other reception staff or individuals who are also on their own.
Make sure time alone is limited where it can be, and there are regular times and ways for them to report into others.
Have alarms and methods of them reporting any risks, and even lone-worker technology helping track movements and issues, safely.
Cleaning Safely and Effectively
We live in a more complex and isolated world now, and yet homes and businesses still need cleaning around this. Therefore, working out of hours in inevitable at some point, never more so now with Covid-19 measures.
However, going through the above three traffic-light stages will help easily manage and plan for this - from access arrangements, to security measures, and then lone worker arrangements.
You then need to keep these under regular review and updates, keeping a close eye on government guidance as well as customer and supplier needs.
But once in place, cleaning can hopefully happen easily and almost unnoticed.