Health and Safety – is your contractor covered?

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When it comes to observing UK laws concerning stringent Health and Safety rules in the workplace, there are increasing concerns from respected contractors about the risks posed by some companies which fail to enforce them. Here at Carlton Cleaning we always ensure our staff have industry recognised certifications, but do you know what to look out for in a cleaning contractor?

Employers are responsible

According to the law, all employers are responsible for the health and safety management of their workforce and failure to follow strict procedures can result in costly legal action.

For example, did you know that it is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees? This means making sure that all full, part-time or temporary workers must be protected from anything which may cause harm, and any risks to injury or health in the workplace must be controlled.

Under current Health and Safety law, employers have a duty of care to assess risk in the workplace, as well as instructing and training employees in how to deal with the potential risks.

Carlton Cleaning managing director Simon Charlton, warns that employers need to be aware of regulations and check all contractors have the correct cover in place. “In our industry, other companies of similar size, as well as both larger and smaller ones, do not always adhere to basic health and safety laws regarding those employed at a customer’s site,” he says. “At least seven out of 10 companies never carry out specific customer site health and safety training with their employees, with no documented evidence visible on the site, not even basics, such as a tour of the building in case of fire.”

According to Simon, there is often little training within companies on how to operate specific equipment, or how to use cleaning chemicals correctly. Other important aspects which are frequently ignored include no on-site COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) data, health and safety policy, colour coding, first aid and correct accident reporting procedures.

“Many companies tend to leave that side of things to the contractor, but if there’s a problem, accident, or even a fatality on site, whose problem is it then? Not the contractor’s, but the customer’s whose premises that person was working on!” Simon explains.

Simon is also concerned that a large number of employees, particularly those covering staff holidays or sickness, are sent to customers’ sites, but are not formally inducted and simply left to their own devices to get the job done.

“Recently, we took over from another supplier at a site, where there was an employee, who came over to us via TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) Regulations. This person had been employed continuously by the other company for more than two years but had no contract, wasn’t paid correct holiday entitlement, had not health and safety training or annual updates, no formal on-site COSHH training, or even basic cleaning training!”

Simon is calling for more regulation and closer monitoring of Health and Safety procedures, as well as promoting awareness of the problem for both employers and employees.

“It angers and frustrates me that while our company adheres to all aspects of health and safety, (we are bound and guided by two external health and safety bodies), others are simply allowed to just slip under the net!”

Carlton Cleaning are approved and accredited, and we always follow cross-infection procedures. We offer medical and clinical cleaning in Lincolnshire, and always adhere to the NHS Healthcare Hygiene manual.

Want to find out more? Contact Carlton Cleaning UK Ltd: 01507 607986

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