How Commercial Cleaning Can Reduce Risk and Liability
It’s clear that hiring a commercial cleaning company to clean your facility has many benefits. A professionally cleaned facility presents well, creates a healthy work environment, and can make for happier and more productive staff. What many business owners and facility managers fail to take into account is the reduced risk and liability that commercial cleaning services represent.
While cleaning your own business may seem like a smart way to reduce costs, there are risks and liabilities associated with this do-it-yourself approach. Most of these risks and liabilities can be mitigated by hiring a commercial cleaning company to manage the risks for you. Not to mention the cleaning.
So How Can A Commercial Cleaning Company Reduce Risk?
1) OSHA Training
Properly cleaning and disinfecting your business requires the use of a variety of commercial cleaning products, tools, and even machinery. Employees tasked with cleaning may be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals, asked to work with equipment that can present a danger, and asked to perform various tasks that may cause injury or illness if not performed properly. Failure to understand and adhere to OSHA safety guidelines can put an employee, their coworkers, or your customers at risk.
A reputable commercial cleaning company trains its employees with regard to OSHA safety standards, chemical usage, and proper operation of machinery. These people are professionals who stay abreast of and adhere to the safety standards that keep themselves and those around them safe.
2) Environmental Safety
The physical environment in which cleaning services are performed can present many hazards for you, your staff, and your customers. Commercial cleaning companies are responsible for ensuring that they maintain a safe environment while performing their duties. Proper signage for wet floors, proper ventilation when using noxious chemicals, and safe operation of cleaning equipment. These precautions help reduce liability and risk of injury.
3) Property Damage
Improper use of cleaning chemicals and equipment can cause damage to your property. Poorly trained in-house staff may not even be aware of the damage they are doing until its too late. On the other hand, a well trained professional cleaning staff knows how to properly clean a huge variety of surfaces effectively without damage or degradation. Wood floors, marble and granite countertops, various upholsteries, and even carpets should all be cleaned and maintained with proven tools and techniques.
4) Worker’s Compensation
If you are hiring in-house staff to manage your cleaning and janitorial needs then you are required to provide worker’s compensation benefits. If a member of your in-house cleaning staff is injured while performing their job they are likely to file a claim. When you hire a commercial cleaning company to manage your facility’s cleaning needs, these obligations are theirs, not yours. The cleaning company is responsible for insuring their own staff, reducing both costs and liabilities for you.
5) Reduced Risk of Illness
A reputable commercial cleaning company will thoroughly clean and disinfect your workplace and a clean workplace reduces the chances of employee illness, absenteeism, and potential insurance claims. Providing a safe and healthy work environment can mean less paid sick leave, fewer insurance claims, and happier, healthier staff.