How To Maintain A High Level Of Hygiene In Your Factory

Wednesday 10th November 2021

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No matter what your sector, excellent workplace hygiene standards are essential. They protect workers’ health and safety, ensure product quality remains high, and can even boost efficiency and productivity.

So professional factory cleaning services are a must for many industries. Read on to find out how we can help keep your factory spick and span.

Safety requirements in factories

As an employer, you’re under a legal obligation to provide a working environment that’s healthy and safe for everyone in the workplace, including people with disabilities.

That includes providing welfare facilities such as toilets, sinks, and, if appropriate, showers and changing areas.

It also covers ensuring that workplaces are well-ventilated and well-lit. They need to be kept clean, and be equipped with waste containers, too.

And the legislation also regulates safety issues such as ensuring that premises and equipment are well maintained, floors and traffic routes are unobstructed, and windows can be opened and cleaned safely.

Those basics apply to all workplaces. Additional regulations may be in force depending on your sector – see below.

The importance of factory floor cleaning

You must ensure your factory floor meets high standards of cleanliness at all times.

Oil and other slippery products are particularly problematic due to the safety hazard they pose: workers who slip are at risk of serious injury. Dirt and dust can also affect the smooth running of machinery and equipment. And waste or clutter on the floor presents a trip hazard and a fire risk.

However, it’s not always easy to maintain high standards of cleanliness. Unless they’re wearing protective clothing, workers can tread in dirt from outside. And the products handled in your factory can also create dirt.

So it’s essential that you have a rigorous factory cleaning policy and schedule, and stick to it no matter what.

Specialty industrial cleaning regimes

Some industries, like food and pharmaceuticals, have extremely high standards of hygiene: contamination could spoil the products and create a serious health risk to consumers.

Other industries handle dangerous products like chemicals. If attitudes towards cleanliness are lax, this could be hazardous to workers and those living nearby.

And other industries handle huge amounts of soiled products - the waste management sector, for example. You still need to ensure your workers are well protected throughout their shifts.

Failure to meet the required standards in any of these workplaces puts staff, contractors and visitors at risk. Both companies and individuals can be found in breach of health and safety legislation.

Our qualified technicians will visit your factory to carry out a thorough survey. We’ll conduct a risk assessment, and discuss relevant guidelines and legislation with you. Then we’ll provide you with a comprehensive, free quotation for the proposed work.

When we carry out the cleaning, we’ll do so in accordance with our survey, adhering to legal obligations throughout. The products we use are non-toxic and safe for humans, though it may be simplest if your workers are not present during the cleaning process.

We’ll document everything we do, so you can prove that your factory has been cleaned to the required standard.

Hygiene and efficiency

A thorough cleaning regime can even boost your efficiency and productivity.

For a start, it decreases clutter, making it easier for workers to move rapidly and safely around the factory floor. A clean environment also protects machinery and equipment from dust and dirt, keeping them running smoothly and prolonging their lifespan. And it enables your workers to find the equipment they need to do their jobs properly.

Plus, investing in factory hygiene boosts your workers’ wellbeing, and shows you care about them and their environment. That in turn prompts your workforce to take more pride in their jobs and strengthens their loyalty to your company.

And don’t forget about the importance of first impressions. It’s not just the interior you have to worry about. Make sure the exterior of your factory is in tip-top condition, too, and present your business in the best light possible.

A clean, hygienic workplace will retain staff, be attractive to potential recruits, and impress contractors and guests. So a professional factory cleaning regime is a winner on all counts.

The benefits of a professional factory cleaning company

Cleaning can be one of those jobs that falls by the wayside when time or money are tight. If it’s an add-on to your employees’ job descriptions, it’s likely to be the last thing they get around to doing – if they get there at all!

Plus, your workers or general cleaners may be skilled at what they do, but lack the training and qualifications that are needed in a factory environment.

And for factories, time is money – so it’s essential that you minimise production downtime. If your cleaners aren’t trained in factory cleaning, they’re likely to take longer than experts and do a less thorough job.

Skimping on hygiene is a false economy, for the reasons detailed above. By outsourcing the tasks to a professional factory cleaning company, you ensure the job gets done to the very highest standard with as little downtime as possible.

Our factory cleaning services

Whether you’re after factory cleaning in London or anywhere else in the UK, here at ICE Cleaning we’ve got teams ready to take your call.

All our cleaners are qualified technicians with a range of industry accreditations. When they arrive at your factory, they will be uniformed and displaying ID badges, with personal protective equipment as necessary.

They’ll get to your site promptly at the agreed time, and complete the work according to all health and safety and Covid-safe regulations. Once complete, they’ll review the work to make sure that nothing’s been missed.

Afterward, they’ll document what they’ve done and be ready to discuss it with you to ensure you’re completely happy with the standard achieved. We always welcome feedback from clients, so we can ensure our services are the very best they can be.

To find out more, contact us on enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk or 0208 066 0360 today.

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