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Slips and Trips

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You must ensure your staff and anyone else who could be affected by your work are kept safe from harm. You must assess the risk from slips and trips and take reasonable precautions. Slips and trips remain the single most common cause of major injury in UK workplaces. The process of cleaning can create slip and trip hazards, especially for those entering the area being cleaned, such as the cleaners. Examples include smooth floors left damp and slippery, trailing wires from a vacuum or buffing machine, which can present a trip hazard. An effective cleaning programme requires a good management system to help you identify problem areas, decide what to do, act on decisions made and check that the steps have been effective.

Good communication is also needed at all levels to ensure messages are effective and the right action is taken, eg between equipment and chemical suppliers to ensure suitability of a product for the type of contaminant and floor. Effective training and supervision is essential to ensure cleaning is undertaken to the correct standard. Cleaners need to be informed of their duties and why the cleaning needs to be undertaken in a particular way or at a particular time. Lack of understanding can lead to inappropriate shortcuts.
Advice:

• Use the correct amount of the right cleaning product.
• Allow detergents enough time to work on greasy floors.
• Maintain cleaning equipment so it remains effective.
• Use a dry mop or squeegee on wet floors to reduce floor-drying time, but remember, while the floor is damp there is still a slip risk.
• Even using a well-wrung mop will leave a thin film of water, sufficient enough to create a slip risk on a smooth floor.
• Spot clean where possible.

People often slip on floors that have been left wet after cleaning. Stop pedestrian access to smooth wet floors by using barriers, locking doors, or cleaning in sections. Signs and cones only warn of a hazard, they do not prevent people from entering the area. If the spill is not visible, they are usually ignored.
You must assess the risk from slips and trips and take reasonable precautions.

Office cleaning: Health and safety tips from Alpine Facilities Services: Are you concerned about your incumbent contractor? If so, contact us now on: 0845 520 2014.

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Working at heights

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There are numerous cases within the cleaning sector of accidents involving working at height, for example: whilst working on ladders, overstretching from ladders whilst window cleaning and standing on chairs to clean high level surfaces for example. With a small amount of planning and by using competent people, who have the right experience and training and the right equipment, these accidents can be easily avoidable.
What you must do

The law

Work at Height Regulations 2005 place duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person that controls the work of others (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height).
As part of the Regulations, duty holders must ensure:

• All work at height is properly planned and organised;
• Those involved in work at height are competent;
• The risks from work at height are assessed and appropriate work equipment is selected and used;
• The risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and
• Equipment for work at height is properly inspected and maintained.

There is a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height. Duty holders must:

• Avoid work at height where they can;
• Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height; and
• Where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur.

Call Alpine Facilities Services on 0845 520 2014 for further detailed information, a free consultation and free risk assessments as part of our inclusive service solution. Office cleaning Manchester

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Risk Assessments

 

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Risk Assessments – call Alpine Facilities Services on 0845 520 2014 for further detailed information, a free consultation and free PAT testing as part of our inclusive service solution.

As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and you need to decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent possible harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out. A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace and protecting your employees.  Risk assessments will help you decide whether you  have covered all you need to.

Think about how accidents and ill health could happen and concentrate on real risks – those that are most likely and which will cause the most harm.  For some risks, other regulations require specific control measures. Your assessment can help you identify where you need to look at certain risks and these particular control measures in more detail. These control measures do not have to be assessed separately but can be considered as part of, or an extension of, your overall risk assessment.

Whether you require office cleaning in Manchester, Lancaster or Leeds, waste management services, TM44 building surveys or air conditioning services – Alpine provide a one stop solution for all of your cleaning and facilities needs.  Contact us for you free consultation and ask about our price matching service.

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Health and safety guidance from Alpine

Office Cleaning Manchester

Office cleaning: Health and safety tips from Alpine Facilities Services: Are you concerned about your incumbent contractor? If so, contact us now on: 0845 520 2014

Slips and trips: What you must do:

You must ensure that your employees and anyone else who could be affected by your work (such as visitors and members of the public), are kept safe from harm. You must assess the risk from slips and trips and take reasonable precautions. Slips and trips remain the single most common cause of major injury in UK workplaces The process of cleaning can create slip and trip hazards, especially for those entering the area being cleaned, such as the cleaners. Examples include smooth floors left damp and slippery, trailing wires from a vacuum or buffing machine, which can present a trip hazard. An effective cleaning regime requires a good management system to help you identify problem areas, decide what to do, act on decisions made and check that the steps have been effective. Good communication is also needed at all levels to ensure messages are effective and the right action is taken, eg between equipment and chemical suppliers to ensure suitability of a product for the type of contaminant and floor. Effective training and supervision is essential to ensure cleaning is undertaken to the correct standard. Cleaners need to be informed of their duties and why the cleaning needs to be undertaken in a particular way or at a particular time. Lack of understanding can lead to inappropriate shortcuts.
Top tips:
• use the correct amount of the right cleaning product
• allow detergents enough time to work on greasy floors
• maintain cleaning equipment so it remains effective
• use a dry mop or squeegee on wet floors to reduce floor-drying time, but remember, while the floor is damp there is still a slip risk
• even using a well-wrung mop will leave a thin film of water, sufficient enough to create a slip risk on a smooth floor
• spot clean where possible

People often slip on floors that have been left wet after cleaning. Stop pedestrian access to smooth wet floors by using barriers, locking doors, or cleaning in sections. Signs and cones only warn of a hazard, they do not prevent people from entering the area. If the spill is not visible, they are usually ignored.
You must assess the risk from slips and trips and take reasonable precautions. Some simple things you might consider as part of your assessment are:

Most slips happen on wet or dirty floors. Ensure cleaning happens at the right time and is carried out in the correct manner, using the right products and equipment for the job. Ensure wet floors signs are always used. Ensure spillages are cleaned up immediately and the floor is left dry. It’s easy to trip on damaged floors so, if you spot an area of damage, highlight the damaged area, report it and where possible keep people away. Ensure cleaners use electrical sockets nearest to where they are working to reduce the risk of tripping.

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TM44 Regulations and surveys

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TM44 REGULATIONS – AIR CONDITIONING REPORTS AND INSPECTIONS

The aim of the air conditioning TM44 regulations is to ensure the efficiency and safety of a system, and to advise on reducing operating costs and carbon emissions through a regulated inspection. It is the system operator’s statutory obligation to ensure that an air conditioning system under their control is inspected, maintained and operated correctly.  There are a number of points that regulate when an air conditioning system must be inspected.

  • All systems fitted on or after 1 January 2008 must have an inspection within five years of the fitting date.
  • Systems with an effective rated output is more than 250kW must have had an initial inspection by January 2009.
  • Systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW must have had an initial inspection by 4 January 2011.
  • Only systems with an effective rating of over 12kW are affected by these regulations.

 

Air conditioning TM44 regulations are designed to examine the refrigeration and air moving systems and their relevant controls.  There is also a requirement for the assessor to estimate whether the system is suitably sized for the area as well as suggest ways that the system could be improved.

It is the responsibility of the person who controls the system to ensure that access to all relevant parts of the air conditioning is accessible for the assessor to safely carry out the inspection.  The assessor is not responsible for fixing any part of the system that is found at fault.

Although the inspection primarily addresses energy performance the assessor must confirm that relevant checks have been made to ensure that there is no risk of Legionella as required by Health (Legionella) Regulations 2001.

The report will contain:

  • Building address.
  • Name of the accredited energy assessor
  • Name and address of the energy assessor’s employer.
  • Date of inspection
  • Name of the government accreditation scheme.
  • System efficiency.
  • Faults found during the inspection.
  • Adequacy of controls and maintenance procedures.
  •  Size of the system in relation to its cooling load and suggestions for improvement.
  • A summary of the findings and recommendations.

After 6 April 2012, all reports produced must also contain a valid report inspection number.

Although there is no legal requirement to act upon the air conditioning TM44 regulations inspection report findings, the penalty for failing to have a report is a fixed £300 with a further £200 if the report is not made available within seven days.

For an inspection, consultation or to arrange an audit with one of our assessors, please contact us on: 0845 520 2014 or at enquiries@alpinefs.co.uk

 

 

 

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School Cleaning

School Cleaning

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Many schools are switching to green cleaning practices, a practices which is environmentally friendly and even cost effective. Green cleaning practices are known to perform well and are associated with fewer health and safety hazards. Schools have been found to save on costs whilst engaging in these cleaning practices, and as the evolution to go green gains momentum, a good way to start, is via schools. Here are some of the school cleaning best practices.

1. General Cleaning best Practices

The starting point to school cleaning best practice starts by adhering to the best practices such as:

• Keeping dirt at bay by walking on mats at the entrance and exit points.
• Reducing litter in classrooms.
• Effective hygiene implementation practices.
• Proper and right dilution of cleaning products to ensure safe practices.
• Maintaining and replacing cleaning equipment equipment on a rolling / annual basis. Modern equipment is designed to clean without circulating dirt.
• Disinfecting and scheduling of bacterial prevention programmes.

2. Go Green

The best cleaning products to use are those green products that function as a system. For instance, if you need to use green floor strippers you may require to change your floor finish into floor finishes that are effectively cleaned by green floor cleaning products.

3. Purchase Concentrated Floor Cleaning Products

In pilot tests carried out in schools and facilities in Liverpool and Manchester, it was established that switching from pre-diluted cleaning products to concentrated cleaning products was of benefit to the educational institutions. Moving away from ready-to-use products was found to save schools money as well as lowering transportation costs. Diluted products mostly contain large amounts of water, so basically a school will be paying to transport large amounts of water.  For instance, purchasing diluted bathroom disinfectant will cost a school the charges to pay for 64 ounces of water used to dilute every single ounce of the disinfectant. Therefore, diluting it correctly will save the school time and money.

4. Metered Dilution

Diluting chemicals and cleaning products by hand leads to staff using more concentrated products than recommended. It is thus recommended for schools to use metered dilution equipment that will effectively measure the right amount chemicals required.  School cleaning best practice is the way to go when effective cleaning is required. Schools can as well hire the services of professional cleaners such as Alpine Facilities.

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Commercial Cleaning in North West

We create a tailor made commercial cleaning programmes for your needs.  Our cleaning operatives are trained to the highest standards. We have adopted the NHS colour coding system for all of our services; this is to ensure no cross-contamination takes place. High quality cleaning materials are used on all our clients premises.  We work to your requirements and we implement the programme.  We retain a tremendous amount of clients because we genuinely listen to what you want and customer service is our priority.  Do you know a clean office environment increases productivity and reduces stress?  We have a number of great offers, a referral programme and a nominated charity we donate to.  An in all, it’s a win win for everyone involved.

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CCTV project for a large company

We have recently completed a CCTV project for a large company. We offer CCTV surveys for our client around Greater Manchester, and the Northwest.

We have CCTV surveyors who are qualified to ensure that all of the information is collected digitally and delivered to the customer making sure that the requirements are captured and met, we deliver a written report along with a DVD of the Survey,

More information about the service can be found on our CCTV information page

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How does recycling affect a business?

How does recycling affect a business? According the Government, each year we produce 177 million tonnes of waste in England alone. If not handled correctly, this waste is extremely costly to dispose of and has an very detrimental affect on the environment.

Businesses and consumers are being urged towards ‘zero waste’ – this doesn’t mean waste won’t be produced – that will never happy – but it means the waste that is produced is disposed of in the most environmentally-sound way; primarily this is by reducing, reusing and recycling as much as you possibly can.

Many businesses still send a great deal of their waste to landfill – not only is this very harmful to the environment because of the greenhouses and methane landfill sites produce, but it is also very costly to a business with the cost per tonne in Landfill Tax currently standing at £80.

By introducing recycling to your business you will be seen in a positive light by your staff and more importantly, your customers. Recycling doesn’t have to be complicated and could be as simple a introducing containment bins for dry mixed recycling (DMR); or if you wanted to go further you could segregate on site and have different bins for paper, cardboard, tins, bottles, plastics etc. Introduction of these measures is important if you are looking to achieve ISO14001 status.

By recycling you can also affect a business by generating income from your waste – rebates are available for good quality paper, cardboard, plastics and other materials – so instead of paying hefty landfill taxes to dispose of your waste, you could actually be treating it as an income source for your business.

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