1. Cleaning industrial facilities involves working in factories, plants, warehouses or other industrial settings, which may pose certain challenges that you may not see in other types of facilities.

 

  1. Industrial cleaners need to work around big, heavy machinery; electrical equipment and dirty buildings, as well as potential exposure to hazardous materials and toxic chemicals. For this reason, a serious approach to health and safety is a must to ensure compliance while providing a clean working environment for employees.

 

  1. Some industrial facilities require systematic disinfecting and decontamination, while others depend on general and reliable cleaning and maintenance that conform to prevailing standards. With the above in mind, the following points should be considered when evaluating your options for a professional industrial cleaning service.

 

  1. EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES & CHEMICALS

 

  1. Many industries have specific compliance standards that may require or inhibit certain chemicals or supplies. Likewise, the scope and structure of the facility might require the use of specialised equipment. This can relate to mops, cloths, safety equipment, cleaning products, floor machines, pressure washers, hoists, and lifts.

 

  1. HEALTH & SAFETY RISK ASSESSMENTS

 

  1. A thorough risk assessment should be carried out by a competent person to assess the health and safety impact of all cleaning activities. The purpose of the risk assessment is to identify potential hazards and any persons at risk, and consequently ensure that control measures are implemented.

 

  1. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

 

  1. High quality personal protective equipment is essential when working in complex environments that are machine-intensive or could present a danger in whatever form or manner, dust being one of them. The Occupational Health & Safety Act (1993) imposes strict workplace exposure limits of 5 mg/m3 of respirable dust or 10 mg/m3 of inhalable dust over the course of an eight-hour shift. Using the right PPE, such as protective cleaning, dust masks, etc., significantly reduces these risks.
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  1. CERTIFIED CLEANING STAFF

 

  1. Depending on the nature of the facility and the scope of cleaning, different levels of cleaning personnel may be required. While office areas, warehouse spaces and other common areas are considered non-critical and require a lower level of training, specialised areas such as laboratories, production facilities, and manufacturing plants will require more training and closer supervision.

 

  1. CHOOSE THE SPECIALISTS IN INDUSTRIAL CLEANING SERVICES

 

  1. At The Specialists, we are proud to work with many of South Africa’s industrial companies, with our team of professional, highly trained industrial cleaning contractors. Our reputation for safety, value and high levels of service delivery are underpinned by our membership of the National Contract Cleaners Association).

 

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