Whether you’re operating from a small warehouse or a huge factory, and even working across multiple sites, keeping your factory clean and tidy can be a constant uphill battle.
Keeping your factory or warehouse clean and tidy should be a very high priority – however, not everyone knows the best way to maintain and organise their work with minimal hassle.
In this post, we examine the benefits of keeping your factory clean and some of the best ways and pieces of equipment to help you achieve this.
Advantages of Factory Cleaning
Increases workforce productivity
No one likes or wants to work in an untidy and dirty environment. Not only does it do nothing for staff morale, but it also doesn’t scream productivity!
An organised environment allows staff to know where to find exactly what they need, when they need it – directly affecting productivity, positively.
Indirectly, a clean and tidy factory or warehouse shows your employees that you care. That you’ve dedicated the resources to ensure a safe, efficient, and hygienic work environment, hence employees feel much happier at work and are more productive as a result.
Keeps you compliant with the law
- 22 workers die every year due to workplace accidents
- Over 3,100 major injuries on average were also reported during the same period
Factories and warehouses will have several guidelines and regulations to follow outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The main one affecting most businesses stipulates that it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure their employees’ health and safety while at work, including minimising any slips, trips, and falls, by taking all reasonable precautions. Therefore, health and safety checks are carried out on businesses regularly to check cleanliness and safety standards at all times.
Other guidance and regulations which you must be aware of include:
- The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, and
- Workplace Regulations 1992.
Precautions to keep your workplace free from slips, trips, and falls should be built into your factory cleaning procedure, and putting in place the right cleaning regimes from the start can help meet all of these requirements.
Factory Cleaning Services
There are primarily two types of factory cleaning services that we would recommend being carried out to help keep your factory in good condition.
These include regular cleans and deep cleans.
Deep Cleaning – will depend on the type of work and if the requirement for this would vary for different parts and areas of the business, however, we would recommend monthly.
This type of heavy-duty clean requires heavy-duty equipment and supplies – all suitable for your tools and machinery and even the type of flooring.
It’s best to schedule deep cleans when you know you have some downtime or a slower period of work approaching (or even ideally outside of working hours), so there is no interruption to your day to day processes.
Professional contract cleaners, Halifax, like that of Clear Choice, provide fully trained staff, who know their stuff inside and out, offering you peace of mind that everything is in safe hands.
Note: To help with scheduling, we’d always recommend you pre-book your deep cleans for the year. This way, everyone knows when and where they’re happening, and there are no untoward surprises.
Regular Cleaning – regular cleans should take place, ideally daily, with all floors, workstations, etc. cleaned, removing waste, etc. and we would encourage all employees to help maintain their workstations.
How often you schedule these regular cleans will depend on:
- What type of work is carried out?
- How often people visit your factory – appearance and first impressions can be everything.
- Do you require a sterile space for the equipment you use?
For spills or rubbish etc blocking walkways or stairs, this should be cleaned and removed immediately.
Professional commercial cleaners work to a set schedule where regular cleaning audits are carried out to ensure cleaning standards are always maintained, so you can rest assured a quality job is being done.
The right equipment for the job
Again, most commercial cleaning services in Halifax, provided by professional companies, will provide their cleaning supplies; however, it is always good to have a cleaning store cupboard with a few of the essentials:
- Dustpan and brush
- Paper Towels
Rubbish and recycling bins should also be made available and easy to access – these will also need to be emptied regularly and included as part of your regular cleans.
Please ensure that any cleaning chemicals kept on site are stored safely, securely, and away from any naked flames or immediate hazards.
Make use of a reputable cleaning team.
Using a professional and experienced team, all of the cleaning responsibility is with the team in charge. Delivering a high quality, cost-effective service that suits your business requirements.
Think of us as a valued addition to your team.
Call Clear Choice today on 01132 711 432.