Category Archives: Continuous Improvement

IT’S EASY BEING GREEN

22-April 2016

Brea, CA— Contract Services Group’s (CSG) Clean Green program standard is to clean facilities for the health of its occupants, our employees and the protection of the environment for today and tomorrow.  Our approach is a total commitment of our staff and a partnership with our clients to achieve our goal.

CSG continually monitors cleaning chemical usage to ensure environmental safety. CSG utilizes 100% recyclable paper products and only uses backpack vacuums that are proven to be faster and healthier with the ability to clean up to 10,000 square feet per hour and remove allergens. CSG is also a proud owner of the Tennant T5 Walk-Behind Floor Scrubber with ec-H20 technology. The ec-H20 technology scrubs three times further and utilizes 70% less water than conventional scrubbing methods. This increases productivity and reduces cost, protecting both our environment and employees.  

It takes several components to produce an environmentally preferable cleaning program. Many of the green products, equipment and tools offered today are more effective than conventional products.  Cost has become very competitive and productivity has improved. Today, CSG has made it easy for guiding owners and property managers to implement Green Cleaning by bringing all of the components together into a single offering to maximize the opportunity to green a building, produce a healthy and productive indoor environment, and to do so cost effectively.

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Contract Services Group, Inc. is also an ISSA CIMS Green Building Certified with Honors Contractor. To learn more about the CIMS-GB certification visit http://www.csgcares.com/cims

To learn more about Contract Services Group, Inc.’s Think Green! Clean Green! program visit http://www.csgcares.com/why-csg/green-cleaning/.

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About Contract Services Group, Inc.

Contract Services Group, Inc. provides commercial janitorial, window cleaning, and window washing systems. CSG’s online presence is located at http://www.csgcares.com and http://www.windowwashingsystems.com. CSG provides janitorial and window cleaning services throughout California, Nevada and Arizona, and provides window washing systems nation wide.

Compare Competent, Qualified & Designated

Compare Competent, Qualified & Designated

OSHA construction standards require a competent person onsite as a legal obligation. But OSHA does not have a specific standard regarding a competent person.

As building owners are responsible to develop written agreements regarding safety plans when working with contract crews, knowing the level of expertise of safety committee team protects your business.

A competent person is “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them,” according to OSHA 29 CFR 1926.32(f).

A qualified person is “one who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project,” according to OSHA 29 CFR 1926.32(m).

A designated person only means that the employer’s representative was “selected or assigned by the employer as being qualified to perform specific duties” according to 1926 Subpart L. So here the OSHA standards ask employer to take responsibility to designate certain employees to job assignments based on level of competence or qualifications.

OSHA standards explicitly requiring employers to provide workplace health and safety training to all employees. This training may constitute competency but not necessarily qualifications if there is no certifications. Conversely, if a workers is certified with no experience, there’s room to question the workers competency for a specific job assignment.

To be sure your business is protected and learn about the level of competence and qualifications of your contractor’s safety committee team.

 

CSG’s Window Cleaning & Restoration Services

Window Cleaning for your exterior building can improve your company image as a professional sustainable business in your community. Effective building maintenance programs protects your assets by preserving windows and exterior surfaces from staining build-up and environmental damage. Commercial buildings endure various environmental conditions that can lead to window glass and exterior staining.

Buildings are exposed to multiple elements resulting in staining on its surfaces. The length of time that staining factors are left unchecked can create additional factors in removing stains.

  • Some window cleaning detergents attract dust and dirt causing buildup of surfactants.
  • High mineral content of water erosion from adjacent concrete or precast surfaces stains glass, seals and exterior surfaces.
  • Overspray from careless waterproofing and painting projects can stain surrounding surfaces.
  • Leaching of deteriorating caulking or coatings, rusting metals or environmental pollution including acid rain all cause staining.

Window Cleaning Services

CSG provides window cleaning services  for low, mid and high rise buildings.  Our crews are trained and certified to operate all window cleaning equipment including ladders, boom lifts, boatswain chairs and swing stages. CSG uses cutting edge technology to remove glass scratches and stains efficiently and on-site.

Services include:

  • Scheduled Window Cleaning Maintenance
  • Post-Construction Window Cleaning
  • Hard Water Stain Removal
  • Glass Scratch Removal
  • Caulking and Waterproofing

About Contract Services Group, Inc.:

Contract Services Group, Inc. is an industry leading facilities services contractor with 40 years’ experience providing commercial janitorial, window cleaning and temporary labor services throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.

Building Owners Required Safety Measures

Building owners need to understand new safety compliance requirements as OSHA shifts focus to enforcement.

OSHA includes building owner compliance requirements under a general duty clause.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 holds employers responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Building owners are liable for these policies as ANSI/IWCA I-14.

OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to:

  • Establish written operating procedures maintaining necessary health and safety requirements,
  • Select qualified personnel with special previous training for certain “designated” job assignments,
  • Ensure youth or inexperienced worker training to help reduce a higher rate of accidents and injuries,
  • Provide workplace health and safety training to employees at a certain vocabulary level or in language other than English,
  • Make available Injury and Illness Prevention Program and Safety Data Sheets binders to employees for all hazardous chemicals in their workplace,
  • Maintain citation and work-related injuries and illnesses records,
  • Post employees’ rights and responsibilities.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) also holds building owners responsible for ensuring that worker safety and public protection standards. Read more at CSG Safety Services WWS BLOG.

How to Develop a Facility Maintenance Program

A facility maintenance plan establishes the routine maintenance procedures for your facility.

As a facility manager, you can determine your preventative maintenance list and task schedule by outlining current processes and which staff members handle each task.

Determine the benefits of outsourcing your maintenance staff by comparing costs for in-house maintenance with a full service managed program.

A preventive maintenance plan includes:

  • the purpose of the maintenance policy,
  • general methods for developing a maintenance schedule,
  • inventory list,
  • who is responsible for ensuring inventory,
  • maintenance tasks that are regularly performed,
  • who is responsible for the general oversight of maintenance.

Develop a recordkeeping system including work orders, equipment procurement and staff training. You can hire a contractual maintenance professional to assist in the development of a recordkeeping procedure. A standard operating procedure (SOP) can define task items as routine, emergency, or preventive maintenance. Staff training on all preventive maintenance plans will prevent safety issues and saves costs as employees preform task more efficiently.