Category Archives: Window Cleaning Services

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.

 

CSG’s Fall Protection Regulations

CSG Safety Services Group published Fall Protection Regulations article to promote the prevention of common fall hazards.

CSG promotes OSHA fall protection regulations to help construction management, architects, building owners and facility managers prevent accidents and avoid costly and reputation damaging Cal-OSHA citations.

Both Federal and Cal-OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) found high proportion of fatalities caused by falls occurred because of a lack of fall protection.

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Your Company Reputation & Window Cleaning Services?

Hire a professional window cleaning service to protect your company resources and your reputation. Routine exterior cleaning maintains the look of your building but not all facility maintenance teams are alike. Unlicensed companies are in the news multiple times a month with near death safety violations. These very public rescues can cost lives, reputation and fines.

New Federal OSHA documents require building owners to provide safe walkway measures to rooftop workers. These regulation updates are prompting renewed focus on building inspections. Professional facility maintenance providers should have the experience and industry knowledge to maintain annual inspection processes, injury and illness prevention plans and safety training for window cleaners.

Ask about proof of insurance and company safety programs and know your industry customary costs when hiring a professional Window Cleaning Services provider.

Check on Insurance

Ask to see a copy of their proof of insurance and check the date of the policy and make sure confirm the provider carries at least $1,000,000 of coverage.

Safety

Cleaning windows involves working at heights on multi-story buildings and requires specific safety regulations compliance for maintaining worker safety. Commercial window cleaning companies must have specific equipment and relevant safety training to ensure safety of the window cleaners. Be sure your provider has Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and documents safety policies and procedures.

Don’t go cheap

Know the typical cost of window cleaning services in your area. Any company that offers a too-good-to-be-true price might be operating with illegal processes and not providing safe conditions to workers. This is a red flag sign that could cost lives. Protect your reputation and avoid fines by working with a professional team that operates in compliance with the law.

About CSG Window Cleaning Services:

CSG has created a Window Cleaning Services Decision Matrix to help companies evaluate different window cleaning contractors. The Matrix is formatted so you can use weighted values to determine the most qualified organization to service your facility.

About Contract Services Group, Inc.:

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. CSG is committed to safety excellence, high-performing building outcomes and redefining quality partnerships. http://csgcares.com

Experts agree that Department of Labor has taken notice of the hotel industry.

San Bernardino, CA – A Days Inn franchisee is expected to pay $123,678 after Department of Labor found non-compliance issues.

Daniel Pasquil, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s West Covina District Office, explains that “we encourage other hotel and motel employers to learn from this case, review their own practices and make diligent efforts to comply in the future with federal employment laws.”

Experts agree that Department of Labor has taken notice of noncompliance in the hotel industry. But it’s not all about the fines, they are also helping to remedy violations, inform consumers and provide compliance assistance.

Read the CSG Labor Laws: Compliance for Profit & Reputation. CSG can help you get compliant. Find out how at Housekeeping Staffing Services.