If you were to ask anyone, they are sure to come up with five solid excuses as to why they don’t need to clean.  However, when cleaning is neglected, or push to the back burner, there are several real risks and liability concerns to be considered.  This means that proper cleaning is an essential task that should be completed on a regular basis.

One of the most common risks that can occur due to improper cleaning is that of a slip and fall.  Studies have shown that this is one of the most commonly reported accidents amongst janitors and custodial workers.  The reason being they frequently work on surfaces that are wet, they climb ladders, and they are charged with moving heavy items.

They are also prone to back problems, do to their assigned cleaning duties requiring them to bend and twist several times a day, most days of the week.  Data has shown that those employees in the custodial field report injuries twice as much as those workers in other private industries.

Before assigning any type of cleaning duty to your current employees, which could very well put both them and your business at risk, consider the following.

Liability Insurance

It doesn’t matter whether you employ a full-time janitor or choose to assign the work out to your employees; there are risks for liability to be considered.  The risks are not solely limited to your employees but to your visitors and customers as well.  By outsourcing a professional and reputable commercial cleaning and janitorial service, you are assured that any possible risks will be addressed.  The most important being that the company will have proper liability coverage in place from day one.  In the event that an incident, such as a customer slip and fall, does occur the commercial services liability insurance will be the one to provide the necessary coverage.

Worker’s Comp Insurance

If you choose not to take on a janitorial or custodian for the cleaning of your business and decide to source the work to your employees, then worker’s comp insurance is a significant necessity.  If the work you assign cleaning duties to, and during the performance of those duties become injured, your worker’s compensation insurance will be required to cover the employee’s injuries, is that they were acquired in the performance of the responsibilities.  This is can not only have a significant impact on your company’s overall productivity and morale, but it will also lead to the possibility of a considerable increase in your premiums.

OSHA

Every business has to follow a set of requirements handed down by The Occupational Safty and Health Administration—or OSHA.  Through these requirements, companies are expected to maintain their facilities in a clean, serviceable, and sanitary condition.  The code also sets requirements that the employer develops and implements a set schedule for making sure the facility is serviced, cleaned, and supplied adequately.  OSHA also oversees that businesses stay up to code with proper storage, as well as use, of their cleaning chemicals and materials.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to the cleaning of your facility.  If you choose to have your employees be responsible for the task, you need to make sure you do your homework and make sure all your bases are covered in the areas of possible risks and liability issues that may arise.