Owning your own cleaning business can be daunting, yet very rewarding. As the business owner, you’re the one responsible for anything that goes wrong. Hopefully you have insurance in place so your business doesn’t have to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Today we’ll cover some best practices for how to avoid accidents that typically happen in the cleaning workplace. If you can avoid common accidents, you can avoid lawsuits against your cleaning business.
PROPERLY TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES
With each new employee, it’s necessary that they are all trained properly. Not only do they need to know how to clean well, they also need to know the chemical properties of the cleaning products they’ll be using. This will help them know which chemicals are safe on certain surfaces and will help you avoid claims from clients saying that your cleaning products damaged their property or belongings.
Teach your employees to not cut corners, so they can do the job right. Make sure that your employees are trained to watch for cords, toys, and other objects on the floor. Employees also need to be trained on how to properly use all of the cleaning equipment. This is especially important for window cleaners and carpet cleaners, because they have more heavy duty equipment. Some of this equipment can be hard to handle, so make sure your employees have plenty of practice using it.
PROVIDE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
The next step is making sure that you provide the correct equipment for your employees. You’ll need to provide all of the equipment or tools necessary to get the job done. It may cost a little extra to build up a full inventory of equipment and products, but it is worth it. Remember to track your current equipment and schedule regular service appointments or maintenance. Damaged tools can create further problems and open the doors for claims made against you. The proper equipment gets the job done correctly and efficiently.
Consider having a work uniform that each employee wears while on the job. This will help them look unified and professional, and they won’t damage their personal clothing.
WEAR THE CORRECT FOOTWEAR
One of the most common claims arises from slip-and-fall accidents—whether that is your employee or your customer. This would be a worker’s compensation claim. One way to avoid this is to make sure that your employees are wearing the proper footwear. Athletic shoes or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. You should never allow sandals or other open-toed shoes to be worn on the job. When your employees are cleaning surfaces with customers around, they can make known that the floor around them is wet. Proper signage and guides can help reduce your business’ risk.
PROTECT THE HANDS
Whether you’re cleaning bathrooms at a residence, emptying trash cans at an office, or washing commercial windows, all of the cleaning gets done with your hands. For this reason, you need to make sure that your employees’ hands are protected. Use protective gloves when using cleaning chemicals to prevent contact on the skin, which can cause burning or irritation. While wearing soiled gloves, avoid touching other parts of the body.
GET INSURED WITH INSURANCE CANOPY
Although we have only listed a few common accidents that happen in the cleaning workplace, there are several more. You can do everything you can to avoid accidents, but it’s always possible that something can go wrong. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that your cleaning business is insured, and we’re here to help!
Insurance Canopy provides affordable insurance for several different cleaning professionals—from maids and janitors, to window cleaners and carpet cleaners. You can purchase monthly at the low price of $26.67 and receive full coverage. Fill out an application online in ten minutes or less to get a tailored insurance policy for your company. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our licensed insurance agents.