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Why Your Office Cleaners Shouldn't Handle Industrial Cleaning

by Same Patterson

If your company has an industrial area of any sort, along with an office area in another part of the building, you typically don't want to use the same cleaning crew for both areas. Office cleaning may be simple enough and can sometimes be done by a company that offers residential and other general types of cleaning, but industrial cleaning is usually more complicated. Note a few of those differences here so you can better understand why you need an industrial cleaning company in particular for your production or warehouse area.

1. Hazardous waste

Many types of waste that are produced in a production area are considered hazardous, and they will need special handling and disposal. Failure to dispose of these materials properly might mean a fine for your company; in some cases, you as the business owner may be legally obligated to hire a company that specializes in handling hazardous materials and that is properly trained in its disposal. Office cleaners usually don't handle hazardous materials, flammable materials, biological waste, and the like, whereas an industrial cleaning company is more likely to have the legally required equipment and training for handling these materials.

2. Cleaning to certain codes

In many industrial settings, the cleaning needs to be done to certain codes or that follows certain legal requirements. For example, if your industrial area has any type of food storage or food handling, the cleaning may need to involve antibacterial products that are safe for contact with food. The cleaning may also need to be done with materials that are fire resistant, if your industrial area includes welding, smelting, and other such processes. An office cleaning company is usually not familiar with such codes and not able to clean the area accordingly, which could also result in heavy fines for your company.

3. Safety

Industrial cleaning may involve cleaning in tanks, around propane or welding gasses, in a warehouse with high shelving, and other areas that are somewhat hazardous. Office cleaners usually are not experienced in how to stay safe in such areas and may pose a hazard to themselves and to others in the area. If an office cleaner were to be injured while in your industrial or production facility, you may be liable for their injuries even if they're not on your payroll. Industrial cleaners may be more properly trained in how to work around warehouse shelving, forklifts that are in operation, and other such hazards, keeping them and your own staff safe.

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