Every workplace – no matter what industry, area or space – has to meet certain OHS standards for legal requirements. These requirements help keep your workers safe, which has the knock on effect of keeping them happy and healthy – two things which lead to increased productivity.

Hazardous chemicals
Many cleaning products fall under the ominous title of ‘hazardous’ because of the effects they’d have if ingested, inhaled or touched directly. Knowing which products are safe to use and which require safety equipment (such as gloves or masks) is something all cleaning professionals know but not everyone else will. If an employee suffers any harm through contact with cleaning products and you haven’t given adequate training you may be held liable.

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Time worked
OHS standards limit the number of hours employees should work per day or week. If you’re adding extra tasks like cleaning to their schedules, yet they still have the pressure of deadlines to meet, they may go over these hours. If you’re not paying them overtime, that’s a big no-no and it can also have damaging effects on their personal life.

Comfortable work environment
Another obligation employers have is to provide their workers with a comfortable work environment. This includes things such as adequate lighting (which is affected by how clean your windows are) and air quality (which is affected by the amount of dust, bacteria and mould in the room).

An extra pair of eyes
It’s your responsibility to keep your workplace clear of anything that can injure your employees – this includes items that may cause trips or slips and damaged electrical items. Having an extra pair of eyes come into your office and view these things from a neutral viewpoint can help identify risks before they turn into accidents or injuries.

Cleaning amenities
Common areas used by your staff, such as toilets and eating areas, need to be cleaned for hygiene reasons. A build up of dirt in either area can have serious consequences for your workers, such as food poisoning or other illness. Bins need to be removed on a regular basis – a job that, in reality, no one really wants – to avoid foul odours and attracting insects or rodents.

All off these OHS benefits provided by professional cleaners are complemented by the basic purpose of their role – a clean and comfortable working environment that lets your team work to their full potential.