The company safety and hazardous communication training program is designed to be implemented in both the ongoing safety classes as well as the workplace. This is a “living program”, that constantly changes to reflect new and better/enhanced safety methods. This safety program is reviewed by the Operations Managers, and in return, reviewed by the Crew Supervisors, who remain on the cutting edge of jobsite safety in the workplace.
It is important to remember to always THINK SAFETY. Extra Clean strictly adheres to all OSHA; ANSI, and window cleaning industry safety standards, regulations, and guidelines, such as the ANSI IWCA I-14.1-2001 Window Cleaning Safety Standard, plus Extra Clean’s own safety guidelines. Further, as required, all crew personnel wear company hardhats, safety vests, as well as hard tipped work shoes, and safety goggles should the job be located at a new construction site.
All personnel, before hired, have their references checked, and are both interviewed and demonstrate their ability to perform their specific duties and responsibilities. Personnel are instructed in the use of products and cleaning equipment. MSDS sheets are explained and discussed. Further we have a zero tolerance drug policy and as such, we conduct random drug testing.
We perform safety sessions for experienced as well as entry level personnel. These sessions vary from a minimum of quarterly to six (6) times a year. In addition to safety issues, these sessions teach correct product use, and review new products available. The Operations Manager reviews all product MSDS (as mentioned above) and product information sheets in order to be aware of the safe usage of each product, and to be aware of the products’ health hazards; required protection; special handling, and general requirements.
In our industry, Extra Clean complies with myriad of OSHA Regulations (e.g. OSHA Regulation Part 1910.66, including Appendix C ) and ANSI Standards (e.g. ANSI IWCA I-14.1-2001 Window Cleaning Safety Standard). Appendix C of the aforementioned 1910.66 OSHA Regulation is of special significance to our industry due to its reference to roof anchor systems; inspection frequencies, inter alia, and as such, we provided a link to this OSHA Regulation, found on the webpage under “Regulations (standards – 29 CFR) for your review and information. When navigating this OSHA Regulation entitled SubPart F – Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle Mounted Work Platforms for Building Maintenance; go to section (g) Inspection and Tests, (2) Periodic Inspections and Tests (i) which is our reference to having the building’s roof anchor system tested annually by a Qualified Person.
General High-Rise Safety Review
The following listing outlines general high-rise safety guidelines to be reviewed with all crew Supervisors and crew members.
1. Safe primary and secondary roof tie off anchor points
2. Proper procedure/location to “suit up” in fall protection equipment
3. Roof with and without parapet walls
4. Uniform, and use of safety goggles
5. Jobs to be performed on single Rope Descent Systems (RDS) and on rolling or power scaffolding
6. Use of various types of descent cylinder devices
7. General condition of roof/weight factors
8. Descent methods (steady and free-fall)
9. Buddy rescue systems (not less than two persons when doing high-rise work)
10. Single person rescue (Use of an ascender and 1/2″ or 7/16″ rope lines)
11. Use of safety gloves
12. Evaluate use of transportable equipment (counterweights)
Safety Violation/ Recommendation Program
The Operations Managers randomly visits all job sites and checks the performance of crew Supervisors and crew members. Should any Division’s crew Supervisor or member be observed in violation of any safety procedures, that individual will be required to attend a special safety review class and may be subject to a fine for repeat violations.
Additionally, the Operations Manager identifies and rewards any company individual who suggests new safety method(s), or whose Supervisor confirms that an individual constantly follows all safely requirements. The company policy achieves a dual purpose, i.e. the field personnel do not just think of safety requirements in negative terms, but rather safety performance is rewarded—this is positive. It is important to have all field personnel continually thinking of SAFETY in the workplace.
Window Cleaning Division Specific Safety Review
PERSONNEL EQUIPMENT SAFETY CHECK
Prior to and following each day’s work, each crew member, with their Supervisor, checks all fall protection equipment for wear and tear, including equipment systems check, to make sure that all equipment is safe and properly operational.
In addition, the Operations Managers check, on an impromptu basis, personnel equipment as an added safety measure. Any equipment to be found unsafe or not properly operational is immediately pulled from use and returned to the office for inventory reordering.
Construction Cleaning and Specialty Cleaning Division Specific Training
Crew members are instructed that at the job site, they must wear, as required, hardhats, safety glasses, safety vests, and hard-tipped shoes. All personnel are taught about the chain of command, including one-on-one communication with fellow workers and other customer and subcontractor employees. Special emphasis is given to instructing all personnel in being aware of any potential safety hazard either in their immediate working area, or something observed outside their immediate working area. In either case, the personnel are explained that they may be exposing themselves to a hazardous situation, and that they must immediately report any noted incident to their supervisor. Another specific area of safety training includes product dilution and mixing of one product with another. The personnel are made aware of either dangerous chemical reactions, or the results of improperly diluted products.