We have a great deal of expertise in cleaning for the manufacturing sector. And it truly is specialist work, not least because of the design of industrial buildings. They’ll often need the space afforded by raised ceiling heights, while using flooring that needs to minimise trip and slip hazards. Over the next two blogs, we’re going to be looking at cleaning up high and down low in manufacturing, how high-level cleaning helps keep manufacturing sites safe – and how our services can deliver. In the first of the two, we’re focusing on high-level cleaning.

Why high-level cleaning is so important for manufacturers

It can be tricky to keep spaces in industrial buildings clean. High ceilings mean walls and corners that are hard to reach, and where dust and other residues can build up. In certain sectors, too, there are strict regulations around hygiene (such as food production and sterile medical equipment). There’s also the need for specialist equipment such as mobile elevating platforms to reach the highest levels in many industrial buildings, high-level cleaning helps keep manufacturing sites safe, and safety should be the top priority!

Of course, more often than not, dirt at high level doesn’t cause danger to life – although it is unsightly and can certainly be unhygienic. But in extreme cases, dust explosions can cause injury or even death, especially with combustible dust in certain types of industrial activity and large-scale food preparation. In the UK, this type of accident is rare, although is thought to have been a contributing factor to the fatal Bosley mill explosion in 2015. The importance of so-called Atex (explosive atmosphere) cleaning is sometimes overlooked. Yet Atex regulations mean that there are several precautions to take when cleaning in these environments to provide the highest levels of health and safety across the manufacturing sector.

High-level cleaning that keeps operators safe

Our operatives are trained to work at height, to ensure premises look professional and visually appealing, and are compliant with legislation. We can focus on every element at high level, including ducting and suspended ceilings, and windows and cladding. And we can work in every part of a building, from reception areas and offices through to industrial facilities and loading bays.

As for potentially explosive environments, our sister company REACT Specialist Cleaning have specialist Atex cleaning teams. They’re specially trained and wear anti-static clothing to comply with regulations. All the equipment for use in explosive atmospheres is Zone Rated and Atex-approved. Whether deploying pressure washers, vacuum cleaners, or air-powered jet washers, REACT will remove any potentially problematic particles at high level before they build up.

What’s more, our staff across the REACT Group always place a focus on maintaining the highest health and safety standards. If the company’s staff are onsite when we’re performing high level cleaning, we’ll ensure the area is cordoned off with hazard signs. We’ll be meticulous about making sure everything is in order before we leave the premises. We keep our staff safe, so that you can do the same for yours.

Watch out for our next blog, where we’ll look at floor cleaning for manufacturing companies.

To find out more about Fidelis Group and our high-level cleaning services in manufacturing sites, contact one of the team today.

  • Telephone: 0845 431 0382  |  0121 289 3258
  • Email: info@fidelisgroup.co.uk
  • Website: www.fidelisgroup.co.uk

Post by Jon Shaw

Jon is Managing Director at Fidelis Contract Services Ltd, a business dedicated to performance and professionalism in contract cleaning. Having been part of Fidelis for four years, and MD since December 2021, Jon knows the value of the company’s staff in building trust for successful long-term partnerships with clients in a range of sectors.

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