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Contractor highlights security challenges in cleaning

Published 7th March, 2017 by Neil Nixon

Contractor highlights security challenges in cleaning

Julius Rutherfoord has published a new best practice white paper - Security in Cleaning - together with an accompanying infographic to highlight the challenges of ensuring the safety and security of facilities being cleaned and the operatives cleaning them.

Security in contract cleaning is of paramount importance. Cleaning operatives often access facilities out of normal working hours, and cleaning contractors must have effective vetting procedures in place to safeguard the security of a site and the cleaning team, whilst guaranteeing a high level of service.

According to UK Home Office data, an estimated 500,000 to 900,000 people work illegally in Britain, many in the capital. There are hundreds of thousands of fraudulent identity documents in circulation in the UK, yet few contractors are able to spot them. During the initial security vetting of staff Julius Rutherfoord inherits, the company often rejects between 20% and 40% due to forged or out-of-date IDs. Fake documents should not pass if rigorous security vetting procedures are in place.

The free Security in Cleaning white paper and accompanying infographic offer guidance as to what best practice looks like when it comes to security vetting, including:

  • Verifying identities: going above and beyond disclosure and barring service checks.
  • Document authentication and pre-employment screening.
  • Biometric recognition and GPS fleet monitoring.

Marcus Heap, Julius Rutherfoord’s sales and marketing director, said: “We understand the uneasiness that may be caused when you know that your facilities are being accessed by operatives at times of the day when your staff are usually not present. The cleaning industry is well-known for its high staff turnover, and while our progressive attitude to our workforce is improving staff retention and safety, we want to see levels of security vetting improved across the professional cleaning industry.

We are proud of our track record and confident in the service we provide to our clients. We have developed tried and tested processes which we want to share - staff and contractors have the right to work in a safe environment.”

To download the white paper, go to

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