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FWC safety accreditation for Advanced Cleaning Services

Published 18th May, 2010 by Neil Nixon

FWC safety accreditation for Advanced Cleaning Services

Advanced Cleaning Services, based near Newmarket, Suffolk has achieved accreditation following the FWC’s IOSH Cleaning Windows Safely course. ACS’s window cleaning manager, Simon Higgins, attended and successfully completed the training course earlier this year.

Chris Broadley, managing director of ACS, said: “With window cleaning standards and health and safety improving we have to be ahead of the game in providing a safe and professional service to our clients. We understand the importance of releasing staff for formal training, but time, staff availability and budgetary constraints can sometimes overshadow just how important this type of training is. We are, however, committed to supporting our staff and realising the importance of employee training and safety.”

Dedicated to developing best practices in the cleaning industry, the FWC has been the professional employers trade association for window
cleaners for over 60 years, and its aims include to:
• Increase public awareness of the need for high standards of safety.
• Encourage members in attaining health & safety training & education.

The FWC, in conjunction with IOSH, has launched it’s newly accredited one-day Health & Safety Course covering the use of waterfed poles and
portable ladders. With the aid of external support, the FWC has created a no-nonsense, hands-on, practical and theory-based course
covering health & safety legislation, risk assessments, safe systems of work and the use of waterfed poles and portable ladders.

This course has been written by experienced window cleaners and will provide an externally recognised qualification, accepted by employees,
clients and health & safety professionals.

Broadley continued: “The course is a must for our window cleaning professionals and will provide our staff with the ability to work safely and in line with The Work at Height Regulations 2005, which apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. The regulations include a hierarchy for
managing and selecting equipment for work at height, and state: Avoid work at height where possible; Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height; and Where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur. The FWC’s IOSH ‘Cleaning Windows Safely’ accreditation provides ACS with a professional image, improved business opportunities, lower insurance costs, but most importantly it gives us peace of mind that our staff are working inline with health & safety regulations.”

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