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Safety always comes first

Published 9th August, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Safety always comes first

Keeping windows clean can be a daunting and time-consuming task for building managers and the maintenance staff they manage. With window cleaning standards and health and safety improving, building managers understand the importance of employee training and safety.

Dedicated to developing best practices in the cleaning industry, FWC has been a professional employers trade association for window cleaners for over 60 years and part of its aims are 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 two accredited one-day health & safety courses for window cleaners: ‘Cleaning windows safely’
is a no-nonsense, hands-on, practical and theory course covering health & safety legislation, risk assessments, safe systems of work and the use of waterfed poles and portable ladders. A course written by experienced window cleaners, it will provide an externally recognised qualification, accepted by employees, clients and health & safety professionals; ‘Risk assessment training’ is a relatively new one-day IOSH accredited course that will identify any applicable legislation, discuss what to look for, show you how to put controls in place and how to draft out the risk assessments. It can also be used as proof of prior learning for City and Guilds NVQ level 2 Unit 201.

This course is aimed at everyone within the window and specialist cleaning industry.

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