health and safety

Every aspect of contract cleaning warrants a high level of health and safety related procedural guidance, but none more so than window cleaning and biohazard cleaning. Let’s look at the main issues and how we minimise the dangers and maximise the safety of our operatives and customers.


Window Cleaning 

The most dangerous aspect of window cleaning is working at height. Where possible we will remove the risks by using water-fed poles, often enabling our operatives to clean every window whilst on the ground.

We provide our workforce with the best training, including day-to-day health and safety training to enable our operatives to use an extensive range of access platforms, and PASMA training to give us the flexibility to use mobile scaffold towers. This equipment enables Atkins Gregory to establish the safest method of access where the need to reduce the risks involved in window cleaning is paramount.

Our heritage of providing a safe, Health & Safety conscious approach to our work ensures we reduce risk to both our staff and your organisation. We’ve worked hard to put in place:

  • IOSH-Accredited managers
  • NEBOSH General certification
  • Ongoing Health & Safety training
  • Contractors Safety Certificate Scheme staff
  • All the equipment needed to work safely and reduce risk


Biohazard Cleaning

The aim of a biohazard or trauma clean is to remove the source of a public health risk, either by cleaning or safe disposal. To do this, the situation is assessed, categorised, and decisions are made as to what will be disposed of and what will be treated and cleaned. The job will then be risk assessed, for the operatives carrying out the work and for the public, during and after the clean. A plan of action will be decided, in accordance with safe systems of work, and the operatives will perform the clean. The four key stages of clean-up are neutralisation, disinfection, removal and incineration. Infection control is paramount throughout each process. Cleaning takes place in a methodical format to eliminate any possibility of cross-contamination. We have safe systems of work for different scenarios prepared, but these are reviewed before commencement of work, as every job is unique and should be treated as such.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is supplied to operatives and includes gloves, overshoes, coverall, mask, face shield and goggles. Everything must be either disposable or sterilised after use.

Our staff carry Biosafe certification and receive regular training to ensure they understand and follow all relevant health and safety legislation and procedures.  If it is done correctly, biohazard cleaning is a systematic process, eliminating pathogens and controlling infection in a safe and controlled environment. We prepare and equip our staff to carry it out correctly, every time; ultimately, lives are at stake.

To find out more about our biohazard and window cleaning services, please get in touch.