Under the COSHH?

As most of you will know, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations are the health & safety laws which require employers to prevent or reduce workers’ exposure to hazardous substances.

These laws cover substances including cleaning chemicals and the fumes, dusts and vapours that they produce, as well as biological agents and other substances relevant to the cleaning industry.

Here at Jangro, we provide COSHH Risk Assessments for all our products, while our wide selection of wall charts includes Good Practice Top 10 Safety Tips developed with COSHH in mind, and our COSHH Learning Management Solution training course is one of our most popular.

Limiting workers’ exposure to substances that could harm them is vitally important, and the cleaning industry has worked hard to comply, developing a myriad of risk assessments, training programmes and best practice guides to help users clean safely and efficiently.

Is change on the way?

While any change is likely to be many years down the line, a recent report from independent employers’ organisation the Confederation of British Industry raised an interesting question: What is the future of COSHH in a post-Brexit UK?

It points out that COSHH and many other health & safety laws, labelling and classification systems are European-driven regulations. Key points raised by the report include:

  • “Many of these regulations have been expensive to implement since their introduction;
  • If the UK’s chemicals regulations are no longer recognised as equivalent to the EU’s, chemicals businesses may face multiple sets of requirements;
  • Some businesses see opportunities for risk-based reform of what are today hazard-based regulations in the long-term;
  • Given the detailed nature of these regulations, a lengthy transitionary period for businesses and regulators to adapt to any changes would be needed.”

The UK’s changing relationship with the EU will lead to an evolution in our regulatory environment, and here at Jangro we intend to remain at the forefront of the debate.

The existing COSHH regulations have brought standardisation to health & safety in the cleaning industry, and have helped shape the training landscape too, but improvements are always possible, and we look forward to informing the discussion over what shape the next stage of the regulatory evolution should take. Keep an eye on future blog posts to see how things develop.

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Tips for safe cleaning

Health and safety in cleaning is about far more than putting on a pair of rubber gloves before you get going, there are real risks to the job and it’s vital that cleaners know how to assess these properly, and take the correct precautions to mitigate them.

It might sound strange, but health and safety was the first thing that spring to mind when reading about a company offering a cleaning service for the naturist community, supplying naked cleaners to fit in with this lifestyle choice. True, there are other reasons that this story may raise eyebrows – the company insist that there is nothing smutty about it, mind – but the main concern for me was what about health and safety. Will they still be allowed to wear personal protective wear (PPE) I cried?

Joking aside, the cleaning industry deals with chemicals that could be dangerous if handled inappropriately, as well as other tools and equipment that require proper training to operate. At the same time, cleaning operatives move around a lot on their job, and rely on the safety features of the facility that they are cleaning.

Help is at hand, you can find a wealth of training resources, health and safety check lists and risk assessment tools on our website:

Floor care is a good example. The following is just a snapshot of what we offer in terms of health and safety advice and product usage guides for this task alone:

When it comes to health and safety information, ‘thorough’ should be our middle name. As well as providing detailed information on all our products and how they should be used, stored and handled, we also provide guidance on what do to in the event of an accident.

Remember: safety does not come about by chance, and most accidents happen because action has not been taken to prevent them. We’d probably steer clear of naked cleaning, which will be a relief to many I’m sure, but however you dress (or not) for work, take care out there and happy cleaning!

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A cleaning boot camp

Here at Jangro, we are always on the look-out for the latest product developments to see what’s new and innovative in the cleaning world. But it’s a high accolade indeed for us to offer a new product to our customers – we have a strict regime of quality control tests, checks and balances in place before we will approve anything.

We look at a product’s cleaning effectiveness, safety, packaging, labelling, disposal and much more before we give it the green light. We’re not messing about – it’s like a military boot camp for cleaning products.

But why do we bother? Taking care to make sure the quality of our cleaning products meets our high standards is a fundamental aspect of our business. We’re also part of a supply chain, and our strict focus on quality and safety is helping to encourage and support a wider movement towards reducing wastage and improving the effectiveness of cleaning products, from manufacturers to end-users.

New recruits

We’re delighted that a number of products have passed our tests and we can expand the ranges that we offer. We will be launching our Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies 2017/18 catalogue at The Cleaning Show in March at Excel London (stand F05).

Everything in the catalogue – from our new Washroom Dispenser range, the new Workwear range, and additions to the Jangronaut children’s dispenser range – has been through our strict quality control and testing regimes.

Getting the best out of products

At the same time, we make every effort to ensure that these products are used properly by our customers though our product guidelines. Our free Safety Wall Charts ensure that our customers get the best out of what they’ve bought, and that they are using products as safely, effectively and efficiently as possible – also reducing the risk of wasting products or damaging the environment.

Even something as simple-sounding as washing your hands needs to be approached with quality, safety and effectiveness in mind to achieve the best results. So, we developed a wall chart to use as a guide:

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Whether its washroom area cleaning, a guide to product dilution, colour coding charts and much more, we have gone above and beyond to make sure the products we offer are not only the best available, but that they are also used in the most appropriate ways.

We bother with quality control and usage guidance because it matters to our customers and our supply chain, and because it’s just part of who we are as a business.

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