Here at United Cleaning Solutions, we are a “hands-on cleaning specialist” and provide a range of cleaning services across the UK.
United Cleaning Solutions is a successful family business that was started by two brothers; Chris & Andy Pearman in 2010. From small beginnings – starting with small 2 hour contracts and one-off cleans to multi-site cleaning with contracts operating over 500 hours per week – the business has grown significantly over 10 years into a fully-fledged commercial cleaning company.
We use ECO-Logo materials and green cleaning methods in a wide range of facilities – from offices to medical labs, educational classrooms, and large factory sites whilst still ensuring attention to detail and customer care is paramount as if on our first day of trading.
From our very first customers whom we still have to this day; we have built a cleaning company that handles more than 3 million square feet a night! In the evenings, our Account Managers and Area Supervisors spend time checking on the quality of our work conducting audits and staff appraisals.
The loyalty of our staff is the key to our success, and shows in their performance, they are given the encouragement and respect they deserve to sustain their motivation. As a result of this they are willing to go the extra mile for United Cleaning Solutions and the client.
The Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation recommend several basic measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
With United Cleaning Solutions, you can be assured that as a commercial cleaning company our operatives are working efficiently, using the right products at appropriate dilutions, in suitable areas, by approved techniques in a regime that meets Health & Safety requirements.
UCS will comply with the requirements of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (UK), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 1988, recommendations made by the British Institute of Cleaning Science. UCS has a comprehensive Health & Safety (H&S) Policy that is regularly monitored and reviewed; every 2 years or whenever there are changes in legislation. The H&S Policy is contained within UCS’s Workplace Manual, available to all staff on-site, including risk assessments (COSHH), and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all cleaning practices; each SOP a tasks-list, in order of execution, and a set of corresponding occupational health, safety and environmental controls. We also maintain a risk register and undertake risk management.
A risk assessment has been undertaken covering the COVID-19 pandemic covering travelling to work, working on site in client premises and the use of chlorine tablets. A new SOP has been created and disseminated to staff regarding the use of chlorine tablets to disinfect surfaces to combat the spread of COVID-19. Staff have been provided with a Z card with reminders of increased precautions in place and posters are displayed in workplaces. Information on these includes guidance on social distancing, handwashing, touchpoint cleaning and what to do if you are displaying symptoms. All staff have been trained on our new COVID-19 policy and associated procedures.
Our SHEQ Manager, Bill Cuthbert, regularly reviews updates from the H&S Executive and other legislative/regulatory bodies, and good practice guidance to ensure our H&S standards, policy, processes and internal training are aligned. He is constantly reviewing government advice on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff induction and ongoing training includes specific H&S modules aligned to our H&S Policy/Workplace Manual. It is in line with the British Institute of Cleaning Science’s Core Skills Training Suite and NVQ Level 2 for Cleaning & Support Services (our baseline training requirement for all cleaning staff). Regular H&S Audits and spot checks are carried out by the Contracts Manager and the SHEQ Manager.
UCS recognises the inherent danger associated with the use of portable electrical equipment and the need for safe and effective maintenance procedures to ensure a safe working environment. Hazards normally associated with portable equipment that is not tested on a regular basis include the risk of electrocution, shock and burns. Our prime objective is to create a safe working environment, so as such, we maintain and adhere to a Portable Electrical Appliance Testing Policy which covers all Portable Electrical Equipment owned or leased by UCS and used in client property throughout the UK.
All portable electrical appliances are noted in UCS’s asset register. The SHEQ Manager schedules regular PAT tests at the appropriate frequencies and notifies Contracts Managers in advance to allow them to prepare for the visit and ensure all items are readily available for testing at the scheduled time. Following the testing, he provides feedback to UCS Directors and Contracts Managers regarding the results of the tests, including a schedule of all identified equipment tested and not tested.
Newly purchased equipment may be used on receipt prior to receiving any in-house portable appliance test providing it is CE marked and has been supplied from a reputable supplier in its original packing with full user instructions, a moulded plug and lead is fitted and a visual inspection has been carried out to determine there are no obvious faults.
All UCS Portable Electrical Appliances (whether owned or leased) are tested 12 months after purchase, then annually thereafter. The results of the tests are recorded in the asset register and an appropriate label is applied to compliant equipment stating test completion date and next test due date. Appliances that fail are labelled ‘DO NOT USE’ and the appliance is quarantined until it can be repaired or removed from site.