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White paper addresses security challenges in cleaning

A new best practice white paper ‘Security in Cleaning’ has been published by London-based contract cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord.

Together with an accompanying infographic the white paper highlights the challenges of ensuring the safety and security of facilities being cleaned and the operatives cleaning them.

Julius Rutherfoord says “security in contract cleaning is of paramount importance”, especially as cleaning operatives often access facilities out of normal working hours, and cleaning contractors must have “effective vetting procedures in place to safeguard the security of a site and the cleaning team, whilst guaranteeing a high level of service”.

According to UK Home Office data, an estimated 500,000 to 900,000 people work illegally in Britain, many in the capital. There are hundreds of thousands of fraudulent identity documents in circulation in the UK, yet few contractors are able to spot them.

During the initial security vetting of staff Julius Rutherfoord inherits, the company often rejects between 20-40 per cent of applicants due to forged or out-of-date IDs.

The white paper and infographic offer guidance as to what best practice looks like when it comes to security vetting, including verifying identities: going above and beyond Disclosure & Barring Service checks, document authentication and pre-employment screening, and biometric recognition and GPS fleet monitoring.

Marcus Heap, Julius Rutherfoord sales and marketing director, commented:

“The cleaning industry is well-known for its high staff turnover, and while our progressive attitude to our workforce is improving staff retention and safety, we want to see levels of security vetting improved across the professional cleaning industry.

“We have developed tried and tested processes which we want to share – staff and contractors have the right to work in a safe environment.”

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