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What are your cleaning responsibilities as an employer?

Nine essential cleaning responsibilities for all employers.

As an employer, maintaining a clean, safe, and hygienic workspace is essential to keeping your employees safe, happy, and productive.

But what does this entail?

As experts in commercial cleaning, the team at ServiceMaster Clean Devon have put their heads together to compile a list of essential cleaning responsibilities for all employers.

Your specific cleaning responsibilities will depend on the type of business or organisation you run, but typical cleaning responsibilities include…


  1. Maintaining a clean workplace:

  • Ensure that the workplace is clean and free of hazards.
  • Regularly clean and sanitising common areas such as break rooms, restrooms and kitchen areas.

  1. Providing necessary cleaning supplies:

  • Distribute the necessary cleaning products and tools for employees to maintain cleanliness in their workspaces.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of soap, hand sanitisers and paper towels in restrooms and other common areas.

  1. Managing waste disposal:

  • Provide proper waste disposal systems and ensure that rubbish is regularly collected and disposed of.
  • Communicate and enforce any recycling programs.

  1. Ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations:

  • Adhere to local health and safety regulations regarding cleanliness and sanitation in the workplace.
  • Keep up with any changes in regulations and adjust cleaning practices accordingly.

  1. Handling specialised cleaning needs:

Address any specialised cleaning needs, such as spills, accidents, or specific cleaning requirements for certain industries (e.g. healthcare facilities).


  1. Educating employees:

Encourage a culture of cleanliness and personal responsibility for keeping workspaces tidy.


  1. Monitoring and inspecting cleaning standards:

  • Regularly inspect the workplace to ensure that cleaning standards are being met.
  • Address any issues or concerns related to cleanliness promptly.

  1. Responding to health or other emergencies:

  • Implement specialised cleaning measures during health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic or an infectious disease outbreak like norovirus.
  • Deal with hazardous events, like flooding, and ensure the area is safe.
  • Follow guidelines from health authorities to protect your employees and customers.

  1. Maintaining a safe external environment:

Keep external walkways clean to prevent trip and slip hazards.


Want help with your cleaning responsibilities?

For the more specialist and ad hoc cleaning responsibilities, utilising an external provider can be beneficial.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we can help keep your workplace clean and safe with regular or one-off carpet, hard floor and upholstery, infection control cleaning, emergency cleaning, periodic deep cleaning and external cleaning.

For a free, no-obligation quotation from ServiceMaster Clean Devon, call 01803 200278.

Or nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or shop online today.