This e-learning course provides health and safety guidance for cleaners regarding the safe handling and operation of vacuum cleaners.
Vacuum cleaning is performed at least once a day in most workplaces. The cleaners who perform this task must be able to do so safely, not only for themselves but also for anyone in the vicinity. Safe vacuum cleaning includes area preparation, assembly and inspection of vacuum cleaning equipment, and of course operation of the vacuum cleaner itself.
This Human Focus vacuum cleaning online training ensures employers that they are protecting their staff, meeting legal duties, and protecting themselves from liability risk.
Human Focus offers the following health and safety cleaning courses:
The primary objective of this suction cleaning training programme is to educate the learners about vacuum cleaning and using the right equipment for the specific task. This course is also intended to teach the delegates about the safety checks of the machine before starting work and what are the vacuum cleaner safety checklist measures for working efficiently.
This course is designed for cleaners working at any level and has no prerequisite requirements.
This online training course explores:
- Selection of Equipment and Risk Assessment of the Task Area
- Getting Set Up
- How to Safely Check Your Machine
- Operation of Vacuum Cleaners
- Disassembly of Equipment
- Completing the Task
This training programme is for the line managers, supervisors, employees, or anyone working in a cleaning industry to educate them about working safely with floor cleaning and to teach them the importance of safe vacuum cleaners.
Following are the key learning outcomes of vacuum cleaning training:
- The learners will understand the equipment necessary for suction cleaning
- Understand the risk assessment and method statement for the specific cleaning task
- The importance of warning signs, and using the appropriate PPE for a specific task
- Learn the practical ways of getting started with the vacuum cleaning
- Understand the process of checking the machine before use and finishing the task
The benefits of this course for employers and employees are listed below.
The Human Focus training course for vacuum cleaning has the following features:
- RoSPA assured training content and certification
- Full compliance with health and safety at work regulations
- High-quality video and animation with clear voiceover
- Short, informative, and interactive content
- Mini interactive quizzes at the end of each section to support learning
RoSPA assured certificate issued by Human Focus upon completion of training course.
Every time a vacuum cleaner is operated it is essential that you conduct a pre-use inspection before work. The goal of a pre-use inspection is to identify any obvious faults.
A pre-use inspection should include checking:
- Entire cable
- Floor tool
- Inside the vacuum
- Vacuum bag
- Operation of the vacuum
Portable appliance testing, often called PAT testing, is recommended in the Institute of Engineering and Technology Code of Practice for all portable appliances. According to this guidance, all appliances such as vacuum cleaners should be subject to regular inspection and testing. However, the Code of Practice, and PAT testing, is not law.
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 require that all employers ensure that electrical equipment is of a suitable and safe standard. This can be conducted via risk assessment. However, conducting regular PAT tests is considered best practice and will ensure adherence to the law.
The dust box of a vacuum cleaner should be emptied when it is two-thirds full. Filters should be cleaned twice per week and washed once per month to ensure effective performance.
Whenever cleaning or maintaining a vacuum cleaner always follow the manufacturer’s guidance. This is often available from download online directly from the manufacturer. If you do not have the paperwork, a simple internet search for the model and brand of your vacuum should be able to find them.