Health and safety in local authority buildings

October 23rd, 2014 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Cleaning is an essential part of health and safety in a public building. This applies to local authority buildings, council offices, town halls and other public venue.

Not only does a clean and tidy building promote good hygiene and productivity, it is also essential to the health and wellbeing of those who use the building.

A well-maintained venue helps to inspire public trust in the efficiency of local authority processes and systems. In this article, we discuss some of the most important aspects of health and safety, with particular respect to cleaning.

These are often the forgotten aspects of facilities management that many procurement and risk managers tend to overlook.


Spills are the leading causes of accidents in the workplace. They can either come about as the result of a leak, or sometimes from the cleaning process itself.

They can also be caused by an accident – so it is important to have a cleaning team on-hand who can quickly clean up any spillages that occur.


The importance of having proper signage in a building – particularly when cleaning is taking place can often be underestimated.

However, when you are cleaning anything, you should ensure signs are put up, especially when floors are being cleaned, or you have a cleaner of the opposite gender tidying up in the toilets for example.

If you are using any particularly strong chemicals or substances to clear a facility, or there is heavy machinery involved, then you should definitely ensure you put the proper signs up to alert unwary visitors of the dangers.

Regular maintenance

In order for a local authority building to be kept in optimum condition, it needs regular maintenance. This means rubbish should not be allowed to build up over time, and the rooms and corridors should be cleaned on a regular basis.