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BCC grant supports long-reach cleaning equipment research

07 May 2018

An industry-wide effort has been announced to examine the health and safety of cleaning operatives using long-reach washing equipment.

An award of £2,000 has been confirmed by the British Cleaning Council (BCC) to the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC) - a BCC member - to fund its participation in the health and safety project.

It will work alongside fellow project partners the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Principle Cleaning, Specialist Window Cleaning and NJC.

The project will analyse data generated by dorsaVi technology, which will provide wearable body sensors to operatives to measure movement and muscle activity in real work environments.

Through analysis of the data, the partners will improve their understanding of the impact on the operatives' back, shoulders and neck when using long-pole reach and wash equipment.

These results will then be used to establish best-practice techniques to minimise the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Evidence-based guidance will also be created to advise on the best forms of equipment training, with the intention of developing a series of best-practice principles across the entire cleaning sector.

BCC chair Stan Atkins said his organisation is willing to support any member bringing forward viable propositions designed to add value to the cleaning sector.

"This project is a great example of this as it has the potential to reduce the risk of serious and long-term injury which can occur from the repetitive or incorrect use of long-reach equipment in the workplace," said Mr Atkins.

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