Cleaning is one essential task which is carried out everywhere: homes, workplaces, factories, eateries, hotels, hospitals, public places… When done scientifically, it can reduce both costs to a company and the risks to workers’ safety and health. The cleaning industry itself has been growing globally. Along with the growth, the main concern has been the challenges in improving the safety and health of the cleaners themselves. The tendency for cleaning work to be contracted out to lowest bidder puts pressure on cleaning companies to cut costs. Since cleaning work is not considered as core activity by many client companies, the chances of ignoring the hazards and risks associated with cleaning can continue to exist. There are varied health hazards, right from slip and fall to more serious fall from heights. This issue of Clean India Journal looks at the urgency for putting in place regulations to guard the safety of façade cleaners, especially while cleaning with rope access.
It was in 2010 that CIJ did a cover story on the growing presence of international cleaning companies in India. The last three years have seen a number of collaborations, joint ventures and tie ups involving companies from different parts of the world. The success of each company depends on understanding the growth areas of Indian cleaning market – which includes smaller cities and newer sectors – and catering to the India specific needs. There has been an inflow of newer technologies to India. There is a huge untapped market waiting to be explored as well. It is just the question of having the right partners; creating awareness and opportunities; about raising standards and offering quality services; about building pan India infrastructure and about balancing the price structure.
The forthcoming Clean India Pulire in December 2013 in Mumbai offers everything for a cleaning company – be it Indian or international, new entrant or established – to find new avenues of growth.
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