The calendar says spring will arrive shortly (we hope!) That means spring parkade cleaning season will soon begin.
To help you ensure the big clean takes place in a safe and effective way, review the cleaning section of Gasonic’s Parkade Safety Assessment. This checklist will make sure you aren’t missing any steps when it comes to maintaining your parking garage.
Some questions you want to ask yourself before the cleaning crew begins sweeping and power washing include:
– Does the cleaning company meet your insurance requirements?
– Do the workers implement a hazard assessment and safety plan?
– Can the cleaning company perform the service at a time that minimizes disruption?
– Does the company know the local and provincial regulations for the waste water the cleaning process will create?
– What kind of cleaning products does the company use? Do they meet your building’s environmental guidelines?
– Does the cleaning company have good reviews, and before and after pictures of their work?
At the time you’re having the parking garage cleaned, you may wish to do an overall inspection.
This includes examining:
Floor drains, parkade drainage treatment system and catch basins
– Expansion joints
– Guardrails and handrails
Regular cleaning is a good way to ensure people in the parking garage don’t fall victim to injury, like falling over debris or oil leaked onto the pavement. Furthermore, research shows people are more likely to have a positive impression of the overall building if the parking facilities are clean.
1) Ensure a specialist in hazardous gases and indoor air pollution regularly calibrates and inspects monitoring equipment such as carbon monoxide detectors. Many building operators try to save money by asking their mechanical contractor to oversee this task, which leaves them open to incidents and subsequent liability.
2) Require contractors to have a health and safety program for employees.
3) Get a qualified occupational health and safety officer to perform a hazard assessment. The report should include an air quality assessment to measure the effectiveness of ventilation. Ensure the assessment examines biological and chemical hazards. Identify risks, and develop control measures to mitigate those risks.
4) Post signs in parkades to alert people about the dangers of exhaust fumes, including signs instructing drivers not to idle.
Over the past two years, the Gasonic team has assessed more than 100 parkades in Southern Alberta. The information we gathered was priceless in developing a hazard assessment and control process to satisfy any health and safety concerns. Our qualified health and safety officer would be happy to review your parkade to ensure the safety of your occupants.
If you run a building with a parking garage, download our free Parking Garage Safety Checklist to help you with your safety inspection. You can print it or fill it out electronically on your phone or tablet.
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