Over the last few years, many cleaning businesses have been considering automation and robotics. These innovations will have the greatest impact on the cleaning industry. Robotics, including the use of exoskeletons, is already benefiting safe practices around manual labor. The exoskeleton provides an external frame to be fitted to the user, enabling them to move heavier and extended loads more easily and safely.
Automated schedules and sensors also contributes to the changes in the industry. A business may have a policy to clean their facilities at certain times during the day or week. Maid Just Right cleaning services provide quality yet affordable cleaning services that use high quality equipment and intense labor to ensure that the house will be cleaned.
Some may see the introduction of technology as a means of decreasing workforce, yet more progressive businesses identify the opportunity to use it to replace risky or repetitive tasks and retraining their workers to conduct more quality focused and preventative maintenance positions.
Having the correct training from the get-go, is the first step in reducing the risk of dangers, especially in the cleaning industry where a lot of the work is still rather manual. Technology could help in this matter too, using virtual reality and augmented reality inductions. This means employees can be given a chance to see the real time glance into the workplace without walking through high risk sites or environments.
Another piece of the puzzle could be the use of QR codes. Hazard and risk registers could be loaded up on a secure server, then when a worker attends the site, they would have the ability to scan the QR code to quickly access and understand what to look out for.
But it’s not all about robotics and automation. When we consider technology in the facilities management space, there are also many product improvements with ergonomics and fit for purpose, which improve worker well being and safety.
What we are seeing in the industry is new improved products, tools that are more quiet, more ergonomic and more efficient. It even comes down to changes in formulas or materials.
Investment is the key to reducing the injury rates within the industry and where some will argue that the cost is high for new technology, others see this as a long-term benefit and a more progressive step to looking after a business’s most valuable asset – its workers.