Award Window Cleaning Services, Inc. takes safety very seriously. Our number one priority for our clients and staff is safety. To ensure the highest standards on the job we take the following precautions and implement the following policies, rules, and/or regulations:
Prior to starting to clean windows employees must spend 10 hours watching International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) safety training videos and pass quizzes relating to videos by at least 90%.
We have a stair stepped training process that follows the IWCA basic safety training program and requires employees to pass each level test with no less than 90% before moving to the next step.
Our lift operators are certified trained card holders in boom lift, and scissor lift operations. This training is not in house training. We send our window cleaning technicians to a certified lift training class for hands on, and classroom training. They are trained to perform daily lift and site inspections using inspection forms. which they sign and date prior to any lift use for safe lift operations.
Rope Decent System (RDS) training again starts with IWCA Volume 1 - Edition 3 Rope Descending Systems and passing the test with no less than 90%. The next step is working with a veteran and certified Rope Decent person training in our shop learning rope inspection, equipment inspection, PPE Inspection forms, knot tying, barricading work areas, self rescue and more.
Continued training is very valuable and important to keep safety up front in the minds of our employees. We have monthly safety meetings with testing on safety topics like Fall Protection, Hazard Awareness, First Aid, Ladder Use, Basic Safety & Equipment inspection. We also have a start up refresher training prior to a new season , Job site meetings and customer policy meetings.