When planning an industrial cleaning routine for your company it is easy to only look at eye level and consider it clean. Your cleaning process might include sweeping the floors and blowing dust off any machinery, making it appear clean at first glance. However, one area that is often overlooked when it comes to industrial cleaning, and it has the potential to cause severe problems later on are high surfaces.
The ceiling is full of rafters, pipes and ductwork. Dirt and dust travels through the air and lands on these high surfaces, where they accumulate quickly. Since these areas are out of reach and out of sight they don’t get regularly cleaned or disturbed, and the industrial dust on the ceiling increases while the rest of your building appears clean. And while it may seem that as long as that ceiling dust stays up there it’s not hurting anything, it is actually causing numerous problems within the building. So why should you include high surfaces to your industrial cleaning plan?
Dust from the manufacturing process gets blown around landing on high surfaces. Vibrations and air movement can cause built up dust to fall and contaminate production areas below. This can lead to higher than expected numbers of quality control issues, or even damage machinery.
Less Efficient HVAC System
Dust is dispersed throughout the facility and over time, is brought into the ventilation ductwork as air flows through the building. The dust will settle in sections of the duct where there is a bend or anything that might prevent the dust from continuing to flow through, clogging the HVAC and making it work harder to move air throughout the building.
Employee Health Risks
Not only do dirty ductwork cause the HVAC system to run less efficiently, but they are the perfect breeding ground for mites, mold, bacteria, viruses, and other poisons that could contribute to Sick Building Syndrome. Mites and mold can cause allergic reactions in some people; bacteria and viruses will spread throughout the building making your employees sick.
If that isn’t enough, this rafter and ceiling dust can be made of combustible dust which can act like a bomb. Usually, a small fire or explosion happens with ground level dust, but the shockwaves from this disrupt the ceiling dust, which falls down and creates a dust cloud over the whole building. This second, much larger, cloud of dust then ignites and explodes. So, when planning your industrial cleaning plan, don’t forget to look up and include your high surfaces. Adding the ceilings and rafters to your list of industrial cleaning responsibilities helps to ensure that all of these risks are resolved.
Hughes Environmental has the tools and ability to clean these high surfaces, and our technicians have all completed OSHA training, including fall protection training, and safety will be our top priority. Contact Us Here or call: 888.845.3952 to learn more about how we can help