Around 100,000 European cleaning workers stay at home every day due to illness on injury.
And smart product design can help to make life easier for cleaners, says Tork manufacturer SCA.
Improving the working lives of cleaning staff makes sense both from a corporate social responsibility viewpoint and a financial perspective, according to SCA product and segment manager Charlotte Branwhite.
“Cleaners do not only contribute to the physical well being of Europe – they are also responsible for an estimated annual turnover of around 60 billion Euros to the global economy,” she said.
“Since labour accounts for around 70 per cent of a cleaning company’s total costs, the well-being of staff is vital to the industry. However, cleaners work in tough environments and the rate of sick-leave and work-related injuries is higher than in many sectors.
“We are aware of the cleaning workers’ situation and, as a major supplier to the industry, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to improve the working environment.”
An observational study carried out by Tork revealed that a substantial part of a cleaner’s work consists of carrying unwieldy packages of supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper and other goods for long distances.
Research shows that European cleaning staff handle more than a million packages every week, and an estimated 100,000 European cleaning workers stay at home every day due to illness or injury. Musculoskeletal disorders of the back, neck, knees and wrists are among the major causes of this high rate of absenteeism among cleaning staff.
“Some four million cleaners keep our society clean, but they work in tough environments and the rate of sick-leave and work-related injuries is higher than in many sectors,” said Charlotte.
“The SCA observational report is intended to inspire other companies to think more carefully about the people who work with and handle cleaning products every day.”
Tork is developing a series of packaging solutions designed to make life easier and more convenient for cleaners. News on the expanded Tork Easy Handling™ packaging range will be released soon.
For more information, please go to www.tork.co.uk or tel: +44 (0)1582 677570
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