Health and Safety Precautions

1. Risk Assessment

Before starting any cleaning operation, conduct a thorough risk assessment. Identify potential hazards and create a plan to mitigate them. This step is crucial for ensuring that everyone involved understands the risks involved and knows how to manage them.

2. Training and Certification

Only qualified and trained personnel should operate cherry pickers and power washing equipment. Ensure that all operators have the necessary certifications and understand the equipment’s safety protocols.

3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Require all workers to wear appropriate PPE, including helmets, gloves, safety harnesses, and high-visibility clothing. The type of PPE needed may vary depending on the specific cleaning task.

4. Cherry Picker Safety

  • Inspect the cherry picker thoroughly before use to ensure it’s in good working condition.
  • Secure the cherry picker to prevent tipping over, and use outriggers if necessary.
  • Follow manufacturer guidelines for weight limits and safe operation.
  • Keep a safe distance from power lines to avoid electrical hazards.

5. Power Washing Safety

  • Use the appropriate pressure and nozzles for the cleaning task to avoid damaging equipment or structures.
  • Be cautious of slippery surfaces created by the cleaning process.
  • Keep bystanders and other workers at a safe distance from the power washing area.
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning solutions when possible to minimize environmental impact.

6. Communication

Maintain clear communication between the cherry picker operator and the power washing team. This ensures coordinated movements and minimizes accidents.

7. Emergency Procedures

Have a well-defined plan for responding to emergencies. Ensure all workers know how to shut down equipment and evacuate safely in case of an accident or equipment malfunction.

Environmental Considerations

Cleaning power stations often involves dealing with contaminants. Proper containment and disposal of waste materials are essential to prevent environmental damage. Comply with all local, state, and federal regulations for waste disposal, and consider environmentally friendly cleaning solutions to reduce the environmental impact.

Regular Maintenance and Inspections

Maintaining health and safety in power station cleaning doesn’t end with a single operation. Regular maintenance and inspections of equipment, safety procedures, and protocols are necessary to ensure that health and safety standards are consistently met.


Cleaning a power station using cherry pickers and power washing is a necessary maintenance task that should never compromise health and safety. By following strict safety protocols, providing proper training and equipment, and regularly assessing risks, you can maintain a clean and safe power station environment, ensuring efficient operations and reducing the potential for accidents or environmental harm. Prioritizing health and safety in power station cleaning benefits not only the workers but also the surrounding community and the power station’s longevity and efficiency.

We were recently asked to clean a substation for Scottish Power in Warrington. This was a big job and it entailed closing the station down for us to work.  The stairs were an important risk factor in this job – they needed to be spotless so the workers could use them safely and not slip! We followed all of the Health & Safety guidelines and were congratulated on the results!

Please remember S & G Cleaning Services are available to clean commercial units as well as residential homes.

Sarah & Gareth

Sarah & Gareth

Owners of S G Cleaning Service

With over 30 years of experience in cleaning some of the dirtiest and unkempt buildings, patios, driveways and more, Susan & Gareth bring their knowledge and examples of how best to clean the most unsightly of areas and bring them back to life!