October 29, 2020

Critical Safety Protocol for High-Rise Window Cleaning

High-rise window cleaners face various safety hazards on the job. And the responsibility of ensuring their safety rests on multiple parties including the contractor, the workers, and the building manager. That’s why it pays to partner with a service provider that focuses on safety to lower the risk and liability for all involved. Below are critical safety practices that should be observed.

Team Approach

At a minimum, there should be a two-person team to manage the platform. Operating the platform in tandem reduces the liability associated with occupational hazards. When there is a novice in training, a three-person team is necessary. Trainees should ride-along in the middle row on the platform to experience first-hand how motor operators work together. Careful field observation ensures that every worker understands all safety precautions and is able to perform them.

Code Compliance

Window cleaning requires strict adherence to building/industry codes and regulations as well as OSHA guidelines for working conditions. All operations and equipment used must meet or exceed OSHA regulations and all applicable ANSI standards.

Ongoing Training 

Ask about the contractor’s safety training program. Rigorous training and continuous evaluation of workers is necessary to ensure the right person is performing the right task. With the right team, window cleaning is performed more effectively and safely, which reduces your liability. 

Equipment and Gear 

The right equipment including safety harnesses, lines, and anchors along with personal protection including gloves, helmets, and boots are critical to safety. Inspection and testing of equipment and gear should be performed at least once a year.

Weather Observation

Prior to any window cleaning job, workers must check weather conditions; weather can quickly turn into a safety hazard. High winds, extreme heat or cold, precipitation, and lightning are elements that can produce dangerous situations. Caution must be exercised whenever a wind speed of 15 miles per hour or greater is present and exterior high-rise window cleaning should not occur when there are sustained wind speeds in excess of 25 miles per hour.


JOBS Group has over 50 years of experience cleaning, refinishing, and restoring glass and reflective surfaces on the interior and exterior of buildings from the ground floor to the tallest towers. Each job is performed safely, promptly, and with consistent service and uncompromising quality. Contact us for a free quote today!