Monday, February 8, 2021

Method Statement for Vacuum Cleaning (Suction Cleaning)

Here is the main points with heading for the preparation of method statement for Vacuum Cleaning and sometimes called-Suction Cleaning. we "hsedocuments" are working our level best to update our blog site with important occupational health, safety and environmental documents such as JHA's, JSA's, risk assessments, method statements, hse checklists, food safety documents, oil & gas sector documents, pre-task briefings (PTB), Toolbox Talks (TBT), ISO:45001:2018 checklists, HSE/SHE/OHS, trainings, orientations, health and safety procedures and guidelines. All documents are in easy editable formats such as Excel, PowerPoints and Word. We encourage our visitors to subscribe and follow our blog to stay updated.

Scope of Work

Vacuum Cleaning (Suction Cleaning) 

Equipment Required 

  • Rubber Gloves.
  • Vacuum Cleaner.
  • Attachments for the vacuum cleaner (Crevice Tool, upholstery tool, floor Tool).
  • Warning Signs.

Health & Safety and Environment

  • Do not use any equipment and or machinery unless you have received particular training in how to use. 
  • Check the power supply cables and plug for physical damage – if damage or technical defects are detected, apply a DO NOT USE label and report to project/site Supervisor or line Manager ASAP.
  • Check the Portable Appliance Test (PAT) label – Do not use any equipment and or device that has not been tested within the last 12 months – Attach a DO NOT USE label and report to project/site Supervisor or line Manager ASAP.
  • When using electrical machinery, device or equipment, a circuit breaker should be used if essential.
  • Before plugging a machine/device into an electric socket, make sure the switch is in the OFF position first.
  • Make sure your hands are DRY before plugging/unplugging a machine.
  • Place “Cleaning in Progress Signs” in the area where the workforce is working – install them accurately so that they are effective.
  • Make sure that power/electrical cables do not present a TRIP HAZARD – minimize this risk as far as you possibly can – place warning signs over trailing cables or other objects.
  • Should the machine make unusual noises, vibrate or otherwise behave strangely, switch off immediately, unplug it and check it has been set-up essentially. If the problem lingers on, install a DO NOT USE label and report to project/site Supervisor or line Manager ASAP.
  • Always keep the cable behind you and the machine while working.
  • Do not adjust or change the fittings on the machine when it is plugged in.
  • Equipment should be clean before use and left in a clean/safe condition after use and properly stored in the storeroom


  • Put on rubber gloves.
  • Always use a “CLEANING IN PROGRESS” warning sign and make sure they are placed in sensible locations.
  • Move furniture so the area to be cleaned is freely available.
  • Pick up all large items, for example, crisp packets, tissues.
  • Attach the appropriate tool onto the vacuum cleaner (refer to manufacturers’ instructions).
  • Unwind cable and plug into a mains socket and a circuit breaker if appropriate.
  • For floor cleaning, adjust the floor tool so that the bristles are:

  1. Hard floor – Bristles down
  2. Soft floor – Bristles up.

  • Switch the vacuum cleaner on.
  • Start vacuuming the floor at a point furthest from the door, paying particular attention to edges and corners in busy areas.
  • Vacuum clean the floor all the floor area in parallel, overlapping lanes - several passes may be needed.
  • Always finish in the same direction that the carpet pile runs.
  • On completion, re-wind the electricity cable, check, clean and return to the storage area.
  • Remove gloves, wash and sanitize hands.

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