The International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) and The Glass Association of North America (GANA) released a joint Glass Informational Bulletin (GIB) which could have been titled a little better. Construction Site Protection and Maintenance of Architectural Glass is not just that catchy. Anyway, it outlines the need for proper protection of architectural glass throughout the construction process to all general contractors and builders. Okay so this is pretty simple to understand here is that bulletin that was sent to builders CLICK HERE FOR THE CSPMAG.
So the Glass Association is really fighting us on this. They say we should use plastic scrapers or not to use scrapers at all. They say use chemicals to get stickers off the glass ( a chemical that will mess up the seal of the window). IWCA sent an open letter has been sent to the Glass Association of North America in addition to a number of construction, glazing and glass trade magazines. This letter reaffirms the IWCA’s position that razor scrapers are the tool of the trade for cleaning glass. Its just the standard practice I could not imagine it any other way. It’s an easy fix to clean the equipment where tempered glass is made. The open letter Click here.
To help builders and property owners understand that they may be buying a defective product, and help educate builders about tempered web hgh human growth hormone glass quality problems before they become scratches, window cleaners can now download documents from the IWCA site to be included in a Builder Education Packet. Send this packet of information to builders in your area along with your proposal or marketing materials.
Another great resound is to study the IWCA’s “Talking Points” posted here, to help understand the IWCA’s position before attempting to explain the tempered glass quality issue to builders and other customers.
Some tempered glass surfaces are highly susceptible to scratching due to contamination with microscopic surface defects called fabricating debris. Tempered glass scratches caused by fabricating debris have distinct characteristics, and should not be confused with other types of scratches. Click here to learn about field identification of fabricating debris scratches.
The IWCA recommends a tempered glass scratch liability waiver for all construction window cleaning contracts, before any work is done. Click here for an example of a Cleaner to Builder liability waiver.
The IWCA also suggests that builders require suppliers to provide quality tempered glass without fabricating debris, so that all glass can be cleaned – without scratching – using the same tools and methods. Click here for an example of a Builder to Supplier waiver.
The IWCA Tempered Glass Informational Bulletin 2004 – Scrapers & Fabricating Debris is the IWCA’s official position.
So as a business owner your introduced to the idea that you can be sued. You
Its your responsibility
can protect yourself and your business.With theses protections you also help your clients understand the relationship. Its like a marriage some one has to take out the trash this just puts it in writing.
Limiting your risk and communicating to the customer is paramount in our litigious society. Being aware about what your responsibly is and what the property owner is responsible for is not an option to assume , Get it in writing!!
WORKMAN’S COMP WAIVER
Most window cleaning companies are operated by just 1 or 2 partners everyone
I do everything cause there is no one else
having a 50/50 share in the business. Your requirement to have workman’s comp is not required in most states if your the owner of the business. If your the only one that works for your company- if you wear all the hats A simple letter on company letter head is enough to cover your liability.Workman’s comp requirements differ stat to state.Check with your states workman’s comp requirements and always speak to your attorney for clear understanding of the laws and regulations .
Samle letter of workman’s comp waiver Workman’s comp waiver
Most customer have never heard of fabricating debris As a window
cleaner hopefully you don’t find out when the glass has been scratched, and you have received a letter from an attorney saving your responsible for 29 windows about @ $15,000 .00 yeah fifteen thousand dollars, and you think insurance will cover it? Only if you have “Extended Broad Form Property Damage Liability Coverage” . This endorsement will does extenze quick work give you back coverage for care, custody, and control. In other words, you can be covered for the exact thing you are working on. But still a no starter the cause of scratched glass is not the window cleaner and you need to know this. Get educated on fabricated debris educate your customers. I will do a post or a series of posts on fabricating debris. But to protect your self get a waver signed , its just that simple.
Fabricated debris waver form thank you IWCA
WRITTEN FALL SAFETY PLAN
The last one is not really a wavier but really a statement of fact, ” A to Z window cleaning knows how we are going to clean this building, here is how and if something go wrong this is what we will do”
A fall safety plan is necessary on every job you do that is above three stories. It’s a simple plan to write it makes sense and it could save your life. Knowing the risks and how to prevent false is half the battle. Communicating to your team where the fall risks are and how to avoid them is critical to having a productive and safe work environment. Having a fall safety plan is just one small part of your safety of your company safety policy.
Fall safety plan
5th ave safty plan
These are just examples of fall safety plans, This is good work to under take during the winter or slow months. Its your home work, fall safety is not a competitive secret, share your expertise. Lets be safe and covered from the unexpected.
Always seek legal advice were applicable.