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Custodial facilities are workplaces too

Custody Suite cleaning by React
Custodial facilities cleaning recognises that prisons and police stations are workplaces too

It may seem obvious that most people in the UK will never occupy a detention cell or police vehicle. In a population of some 64.8 million, the total number of UK prisoners in 2018 was just over 83,600, or 0.13% of the total. So whether these facilities are kept clean is not something which most people have to consider. But of course for prison and police officers, the cleanliness of custodial facilities is vital for their health and safety at work. And when you bear in mind that the total number of prison officers, probation staff and police across the UK is upwards of 150,000, this issue affects a significant part of population.

In the latest of our blogs examining React Specialist Cleaning services in detail, we take a closer look at custodial facilities cleaning. This requires specific skills to tackle the often unpleasant and hazardous challenges they pose. And that type of specialist cleaning is where we shine.

React is always on hand for custodial facilities cleaning

React is hugely experienced in cleaning custodial facilities, including police and prison cells, washrooms, toilets and custodial vehicles. We work with several police authorities, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, and their respective contract service providers to ensure the clean, safe and hygienic operation of their facilities.

As with all of our services, our custodial facilities cleaning service benefits from our core values: trained staff, service quality and sustainability. Our team is highly trained, medically fit, well equipped, security cleared and inoculated to protect themselves from hazard. We operate to industry leading standards including BS-EN-ISO 9001:2018 and ISO14001 for Environmental Management. We are also a licensed waste carrier with a fully traceable waste disposal system.

Covering all custodial facilities

Broadly speaking, our work in the area of custodial cleaning falls into two categories: detention cells and police and emergency vehicles. As well as 24/7/365 emergency decontamination and cleaning, we offer periodic deep cleaning to maintain facilities to acceptable standards. And where necessary, we can provide removal of hazardous and bio-hazardous waste.

  1. Detention centre cleaning. Many of those who spend the night in police cells are under the influence of alcohol or drugs – and many are therefore not fully in control of their bodily functions. We provide urgent priority response to clean and disinfect cells in prisons, police stations and custody areas following scenes of trauma or unsanitary activity by inmates. Our experienced custodial facilities cleaning operatives are available 24/7/365, providing a fast and effective response to eliminate risks and ensure the affected cells are fully decontaminated.

  2. Police and emergency vehicle cleaning. For police on the frontline, they will also often be dealing with people who are inebriated or intoxicated. But some will also have been injured, and may be bleeding when they enter police or emergency vehicles. We use premium materials and proven procedures to ensure the vehicle is not only superficially clean, but also free from potential contaminants. In particular, we recognise that an offender or patient may have been infected with C. diff, Norovirus, E. coli, Hepatitis or HIV. Therefore, we ensure the vehicle is safe for operational use as soon as possible.

You can find out more about our custodial facilities cleaning services by contacting the team today.

  • Telephone: 01283 550 503

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Post by Shaun D. Doak

Shaun is the Managing Director of React Specialist Cleaning. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sectors.


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