If you have ever thought of starting a small business in Orlando, the cleaning and janitorial industry might be worth a look. There are roughly 3,500 thriving janitorial operations in the state of Florida alone, and nearly 2.5 million cleaning and building maintenance workers throughout the US. Research indicates that the janitorial and cleaning services industry has expanded into a multi-billion dollar industry which offers stable work opportunities for millions of Americans.
There are two primary markets for cleaning and janitorial service providers, commercial and residential. While the residential market was hit the hardest during the recession, operations which specialized in providing cleaning services to businesses, institutions, hospitals and other establishments often saw increased demand and profits. However, both sectors are reportedly recovering well according to the most recent BLS data. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the industry is expected to grow 12% by 2020 especially as Americans businesses continue to outsource such services. Some experts believe that as the healthcare industry expands, numbers of facilities, services and service providers are projected to rapidly increase over the next few years, the cleaning and janitorial service industry will follow based on increased need and demand.
There are however, a few drawbacks. Due to the nature of the work, there are countless risk exposures that cleaning professionals face. Orlando commercial janitors and building maintenance professionals have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations, according to the BLS. Workers commonly suffer cuts, bruises, and burns from machines, tools, and exposure to toxic and hazardous chemicals. Janitorial professionals are often also exposed to biological materials, bloodborne pathogens, and ergonomic conditions which often develop due to repetitive movements and a host of other potential threats to their health and safety. Slips, trips and chemical exposure are a few other major concerns for employees and employers in the janitorial industry. Industry members also face liability concerns regarding their performance and fulfillment of contractual obligations.
If you have or are thinking about starting a cleaning or janitorial service operation, you should always identify and evaluate your risk exposure and loss potential. At Newman Crane, we specialize in helping Orlando businesses understand and mitigate the risks and hazards they face through any operation. From Workers compensation losses to liability exposures, our team can help find complete janitorial insurance coverage to meet the specific needs of your operation. We are proud to offer the best coverage at the best prices on the insurance Orlando FL businesses need. Give our Orlando Janitorial Insurance specialists a call today at (407) 859-3691 to learn more about all our offerings.