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Why are cleaners so often accused of stealing?

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Unfortunately, when something is stolen at work, the cleaner is often the person who gets the blame. Thefts by cleaners do occur. Just like any industry, there are a few bad apples, but we believe this stereotype to be unfair on the majority of honest, hard-working individuals and Julius Rutherfoord’s 100% legal workforce guarantee seeks to mitigate these risks and help to restore the good reputation of your professional cleaning staff.

At Julius Rutherfoord, we take security very seriously. To ensure peace of mind for our clients, all cleaners and potential new staff must undergo a 4 stage vetting process. This procedure is applied to everyone from Directors to cleaning staff to confirm that everyone we employ has the legal right to work in this country as well as proving that they will not pose a risk to either our clients or business. This is the reason why we can offer our 100% legal cleaners guarantee.


Step 1

The first stage of this comprehensive process is for the potential new employee to provide a valid photographic ID. This is then visually matched with the person using established facial recognition and comparison techniques to ensure the ID is not borrowed or stolen.  It may sound an obvious thing to do, but a surprising number of employers do not even conduct this basic level of inspection.

Step 2

Next, the identification document is electronically scanned through a machine similar to those used at ‘Passport Control’ in airports. The passport reader automatically checks the ID’s ‘ultraviolet and infra-red response’. These are instantly compared against the world’s largest database for documents (1,800 different types of document are recorded within it) to ensure the document is valid. The passport reader will then automatically record all images and text from the ID as well as all the information that is stored on the ‘Machine Readable Zone’.

Step 3

The next step of the process is to check the job applicant against ‘List 99’. This will very quickly flag up any person who is on the sex offenders register or is restricted from working with children and vulnerable people. This is particularly important due to the number of schools that Julius Rutherfoord cleans.

Step 4

The final stage of this four step procedure is to run a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Application. This checks the applicant against local police documents, the Police National Computer and numerous other government records. Due to the thoroughness of this application process, it can take some time to receive the results. However, if applicants have been successfully cleared through the previous three steps, the individual is permitted to temporarily work for Julius Rutherfoord under the strictest of supervision.

For more information about Julius Rutherfoord’s procedures on cleaner security vetting, call us on 020 7819 6700.

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