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Cleaner - Industrial

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Education
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Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

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€18k > 25
Cleaner - Industrial
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 25
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Industrial Cleaners clean and maintain all types of buildings and vehicles such as factories, offices, hotels, hospitals, trains, ships and buses.


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The Work header image

Industrial cleaners may work for a contract cleaning company and do cleaning work in factories, shops and offices.  
 
The work they do depends on the kind of place they work in and the standards set by the employer.  
 
Industrial cleaners use familiar domestic appliances, such as vacuum cleaners, but they may use larger industrial machines such as scrubber dryers, high-pressure hoses, sandblasting equipment and various chemicals.  
 
Cleaners may work on their own or as part of a team. You may have to work in dirty and dusty conditions. Uniforms and protective clothing are usually supplied.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor building security and safety by performing such tasks as locking doors after operating hours and checking electrical appliance use to ensure that hazards are not created.

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Service, clean, or supply restrooms.

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Gather and empty trash.

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Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming.

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Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.

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Mix water and detergents or acids in containers to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.

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Strip, seal, finish, and polish floors.

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Notify managers concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems.

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Requisition supplies or equipment needed for cleaning and maintenance duties.

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Clean windows, glass partitions, or mirrors, using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges, or squeegees.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should be able to do your work well without supervision. If you are working with other cleaners, you should be able to work in a team.  
 
You will also have to be able to understand written and spoken instructions; be honest and reliable; and be fit and active as you will be on your feet most of the time and some of the equipment can be heavy. It may not suit people with allergies, asthma or skin complaints as some cleaning products may cause a reaction.


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