What is High Level Cleaning

Any internal or external area within a premises that cannot be cleaned without the use of specialist access or cleaning equipment can be considered as ‘high level’. This means that ‘high level’ cleaning is a specialist operation because of the health and safety implications of working at height or the need to deploy highly-trained technicians equipped with purpose-built equipment working from the ground.

GCC has chosen the latter option using high-reach cleaning systems for use in internal, external and specialist environments including ATEX, high-voltage areas and food & drink environments.

GCC’s specially trained teams can clean internal and external surfaces up to 12.5m or 40ft above the closest access point. We can remove all dust, dirt, leaves, dead vermin and any other undesirable detritus within this range.

Many industrial or commercial environments have areas that can be extremely difficult to clean from ground level due to restricted access or simply the difference in elevation. Professional high level cleaning services are specifically tailored to the cleaning and sanitising of these areas at a height, including windows, light fittings, ceilings, walls and exterior cladding.

What is ATEX Compliant Cleaning?

Industries that have been classified as having potentially explosive atmospheres present require specialist cleaning to ensure the safety of these environments, their workers and their equipment. These regulations are covered under DSEAR and were introduced in 2002. The ATEX 137 Workplace Directive (Directive 99/92/EC) defines safety standards that apply to different levels of dangerous working environments. The more dangerous the environment, the more stringent the requirements. Such environments can be classified into one of three classes: Present Continuously (Zone 20), Present Intermittently (Zone 21), Present Abnormally (Zone 22).

These industries are required to be compliant under DSEAR by assessing potential risks and hazards and putting control measures in place to minimise the risk. A common hazard found in these environments is the risk of explosive particles (typically originating from dust, particles and/or vapours) which at high concentrations, can create potentially explosive atmospheres. Therefore, this dust needs to be removed from the atmosphere as safely as possible.

How Can GCC Service Your High Level and ATEX Needs?

GCC Facilities Management uses specialist equipment operated by highly trained teams to safely remove the dust and particles that can cause these hazards. All the equipment used is manufactured specially for these environments, ensuring dust is removed slowly to avoid disturbing the particles and creating concentrated clouds that could easily be ignited. These systems are fully insulated with 100% conductivity to ensure spark-free operation.

GCC provides full training to ensure all technicians comply with the relevant health and safety standards. We will also produce compliant Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS) including Permits To Work before commencing any high level cleans.

  • No MEWPs or scaffolding
  • Minimal disruption to business
  • Rapid set-up and completion


Quality is at the heart of everything we do. Our dedicated back-office team support this using ISO accredited processes and procedures.

Did you know that in 2018 GCC was the first company in the UK to successfully achieve simultaneous accreditation for ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety). We’ve successfully retained all our accreditations in a simultaneous audit every year since.