A lead janitor or a lead custodian is an individual who heads a team of cleaning staff members.
He or she is responsible for ensuring that all team members work according to specified cleaning schedules and that the issues are handled before they become crises.
Typically, a high school diploma or a GED equivalent is sufficient to work as a lead janitor.
However, previous experience in a janitorial role is necessary. One cannot expect to become a lead if one does not have knowledge about how the work is done.
Working as a lead janitor is a lot of hard work. One has to be hands-on in creating schedules for each janitor, and cleaning, and ensure that they work in a proper manner, by supervising them.
Also, a lead janitor must possess excellent leadership skills if he or she wants to be able to work properly.
Although the work of a lead janitor is supervisory in the role, he or she does perform some janitorial functions too.
Lead Janitor Job Description
• Create and implement schedules for each member of the janitorial team.
• Provide janitors with information on how to handle the cleaning and sanitizing tasks.
• Interview, hire, and train new janitors, and assist them in performing their work.
• Provide janitor teams with instructions on performing complicated cleaning and maintenance tasks.
• Oversee the inventory of cleaning supplies and equipment.
• Check supplies in order to determine low stock situations.
• Inform requisition manager about the required supplies, tools, and equipment.
• Oversee the work of each staff member in order to ensure that he or she works according to standards.
• Perform janitorial tasks, such as cleaning, sweeping, and mopping.
• Monitor difficult cleaning tasks, for instance, sanitizing floors and counters.
• Ensure that all completed cleaning and maintenance tasks are properly logged into the system.
• Clean assigned facilities such as rooms, offices, and bathrooms.
• Monitor the mixing of cleaning agents, in order to ensure safety.
• Deliver or issues various cleaning items and equipment such as sanitizers, mops, and buckets to cleaning personnel.
• Inspect facilities in order to ensure that they are in a clean and maintained state.
• Determine problematic areas, and assign janitors to ensure that they are handled according to protocol.
• Create and maintain lists of required and used equipment and supplies.
• Log all janitorial activities, and ensure that any repair requirements are communicated to the facilities manager.