The life of professional cleaner isn’t always an easy one. And though accidents can happen in almost any profession, custodial workers are more likely to be subjected to various physical and chemical hazards. These hazards can, and often do lead to injury and an increased risk of illness.
That being said, custodial safety should be a top concern for any employer.
Slips and falls can be caused by wet floors, uneven carpets, ladders and more. To prevent them, your custodial staff should:
- Wear slip-resistant shoes
- Keep an eye out for obstructions
- Address spills immediately
- Place hazard signs out before cleaning
- Make sure floor mats lie flat
Cleaning chemicals can be extremely dangerous if the right precautions aren’t taken. To ensure the utmost safety, your cleaning staff should:
- Always read their material safety data sheets (MSDS)
- Make sure the area is well-ventilated before cleaning
- Never mix chemicals unless instructed to do so
- Wear appropriate safety equipment
- Use green commercial cleaning products when possible
Heavy lifting and repetitive motions can result in back strains and injuries. To avoid strains and keep the muscles strong, your cleaning staff should:
- Stretch before, during and after work
- Take short breaks throughout the day
- Understand proper lifting techniques
- Ask for help when an item is too heavy
In addition to being trained in basic safety hazards, it’s important for your staff to have a thorough understanding of their specific working environment. Ultimately safety depends on your staff. Making sure they understand all of the ins and outs of your facility is the best way to protect them from injury.
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