Safety First! It’s more than a statement, it’s a mandate. Safety training is an essential component to establish a safe and healthy workplace environment. Providing consistent ongoing training reinforces requirements and best practices to maintain staff's safety in order to prevent any risk of injuries. Make safety the top priority to ensure staff is protected and productive in order to perform efficiently. Here are a few key health and safety tips to ensure a safe work environment for the janitorial industry.
Tip #1 - Wear appropriate safety attire:
Wear PPE such as gloves, masks, goggles and other safety equipment based on the jobsite requirements.
Wear anti-slip shoes as a preventative for any slip accidents. Workers could slip on wet or freshly mopped floors if not wearing the proper safety shoes. Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the janitorial industry, accounting for over 25% of all injuries.
To learn more on the best types of safety shoes to wear, go to our blog on the 5 best shoes for janitorial work.
Tip #2 - Understand chemical hazards:
Staff that handles chemicals must be trained properly on the correct usage and storage of chemicals. Provide Safety Data Sheets (SDS) binder(s) at job sites. SDS’s are the primary sources of information for chemical hazards and handling.
Ensure that there is adequate ventilation at a site whenever chemicals are used onsite.
Tip #3 - Safe handling of equipment:
Depending on the jobsite, the scope of work may require various equipment such as; floor buffers, vacuums, pressure washers, etc. It is important these tools are being used properly.
Make sure all staff receives required training. Post guidelines and reminders at sites that handle and maintain such equipment.
Tip #4 - Follow ergonomics trainings and guidelines:
Ergonomics training is essential for the janitorial industry as injuries are common due to the repetitive nature of many cleaning tasks.
Proper posture when performing cleaning tasks avoids muscle strain and fatigue. Training proper lifting techniques and how to avoid lifting heavy objects not only prevents back injuries, but also prevents the risk of chronic pain injuries.
Click to learn more about ergonomics and how to prevent MSDs (Musculoskeletal disorders) in the workplace.
Tip #5 - Identify and report hazards:
Ongoing training allows staff to identify potential hazards in the workplace and report any unsafe conditions to their supervisors.
Use caution around electrical equipment. Avoid using electrical equipment around wet areas and ensure that electrical cords are in proper condition at all times.