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A clean workplace is a safe one

Maralyn Kastel - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A clean workplace is a safe one.  The lack of housekeeping procedures and an untidy workplace is a major contributor to workplace accidents, particularly slips, trips and fall. Cleaning the workplace presents its own challenges to do it safely and the following are some of the hazards and risk controls that will help keep you safe when cleaning a workplace.

Communicate
If you are not sure of any safe work method – ask, don’t guess. Make sure you understand your role in the consultation process as this is your legal responsibility.  Be involved in Toolbox Talks at your workplace and ask questions if you don’t know.

Electrical outlets
Know where your electrical outlets and where the electrical cords are at all times and this will reduce the risks of slips, trips and falls.  Make sure no hazardous chemicals are used around the outlet.  This will prevent you being injured and the electrical system from being damaged.  Take care with any types of hazardous chemicals around electrical outlets and refer to the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

Ventilate
If you are working in a small space, make sure you have adequate ventilation. Be aware of your surroundings and the types of chemicals you are using. If your cleaning area is too small, you may need to consider different chemicals that are not as hazardous. Prevent inhalation of chemical fumes by wearing appropriate breathing protection such as a face mask and in confined spaces – a respirator.

Wear your Personal Protective Equipment
Many cleaning tasks involve the need for personal protective equipment.  At the very least, wear chemical resistant gloves, protective goggles and safety boots.  These are designed to reduce the risk from injuries, such as burns, spills, and other chemical reactions. 

Do not mix chemicals
In general, never mix chemicals.  Many chemicals release toxic fumes.  Make sure you know the contents of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and the PPE to use. Fumes from chemicals can damage your lungs.  Some fumes from hazardous chemicals are lethal.  Be sure you know exactly what chemical you are working with and the risks and side effects associated with that chemical.  

Properly store cleaning chemicals
When you are done working, be sure to store your cleaning chemicals securely.  This will help prevent accidents, such as spilling, accidental contamination, or accidental exposure.

When you have an exceptionally clean workplace, you'll reduce the risk of accidents and incidents.  You don't want to get hurt or cause injuries to other persons during the cleaning process. 

Contact us at The Detail Devils for help today.

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