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Are you protected from the danger of cleaning service jobs?

Updated on April 27, 2012

Are you protected from the danger of cleaning service jobs?

If cleaning service is your profession, you will encounter some measures of danger from several areas such as cleaning restrooms, handling chemicals, lifting heavy items or using step ladders.

We will cover two areas in this discussion, dealing with invisible germs when cleaning restrooms and handling chemicals and how to protect yourself.

Restroom cleaning:

Public restrooms can be a hosting ground for germs, horrifying viruses and bacterial diseases which can cause you sickness.

When you are cleaning restrooms, always wear gloves to protect yourself not only from germs, viruses and bad bacteria, but also from harmful cleaning chemicals such as disinfectant cleaners, etc.

Do not ever touch anything without wearing gloves.

Do not push trash receptacles with your bare hands. Always use a stick to push down the trash. There could be hidden sharp items in the trash which could puncture your hands as well as dangerous germs on discarded items.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth, even with gloves on.

Do not touch the outside of gloves with bare hands. Pull it from your hand from the neck of the glove and discard, especially if you have been handling bio hazard materials such as blood, etc.

If you are using reusable gloves, wash your hand with gloves on with antibacterial soap and spray the disinfectant sprayer over the gloves. Air dry and reuse, unless you have handled bio hazard materials.

After each cleaning procedure, wash your hands thoroughly with hand soap and wipe your hand with a clean towel.

Chemical Handling

You will be using cleaning solutions when you clean a facility, such as an all purpose cleaner, disinfectant cleaner, glass cleaner and from time to time, you will be using acid to high PH cleaning solutions. They are very strong and could cause damage to your health if mishandled.

What should you do?

Always wear gloves to protect yourself from touching any chemicals. Handling some chemicals will require wearing safety goggles to protect your eyes from accidents and mask to protect from strong chemical odors.

Note: If you are handling very strong chemical odors, you would need a special type of mask that can block out extreme odors.

It is always better to be cautious then sorry later!

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