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Safety Check with your cleaning service

Updated on April 22, 2012

Safety Check Training on Cleaning Service

Safety Check

Cleaning Service can be very hazardous for janitors.

Their duties include having to handle strong chemicals to using

electrical items, step ladders, lifting heavy objects.

Cleaners also come in contact with invisible germs, bacteria,

human blood/fluids. This is called Bio Hazard materials ( a

biological agent or condition that is a hazard to humans

or the environment).

You as Employers have the responsibility to ensure that your workers

are properly trained and follow the proper steps to always be

safety conscious minded.


MSDA Information Sheets(Material Safety Data)

You are required to have MSDA Information Sheet for each chemical

you are handling for your janitorial service. A binder with

MSDA labels for this purpose can be obtained from janitorial supply companies.

Every time when you are trying a new chemical for your service ask for a MSDA Information sheet and insert them inside the binder.

For more information on MSDA Information sheet.

http://www.msds.com/index.asp


Handling Bio Hazard Materials.

For more information on Handling Bio Hazard Materials

http://www.osha.gov

Get online training on Blood Born Pathogen.

http://www.safetyinstruction.com/online-safety-training/bloodborne-pathogens.htm


Handling human waste, blood, and etc.

1: You must wear gloves in all cases handling such.

2: You have the option to use Bio Hazard Handling Material Kit.

(Most larger size institutions and buildings are

required to have these Bio Hazard Handling Material

Kits available for janitors).

3: If you are using the kit, follow the directions.

4: If you do not have the kit, the following items are needed

depending on the situation it calls for.


(Human waste, vomit..)

1:Absorbant powder, if you have.

2:Lobby dust pan and lobby broom.

3:Clean terry towels or rags.

3:Disinfectant cleaner in the spray bottle.

4:Wet Floor caution sign.

5:Deodorizer.

6:Trash bag.

7:Laxtex gloves.


Steps:

First, put up a Wet Floor caution sign.

1: Pour absorbent powder over the area and let it sit for a minute or two.

2: Use the dust pan and broom to pick up anything on the

surface and put it in the trash bag that you have.

3:Wet the area with disinfectant cleaner and let it sit for

few minutes and clean the area.

4:If the surface are is carpeted, then follow with carpet

spot cleaner and deodorizer.

Spray spotting solution over the area and gently scrub with

clean rag or terry towel to remove any stains.

If you need to deodorize the area- spray deodorizer over the

area after spot cleaning the area.

5:Rinse the lobby dust pan and lobby broom under warm

water and spray the disinfectant cleaner to disinfect and let it air dry.

6:Put up a Wet Floor caution sign and block off the area that no one walks over the area.

7:If the area is large area- use blower to dry the carpet faster.

8:Use terry towel or rags- if you are planning to wash and reuse

them, rinse them in the warm water and put in

the disinfectant solution for soaking before laundering.


(Blood, Urine, other human fluids)

Handling blood, urine, and other human fluids

1: You must wear gloves in all cases handling such.

2: You have option to use Bio Hazard Handling Material kit.

(Most large institutions and buildings are

required to have Bio Hazard Handling Material kit available for janitors).

3: If you are using the kit, follow the directions.

4: If you do not have the kit, the following items are needed

depending on the situation it calls for.

1:Absorbant powder

2:Lobby dust pan and lobby broom

3:Clean terry towels or rags

3:Disinfectant cleaner in the spray bottle

4:Wet Floor caution sign

5:Deodorizer

6:Trash bag

7:Laxtex gloves


Steps:

First, put up Wet Floor caution sign

1: Pour absorbent powder over the area and let it sit for a minute or two.

2: Use the dust pan and broom to pick up anything on the

surface and dispose in red trash bag if available.

3:Wet the area with disinfectant cleaner and let it sit for few minutes and clean the area.

4:If the surface is carpeted, then follow with carpet

spot cleaner and deodorizer.

Spray spotting solution over the area and gently scrub with a

clean rag or terry towel to remove any stains.

If you need to deodorize the area, spray deodorizer over the area after spot cleaning.

5:Rinse the lobby dust pan and lobby broom under warm

water and spray the disinfectant cleaner to disinfect and let it air dry.

6:Put up a Wet Floor caution sign and block off the area to make

sure no one walks on the carpet.

7:If the area is large area, use blower to dry the carpet.

8: If you are planning to reuse terry towel or rags, first rinse

them in the warm water and soak in disinfectant solution before laundering.


Note: Do not ever touch blood or other body fluids with bare hands.

Note: Do not pick up any sharp objects with bare hands, such as

needles, broken glasses and etc. Use lobby dustpan and broom.

Note: Any blood tainted rags, towels should be disposed in the

Bio Hazard trash bag which has Bio Hazard

symbols and must be properly disposed of.

Most of the states have strict guidelines

concerning proper handling of Bio Hazard materials.

Note: If you are servicing any medical centers, doctor's offices,

hospitals, you should be properly informed from

the operation staff concerning Bio Hazard material

handling procedures. If not, you must ask and

be properly informed concerning this matter. Everyone must receive Bio Hazard Handling Training before starting any cleaning service.


Disclaimer: We are covering only general information on this discussion. Please check with more details at OSHA.

JCHC will not be responsible for any personal damages may occur during your cleaning service.

Contributed by JCHC

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