Jul 26th 2022
Commercial Cleaning - Your business is as clean as your safety protocol
Your business is as clean as your safety protocol
If you work in a commercial cleaning business, you know that safety is always a top priority. And one of the best ways to ensure a safe workplace is to have comprehensive health and safety documents in place.
But what exactly should these documents include?
First, let's start with a brief overview of manual handling. It's a common task in the cleaning industry and can be dangerous if not done correctly.
That's why it's so important to have clear and concise manual handling procedures in place. These should outline how to lift and carry objects safely and what to do if something goes wrong.
Electrical safety is another area where things can quickly go from safe to dangerous if the proper precautions aren't taken. When working with electrical equipment, it's essential to:
- Use only correctly grounded outlets
- Use extension cords that are rated for the wattage of the equipment you're using
- Inspect all cords and plugs before use, and discard any that are damaged
- Keep cords and plugs away from water
- Never overload circuits
These are just a few electrical safety procedures that should be included in your commercial cleaners' safety document.
Another common hazard in the cleaning industry is exposure to hazardous chemicals. These can include cleaning products, disinfectants, and other chemicals that are used in the course of work. Exposure to these chemicals can cause a variety of health problems, ranging from skin irritation to more serious issues like respiratory problems and cancer.
Health and safety procedures should outline how to:
- Choose the right personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job
- Safely mix, handle and apply chemicals
- Store chemicals properly
- Dispose of unused or unwanted chemicals
Finally, slips, trips and falls are other hazards that are all too common in the cleaning industry. These accidents can often be prevented by taking some simple precautions, such as:
- Wearing proper footwear
- Use caution when walking on wet or slippery surfaces
- Taking care when carrying objects up or down stairs
By implementing and following simple safety procedures, you can help to create a safe and healthy workplace for your commercial cleaning staff.
SafetyDocs offers a wide range of health and safety documents specifically for the commercial cleaning industry. We have you covered, from slips, trips and falls to chemical handling. View our catalogue to find the perfect safety document for your cleaning job today!
Author: Craig Cruickshank
Available for instant download and supplied in fully editable MS Word format for use in your business.
Please note that the above information is provided as a comment only and should not be relied on as professional, legal or financial advice.
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