Office cleaning is a service that involves the use of chemicals and equipment that can cause harm. The owners of businesses need to be aware of the risks their cleaners are exposed to. The risks should be mitigated and if inevitable controlled and managed to avoid harm to office cleaners. Below are steps to be taken to ensure safety during office cleaning:
Ensure cleaning staff dress safe
Provide cleaning staff with personal protective equipment like helmets for the head, gloves for the hands, gumboots for their feet and knees, nose mask for their noses. Cleaning exposes the person doing it to dirt or dust, dust can clog respiratory tract causing complications, ensure you have a nose mask to prevent inhaling dust. Your office could also be having files and highly hid equipment a simple touch on search equipment can be catastrophic and even cause head injuries, providing cleaners with a helmet is a good step to ensuring their safety.
Assess risk in the workplace
Before you allow cleaners to access your office assess hazard. Know the things that can risk during cleaning. Have them in the right places so that they do not cause harm. Make sure the cleaner is aware so that they can avoid those areas, you can be available as they clean to ensure they are safe, have someone look out for them as they work.
Train staff on safety during office cleaning
You do not have to do it yourself. A professional business person ensures even the cleaner is safe as they work for them. Call a safety trainer to equip your staff with knowledge about safety during cleaning. They will need to learn how to respond to potential risks at work, how to respond to small scratches to their bodies in the case of an accident during cleaning.
Safe cleaning practices
You can dress safe and avoid hazard but the cleaning itself can expose you to dangers. Clean water behind and in front of you as you clean. You will easily forget you used soap and end up injuring slipping and floor. Cleaning away from the body is a good practice. Dust can get to you before you know it you have picked a dry cough or start experiencing allergic reactions. Switch off electricity sockets and keep away naked wired before they get water and cause electrocution.
Communicate and Seek Feedback for Potential Risk
Use internal circulars and memos to get to cleaners. Encourage to practice safe cleaning, provide cleaning safety tips, communicate blind spots and seek feedback for every time they do their cleaning. Seek their opinion on how the offices can be made safe for cleaning.
Safe disposal and Equipment Storage.
As your staff clean, they also need to be aware they need to protect other members of staff. Dirt should be disposed of away from the office, make sure all corners are checked for dirt deposits. Cleaners should ensure they leave equipment in one place away from the offices to avoid causing accidents when stumbled upon. Have a store for cleaning equipment.
The above will ensure your office, yourself, cleaning staff and other employees safe even as cleaning goes on in an environment that has no hazards.