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Janitors Module 1

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Janitors, Custodians, and Housekeepers Module 1: Chemical Hazards from Cleaning Products

This

module:

Will demonstrate demonstrate that janitors, janitors, custodians, custodians, and housekeepers may complete many different tasks Is one one in a series series of modules modules that will discuss discuss hazards janitors, custodians, and housekeepers may encounter Will cover cover chemica chemicall hazards hazards from from cleaning cleaning products products and provide tips for prevention ± Module 2 will cover physical hazards ± Module 3 will cover cover exposure to biological hazards ± Module 4 will cover cover musculoskeletal hazards ± Module 5 will cover removing graffiti ± A stand alone module entitled ³Working Alone in Safety´  may also be of interest Provide Provide sources sources of additional additional information information

Janitors may have a variety of tasks: Vacuum Vacu uming ing Sweepi Sweeping ng and Mopping Mopping Waxing Waxing floors floors Cleani Cleaning ng bathroo bathrooms ms Dusting Dusting furnitur furniture e Moving Moving furniture furniture Emptyin Emptying g trash trash Restocking Restocking supplies supplies Wiping Wiping counte counters rs Scrub Sc rubbi bing ng Unstopp Unstopping ing drains/ drains/ repairing faucets Mowi Mo wing ng la lawns wns

Removi Removing ng stains stains Heating/Air Heating/Air conditioning conditioning Ventil Ventilatio ation n Insect Insect control control Maintaining Maintaining and cleaning cleaning doors and windows Delivery/P Delivery/Pick ick up of items Extra Extra securit security y Weather Weather emergencie emergencies s Lab La b spil spills ls Helping Helping with disabled disabled cars Minor Minor repairs repairs Paintin Painting g and carpentr carpentry y

Janitors work in a variety of buildings: Hospitals Schools Universities Laboratories Factories Offices Restaurants

Stores Nursing Homes Clinics

Most Commonly Reported Lost Time Injuries to Janitors and Custodians

All other  12% Breathing chemical fumes 12%

Eye irritation or  burns 40%

Skin irritation or  burns 36%

Lost time injuries are those that are so serious, the worker is off work for three days or more.

Chemical hazards that may cause injuries and illness to janitors: Cleaning, rinsing, and sanitizing agents Hydrochloric acid Dusts Soot particles Aerosols when cleaning Solvents Asbestos

The

highest risk janitorial products

± Are corrosive to the eyes and skin; ± Are flammable; ± Give off toxic fumes; or ± Are poisonous

With all cleaners: Read the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the cleaner. ± This sheet explains what is in the product, how these ingredients may harm you, and how to protect yourself while using it. Many companies also have MSDSs on their website. ± You can also find them at MSDS Search http://www.msdssearch.com/msdssearch.htm

The

following slides will cover:

Safe and Effective: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Toilet

Cleaning Use of Floor Finish Strippers Carpet Cleaning Restroom Cleaning Glass Cleaning Metal Cleaning Disinfecting

1. Safe & Effective Don¶t mix acids with bleach. This creates chlorine gas that can kill you. Use a mild cleaner for daily toilet polishing. Unless the toilets are already in good shape, clean them first and then use a separate disinfectant.

Toilet

Cleaning

Safe & Effective Use of Floor Finish Strippers (continued) Monitoring: The

next step for reducing stripper use is to carefully monitor the floor refinishing work that you do. ± Strip floor finish only when needed. ± Refinish only areas where the surface is wearing out. ± Keep good records and maps to spot patterns in the way the floors are wearing ± Tracking the amount of floor stripper use will often encourage people to use less.

Safe & Effective Use of Floor Finish Strippers (continued) ective Eff 

product use :

± Mix the stripper with as much water as you can while still getting the job done. ± Minimize mistakes, spills, and waste: Color code equipment used for the stripper, the rinse water, and the floor finish. Simple agitation with a machine or hand scrubber helps the stripper work more quickly and uniformly. Use automatic dispensers for products used most frequently. Use safe lifting techniques to avoid accidents.

Safe & Effective Use of Floor Finish Strippers (continued) educing R 

Worker

Exposure :

± Strippers are most dangerous to eyes and skin. ± The concentrated product is most dangerous but the diluted product can still cause harm.

Resources used for this overview: Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project (Sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cal/EPA Department of  Toxic Substance Control, Santa Clara County Pollution Prevention Project, City of Los Angeles, City of Richmond, City of Santa Barbara, and Local Government Commission)

http://www.wrppn.org/Janitorial/jp4.cfm

Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project: Cleaning Fact Sheets http://www.wrppn.org/Janitorial/factsheets.cfm

OSHA Hospital e

Tool

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/housekeeping/housek eeping.html

International Labor Organization - International Hazard Datasheets on Occupation http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/cis/produc ts/hdo/htm/cleaner.htm

Additional Resources MSDS Search http://www.msdssearch.com/msdssearch.htm

Removing Graffiti Safely http://istsocrates.berkeley.edu/~lohp/graphics/pdf/graffiti.pdf 

Sample label - If a container loses its label, or

if you feel that the original label does not provide all the information you want. http://www.westp2net.org/Janitorial/commentaries/labels. pdf 

WISHA Consultation Services Safety & Health program review and worksite evaluation By employer invitation only Free Confidential No citations or penalties Letter explains findings Follow-up all serious hazards For additional assistance, you can call one of our consultants. Click below for local L&I office locations: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Basics/Assistance/Consultation/consultants.asp

Thank

you for taking the time to learn about safety and health and how to prevent injuries and illnesses.

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