Common Safety Hazards For Janitors and Custodians
Custodians and Janitors deal with a multitude of risks every day in their working environment whether they work in a school, an office building, a facility or any other business. Certain risk management practices can help to prevent injury on the job and can contribute to better overall health of a maintenance team.
The team at MaintenancePro, a comprehensive program designed specifically for the custodial, janitorial, and light maintenance industry, has seen many claims come through our doors that can be avoided with simple precautions.
Some simple ways to mitigate risk on the job include:
Back Injury/Slip and Fall
When janitors and custodians don’t pay attention to proper body mechanics, they are inviting back injuries related to repetitive bending motions and heavy lifting. In addition, wearing ill-fitting shoes or shoes that are not slip-resistant put the worker at risk of injury from slip and fall accidents.
Custodial workers can diminish the risk of chemical accidents by wearing gloves that are resistant to chemicals and by wearing safety goggles when using chemicals. In addition, by mixing chemicals in well-ventilated areas, janitors and custodians can reduce the risk of inhaling noxious fumes that can produce respiratory complications.
Locate and Report Hazards
Different locations in a building, such as cafeterias and laundry rooms, can present different problems. It is important that the janitor be aware of hazards in his work environment. Because the janitor moves throughout different locations in the building, he might be the first person to see a potential hazard or danger. By reporting these hazards and displaying warning signs, he can help avoid an accident for himself or others.
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Following these safety guidelines is a simple and efficient way to reduce the risk involved with custodial and janitorial maintenance work; and most importantly, keep a maintenance team healthy. Should an accident occur however, it is important to have a policy in place that is intimately familiar with the risks in the facility maintenance class of business.
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