The Cleaning Sector is no longer just a case of a mop, a bucket of water and a squeegee, with today’s array of chemical cleaning solutions there is a lot more to it which can cause serious injury if not used correctly.
COSHH and cleaners – key messages
- Having your hands wet for a long time or having them frequently wet during the day can irritate your skin leading to dermatitis.
- Some ingredients in cleaning products can cause skin allergies and asthma.
- Some cleaning products are corrosive and can cause skin burns and eye damage.
There are simple things you can do to prevent ill health.
Preventing exposure to harmful substances usually means a combination of some of the following controls:
- Use good work techniques that avoid or minimise contact with harmful substances and minimise leaks and spills. Store cleaning products safely.
- For some tasks, you may also need to provide personal protective equipment like protective gloves, aprons and eye protection.
- Practice good hand care – remove contamination promptly, wash hands properly, dry thoroughly and use skin creams regularly.
- Keep the workplace well ventilated.
The controls you need will depend on the task.