Health & Safety
- Identify hazardous workplaces and possibly hazardous working conditions
- Point out who and how workers can be harmed by the hazards
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precaution
- Record your findings and implement solutions
- Review your assessment and update if necessary
The three most common accidents faced by office cleaners are slips and trips, manual handling and falls from height. These accidents are directly related to the most common injuries affecting the cleaning industry. They are: Injury to backs and upper limbs and occupational dermatitis.
Cleaning can be easier if you follow a cleaning plan and use effective cleaning techniques. Assigning household chores to family members helps to get the work done faster and teaches responsibility.
- Involve your family members – then there will be more time for Family Fun!
- Don’t delay . . . get started.
- Make a convenient place for everything.
- Clean one room at a time.
- Learn what to throw or give away.
- Eliminate running back and forth by putting the cleaning supplies in a bucket or carry all.
- Choose the hardest chore first.
- Clean everything from top to bottom
- Do the same for each room in same order – windows, dusting, floors.
- Work on a particular area at a time.
- Create convenient areas to store kitchen equipment ie. pie plates, cake pans, etc.
- Play upbeat music while you clean.
- Don’t be distracted by the phone. Clean while talking – use the cordless.
- Use paper plates more often.
- Serve dinner buffet style to eliminate cleaning serving dishes.
- Bake while you do dishes – dovetail tasks – iron while doing laundry.
- Clean as you go – wipe out sinks with dirty towels; squeegee shower stalls after each use.
- Use odd moments to do odd jobs.
- Utilize a junk drawer for miscellaneous items.
- Put things in order before going to bed. Less clutter gives you more time, money and energy