Sprain, Strain, Slip, Trip & Fall Prevention

Cleaning employees may be at risk of overexertion injuries caused by performing repetitive activities such as mopping, waxing, and scrubbing floors. Musculoskeletal disorders may also result from regular housekeeping tasks like bending, pushing carts, and making beds. Slips, trips, and falls are also a hazard of the cleaning industry.

Ergonomic Equipment

When choosing cleaning equipment, employers should keep their employees’ health and safety in mind. Equipment options such as those listed below can guard against worker injury.

  • Ergonomic carts, with wheels that will allow the cart to roll easily on the surface involved. Small wheels can get caught on holes and uneven floor surfaces.
  • Ergonomic vacuum cleaners
  • Long-handled tools like mops and scrub brushes, which help avoid awkward body postures
  • Hands-free mops
  • Microfiber mops, which are lightweight, and can often be detached for laundering, or wrung out with relatively little force.
  • Walk-behind hard floor auto scrubbers

Management of Tasks

Adopting the following management practices can also help reduce worker injury from cleaning tasks:

  • Instruct workers to switch hands whenever possible.
  • Assign work alternating heavy and light jobs, if possible.
  • Assign different jobs that require the employee to use different muscle groups. For example, assign dusting followed by vacuuming.

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