Cleaning - National Safety Council

Cleaning

3% of Non-roadway Fatalities*

Workers in the institutional and industrial cleaning workforce maintain a healthy indoor environment for establishments of all sizes, including hospitals, office complexes and schools. The industry includes both in-house and contracted workers who are exposed to various chemicals and use equipment that can present hazards. Workers involved in cleaning specialized equipment used in industrial facilities such as factories, power plants and other manufacturing facilities may be exposed to additional risk. **

The information in each section below is listed in the order of relevance to the hazardous situation.


Situational risks – inherent to the situation or proximate cause of injury
  • Machine crushing or entanglement
  • Chemical burns and exposure
  • Confined spaces
  • Struck by machinery or equipment
Systemic risks – contribute to injury but are not direct causes
  • Lack of workplace awareness
  • Engineering Failure
  • Improper storage
  • Lack of training
Relevant Technology Solutions
  • Fall protection kits
  • Air purifying respirators

* Safety Technology 2020: Mapping Technology Solutions for Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities in the Workplace

**OSHA: Cleaning Industry 

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