TOILET/RESTROOM CLEANING SAFETY

  1. In order to avoid harming yourself or the building's occupants, always use the mildest chemicals that will do the job effectively.
  2. Corrosive chemicals can blind you in seconds.  Always wear goggles to protect your eyes.
  3. Read the Code of Safe Practices entitled "Hazard Communications."
  4. Corrosive chemicals can damage your skin and leave scars.  Also, some hazardous chemicals can be absorbed through your skin.  Always wear gloves to protect your hands.
  5. Some hazardous chemicals are easily inhaled.  Be sure that your work area has enough ventilation.
  6. Mixing different products together can create poisonous chemicals.  DO NOT mix products, and always rinse out buckets thoroughly after each use.
  7. Protect yourself from contact with fungi, bacteria and other potentially infectious agents that may be present in showers and sinks.  Wear gloves, goggles appropriate.  If you choose to wear a respirator, read the Code of Safe Practices entitled "Respirators."
  8. Always wear gloves when emptying restroom trash cans, as they may contain blood, hypodermic needles, or broken glass.
  9. Never clean up blood or other bodily fluids unless you have received Bloodborne Pathogens Training, are authorized by your supervisor to handle the job, and you are wearing gloves, goggles, and any other Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your Supervisor.  (See "Bloodborne Precautions.")