Janitors and Custodians

Occupational Hazards

Date Added Resource Source
Apr 2011

Cleaning Workers Research Database

http://www.ph.ucla.edu/erc/cleaning-workers-research-db.htm

The Southern California Education and Research Center at the University of California-Los Angeles and University of California-Irvine collaborated with members of the NORA Services Sector Council and NIOSH staff to develop the Cleaning Workers Research Database.

(UCLA)
Jan 2011

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: Managing psychosocial risks with cleaning workers

http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/e-facts/efact51

Psychosocial risk factors for professional cleaning workers are many and varied. Psychosocial risks include any psychological and social factors that can affect people’s health and well-being, such as stress, violence and bullying.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Dec 2009

Health and Safety in the Cleaning Industry

http://www.hse.gov.uk/cleaning/index.htm

The cleaning industry employs very large numbers of people in all sectors of the economy, from offices to factories, schools to hospitals, shops to aircraft. This website provides occupational health and safety advice for those people working in the cleaning industry.

(HSE)
Apr 2009

OSHA Assistance for the Cleaning Industry

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/cleaningindustry/index.html

Cleaning industry workers perform tasks year-round that expose them to safety hazards including slips, trips and falls, contact with toxic chemicals and ergonomic issues. Visit OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page on the Cleaning Industry to learn preventive measures for these hazards and others, and for information on improving workplace safety and health.

(Oregon OSHA)
Jul 2007

Carbon Monoxide Hazards from Small Gasoline Powered Engines FactSheet (PDF)

http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/pubs/videoresource/fsgasengine.pdf

Many people using gasoline-powered tools such as high-pressure washers, concrete cutting saws (walk-behind/hand-held), power trowels, floor buffers, welders, pumps, compressors, and generators in buildings or semi enclosed spaces have been poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO).

(TDI)
Dec 2006

A Clean Sweep: Safe Work Practices for Custodians (PDF)

http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/health_and_safety/by_topic/assets/pdf/clean_sweep.pdf

The purpose of this guide, developed by British Columbia School Safety Association and WorkSafeBC, is to show ways of making custodial work safer and easier so that the risks of sprain and strain injuries are reduced

(WorkSafe Online - Workers' Compensation Board of BC)
Aug 2006

ISSA Safety & Health Portal for Workers in the Cleaning Industry

http://www.issa.com/?id=shp

ISSA and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have signed a formal Alliance to promote the safety and health of workers in the cleaning industry. The Alliance offers a wealth of information on the occupational safety and health topics to assist you in protecting the safety of your workers.

(ISSA)
Feb 2006

MSI Prevention Bulletin 5: Floor Mopping (PDF)

http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/health_and_safety/bulletins/msi/assets/pdf/msi5_floor_mopping.pdf

Housekeepers, cleaners, and custodians often perform floor-mopping tasks. This bulletin provides information regarding the typical musculoskeletal issues faced by workers performing this task and some possible risk control measures to either eliminate or minimize the MSI risk.

(WorkSafe Online - Workers' Compensation Board of BC)
Feb 2006

Strengthen your Safety Net: How to comply with the most commonly violated OSHA standards in the cleaning industry

http://www.cleanlink.com/hs/article.asp?id=325

Because of the high cost associated with safety problems, it is important for housekeeping executives to know which statutes commonly are violated, and how to comply with the rules.

(Cleanlink)
Jun 2005

Working Safer and Easier for Janitors, Custodians, and Housekeepers (PDF)

http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/Janitors.pdf

Janitors, custodians, and others who work in the cleaning industry need a safe and healthful workplace. This series of fact sheets been designed to be used by companies of any size and in places such as schools and universities, office buildings, apartments, and rental properties. They may also be used by housekeeping services for hospitals, hotels, and motels.

(CA DOSH)
Jun 2005

Removing Graffiti Safely (PDF)

http://www.lohp.org/docs/pubs/graffiti.pdf

This is a 12-page booklet for workers who use chemicals to remove graffiti- painters, laborers, custodians, bus cleaners, phone booth cleaners, and others. The products used to remove graffiti, and the job conditions, can be hazardous.

(LOHP)
Jan 2003

Janitors and Cleaners and Institutional Cleaning Supervisors, 2001-02 Occupational Outlook Handbook

http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/ooh20002001/140.htm
(BLS)
Jan 2003

International Hazard Datasheet on Occupation: Cleaner (Industrial Premises)

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/cis/products/hdo/htm/cleaner.htm
(ILO)