Janitors and Custodians

Occupational Hazards

Date Added Resource Source
Aug 2014

WorkSafe BC: Safe Work Practices for Custodians


Safe Work Practices for Custodians is a new interactive web book that can be opened in the browser of any computer or mobile device.

(WorkSafe Online - Workers' Compensation Board of BC)
Jan 2011

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


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


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.

Apr 2009

OSHA Assistance for the Cleaning Industry


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.

Jul 2007

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

Dec 2006

A Clean Sweep: Safe Work Practices for Custodians (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


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.

Feb 2006

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


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.

Jun 2005

Working Safer and Easier for Janitors, Custodians, and Housekeepers (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.

Jan 2003

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

Jan 2003

International Hazard Datasheet on Occupation: Cleaner (Industrial Premises)