Health and Safety Law for Cleaners

Few industries are more multi dimensional than the cleaning sector with cleaners having to work in different types of work environments ranging from residential units, offices, factories and workshops, hospitals, hotels and retail outlets. It is thus natural that they are prone to a variety of hazards and should be protected by strict guidelines and health and safety laws. A few examples will prove this point.

The most important for cleaners is Work at Height Regulations which lays down rules for employers who supervise cleaners who work at heights. The law stipulates that it should be ensured the work is well planned out, the workers are trained and competent to work at heights and that the risks have been assessed and suitable safety equipment is being used. The next safety law binding on the cleaning industry is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations. Employers are required to assess risks from harsh toxic cleaning solutions, prevent and control cleaners from coming in contact with such products and guide cleaners on the harmful effects of such substances. This is why most cleaning companies are opting for natural cleaning products that are mild yet effective and do not pose a health hazard to their workers.

Some of the other health and safety laws for cleaners relate to spills and tripping at work, contacting work related diseases such as dermatitis and skin rashes from contact with hazardous office cleaning solutions and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which is very common to the cleaning industry. Following safety guidelines scrupulously will help avoid costly litigation in case of any mishap.

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