What are the main hazards associated with cleaning products?

  • Gas - such as Chlorine, Ammonia, Phenols or VOCs.

  • Liquid - such as degreasing solvent or cleaning chemicals.

  • Sprays or Mist - such as paint and cleaning sprays and acid mists.

  • Fumes - such as welding, hot rubber, soldering, and galvanizing fumes.

  • Vapor - such as solvent vapors released from cleaning chemicals, adhesives, paints, or inks.

Why is chemical cleaning hazardous?

  • Some cleaning chemicals can be hazardous, causing problems ranging from skin rashes and burns to coughing and asthma.

  • Many employers are switching to green cleaning products because they are thought to be less hazardous to workers and the environment.

Are cleaning products hazardous?

Chemical drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of all cleaning products. Most contain corrosive ingredients such as sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin. Some can be fatal if ingested.

What are the risks of using chemicals?

Health hazards include skin irritants, carcinogens, or respiratory sensitizers that have an adverse effect on a worker's health as a result of direct contact with or exposure to the chemical, usually through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion.   CDC- Mar 31, 2016

Why are disinfectants hazardous?

Chemical disinfectants are chemical substances used to control, prevent, or destroy harmful microbes. They may react with incompatible chemicals violently and generate toxic gases. All chemical disinfectants are, by their very nature, potentially harmful or toxic to living organisms.

Is mold a physical hazard?

Biological hazards include microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, yeasts, molds, and parasites. Some of these are pathogens or may produce toxins.  CDC - Jul 18, 2013

Is sanitizer a chemical hazard?

There are three types of hazards that can cause food to be unsafe: biological hazards, chemical hazards, and physical hazards. Typical hazardous chemicals include detergents, sanitizers, drying agents, glass cleaners, deliming agents, and pesticides.

What are examples of health hazards?

The term "health hazard" includes chemicals which are carcinogens, toxic or highly toxic agents, reproductive toxins, irritants, corrosives, sensitizers, hepatotoxins, nephrotoxins, and neurotoxins, agents which act on the hematopoietic system, and agents which damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous membranes.

What are examples of hazardous chemicals?

Some commonly used workplace chemical hazards include:

  • Acids

  • Caustic substances

  • Cleaning products (such as toilet cleaners, disinfectants, mildew remover and chlorine bleach)

  • Glues

  • Heavy metals (including mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum)

  • Paint

  • Pesticides

  • Petroleum based products

            CDC- Oct 11, 2017

What are the types of chemical hazards?

There are many types of hazardous chemicals, including neurotoxins, immune agents, dermatologic agents, carcinogens, reproductive toxins, systemic toxins, asthmagens, pneumoconiotic agents, and sensitizers. These hazards can cause physical and/or health risks.

How do you know if a chemical is hazardous?

To identify if a substance is hazardous, check the product's container label and/or the SDS which is available from the supplier. The labels of hazardous chemicals usually contain the words 'danger' or 'warning', along with relevant pictograms and details of hazards.  CDC- Jul 22, 2019

3 Common Workplace Hazards For Janitors:

On behalf of Law Offices of Anthony Choe posted in Workplace Accidents on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
Custodial jobs may look simple to others, but injuries are fairly common for janitors and building cleaners. There are various safety hazards and repetitive motions that can result in mild to severe injuries. If you are in a custodial occupation, you know that it can be hard - and sometimes dangerous - work.
Your job duties and equipment make you susceptible to certain injuries on the job. Here are three of the most common types of janitorial injuries, with information from the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service.

1. Slips, trips and falls

One common hazard you face as a custodian worker is slipping on a wet floor or tripping on an object. These incidents can result in a fall. Falling is a typical cause of a variety of injuries, such as broken bones, head injuries and sprains. Wet surfaces, occasional spills, improper footwear, obstructed views and uneven surfaces all contribute to this hazard. Note: Detergent based cleaners tend to be very slippery!!!

2. Repetitive motions and overexertion

As a janitor, you perform a lot of repetitive activities, including:
•    Carrying buckets
•    Sweeping or mopping
•    Moving barrels
•    Lifting garbage
The cumulative effect of these motions or a single, sudden motion outside your usual range can result in musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains. If you have trouble with repetitive motions, you should talk to your employer about taking regular breaks and developing ergonomic solutions.

3. Chemical hazards

You deal with various chemicals throughout your cleaning duties. Cleaning products often contain harmful solvents that can cause health problems. Some health effects of exposure to these chemicals include:
•    Eye and skin irritation
•    Asthma
•    Rashes
•    Heart and kidney problems
•    Cancer
Your employer must inform you whenever hazardous chemicals are present and train you on safe handling of chemicals.
These are just some of the common ways you can get injured during your custodial work. If your employer properly trains you and implements the right safety measures, you can stay safer and reduce the risk of injury.