OSHA – What You Need to Know Before You Clean Houses
OSHA (The Occupational Health & Safety Administration) has some mandatory policies in place to ensure your workplace safety. Here’s what you need to know if you work alone, and how it’s different if you have a team of people working for you.
- OSHA Certification vs. Compliance What is the difference? Which applies to your type of business? What are the laws? What is mandatory? Are you looking at penalties of you don’t comply?
- 30 vs. 10? What is the difference between the OSHA 30 hour card and the 10-hour card? Learn which you need for your business and how to get them. Also find out how to get free OSHA consulting for your business.
- Personal Protective Equipment. OSHA requires that many categories of personal protective equipment meet the standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Do you use PPE? And do you have a PPE Policy in place at your company? Here’s what you need to know.
- Bloodborne Pathogens. What are bloodborne pathogens? House cleaners may have occupational exposure. Learn how to handle regulated wastes to keep yourself safe from contamination.
- Cleaning Chemicals. It’s your job to know the hazards of cleaning chemicals before using them. It’s your responsibility to know how to use and store cleaning chemicals. Know when you can dilute cleaning chemicals you are using. And what to do if there is a spill or other emergency.
- Chemical Hazards & Toxic Substances. Chemical hazards and toxic substances pose a wide range of health hazards such as irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity. And physical hazards such as flammability, corrosion, and reactivity. These are things you need to know and pass along to your employees.
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- Chemical Reactivity Hazards. Chemicals have the ability to react when exposed to other chemicals or certain physical conditions. There is a wide variation to those reactions. Chemicals can have harmful, or terrible effects such as toxic fumes, fires, and explosions. These reactions may result in death and injury. This info will keep you from dying on the job. 🙂
- Dermal Exposure. As house cleaners, housekeepers, maids, and janitors, we have exposure to all sorts of chemicals. Some can harm or irritate your skin. Here’s what you need to know to prevent allergic reactions, and where to get help.
- Hazard Communication. There is a standard series of warning labels to ensure chemical safety in the workplace. Learn where to find the warning labels and how to read them.
- Working in Confined Spaces. What challenges do you face when working in confined spaces? And when do you need to ventilate the space you’re in?
- How to Read an SDS Sheet and Where to Find Them. OSHA’s Hazard Communication used MSDS which is now in compliance with the GHS (Globally Harmonized System) moving to SDS or Safety Data Sheets. Here’s what you need to know to keep you and your team safe.
- Ergonomics. Tips on keeping your body safe while bending, twisting, reaching, stooping and using the proper equipment for each task.
* This session is in video format and taught by Angela Brown, The house cleaning guru.