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Preventing harm to cleaning workers

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Preventing harm to cleaning workers
  • EU
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Available in languages: 
English
Description: 

This report considers the challenges to be overcome in improving the safety and health of cleaners, and examines what actions can be taken to achieve this goal. The report focuses on challenges associated with cleaning tasks, and seeking solutions to these challenges to reduce the risks to workers’ safety and health.

Sector / Industry covered: 
Cleaning activities
Tasks covered: 
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Working Indoors
Working Outdoors
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Biochemical hazards
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Zoonoses
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Reprotoxic substances
Neurotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Infection
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Ocular (through eyes)
Sharps and cuts
Skin absorption
Substance description
Substance description: 

Chlorine, sodium hypochlorite, cleaning, rinsing and disinfecting agents, wood preservatives, seals, paints and varnishes, bleaches and solvents, formaldehyde-based disinfectants, alkyl phenols, chlorine bleach, ammonia

CAS Number: 
7782-50-5
10022-70-5
50-00-0, 500-00-0
65733-74-6
7664-41-7
EC number: 
231-959-5
808-192-5
200-001-8
942-670-5l
231-635-3
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Report
Training
Type
Type: 
EU & international information
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
OSH consultant
Policy makers
Researchers
Safety officers
Supervisor
Trainees
Trainers
Workers
Workers representatives
Year of publication: 
2009