Custodial work may seem very simple, but it’s a demanding job that requires exposure to health and safety hazards on a daily basis. Custodians have to be prepared to deal with all sorts of messes and problems, and so they must be prepared for anything. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Custodians.
OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires Bloodborne Pathogens Training:
Required for employees that may be occupationally exposed to blood or potentially infectious materials. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Training Resources (free):
Asbestos OSHA Regulation: 1910.1001(j)(7)
When OSHA Requires Asbestos Training:
Employees that are exposed to airborne concentrations of asbestos at or above the PEL limit shall be trained. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Downloadable Asbestos Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:
Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
When there is a change.
Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:
When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:
If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
When there is a change.
Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:
When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):
Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Safety Housekeeping Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Back Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
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Custodian Safety Tips
Cleaning up after a mess that involved bodily fluids or hazardous chemicals can be dangerous to you and others around you. You run the risk of infection and disease if handled carelessly. Make sure you use proper protection such as gloves and goggles.
Custodial work may seem very simple, but it’s a demanding job that requires exposure to health and safety hazards on a daily basis. Custodians have to be prepared to deal with all sorts of messes and problems, and so they must be prepared for anything. From simple spills to bio hazardous waste and chemicals, custodians travel between a variety of locations and a variety of messes. To ensure that you are safe while performing custodial duties, and that your work is helping to improve the safety of those you are working for, you need to be prepared for certain situations. These are just a few simple guidelines to keep in mind while doing custodial work to make sure that you are performing at your best, while keeping yourself safe from harm.
- Know safety procedures for all workspaces. Custodians will generally work in a variety of buildings. For every building you work in, make sure you know where to go and what to do in the event of a major emergency, like a fire.
- Follow and use all warning signs. Pay close attention to safety notifications already in place, and while cleaning use proper signage to alert others of potential hazards.
- Learn proper handling of fire extinguishers and know where to easily get one at all times.
- Know your limits. Never attempt to pick up a large item if it is too heavy for you, and always use proper lifting techniques to avoid straining your back.
- Wear appropriate attire for your job. Avoid excessive clothing that can get caught or cause distractions.
- Never run, always walk to avoid slips and falls.
- Keep walkways and stairwells as clean as possible. Avoid the buildup of cleaning supplies or machinery on the floor, which creates a tripping hazard for yourself and others.
Use Equipment Properly
- Follow ladder safety. If using a ladder to clean or reach for something, use the appropriate sized ladder and never stand on the top.
- Any cleaning equipment such as floor buffers or vacuums that have a motor should be kept clean, inspected, and receiving maintenance regularly.
- Never use equipment with a frayed or damaged power cord.
- Keep a close eye on any long power cords, or extension cords, make sure they are not creating a tripping hazard in hallways.
- Know what to do with biohazard materials. Never handle sharps without gloves and dispose of any potentially hazardous materials in properly labeled receptacles.
- Never dispose of harmful chemicals down a drain or in a trashcan.
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