Between work, kids, and extracurricular activities many people find it difficult to find the time to keep their house looking great. This is when they hire a professional housekeeper to come in and take care of routine tidying, deep cleaning, or both. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Housekeeper’s.
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):
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 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 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 Back Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Hand Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
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Housekeeping Safety Tips
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Between work, kids, and extracurricular activities many people find it difficult to find the time to keep their house looking great. This is when they hire a professional housekeeper to come in and take care of routine tidying, deep cleaning, or both. A housekeeper’s duties may seem simple from the outside, but the constant use of cleaning chemicals, certain cleaning equipment, and the travel required to and from various jobs puts them at risk for a variety of safety issues. Being in unfamiliar homes all day while carrying equipment and trying to get hard to reach areas clean can easily lead to falls. Many chemicals can have severe long-term effects if breathed in constantly without proper protection. But, as long as housekeepers keep the following simple safety tips in mind, they should be able to go easily from one sparkling clean home to the next.
- Learn proper handling of fire extinguishers and keep one with you for every home you visit.
- Know your limits. Never attempt to pick up a large item if you think it might be too heavy for you. When you do lift items, lift with your legs or ask for assistance. Don’t risk straining your back.
- Wear appropriate attire for your job. Avoid excessive jewelry and loose clothing that can get caught in equipment.
- Be aware of any children or animals in the home you are cleaning. Keep an eye out for them especially when using any equipment or chemical solution.
- If there is an animal in the home, approach it with caution, even if it is a friendly breed.
Prevent slips, trips, and falls
- Avoid surfaces that are greasy or slippery, uneven, or made of loos material.
- Take note of unexpected placement of furniture, or household items that might be on the floor blocking a walkway.
- Watch out for open drawers and table corners.
- Never use the top of a ladder, always choose a ladder that is the appropriate height for what you are trying to reach.
- 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.
- Never run, always walk.
- Never use equipment with a frayed or damaged power cord. If a power cord has become to old, replace it as soon as possible.
- Watch out for long power cords or extension cords. Make sure they are not creating a tripping hazard for yourself or others.
- Know what to do with biohazard materials when you encounter them.
- Never handle sharps or bio waste without proper gloves.
- Dispose of any potentially hazardous materials in properly labeled receptacles.
- Never put harmful chemicals down a drain or in a trashcan.
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