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Housekeeping Safety Training

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

Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA Regulation: 1910.1030(g)(2)

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.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Training Resources (free):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness Powerpoint

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Bloodborne Pathogens Training Videos (paid):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Heavy Industry by Atlantic Training

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

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.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

Fire Extinguisher OSHA Regulation: 1910.157(g)

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.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):

  • Fire Extinguisher Training Powerpoint

  • Fire Extinguisher Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fire Extinguisher Training Videos (paid):

  • Using Fire Extinguishers Safely by Atlantic Training

  • Portable Fire Extinguishers Protecting People And Property by Coastal Training

  • Fire Extinguisher Safety by Atlantic Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

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.

Training Frequency

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):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)

Back Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Back Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Back Safety Powerpoint

  • Back Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Back Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Back Safety by Atlantic Training

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    Back Safety: Lift for Life by Summit Training

  • Back Safety: The Ergonomic Connection by Summit Training

Eye Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Eye Safety Powerpoint

  • Eye Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Eye Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Eye Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety: No Second Chances by Summit Training Source

Hand Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Hand Safety Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand, Wrist & Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety It's In Your Hands by Coastal Training

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training



Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

2.773% Annual Injury Rate

Housekeeping Safety Tips

Quick Tip

When using a vacuum, you should never run the equipment over a wet surface. Not only does this pose a risk to the motor and inner workings of the vacuum, but the user could experience minor to sever electrical shock.

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.

Basic Safety

  • 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.

Electrical safety

  • 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.

Handling Waste

  • 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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