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Document ID (ISN)110497
CIS number 10-0075
ISBN(s) 978-92-9191-259-9
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tregenza T., Kosk-Bienko J.
Title Preventing harm to cleaning workers
Bibliographic information European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Gran VÝa 33, 48009 Bilbao, Spain, 2009. 225p. Illus. 43 ref. Price: EUR 15.00 (excluding VAT). Downloadable version free of charge.
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Abstract Cleaning is carried out in every workplace. In some industries, such as the food and catering sectors, poor cleaning can cause a business to fail. Cleaning is an essential task and, when done well, it can reduce both costs to the company and the risks to workers' safety and health. This report considers the challenges to be overcome in improving the safety and health of cleaners, and examines actions taken to achieve this goal. It focuses on challenges associated with cleaning tasks, seeking solutions to these challenges that can reduce the risks to workers' health and safety. Main topics covered: changes and challenges in the cleaning sector; cleaners' safety and health at the European level; actions at Member State level; actions taken by companies and institutions; tackling structural issues in the cleaning sector, improving safety and health at the workplace level; help for SMEs; points to remember for different stakeholders.
Descriptors (primary) European Union; cleaning of workplaces; plant safety and health organization; domestic and related helpers, cleaners
Descriptors (secondary) harmful substances; small enterprises; safety and health training; qualifications; risk factors; economic aspects; legal aspects; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Cleaning work