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Document ID (ISN)111114
CIS number 10-0686
Year 2009
Convention or series no. Facts 86
Title Preventing harm to cleaning workers
Original title Protéger les nettoyeurs de locaux et de surface [in French]
Prevención de daños a los trabajadores del sector de la limpieza [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Gran Vía 33, 48009 Bilbao, Spain, 2009. 2p. Illus. 2 ref.
Internet access Facts_86/EN.pdf [in English]
Facts_86/FR.pdf [in French]
Facts_86/ES.pdf [in Spanish]
Abstract Cleaning is carried out in every workplace. Cleaning itself is a growing sector, as it is a service that is increasingly being put out to tender. While there are some very large cleaning contractors, the sector is dominated by small businesses, many of which employ fewer than 10 workers. This fact sheet summarizes the key points of a report which explains that cleaning is an essential task, that when done well can reduce both risks to workers' safety and health and costs to the business, for example by extending the life of workplace equipment and furnishings, and keeping floor surfaces in good condition. In some industries such as the food and catering sectors, poor cleaning can cause a business to fail. This fact sheet is also available in several other European languages.
Descriptors (primary) European Union; cleaning; conditions of work; hazard evaluation; safe working methods
Descriptors (secondary) harmful substances; cleaning agents; slippery floors; public OSH institutions; falls of persons; data sheet
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Mechanical hazards, transport
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Cleaning work