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Janitors, Custodians, and Housekeepers Module 4: Musculoskeletal Hazards. This module:. Will demonstrate that janitors, custodians, and housekeepers may complete many different tasks.
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Sweeping and Mopping
Unstopping drains/ repairing faucets
Maintaining and cleaning doors and windows
Delivery/Pick up of items
Helping with disabled cars
Painting and carpentryJanitors may do a variety of tasks:
The following slides will provide ideas for preventing injuries when doing the following:
Things to remember with carts:
Spring-loaded carts automatically bring linen within easy reach.
Spring loaded cart
To fill and empty liquids from large containers:
instead of a solid can to prevent plastic bags from sticking to the inside of the can.
Chutes and dumpsters
Place an object such as a plastic basin in the bottom of the sink to raise the work surface
Remove objects to be washed into a smaller container on the counter for scrubbing or soaking and then replace back in the sink for final rinse
Store inserts and containers in a convenient location to encourage consistent use
Front-loading washers and dryers:
If using top loading washers, work practices that reduce risk include:
If items are knotted in the machine, brace with one hand while using the other to gently pull the items free.
Ensure that items go into a cart rather than picking up baskets of soiled linen or wet laundry.
When using water or liquid cleaning products:
Both vacuum cleaners and buffers should have:
Adjustable handle heights
Triggers (buffer) long enough to accommodate at least the index and middle fingers
Easy to reach controls
Technique is important for both devices including:
Use of appropriate grips
Avoiding tight grips and for vacuuming, by alternating grip.
to 3/4 full
Use chemical cleaners and abrasive sponges to minimize scrubbing force.
(Ventilation of rooms, goggles, and gloves may be necessary when chemicals are used.)
(Basic safety and health rules needed by most employers in Washington State)
Safety & Health program review and worksite evaluation
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