If you are a janitorial worker, you face the risk of many injuries or illnesses on the job from slip and fall accidents, performing the same repetitive motions while cleaning, and being exposed to hazardous chemicals and infectious diseases. However, your employer could take steps to make your workplace safer and reduce the likelihood that you could be injured and need to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Three Ways Employers Could Provide a Safer Workplace for Custodial Workers
Employers could develop safer, more ergonomic ways for janitorial workers to perform their work—reducing the hazards for workers and the high costs of injuries for workers and employers. Ways employers could reduce workers’ injuries include:
- Chemical hazards. Workers need to be trained regularly in the hazards of the cleaning chemicals they use, how to use them safely, and the dangers of improperly mixing cleaning chemicals. In addition, employers need to provide proper safety equipment to prevent workers from inhaling dangerous fumes or exposing their skin to chemicals.
- Repetitive motion and overexertion. Employers could reduce the risk of repetitive motion and overexertion injuries by using lighter, microfiber head mops, adjustable mop poles, bottom-draining buckets, and buckets that can be filled with a hose. In addition, “no-touch” cleaning systems, such as movable tanks and carts of water, and newer, more lightweight vacuum cleaners could prevent musculoskeletal disorders.
- Slips and falls. Employers need to ensure that passageways and storerooms are kept free of debris. Signs and other warning systems should be used where slip and fall hazards are present. In addition, employers should provide workers with slip-resistant footwear and a reasonable workload that does not require them to unnecessarily rush to get to the next task.
If you are a janitorial worker injured at your job, do not delay in seeking the workers’ compensation benefits you could be entitled to. Call us at (888) 348-2616 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.