Working as a housekeeper means following a list of cleaning tasks and using required cleaning materials.
There are potential chemical hazards that could pose risks to your health, leaving you sick and unable to work. These are some of the hazards you may face while at work.
1. Mixed cleaning products
The practice of mixing different cleaning products is extremely dangerous, though it may happen as companies try to stretch how far their supplies go. Certain combinations of chemicals can lead to harmful reactions, releasing toxic fumes that can cause breathing difficulties, eye irritation or skin burns.
2. Improper ventilation
Proper ventilation is important when using cleaning products, especially those containing strong chemicals. 53% of household cleaning agents contain chemicals known to cause damage or harm to the lungs. Without adequate airflow, toxic fumes accumulate in the space, leading to respiratory issues and other health problems. Opening windows and doors while cleaning or using fans can help with air circulation.
3. Inadequate personal protective equipment
Cleaning products can contain chemicals that are harsh on the skin and eyes. Failure to use appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves and safety goggles, can result in skin irritation, burns or eye damage. Your employer should provide the necessary protective equipment to minimize the risk of chemical exposure.
4. Improper storage
Storing cleaning products in an incorrect manner can lead to spills, leaks or accidental exposure. Products must remain in their original containers and stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and sources of heat.
It is important to understand the hazards you face when working as a housekeeping. Your employer has a responsibility to prevent or minimize the risks of injuries or sicknesses that result from chemical exposure or other hazards.