Deeper, more extensive cleaning often requires the use of cleaning chemicals. With the need for facility cleaning at an all-time high, it’s critical to help cleaning teams stay safe when handling various chemistries.
From proper PPE use, to safe chemical handling and dilution, share these top three tips with your cleaning teams for a safer cleaning routine:
1. Don Appropriate PPE
Access to the right personal protective equipment (PPE) is the first step to a safer clean. The use of protective gloves and safety glasses is highly recommended when handling cleaning chemicals, and in some cases, is required for safe use. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s label for safety instructions before using any chemicals and ensure cleaning teams are provided with the appropriate PPE.
In addition, it’s critical to ensure your team members have been trained on how to safely use chemicals and proper PPE use, including how to don and doff these items safely. Download our Glove Donning and Doffing Guide for a quick refresher.
2. Limit Exposure to Chemicals
When cleaning with chemicals, it’s important to limit exposure by using the smallest chemical concentrations possible. One way to do this is by using chemical proportioning and dispensing systems. These closed loop systems precisely dilute and dispense chemicals to minimize the risks of mixing chemicals by hand, including possible spills and fume inhalation. They also eliminate the risk of human error by mixing the correct amounts of chemical concentrate and water.
Proportioning and dispensing systems can work in several ways. Some measure the chemicals dispensed through metering tips of various sizes, whereas some are simpler and act as closed loop systems that eliminate the need for mixing stations.
To learn more about the benefits of chemical proportioning and dispensing systems, as well as the various types, download this helpful guide from Dustbane.*
3. Consider Ready-To-Use Disinfectants
Ready-to-use (RTU) disinfectants* are a convenient, accessible and efficient way to deliver a quality clean. These disinfectants take the guesswork out of cleaning by eliminating the need to dilute chemicals with water. RTU products minimize exposure to harmful chemicals and come in a wide variety of options, including wipes and surface sprays.
Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene offers a wide variety of services related to cleaning safety including training programs from our experts on the latest cleaning protocols and customized cleaning programs designed with you in mind. Learn more about our services here.
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