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610 Housekeeping Safety
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Good housekeeping not only results in a cleaner workplace, but makes it safer as well. Good housekeeping reduces illnesses and injuries and promotes positive behaviors, habits, and attitudes. Employers are responsible for assessing each workplace before work begins to identify the potential hazards present, and determine ways to eliminate the hazards. An effective housekeeping program is an important element in workplace safety and health management systems.

Workplaces, such as schools, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and manufacturing plants, use cleaning chemicals to ensure the cleanliness of their buildings. Workers who handle these products include building maintenance workers, janitors, and housekeepers. Some cleaning chemicals can be hazardous, causing problems ranging from skin rashes and burns to coughing and asthma.

This course is geared for housekeeping and janitorial employees. It will take an in-depth look at the potential health risks from hazardous chemicals and how to choose and store cleaning products safely. This important course also discusses ways to help prevent muscle fatigue and ergonomic injuries.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you should be able to:
ID Objective
TO 1.0 Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the final course assessment.
LO 1.1.1 Describe the hazardous chemicals to which housekeeping employees are exposed.
LO 1.1.2 Identify health hazards that are common in the housekeeping industry.
LO 1.1.3 Define and describe uses of the various categories of cleaning chemicals.
LO 1.1.4 Describe best practices and uses of equipment during housekeeping.
LO 1.1.5 Discuss housekeeping employee training requirements.
LO 1.2.1 Discuss safe work practices when working with contaminated materials, equipment, work surfaces, and laundry.
LO 1.3.1 Describe ergonomic best work practices to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.

Key: Terminal Objective (TO), Learning Objective (LO)