Health & Safety Policy Page 5 of 6


2. FLOOR CLEANING

  1. You should never walk on wet floors.  However, if it becomes necessary, do so with care to avoid slipping.
  2. Do not use any cleaning agents, chemicals or materials for any purpose other than for what they are supplied for
  3. Always display WET FLOOR signs.
  4. The correct use of warning signs is clearly explained on posters displayed in the cleaners' cupboards 'WARNING SIGNS'.


3. CLEANING MATERIALS

  1. Always ensure that you are using the correct cleaning solutions or materials.
  2. Do not use any cleaning agents, chemical or materials for any purpose other than that for which they are supplied.
  3. NEVER MIX OR EXPERIMENT WITH ANY SOLUTION OR CHEMICALS.
  4. Always handle chemicals with care, avoid spillage and contact with the skin.  Never inhale fumes.
  5. Rubber gloves must be worn at all times whilst using any/all chemicals
  6. Never use a material if you are uncertain about its use.
  7. All containers must be clearly marked.  Chemicals must not be decanted into unmarked containers.  Spare labels are provided so that all chemical containers including trigger sprays must be clearly labelled with their contents.  If you are unsure of the contents of a container, DO NOT USE IT.  Pour it down the cleaners' cupboard drain and flush away with plenty of water.


4. LADDERS AND ACCESS EQUIPMENT

  1. Do not work above head height without a stepladder.
  2. Where ladders or other access equipment are being used, ensure that they are safe before using them.
  3. Ensure that the base of the equipment is secure and will not slip.
  4. Do not use equipment for any purpose for which it is not intended.
  5. Do not mount a high ladder unless a member of staff is securing the bottom of the ladder.
  6. Ensure all passers-by are aware of any hazard, e.g. use Warning Signs.
  7. Always follow the manufacturer's instruction provided with the equipment.


5. LIFTING LOADS

  1. Take care when lifting a heavy weight.  Get assistance if necessary.
  2. Bend your knees, not your back.
  3. Never lift a weight beyond your capacity.



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