We have recently updated our Easy Cleaners Guide section all about what PPE Cleaners should have, and wanted to quickly summarise ten key tips that came from this.
This is the short for Personal Protective Equipment, as like with other forms of maintenance and services, is the safety gear that individuals wear to protect both themselves from harm.
With cleaning this might be substances splashing everywhere, or in the Covid-19 times we’re currently in lock-down for then safety from germs and viruses.
This will range from obvious gloves and aprons, but can develop into masks and goggles.
Whatever the extend and nature you’re looking at, as Easy Cleaners here are ten tips that we have discovered to get this right:
1. The Right Guidance
We mention this isn’t detail here, but essentially make sure you not only understand the core law behind this need, but then guidance within your industry and situation to shape what you actually need.
There may also be other helpful things like posters and supplier guides to steer you through the process.
2. The Risk Assessment
This is the core document which will tell you what you need - the Health and Safety Risk Assessment for your cleaning activity.
The Assessor should understand what risks are at play and therefore what exact PPE is suitable to reduce these - applying common sense.
3. Keep it Simple and Stupid
Don’t get carried away and assume things that are not needed.
Often it will be just a paid if good gloves, with everything else only needed if the risk is there, not for the sake of it.
4. Sorting Out Afterwards
After you’ve used your gloves or whatever PPE, then understand how to treat it afterwards.
Even if they are disposable, then they will need properly throwing away. Or normal re-usable ones will in time need a clean themselves.
5. Where it’s Kept
Storing them is also important, nit just slung anywhere - just like cleaning substances themselves.
It needs to be clean and secure, making sure they can’t be damaged and misused.
6. Dealing with Emergencies
These tend to crop up everywhere, and in addition to emergency kits of how to deal with and manage any accidents, remember to see how this effects the right PPE.
New ones may be needed, existing ones carefully checked.
7. Data Sheets Galore
They’re not very exciting things, granted, but they will count when needed.
Although they focus on the actual substances like bleach, becoming familiar with these will help dictate how you then deal with clothing and cleaners Personal Protective Equipment as well.
8. Changes in Cleaning
Another classic mistake is using the same old PPE for ever cleaning task, whereas this often needs to change even between rooms and areas within a job.
So gloves may need to be colour coded even thou they’re the same make because the ones used in a bathroom can’t be the same ones used in say a kitchen because of cross contamination.
9. Special Occasions
Watch out for these also needing PPE variations, the current Covid-19 one a case in point plus other regular ones like in winter where they may need more padding to keep warm.
10. Getting the Best Ones
And to finish off, make sure you practically purchase and supply these in try best way.
You may need to stock up on things, and ensure the price is right form the supplier without any middle-man mark-up prices.
Cleaners PPE to Protect Yourself and Others
It’s important to remember that whatever Cleaners Personal Protective Equipment you’re looking at, that it serves the right purpose. Often you can go to extreme of too little or getting over the top.
And when you do have things selected, then making sure you correctly apply this from start to finish.
These above ten tips will help you, plus check out our full PPE section on the Easy Cleaning Guide here.