This e-learning course provides instruction and guidance for cleaners with regard to the safe use of chemical cleaning agents. Cleaning is a vital part of the workplace, and the chemical agents used for cleaning can be hazardous, especially if handled, stored, or used improperly. Employers must have in place safety measures for work involving chemical agents.
Failure to take the proper steps when working with chemical cleaning agents can result in health and safety risks to both cleaners and anyone else who may be affected. For example, failure to wear appropriate safety gloves while handling certain cleaning agents can result in chemical burns. And the improper dilution and storage of chemicals could cause harmful vapours to spread.
This training programme provides the instruction to maintain compliance, reduce liability, and protect the health and safety staff and anyone else that may be affected.
Close contact with cleaning materials and agents is the leading cause of work-related dermatitis, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Chemical cleaning agents are also the second largest cause of occupational asthma.
Apart from asthma, and dermatitis, chemical agents can cause serious allergic reactions, chemical burns, poisoning, and explosions. Mishandling, misuse, and improper storage drastically increase the chance of an accident occurring. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations provide guidance on how to prevent these accidents.
The current COVID-19 pandemic, for which COSHH has been updated, has all businesses engaged in more strict cleaning efforts. While caution is always important, the current conditions require businesses and cleaners to properly apply COSHH standards to minimise both COVID-19 transmission and serious chemical hazards while performing cleaning activities.
COSHH-related training for cleaners ensures that cleaners can properly perform their duties with minimised risk to themselves and others. This Human Focus chemical competence online training course details safe practices for working with chemical agents while performing cleaning tasks.
The following laws place legal responsibility on employers regarding the safety of cleaners:
This training course aims to give trainees a clear understanding of how to examine equipment before use, apply COSHH documentation and assessment to ensure safe use of chemical agents, choose personal protective equipment for work with different chemicals, safely dilute chemical agents, and put into practice chemical competence while working.
In this online training course, the following sections will be explored:
- Understanding COSHH
- Washing Hands
- Wearing Gloves
- Rules for Safe Chemical Handling
- The PH scale
- Chemical dilution
- Putting it all into action
This health and safety online training course is designed for all cleaning staff working in any workplace environment. It is also intended for employees who may come into close contact with cleaning chemicals.
The course provides an in-depth knowledge of steps to follow while performing cleaning tasks that include handling chemicals.
By the end of this e-learning training course, participants will learn how to:
- Examine equipment used while working with chemicals for cleaning
- Perform a detailed, cleaning safety specific COSHH risk assessment
- Apply COSHH documentation
- Wash and look after their hands properly
- Use appropriate gloves while working with chemicals to minimise the risk of injury or any other damage to hands
- Apply vital rules for the safe handling of chemicals for cleaning purposes
- Use PH scales of cleaning chemicals to understand their basic chemistry and ensure safe working procedure
- Dilute chemicals using correct procedures
- Put chemical competence into action
The benefits of this course for employers and employees are listed below.
The Human Focus training course for chemical competence for cleaners has the following features:
- RoSPA assured training content and certification
- Full compliance with health and safety at work regulations
- High-quality video and animation with clear voiceover
- Short, informative, and interactive content
- Mini interactive quizzes at the end of each section that help delegates to learn the essential concepts easily
RoSPA assured certificate issued by Human Focus upon completion of training course.
Chemical competence means safe handling, mixing, usage, and storage of cleaning chemicals so that they cannot harm or cause any injury to workers.
The common safety measures for using a chemical cleaning agent include:
- Understanding the chemistry of the agent. Each chemical has instructions on what it is meant to be used for, and where. Read carefully.
- Only using approved chemicals
- Not mixing chemicals
- Never using chemicals unless they are labelled
- Keeping chemical containers closed and in a safe place
Gloves and/or appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn and instructions must be carefully followed while cleaning tools and equipment.
The use of chemicals in cleaning makes the process more efficient and less time-consuming. It also helps prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses, moulds, etc.
There is no one specific rule for storing chemicals at work, since every workplace is different. However, few things should be kept in mind for the safe storage of chemicals:
- Store in a clean and dry place
- Do not overcrowd storing shelves
- Do not place the highly acidic chemicals close to each other
- Store in a well-ventilated area
- Keep the chemical agents in locked cupboards to ensure the safety of everyone in the workplace
In general, there are four types of chemical agents, which are: