health and safety for cleaners

Dusting and Damp Wiping of Surfaces

Course Duration: 15+ minutes

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Dusting & Damp Wiping of Surfaces

£25.00 +VAT

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Cleaners perform both dusting and damp wiping on a routine basis, and should be enabled to complete this cleaning task safely and effectively. Dusting and damp wiping requires staff to assemble equipment and handle chemicals. They must also be prepared to safely work near clients and in public areas.

This programme supports meeting legal duties to provide sufficient training to cleaners to work safely. It explains the necessary equipment, precautions, methods, and considerations for the safe completion of dusting and damp wiping tasks.

Why this Training Programme is Vital

Failure to provide cleaners with sufficient training will expose employees, clients, and members of the public to health risks. This can result in damage to a business’s reputation and costly claims and fines.

Employers also have a legal duty to prevent employees and anyone affected by their operations under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act of 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.

Objectives of Dusting and Damp Wiping of Surfaces Training Course

This training course gives trainees a clear understanding of how to safely and properly perform and complete dusting and damp wiping tasks.


The dusting and damp wiping of surfaces e-learning course require:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No prior course certification requirement

Course Content

Dusting & Damp Wiping of Surfaces

The delegates will learn the following aspects about damp wiping & dusting of surfaces in this course:
  • Important cleaning equipment to carry out work
  • Risk assessment and process statement for the cleaning responsibilities & safe system of work
  • Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the warning signs
  • Right tools for cleaning such as cloths, buckets & non-abrasive pad
  • Getting starting with dusting and damp wiping
  • The procedure of finishing up the task

Who is this Dusting and Damp Wiping of Surfaces Course for?

This health and safety online training course is for anyone working in the cleaning industry, including:

  • Experienced cleaners
  • New hires
  • Front-line managers

Learning Outcomes of Dusting and Damp Wiping of Surfaces e-Learning Programme

On successfully completing the programme, participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Equipment necessary for dusting and damp wiping
  • PPE appropriate for these tasks
  • How to set up for these tasks
  • How to conduct this task safely and efficiently
  • How to finish work after completing this task

Why Choose Human Focus for this Dusting and Damp Wiping of Surfaces Programme?

Selecting Human Focus for damp wiping & dusting of surfaces training offers these benefits:

  • RoSPA assured
  • Compliant with relevant legislation
  • High-quality video with clear voiceover
  • Short yet informative content
  • Mini interactive quizzes to support retention

Course Format

  • 100% online
  • Allows immediate start on any device after registration
  • Approximately 15+ minutes in length
  • End of course knowledge test


A RoSPA assured certificate is issued by Human Focus upon completion of this training course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is damp wiping generally more effective than dry dusting?

A dry cloth does not necessarily wipe the dust away. It only rearranges the dust, which can fall on the same surfaces shortly after dry dusting is finished. Damp wiping introduces capillary force to the dust particles. In other words, the damp cloth draws the dust particles in and removes them from the area instead of moving them around.

What is damp wiping?

Damp wiping is the process of removing any dirt or bacteria from hard or flat surfaces with a damp cloth or sponge. It is advised to always use clean, fresh water for damp wiping because using dirty water can create streaks or possibly even spread bacteria.

When to dry dust or damp dust?

Dry dusting is done when individuals want to lift the dust from surfaces using a dry duster, dust cloth, or microfibre cloth. On the other hand, damp or wet dusting is when someone wants to remove the dust from a surface using a dampened cloth.

What do professional cleaners use to dust?

Professional cleaners often use static high dusters for walls or corners, damp cleaning cloths for areas with heavy dust, microfibre cloths for surfaces that could be easily scratched, Swiffer dusters for uneven surfaces, and vacuums to trap dust after it has been lifted or removed.

Product Details

Study length15+ minutes
Approval bodyRoSPA assured
Target audienceAll the cleaning staff – awareness
FormatOne interactive module with an end of course test
AssessmentOnline multiple-choice test
CertificationOnline certificate issued immediately on course completion

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