Safe Storage of Cleaning Equipment and Materials

health and safety for cleaners

Storage of Cleaning Equipment, Tools & Chemicals

This e-learning course provides health and safety guidance for cleaners in respect to the safe handling and storage of cleaning tools and equipment.

A failure by cleaning employees to follow correct storage practices increases the risk to the health and safety of the cleaners themselves, as well as the clients and the general public. Improper storage can also result in costly claims and damage to property and equipment.

Employers of cleaning staff have a legal duty to provide employees with the necessary information in instruction to work safely. This programme will help to maintain compliance under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).

Cleaning Training Courses by Human Focus

Human Focus is currently offering the list of following courses under the health and safety for cleaners toolkit:

Why Correct Storage of Cleaning Equipment is Vital?

In order to work safely, cleaners must understand best practice when it comes to storing the equipment and materials that they use every day. A failure to do so, presents a range of hazards:

Bacteria & Cross-contamination

A poorly managed workplace is a breeding ground for germs and harmful bacteria. Cleaners work with a wide range of tools and equipment and in a variety of settings. In order to stop the propagation and spread of disease-causing bacteria and virus, cleaners must understand how to clean, neutralise, disinfect, and store cleaning equipment and materials.

Hazardous Substances

Cleaning agents are hazardous substances. The most common risks are due to these substances coming into contact with the eyes or skin, being breathed in, or being swallowed. Corrosive chemicals can cause skin and eye burns if splashed on the body. They can also create dermatitis or other skin problems.

If hazardous substances are mishandled, accidentally mixed, disposed of incorrectly, or stored incorrectly, potentially fatal toxic fumes are generated. Training on the correct storage of cleaning equipment is necessary to ensure this does not happen.

It has been estimated that around 13,000 deaths per year in the UK are due to past exposure to chemicals and dust at work, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Both of which are commonplace in the cleaning industry.

Hazardous Substances

Cleaning agents are hazardous substances. The most common risks are due to these substances coming into contact with the eyes or skin, being breathed in, or being swallowed. Corrosive chemicals can cause skin and eye burns if splashed on the body. They can also create dermatitis or other skin problems.

If hazardous substances are mishandled, accidentally mixed, disposed of incorrectly, or stored incorrectly, potentially fatal toxic fumes are generated. Training on the correct storage of cleaning equipment is necessary to ensure this does not happen.

It has been estimated that around 13,000 deaths per year in the UK are due to past exposure to chemicals and dust at work, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Both of which are commonplace in the cleaning industry.

Risks to the Clients & the Public

Cleaners work in public locations and/or in the premises of clients, such as office buildings, campuses, and other work areas. This means that equipment, tools, and chemical agents must be prepared, used, disassembled, and stored on these sites. Failure to correctly understand procedures for cleaning storage puts people and property at risk.

Safe storage of cleaning equipment and materials will also prevent access and egress hazards to clients or the public. For instance, blocked entryways which prevent others using the location from entering or exiting.

Other Hazards

Other hazards that the incorrect storage of cleaning tools and materials can create include:

Objectives of this Online Course

This training course aims to give trainees a clear understanding of how to store cleaning equipment and materials effectively, without being injured or harmed, or creating a risk to others.

Prerequisites

This health and safety e-learning course on maintenance and storage of cleaning tools and equipment requires:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No prior course certification

Couse Content of Storage of Cleaning Equipment

In this online training course, the following sections will be explored:

  • What is in a Good Cleaning Cupboard?
  • What Information You Should have?
  • Starting Work From Your Cleaning Cupboard
  • Finishing Work at Your Cleaning Cupboard
  • Storing Chemicals Safely
  • Final Steps

Who is this Course on the Safe Storage of Cleaning Equipment for?

This health and safety online training is specially designed for anyone who wants or needs to understand cleaning best practice, including:

  • Experienced cleaners
  • Cleaning new hires
  • Anyone who trains or supervises cleaners
  • Anyone working in the cleaning industry

Learning Outcomes of Storing Chemicals Online Training?

By the end of this e-learning training, you will understand:

  • What every good cleaning cupboard should have
  • The importance of safe storage and maintenance of cleaning equipment
  • Important information that cleaner must have
  • Common practices for cleaning and storage of sterile equipment
  • How to safely get started at the beginning of a cleaning shift
  • How to correctly finish work in a cleaning cupboard
  • The safe storage of chemicals

Benefits of the Safe Storage of Cleaning Equipment Online Course

Employer benefits

  • Compliant with health and safety legislation
  • Prevents occupational accidents and injuries to cleaners and employees
  • Improves safety culture at work

Employee Benefits

  • Help cleaners to safely store cleaning equipment, tools, and materials
  • Prepare trainees to safely start and finish cleaning tasks
  • RoSPA certificates upon successful completion of training course

Why choose Human Focus for E-learning Course based on Storing Cleaning Products Safely?

Human Focus training course on storing cleaning items has the following features:

  • RoSPA assured course content and certification
  • Meet full compliance with health and safety at work regulation
  • 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

Course Format

  • 100% online course
  • Allows immediate start right after the registration on any electronic device
  • Approximately 20+ minutes in length
  • Interactive quizzes
  • End of course knowledge test

Certification

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to store cleaning products safely?

To store the cleaning products safely, the following are some precautionary measures:

  • Store the cleaning items in a clean space
  • Store the cleaning products in a well-ventilated area to prevent fumes from spreading to other areas
  • Do not store alkaline and basic chemicals near each other
  • Store items at the appropriate height for safety
  • Avoid overcrowding cupboards and shelves to avoid falling containers and chemicals

The Human Focus Safe Storage of Cleaning Equipment & Materials training course offers much further detail on all of the above.

What does the training course on proper storage of cleaning equipment include?

The Human Focus’s training course on storage of cleaning items educates trainees about the safe storage, handling and cleaning of equipment and tools. It further teaches delegates how to start and finish cleaning tasks without risk to themselves, others, or property.

Why is it important to store the cleaning supplies properly?

The proper storage of cleaning supplies is important to minimise the risk of injuries and harms that may cause to cleaners and other staff members as a whole.

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