JSA for cleaning workers

JSA for cleaning workers

Professional cleaning and hygiene businesses currently need to integrate working protocols in their Job Safety Analysis (JSA).

It is essential to identify the specific dangers that usually happen by making a deep job analysis of the tasks, the tools and the work building and environment.

A right training and a correct use of the proper PPE can avoid the most common illnesses in this working sector.

One of the things to have in mind for this specific case is that most of the tasks require high heart rate intensity, long use of the working tools, handling heavy loads, making forced postures for a long time and being exposed to some products that sometimes may be toxic.

More precisely, the most common risks are musculoskeletal disorder, neck injuries, low back pains, spinal disc herniation, backache, sciatica and etcetera. Besides, cuts, bruises, punctures, crashing, scratches, falls, fractures, sprains, burns. In fact, the 90% of the sick leaves in cleaning businesses are produced by one of these reasons.

Advices to guarantee a good Occupational Health

According to the information from the Spanish Ministry of Labour, the casualties in this sector are practically non-existent; meanwhile, the disease incidence is noteworthy. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to some advices in order to guarantee a good occupational health at the workplace. Therefore, some of the measures that should be included in the JSA are the following:

  • Ration the efforts and avoid heavier loads than 25 kilos.
  • Guarantee a proper hug of the load.
  • Avoid long distances while handling voluminous load.
  • Use mechanical elements to move the working tools.
  • Avoid repetitive movements.

Suitable PPE for cleaning sector

Training is essential for workers to learn and assimilate these best practices at work. Besides, it is essential to have the correct PPE to minimize the impact of some risks.

The Spanish Occupational Health and Safety law states that business owners must provide to their employees a way to protect their eyes and faces, such as safety googles and face shields.

Additionally, waterproof and hard-wearing gloves for hand protection and face mask for respiratory tract protection. Footwear should have anti-slippery soles. Finally, protective uniforms are important.

In few words, JSA avoid numerous accidents in the professional hygiene and cleaning sector. Therefore, it is essential for enterprises to count with an specific plan to guarantee its compliance.