The Cleaning Chemical Safety Poster provides information on the essential elements of a Cleaning Chemical Safety Program. The poster describes how to communicate hazard information, how to store chemicals safety, and how workers should be trained prior to handling chemicals. The poster also provides a brief explanation of common “signal words” such as Caution, Warning, Danger, and Poison.
Conventional and green cleaning chemicals are generally safe to use. However, workers such as building maintenance workers, janitors, and housekeepers can experience health problems from repeated or unsafe exposure to cleaning chemicals. Symptoms may include respiratory symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath; skin irritation, burning or rashes; eye irritation; headaches and dizziness.
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) requires employers to provide information to their employees about the hazardous chemicals they will be exposed to in the workplace. This includes training employees on the hazards of chemicals and protective measures that must be taken to avoid injury or illness.
Who Should Post the Cleaning Chemical Safety Poster?
The Cleaning Chemical Safety Poster is recommended for all workplaces which use cleaning chemicals to ensure the cleanliness of work buildings and job sites.
Workers should be trained on how to safely handle and store cleaning chemicals in the workplace. Post the Cleaning Chemical Safety Poster in training rooms and areas where employees congregate to support training goals and can serve as a year-round reminder of safe practices for the handling of cleaning chemicals.