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Workplaces, such as schools, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and manufacturing plants, use cleaning chemicals to ensure the cleanliness of their buildings. Workers who handle these products include building maintenance workers, janitors, and housekeepers. Some cleaning chemicals can be hazardous, causing problems ranging from skin rashes and burns to coughing and asthma.

Housekeeping refers to the management of duties and chores involved in the running of a household, such as cleaning, cooking, home maintenance, shopping, laundry, and bill payment. These tasks may be performed by members of the household, or by other persons hired for the purpose. The term is also used to refer to the money allocated for such use. By extension, an office or organization, as well as the maintenance of computer storage systems.

What are the risk factors of housekeeping?

The main risk factors for repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) in housekeeping are:
  • Heavy physical workload and excessive bodily motions which are a high risk for back injuries
  • Forceful upper limb motions in awkward positions which are a high risk for neck or shoulder and arm injuries
Space limitations require workers to use many uncomfortable postures. These are:
  • Standing or walking
  • Stooping
  • Squatting
  • Kneeling
  • Stretching
  • Reaching
  • Bending
  • Twisting
  • Crouching
A housekeeper changes body position every three seconds while cleaning a room. If we assume that the average cleaning time for each room is twenty-five minutes, we can estimate that a housekeeper assumes 8,000 different body postures every shift. In addition, forceful movements while using awkward body positions include lifting mattresses, cleaning tiles, and vacuuming every shift. Housekeeping is a physically demanding and very tiring job. It can be classified as "moderately heavy" to "heavy" work because the energy required is approximately 4 kilocalories per minute (4kcal/min).

Course Curriculum

    • Housekeeping Safety 00:05:00
    • Topics 00:05:00
    • Safety with Sharps 00:20:00
    • Cuts 00:20:00
    • Universal Precautions 00:10:00
    • Potentially Infectious Bodily Fluids 00:10:00
    • Use Protective Equipment 00:10:00
    • Syringes 00:20:00
    • Report on the Job Injuries 00:10:00
    • Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls 00:10:00
    • Causes 00:20:00
    • What to Do 00:10:00
    • Step 1 – Find the Problem 00:20:00
    • Step 2 – Check it Out 00:20:00
    • Step 3 – Fix It 00:15:00
    • Step 4 – Look at it Again 00:10:00
    • Prevention Measures 00:40:00
    • Falling 00:20:00
    • Safe Lifting 00:20:00
    • Test the Load! 00:10:00
    • Planning Ahead 00:40:00
    • Lowering the Object 00:40:00
    • Is this Safe? 00:10:00
    • Strengthening Exercise 00:10:00
    • Stretching Exercises 00:30:00
    • Chemical Safety 00:40:00
    • Review 00:10:00
    • Remember 00:10:00
    • Fire Extinguisher Use 00:40:00
    • Used Extinguisher 00:20:00
    • General Safety – Buffers 00:30:00
    • Overall 00:10:00
    • Questions 00:05:00
    • General Health and Safety Assessment 4 weeks
    • General Certificate in Housekeeping Test 00:50:00

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