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Protecting workers who use cleaning chemicals.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-126, 2012 Jul; :1-4
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. Many employers are switching to green cleaning products because they are thought to be less hazardous to workers and the environment. This INFOSHEET provides information to employers on practices to help keep workers safe when working with cleaning chemicals, including green cleaning products.
Respiratory-irritants; Eye-irritants; Skin-irritants; Cleaning-compounds; Household-bleach; Lung-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Gloves; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-clothing; Safety-equipment; Safety-glasses; Safety-practices; Eye-protection; Eye-protective-equipment; Training; Surveillance-programs
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-126; B07182012
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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