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Navigating Janitorial OSHA Compliance With Ease

Is it Your Job or Theirs?

In the janitorial services industry, compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations is paramount to ensuring the health and safety of workers and maintaining a reputable business. OSHA sets forth standards and guidelines aimed at protecting workers from hazards in the workplace, and janitorial companies must adhere to these regulations to prevent accidents, injuries, and legal liabilities, but are you also liable if there is an incident at your site? Some may say yes, others may say no, but the legal battle will take months to sort out and has the potential to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.  


One of the primary areas of concern for OSHA compliance in janitorial services is the handling and use of cleaning chemicals. Many cleaning products contain potentially harmful chemicals that can cause respiratory issues, skin irritation, and other health problems if not used properly. OSHA requires employers to provide training to workers on the safe handling, storage, and disposal of cleaning chemicals, as well as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, and respirators when necessary.


Janitorial companies must comply with OSHA's regulations regarding hazard communication. This includes maintaining Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all cleaning chemicals used in the workplace, as well as properly labeling containers to identify the contents and potential hazards. Employees must be trained to recognize these labels and understand the information provided on SDS to mitigate risks associated with chemical exposure.


PMM Companies has a robust training program, and all our employees have digital access via employee portal technology to all SDS content accessible by mobile device if ever there is doubt. What is your janitorial company doing? This is something you should find out in your RFP process.

Janitorial companies must ensure their employees are trained to use equipment safely and follow proper ergonomic practices to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. This includes providing training on how to lift and carry heavy objects, operate machinery such as floor buffers and carpet cleaners, and maintain good posture while performing cleaning tasks.


By prioritizing OSHA compliance in janitorial services, companies can protect the health and safety of their workers, reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, and avoid costly fines and penalties. By providing comprehensive training, proper equipment, and clear communication regarding safety protocols, janitorial companies can create a work environment that is not only clean and hygienic but also safe and compliant with OSHA regulations.

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