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  1. Unplug all machines at the wall outlet (by grasping the plug not pulling on the cord) before leaving the work area.

  2. Wear the proper PPE for the task at hand.

  3. Report all accidents to your supervisor immediately.

  4. Keep closets and work areas clean and uncluttered.

  5. Know where the MSDS book is kept in your area and how to read an MSDS. Conduct a chemical inventory each year in September (Refer to the FM Hazard Communication Procedure, I:12). Handle all chemicals with rubber gloves, face, and eye protection.

  6. Do not use any chemical before you have been trained on the proper use of that chemical and have read the MSDS for that chemical.

  7. Do not put caustic chemicals (such as bleach or Formula 900) in spray bottles. If in doubt ask your supervisor.

  8. Be sure that all containers of chemicals (including spray bottles) are properly labeled.

  9. All housekeepers are considered to be AT RISK for Bloodborne Pathogens. Know where the procedure book is in your area and know the proper method to clean up after a blood or body fluid incident. NOTE: Wage workers are not to clean these areas until after they have had the Bloodborne Pathogens Medical Training and been offered the vaccination program, usually after six months of employment. Permanent workers are not to clean these areas until they have received the BBP Medical Training and been offered the vaccination program, as close as possible to their date of employment or promotion to a permanent position.

  10. All operators of the propane buffers must be properly certified before using these buffers.

  11. Inspect propane tanks and connections for leaks before turning on the electric starter.

  12. Do not operate a propane buffer in a class room or other area where there is poor ventilation.

  13. Inspect all equipment before and after use for damage, loose nuts, bolts, frayed or loose wiring, missing ground pin on the plug, and for oil or grease leaks. Keep equipment tightened up. If a bolt or nut keeps working loose, there is damage to the equipment or to the electric cord or plug, notify your supervisor immediately to have the equipment repaired. Do not attempt repairs yourself.

  14. Be sure that all switches on electrical equipment are in the OFF position and the ground pin is in place before plugging them into any outlet.

  15. Buffers - Do not operate buffers unless you have been trained to do so.

    1. Always adjust the handle properly before starting the buffer.

    2. Do not operate the buffer with one hand.

    3. Keep the cord behind you and up away from your feet.

    4. Use a Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) plug when working with liquids of any kind. If you do not have one available ask your supervisor.

    5. When using a buffer to clean carpets be sure that the bonnet is adjusted properly. If the buffer starts to chatter or jump, stop immediately and readjust the bonnet. Do not attempt to bonnet throw rugs or mats.

    6. Two or three people are required when moving buffers to different floors in buildings where there is no elevator. Do not attempt this alone. See your supervisor for the proper method of moving buffers.

  16. Always disconnect electrical equipment by grasping the plug at the outlet. Do not attempt to disconnect the plug by yanking on the cord.

  17. Do not attempt to remove a plug if your hands are wet.

  18. When using an extractor or a wet/dry vacuum to clean up a large amount of water be sure that a GFI is in place.

  19. Disconnect fans and other electrical equipment before cleaning.

  20. Place wet floor signs to warn of slippery conditions.

  21. Do not block stairways or doors with electric cords or other pieces of equipment that could cause tripping hazards.

  22. Be careful when carrying mops or brooms so that no one is injured by the handles. Be especially careful in areas with low ceilings that ceiling tiles or sprinkler heads are not damaged.

  23. Keep oil dust mop heads covered with plastic bags when not in use. Place oily rags in metal containers or dispose of them properly.

  24. When using ladders refer to the section on ladder safety.

  25. Lift properly using your legs, not your back. Get help to lift heavy objects.

  26. Use eye protection when cleaning over your head.

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