How to stay safe when using cleaning chemicals
04 November 2016
The choice of cleaning product is one of the fundamental and essential choices you have to make when you’re taking responsibility for your facilities. You need to carefully consider your chemical and product choices – especially if it’s a place that is exposed to members of the public and staff on a regular basis.
With the help of catering suppliers Nisbets, we've created a guide of things to consider and how to stay safe when using cleaning chemicals for commercial cleaning projects. Please note: all chemicals addressed in this piece are for professional use only.
The myth of pH scales
Chemicals have a scale that tells you their qualities called the pH scale rating. The scale, which runs from 0-14, tells you how acidic a chemical is (0), whether it is neutral (7) or an alkaline (14).
Although the pH scale on commercial cleaning products will be displayed, they don't determine whether you've got the right product for your needs. Instead, use the labels and pictograms on the bottles.
Know your labels and pictograms
Knowing your pictograms and labels is essential, as using products incorrectly can lead to accidents.
Sounds simple, but always read the label before use of a product. By EU law there will be information there about how hazardous the chemicals are, and suggestions of how you can use them safely. If there is nothing hazardous about the product, its supplier must still provide information about if the product can cause harm.
Pictograms on the cleaning product container are symbols, designed to indicate any potentially harmful or hazardous substances within the bottle. The full list of symbols can be found in the original article, taken from the Nisbets site.
How to stay safe
There are a number of ways you can stay safe when using cleaning chemicals and products, and all of them include using the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Make sure you have the following on hand...
A simple pair of rubber gloves can stand effectively between the corrosive, harmful products you're using and your skin. This type of substance can cause irritation and burns, so these are essential items.
Wearing the right footwear should be another high priority when you're cleaning with potentially dangerous chemicals. Make sure they are both water-resistant and slip-proof, to protect from the products penetrating your clothing.
Protective eyewear should be worn when you're using chemicals like bleach, to ensure you have good vision and your eyes are protected from any splashbacks.
With the above points, you should be able to make more considered choices when you are working with cleaning chemicals in the commercial cleaning process. For more information on this subject though, view the original article here.