People who do commercial laundry work can actually come in contact with higher volumes of harmful cleaning chemicals, and can also incur some other potential hazards on the job. Those who work in this environment include hospital, school, and hotel workers as well as prisons or other places where large volumes of laundry must be done daily. If you work in a commercial laundry setting, here are some helpful tips that can keep you safe.
Since a lot of water is moving around in these types of environments, the potential for slipping is everywhere. Make sure the floors in your work area stay as dry as possible. Wipe spills up immediately with a mop or cloth. Wear good, gripping shoes that can help keep you from slipping as you work, and make sure they are comfortable as well to avoid knee and back injury. Aside from slipping, there's also a potential for eye injury so be sure to wear safety glasses or goggles while you work. Gloves are also recommended to prevent too much skin contact with chemicals.
Harmful Laundry Additives
There are harsh additives that many larger commercial laundry facilities use for washing, drying, and pressing clothing. Since you'll have to work with these items, it's important to stay safe and be proactive to prevent any problems. Here are some things you can do to help keep you safe while on the job:
- Make sure your employer has the safety data sheets clearly posted for all commercial laundry related products.
- When you operate the commercial dryer or washer, be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions for use exactly as they are listed.
- Keep all laundry care items tightly closed and sealed when they are not in use to avoid spills and to help lessen the amount of chemicals you breathe in.
- Always wash your hands after handling any kind of laundry care product.
- Be sure everyone has the phone number for the US Poison Control Center in case something accidentally gets ingested or in someone's eyes. Have this number clearly posted in several locations.
- Ask your employer if they would be willing to consider using "greener" laundry products in the future. These new products are made from all natural materials, do not contain any chemicals, and they may also help to improve the machines' efficiency.
By taking a few extra safety precautions each day, you can help to ensure the safety of yourself as well as you coworkers and be sure that everyone is doing their job in a productive and safe environment.