Understanding PPE and how best to use it
For people doing the odd clean themselves using shop-bought products which are much harsher than professional products, they are unlikely to suffer from any side-effects of cleaning work, except perhaps an aching back, but these are good working practices for professional cleaners.
The importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) cannot be understated as it is a vital part of any professional cleaner’s tools. When you are dealing with dust and chemicals on a daily basis, it is important to protect your lungs, sinuses, eyes and skin as much as possible to reduce your exposure to these elements in order to maintain one’s health for the long term. Just as important is how you use and store your PPE – always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Gloves are important
The skin on your hands is the most porous compared to anywhere else on your body. If you use the wrong gloves, chemicals can still penetrate into your skin and enter the bloodstream. Whether you use reusable or disposable gloves, you should ensure they are of the correct size for you and that they are made of a suitable material to prevent chemical penetration. At Addison Cleaning we understand the importance of PPE and use disposable Nitrile gloves which we change at regular frequencies to reduce the chances of cross-contamination.
Masks will protect you
Fine particles of airborne dust from vacuuming and dusting can easily be breathed in and block sinuses and lead to ill health, especially if one has allergies. Although the chemicals we use are from sustainable sources and not harsh for the environment, we still use N95 masks to minimise any inhalation of dust and chemicals.
Goggles for your peepers
For exceptionally deep cleans it may be wise to wear goggles to not only prevent dust entering the eyes but to also guard against larger fragments which can get flung up or splashed when using a precision brush to remove a stubborn stain.
If possible, it is good practice to open windows for good ventilation during a clean, especially in an office environment where people may still be working whilst you clean. Plan your approach and declutter the environment before you do the four stages of a good clean: dusting, wiping, vacuuming and mopping.
At Addison Cleaning we take care of our staff by providing them with all the PPE they will need to do their job as safely as possible and maintaining their health for the long-term. If you believe in our values and want to support our vision of a sustainable business where everyone benefits from the best working practices then we would be happy to hear from you to discuss your requirements.