Cleaning products contain chemicals that allow them to do an effective job. However, they can also be potentially harmful to you, your staff, family and members of the public. It’s important therefore that you know what products you are using and how to use them safely.
Cleaning Products – The Fundamentals
There are plenty of things you need to consider when using cleaning products. You need to make sure that they are safe to use and that they clean everything. With that in mind, we have listed some important information you need to take into account:
Pictograms, Labels and pH scales
To identify the chemicals, you need to get to know labels and pictograms effectively. Knowing what the details on the labels mean will also help you to avoid the dangers of incorrectly using the chemicals.
Read the labels
Make sure you read the label before you using any products. Everything should be on the label (as dictated by EU law) so reading the labels is a very important.
Somewhere on the cleaning product you will find pictograms. These are symbols designed to give you crucial information at a glance. Pictograms will quickly tell you whether you are using a hazardous product. You can find a full list of pictograms right here.
pH scales – The Myth
The pH scale rating tells you about the chemical qualities of the product. The range is from 0-14, telling you how acidic (0 = very acidic), neutral (7) or alkaline (14 = very alkaline) products are. The pH scale rating is displayed on all cleaning products but they won’t tell you whether a product is suitable for your needs. it’s It’s always best to stick to the labels and pictograms.
Personal Protective Equipment
The best way to stay safe when using cleaning products is to ensure you use the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before any work begins.
The following PPE is recommended:
Protective Eye Wear
When using cleaning products like bleach protective eye wear is a must-have to protect one of your vital of senses.
Your hands are more exposed to cleaning products than other parts of the body so make sure they’re looked after! From a simple pair of rubber gloves to something more specialist, gloves are the best way to keep corrosive and irritating cleaning products away from your skin.
Wear protective footwear which is both waterproof and slip proof when you are working with cleaning products. These will prevent chemicals reaching your feet and stop you from slipping!
Follow the above points and you should feel informed when choosing cleaning products and using them effectively.
If you have any questions about using the right cleaning products in your office, contact The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 74584433 and talk to one of our team who will be happy to help!