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Now, more than ever, businesses are turning to cleaning products to keep their workplaces free from germs and bacteria. But that could mean you face new hazards in the workplace. Cleaning products contain ammonia, bleach, or detergent, which can be dangerous to your health. You need to know how best to protect yourself while on the job if you handle cleaning products.

Know the hazards

No single cleaning product is always safe to use. Even familiar household products can be dangerous if you don’t use them correctly. For example, while cleaning wipes may not seem harmful, they could be if you work with them all day. Prolonged exposure might cause a rash or other skin irritation.

In general, however, some cleaning products contain ingredients that can be irritating to your:

  • Skin,
  • Eyes,
  • Nose,
  • Throat, or
  • Lungs.

Mists, vapors, or gases can even trigger problems if you have asthma or allergies. Avoid mixing cleaning products if you can, and be aware that products containing bleach or ammonia can damage your lungs, or worse, cause death.

Myth busted!

Some employers select cleaning supplies that are marked as safe for the environment, or labeled “green,” and assume the cleaning product is safer for you. However, that’s not always the case. Remember, even the safest cleaning products can be dangerous to your health.

Stay safe on the job

Use the tips below to stay safe on the job.

  • Never mix cleaning chemicals that contain bleach and ammonia.
  • Know how to correctly dilute cleaning products.
  • Know how to use and store cleaning products.
  • Use PPE when you work with cleaning products.
  • Make sure that cleaning chemical containers are marked correctly.
  • Wash up after using cleaning chemicals.