cleaning chemicalsWith more than two million workers in the U.S. employed in the cleaning and custodial services, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NOSH) has posted a new topic page that provides informational resources for protecting workers from the hazards commonly found in this occupation.

Whether the tasks are done in hotels or health care facilities, they can involve heavy lifting, prolonged standing and exposure to body fluids or other infectious agents.

According to NIOSH, these hazards may result in musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial stress, infectious diseases, dermatologic diseases, allergies and respiratory diseases.

The safety and health topic page lists links to blogs, publications, and other topic pages with recommendations for reducing exposure to those hazards. The topic page also lists resources from academia, other government agencies, industry, and private organizations.

Click here to visit the page.