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DPH/OSH Recommendations             Safe Work Practices: Mopping & Sweeping             ♦ Equipment: Assemble all necessar...
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Mopping Procedures

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Mopping Procedures

  1. 1. DPH/OSH Recommendations Safe Work Practices: Mopping & Sweeping ♦ Equipment: Assemble all necessary equipment, cleaning supplies, & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Make sure that the mop or broom is adjusted for your size. ♦ Understand how to properly mix and use cleaning supplies. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and disposal. ♦ Don PPE (Nitrile Gloves, Face Shield / Goggles as appropriate). ♦ Select Area: Use Wet Floor signs, caution tape, barriers, or cones to cordon off areas. Always place signs and barriers at every access point and the work area perimeter. ♦ When possible choose a time before or after clinic hours to mop the area selected. ♦ Check Area: Look for trip hazards and sharp objects prior to mopping. Remove any objects with the appropriate tool (grabbers, pick up stick). ♦ Wring mop before using. ♦ Limit the size of the mop area. Divide hallways into smaller sections. Always leave half of the floor surfaces dry. When finished with an area move to the next. When mopping rooms start at the corner farthest from the entrance. ♦ Alternate mopping styles frequently. Use figure 8 and rocking from side to side. ♦ Ventilate Area: When possible, open windows and doors to increase circulation. ♦ Use proper body mechanics when lifting mop bucket. Life with your legs...not with your back. If you need help lifting the bucket ask for it. ♦ Clean all equipment per manufacturers’ recommendations prior to storage. Clean dedicated PPE. Dispose of single use PPE.10/11/2011

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