For years researchers and doctors have warned about the hazards that chemical cleaners pose to the health and safety of consumers, but those who make a living by providing cleaning and janitorial services risk far more exposure to dangerous chemicals than most. Every day Orlando janitorial professionals are exposed to dozens of toxic compounds which can jeopardize their health and safety. Even when exercising the greatest caution and care, the risk of exposure to harmful fumes and vapors remains extremely high by nature. Handling potentially harmful cleaning agents and chemicals can not only be a personal health liability, it may also increase the likelihood of job-related injury, illness and even fatality which in turn becomes a potential concern for employers.
According to the American Lung Association, one of the greatest risks chemical cleaners pose to users are the risk of respiratory damage and illness resulting from over exposure to many common cleaners. Studies have linked the development of asthma as well as many other respiratory conditions to both chemicals and volatile organic compounds commonly utilized as cleaning agents or fragrances. From the air fresheners in the restroom to bleach used to mop the floors, fumes from these commonly utilized vaporous compounds may be incredibly harmful to professionals who are regularly exposed to them.
One of the best ways to prevent illness from chemical exposure is to incorporate less dangerous cleaning supplies and productions into your businesses’ routine. According to research obtained by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, roughly seven percent of cleaning products have labels which adequately disclosed their contents, despite federal regulations and oversight. This means that the other ninety-three percent either fail to accurately report their ingredients. EWG researchers have reviewed and rated more than 2,000 popular cleaning products based on the safety of their ingredients and the information they disclose about their contents. Their research found that going “green” can often help decrease harmful compounds professionals are subjected to, however not all cleaners marketed as environmentally conscious are actually safer. Some “green” brands fail to accurately disclose their ingredients as well, which can be misleading to unsuspecting users. Their “Top Products” guide is designed to help consumers and professionals make informed decisions about the right cleaning products to use that can help protect their health.
The health and safety of workers are essential to the success of any business. While arguably not the most dangerous occupation, building maintenance and janitorial professionals do face many health hazards through the course of their work. At Newman Crane, we provide specialized business insurance solutions designed specifically to help protect the janitorial industry from all the risks they face on the job. Our Orlando Janitorial Insurance programs can include everything from comprehensive workers compensation coverage to specialized liability protection designed to protect your needs. Give us a call today at (407) 859-3691 to learn more about all of our Orlando Janitorial Insurance and risk management solutions.