May – June 2017
CIS Onsite is excited to announce the launch of our brand new Wellness Webinar Series! Due to an increasing demand of wellness programs, CIS Onsite has added to its already strong on-site wellness program by creating a completely digital version. We have partnered with experts in multiple different fields to develop a series of Webinars that cover a wide range of relevant wellness topics such as Nutrition, Stress Management, Office Ergonomics and many more. Our Webinars are a perfect tool for anyone, but especially companies with remote employees (fleets of drivers, on-the-road sales forces, employees who work from home, etc.), and large companies that need trainings in high volume at multiple locations but would like to maintain a consistent wellness program for all of their employees. We can help you provide your employees with a wealth of information on multiple different topics that will enhance their health and wellness which will ultimately produce a healthier workforce. As with all of our services, this digital Wellness Webinar Series gives you a multitude of options that allows you to completely customize the program to fit your needs. The Webinars can be purchased individually, or in packages. Regardless of whether you purchase one webinar, or all of the webinars in the series, we are sure that your employees will thank you for investing in their health and wellness. For a complete listing of all available Webinar topics and more information on how you can utilize CIS Onsite’s tools, please visit the home CIS onsite homepage or call 1-866-298-1312.
Custodial Service Injury Prevention
The following lists include information that can be helpful in injury prevention. Over the coming months, we will be highlighting different settings and how basic concepts can be applied to prevent injury when performing the tasks associated with these settings. This article focuses on Custodial Services.
Preventive Measures and Controls
Mopping and Sweeping Floors
- Move your feet from side to side. This will help avoid extreme reaches to your left or right and reduce upper body strain.
- Alternate the use of your right and left arm to avoid fatigue. Take frequent, short breaks to help reduce fatigue.
- Bend your knees and keep your back straight while using the mop ringer. This will help keep your spine in the neutral position.
- Avoid lifting heavy mop buckets full of water and pouring them into the sink. Use a hose to drain water or use a floor drain in a custodial closet.
- Alternate the use of your right and left arm to avoid fatigue when vacuuming for long periods of time.
- Wear anti-vibration gloves or use a vacuum with a padded handle to help cut down on vibration.
- Stand upright while vacuuming to help keep your spine in a neutral posture and help avoid lower back pain.
- Carry the vacuum by the handle or at the center to balance the weight.
Cleaning Restrooms and Other Surfaces
- Bend at the knees and not at the waist to help decrease the stress on your back.
- Make sure that the handles of the tools that you will need are long enough the reach most areas. This will help reduce the stress on your back and knees.
- Alternate the use of your right and left hands to avoid fatigue.
- Wear knee pads or a knee rest if you must be on your knees for any length.
Moving Carts with Cleaning Supplies
- Use carts whenever feasible or carry only small quantities and weights of supplies at one time.
- Keep your most-used items closest to you to help avoid long reaches and subsequent strain on the muscoloskeletal system.
- Carts should be pushed and not pulled.
- Use well maintained carts with large, low-rolling, low-resistance wheels for easier maneuvering to help decrease the force needed to move the cart.
- Handles on carts should be at waist height and positioned to allow for neutral postures. Some carts have adjustable handles and may be appropriate when carts are shared between workers.
- Keep your back straight and bend at the knees, not at the waist, while removing trash bags.
- Making more frequent trips with less weight can help lessen the load on your muscoloskeletal system.
- Alternate the use of your right and left hands to remove the trash to help prevent fatique.
- Ask for assistance or use a mechanical aid such as a dolly or cart to remove a heavy trash bag.
- Keep the load to the safe lifting zone above your knees, but below your shoulders.
June is National Safety Month- 5 Tips for a Safer Work Force
- Prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Tools designed to work with the body’s natural movements can minimize the risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders. Consider investing in ergonomic equipment and examining work design to help reduce worker fatigue, increase productivity and avoid injuries and strains.
- Respect and prepare for invisible confined space hazards. Atmospheric hazards might not be visible to the human eye, but they are all too common in manholes. Before heading into a manhole, practice OSHA’s “test, purge and ventilate” routine to ensure that the space is free of combustible gases and has ample oxygen.
- Be visible on the road. The most recent Bureau of Labor statistics show that 220 workers were struck and killed by a vehicle in 2010. Whether repairing a cable line on the side of a highway or directing traffic around a construction site, high-visibility clothing and equipment can prevent these devastating incidents.
- Take ladder safety a step higher. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, approximately 65,000 workers go to the hospital every year due to ladder-related accidents. Before using a ladder, inspect it for broken rungs, missing bolts and other broken parts and make sure it is placed on level ground. When climbing up and down, face the ladder while holding onto the sides. Use a ladder wedge to help keep the ladder steady.
- Keep your cool. Take preventative measures when working in the summer heat. Stay hydrated, take regular breaks and wear lightweight clothing. Tents and umbrellas also can help safeguard workers from the beating sun.