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Home Cleaning And Adult Asthma

Posted at February 28, 2013 | By : | Leave a Comment!

Cleaners Are At Risk of Developing Adult Asthma


You might have read on the BBC News website recently about the link found between adult asthma and the increased risk of having this condition in certain jobs such as cleaners, hairdressers or farmers. They’re all jobs where potential irritants to the airways such as dust, chemicals or even flour are likely to be inhaled. Ironically, with cleaning your home, if you have asthma it can often be pet hair or dust mites that can exacerbate the problem, so keeping the house spotless can be very helpful if done in the right way.

Clear Interiors Trains Staff How To Handle Chemicals Effectively and Safely

As an employer, Clear Interiors is always keen to ensure the safety of our staff and believe that happy, healthy staff are going to deliver consistently excellent domestic cleans to our Norwich customers. All our staff are trained how to handle and use chemicals when they start with us, but this news story has prompted us to instigate further training with our chemical suppliers, Anglian Chemicals and to update and expand our processes in this area. Perhaps this is an issue you can also relate to? If so, then our tips below may help you to take action in your own home or place of work to reduce you and your family’s exposure to chemicals. It’s so easy to underestimate the power of everyday chemicals we may be used to using such as detergent and bleach and overlook the harmful effects they can have on our bodies.

18 Ways to Clean Your Home Safely and Minimise Your Risk of Asthma

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) website has very detailed information and guidance for companies using chemicals and other substances, but here we’re proving a summary of some of the tips they provide that can keep you safe in your own home.

1. Ensure all chemicals in your home whether they’re for cleaning or gardening are kept in a cool, dark place and in containers that don’t spill.

2. Make sure chemicals you buy pour easily or preferably are in solid tablet or granule form.

3. Use protective gloves when using chemicals.

4. When cleaning your home with chemicals, open a window in the room you’re working in to ensure you’re not inhaling too many particles.

5. Keep your chemical bottles clean. This may sound ridiculous to clean your cleaning products, but if, for example bleach from your bottle of bleach gets caught in the rim and dribbles down the side of the bottle, this will then be on your hands next time you pick it up or around the inside of your cupboard.

6. Wash off any splashes from chemicals immediately.

7. Read the label and follow instructions on any cleaning products you buy.

8. Always pour concentrated cleaning fluid into your water (i.e. when mopping the kitchen floor) and not the other way round.

9. Always put the lids back on any cleaning products immediately after pouring or use.

10. Rinse out containers like your mop bucket after use.

11. Wash your hands after cleaning and use a moisturiser to reduce dryness.

12. Colour coded cleaning cloths might be useful for avoiding cross contamination. For example, blue cloths for using bleach and red cloths for other chemicals or blue cloths for cleaning the bathroom, red cloths for the rest of the house.

13. Don’t mix multiple chemicals together, particularly those containing bleach as they can create fumes such as chlorine fumes.

14. If using a spray bottle of chemicals, always spray directly onto a cloth, not onto surfaces to avoid the particles getting into the air or being inhaled as much.

15. Minimise the number of chemicals you have in your home. For example, remove fragrance diffusers, use water and a micro fibre cloth for dusting and glass instead of polish, buy non-bio washing powder and don’t use fabric softener, avoid bleach or only use it in the toilet, stop using toilet fresheners.

16. Rinse your dishes after washing them in soapy water.

17. Try not to keep your hands wet for too long when cleaning or washing up. Use gloves instead.

18. Search out less harmful chemicals by reading the labels in the supermarket or researching online.

Let us know if you have any more tips or tricks as we’re always happy to know of inventive new ways of working and cleaning!


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