Working in at a laundromat poses some inherent risks for your employees. With the possibility of air emissions and dryer exhaust illness, there are plenty of other opportunities for someone to become injured on the job. With that said, equipping your business with a comprehensive Laundromat Workers’ Compensation Insurance policy is critical.
Laundry workers often work in an environment that can be hot and humid. Laundry may be heavy, or treated with chemicals that cause allergic reactions. Therefore, practicing proper ergonomics to reduce injuries is important. Further, conduct proper training. Employees should be trained on safe washing techniques to avoid bloodborne pathogens which can be present in dirty linens and clothing. Ensure they are always wearing gloves and that they regularly wash their hands after handling dirty clothing.
The next risk is burns due to steaming, ironing, and extremely hot water. You should guard and protect hot surfaces and water lines so that you don’t come into accidental contact with them. Also, given that the environment you work in is hot and steamy, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and prevent heat stress.
Lastly, perform regular maintenance on machines. Remember not to allow anyone to use the machines if they are not functioning properly and to lockout/tagout the machines until they’re repaired. Further, ensure employees take their breaks to give them a chance to get off their feet and reduce the pressure on their backs and legs, as well.
At Irving Weber Associates, Inc., we offer laundry insurance programs such as the FabriCare Advantage program as well as Coin-Op Advantage, both which offer Workers Compensation coverage. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 764-7406.