Dry cleaning businesses are required by OSHA to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure. Hazards from chemicals used are typical and finding ways to cut down on exposure is key. The different chemicals used could cause harm to not only customers who wear the clothes out of a store but also the employees who handle the items on a daily basis and have more contact with more items.
Employers are required to determine all exposures to hazards in their workplace and see how PPE should be used. Here are some ideas of what kinds of PPE can be used to keep employees safe.
Eye and Face Protection
The first kind of PPE is meant to protect the eyes. Eye protection is important as chemicals and the overall environment of a dry cleaning business could cause irritation to eyes that are unprotected.
Dry cleaning businesses should ensure that safety glasses fit properly. Eye size, bridge size, and length of temple all vary from person to person, so having safety glasses assigned and even fitted is important. Glasses should be cleaned daily and stored in a safe, clean, and dry place. Any parts or frames that are damaged should be exchanged for new ones.
Skin and Body Protection
Dry cleaners can ensure the safety of their employees by utilizing gloves to work with. Gloves should be compatible with specific applications, processes, and materials before being used. There are even glove compatibility charts that can be used as a reference.
Gloves should be changed out whenever they appear worn down or soiled. Employees should be alert of any sensation of numbness or tingling of their fingers or hands when working around chemicals.
Protective Clothing and Footwear
It’s important that skin and body protection involves a comprehensive approach. Individuals need to make sure to protect all exposed skin from chemicals in a dry cleaning business. Determine clothing needed for the chemicals that are being used as some protective clothes are not as equally effective as others.
Open-toed shoes and sandals should not be permitted in dry cleaning businesses as a precaution. Front desk employees may be able to work in sandals, depending on the dress code, but for those who work exclusively with the chemicals in the back, closed-toed is the best route.
Dry Cleaners Insurance
When it comes to what kind of protection a dry cleaner needs, dry cleaners insurance is the best option. Having dry cleaners insurance means that your business is kept safe in times of claims related to employee illness or injury. While business owners should be ensuring the overall safety of all employees at all times while working with chemicals, it’s important to protect your assets and business interests as well.
Dry cleaners insurance provides a high-level of protection for business owners in more ways than one, including providing finances needed to tend to machines that need repair.
Work with a policy agent at Irving Weber Associates, Inc., to find the best policy needed to protect your employees and your interests.
About Irving Weber Associates
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