- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On November 15, 2019
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Last week we gave a nod to maintenance professionals in honor of Maintenance Professionals Week. This week we want to highlight yet another important reason we celebrate the professionals.
In early November, a tragic cleaning chemical accident led to the death of a restaurant worker in Massachusetts. The story goes that one employee was preparing the floors for cleaning when he improperly mixed sodium hypochlorite with another agent, causing a volatile reaction. Interim fire chief Patterson said of the incident, “The gentleman that passed away was an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings who attempted to squeegee the product out of the building when he was overcome.” He later died at the hospital and ten other employees and patrons were also hospitalized due to exposure to the chemicals.
While this may seem like a bizarre and freak accident, these types of cleaning chemical problems are all too common, especially in situations such as this one where regular employees–not cleaning professionals–are tasked with cleaning duties. As the fire chief explained, “[Sodium hypochlorite] is a common product used in floor cleaning… it was just a reaction that led to this.”
I remember my high school and college days–working a variety of odd jobs and in various fields. It was not uncommon to be told that cleaning duties were a part of the regular routine. I look at stories like this one and wonder how many other companies out there are doing the same thing–risking the safety of their patrons and employees (and opening themselves up to massive liability risks) by having non professionals do a job that should best be left to those with the training and qualifications to do them. I was a pretty smart kid but I certainly didn’t know much about cleaning chemicals and the proper safety precautions necessary when using them. This story is a sober reminder that cleaning with chemicals is serious business.
At Sonlight Cleaning Services, we know the risks and we take these risks seriously. That’s why we thoroughly screen our applicants, send our employees through rigorous training, and ensure that each cleaning professional spend one-on-one training time with a supervisor before ever working solo.
We know that, as this story reminds us, cleaning chemicals have the potential to do just as much harm (if used improperly) as good so we maintain a complete reference library of cleaning materials and methods and encourage their regular review by employees. Our professionals not only learn cleaning methods, but also OSHA regulations, proper use of chemicals & equipment, and safe handling of clients’ furnishings (one drop of the wrong cleaning chemical and your sofa won’t look so great).
If your organization is taking a non professional approach to keeping your facilities clean, it’s time to consider the unnecessary risk you may be taking in doing so. Sonlight Cleaning Services is a commercial cleaning company in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex that is poised and ready to bring you the most professional service, employees, and plan for keeping your business in its best shape… safely. Contact us Today for a free evaluation of your cleaning requirments.