Employee exposure to hazardous cleaning chemicals found and used in the laundry or housekeeping process is a common hazard. To prevent accidental exposure, workers should follow these guidelines.
Unlabeled chemicals and bottles.
Splattering when pouring from larger container to smaller container.
Soaps and detergents may cause allergic reactions and dermatitis.
Broken skin from soap or detergent irritation may provide an avenue for infection or injury if exposed to chemical or biological hazards.
Never mix together cleaning solutions that contain ammonia and chlorine. When mixed together these chemicals form a deadly gas.
Implement a written program which meets the requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to provide for worker training, warning labels, and access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Medical Services and First Aid:
Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, provide suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing the eyes and body within the work area for immediate emergency use.
For more information on Nursing Home, see this OSHA guideline.