Cleaning Services

Learn about the cleaning services industry, its common work hazards and preventive measures.

About the Cleaning Services Industry

The cleaning services industry plays a crucial role in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene standards of our city.

Cleaners work in diverse workplaces:

  • Residential estates
  • Industrial buildings
  • Offices
  • Food and beverage establishments


Many cleaners are also older workers who may be more prone to health and safety risks at work. Their health, safety and well-being become paramount when managing them.  


Hazards in Cleaning Services


Some hazards associated with common cleaning activities are:




Work Activity




Pressurised jet spraying

Refuse disposal




Slips and trips


Poor posture

Chemical handling
















Caught-in-between objects





Table: Work activity & hazard matrix


Safe Work Practices


During their work, cleaners should observe the follow measures to protect themselves:


Mopping or sweeping

  • Stand upright and keep back straight.
  • Always wear non-slip shoes.
  • Wear rubber gloves when handling cleaning chemicals.

Using electrical equipment (e.g. scrubber, spray jet)

  • Keep wiring or hose from tangling or kinking.
  • Turn off motor when not in use.
  • Avoid tampering or modifying the equipment.


Emptying litter or refuse bins

  • Seek help from co-worker to lift bins.
  • Avoid contact with the contents. Wear gloves and use tongs.
  • Check contents visually for sharp objects.



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