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Cleaning Mirrors, Tiles and Glass Walls

The Task – cleaning high mirrors, tiles and glass walls

What's the Problem? What's the Solution?
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Sustained awkward postures, such as cleaning surfaces or objects above shoulder height by reaching upwards. To avoid reaching, provide equipment with a long handle or extendable pole, so workers do not have to reach above shoulder height while cleaning mirrors and high tiles or walls.

The Task – wiping and scrubbing with one hand

What's the Problem? What's the Solution?
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Repetitive or sustained force, such as using force with one hand when wiping, scrubbing and cleaning mirrors, tiles or glass walls. To reduce force and repetitive gripping, provide:
  • chemicals that are safe and require less effort to use
  • materials that require less effort to use, for example, specially treated cotton cloths for cleaning bathroom glass, or microfibre sponges and cloths
  • equipment suited to the size of the surface areas being cleaned, for example, handled sponges with larger heads for cleaning large areas

The Task – wiping or scrubbing using repetitive movements

What's the Problem? What's the Solution?
Repetitive movements, such as wiping and scrubbing mirrors, tiles or glass walls using repetitive movements. To reduce repetitive movements, provide:
  • chemicals that are safe and require less effort to use
  • materials that require less effort to use, for example, specially treated cotton cloths for cleaning bathroom glass, microfibre sponges or cloths
  • equipment suited to the size of the surface areas being cleaned, for example, handled sponges with larger heads for cleaning large areas.

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Training Tips

In addition to introducing the controls above, you should also provide adequate and specific information, instruction and training to workers. Here are some examples:

- how certain practices can increase the likelihood of injury so that cleaners can avoid awkward postures and actions
example: explain how repetitive movements using high force or reaching upwards can increase the likelihood of injury

- performing tasks safely to avoid injury
example: train cleaners to avoid excessive bending of the neck backwards when cleaning the upper edge of mirrors

- the reason why appropriate cleaning equipment has been provided, its proper use and maintenance
example: explain that equipment has been provided to encourage neutral postures, and train cleaners on how to hold cleaning equipment to distribute force evenly over the hand

- a safe work method for cleaning that is specific and designed for the task and workplace where it will be used
example: an example of a safe work method for cleaning mirrors may include allowing chemicals to clean a surface before scrubbing, or minimising awkward postures of the hand, wrist, arm and neck.