OSHA Chemical Product Concerns for the Cleaning Industry and Why They Are Important

by Lawton Brothers | Feb 27, 2020


As a business, you want to make sure that your facility provides a clean and exceptional experience to your visitors. To provide this experience, you may have a cleaning staff who works throughout the day on continual building maintenance, utilizing chemical cleaners in the process. Regardless if you are an educational facility, healthcare system, office building or retail store, it is essential that you provide your cleaning staff the proper and safe chemical cleaning solutions and training. 

Our team has put together this informative article about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration concerns related to chemical products and how we can provide the solution that you are looking for. 


As your cleaning staff works with chemical products, it’s essential that they know the chemicals they are using, and how to use them effectively. These chemicals can not only affect the health of your employees but also the health of your customers. According to OSHA, chemical products, if not used properly, can cause: 

●      Skin irritation

●      Burns

●      Respiratory issues

●      Irritation to the eyes, nose and mouth

●      A trigger of conditions like asthma


According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), data from Washington State show that about 6 percent of janitors experience a job-related injury from chemical exposure to cleaning products every year. 

OSHA, through its Hazard Communication Standard, and the EPA, recommends employers encourage safe cleaning protocols by: 

●      Providing training opportunities and safety equipment like gloves and goggles

●      Encouraging cleaning staff to not mix chemical products like bleach and ammonia

●      Ensuring a proper labeling system for cleaning materials

●      Providing proper ventilation systems

●      Having a designated area for the cleaning staff to wash their hands after utilizing chemical products


Due to businesses violating OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, which is always in the top three violations companies face from OSHA, companies experience: 

●      Fines

●      The risk associated with employees not using chemical products correctly

●      Loss of revenue

●      Disruption in the workplace due to internal and external inspections

●      Loss of trust from prior or prospective customers


OSHA and the EPA also provide non-chemical recommendations including: 

●      Putting mats outside and inside your facility doors: These types of mats can help decrease the amount of dirt and mud tracked into the facility, reducing the need to use chemical products multiple times per day

●      Using microfiber mops and cloths


At Lawton Brothers, we want to provide our customers with the most up-to-date information and products available to meet their needs. That is why we strive to ask as many questions as possible, including, but limited to: 

●      What industry are you in?

●      What areas will be cleaned?

●      What is the foot traffic of your building?

●      How large is the space being cleaned?

●      How many cleaning employees do you have?

●      What are your cleaning abilities?

●      Do you have a waste disposal management system?



At Lawton Brothers, we want to make sure that we can offer your business the best chemical products that serve your needs. We have many EPA-registered chemical products, including, but not limited to:

●      Professional Lysol® Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner

●      Pure Bright® Germicidal Ultra Bleach

●      PRO-LINK® Foaming Germicidal Cleaner

●      Hillyard Connect #3 Non-Acid Restroom Disinfectant/Cleaner

●      Hillyard Thickened Non-Acid Bathroom Cleaner

●      Hillyard Suprox-D® Disinfectant

●      Hillyard Quick & Clean® Super Hil-Aire® Fresh & Clean

●      Hillyard Quick & Clean® Germicidal Disinfectant Wipe

●      Hillyard Mild Bowl & Porcelain Cleaner

●      Hillyard Arsenal® 1 #6 Vindicator® + Disinfectant

●      Hillyard Shower Room Cleaner 

It is also recommended that your business employee microfiber mops. Microfiber mops can eliminate cross-contamination, as mop pads are meant to be changed frequently. At Lawton Brothers, we have various types of microfiber mops, including, but not limited to:

●      Golden Star® Ultra Looped-End Microfiber Mop Pad

●      PRO-LINK® Microfiber Striped Finish Mop

●      PRO-LINK® Fusion™ Dust Mop

●      PRO-LINK® Multi-Surface Wet Mop: 

●      PRO-LINK® Microfiber Heavy-Duty Pad:

●      PRO-LINK® MicroTwist Mop 

The EPA also has an in-depth guide on purchasing greener chemical products. You can review this guide here.

If you are unsure what products you should be using for your business, please give our cleaning representative a call. We would love to speak with you about our products and how they can serve your needs.

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