Standards Development

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Safe Use of Cleaning Chemicals- ANSI/SI BSR SI-0001

Status Update

UPDATE: Simon Institute received notification from ANSI that the PINS submitted for SI-0001 was filed and should have been published in the April 3, 2015 issue of ANSI Standards Action. However it was was never published in that issue. The public comment period cannot proceed until after the PINS is published. The PINS for SI-0001 was published in the September 23, 2016 issue of ANSI Standards Action and as soon as the 30-day PINS announcement period concludes and any PINS Deliberation requirements conclude, we will republish the public review announcement.

Statement of Intent

Cleaning workers and patrons of facilities are injured or killed due to improper chemical handling. Accidents are frequently caused by what are considered to be “safe” household cleaning chemicals. On other occasions, the accident is a result of misusing and/or mixing dangerous chemicals that have no place in a regular cleaning operation.

Currently there is no available educational, testing and permit issuing process that cleaning workers may be required to pass to enter or remain in the occupations of custodian, janitor and housekeeper.

There needs to be a standard and a compliance procedure to ensure that all cleaning workers understand basic chemical handling safety and risk.

Stakeholders Impacted by this Standard 

  • Janitorial operations (manufacturing, government, military, disabled workers, industrial facilities)
  • Custodial operations (universities, schools K-12, private schools, museums, libraries, churches)
  • Housekeeping operations (healthcare, lodging, childcare)
  • Building owners and managers
  • Building contract cleaning service organizations
  • Cleaning chemical manufacturing organizations
  • Facility safety, environmental and medical organizations
Determining Custodial Workloads, Frequencies and Tasks - SI-102

Status Update

  • Notification Submitted to ANSI PINS

Project Intent
Create New ANS

Project Need
There are American National Standards that impact many different areas of facility operations, but virtually none when considering custodial. One of the major gaps daily custodial management currently has is no standard methodology for estimating, determining and maintaining custodial workloads.

Steakholders

  • Janitorial operations (manufacturing, government, military, disabled workers, industrial facilities)
  • Custodial operations (universities, K-12 Schools, private schools, museums, libraries, churches)
  • Housekeeping operations (healthcare, hospitality, childcare)
  • Building owners and managers
  • Contract cleaning service operations
  • Cleaning chemical manufacturers
  • Facility safety
  • Environmental and medical organizations
  • Federal Safety and chemical regulators

Scope Summary
This standard would seek to address a minimum set of daily tasks for custodial work to ensure facilities are being cleaned properly. A proper minimum standard of guidelines for determining cleanable square footage, daily chemical and cleaning tool requirements; and cleaning times associated with each task are important factors daily custodial management.

 

 

Janitorial Storage, Utility and Work Areas - SI-003

Status Update

  • Submitted to ANSI PINS

Project Intent

Create New ANS

Project Need

Janitors, custodians and housekeepers have requirements for storage, utility and work areas in order to perform their work. In many cases these workers are assigned these areas in boiler rooms, pipe chases, and any left over areas that they can be assigned. This is done without consideration of their safety and places them at risk from chemical storage issues, indoor quality issues and injuries. There needs to be standards for areas assigned to these workers.

Stakeholders

  • Janitors, custodians and housekeepers,
  • Facilities managers,
  • Architects
  • Building owners
  • Safety organizations.
  • Able and disabled workers in the service sectors

Scope Summary

Storage, utility and work areas assigned to custodians, housekeepers and janitors are critical in providing a safe working environment, minimizing injuries, assisting in efficient operations and increasing morale of service workers. This standard would address the areas of central storage facilities, janitorial equipment storage, utility closets and janitorial closets. This standard should enable the development and construction of these areas in a programmed manner to provide adequate storage, shelving, water outlets, sinks, electrical outlets, lighting, fire prevention.

 

Ergonomics for Cleaning Workers - SI-004

Status Update

  • Submitted to ANSI PINS

Project Intent

Create new ANS

Project Need

There are over 2 million employees in the cleaning profession and according to the U.S. Government this is the 5th highest occupational group for injuries on the job. This standard will establish ergonomic attributes for tasks, equipment and procedures to minimize injuries to employees thus saving the employee and employer alike the personal and work related costs of injuries.

Stakeholders

  • Janitorial/cleaning operations (manufacturing, government, military, able and disabled workers, industrial facilities)
  • Custodial operations (universities, schools K-12, private schools and colleges, museums, libraries, churches, public buildings)
  • Housekeeping operations (healthcare, hospitality, childcare)
  • Building owners and managers
  • Contract cleaning operations
  • Cleaning equipment and supplies manufacturers,
  • Facility safety, environmental safety and medical operations
  • Safety regulators

Scope Summary

Cleaning workers are subjected to injuries at a greater rate than most occupations. This standard will lay a framework and benchmarks for tasks, procedures, equipment and supplies in order to minimize injuries and to provide ergonomic standards to theses areas. There needs to be clear ergonomic standards established since there are no established ergonomic and safety standards for this industry.