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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Custodial safety

School custodians play an important role in the school environment for students and staff and their responsibilities grow as new technology and equipment require new skills. With proper training, custodians can stay up to date with their new responsibilities that will help them protect the health and safety of the school community.

Custodial training should include:

* Bloodborne pathogen training, including the potential risks of blood and human waste cleanups.
* Hazardous equipment, including how to operate all machinery.
* Hazardous chemicals, including training in the use, storage and disposal of cleaning chemicals.
* Ergonomics, including how to properly lift to avoid back injury.
* How to identify and use different types of fire extinguishers.
* Fall safety, avoiding accidents on stairways and ladders.
* Wearing sturdy shoes and proper PPE.