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Accommodations for Housekeeping/Janitorial Workers with Industrial Injuries

Consultants' Corner: Volume 01, Issue 02

Lightweight cleaning carts are available to allow the easy transport of essential supplies. These come in space efficient sizes for smaller, confined environments.

To distribute linens without excessive bending, a spring bottom cube cart, which raises the top of the linens to waist height, is helpful.

A portable and lightweight vacuum unit reaches cramped areas without lifting and bending. A belt-mounted hip or back-pack vacuum is sometimes extremely useful.

Ergonomic mop buckets with self-draining spigots limit back strain by draining water from the bottom instead of forcing an individual to lift a heavy bucket. Using a water pitcher to remove water can also help lighten the bucket's load. Hand pumps are also options.

For window washing and dusting, a telescoping handle enables a user to adjust the handle to comfortable positions. Spray dusters, tacky-surface dust collectors, and treated dust cloths are also useful in some situations. Adjustable, flexible, and extension handles for long and awkward reaches are possibilities. Ergonomically designed sprayers that feature extra-long triggers for comfort and pump sprayers for easy use are options.

To inspect tight areas, a low-task chair on wheels and a lighted inspection mirror help limit frequent squatting.

Handle adapters, such as D-handles or pistol grips can allow for more power and control when using long-handled tools such as mops and squeegees.

"Wheelbarrow-style" and powered carts are available to haul debris with ease.

To change the liners of a garbage can, a can with door access eliminates overhead shoulder use. Also, a flat bed cart with a bag sealer mounted on it enables an individual to effectively move bags and easily close liners with one hand.

With a portable trash can dumper, one person can empty trash cans into dumpsters. Hand cranks or push-button operated units are available.