Occupational Hazards

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Featured Resources provide the latest information on workplace safety, health and well-being. Additional information can be filtered by topic in the supporting navigation to the left of the article content.

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May 16, 2018
Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program


Access material from California Department of Public Health on work-related asthma including worker fact sheets and booklets in various languages.

Source: CDPH

Dec 01, 2017
Doing Too Much, Too Fast – How Workload Impacts Janitors’ Health and Safety


This report summarizes findings from six focus groups conducted with 59 janitors in the summer of 2016. Five groups were conducted with union janitors in Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose, and one was conducted with non-union janitors in Los Angeles.

Source: LOHP

Jul 18, 2017
Window Cleaning Field Safety Guide


The mobile-friendly guide offers best practices on identifying and avoiding fall, chemical, electrical and other hazards workers face on the job.

Source: IWCA

Aug 01, 2014
WorkSafe BC: Safe Work Practices for Custodians


Safe Work Practices for Custodians is a new interactive web book that can be opened in the browser of any computer or mobile device.

Source: WorkSafe Online

Jan 01, 2011
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: Managing psychosocial risks with cleaning workers


Psychosocial risk factors for professional cleaning workers are many and varied. Psychosocial risks include any psychological and social factors that can affect people’s health and well-being, such as stress, violence and bullying.

Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Dec 01, 2009
Health and Safety in the Cleaning Industry


The cleaning industry employs very large numbers of people in all sectors of the economy, from offices to factories, schools to hospitals, shops to aircraft. This website provides occupational health and safety advice for those people working in the cleaning industry.

Source: HSE

Apr 01, 2009
OSHA Assistance for the Cleaning Industry


Cleaning industry workers perform tasks year-round that expose them to safety hazards including slips, trips and falls, contact with toxic chemicals and ergonomic issues. Visit OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page on the Cleaning Industry to learn preventive measures for these hazards and others, and for information on improving workplace safety and health.

Source: OSHA

Dec 01, 2006
A Clean Sweep: Safe Work Practices for Custodians (PDF)


The purpose of this guide, developed by British Columbia School Safety Association and WorkSafeBC, is to show ways of making custodial work safer and easier so that the risks of sprain and strain injuries are reduced

Source: WorkSafe Online

Jun 01, 2005
Working Safer and Easier for Janitors, Custodians, and Housekeepers (PDF)


This series of fact sheets been designed to be used schools and universities, office buildings, apartments, rental properties, and other housekeeping services.

Source: CA DOSH