Health and Safety Guide for Custodial Workers

Practical health and safety information for cleaners, caretakers and facilities managers.

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Designed and written as a practical workplace training and reference tool. This 170-page pocket guide is filled with clear-language text including safety tips, charts, diagrams, checklists and illustrations.


The guide will help custodial service workers, health and safety committee members and representatives as well as supervisors, managers, engineers, and health and safety professionals to:

  • Identify workplace-specific health and safety concerns;
  • Develop and implement prevention programs and safe work practices to reduce injury and illness;
  • Identify, understand and meet legislated health and safety responsibilities.
  • Focus on problem solving through employees’ and managers’ involvement; and
  • Integrate health and safety in all work practices.


This guide is a practical source of workplace health and safety relating to custodial work. It is the collaborative work of occupational health and safety experts, peer-reviewed by government health and safety authorities, representatives of workers and employers, and specialists in the field of custodial work.

Target Audience

The Custodial Workers’ Safety Guide is intended as a reference for cleaners, caretakers, facilities managers, and anyone who works full-time, part-time or on contract in a building’s custodial department.

Each publication produced by CCOHS undergoes several stages of review. As part of this review, representatives from government, employers, and labour are requested to comment on draft copies of CCOHS documents for technical accuracy and readability.


Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy and completeness of the information, it is understood that CCOHS makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of such information and assumes no liability for any damages or loss suffered as a result of any inaccuracy or incompleteness therein.



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