Health and Safety for Custodial Workers Updated

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 guide, this 198-page pocket guide is filled with clear-language text including safety tips, charts, diagrams, checklists, and illustrations.


This pocket guide helps custodial and facilities service workers, health and safety committee members and representatives, supervisors, managers, as well as human resource 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
  • Integrate health and safety in all work practices


This pocket guide is a practical source on workplace health and safety related to custodial work, however it is not intended to be all-encompassing. 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

This pocket 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. It may also be useful for health and safety committee members and representatives, as well as employers, managers, supervisors, and health and safety or human resources professionals.

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