Health and Safety Guide for Custodial Workers

Table of Contents

Section I

Basic Rules of Safety

  1. The Law Says
  2. Safety Tips for New Employees
  3. Safety Tips for Supervisors

Section II

Accident and Injury Prevention

  1. Clearly Defined Responsibilities
  2. Workplace Inspections
  3. Accident and Incident Investigations
  4. First Aid

Section III

Occupational Health and Safety Hazards in Custodial Work

  1. Safety Hazards
  2. Health Hazards
  3. Ergonomic Hazards

Section IV

Health Recognition and Control

  1. Recognizing and Evaluating
  2. Workplace Hazards
  3. Reporting Workplace Hazards
  4. Controlling Workplace Hazards

Section V

Work Environment

  1. Indoor Air Quality
  2. Noise
  3. Lighting
  4. Work in Hot Environments
  5. Work in Cold Environments
  6. Ultraviolet Rays
  7. Electromatnetic Radiation

Section VI

Safe Work Practices

  1. Cleaning
  2. Mould Prevention
  3. Asbestos Management
  4. Painting
  5. Chemical Safety
  6. Electrical Safety
  7. Machine Guarding
  8. Lockout/Tagout
  9. Lifting and Moving
  10. Ladder Safety
  11. Grounds Maintenance
  12. Housekeeping: Preventing Falls from Slips and Trips
  13. Waste management

Section VII

Working Alone and Violence

  1. High Risk Situations Related to Working Alone
  2. The Risk of Workplace Violence

Section VIII

Emergency Preparedness

  1. Fire Safety
  2. Spills Response

Section IX

Personal Protective Equipment

  1. Determining the Need for Personal Protective Equipment
  2. General Guidelines
  3. Eye Protection
  4. Foot Protection
  5. Hand Protection
  6. Head Protection
  7. Hearing Protection
  8. Respirators
  9. Fall Protection

Section X

Health and Safety Legislation

  1. Canada
  2. USA
  3. Regulations and Standards Applicable to Building Management

Section XI

Information Sources

  1. Canadian Government Departments with Responsibility for Health and Safety
  2. US Federal Health and Safety Agencies

Section XII


  1. Sample Accident Report Form
  2. Sample Training Checklist

Additional Resources

  • eCourses
  • eCourses - Special Packages
  • Classroom Courses
  • Posters
  • Electronic Products