Janitorial and sanitation workers face daily hazards from the chemicals they use to clean. Harmful chemicals can be found in glass, metal, and other cleaners, including hydrofluoric acid, nitrilotriacetate, and phosphoric acid.
The second hazard comes from contact with bloodborne pathogens. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration established its Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard way back in 1992 to ensure that workers are protected. While it was initially intended for health-care workers, it is relevant to jan/san employees as well.
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