Safety first for on-premise laundries: following these good-sense safety guidelines by Kim Shady will help reduce the strain on workers' backs and on facilities' laundry and insurance budgets.
Few jobs in the marketplace are entirely without risk, and working in an on-premises laundry is no exception. When employees are hurt on the job, it costs money, reduces efficiency, and increases equipment downtime. However, laundry room A laundry room (also called a utility room) is a room where clothes are washed. In a modern home, a laundry room would be equipped with an automatic washing machine and clothes dryer,and often a large basin, called a laundry tub, for hand-washing delicate articles of clothing such managers can reduce the risk of accidents by implementing several safety measures safety measures,
n.pl actions (e.g., use of glasses, face masks) taken to protect patients and office personnel from such known hazards as particles and aerosols from high-speed rotary instruments, mercury vapor, radiation exposure, anesthetic and .
Not Always So Common
We've all said it before: "If only so-and-so would have used common sense." Remember the woman who put a cup of hot coffee in her lap and drove away from a fast-food restaurant? The coffee spilled on her legs and she was severely burned. Common sense would dictate that coffee is hot and you shouldn't put it in your lap, but the "common" in "common sense" is a misnomer misnomer n. the wrong name.
MISNOMER. The act of using a wrong name.
2. Misnomers, may be considered with regard to contracts, to devises and bequests, and to suits or actions.
Everyone's experiences are different. When we assume that everyone shares the same set of experiences and training, that's when accidents occur. Therefore, education and training are key elements to ensuring a safe working environment.
Proper Equipment Use Promotes Efficiency
Wouldn't it be scary if we let 16-year-olds drive without taking driver's education The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. ? Just as scary is letting someone operate laundry equipment without proper training. If you implement a proper training program, your facility will have fewer workplace accidents, lower employee absenteeism, and lower machine downtime--and might even save money on workers' compensation workers' compensation, payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. premiums.
Just as nurses and nurses' aides are required by states to complete a certain number of in-service hours, a similar format can be created for laundry/housekeeping employees. A good place to start is with the facility's laundry equipment distributor(s). Most offer training on the equipment they sell. Require that every employee who will come into contact with the facility's laundry equipment attend this training. In addition, manufacturers typically include operation manuals with new washer-extractors and tumblers For other meanings, see Tumbler.
Tumblers were proposed by Ted Nelson in "Literary Machines" as a means to address every bit ever written, or a particular span of bits in any text ever written.
A tumbler is a unique numerical address of an interesting artifact. . These manuals can be used to develop an ongoing training program for new and experienced employees.
Repetitive tasks can become monotonous, and monotony breeds complacency. Along with complacency comes the potential for not paying attention Noun 1. paying attention - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
attentiveness, heed, regard to established safety procedures. To help combat this, train employees in more than one area of the laundry room and rotate them throughout the shift.
Some say the best things come in threes. It is generally recommended that the main training points be presented verbally twice and then reinforced by signage. Signs can be posted in the laundry room highlighting key aspects of the training. By providing continuous training, management not only shows its commitment to employees but also ensures the efficiency of the on-premise laundry room.
Preventive Maintenance The routine checking of hardware that is performed by a field engineer on a regularly scheduled basis. See remedial maintenance.
preventive maintenance - (PM) To bring down a machine for inspection or test purposes.
See provocative maintenance, scratch monkey. Improves Safety
The benefits of preventive maintenance are far too often overlooked. By creating a preventive maintenance schedule and sticking with it, laundry managers can increase their department's efficiency, reduce the risk of injury and illness, minimize unscheduled unscheduled
not planned or intended
Adj. 1. unscheduled - not scheduled or not on a regular schedule; "an unscheduled meeting"; "the plane made an unscheduled stop at Gander for refueling" interruptions, and prevent larger and more costly repairs.
Included on the dryer maintenance schedule should be steps to ensure that the equipment has unrestricted airflow. Although workers may clean the lint lint - A Unix C language processor which carries out more thorough checks on the code than is usual with C compilers.
Lint is named after the bits of fluff it supposedly picks from programs. screen several times a day, it is equally important that the dryers' entire exhaust ducts be inspected at least once a month. A restricted exhaust duct from lint reduces airflow and increases the chances of creating an unsafe condition. Vacuuming behind the tumbler every six months is also recommended.
As for washers, after every 200 hours of use the bearings and seals should be lubricated lu·bri·cate
v. lu·bri·cat·ed, lu·bri·cat·ing, lu·bri·cates
1. To apply a lubricant to.
2. To make slippery or smooth.
To act as a lubricant. with a manufacturer-recommended grease. Washers should be examined for leaks daily. Besides watching for the obvious puddle on the floor, someone from the maintenance staff should inspect the hoses for water and chemical leaks. If leaks are found, the equipment shouldn't be used until a service technician repairs them. At least every three months, maintenance should also check the washers' belt condition, clean the water-inlet screens, and inspect anchor bolts.
In addition to implementing and posting a preventive maintenance checklist, clear directions for operating conditions should be posted, such as proper start-up and shutdown procedures.
Safe Operation of Equipment
To avoid injury while using laundry room equipment there are certain things to look for and others to avoid. The following is a list of some general operating tips:
Carefully read safety labels and instructions on all laundry equipment. Post safety instructions near each machine for easy reference.
Regularly run safety tests. For example, check the door interlock A device that prohibits an action from taking place. on washer-extractors. When testing the door interlock, attempt to start the machine with the door open, close the door and, without locking it, attempt to start the machine. If the equipment starts during either of these tests, contact your service technician. Also, try opening the door during the wash cycle. The door should stay locked. If it doesn't, immediately disconnect the equipment from its power source so it cannot be operated, and contact your service technician.
Perform similar safety checks on tumblers. Try opening the door during the dry cycle. The machine should stop when the door is opened.
Pay attention to your surroundings. Never, under any circumstance, operate your washer-extractor if there is high water on the laundry room floor or if the machine is not connected to a properly grounded circuit.
Examine the floor for cracking. The concrete foundation must be of sufficient strength and thickness to handle the floor loads generated by the high extraction speeds. If cracking is severe, the floor needs to be reinforced with new concrete.
Provide sufficient space to move between pieces of equipment and for the performance of service procedures and routine preventive maintenance.
Use machines only for their intended purposes. For example, to reduce the risk of fire, don't put plastics, articles containing foam rubber foam rubber
A light firm spongy rubber made by beating air into latex and then curing it. Foam rubber has a wide range of uses including upholstery and insulation.
Noun 1. , rags contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object. with gasoline or other flammable flam·ma·ble
Easily ignited and capable of burning rapidly; inflammable.
[From Latin flamm solvents, or mop heads into the dryer.
Do not defeat machine safety features. Washer-extractors and tumblers are constructed with numerous safety features, such as washer door lock protection and a dryer airflow safety switch. By intentionally overriding these features, you create an unsafe condition.
Cut off the power when there is a problem with a machine or a jam in a flatwork flat·work
Laundry, such as sheets and linens, that can be ironed by a mangle rather than by hand.
Noun 1. flatwork - ironing that can be done mechanically
flat wash finisher. Don't just turn off the machine, but turn off the power at the power source.
Check emergency switches and devices weekly to ensure that they are working properly.
Remove hot laundry from a tumbler immediately after cycle completion. Never leave a hot load sitting in a tumbler or a laundry cart unattended.
Throw out rags. If you have rags that have been used to clean up or apply a chemical, don't wash or dry them. For safety reasons it's best to throw them out.
Ergonomics ergonomics, the engineering science concerned with the physical and psychological relationship between machines and the people who use them. The ergonomicist takes an empirical approach to the study of human-machine interactions. and the Laundry Room
A large issue coming to light is the study of ergonomics. Defined as the science of fitting the job to the worker, ergonomics is extremely important in the laundry room. Because of the repetitive movements of bending and reaching, employees can experience back strain if they are not properly trained in proper techniques. And, in terms of the amount of lost work time, back strain comes in a close second to the common cold for days missed.
To prevent physical injuries on the job, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. agency established (1970) in the Dept. of Labor (see Labor, United States Department of) to develop and enforce regulations for the safety and health of workers in businesses that are engaged in interstate (OSHA OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a branch of the US Department of Labor responsible for establishing and enforcing safety and health standards in the workplace. ) suggests training employees on proper lifting; posting signs that demonstrate proper lifting technique; reducing the size and weight of the items being lifted; and installing mechanical aids when possible. It is also recommended that equipment height be adjusted to proper levels. For example, the work level of carts and bins should be raised to approximately workers' waist level. If the stationary laundry equipment is too high, platforms should be provided for employees to stand on for easier reaching.
When laundry staff are washing large items, such as sheets, these items should be loaded individually by bunching each sheet accordion accordion, musical instrument consisting of a rectangular bellows expanded and contracted between the hands. Buttons or keys operated by the player open valves, allowing air to enter or to escape. The air sets in motion free reeds, frequently made of metal. style. This will prevent the sheets from tangling and will make them easier to remove from the washer.
When a washer-extractor or tumbler is being unloaded, large linens should be removed one at a time. This will prevent the linens from being bunched, and workers won't have to fight with the machine to remove them.
To avoid overreaching Exploiting a situation through Fraud or Unconscionable conduct. when using larger equipment, workers should use a laundry rake with a long handle to pull linens closer to the door. Some machines also have a tilt option, allowing the washer-extractor to tilt forward for ease of unloading.
For changing loads from washer to dryer, it's recommended that the space between the washer and the tumbler be limited for easy reaching but sufficient to allow staff to turn completely. And workers should be instructed that when they do turn, they should keep their noses over their toes, picking up their feet to move so as not to wrench wrench
Tool, usually operated by hand, for tightening bolts and nuts. A wrench basically consists of a lever with a notch at one or both ends for gripping the bolt or nut so that it can be twisted by a pull at right angles to the axes of the lever their knees. Finally, the laundry room must be kept clutter-free and organized, ensuring proper flow from one area to the next.
Because it's important for facility administrators and managers to convey their concern for and commitment to staff safety, and because the costs of healthcare are ever rising, it's essential to do all that is possible to prevent on-the-job injuries. No matter the size of the on-premises laundry, through proper training and maintenance--and by working with your staff, distributor, and organizations like OSHA--you can design and operate a laundry room that is safe, efficient, and productive.
Kim Shady, National Sales Manager sales manager n → gerente m/f de ventas
sales manager n → directeur commercial
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