If you are a front-line janitor and interested in becoming a supervisor, take my quiz below. There is no real pass or fail but it may help you to identify areas that you need to study more.

1. What should you do upon receipt of a new cleaning product?
1.1 A. Read label directions and warnings

1.2 B. Review/understand SDS information

1.3 C. Place SDS information in notebook

1.4 D. Train workers in safe, proper use of product

1.5 E. All of the above

2. True or False: 26 percent Hydrochloric Acid should be stored under lock and key and is NOT green.

3. True or False: Unlabeled cleaning product bottles are OK for use so long as all workers have been verbally informed of what is in them.

4. True or False: A mislabeled cleaning product can result in an OSHA fine of thousands of dollars per incident in addition to legal and other costs.

5. Number steps from 1-10 for cleaning a rest room:

• Final clean/disinfect mirrors, sinks, toilets, urinals & partitions with cloth

• Empty trash and reline containers

• Inspect work, remove signs when floor is dry

• Pick up trash on floor – flush toilets and urinals – sweep/dust mop

• Wet mop floors using appropriate cleaning solution and clean mop
• Apply disinfectant solution to toilets, sinks, urinals and other touch points
• Re-stock toilet tissue, paper towels, hand soap
• Put on gloves and other PPE as required
• Use Out of Service/Wet Floor sign, Knock on door
• Inspect, wipe vents, tops of partitions, shelves of dust 

6. True or False: Hand washing is not necessary if gloves are worn.

7. True or False: Wearing gloves and taking safety precautions are usually unnecessary when cleaning up blood, vomit or other bodily fluids that have been allowed to dry first.

8. True or False: Workers have a constitutional right to refuse to wear gloves and other PPE’s even if directed to do so by a supervisor.

9. True or False: “PPE” means Personal Protective Equipment.

10. Number the steps 1-7 for wet mopping a floor using traditional mop system:

• Rinse out mop bucket and mop – store in janitor closet

• Inspect/remove gum, large trash
• Sweep/dust mop floor
• Replace furniture, inspect work, remove signs
• Mop floor with mixture of detergent and mop water

• Move mats, chairs, trash cans and other light objects
• Place caution signs

Now discuss these questions and your answers with your supervisor or trainer.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…..

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net