Cleaning: Brooms, Mops & Carts Cleaning: Business & Industry
Ergonomics Help Reduce Mopping Injuries
The cleaning industry posts some of the highest rates of injured workers. While mopping, it’s easy for workers to pull a shoulder or strain their back. Reducing injuries requires the right tools and proper techniques. Ergonomic designs help maximize worker productivity while reducing operator fatigue. Wider handles help operators refrain from gripping too tightly, which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Handles that can adjust in length to adapt to a variety of heights will help prevent workers from stooping while they clean. Microfiber flat mops can be five to seven pounds lighter in weight when wet than traditional cotton mops. In addition, their handles are typically made of lightweight aluminum instead of wood. The lighter weight will ease the strain on workers’ arms and back. Other ergonomic products include taller mop buckets so workers don’t have to bend as much to wring out a mop. Just as important as buying a good tool is using it correctly. When mopping, workers should push the tool with their entire body, almost like a dance. Use the legs and hips and not just the arms. When emptying buckets, bend with the knees and not with the back. It’s important to remember that cleaning is physical work. Before sweeping and mopping, it’s a good idea for employees to stretch and perform warm up exercises.