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Protecting workers during COVID-19

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces plays an important part in reducing the spread of COVID-19. In the arts and entertainment industries, surfaces can include cameras, rigging equipment, costumes, and props. Workers who use cleaning products may risk chemical exposure that can cause injury.

Many cleaning disinfectants contain chemicals that are dangerous if not used as directed. Workers should be knowledgeable of the different types of cleaners available to them. Product preparation will vary depending on ingredients, what it’s used for, and how it’s applied. It’s important to know which cleaner to use for what purpose and how to use the product in a safe manner. This can be even more problematic when using concentrated solutions.

Workers can be exposed to hazardous chemicals if they are using inappropriate products or if the products are prepared or applied incorrectly. For example, the products may not be diluted properly. This may be applied to using aerosolizing methods (spraying or fogging) that are not suitable for the product. In some cases, residues left on surfaces can cause skin irritation.

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Actsafe Safety Association would like to acknowledge and honour that our workplace and classrooms are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Qayqayt, S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam), and Stz’uminus peoples.


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