Dry Cleaning

Related keywords: Laundry Services, PERC (Perchloroethylene)

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An APP is not only required, it makes good business sense. Hazards that go undiscovered or are ignored can have devastating impacts on workers and businesses when someone gets hurt. Taking preventive action is the better alternative.

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Large commercial or industrial dry cleaners and small family-owned shops have workplace hazards that can harm machine operators, press workers, cashiers, or maintenance workers.

Sources for everyday hazards in most dry cleaning businesses include:

  • Solvents and other toxic, corrosive, or flammable chemicals and contaminated waste ("muck", filters)
  • Lifting, pressing, and bagging laundry or doing other activities that can cause physical strain or overexertion injuries
  • Conveyers, presses, and folding  machines with dangerous moving parts, stored energy, or hot surfaces
  • Ladders
  • Wet floors and chemical spills
  • Steam
  • Robberies 

All dry cleaners with employees are required to identify and address workplace hazards through a written and customized safety program, called an Accident Prevention Program (APP). In addition to an APP, a written Hazard Communication Program is a must when hazardous chemicals are present. Both programs help employers prevent serious and costly injuries and illnesses.
When personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles or face shields, and respirators is needed, requirements for proper selection, training, use, and maintenance will also apply.

 

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