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Part One:

There have been recent reports in the press concerning injuries suffered by domestic and household staff while working for their employers.

Of course, no one can totally eliminate the possibility of someone being injured, but here we have given a set of guidelines which give you, the employer the best protection.

Your first step should be to spell out their duties and obligation by by attaching a job description to their contract of employment (You have issued one of there?)

It is also a good idea to provide safe working guide lines. Below are some tips you may wish to consider giving your staff.

With regard to cleaning materials and disinfectants, for example, stipulate where and how they should be stored. It is your home after all, and the safety of your family which is at issue here. All such materials should be stored out of the reach of children, or ideally in a locked cupboard with the key safely out of reach. Simple, yes, but it you spell it out, you at least have some redress when guidelines are not adhered to.

All cleaning materials used should be kept in containers which are labeled correctly with the contents and any first aid treatment necessary. Any chemicals not labeled correctly should not be used.

Providing protective gloves is a good idea where any cleaning materials are being used, and a First Aid box with eye wash etc should be provided and staff advised where it is kept. Stress that strong cleaning materials should not be used unless you are consulted first.



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