There’s no denying that it’s important to clean up pests, but equally important is protecting yourself and leaving a worksite in as good, or even better condition than you found it. It is important to maintain personal hygiene, keep the site clean, and avoid cross-contamination between client sites.
Following a few simple steps can help with “Clean Working”:
- The most important thing is to use the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect yourself and clients. No customer wants you to drag remnants of the last job, stuck to your shirt and shoes, into their homes.
- When using gloves, make sure you use the right type and the proper techniques to dispose of them. Here is a good example of glove disposal techniques: Depts.ttu.edu/ehs/academicsafety/posters/glove-removal.pdf.
- Keep a few clean shirts in your vehicle. If you soil a shirt, change before your next appointment to maintain a professional appearance.
- Clean up the site before you leave. If you’ve had to move furniture or disturb the client’s belongings, make sure you put things back the way they were. Also, remove dead rodents, insects, rodent feces or other pest waste, all of which have their own set of best practices.
Clean working is almost as important as pest control to maintain and preserve a professional reputation, and to sustain best practices for personal and customer site health.