Cleaner in Public Buildings

Cleaning as a maid or a janitor in public buildings usually involves o­n the job training. General in-house orientation classes may be required in addition to occasional classes providing instruction o­n the various types of equipment and chemicals that will be used.

Training is provided by the employee’s supervisor and experienced co-workers. Individuals are guided as to where in the building cleaning is required, when cleaning is performed and how the cleaning is to be completed, while they are under the observation of staff. Instruction is given in the various types of cleaning supplies and equipment that are necessary to accomplish various cleaning tasks. Training is also provided in the use of special safety equipment needed to protect the employee from dangerous chemicals or situations such as infection control.

Safety data sheets are available for employees that provide the chemical composition of cleaners and uses for cleaning supplies. This information also includes measures to take and the protocol necessary in the event of accidental exposure or poisoning occurs. Instruction is provided to ensure the cleaning person takes the necessary precautions to prevent being exposed to possible health hazards while working.

Regularly scheduled classes given by supervisors or guest instructors update employees concerning new supplies that will be incorporated into their job. Details of how to operate new equipment, introduction of new chemical cleaners or new cleaning procedures are subjects that may be covered in a class.

Individuals desiring to progress in their job as supervisors or directors may require additional schooling or degrees to advance in their careers.