Caution wet floor sign on a wooden floor

One dead and 10 fell ill due to a Buffalo Wild Wings cleaning safety incident according to USA Today. Janitorial services prevent incidents such as injuries and the mishandling of cleaning solutions that can cause severe illness.

Many employers in South Florida know the importance of safety in the workplace. Including the potential consequences that can arise when businesses fail to address possible hazards. This is why practically every successful organization provides safety training to employees to avoid incidents. However, precautions like that don’t often address the obscure possible issues even though they can prevent the obvious ones. And something that often goes unaddressed is cleaning safety.

Consider the horrible Buffalo Wild Wings incident that occurred recently in Massachusetts. According to USA Today, one employee died and 10 others got sick after being exposed to harmful chemicals in a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. The substance was “Super 8”, a cleaning solution containing sodium hypochlorite. The cleaning agent was used to clean the restaurant’s floors.

So, What Happened?

Authorities are still investigating the situation. However, current evidence suggests the incident was caused by the mishandling of an unsafe cleaning product. According to the co-medical director of the National Capital Poison Center, Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor, “Super 8 becomes dangerous when mixed with other chemicals.” Sodium hypochlorite becomes harmful when mixed with ammonia because it begins to emit chloramine, a harmful gas according to Johnson-Arbor.

This unfortunate event brings further attention to the use of potentially hazardous cleaning solutions in the workplace. Employees are not professional cleaners and should not be handling unsafe products, let alone most of your cleaning needs. The mixture of cleaning agents is an unfortunate situation that’s quite common with untrained cleaners. 

Cleaning Safety is Your Duty

Cleaning can become dangerous as evident in the terrible Buffalo Wild Wings incident. You have to keep your customers and employees safe. Doing so prevents unpleasant debacles, keeps everyone happy (customers and staff), and naturally improves employee productivity. The best approach to cleaning safety is to remove employees from potentially hazardous situations.

Janitorial Services Prevent Problems

Working with a reliable janitorial services provider is key to workplace safety. You can prevent workplace illnesses, injuries, and many other unforeseen incidents. Not to mention avoid litigation that typically arises from workplace incidents. Also, a janitorial service company will ensure your organization is compliant with health and safety requirements.

A Bit About Us

Sawgrass Cleaning Solutions provides janitorial cleaning services in South Florida, covering cities like Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and others. We understand the importance of safety and use Eco-friendly cleaning solutions that won’t harm humans, including pets. But that’s not all.

The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is very clear on its regulations and we follow them to a T. Going above and beyond to ensure standards are met and exceeded because we care. Take the first step towards your peace of mind by contacting us now for a free consultation. You’re in good hands.