In a 2011 CareerBuilder survey, more than a quarter of employers stated that they are less likely to promote an employee whose work space is messy or disorganized. Yet while a dirty office may jeopardize your career prospects, cleaning it up can do the same thing to your health.
Many cleaning products contain potentially dangerous ingredients that can be hazardous to users whether at home or in the office. NOAA warns that these products should always be stored in their original containers, and you should always read the safety instructions printed on the container before using a particular product. Additionally, employers should schedule office cleaning for times when employees are not in the office, as well as train staff in proper handling, use, storage and safety procedures for cleaning products.
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