Ergonomics covers study of cleaner’s efficiency in their working environmental. I could say It has been a trend or simply maybe just a “buzzword” throughout many office premises nowadays. But it is definitely a period that even major players within the cleaning services field have not hold forth to. Ergonomics aims to make sure the tasks, equipment and the environment fit each cleaning operative rather than physically forcing the opposite. Main goal whilst using ergonomic products is to minimize the stress applied to the workers body.

By integrating ergonomic machinery, methods and techniques within your business procedures, you can aid your workforce remain injury free and achieve significant growth in their productivity.


When mopping, be mindful not to extend the mop out away from your body as workers tend to do when wet mopping.  Best practise when mopping is to have the weight of the mop is resting on the floor and the handle nearly vertical, close to your body. You should move your feet from side to side to reduce strain on your upper body. This is much more ergonomics method and posture, which should reduce strain and the likelihood of injury. Take into consideration that using a flat mop is lighter than use of the standard mop heads.



When buying a vacuum cleaner, you must take into consideration that the handle is comfortable enough to the grip and conforms to the user’s hands whilst performing tasks. Preferably the vacuum should also be lightweight. Brush assisted technique assist reduce stress and makes hoovering easier. The vibrations of vacuums are a risk factor as it affects arms and wrists. Large wheels help cut down on vibrations. Work with your legs, not your arms. Try to support your upper body by positioning it upright and, where and whenever possible, try to locate both hands on the hose preferably at hip level. Be mindful of over-extending your reach. Keep the wand close to the body, as the further you move the wand from the body, the more likely your arms will fatigue. Alternate vacuuming between two hands. Shifting hands often helps aid in the resting of frequently used muscles and body parts without losing productivity time. Pay attention to vacuum settings. Consider self-propelled vacuums or those with increased manoeuvrability to reduce tension while moving the vacuum back and forth. Take into consideration the floor type, then try to adjust the vacuum cleaner to it. Ensure the vacuum is set at the proper height and correct speed control settings for the floor type.

Remember: A relaxed grip should be used when handling tools and equipment to reduce hand and wrist strain.


Keep your body upright. Keep your back straight. Raise your head and look where are you going. Always carry the loads close to your body, this will minimise the pressure on your back. Avoid making sideways movements. You must mainly use your feet to lead when changing directions. Whilst lifting heavy objects, cleaners must bend at knees not at the back.

Remember: Try to use trolleys, carts or other transport to move around heavy loads. Bags should not be tossed over floors or thrown.


When performing flat surface wiping, try positioning yourself with feet apart and slightly one foot forward in front of the surface to be wiped and lean on one hand. Try cleaning with the other hand in small circular motions, working towards your body- your back should always remain straight. Change the position of your feet when you wish to change the direction you are working in. Where achievable, switch over to the other hand frequently.

Remember: Cleaners should be briefed on step by step procedures how to perform cleaning tasks efficiently. Training will aid to reduce body’s injuries. Design a way to incorporate all of the above into a company training program.