No environment requires more cleanliness than that of a hospital. The fear of infections from hospital waste and other sources is enough to force a hospital’s administration to hire many people for housekeeping services. Hospital housekeepers maintain a sterile environment throughout the hospital that they are working for. They make beds, handle waste management duties and replenish linen along with a bevy of other housekeeping duties.
Hospital housekeepers clean patient rooms, surgical units, administrative offices and restroom several times a day to keep infection and disease at bay. They also polish furniture, vacuum carpets and distribute clean linen and hospital gowns in their assigned areas. Employment requirements for hospital housekeepers include a high school diploma at the very least; they also need to be physically dexterous as there is a lot of lifting, bending and stooping involved in this work.
Another important task of a hospital housekeeper is to empty trash receptacles, a duty in which they need to be extra careful. Surgical waste is the cause of many diseases which is why hospital housekeepers are trained in removing it with care and responsibility. Each hospital will have a different sets of duties for the hospital housekeepers that they hire but basic responsibilities remain the same in all hospital environments – as outlined below.
• Clean hospital floors and surfaces using predefined cleaning methods and procedures
• Mix appropriate quantities of cleaning liquids and chemicals in accordance with state safety regulations
• Dust, mop and sweep patients’ room, nurses and surgical units and administrative offices
• Make beds using clean and disinfected linen and replenish supplies such as towels, blankets, soaps and shampoos
• Clean and disinfect patients bathroom and public restrooms
• Clean mirrors and windows along with polishing fittings and fixtures
• Collect dirty laundry from patients’ rooms and deliver them to washing areas
• Distribute clean linen and hospital / surgical gowns to appropriate floors
• Take and address patients’ complaints regarding housekeeping services
• Empty trash receptacles and ensure proper compaction of surgical waste according to hospital policies
• Create and maintain inventory of cleaning supplies and equipment
• Inform housekeeping supervisor of any cleaning equipment that may need repair or replacement
• Inform housekeeping supervisor about any building hazard and assist in addressing it
• Maintain a clean and organized storage area for cleaning equipment and supplies
• Iron, fold and store clean laundry after tagging it with room numbers
• Maintain adequate stock of cleaning supplies