Sanitation Concerns

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about safety:

Will i get sick if I inhale the smell of urine or feces while cleaning the urinal or toilet bowls. I am a janitor and I do not use any mask when i clean the toilet, it is safe?

Signed, Worried

Dear Worried:

Few if any janitors wear masks and neither do health care workers, so apparently just the odor is not harmful. However, to be sure and to help reduce the unpleasantness of obnoxious smells, you might want to just buy your own mask and ask your employer if it’s OK for you to wear it when cleaning bathrooms. Best wishes to you.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.