Tips for Custodians & Maintenance Employees

Tips for Custodians & Maintenance Employees

Maintaining the district’s facilities in top-notch condition takes the dedication of all employees—especially grounds, custodial and maintenance workers. Employees like you form the backbone of school systems. You possess important skills that are vital to quality schools and you are an essential part of the school community.

The condition of the district’s schools and facilities often affects how parents, the media and community view our schools. If the grounds and buildings are attractive, clean and well maintained, the public will view the school system favorably. Your work is vital not only to ensure that the public’s perception is favorable but also to ensure that the day-to-day operation of the facility runs smoothly.

The following topics are ones you may need to know to be successful in your job. If you have questions, you can always contact your Association President or your ISTA UniServ Director.

  • Know the general job expectations, duties, hours and assignments
  • Follow approved sign-in and sign-out procedures
  • Familiarize yourself with the forms and procedures for requesting sick, personal and vacation leaves and reporting on-the-job injuries
  • Know the procedure for calling in if you will be late or absent
  • Know the procedures for the following safety issues:
    • Handling of hazardous chemicals or materials
    • Reporting health hazards
    • Evacuating the building
    • Cleaning surfaces contaminated by blood and/or bodily fluids
    • Wearing protective equipment such as back belts, gloves, safety goggles, masks, etc.
  • Ask for training on all equipment necessary for performing your job.
  • Learn the location of designated break and eating areas.
  • Know the facility you work in. Know the number and location of all of the following:
    • Fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull-stations, electrical service locations and shut-off valves for water and gas.

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