6 Tips for Effective Workplace Housekeeping

According to OSHA, good housekeeping implies that a workplace is kept in an organized, uncluttered, and hazard-free condition. Safe work environments lead to healthier workers, higher worker morale, and increased productivity. Workplace housekeeping has a lot of benefits mainly when companies invest more time on implementing this; it should be an ongoing process, not a one-time practice especially a lot of people will be at risk when not performed well.

In this article, we will discuss six tips on practical workplace housekeeping and ways on how to implement a safer working space for your workers.

6 Tips for Effective Workplace Housekeeping

1.    Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls

–    Slips, trips, and falls were the second leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses involving days away from work in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces Standard (1910.22(a)) states that all workplaces should be “kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.” The rule includes passageways, storerooms and service rooms. Floors should be clean and dry, and drainage should be present where “wet processes are used.”

2.    Eliminate Fire Hazards

–    Employees are responsible for keeping unnecessary combustible materials from accumulating in the work area. Combustible waste should be “stored in covered metal receptacles and disposed of daily,” according to OSHA’s Hazardous Materials Standard (1910.106). Manually complying with different precautionary measures like keeping combustible materials in the work area only in amounts needed for the operations and keeping passageways and fire doors free of obstructions.

3.    Clear Clutter

–    A well-organized working environment can maintain a productive and safe workforce. Supplies and other materials that need to be stored should place on places wherein they can be arranged accordingly to their use. Arranging materials inside a worksite avoid the existence of clutter that can cause confusion and minor casualties to workers during operational hours. Clear and separate clutter by determining if you should dispose of it or put into recycling.

4.    Inspect Personal Protective Equipment and Tools

–    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against injury on the job site. But if your PPE is worn out or damaged, it’s like a safety net with a tear in the middle.  That’s why it’s essential to inspect your PPE before each use. PPE isn’t meant to last forever; each piece has a certain life expectancy. And you won’t know if it’s nearing the end of it if you don’t inspect it.

5.    Create a Housekeeping Policy the Supports Safety

–    Creating a concise housekeeping policy that supports safety can help your workers and the other people present on the worksite more aware of keeping the area clean. Good housekeeping policies reduce illnesses and injuries and promote positive behaviors, habits, and attitudes.

Employers are responsible for assessing each workplace before work begins to identify the potential hazards present and determine ways to eliminate the risks. An effective housekeeping program is an essential element in workplace safety and health management systems.

6.    Sustain Cleanliness through Housekeeping

–    Housekeeping should be more than a one-time initiative – it should continue through monitoring and auditing. Keep records, maintain a regular walkthrough inspection schedule, report hazards and train employees to help sustain housekeeping.

While OSHA regulations require that each working surface be cleared of debris, at the end of each work shift or job, it is recommended that good housekeeping be maintained throughout the job and workday.

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