In all Businesses there are serious reasons for not trying to function in a messy environment. Here some examples:
- Incidents resulting from a trip or fall
- Incidents after being struck by an out-of-place object
- Fires caused by improper storage or disposal of combustible materials
- Reduced productivity because of time spent getting around or over someone else’s clutter and looking for proper tools and materials
- Equipment damage due to equipment/tool buried into the snow
It is not a guarantee that all clean workplaces are safe, but it is safe to say no messy workplaces are safe. Good housekeeping doesn’t just happen. It requires effort and teamwork.
Checklists are a big help in measuring how well housekeeping standards are being met.
Good housekeeping can be a real morale booster. It should be encouraged as a way of life – not just a special activity when visitors are coming.
Here are some recommended housekeeping practices:
- Keep work areas clean, free of clutter and arranged properly.
- Keep aisles, exits and entrances free of obstructions.
- Keep floors clean, dry and in good condition.
- Store all work materials in approved, clearly-labeled containers in designated storage areas only.
- Use proper waste containers.
- Keep sprinklers, fire alarms and fire extinguishers clear.
- Clean up spills and leaks of any type quickly and properly.
- Clean and store tools and equipment properly.
- Follow maintenance requirements.
DO YOU KNOW…?
- What hazards exist when your workplace is cluttered?
- Who is responsible for cleaning up?