Prevent workplace injuries with proper housekeeping

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Mike Rich

Proper housekeeping is not confined to the walls of your home.

It is not something we do once a week, or only when the mess becomes an extreme inconvenience to work flow.

It is not the responsibility of a single person.

Workplace housekeeping is an ongoing activity in which every member of the job force does their part to ensure a clean, clutter free work environment.

Follow these simple tips to achieve proper housekeeping in your workplace.

  • Never leave trash, garbage, or debris haphazardly around your work area. If garbage, trash, and debris must accumulate, designate a predetermined disposal area and dispose of all trash, garbage, and hazards in the designated disposal area.
  • Clean up any spills or leaks immediately to eliminate any hazard of slip, or fall injuries.
  • Ensure that any cords or trip hazards are not left in aisles or walkways or where individuals may injure themselves.
  • Dispose of any unusable parts or material that may accumulate in you work area.
  • Remove boxes and other hazards from aisles, walkways, or stairways. Ensure that exits are never blocked or locked.
  • Watch out for accumulation of fire hazards such as greasy rags, chemicals, and electrical hazards.
  • Ensure that any flammables or hazardous chemicals are stored and disposed of properly.
  • Never leave hazards exposed. If necessary provide barriers, signs, and warnings.
  • Ensure that all machine and equipment guards are in place and secure.
  • Keep tool boxes and tool cribs neat, clean, and orderly.
  • Keep storage areas clean and organized.
  • Never leave sharp tools unattended or sharp edges exposed.
  • Immediately clean up any glass, nails, or other laceration/puncture hazards.
  • Floor holes or openings must be guarded by a cover, grating, guardrail, or equivalent on all sides except at the entrance to stairways or ladders. Grates or similar covers over floor openings (such as floor drains) must be designed so that foot traffic or rolling material handling equipment will not be caught in the grate spacing.
  • Toe boards must be installed around the edges of a permanent floor opening where persons may pass below the opening.

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