Why You Should Pay Attention to Workplace Housekeeping

Effective housekeeping can help control or eliminate workplace hazards. Poor housekeeping practices frequently contribute to incidents. If the sight of paper, debris, clutter, and spills is accepted as normal, then other more serious hazards may be taken for granted.

Housekeeping is not just cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly, maintaining halls and floors free of slip and trip hazards, and removing of waste materials (e.g., paper, cardboard) and other fire hazards from work areas. It also requires paying attention to important details such as the layout of the whole workplace, aisle marking, the adequacy of storage facilities, and maintenance. Good housekeeping is also a basic part of incident and fire prevention.

Remember it is important for supervisors to review with employees: 

  • Best Practice: The importance of good Workplace Housekeeping
  • Safety Talk: Bad Housekeeping can Cause Disastrous Consequences 
  • Safety Talk: How to Clean Up at Work
  • Quiz: Test Your Employees about ‘How/What to Clean Up at Work’
  • Review Stats and Facts on Slipping Hazards

Effective housekeeping is an ongoing operation: it is not a one-time or hit-and-miss cleanup done occasionally. Additionally, periodic “panic” cleanups can be costly and ineffective in reducing incidents.

Employer Responsibilities – Accident Investigations

Topic: Accident Investigation Forms

Importance: Requirement

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 requires certain employers to prepare and maintain records of work related injuries and illnesses. In fulfillment of this requirement, Continue reading “Employer Responsibilities – Accident Investigations”

Fire Safety.

Don’t wait till you smell smoke to ask, what should I do in the event of a fire?

Fire Safety is an important part of being prepared. It’s not enough to know where the exits are, what items to grab on the way out, or when and how to help others. Fire preparedness includes preemptive measures as well!

Some preliminary questions to consider are:

Do you have a fire alarm?How would employee communication work in the event of an emergency? Where is the safety rendezvous point? 
Continue reading “Fire Safety.”

First Aid Ready!

What would happen today, if there was an accident at your workplace? Would employees and management know what to do? Would the injured person get the best possible care?

When an accident happens, a First Aid Program that meets the requirements of the law and is tailored to the type and size of the workplace can literally make the difference between life and death, or between recovery and permanent disablement. Continue reading “First Aid Ready!”