The first step to a cleaner and safer workplace is to establish housekeeping standards. These standards should be clear, attainable and enforced. Next, train workers on what is expected of them, where things go, how to properly store and dispose of hazardous items, such as chemicals and waste, where to find cleaning supplies and storage areas. Then be sure you have the supplies and tools for workers to use. Finally, measure how well housekeeping standards are being met.
On a regular basis conduct housekeeping audits and follow up on those items that need to be corrected or addressed. Enlist the help of your safety committee if you have one.
Areas of Focus
While every location is different, there are common areas in almost every workplace that should be focused on with regards to housekeeping. These are:
- Fire Safety
- Flammable Hazards
- Spills and Leaks
- Waste Disposal
- Storage Areas
- Tools and Equipment
Conclusion Remember, housekeeping is an ongoing process. It is not a once a year marathon cleaning session, or a mad panic to clean up before an inspection or client visit. It is a daily endeavor. Use checklists, daily, weekly, monthly, and annually, to help you and your workers keep on task.
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By: Paul Taulbee