Here are our suggestions for the best practices for workplace housekeeping
The big and small incidents they can protect against
SLIPS TRIPS AND FALLS
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) 42,000 workers get injured annually due to "fall incidents".
That’s 18% of the "time-loss injuries” accepted by workers' compensation boards or commissions across Canada
It seems basic to stay on your feet but these simple tips could save time and money
- Keep everything as clean as possible!
- Especially in passageways, storerooms and service rooms.
- Floors should be clean and dry.
- Drainage should be present where “wet processes are used.”
This includes cleaning those surfaces with proper tools and cleaners
This short and simple list helps prevent a large percentage of these hazards:
- Report leaks
- Clean up spills
- Keep aisles and entrances clear
- Put circular convex mirrors where there are blindspots
- Don’t wait to replace bad flooring and surfaces
- Proper Rails, and drip pans used in messy areas
AUDIT AUDIT AUDIT
For things as small as trip hazards
KNOW what you are responsible for.
Keep unnecessary combustible materials in their proper place.
- Combustible and flammable materials should be put away immediately after use
- Wear proper gear and if this gets hazardous materials on it then change
- Know your fire escape route
- Know the location of the nearest fire extinguisher
- Hazards in electrical areas should be reported
An industrial hygienist should test the workplace for exposures if air quality and dust are concerns but try to keep it controlled.
Vacuuming is the “preferred” method of cleaning. Sweeping and water wash-down are other options.
Industrial vacuums can clean walls, ceilings, machinery and other places, CCOHS notes.
“Blow-downs” using compressed air are not ideal and should only be used on hard to reach areas.
Dust also can affect equipment’s lifespan.
- Work mats keep your footwear dry
- Cleaning protocols may be needed
- Avoid using the same mop to clean both an oily spill and in another area
- Use a toe rail or toe board on high shelving and walkways
- Stack boxes and materials straight up and down
- Place heavy objects on lower shelves
- keep equipment away from the edges of desks and tables
Also, refrain from stacking objects in areas where workers walk, including aisles.
Tape off, paint, or install railings to make safe areas and hazardous areas clear.
Make sure people are wearing the proper PPE in hazardous areas
Clutter not only makes for a real safety hazard. It also makes for a poor mental space.
The combination can lead to disaster.
- Have Several Garbage cans or dumpsters available according to the work being done.
- Clean work areas 1 or more time daily
- Clean as you work.
- Keep your storage systems convenient and easily accessible
- Plan enough time into your worker’s shifts in order to allow for a proper clean up
- Schedule regular cleaning of problem areas and ke
Have the following clearly and accurately printed and posted around work sites:
Don’t leave any room for questions or excuses.
A good example of a housekeeping checklist that can be used to be sure things are being taken care of.