Hello there, this is Goke(your safety guide) here once again bringing up another topic on health and safety to you. Today we will be discussing about Good Housekeeping. Housekeeping in general is taking care of one’s environment. In safety it also involves ensuring that tools and materials are neatly arranged in the work area asides from removing waste and debris from wherever a job task is embarked upon.
Why should we pay attention to housekeeping at work?
Effective housekeeping can eliminate some workplace hazards and help get the job task done safely and in a proper manner. Poor housekeeping can frequently contribute to accidents by making hazards that can cause injuries hidden.
Housekeeping is not just cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly; maintaining halls and floors free of slip and trip hazards; and removal of waste materials (e.g., paper, cardboard) from work areas. It also entails paying attention to important details such as the entire work environment layout, aisle marking, the adequacy of storage facilities, and maintenance. Good housekeeping is also a basic part of accident and fire prevention.
Effective housekeeping is a continuous activity: it is not a hit-and-miss cleanup done occasionally. Periodic “panic” cleanups are costly and ineffective in reducing accidents.
The purpose of workplace housekeeping?
Poor housekeeping can be lead to accidents, such as:
- tripping over loose objects on floors, stairs and platforms
- being hit by falling objects
- slipping on greasy and wet surfaces
- striking against projecting, poorly stacked items
- cutting, puncturing, or tearing the skin of hands or other parts of the body on projecting nails, wire or steel strapping
To avoid these hazards, a workplace needs to “maintain” order throughout a workday. This effort requires a lot of management and planning, which in the long run has immense benefits.
Some benefits of good housekeeping practices? Effective housekeeping results in:
- reduced handling to ease the flow of materials
- fewer tripping and slipping accidents in clutter-free and spill-free work areas
- reduced fire hazards
- lower worker exposures to hazardous substances (e.g. dusts, vapours)
- more efficient equipment cleanup and maintenance
- better hygienic conditions leading to improved health
- more effective use of space
- reduced property damage by improving preventive maintenance
- improved productivity (tools and materials will be easy to find)
This is where we will stop in our discussion for now. So till I come your way again, this is Goke (your safety guide) signing off.
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