GOOD HOUSEKEEPING PRACTICES IN THE WORKPLACE.
Hello there, this is Goke Akingbade (your Safety Guide) bringing you another interesting topic to dwell on.
Housekeeping is a very crucial subject matter in occupational safety and health. Good housekeeping is ensuring that your workplace is clean and tidy, and also ensuring that whatever materials, work tools after being used are kept and stored away from harm’s way. Housekeeping can help in the prevention of injuries, ill-health and in the long term enhance productivity.
It is important that a company’s top level management incorporate good housekeeping practices as part of its health and safety program, and show leadership by example in order to get the buy-in of every employee.
Housekeeping is applicable in every sphere of industry, let us consider areas where it can be implemented:
HOUSEKEEPING PREVENTS SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS.
According to the data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics, slips, trips and falls were the second leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses involving days away from work in 2013.
Companies should select adequate flooring (e.g., cement or ceramic tile), as different kinds of flooring hold up better under certain conditions, according to Fred Norton, technical director of ergonomics and manufacturing technology for Risk Control Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance in Walnut Creek, CA. Then, develop and implement housekeeping procedures using appropriate cleaners.
To help prevent slip, trip and fall incidents, the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety recommends the following:
Ensure to report and clean up spills and leaks. Ensure to keep walkways and exits clear of items so as to prevent obstruction. Ensure to replace worn, ripped or damage flooring. For areas that can’t always be cleaned, consider installing anti-slip flooring.Every workplace should be free of projecting nails, splinters, holes and loose boards.
IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM TO ELIMINATE FIRE HAZARDS
According to OSHA’s Hazardous Materials Standard( 1210.106),Combustible waste should be “stored in covered metal receptacles and disposed of daily” . The employees are responsible in keeping their workspace free from any form of combustible material
Listed below are some precautionary measures for fire safety:
- Keep combustible materials in the work area only in amounts needed for the job task. When they are not needed, move them to an assigned safe storage area.
- Store quick-burning, flammable materials in designated locations away from any form of ignition source.
- Avoid contaminating clothes with flammable liquids. If contamination occurs, endeavour to change the clothes.
- Keep passageways and fire doors free of obstructions. Always endeavour to close Stairwell doors. Do not store items in stairwells.
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