In addition, housekeeping should have management’s commitment so workers realize its importance.Here are 11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping.
To some people, the word “housekeeping” calls to mind cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter. It also can help an employer avoid potential fines for non-compliance.
It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity and morale, as well as make a good first impression on visitors, according to Cari Gray, safety consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Prevent slips, trips and falls Slips, trips and falls were the second leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses involving days away from work in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces Standard (1910.22(a)) states that all workplaces should be “kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.” The rule includes passageways, storerooms and service rooms. Drainage should be present where “wet processes are used.” Employers should select adequate flooring (e.g., cement, ceramic tile or another material), as different types of flooring hold up better under certain conditions, said Fred Norton, technical director of ergonomics and manufacturing technology for Risk Control Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance in Walnut Creek, CA.
Clear clutter A cluttered workplace can lead to ergonomics issues and possible injuries because workers have less space to move, Gray said.