Effective housekeeping can eliminate some workplace hazards and help get the job done safely and efficiently. Housekeeping is not just cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly; and it is ongoing not an occasional cleanup.
Poor housekeeping can frequently contribute to accidents and incidents on site actually making the work go slower or contributing to staff injuries.
There are different types of hazard types on the work site:
Poor housekeeping can be a cause of accidents, such as:
Effective housekeeping results in:
Good housekeeping is everyone’s responsibility from the Job Supervisor to the, Leading Hand it is each individual workers’ responsibility.
Good housekeeping must occur every day and must be constant and ongoing if it’s going to prevent and eliminate hazards in your work area
Work neatly and pick up after yourself.
At the beginning of the day use the gear that is in the way this will make your mornings more difficult but your afternoons easier.
At the end of the day clean and clear the work site. Neatly palletised all loose gear that is was not used or that is not required for the day.
Remove all gear from the footpath or walkways. If you ever need to move materials or other tradespersons’ gear do this carefully.
Keep fire exits and all entry and exits clear at all times always ensure that no material or gear is blocking access to fire exits or equipment.
Report holes, loose boards, and other flooring problems so they can be fixed before someone trips and gets hurt. Throw away trash promptly and properly
hen handing over scaffold ensure that the gear is consolidated and is all out of harm’s way.
Prior to leaving the worksite for the day do an inspection to ensure the site is clean and the cleanup is complete.
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