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Good Housekeeping for Construction Projects

Many workplace hazards can be removed or eliminated through an effective worksite housekeeping routine. This doesn’t just include a cleaning routine, but rather is an ongoing process of efficient tidying and safety practices.

Failure to conduct these regular activities can result in accidents and hold ups to work processes.

Different hazards that may be present on a worksite include:

  • Trip and fall hazards

    Objects on the ground and in walkways that do not belong there or are blocking accessways. Minimise this risk to yourself and others by ensuring that nothing is left on the floor or near doorways.

  • Impact and contact hazards

    Objects that pose risks by obstructing access, have sharp edges or other protrusions that may cause injury if bumped into.

    Sharp edges or equipment that may cause puncture injuries if left improperly exposed.

    Any cords, circuit boards or similar that may cause electric shock if damaged or exposed to moisture.

Why Practice Good Housekeeping

Failure to implement good housekeeping routines on a worksite can contribute to higher than necessary levels of risk and contribute to workplace accidents, including:

  • Improperly stored objects causing falls
  • Unsafe storage causing objects to fall
  • Dirty, greasy or wet floors causing falls
  • Poorly stored or stacked items causing injury
  • Protruding objects such as nails or tools causing puncture wounds

Effective housekeeping results in:

  • Minimised need for manual handling
  • Fewer trips and falls
  • Reduction of fire hazards
  • Reduced exposure to hazardous materials
  • More effective inventory management
  • More effective usage of workspace
  • Improved health conditions and hygiene
  • Increased productivity

Who is responsible for good housekeeping

Everyone working on site has a responsibility to maintain a good housekeeping routine and ensure the safety of their coworkers by adhering to these practices.

Effective site housekeeping is an ongoing process that should be maintained daily to prevent hazards and promote a safe workplace for all on site.

Clean as you go.

Work smarter not harder

Set a daily routine of using things as they become available for access. At the end of each day, ensure that all equipment has been cleaned and stored correctly away from access areas. This will increase efficiency and mean spending less time searching for tools.

Never leave equipment in walkways or doors.

Ensure that all fire exits and emergency access points are kept clear at all times and is never blocked by equipment or rubbish.

Report any hazards you might find to a supervisor promptly.

Dispose of rubbish quickly and safely.

When handing over scaffold ensure that the gear is consolidated and is all out of harm’s way.

Before leaving the site each day, make sure that clean up has been finalised and no hazards are visible.

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