Good housekeeping is the foundation for a safe, healthful and pleasant place to work. Many accidents are caused each year by poor housekeeping. It may mean a little extra effort to keep the work place clean, but it could prevent injury and work stoppage.
- Keep materials and equipment out of aisles, passageways and off stairways. “If it isn’t moving, it does’t belong in these places.”
- Keep tools in their proper place. Do not allow them to become scattered on the floor or left in equipment.
- Have a place to store spare parts.
- Keep floors dry. Avoid spilling liquids, especially oils. Clean up all spills immediately.
- Oily rags, old paint cans, oil containers, etc. that have contained flammable liquids are fire hazards. Dispose of these as soon as possible.
- All broken bottles, glass, trash and scrap, should be placed in proper waste containers. Place oily materials in covered metal containers.
- Weeds and tall grass around the property should be cut. They can be a fire hazard and can hide other safety hazards.
- Keep work area clean.
Remember, failure to follow safety procedures properly can result in injury to you or your fellow workers.