Good housekeeping can be extremely important in keeping an operation safe. Housekeeping can also be an indication of the attention that is given to safety.
- Good housekeeping is the foundation for a safe, healthful and pleasant place to work.
- The general rule for good housekeeping is: “A place for every-thing and everything in its place.”
- Keep materials and equipment out of aisles, and passageways, and off stairways.
- Have a place to store spare parts – not in the corners.
- Return tools and equipment to proper storage place after use.
- Keep floors dry and avoid spilling liquids, especially oils. Clean up all spills immediately.
- Oily rags, old paint cans, oil containers, etc. that have held flammable liquids are a fire hazard. Properly dispose of these as soon as you can.
- Throw away trash and scrap in proper waste containers; place oily materials in covered metal containers.
- Keep your work area clean.
- Dispose of all chemical and pesticide containers properly. No dumping or rinsing in unapproved areas.
- Clean all chemical and pesticide applicator equipment thoroughly after use.
- Remember, failure to follow safety procedures properly or to pay attention to workplace safety could result in injury to you or your fellow workers.
NOTE: Point out the specific areas in your operation that need immediate attention and/or relate experiences where better housekeeping would have made a difference.