Lack of proper housekeeping on the job is one safety hazard common to all construction projects until after final cleanup. Good housekeeping is one item that can help improve not only the safety on the job, but also the morale and productivity of the job.
Housekeeping is a very important part of your job. Not only does it improve the overall appearance of your shop or work area, it shows that you take pride in where you work.
Injuries, when employees trip, fall, strike or are struck by out-of-place objects;
Injuries from using improper tools because the correct tool can’t be found;
Lowered production because of the time spent maneuvering over and around someone else’s mess, and time spent looking for proper tools and materials;
Time spent investigating and reporting accidents that could have been avoided;
Fires due to improper storage and disposal of flammable or combustible materials and wastes;
Substandard quality of finished products because of production schedule delays, damaged or defective finishes, ill-equipped employees, etc.; and
General housekeeping rules to remember are:
Clean up after yourself. Pick up your trash and debris and dispose of it properly, or place it where it will not pose a hazard to others. Institute a routine cleaning schedule.
Keep your work area clean throughout the day. This will minimize the amount of time needed to clean a larger mess at the end of the day.
Dispose of combustibles and flammables properly. If improperly discarded, they will increase the potential for a fire.
Remove protruding nails and other sharp objects, or hammer them flat to prevent someone from stepping on them or snagging themselves.
Stack materials and supplies orderly and secure them so they won’t topple
Benefits of good housekeeping:
Utilizes space better;
Keeps inventory at a minimum;
Helps control property damage;
Provides a good appearance of your facility/worksite and impresses the customer;
Reflects a well-run organization;
Encourages better work habits;
Minimizes janitorial work; and
Makes jobs easier and working conditions more pleasant.