When most people think about housekeeping, cleaning floors, putting away
belongings, and organizing the home all come to mind. In a work setting,
however, it should be taken to another level.
Housekeeping is essential to safe workplaces, preventing injuries and improving
productivity and morale. Additionally, having a safe work environment
can help an employer avoid potential fines for non-compliance. Whether
you work in an office building, a warehouse, a plant, or a construction
site, all workplace safety programs should incorporate housekeeping and
every employee should be involved.
The following are six tips for preventing workplace injuries:
Prevent slips and falls. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips, and falls
were the second-leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries which
resulted in time off from work in 2013. All workplaces should remain clean,
orderly, and in a sanitary condition. Report and clean up any spills and
leaks, replace worn or damaged flooring, and consider installing anti-slip
flooring in areas that are difficult to clean.
Wear personal protective equipment. Many
workers’ compensation cases arise from employees who fail to wear personal protective equipment
(PPE) when cleaning up spills or other material. While performing housekeeping,
wear basic PPE such as safety glasses and closed-toe shoes.
Prevent falling objects. Toe rail, toe board, or net can help prevent objects from falling and
hitting employees or equipment. Place heavier objects on the lower shelves.
Keep equipment and debris away from the edges of desks and tables.
Eliminate fire hazards. Do not keep unnecessary combustible materials from accumulating in the
workplace. Store flammable materials in a designated location away from
ignition sources. Additionally, keep them at least 18 inches away from
automatic sprinklers and fire extinguishers.
Avoid clutter. When a work area is cluttered, cuts and laceration injuries are more
likely to occur. You’re not going to have as much room to move around and work.
Create written rules. Housekeeping policies should be put in writing to make them formal and
defined. Written rules should determine which tools, cleaners, and methods
should be used to keep the work environment safe.
If you have been injured at the workplace in Georgia,
request a free consultation with our
Woodstock workers’ compensation attorneys.