Keeping good levels of housekeeping in the workplace is vital in keeping your business a safer place to work for a number of factors.
Trip hazards will be eliminated from your workplace if the area is kept neat and tidy. Apart from the typical trip hazards of trailing cables, even leaving boxes in corridors which are visible, would still be a trip hazard and would need to be placed in a safer area.
Ensuring there is little rubbish or debris on the floor from processes will not only improve the housekeeping and keep the area looking tidy, it will help reduce fire risk too which is vital for the life safety of your employees.
Having a place for all your equipment is a good way of controlling housekeeping in your area. Whether that be storage folders in a shelf to having designated parking spaces for your fork lift trucks.
A convenience store was once fined £4,500 for leaving newspaper plastic binding in the floor area, resulting in the injured person breaking their hip. The business had been warned previously for poor housekeeping (HSE https://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/experience/poorhouskeeping.htm). This article shows the importance of maintaining good levels of housekeeping as this demonstrates major injury can happen. Carrying out a periodic housekeeping inspection of your area would ensure levels of housekeeping are kept to a safe and suitable level.
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