Good housekeeping can be a morale booster or enhancer at your workplace. It helps make your workplace safer – from hazards as well as illnesses – and encourages positive habits.
What are some of the things you should consider including in your workplace housekeeping program?
Maintenance of buildings and equipment. Make sure you keep facilities and equipment safe, working and in good repair, clean and sanitary. Identify when something is in need of repair and fix or replace it. Key words are: Inspect. Maintain. Keep Up. Repair.
Facilities for Employees. Do you provide lockers, washrooms, breakrooms for your employees? Make sure you have protocols on how often these facilities are cleaned and supplies refilled.
Floors, Aisles, Stairways. One of the leading causes of workplace incidents is slips, trips and falls. Keep your floors clean of debris, spills and in good shape. Replace worn, ripped or damaged flooring. Keep aisles, hallways and stairways clean and ensure proper lighting.
Light Fixtures. Clean light fixtures can improve lighting efficiency dramatically for your employees.
Disposing of Waste. When possible, have recycling bins available so that trash can be sorted and disposed of properly. All trash receptacles should be labeled and kept clean and sanitary.
Fire Hazards. Store and dispose of any combustible materials appropriately, such as oils, paint thinners, solvents, rags, scraps and waste. Declutter work spaces and surrounding area.
PPE. Ensure workers are trained on PPE – what would be considered basic needs and what is required for specific jobs. PPE may need to be fit specifically to a worker. Regularly inspect, clean and remove any damaged PPE.
Ensure your workplace housekeeping program policies are in written format.
Employers can keep workers safe by training everyone to:
- Clean up messes.
- Remove, repair, and/or report housekeeping hazards.
- Never obstruct access to exits, electrical panels, fire alarm boxes, or fire extinguishers.
- Take time to stack materials, boxes and packages properly.
- Avoid stringing cords, hoses or lines across walkways. Use "S" and "J" hooks and cable trees to keep lines out of walkways. If lines must cross walkways, cover the lines.
- Eliminate slippery conditions on walkways and working surfaces (snow, ice, spills)