Cleanliness and Safety Go Hand-in-Hand
With all of the activity at a typical office, many times we find ourselves left with a cluttered mess. Imagine the chaos that would result if workers didn’t clean up after themselves. Our workplace would become a hazardous obstacle course as garbage and supplies pile up, and walking from one point to another would mean navigating through a mess of obstructions. It wouldn’t only be aggravating and counterproductive; it would also be very dangerous. Slips, trips and falls are a common cause of injury in the workplace, and inadequate housekeeping is a major contributing factor in most of these accidents.
What’s Office Housekeeping?
Avoiding dangerous conditions like those described above requires a commitment to housekeeping by every individual on your team. This means making spill cleanup, garbage removal, general cleaning and good methods of organization a priority every day, throughout the day.
Good housekeeping also means constant vigilance. Remove any object or material that obstructs a pathway on the floor and take care of other materials that could pose a possible fire hazard or danger for co-workers. This includes:
- Power cords
- Empty containers
- Water or spills
- Do Your Part
- Follow these housekeeping tips to keep yourself and your co-workers safe.
- Never obstruct pathways with power cords, as they could pose a tripping hazard
- Store personal items out of the way in your desk—never on the floor
- Place “wet floor” signs in wet areas that could present a slipping hazard, and remove them as soon as the area is dry
- Always keep pathways free of clutter and obstructions
When practicing good housekeeping, there are several things you should always avoid:
- Don’t leave cleanup for the last few minutes of the day; instead, take care of clutter immediately after completing a task
- Never pile material around fire extinguishers, sprinklers or emergency exits
Not only does housekeeping keep everyone safe, it also helps employees feel better about their jobs. It’ll be easier for employees to concentrate and work in a clutter-free environment. If you have any doubts about the security of your workspace—regarding housekeeping or any other issue—don’t hesitate to talk to your ‘A’ Team member.
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