Good Housekeeping - It Just Makes Cents
Fresh paint, dry floors, debris-free aisles – seems simple enough, but at times this can be easier said than done. These areas are more easily swept under the rug (get it?) when other concerns such as production, profit margins and shipping deadlines tend to be the priority. Good (or poor) housekeeping and general maintenance practices can, however, ultimately affect your manufacturing business’ bottom line.
If a company pays close attention to their housekeeping and general maintenance, they’re less likely to experience claims under their workers’ compensation, general liability and property policies. These simple tips can keep everyone safe:
- Keep aisles and walkways free of debris
- Ensure wet floors are marked clearly with a warning cone and cleaned up as soon as possible
- Ensure proper snow and ice removal techniques are practiced during winter
- Make certain blind spot mirrors are installed and clean
- Maintain and service production machinery on a regular basis
- Check roofs for leaks, water damage and even collapse on a regular basis
- Replace old electrical cords with new ones
Additionally, a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a well-organized, clean work space can not only make your employees feel more comfortable each day, but will also help insurance company representatives who might be visiting your facility walk away with a more positive feeling about your company. This will be expressed in their report to the underwriter who’s then ultimately pricing your insurance program.
Losses are one driver of insurance premiums and good housekeeping practices can prevent claims from occurring. This is a huge area for ROI as the cost of maintenance is low compared to the cost of possible injuries. Practice these tips to minimize risk and maximize the health of employees at your facility.
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