No one likes to come into a messy or disorganized work space. Not only is a messy work space unsafe it also puts a drain on productivity. Having a simple “Housekeeping” practice in place is a critical piece to keeping people in your facility safe. Most businesses have a cleaning service or cleaning staff that does janitorial work after everyone goes home, but what about during the day when everyone is working? If you, or an employee, sees a potential hazard it is important to address it as it is noticed. By doing this, you can help prevent injuries and improve productivity, but it’s not just traditional offices that this applies to. Industrial workplaces such as warehouses, delivery trucks, docks and even in the customer’s home also apply. As a rule of thumb all workplaces with a safety program should incorporate housekeeping into their safety training.
The best way to keep the workplace safe is to make it a practice. Before the end of their shift, your employees should make it common practice to inspect and clean their work areas discarding unused materials and putting tools, vehicles and supplies back in their proper place. This will reduce time spent cleaning later, as well as prevent potential injuries in the future.