Safety & Cleanliness: You can’t have one without the other!

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

It’s more than just unpleasant, it’s downright dangerous.   Poor housekeeping in the workplace can lead to a whole host of problems and yet many supervisors write it off as a job for the sanitation department or outside janitorial service.  A safe workplace demands that there are some day-to-day clean-ups that must be everyone’s responsibility.

For example, allowing grease, dust or liquid to build-up on the floor in any work area can lead to an accident or injury.  Ignoring the importance of housekeeping can mean accidents, injuries, lost work time, poor quality and countless other headaches.   When it comes to housekeeping, therefore, it’s crucial the workforce understand the important linkage to safety.

  • Contact Hazards cause over 25% of work-related injuries. This involves falling objects that hit an employee not to mention equipment or supplies a worker bumps into.   Good housekeeping eliminates many of these risks a simple matter of putting things away safely.
  • Slips, Trips & Falls account for almost 20% of on-the-job injuries. It makes sense that many of these injuries could be prevented if someone took the time to wipe up a spill or clear a hallway or aisle.
  • Fire Hazards are among the most dangerous associated with poor housekeeping. Flammables and combustibles must not only be disposed of properly but stored away safely.
  • Tools not kept clean and in good working order can malfunction with injurious results. Before putting any equipment away, employees should be reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure it’s clean

Successful safety incentive techniques can help drive good housekeeping.   They serve as positive reinforcement, that a clean workplace is also a safe workplace.