Slips, trips, hit by falling objects, striking against poorly stacked items or misplaced materials and punctures are just some of the most frequent accidents or injuries that happen on construction sites. These are the main caused of poor housekeeping in the workplace.
Reduced handling to ease the flow of materials, decreased fire hazards, lower worker exposures to hazardous substances (e.g dust, vapors), better hygienic conditions leading to improve health, more effective use of space and improve morale and productivity.
See photo below showing the difference between GOOD & POOR HOUSEKEEPING.
WHY SHOULD WE PAY ATTENTION TO HOUSEKEEPING AT WORK?
- Effective housekeeping is an ongoing operation; it is not a hit-and-miss cleanup done occasionally.
- Effective housekeeping eliminates some workplace hazards and helps get a job done safely.
- Good housekeeping is also a basic part of accident and fire prevention.
- Housekeeping is not just about cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly; maintaining platforms, access, and floors free of slip and trip hazards; and removing of waste materials (e.g food waste, cement bag, rubbish) and other fire hazards from work areas.
- It also requires paying attention to important details such as the layout of the whole workplace, access/egress marking, the adequacy of storage facilities and maintenance.