Safe Work Practice – Housekeeping
Effective housekeeping can eliminate some workplace hazards and help get a job done safely and properly.
Poor housekeeping can frequently contribute to accidents by hiding hazards that cause injuries. If the sight of
paper, debris, clutter and spills is accepted as normal, then other more serious health and safety hazards may
be taken for granted.
Housekeeping is not just cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly; maintaining halls and
floors free of slip and trip hazards; and removing of waste materials (e.g., paper, cardboard) and other fire
hazards from work areas. It also requires paying attention to important details such as the layout of the whole
workplace, aisle marking, the adequacy of storage facilities, and maintenance. Good housekeeping is also a
basic part of accident and fire prevention.
Effective housekeeping is an ongoing operation: it is not a hit-and-miss cleanup done occasionally. Periodic
“panic” cleanups are costly and ineffective in reducing accidents.
To ensure that Diversified Staffing employees are protected from the hazards associated with working