Good Housekeeping

September 15, 2014 by  
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There is a direct correlation between a clean, neat, and orderly workplace and a safe, successful organization. Poor housekeeping, on the other hand, creates hazards and invites accidents.
Why “Good Housekeeping” Matters
• Eliminates accident and fire hazards;
• Maintains safe, healthy work conditions;
• Saves time, money, materials, space, and effort;
• Improves productivity and quality;
• Boosts morale; and
• Reflects an image of a well-run, successful organization.
Key Points
• Keep aisles, passage ways, stairways, and floors clear of tools, materials, boxes, cords, cables, air hoses, and trash.
• Close drawers.
• Put tools and materials away when you’re not using them.
• Cover sharp edges of tools.
• Stack materials carefully, so they won’t fall or block sprinkler access.
• Clean up all spills immediately and properly—or call someone who can.
• Report any loose or broken flooring or other broken equipment.
• Avoid keeping food and beverages in the work area.
• Place all trash in proper containers—closed metal containers for combustible waste.
• Don’t let paper or other combustibles come in contact with lights or electrical equipment.
• Prevent dirt or grease buildup on machinery and equipment.
• Smoke only where permitted, and put out smoking materials in ashtrays.
• Keep flammable liquid containers closed when not in use.
• Don’t place tools or equipment on the edges of shelves or tables.
• A good housekeeping program must include careful planning, a cleanup schedule or policy, effective inspection, and continuous enforcement of housekeeping rules.
• Inspect your area for unnecessary tools, equipment, parts, materials, and supplies; items that are not needed should be sent to the storage room or used for salvage.
• Reorganize the storage area in your workplace. Establish one or more storage areas for holding finished products and daily quantities or raw materials and supplies; storage areas should not obstruct aisles and work areas.
• Create a daily cleanup policy and program. Periodically review housekeeping rules, cleanup policies, and procedures.

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